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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 1,218
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 213 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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
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Reviews: 398 | Hads: 1,218
Photo of Charthepirate
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reasonably mild beer from vermont.

Pours a golden red, wiht a sticky head that lasted in part most of the way down the glass. Smells of Toffee, DMS and american hops.

Flavor pretty much mirrors that minus the DMS. Mouth feels smooth and rich. It's all very nice, and quite drinkable, but not outstanding.


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Photo of Stimack
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably one of the best know ones from Long Trail and is one of my least favorites. I guess it is their old stand by. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just think that for the price you can a lot better tasting beer.

It pours to a golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly and has hardly any lacing to speak of. The smell is pleasant with a bit of a floral bouquet. The taste is a bit bitter and very crisp, pretty nice tasting beer. Over all it is not a bad beer, one that I would never turn down if offered. It's just not one of my favorites but that is just one person’s feelings.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, bright amber color, with a nice, fluffy, off-whitish head.
Aroma: clean and even, rather lager-like, slightly floral, mildly hoppy.
Taste: minor-key fruitiness on the palate, just enough malt to keep the flavor semi-interesting, slight citrus character. Very light in body, short finish, very light in every regard. When I used the phrase "minor-key" previously, that can be applied almost every-which-way here, for nothing in this brew strives beyond the simplest conception of what an ale has to be, at the very least. Incredibly boring.
I can imagine this would do, if it were found at the sort of establishment that served nothing but macro-swillish products, but certainly not the sort of thing I'd ever seek out or choose to drink on it's own merits.
Thanks to rabidawg for the sampling.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a frothy white head. The aroma is hoppy with crystal and pale malts along side. The taste is decent. There is a good balance here between hops and malts. This beer is very refreshing and clean tasting. The mouthfeel is good. This is a light bodied ale with adequate carbonation. This is a nice micro-ale from Vermont. A good sessions ale with a fellow BA.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my standard favorites when I can get it tap-fresh up in VT: a good social brew and a good one to begin sessions with. This is an Altbier-styled brew similar to both the famous Düsseldorf Altstadt and Northern German varieties: Not quite the intensity of the city's, yet more bitter than most northern styles (I would not label this beer simply a "moderately bitter brown ale" by the German standard, but might be so inclined by American ones). Not sure how much Munich malt is involved, or whether they lay-down the ale for a period of maturity, but when I drink this, I do not necessarily relate it in my head to an Altbier. Just great-tasting enjoyment.

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Photo of theozag
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail's namesake ale was my favorite beer from all the Thanksgiving weekend tastings. I believe it to be a great American tribute to German altbiers. It pours a deep amber-brown with a touch of clouding in the glass. This ale's white head doesn't last long over your pint. It smells of bittersweet toffee and/or caramel (I couldn't really pin it down). LT Ale starts crisp, flavorful, and smooth. It is full bodied with dominant wheat and oat flavors. There are several suggestions of both sweet and bitter flavors present in each mouthful. It finishes cool, crisp, clean, and most pleasantly. Were I ever in New England again, I'd definately look for another bottle of Long Trail Ale.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent off-white head that left a good amount of lacing. The smell is like pungent grapefruity hops. Copper colored beer that's pretty transparent. Yum, great floral hop taste, a light malt base that's hardly there. The body is leaning too the light side, and the carbonation is solid. A good, not too bitter, easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This perfectly clear copper brew is adorned with a skim coating of beige color. Pretty soon, all that remains is a bubbly collar that laces nicely. Great aroma. Crisp hoppiness blends with a smooth maltiness. Some fresh yeasty breadiness accentuates perfectly. The flavors are so clean and smooth. It's nice to know some brewers respect tradition and lager their alts. The clean toffee malt profile is paired nicely with an earthy, herbal hoppiness. The body is almost full and it feels nice in the mouth.

I'll tell you what. Long Trail know alts. (I've had the Double Bag before as well.)

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper an still with a creamy ivory head. not much lace to speak of. Smells quite hoppy with hints of spice and faint sour apple.

Taste is bitter. Bitter throughout for various reasons. Spicy malt flavors in there somewhere. Not sure of how to describe this but it tastes "grainy", like unmalted barley. Hoppy finish and aftertaste. This beer is crisp and easy to drink. Would make a nice session brew during a ski vacation. Solid.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a stop off in VT,had seen while living up there but never tried it.Poured a hazy orange/gold color with almost no head,aroma is light and subtley hopped with a light fruitiness as well.The beer has a decent balance of hops and malt but neither really stick out to make me want another,its not a bad beer but unspectacular in my opinion.

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Photo of UncleFrank
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not many companies have an Alt as their flagship. Long Trail declares their independence by doing so and has been successful at it. The beer itself seems to be a blend of the characteristics of both the Düsseldorf and Northern German Alts.

The color is golden amber with a slight head. The aroma of malt is not distinctive. No hop aroma. The taste is bitter with the hops keeping a steady presence from start to finish. The malt is there to balance but I found it a bit thin. The finish is dry and clean like a lager which is wanted in the style. No fruity esters or typical ale notes.

The challenge is to describe my feelings of the beer vs. this not being one of my favorite styles. When looking at styles guidelines this beer passes all tests. I just find it hard to enjoy many of them; it’s just not my style. If you like Alts pick up a few and judge for yourself. Cheers!

