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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 73 | 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 mltobin
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail is a great beer from the Northeastern state of Vermont. The Long Trail Ale is their signature beer and for good reason, this beer is great.

The bottle has an artistic scene from a Vermont river, you ain`t in the city anymore. And once poured into a glass, it is a pure golden color with a foamy head. Once sipped, it tastes quite nice with a good flavor of hops. And the Ale from Long Trail is quite drinkable and especially nice in the cold New England weather.

mltobin, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of kevman527
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I let it sit for several minutes before drinking it.

A - Has a burnt orange, brownish color.

S - Smells sweet, with notes of caramel and fruit.

T - Has a nice hoppy taste, with a little fruit and spice. Not too yeasty or malty.

M - Low carbonation, very smooth.

D- Easy to drink a few of these, would definitely buy again.

kevman527, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up their vermont sampler 12 pack ; pours a med. copper-gold w/ a slight head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my nonic ; has a malty, slightly diacetyl smell w/ some hops lingering about ; a crisp flavor from the onset, followed by a "creamy" malt flavor, some hop flavor present as well as a butterscotch-like diacetyl a faint metallic taste at the finish ; a dry light-med bodied brew, the co2 makes it a little thicker than the flavor, though ; all in all a good drinking beer, i definitely would have this again...

animal69, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of VtBrew
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good color a little lite but good-Head retention is nice

Smell:Lite aroma slight hop malt smell

Taste : NoT bold easy to drink not two sweet not to bitter.

Drinkability: Alot of people say there is nothing special about this brew but I have many craftbrewed ales that you couldn'r pay me to drink again. My girlfriend loves it and I can drink it all not because its not BOLD.

VtBrew, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours with very little head, little tracing either. Beer is a beautiful amber red color.

Smell- Yeasty in the nose, rather a subtle odor, some bread notes as well.

Taste- Flavors are relatively dense, not easy to identify, maybe some hints of ripe fruit, barley, fairly basic, nothing very interesting here.

Mouthfeel- For the fairly dense flavors, this beer is surprisingly thin.

Drinkability- A decent beer, nothing spectacular, overall decidedly average.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of madjr80
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a normal amber beer. The smell is pretty ordinary and nondescript. nice smooth finish, but taste very similar to something I have had before (not sure really what). Not too hoppy and not too weak. A good smooth balance. I have 3 of them from a 12pk mixer, but I wouldn't want a whole case of them.

madjr80, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Folderol
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly this is an Altbier, but if you blindfolded me, I'd say I was drinking Yuengling. Not that that's such a bad thing, but I was expecting more from this beer. It pours clear amber with a short white head, and tastes of thin malt and some sourness. Not much hop flavor at all. Try Long Trail's Double Bag instead - now that's a good (sticke) Alt.

Folderol, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored body with a nice two finger thick fluffy head.

Smells are faint alcohol,fruit and some earthly aromas.

Fruity,sweet,carmely taste and some mild bitterness.

Slightly watery,very easy going down and very smooth.

This is a good beer and not very strong at all.That makes it good and you can have a few.Nice beer.

MmmIPA, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown color, little head that dissapeared quickly, and many carbon bubbles running up the side. I was not too fond of the smell: a little bit of sweet malts and a light hop presence, but overall I found it to smell a little macro and to be a little bit soapy (I made sure that it wasn't because of the glass). The taste, however, was deliciously crisp. A solid balance: a smooth, malty taste right up front, which gave way to a earthy, piney, pleasantly bitter sting of hops that lingered on in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, and tasty: I could have easily put down a few more of these.

micahgoldfus, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/20/07 at Two Jerks Pub in East Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a medium white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts, a little spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced and very simple, with mostly flavors of roasted malts & pale hops and a little but of spice & nuts in the background. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, even though I like Double Bag better, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening. Since there are so few good Altbiers available, this one will hit the spot when you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of sudz42
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was drinking this when it came out in the 90's but haven't had it in about 10 years until recently. Their IPA used to be my standby. The altbier Ale is a good, sound ale. Good balance of malt and hops, with trademark ale malt-sweetness present. The finish is clean as mentioned in previous reviews, and that's a good thing in the land of heavy amber ales. The ale yeast is adding a distinctive fruitiness. Somewhat over-carbonated, but that's true of most American ales (bottled anyway). For the price (11.99/12) it can't be be up here in NE...neck and neck with Dundee's offering's from the ol' Genny plant.

sudz42, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish-brown amber with a nice off-white, finger sized head. The head hangs for a bit before turning to a fire carbonated lace.

