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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of DirtyPenny
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank right from a 12 oz bottle while working on my novel out on the apartment balcony, listening to the kids splash in the pool and watching squirrels skitter up and down the trees.

A: Sample amount poured into a tiny glass revealed an amber beer with garnet highlights and a scant white head.

S: Caramel malt with faint notes of bittering hops.

T: Sweet toasted caramel cracks the opening, with a delicious big, dark wheat bread finish peppered with petals of floral hops. Just the teensiest crumb of bitterness on the end.

M: Velvety soft and slick with a little prancing village of carbon bubbles doing their little rain dance on your tongue.

O: When the hell did Long Trail get this good? After not having one for years I had my first LTA at a relative's house last month and was pretty amazed. Way better than I remembered it, and I had to go out and buy some more to see if it was a fluke. It ain't. A great session beer.

Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Lindeman's Kriek tall, thin glass - the closest I have to a stange. Body is clear, copper-amber in color with a 2-finger light beige head that retains well, fading to leave behind thick foamy lace up top. Nice appearance of rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Toasted grain and a touch of herbal or earthy hops. Clean and fairly light - appropriate for the style.

T: Lightly toasted cereal grain is there, as in the nose. Slight hop bitterness adds a bit of balance. Again, it's kind of leafy or herbal in character. Slight minerally or metallic sense lingers.

M: Light in body, a tad bit watery/thin.

O: Pretty good. I haven't had many altbiers; it's been awhile since the old days of Stickenjab, and even Southampton's altbier (which I recall liking a lot) I haven't had in awhile. Non-offensive and drinkable, I can't complain about this beer. But it does nothing to impress, either.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boasts a rich smell that is both fruity and grainy, promising a full-bodied ale. The smell alone marks this as far better fare than its competitors, whose aromas are usually weak and uninspiring.

On the tongue, however, the first taste to come across is neither fruit nor grain, but the grapefruit bitterness of hops bursting in an unexpected wave. The bitterness is not on par with an IPA, but is still stronger than I would have expected. These hops only lightly mask a layer of light fruits (such as apricot) that nicely complement the bitterness. As the mouthful progresses, the bitter hops peel back to reveal a lovely grain base with Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors, or perhaps lightly-toasted biscuit. The aftertaste is largely dominated by these grainy flavors, although a few bitter notes still fuzz away lightly.

Overall, I find this a great ale, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality and flavor.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass; nice off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring; color is translucent amber with copper edges.

Smell is caramel malt sweetness, very nice and clean with a mild hop, grassy type, note on the finish.

Taste somewhere between an alt and an esb, with clean flavors, caramel malt with clean malt sweetness flavors up front, cleaned up nicely on the finish with a good hop bitterness, nothing particular but similar to the scent a hint of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, solid flavors on the tongue and cheek, good carbonation and flavors clean up nicely.

Overall, one of Long Trails' stand out brew in a bottle, clean flavors make this very drinkable, style is somewhere between an esb and alt, but very tasty.

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Amber beer with blonde highlights and a one-finger frothy white head after a violent pour. Leaves a nice trails all the way down the glass and leaves a persistent lace.

S: The nose has some light earthy hops and a bit of caramel, and bread.

T: Carmelish sweet maltness with a moderate level of bitterness. Mildly hoppy with a sweet finish M: Very strong and boozy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent Altbier with a nice caramel balance character. Haven’t had too many altbier brews but this was pretty good and easily drinkable.

Photo of tdexterc
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Ale: A staple in any Vermonter’s refrigerator. A beer I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many, many times, and finally reviewed. On a side note, this is the first beer I ever (legally) ordered in a bar. Many of these made for a fabulous 21st birthday!

A- A stiff pour yields an eggshell white, loose 2 finger head. The body is a clear dark amber leaving behind a good lace.

S- Sweet caramel malt scent with hops in the background.

T- A nice caramel, roasted grain profile hits first, backed up by a light hop character. Cereal grain finish.

M- Medium body, very evenly balanced, and consequently very drinkable.

This is a very simple beer which goes well at just about any occasion. Perfect mid-winter and mid-summer.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #17
Served On: 7/20/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

This is a back-to-back review with the Long Trail Double Bag. I was so impressed with the Double Bag that I went out and picked up the Ale.

Look: A beautiful clear copper. Rocky 1 1/2" finger head. A ring of lacing formed as the head started to dissolve.

Smell: Sweet malt notes. I also picked up on a srong hoppiness. There was some wet grassiness. I can tell this may have some hop bitterness to it.