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Photo of UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a dark brassy amber, topped with a thin ring of head. Some weak blobs of lace, with the head never quite disappearing.
Aroma is malty, with a coarse grainy quality. Some clean lagery quality, either cold conditioning or german yeast. Mild apricot fruitiness, with a touch of butterscoth diacetyl. Hops are very herbal and grassy, probably a low alpha in quantity.
Flavor is initailly malty, traversing into a coarse grainy, husky flavor in the middle, which prevails through the beer and into the aftertaste. Mild german hops come through towards the end, providing a strange grassiness, coupled with an herbal flavor. A rubbery, shrimpy flavor comes through towards the end, with very light butterscotch diacetyl as well. Strange and "off" flavored, similar to some Magic Hat beers. Carbonation is smooth and small bubbled, with a weakish body.
Definitely not the best alt on the planet, but decent and drinkable. I don't care for the hops, but the malts are pleasantly coarse and rough hewn. i guess it's just not my thing.

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Photo of UncleAl
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About the only thing good to come out of Vermont these days...

Opened with a strong "pffft," and poured to a thick, off-white head that slowly dissolved to a constant, carpet top. Lots of foam tracing that holds well the whole way down.

Deep, amber color with good clarity and light carbonation. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Taste not as sweet as the aroma, but with god hop bitterness and excellent bite and aftertaste.

An excellent amber ale, would buy and drink again.

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Photo of scottum
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a nice white head. Tastes sweet with a nice hoppy finish. A solid tasting alt. Not as good as Double Bag though. A solid brew available all over Vermont. Certainly worth a sample. Mouthfeel is smooth. Easy to drink all night.

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Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm. Perfect offering for the summer months. Light slightly fruity aroma. Nice coppery color that laced the glass sides quite nicely. Mouthfeel was somewhat light, but with enough body to keep me honest. Taste was nicely rounded with a pleasant, light aftertaste. Very drinkable...will definitely try other Long Trail offerings.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seved from 12oz bottle. Poured a light amber with a small white head. Minimal lacing.

Smells of bread with a touch of caramel, perhaps a hint of citrus too.

Taste: Mild malts and nutty/caramel taste with a slight hop peaked ending. Quite well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little thin at first but the sweetness at the end is very nice.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Much nicer than some of the other NE alts I've tried. This is quickly becoming my "regular" drinking brew. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Sunoco (I-91 & Rte. 103, Vermont), 2400 miles in my trunk.

This beer is a clear, reddish amber, with a smallish white densish head. It has thin, pretty lacing. Delicious smell: malty, hoppy, a little fruit. Nuts show in the front, but die off to leave a tangy middle that's just a touch fruity. The finish is nutty, grainsy, hoppy bitter.

I really quite like this: a nice, nutty, hoppy, malty ale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very inviting nose....sweet and floral...it's really nice....pours out a very clear light orange...looks like buid Light with a drop of orange coloring in it...very lightly colored and clear....very little head....body is thin but drinkable....not very complex but enjoyable....flavor is enjoyable....you get some of the sweet, floral characteristics on the buds and also a slight twang of maltiness...finishes dry...I'm not sure how true to style this is, but it is enjoyable....the best thing about it by far is the wonderful nose....thanks to bierman9 for this pleasurable beer tasting experience...

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable beer that can be enjoyed year round. It pours a nice clear amber color with light orange hues. The head is white, medium bodied and fades quickly to a thin sheet on the surface which remains through the entire serving. A faint aroma of caramel malts and hops is found above the beer. Each sip begins sweet and malty before moving towards a slightly bitter finish. A mildly bitter aftertaste is left behind.

I've always been a big fan of Long Trail beers and this one should please any palette.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok first of the beer as a result of a trade with Bennybrew ..
comes in a 12 oz long neck..nice ,simple water colour on tha label
the beer pours a nice light brown almost amber in colour..its also crystal clear..there was a small white head that went down fast to a good lace.
I can smell the malts very well..plus a frsh pine sort of aroma ( not nasty, intrigueing).
Ah nice tasting Alt we have here , starts sweet, then gives way to a velvety creamyness ( like unsalted butter)..then the hops appear..again the piney flavour appears as an aftertaste.
I like the feel on the palate the contrast between the sweetness , then the creamyness..then the bitter after taste.
Very drinkable Alt beer..Im beginning to like this rare style..maybe I should make a trip to Dusseldorf one of these days.

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Photo of Boto
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly amber brown color. Moderate amount of head. The aroma is mainly of maltiness. Not too much in the way of hops to it. The flavor is malty and fairly crisp. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, it is a rather nice beer.

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Photo of far333
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden amber color with a small, tan head. Light lacing left around the glass. Very, very faint aroma of hop. Flavor is primarily of hop, with just a tiny bit of malt dripping through. The hop flavor lingers. Mouthfeel is watery. Everything about this beer seems light or faint, including my inclination to have another.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden-amber, with a fluffy, rocky white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. Slight carbonation.

Smell: Floral, yet malty aroma. Not much of a nose on this one . . . just kind of average.

Taste: Very thin body, and not as malty as I would expect for this style. Other than that, this is a dead-on American version of an alt. Very dry. I just can't seem to enjoy it, though. Much better on tap, imho. Not sure why. Drinkability definitely better, and seems less dry on draught.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice head with good lacing and retention time. Good up front matly and carmal flavors with a bready finish. Some mild hop balancing that was pleasant but not very complex. Overall good but not great, I remember this one tasting much better on tap at this cool little bar at the base of Okemo in Vermont.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail is an Altbier. Shiny copper and loaded with malty flavor. A yeasty and hoppy aroma finishes with a light herbal malt and pleasant finishing hop. The sharp metallic hop bite is as bright as an IPA. Nice white head. Best described as a cross between an Octoberfest and Pale Ale.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.