S: Smell is a balanced whiff of biscuit malts and dry hops. There is a little sweetness in the nose, but that's probably just the malts talking.

T: An excellent balance here. Initial taste is of the sweet, toasty malt, which strides with a bitter roll and finishes with a dry hop flavor.

M: It's a medium-bodied ale with enough flavor to satisfy and just the right substance to still be refreshing.

D: Although it's not amazing, the taste, mouthfeel and standard ABV would make this very easy to drink with almost any meal, particularly a pizza, or just to kick with on its own.

I like this altbier from Long Trail, though their Double Bag is a little more up my alley, as it's more potent. But for a different session ale with more complex flavor than a lighter ale or lager, you can' go wrong with this one.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a solid sticky head. Nose is muted fruit, a twinge of metal, malt and floral/herby hops. Overall, it's solidly flavoured, but not smooth and not in-your-face. Well balanced malt vs. hops with a dry graininess and light toast. Neither light nor heavy, this beer is moderate in viscosity and also carbonation. Very nice and exceptionally drinkable.

allergictomacros, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer gifted from a friend's fridge.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Creamy head lasts nicely, and leaves heavy coating froth in its wake. Aroma is minimal yet balanced. Taste is biscuity malts upfront, slightly tart in the middle, and closes with sedate hoppiness. Mouthfeel is impressively smooth, which helps make drinkability easy. A pleasing, widely distributed beer in the Northeast.

ppoitras, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the better beers coming out of Long Trail. It is an amber ale with a nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. This is a light bodied lale eaning towards medium on the heartiness continuum. The smell is indistinct and inoffensive ... hardly an enticing descriptor. The taste is malty sweetness, some nutty flavors, perhaps a bit of molasss or caramel as well. The hops are quite subdued and this creates too much of a cloying taste that compromises its drinkability. I wouldn't call this a session beer, in part because of the too prevalent imbalances. The aftertaste is very light, the mouthfeel watery. This is a very middle of the road American ale produced by a medium sized Vermont brewery worth supporting.

albern, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very little to this beer. Poured to a reddish-yellow color, with little carbonation and a medium off-white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was faint, but what was there was slightly stale grain and fruit. Flavor was more of the stale fruit and a semi-sweet hop/malt mixture. All this led to a finish that was okay and of medium duration, although just slightly on the metallic side.

This was an okay beer, but not one I will rush out to buy again anytime soon

kimcgolf, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from their Summer Survival pack. It pours with a white head, leaves behind some good lacing. Lacking a bit in the retention area. Has a copper color.

Smells of sweet malt, a dash of hops, rather clean and nothing offending.

Tastes is also neat and well put together. Sweet, a light hoppy bitterness and a fairly dry finish. I could drink this all day long, to bad I only have two left.

irishkyle21, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of KevinB
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pour revealed a nice russet, auburn body with a foamy whey head. Light lacing throughout the glass and the head settled down slowly.
Smell was very mild, subtle notes of caramel malts and hops could be detected, but the aroma was pretty faint.
Taste was very pleasant, started off with some mild sweetness up front provided by the malts and ended with a gentle hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was a little watery, nice amount of carbonation, very clean feel, with a slightly dry finish.
Overall this a very good brew, it's a smooth mild tasting beer with a light body,thats easy drinking and well balanced.

KevinB, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks flawless poured into a standard American pint. Two-finger, sturdy off-white head that slowly creeps its way down to about a one-finger with ample lacing. The body is crystal clear with thin filliments of carbonation tracing their way up its amber-red/brown body.

