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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 63 | 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 auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance - Light brown color, nice head with nice ring of lace.

Smell - Some malts and hints of hops here.

Taste: Nice malt flavor, sweet, and crisp.

Mouthfeel - Balanced, nice carbination, crisp, light.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, could drink another one of these. I guess I have to, since I bought a case for Longtrail

02-27-2007 05:28:50 | More by auxiliary
Photo of lehows

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a copper color with a large and bubbly head, leaves good lacing. Mild aromas of malt, floral hops, and sweet fruit. Nice and smooth flavors in here, sweet malt, mild spice and fruit/nut with a touch of hop bitterness make this a very drinkable and enjoyable brew. Definitely sessionable.

02-10-2007 21:51:50 | More by lehows
Photo of Jwaks


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

I've enjoyed this nifty brew many times before and now it's up for review. A pint of translucent tawny colored brew with rust highlights was served up with a finger thick light cream colored quickly dissapating head which left behind little to no lacing. Carbonation is light with just a few fine bubbles rising to the surface.

Lively aromas of floral hop oils, bready malts, dry nuts and hints of sour fruits play on this brew's slightly closed bouquet.

A rich malty backbone supports moderately bitter, floral hops upfront with a bit of sour fruit sneaking in on the mid palate, dry nutty flavors tie everything together on the short, clean and pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is neither chewy nor thin, it's spot on. A slightly dry finish, easy-going medium body and flavorful style keep me going back for more.

An all around enjoyable brew and a solid example of the altbier style. Good going Longtrail!


02-03-2007 21:08:23 | More by Jwaks
Photo of arnulfooxblood


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Copper to amber in color, decent head.

Smell--Damn, this one smells nice. Nice smooth malty aroma, nothing complex, but it works for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Nice clean malty flavor. Well carbonated.

Drinkability--Goes down real nice. I'll be picking this one up regularly.

01-22-2007 21:32:11 | More by arnulfooxblood
Photo of MTNboy


4.72/5  rDev +32.6%

I was very impressed. I tried this beer while on vaction in Maine. I had heard good things but none of them did this beer justice. It was exceptional. It went down smooth and the flavor and aroma were great. I can't wait to try more beers from this company.

12-13-2006 13:51:26 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Damian


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Drank on-tap at the Stonewell Restaurant and Bar, Farmington, CT

Poured a clear, copperish-amber with a small, white, frothy head which quickly faded to a thin film of lace. Some sparse droplets of cascading lacing.

Smell was somewhat fruity and sweet and became more fragrant as the beer warmed.

Taste was vaguely malty and fruity up front before turning dry and nutty. The dry, hoppy finish lingered on the palate. As with the aroma, the taste became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Medium bodied.

Fairly easy drinking but not very exciting overall.

11-26-2006 05:42:41 | More by Damian
Photo of nadpolice9


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

The altbier had a nice dark amber color with a small head. The head quickly dissappeared. The beer smells of caramel and bready grains. The beer has a simple yet well defined malt character. It has a solid, rounded flavor. Not much hop balance or bitterness. The beer is quite drinkable and is smooth with decent mouthfeel.

11-07-2006 19:52:12 | More by nadpolice9
Photo of smcolw


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Crystal clear amber color. Light head with a lasting single layer of fine bubbles.

Traditional amber smells; well-balance with moderate level of hops and slightly toasted malt. Appealing.

More creamy that the smell would indicate which means to me the malt dominates the flavor. The hop is most distinct just prior to the swallow. The aftertaste is shortlived, dry. Very good body with a higher than typical carbonation.

This beer is easy to drink with very few flaws. Not as interesting as I would like

11-04-2006 00:58:04 | More by smcolw
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear honey color. Thin white head, with decent retention,and a nice lacing. Smell is on the light side, but sweet. Body is on the light side,with some carbionation. Taste,is smooth and mellow. Mostly malt up front,with some fruity hops in the finish. Not bad at all!

10-08-2006 19:37:23 | More by riversider76
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Lovely amber color, with a thick and bubbly white head. Clear and bubbly. Small shoots of bubbles head upward toward the surface.

Pleasant malty aroma. Nice but kind of nondescript.

