Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 373
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 4.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-02-2012

Long Trail is excited to launch Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, a slightly sweet seasonal treat artfully brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. The perfect drink for a fall day, this exceptionally balanced beer has an aroma very reminiscent of pumpkin pie.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 373
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Long Trail tumbler pint glass.

A: Bright, pale, clean and clear copper color with an orange tint beneath a two-finger head of ivory lacing that dissipates quickly and leaves a slight, edgy lacing of creamy foam.

S: Very nice, spicy and slightly sweet, inviting aroma to this beer. The ginger and clove zing across the nose, leading me to believe it may be more spicy tasting than anything else.

T: Assumptions were pretty spot on here. The initial malt sweetness is weak, with hints of roasted pumpkin and sweet caramel flavors. An array of spices follows suit, lending cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to the palate. There's a mildly acidic and fruity pumpkin flavor that ushers in a slightly brisk and assertive, dry, bittersweet hop finish. The spicy sweetness lingers on a bit with some musty pumpkin bitterness.

M: Thin, light and slightly tart on the palate, I was hoping for more of a full-bodied, creamy pumpkin ale. The spices and seemingly higher pH levels here throw some acrid sensations across the palate. Fairly clean and crisp, but not really what I was expecting.

O: A pretty mediocre, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale to further flood the market with. The 5.5% ABV and clean, crisp nature of the beer make it an easy choice as far as session pumpkin ales go. However, it's a bit too sharp, bland and hoppy to be a truly enjoyable, rich fall brew. I'd be unlikely to turn it down, but I probably wouldn't buy it outside of the variety pack if it were available. (1,515 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

I guess i liked this a little more than others.Pours a clear deep burnt orange with a thinner white head atop.Pumpkin pie spice....clove,cardamom,and cinnamon mainly in the nose with a hint of toast.Very light in the feel but decent flavors really with the pumpkin pie spice and some light roast,not crazy sweet but sweet enough,pretty average but not horrible. (361 characters)

Photo of kcc
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, medium-high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice, sugar, and bread

Taste: earth, pale malt, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with a underlying dry bitterness, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Of all the pumpkin beers I have had this fall, this one is one of the more disappointing ones. If you like your pumpkin spice more subtle and the beer a bit more on the pale side, this one is probably for you. Long Trail has a different take on the style, I just wish the pumpkin spice or breadiness would have popped some more. (593 characters)

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of PintHoister
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of wattoclone
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had tried the Long Trail Pumpkin last year and was impressed by the rich, smooth pumpkin taste. The spiced pumpkin flavor lingered for a long time. So impressed that I ran out and picked up a case this year as soon as it was available. This year's beer is vastly different than last year. Considerably less pumpkin flavor and a harsh bitterness than wreaks havoc on the taste buds. I even tried increasing the sweetness by dipping the glass in cinnamon sugar. Did not help. Unfortunately, as with many of the pumpkin ales you really need to sample the beer each year before you commit to a supply of it. Pity the Long Trail is such a disappointment this year. (661 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep copper/ amber, decent off white head holds a thin layer, spotty lacing.

Not a huge aroma. Traces of pumpkin spice, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Some dusty, earthy aromas, yeast? Bits of sweet malt.

Bitter sweet malt, pumpkin pie spice, hints of fleshy pumpkin. Hints of dusty, earthy notes.

I prefer a bit more body in my pumpkin ales.

A pretty lack luster average pumpkin ale. Good drinkability if you wanted to pound down a sixes, but not something I would seek out. (547 characters)

Photo of Jsonta
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of gunnerlincoln
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Phthomas33
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange/comer color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Very spicy. Lots of all-spice, nutmeg, molasses and cinnamon. I also get notes of freshly baked dark bread. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Malty and pumpkin-y up front, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with quite a bit of bitterness than I’m not used in other pumpkin beers, but it’s not really a hoppy bitterness, it’s something else, that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just a little pit of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer. Good malty flavor up front, balanced with the pumpkin and the spices. Unique in how much bitterness appears in the finish. Interesting. (938 characters)

Photo of ryanjtravis
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrew8626
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour with a high white foam. Rings of lacing ont he glass.

S - Nice scent of pumpkin with the traditional spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Very pleasant and not overdone.

T - Good flavor of fresh pumpkin and spices. Less spicy than many, and flavoring is consistent. Tends to mellow as it warms.

M - Not as sessionable as I'd like, but feels light and with minimal carbonation.

O - Actually one of the better pumpkin beers out there. Seems like it is new to the fall packs. I'd get this again. And at the price of a 12 pack it is a nice deal. (555 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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