S - The maltiness is so well complemented by a hoppy tinge that it's difficult to discern where the former ends and the latter begins. Those malts being sweet, sticky caramel and the hops a spicy citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit watery for my taste, finishes crisp from the carbonation. Not terribly familiar with the Altbier style but the BA write-up mentions its "smooth" qualities; something I suppose this exceedingly mellow mouthfeel reflects.

T - Bitter enough to satisfy fans of German pilseners across the board, it reads almost like a Dark Euro Lager. The bittering hops lay like a blanket; a mile wide but an inch deep. Below that, there's an equally thin layer of malt surfing over your palates on the watery ("smooth") mouthfeel.

D - I was surprised by this style. It's, to my knowledge, the only Altbier I've had, so I found it a bit disconcerting that such a light ale comes in such a hearty package. Actually, as I'm thinking about it (and the ale in question warms up my stomach), I rather like that about it. The perfect compromise for the beer-drinker that likes a dark, local microbrew (this being a Vermont staple) but also appreciates the populist sessionability of, say, a Beck's or Heineken.

yourunclewalt, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap somewhere in NH.

A: Pours a dark copper/amber color. Half a finger of foam, decent lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. A little bit of hoppiness, but not much overall.

T: Balanced is the first thought I had. There's a bit of a hops kick, followed by a bit of a malt sweetness, but nothing is really overly dominant. Alcohol really isn't noticeable. A good straight-forward ale.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation for the style. Since it's fairly well-balanced, there's no alcohol burn, and the hops aren't strong enough to really be bitter.

D: High. You could throw this one down for days on end. Easily drinkable. A good standard ale.

YonderWanderer, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of blackheartbilly
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearence: Medium to dark copper/golden color, with a tiny foam head that stays there as you drink it. Looks like a text book picture of an ale.

Smell: Wasn't too strong, no heavy alcohol presence. Hops was my first thought as the most dominant flavor. Maybe they dry-hop for added aroma. Upon further smelling there is a hint of malt, but over-all pretty balanced.

Taste: This beer is for the masses. Very well balanced, I noticed the hops first, and then a slight malted taste. Not a strong beer as far as alcohol, but a great example of an ale. I enjoyed the taste, and would probably get it again.

Mouthfeel: Like I said for the masses, so it is not that heavy, pretty mild.

Drinkability: Perfect summer beer. I could drink a bunch of these and be happy. Not too strong, great flavor, definitely a session beer for a game or cook-out, Sure beats my buddy's Budweiser pre-gaming the Red Sox game!!

Would love to try it on tap.

blackheartbilly, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is mostly malty, slight hop, and caramel. The taste is malty, some hops pop through, lots of caramel. The finish is dry, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, glad to have had a chance to try.

Wasatch, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber, small white off white head that fades quickyl to a ring and leaves some good lacing.

mild smell, very sweet, some hops come through.

very toasted or nutty malt taste, and slightly piney hops, good flavor, leans more towards the malts.

light and appropriate carbonation. bitter dry finish.

very drinkable. easy going beer.

pittvkyle7, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of mcarroll10177
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown with a tight white head. Lacing sticks to the glass well. Not to much of a nose on this beer although some hops come through. It is a good tasting beer with some balanced hops and a slightly bitter finish, nothing over the top. A bit over carbinated, but overall it was balanced. This is a easy drinking good tasting beer. A bit standard, but inoffensive and a beer that could be had again and again.

mcarroll10177, May 29, 2007
Photo of tzieser
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

a- pours a copper color (typical of most ales such as this) with a decent head that slowly settles to a whispy cover over the top of the beer.

s- not very strong smelling. faint smells of hops and malts. nothing outstanding.

t- wow. the flavor suprised me, considering the scent wasnt that strong. slightly toasted malts gives way to a nice subtle bite of hops. i really like the balance of malts and hops on this one. definatly captures the best of both worlds to make a nice tasting ale.

d- i could drink tons of these. would make a great social beer, one you wouldnt mind drinking too many of.

overall, i was suprised with how much i liked the standard long trail ale. it's a great balance of flavors. this is one i will try again soon.

tzieser, May 22, 2007
Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.