Nice, light ale flavor. This tastes like a typical ale. I probably wouldn't be able to pick it out of a line up, but it's got the goods. Good flavor, even if not unique. Nice at a somewhat warmed-up temp.

A little bubbly on the tongue, but smooth. This is a surprisingly solid ale. Doesn't quite make my mouth water, but is a nice selection for a six pack. Very easy to drink. It's a good beer to have between stronger ones.

09-29-2006 02:21:39 | More by williamherbert
Photo of LarryV


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a golden amber color with an insignificant head that fades quickly. Malty aroma with a hint of hops in there. Taste is a bit fruity with a fair amount of hops. Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
Not bad, but a pretty boring tasting beer. Nothing about it really grabs me and makes me want to have another. I love most LT beers, but this one doesn't do much for me.

09-14-2006 21:16:58 | More by LarryV
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

A - long trail pours a great caramel brown color, with a short lived thin head also of caramel coloring, with plenty of carbonation

S - this ale has a quality aroms to it, not very definable, but quality, a nice musty hoppy aroma that is great in my kind of beer, this is from the bottle, but it smells even better from the tap

T - a rather deep flavor, roasted, nutty malty tastes combined with a subtler wheaty flavor as well, with a great hoppy kick at the end of the sip

M&D - smooth and flavorful, highly drinkable, a great session beer, even better from the tap. a great basic beer from a world class brewery

09-11-2006 23:17:51 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Amber color white a nice just off-white head. The nose has some hops and malty sweetness to it a little hay. For an alt beer this one tastes a little too hoppy for me. It's fairly balanced though, and easy drinking as well. Not a completely remarkable beer, but very solid, no faults, no greatness either. a good all nighter.

09-03-2006 15:51:30 | More by dherling
Photo of rousee


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

Clear orangey amber color. Lvs very little head.
Smell is somewhat sour--salty aspects too. Nice clean crisp maltiness up front with a salty finish. Pleasant and crisp mouthfeel. I found this to be much more drinkable than most other alt styles I've tried.

08-26-2006 14:52:56 | More by rousee
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Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -37.4%

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a small head and very little retention. Aroma of sweet malt is quite overpowering with no hops discernable. Taste is very sweet with some light malt presence. Hops are very hard to discern. Overall, this is a refreshing but also quite boring beer.

08-14-2006 19:41:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of akorsak


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

This is a 12 oz bottle purchased a the Brewery one month ago and served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale has a copper color with no haze and a small head.

Smell: The ale has a toasted malt aroma, somewhat of a overdone biscuit smell.

Taste: The beer has a firm malt character of biscuit flavors. The hop character is moderate and provides just enough of a balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: The flavor, in the bottle, is much more noticeable, giving the ale a pleasant mouthfeel that finishes long.

Drinkability: I find that the bottled version is superior to the fresh version and is a decent showing for an altbier.

08-13-2006 02:18:05 | More by akorsak
Photo of RedChrome


2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

Pour produced an amber colored body. Miniscule head size with pure white color vanished quickly. Only a handful of large carbonation bubbles. Watery lacing.

The aroma first hit me with mostly malt body. A slight subtle citrus note reminded me of oranges.

Very malty, with a strong flavor of alcohol. A second sip failed to provide any additional flavors, and had a diminished taste of malt. Sadly lacking in any flavors that would be enjoyable.

A decent feel on all surfaces of the mouth. Lack of carbonation in the feel.

A poor brew. I wouldn't recommend this as anything except to try it for yourself. I am assuming it may be a bad bottle, and will edit this review when I try it again.

08-09-2006 08:17:26 | More by RedChrome
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +12.4%

Copper colored body. Short off-white colored head. Limited head retention and lacing. Mildly sweet, grainy and caramelish maltiness in the nose. Malty and gently hoppy in the flavor. Moderate bitterness leaves it very nicely balanced. Medium-light bodied and gently crisp in the mouth. Overall, a very drinkable ale.

UPDATE: 25 June 2013
This beer has improved. I've bumped it's score from a 3.5 for appearance to a 4.0 as it holds a great head and leaves some really nice lacing about the glass. Additionally I think that in general the quality has improved. Worth trying.

