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Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 372 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by thebrood1987:
Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get smells of vanilla, some graham cracker, a little allspice and a dash of pumpkin and maybe some cinnamon ending with a slight floral spicy hop.

You get the floral spicy hop up front and then it finishes with the vanilla and graham cracker crust taste which really makes this beer in my opinion. The allspice and pumpkin come in subtly with the pumpkin come off as a sort of green vegetable taste which is good and balances the sweetness from the spices and malts. I may be tasting a bit of ginger in there too with some of its spicy qualities.

I was surprised with this beer and I think it rivals some of the better made pumpkin beers out there. It was the last one in my beer store so maybe its more popular than I had imagined. Anyways good beer and definitely a sessionable Halloween beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of wattoclone
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 073512. Sampled on September 27, 2012.

It pours orange-copper with a short-lived fizzy white head that dissolves and leaves lacing.

The bouquet is rather played down with mild pumpkin spices and a kind of sandy, bready character.

The body is one of its better attributes with a medium and smooth texture.

The taste is slightly sweet at the start but then explosively bitter at the end. But it is not what I would call a hop bitterness. It was more like a lingering potato thing. Sadly the usually reliable Long Trail slips up a bit on this one but it is still reasonably drinkable.

Photo of philbe311
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy cloud like light brown colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... Loaded with swirling rapid paced carbonation... The color is a deep vibrant amber... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Fresh pumpkin guts... A bit of nutmeg... Toasted malts... Perhaps a touch of brown sugar as well...

T - Pumpkin and toasted malts battle for top billing... There is a slight hop presence and a bit of a metallic tinge as well...

M - Medium bodied... Clean... Crisp... The carbonation was much more subdued than the appearance alluded to... Goes down smooth sip after sip...

D - Not too shabby... A solid slightly above average pumpkin ale... Very quaffable... Outstanding appearance and slightly above average in all other facets... I would never turn one down, but this won't be one of my go to pumpkin ales either...

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark amber with a decent white head. Smells spicy and sweet-- malt backed up by ginger and cinnamon. Tastes sweet up front with spices kicking in during the middle--cinnamon, ginger, cloves along with toasty malt. Finishes dry and crisp. Light-medium body with a nice crisp carbonation.

Overall, easy drinking with a nice finish. There's something funky with the way the malt plays with the spices that doesn't quite work. The beer starts off nice, has a strange combination of flavors in the middle and finishes great. Wouldn't go back to it the way it is, but a slightly tweaked recipe could be great.

Photo of Ommy
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin Ale pours a great orange-copper color. The head is a bit frothy and sticks around for a little while.

On the nose I get a well toasted malt smell, along with very nice pumpkin spices.

The taste is about the same as the smell. I get toasted malts with a background of pumpkin spices. This is definitely an interesting direction with pumpkin beers since most try to go for more sweetness, and this beer is playing more towards the darker flavors.

Overall I think this beer is a great beer to try, it's not your typical pumpkin beer.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pumpkin in the nose along with some subtle hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of pumpkins. No sweetness or bitterness is detectable. As the beer warms up, the pumpkin flavors become stronger.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice pumpkin ale because it isn't overly sweet or packed with too many spices.

Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head that slowly settles.

Sweet malty aroma with subtle pumpkin pie spice aroma (clove mostly)

I'm impressed by the balanced flavor. almost all pumpkin ales are usually loaded with spices to the point where you cant have more than one or two without overwheling your palate. this has a bunch of sweet malt flavor with very subtle pumpkin spice. more of a brown ale than pumpkin ale but i dont care. its great.

Thin mouthfeel, but it doesnt make me as full as most other pumpkin ales

A pumpkin ale that you can actually have a few of without tasting clove all night. What a concept

Photo of BrewingViking
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S - ginger, spice, and slight pumpkin
A - crystal clear copper
F - light typical pumpkin spiciness with a hint more ginger. finishes with a nice light sweetness
M - light body
O - an average pumpkin beer. nothing over the top or exciting. easy to drink

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.63/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kind of surprised that this beer doesnt have an image or many reviews to go with it. So I assume that it must be a new style or it was introduced last year.

A: Beer pours an orange/amber color with a thick 1-inch creamy white head, which leaves some good lacing. The head is slow to dissipate so I just tilted the glass to see if it would leave anything.

S: Smell of pumpkin pie just reeks off the glass. I get hints of cinnamon, spice, nutmeg and of course, pumpkin.

T: The taste is a lot like the smell, gets some bread-type malts,roasted nuts like you would get in a Brown Ale, cinnamon and caramel. The flavor ends on the tip of the tongue with pumpkin and spice, but the pumpkin is not dominant.

M: Very creamy and rich, lots of flavors, light carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer regardless of your preference for how much pumpkin flavor there is.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely seek it out again. A really nice cross between a pumpkin beer and a brown ale. It could have used a little more pumpkin flavor, but im not complaining. Overall, solid!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin with little of the expected sweetness and very light hints of pumpkin pie spices - mostly just cinnamon.

T: Light flavors of malts with just a hint of caramel malt sweetness, followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin. Light hints of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon) in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and it is a pleasant change for the style that the beer is not really too sweet. Enjoyable but not sure that I want to have more than one of these at a session.

Photo of MistahBeah
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark amber fading to a ligher orange shade at the bottom. Filmy head without much retention. Some spotty lacing. Lots of carbonation

Smells spicy - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves - typical fare but pleasantly assertive. As another reviewer said there is a "generic beer" aroma in the background but I can't really fault it for that

Taste falls a little flat. The spices are there...and I feel like it ends there. Big nutmeg flavor with healthy doses of allspice and cinnamon. This leaves the beer feeling very drying with an earthy funk. A little more sweetness would have helped this greatly. There is a hint of caramel and brown sugar but not enough to save this

Feels drying with a bite of spiciness. Medium bodied. A tad flat

Overall not very impressive. Long Trail's imperial pumpkin is worth looking into but I would pass over this one

Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tis the pumpkin season and it's def time to strike some more off the list. Bottled 7/09/14.

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, very hazy honey amber brown color.

Nose has some pumpkin, but a weird one, a gourd like fleshy pumpkin, and lots of baking spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, some brown sugar and candy like aromas, a little pumpkin, sweet molasses candy mess like, butterscotch, a bit of a mess but still somehow light.

Taste brings more sweet sugary mess, brown sugar molasses and aged old bitter tannic burnt almost rotting like sugar cane plants, with some mild pumpkin and lots of bad gourd, etc. Baking spices are there, a bit less than I expected thankfully, nutmeg and allspice, hint of cinnamon, etc. A bit of bitterness, tannic burnt spice bitterness and spicy hop as well. Finish is bitter and tannic, more baking spices, and messy vegetal molasses lingering, little spicy hop, and some vegetal gourd pumpkin lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little syrupy.

Overall meh, pumpkin is vegetal and gourd like, not so tasty, as well as the sweet molasses and brown sugar, as well as the bitter tannic spices, etc. Not a very tasty beer.

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Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.