Pale Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 02-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Long Trail Pale Ale beer is brewed with the finest all natural ingredients and award winning Vermont water. This classic American style pale ale features a modest malt body and a well balanced citrus, pine hop aroma. Our Pale Ale is lightly filtered to provide a delightfully robust flavor experience. ENJOY!

35 IBU
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In my mug, the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. There was a good amount of lace.
Average aroma: sweet malt, herbal. Not that noticeable.
Same with the taste, a little muted. Piney hops, some malt.
Medium-bodied. Pretty hoppy, not that balanced.
I think I'll drink some other APAs.

Photo of AITCTKD170
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful clouded honey color, with a one finger off white head (displaying a light lacing). Initially smelling this brew produces a citrus and clean pine smell to it. Tastes of piney and citrusy grapefruit flavors well balanced with a slightly sweet malt flavor. A very hoppy flavor for an english pale ale as the bottle desribes. More along the line of a fine I.P.A. I truly enjoyed this fine brew as expected from Long trail. I will be enjoying this fine brew again in the near future.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at drink poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber with a really big fluffy white head. Very spicy and citrusy and refreshing nose.

Taste is really crisp and bitter without being over the top. It's very easy drinking, it just goes down like nothing. Very solid pale ale.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes (11/25)

A: Pours a yellow/golden color with a smallish head with decent retention. Nice lacing down the sides though. Small carbonation bubbles being released to the surface.

S: Mostly some earth hops. Get a slight malt smell at the end.

T: Very nice subtle hop flavor, more on the floral side and slightly grassy. The malt at the end balances nicely with the hops.

M/D: Medium bodied, very smooth. Extremely easy to drink, overall a very nice effort from Long Trail here.

M- Great carbonation, perfect balance. Cannot improve.

Photo of emsroth
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

App: great amber with a lasting cap and lacing

Smell: honey and caramel apple malt dominate. A touch of nondescript hop bite, perhaps some citrus and pine sap.

Taste: great, firm, chewy, biscuity malt. Ends with harsh, dry piney hops that over power the balance. I think cascade, but the super dry cascade with rough bitterness.

Medium body with slightly high carbonation. For English ales with their strong maltiness I prefer more subtle carbonation.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long Trail Pale Ale
12 oz. bottle

Long Trail is so weird: the neck label for this beer reads "This classic English-style pale ale features a modest malt body and a well balanced citrus, pine hop aroma"... but how can that be a "classic English-style" - it's just not. There are definitely Cascade hops present in both the flavor and the aroma, lending their usual citrus and pineapple characteristics; and interestingly enough, it might be Long Trail's hoppiest regular beer. If, indeed, it is a regular beer as I'm not sure. I visited their website to get more information but it's not listed within their family of beers (although it's shown), nor is it listed on their home page as year-round, seasonal, brewaster, or specialty. Odd.

Moving forward, it's apparently unfiltered, which is great as it keeps it fresh and adds an extra component to the flavor. It's a little hazy, but the thick, sticky white head makes up for that, especially as it clings to the glass leaving rings and sheets of lace with each consecutive sip.

The aroma displays some yeast, but for the most part that's over-shadowed by the citrusy hops. I get grapefruit rind, a general kind of citrusy blend of orange, lemon and perhaps lime, a hint of papaya (which is probably the yeast blending in), and even some pineapple. It's clean, bright, pleasant, and welcoming.

Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit with the addition of some floral hop character and a very straightforward and just lightly biscuity maltiness. It's a little fuller than some of the best known versions of the style (...also a little lighter than some others...) but it's perfectly balanced. You get the hops, the malt, the hops again, and then the bitterness. It's pretty solid at about 55 IBU's and it lingers dryly with a hint of biscuity malt, some floral and gently citrusy notes, and a delicate bit of chalkiness that's not unlike grapefruit rind.

The body is medium to medium-light, and it's got a median, crisp carbonation that softens to become even smoother as it warms a bit.

Overall it's quite impressive, and very nicely done. If it's not a year-round beer it should be, with the possible exception that maybe the market is so American pale ale laden (and dominated by bigger, hoppier beers) that it just can't fit in. If that's the case, what a shame. Absolutely worth trying!

Photo of Ezone024
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden/copper color with a sweet aromatic spongy head...Lots of lacing from the head down the glass.

smells mostly forest pine with nice hints of sweetness and citrus..

mostly hop flavor with a very small but just enough maltyness to balance it out. bitter hops up front with a smooth buttery finish!.

thank you long trail for making another fantastic brew...this may easily become number one in their line. spread the word my friends!