08-03-2006 23:25:53 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of TrickKnee


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

Had this at dinner the other night with some nice veal and i think it complments it quite well. Nice medium copper color with a great head. Not much hop smell or taste, more of a barley malt flavor, almost a little too sweet at times but not to overbearing to take away from the overall flavor. Would definetly recommend for dinner with some good steak or veal.

07-25-2006 14:43:13 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of NEhophead


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz brown bottle.
Bottled on 05.03.06

A clean-looking, dull amber in color. Quarter-inch white head that evaporates within a moment to a broken, whispy sheet leaving no lace.

Sweet caramel and dry, chalky-smelling toffee. A lightly sweetened, nutty profile: almond and peanut. Stiff, malted wheat in the background.

Sweet caramel and lightly roasted maltiness. Dry nutty profile: hazlenut and lingering almond. An astringently-chalky feel accompanied by a buttery biscuit flavor. Sweet caramel, diacetyl, and nuttiness in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; sweet and creamy yet chalky and dry on the palate at times.

Not as clean and smooth as a true Alt. Heavy on the sweetness; almost artificial tasting, but not too overpowering/offensive.

07-22-2006 21:42:57 | More by NEhophead
Photo of tugdriver7


4.72/5  rDev +32.6%

This major step forward in my search for the perfect craft-brewed Altbier came as a result of sitting on my family room sofa. Awhile back, I saw Mike Rowe cleaning yeast filters at the Long Trail Brewery on his TV show "Dirty Jobs." I was intrigued by the show and looked into the brewery only to find out that (1) I was eager to find their products and (2) they were only available in the in New Jersey and points north. So the last time I went to Philly on business, I traversed the Ben Franklin Bridge just to find some Long Trail in Cherry Hill. It was well worth the trip. And now I regret I didn't buy a case.

Rich, deep clear amber color with a nice tan foamy head that quickly disappeared but left a beautiful lacing all the way down. Clear malt with a buttery accent and a definitive hops scent hits your nose as you raise the glass and, when sampled, the flavor is both rich malt with a subtle sweetness that is at the same time just tart enough to keep you wanting more. Mouthfeel is rich enough to let you know it's a craft brew but thin enough (with just a touch of tingly carbonation) to make it oh so smooth. Excellent and very easy drinking with a (perfect?) aftertaste of bitter hops that make your mouth water in anticipation of the next swallow. Extremely true to the traditional German Altbier style but with a distinctly American edge that would likely appeal to a wide range of beer tastes if it were more widely distributed. A classic. And likely near the top of my list of favorite beers ever.

07-17-2006 02:53:24 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

I need to thank Chris Ennis for bringing this beer to me directly from Vermont! Poured a beautiful amber color with hues of orange in the light. Very thin head dissipates quickly leaving little dots of lace. Nice aroma with some mild hops, nutty with a sweet malt smell. A nice clean bitterness hits the palate and stays through to the finish. Tastes like an Amber ale with the pale malt characteristics going in and out. A good froth brings out a killer malt sweetness with the hops still holding their ground. This ale is awesome as it trades off between the Pale ale and Amber ale characteristics and you can feel the " alt " backbone as well. very drinkable.

06-30-2006 15:20:06 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of waughbrew


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Light copper, smallish white head. Aroma is pleasant apple and cherry with a woodiness to the malt. Flavor is that sweet maply malt, nicely kept at bay by the musty metallic coat of bitterness. Full-bodied but goes down pretty easily. This is a nice beer that I wouldn't mind having every once-in-a-while. Not memorable, but pleasant.

06-19-2006 22:31:27 | More by waughbrew
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

Gotta get this one on tap, everytime I get a 12 oz bottle it's pretty rank. Just my experience.

light to medium amber color, good VERY white head that hung around the glass for a while.

Aroma is pretty good, wheaty and slightly hoppy.

The first half of the pint was really good, a nice mix of wheatyness and hopps. the last half seemed kinda plain, I got bored easily with this one.

Carbonation is pretty high, hits crisp and clean. sometimes it's simply the best choice at a small bar.

06-10-2006 01:19:31 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

This is a pleasant beer. It was a pretty amber color with a fairly thick white head and a little bit of lacing. A malty aroma, not much else there. A good hoppy taste, with just a little bitterness at the end. Feels good. I could drink a few of these quite easily.

06-02-2006 11:36:01 | More by lordofthewiens
Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.