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Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-02-2012)
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Reviews by JustinAniello:
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

A - Pours orange-brown with a two and a half finger head. Dissipates to a nice cap and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet pumpkin, dark toffee, and some light spices.

T - Sweet pumpkin at first, just barely sour. The darker toffee/coffee shows through on the swallow with a bit of the spice, mostly cinnamon and a little nutmeg. A burnt flavor in the aftertaste that throws it off.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad pumpkin ale, but nothing extraordinary. The burnt flavor in the aftertaste really brings the experience down, and the aroma is mild on spices. Worth trying if you are looking for a darker tasting pumpkin beer, but there are better options in general.

11-10-2012 01:55:45 | More by JustinAniello
More User Reviews:
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -10.7%

08-16-2014 16:34:21 | More by Doomcifer
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

04-28-2014 03:06:51 | More by megamass
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

10-01-2012 16:40:59 | More by tigg924
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-20-2013 17:46:06 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

09-12-2012 01:15:11 | More by wattoclone
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

09-29-2013 17:29:53 | More by dogfishandi
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4/5  rDev +19%

10-30-2012 14:09:58 | More by briandaube
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-06-2013 01:02:59 | More by Loveyourbeer
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

08-30-2012 22:41:08 | More by socon67
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -10.7%

12-09-2012 22:51:21 | More by Damian74Shensky
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2013 01:24:37 | More by Larrydoherty
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of foamy and slightly off-white colored head. This maintains a smooth and creamy ½ finger that skims the surface, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing which quickly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice even blend of pumpkin, light sweetness and festive spices. Those spices kind of hang on the edges of the nose and mingle in with a gentle green floral feel.

The taste is fresh, fleshy pumpkin, a neutral kind of sticky sweetness and just the right amount of pumpkin spices. Hops have a bit of rawness to them that leave this dry and bitter on the finish. The flavors achieve a nice evenness as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm feel down the center of the tongue and then more smooth and creamy on the edges. This has a nice drinkable feel to it.

It’s good to see Long Trail finally putting a Pumpkin Ale out, as it’s a seasonal style that would seem to be right in their wheel house. And this was a nice example of the style too, with an easy feel, balanced flavors and a fresh pumpkin character that carried this well. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out again for this one.

10-17-2012 17:08:24 | More by Kegatron
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-16-2013 10:23:25 | More by ChrisL24481
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-12-2013 21:34:09 | More by Enriquehopnog
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4/5  rDev +19%

09-22-2012 05:01:09 | More by runawayJame
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-13-2012 17:23:33 | More by cruzmissile72
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a clear golden copper color with a very short soapy head. Typical amber ale appearance.

The aroma is of a light bready malt with some caramel notes. Some lemon scents as well. The pumpkin spices are subtle but noticable. Ginger, nutmeg, and allspice come through. Aroma seems to lean more on the amber ale side.

Steely caramel amber malt base provides some bready flavors as well as lemony tea. The pumpkin spices are quite light, not really standing out. The actual pumpkin provides a slight veggie flavor. Noticable hop bitterness.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate with an earthy hop bitterness in the end.

More of an amber/marzen type of ale. The pumpkin spice is too light. I do like the bear carting the pumpkins on the label for what its worth.

08-18-2012 18:44:02 | More by Gmann
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New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/4

Pours rusty copper with scattered white foam. Hazy/cloudy. Malty nose, hints of pumpkin and spice. Taste is a light cinnamon, spiced malt, with nutmeg/clove making a cameo. Pumpkin-rind like bite at the end. Pie taste too.

10-27-2013 14:15:01 | More by KTCamm
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-14-2014 01:00:03 | More by apasternak
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-19-2014 22:47:50 | More by ChrisChagnon
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Vivid and deep Orange hue with a sticky white head. Smells of lightly toasted grain and pumpkin spices. Soft vanilla and cinnamon with hints of nutmeg.

Thin brisk body yet feels kind of full in the mouth. Light toasted malt sweetness followed by pumpkin flavor and its accompanying spices. Finishes with spicy with a linger well done pie crust taste in the mouth. Subtle yet complex with waves of flavor and great drinkability. Not an in your face pumpkin but definitely nice for some fall daytime drinking. A nice fall session choice.

08-23-2012 03:33:45 | More by jtierney89
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West Virginia

3.61/5  rDev +7.4%

A- pours a clear copper color with a nice two-finger frothy off-white head that retains long after the pour

S- vegetal aromas with some flowery notes, cinnamon & nutmeg, musty

T- the base beer drinks like an amber ale , there's quite a bit of malty backbone. Some cinnamon and pumpkin spice kick in mid-palate, the finish is spicy and dry

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel leads to a slick finish

O- more malt presence than most pumpkin ales I've had, which is welcomed. There's a nice spiciness in the flavor but nothing overpowers. Worth a try.

10-16-2013 19:45:25 | More by Treyliff
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3.73/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown/orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of pumpkin and spices. Taste is mellow compared to the smell, pumpkin, a touch of spice, kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

10-05-2012 20:50:34 | More by tone77
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

Had this af a pumpkin tasting along with 23 other pumkin beers

Say what you want. This was a blind tasting... .

There were 6 judges... of the six... one judge had it #1 and 4 of the 6 had it in there top 5.

Had the best pop... cleanest taste.. very good brew and I would look for this one when seeking out pumpkin brews

11-03-2013 03:16:13 | More by pjkelley82
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Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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