Taste: Started off with a floral hoppiness, then a well defined bitterness. The bitterness seemed to become watery and then carried into the aftertaste. Notes of pit fruit started to come though. This beer was actually very similar to the Double Bag but not as sweet. It had more bitterness with an aftertaste to match. Not quite as syrupy either.

Bottom line: this beer is a bitter version of the Double Bag with a less ABV. I also found this beer to be slightly more complex than Double Bag, probably due to the sweetness not getting in the way. The drink ability of this beer is also better because of this. It’s another respectable offering from Long Trail – definitely worthy of trying.

Photo of PhageLab
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear reddish brown coloration, nice bit of froth, decent retention and a sticky lace.

S - Sweet malty aroma, slightly bready, with just a touch of bitterness.

T - More bitter than the nose lead me to believe. Malty body, slight caramel sweetness, biscuity, and quite reminiscent of an ESB.

M - Clean light body, decent carbonation level, a little more would have been distracting, but they've got the balance down here. Finish is mildly dry.

D - Pretty enjoyable, and definitely sessionable. Well rounded and tasty, I'll have to remember to pick up some more of this one.

Photo of cosmo4u
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got on tap 6/28/11 at O'Ds nyack NY

Copper brown color, no head or lace. At first taste I thought this beer had some very lager-ish qualities. There was not much complexity, however it was smooth with a slight hop flavor. The Hoppiness came out more and more with each sip and overall this beer evolved into something I could drink again Easy to drink for a beer if youre looking for something different that a summer beer. Couldnt beat the price either.

Photo of Wamesit
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich copper with a thick rocky off-whote head that gives way to good lacing.

S - Sweet pale and caramel malts with some herbal hops.

T - Great balance of malt and hops. Simple. Caramel and crisp. A hint of spice in the finish.

M - Light with good carbonation.

O - Great session ale. Perfect balance.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a half-finger of white head. The head fades down to a thin ring leaving behind some lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel sweet malts and some citrus hops. There is a bit of light fruits in the background.

T - Starts off with some sweet malts and just a hint of citrus hop in the background. A bit of light fruit as well. Through the middle the citrus hops get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet malts and a bit of citrus hops that lingers a bit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and crisp. The finish is very clean.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are a bit light and unremarkable. It does not feel watery or empty, it is felt like it needed a bit more of a kick.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Amber with an off white head with some nice little bubbles resting on top after about a 1/2 inch that dissipated quickly.

Smell-Sweet malts, citrus, and light hops.

Taste-Identical to smell, Initial sweetness, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very smooth, nice session beer.

Overall-Drank alot of these when I was living at home in CT, nice to have one again. Drinkable and refreshing. Another good session beer. Prefer this beer very cold.

Would like to do this side by side with Shiner's Old Time Alt, which I enjoyed...

Photo of Buckettt
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Basic amber color

S- Very minor hints of hops and malt, barely noticeable for me at least

T- Not much to taste, slight hoppiness

M- Very smooth, lends itself to being swallowed before it can even be given a fair taste

O- Nothing especially outstanding, it went down a little too easily to be taken seriously on my part. It's not terrible, just a little too basic for my taste.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a pint glass

Pours a light amber with a small off-white cap that didn’t stick around too long. The aroma is of light caramel, almonds, and some earthy hops. Not overwhelming nor overly pleasing. On the palate, this is a nice little drinker. Earthy notes, caramel, with some almonds in the mix. Very similar to the nose. A smooth, easy drinker with a clean, dry finish. A touch of bitterness, just to let you know it’s there, lingers on. Overall, I found this to be an extremely easy beer to put back. Crisp and smooth and a decent option in a pinch.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: red/brown body, 1 finger head, scant amount of lacing

S: slight malt, hint of sweet, very mild citrus

T: sweet front, mild malt finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish, above average carbonation

O: Nothing special, nor awful. Fine session brew, perhaps a very good "gateway brew" and also for fans of New Belgium's Fat Tire.


Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another nice extra from up north, this was a random call to finish the night for sure, lol

No head at all. I tried hard to get one to form, but only managed about a quarter inch. Copious amounts of side glass lace were streaming all down the glass. Lots of carbonation visible all the way up from the bottom. Looking pretty decent for sure. Aroma was light and crisp, full of hops and muted bready notes, a touch of rye grain. Very summer like aroma and very quick to take it. Did not linger and had that fresh cut off to it. Very pleasing. Needed to be a tad bit stronger, but very very nice none the less.

pine like bite and dry finish left you thirsty at the end of it. Some nice malts mixed in as well as a decent amount of sugar. Super light and crisp, absolutly perfect for a summer day. Really impressed with the taste here. Really good, and quite suprised actually. This one really had quite a smooth feel to it. Lots of carbonation rippled through nicely and a somewhat slick, but not that bad of a feeling. It was just light enough to really be a good drinker.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought a sixer at work after deliberating between the ale and ipa for 15 minutes. i figure i'd be disappointed in the ipa because i have such high standards for ipas; but maybe the ale could become a new session beer since it's relatively cheap:

a: poured into a pint glass, has a deep amber color with a fizzy effervescence that rose and fell pretty quickly. no lacing to speak of.

s: smells of caramel malts and biscuits. a little spicy, not too hoppy in the aroma.

t: has a sweet malty flavor up front with some herbal spicy hops in there.

m/o: super clean and crisp, the carbonation seems spot on which i am pleased with after seeing how fizzy it looked when i first poured it. all in all, it's nothing crazy, nothing special, but this beer is one that i could bring over a friend's house and know that everyone would like, not to mention more than adjunct lags. just personal preference but i wish i had a little more hop to it.

Photo of aranheaney
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at my local grocer for 2.99 a six...

A-decent brownish red head with a finger of lace

S-a bit macro, but some citrus

T-really pretty good, clean, nothing unpleasant to report here

M-again, decent with nothing that detracts, but also nothing outstanding

O-as may have said, pretty good from start to finish

Photo of claytong
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable. An interesting alt as for the style goes. As far as a beer goes its not very complex and its simplicity is nice for drink-ability but otherwise makes me a little bored with it. I probably won't have it again but if you want something to take hiking or fishing, this one would be pretty nice I think.

Photo of Kinsman
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored body. Smooth and creamy texture and white color for decent looking head. Fades rather quickly.

Aroma is spicy and herbal in the hop department. Sweet and biscuity with some hints of caramel in the malts.

Taste is malt forward with a nice caramel/toffee sweetness and some bread character. Grassy and spicy hops provide some balance to the malt.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, making this rather refreshing. Overall, for a beer I've had a thousand times before, I still enjoy it just as much as I did the first time. Nothing to exciting going on, but refreshing and enjoyable with a low ABV too!

Photo of cooch69
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange copper. It's very clear and has a tiny head with some good lacing.

Nose is sharp bisquity malts with a clean mustiness and the scent of uncooked millet seeds.

Taste is pretty much like a wholegrain loaf. It has biscuity caramelly malts, Millet and flaked maze.

This beer is a good summer session. Not much going on but easy to drink.

Photo of LeoEnergy
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. Thin head, with lacy patterns that dissipates right away.

Smells like christmas roasted nuts, light fruits, sweet maltiness.

Light and fruity flavors, hint of sweet spices, toasted malts, hidden caramelized apples. Slightly nutty aftertaste concealing alcohol.

Light body, great (smooth) drinkability, could use more carbonation.

Serving Type: On tap at the Wobbly Barn in VT.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly nutty and sweet with flavors of apples, caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: I could keep drinking this beer all night long; it goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with two fingers of white fluffy head, decent retention.

Scent is of toasted malt, some fruit, notes of bread.

The taste is toasted malts, bready, some light floral hops.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, high carbonation.

This was a very easy drinking beer, though it was fairly light, I expected something with a much lighter flavor. I wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronzed amber to a bit brownish and nicely clear. A good size somewhat rocky head augmented by some bubbles and that leaves okay lacing. A simple but attractive look.

S: Obvious malts, but rather clean. Seems to have a decent does to toasty Munich type malts. Really faint ghost hint of fruity esters. Not really picking up any hops. I know it is supposed to be a hybrid type of style, I still wish the interesting things it does have going on in the nose were a bit more forward.

T: Starts malty with a focus on a dry cracker and toasted grain base with a dose of somewhat sweeter stuff that is grainy and a touch caramel but also has a faint hint at toffee. Herbal and spicy noble hops cut through and stick around to pretty well hide a lingering sweetness.

M: Slightly over medium CO2 on a medium body with a finish that verges toward drying.

D: Malty with a bit of sweetness up front that is quickly replaced by the firm noble hops. It has interesting things going on without being overly complex. Makes for easy drinking with character. A nice flagship.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.