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle with my dinner at the Wegman's cafe in Allentown. The best by date was mid-Feb 2010, so it should still be in good shape.

This beer was really more of an English pale - the label says so too. It had toffee and bready malts, herbal, spicy hops and then a kick of Ringwood candy flavor. All in all, not bad. But instead of the flavors layering and complimenting one another, they ran into and muddled each other up. Pretty good, not great.

Photo of nickthetick
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color into a dimple mug with a half finger of khaki head that hangs around for the whole experience and leaves spotty lacing.

S: sweet malts, bread, caramel, oranges, lemon and pine.

T: a little more subdued than the nose. Lighter malt characteristics and a more pronounced hop profile. More orange peel and pine.

MF: light body, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O: good pale ale, a little below average on the scale of the classics but still very good.

Photo of Kinsman
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left over bottle from a post-work BBQ... hooray free beer!
Pours a bright golden orange body a sticy and bubbly white head. Active carbonation showing.

Aroma is subtly hoppy with some pine character and a health dose of malts in the background. Slightly sweet as well.

Slightly hop forward but decent pale ale with a nice piney hop character and a bit of citrus too. Malts standout with a grainy bread note and just a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, a nice drinking pale ale but nothing too fancy here.

Photo of drcarver
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - copper color with a small white head that fades quickly leaving little lacing

S - smells slightly sour with hints of floral hops

T - sour with the taste of husk in the grain. aftertaste is bitter and sour that hangs on the back of the tongue for a while. The carbonation is present but not overwhelming

D - meh. i could take it or leave it. i lovermont but not their beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 100711-1703. Sampled on April 22, 2012. Although Long Trail boasts that this is filtered it still pours a fairly cloudy looking copper-amber color with a full, foamy head that settles down with some remnants at the end of the session. The aroma is upfront malty and yeasty along with a significant pine hopped aroma a second or two later. The body is medium to full and creamy. Like the aroma, the taste starts out a bit malty but it is quickly outdone by a bitter evergreen hop finale. Something nice for a warm day when you want just a little more punch.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to see Long Trail (4 varieties) in my local liquor store cooler here in Maryland the other day. Apparently they're stocking some of the stores in the area and I couldn't be happier. A great brewery. Even with all my trips to PA and NJ to get Long Trail in the past, I hadn't tried the Pale; so this was new. Gorgeous light amber gold in the glass with moderate carbonation and a tall frothy straw head that laced the glass in neat rows all the way to the bottom. Biscuity malt in the nose with a touch of sweetness upon initial sip. Nice rounded malt flavor (with some residual sweetness) and a significant fruity to piney hops presence. Really fresh tasting. I purposely let the glass warm a bit before I finished and the flavor never failed. A hint of bitterness with some residual sweetness lingers on the tongue, but not quite enough, IMHO. Still, a stronger hops presence than many APAs and a very refreshing beer indeed. Not sure why, but I felt the alcohol a bit in this one, so I'm assuming it must be something more than 5% in the ABV department, but neither the bottle nor the Long Trail web page say what it is. Regardless, good tasting beer.

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper color with white head

Smell - has a good floral malty mix

Taste - very smooth with a little bit of hops noticed at the end

Mouthfeel - very smooth with medium carbonation and body

Drinkability - Very drinkable, my new favorite brew from Long Trail

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples and earthy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has aromas of butter and toasted malts. A slight amount of hop bitterness is present, but for the most part this is balanced off by the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and very easy to drink; it can be considered sessionable given the low alcohol content.

Photo of rlee1390
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Some grassy notes, kind of bland though. Really not getting much.

T-A nice mix of citrus and grassy notes. Decent bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, good carbonation and smooth.

O-Except for the nose the beer was nice. One of Long Trail's better offerings. If I had to pick one of their beers to have I think this would be the one I'd choose.

Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours the color of light honey with a 3 finger off-white to pale tan head that becomes chunky as it receds leaving good lacing.

Aroma of rich malt on the initial pour is soon overcome by the fresh grassy aroma of hops with some occasional overripe citrus.

Some light sweet malt upfront, but that soon defers to more of a tart citrus in the middle, before the rising bitterness of the finish.

Medium bodied. An oily feel, with heartburn from the hops. Peppery carbonation. Lightly sticky.

I was not disappointed. A nice summer brew.

Photo of jmaharaj
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep orange, light copper tones. Thin and fleeting but effervescent head.

S- a thick malt aroma with some piney/ floral hop notes. is a nicely balanced smell but somewhat uninteresting. the pine presence is faintly chemical, but somehow not entierly unpleasant.

T- Like the aroma this beer is nicely balanced. spicy and bitter notes up front then nice carmelized malt and floral/piney hop flavors finish it out. this beer isnt overly complex but is well balanced, decently long and engaging.

M- medium bodied, and you can feel the weight on your tongue. not overly carbonated and this works well.

O- Good pale ale. Overall I would put this a little more in the english pale category even if the hop flavors seem to lean american.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love the Long Trail Pale Ale. It's such an easy-going pale ale, and what I mean by that is it's very drinkable, smells great, not too heavy, and simply a delicious beer for anytime of the year.

I've enjoyed this ale both bottle and on-tap, and at the Long Trail brewery in Vermont. Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of skenyon1811
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's strange it took so long for me to review a Long Trail beer considering it is one of my favorite breweries.

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Nice appearance. Not as dark and amber as most Pale ales. has more of a golden lager color with a touch of orange. Good inch of head. Great retention.

S: I love the hoppiness. It smells so fresh. Kind of a piney scent. Little hint of citrus. I want my whole house to smell like this.

T: Very well balanced. This is no initial bite, it's more on the mellow side of bitterness. When moving your tongue around the after taste gives you a nice bite. It kind of has a little alcohol taste to it in the middle.

M: Crisp, smooth, and light. I love it.

D: This beer is great for anytime of the year. It is light and fresh for the summer, but also has that nice piney taste and relaxing feeling for the winter. It being more subtle on the bitterness than some Pale Ales lets you drink more of it and not destroy your taste buds so early in the night. Cheers!

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves some decent lace on the glass.

Aromas begin with contains light bready and toasty maltiness with hint of caramelized malts, a good amount of earthy hops and some lesser herbal/spicy hops.

The taste starts out with a strong burst of hops for the style. Then some caramel and earthy, spicy hop flavor joins in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean, crisp and smooth.

Overall I enjoyed this much more now then the last time I had this out of the bottle. A refreshing pale ale that goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild hop kick, good representation of style, this is a decent to find on draft amongst the macro swill and pseudo-craft offerings that exist in most bars.

Photo of travduke
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a big Long Trail drinker for awhile now and was glad to see they came out with a pale ale. Here it goes, poured into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

This looks like a pale ale should look. Copper/amber body with a two finger foamy white glass that holds great retention and produces nice lacing.

Hops hit you right in the nose. Floral and pine. Some sweet malt hides behind them.

Nice kick with the hops. Nothing too overwhelming. The malt is noticeable too which keeps his nicely balanced.

I'd say this will be one of my new pale ale session beers. I'd put it on the top of my list of English PAs. I like what they did here, I think it's different than what they normally produce and did a great job.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer that was in the mystery sixer that I bought sometime ago. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a nice pale straw color with an inch of head that fades rather quickly.

S - Slight grain and slight hops. Smells more aggressive than I wanted.

T - Yep the bitterness of what seems to be Bavarian malts kind of put a damper on it. Does taste pretty smooth.

M - Kind of dry yet satisfying.

D - Well it was nice to try but I wouldn't really think of Long Trail as sort of a "go to" pale ale. Still it was pretty OK and not skunked at all. Decent

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer has a ¼" off-white head and is a clear dark golden amber color with bright gold highlights. The head soon recedes to a thin layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves connected irregular patches of foam and leggy lacing. Throughout most of the beer there are spider webs of lacing at various places on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a little thin but fresh, earthy, and grassy from the hops and has a slightly bready component from the malt.

Taste: The flavors include some nice bready malt character and lots of grassy, herbal hops with an earthy bitterness dominating.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with a gentle but persistent carbonation for much of the beer. The finish is medium long with an earthy middle and a gentle bitter dryness to end up.

Drinkability: I found this nicely drinkable. I grew to like this beer more as I had more of it and I'm expecting I'll sample it again. While I'm not ready to rush out and by a whole case of it I would be quite happy to have a few bottles so as to have another fairly soon.

Photo of Genuine
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice dark amber in color with a very slight off white head that stayed around for a while.

Smell - a very soft hop essense and malts were noticed first. Nothing that really jumps out at you, but it's not hidden either. Pleasant.

Taste - Very smooth, easy drinking pale ale. Has a slight hop bite at the end, nothing tremendous but it's there enough to let you know that hops weren't left out. Some herbal hops as well, sometimes a slight bit sweet when warmed up. Still very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Light on the medium end. Carbonation is present but not prickly.

Overall - this is a good pale ale, great session beer. This is what i go to when i can't find anything else.

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Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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