Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 374
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am in the process of weeding out the backlog here at Chez Woody and it is interesting to see what I bought at various times and forgot about. This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is a major source for singles around here.

From the bottle: "Take a Hike!"; "When the nights grow cold and the moon hangs low, we carve out a place for Pumpkin Ale's return - a seasonal treat that's ripe for the pickin'."

The label also identified it as "Unfiltered", so I agitated it in the bottle and allowed it to re-settle before Pop!ping the cap. This also allowed for a no-holds-barred pour, just the sort of thing that #TheOldLady hates me doing. I got two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention as a result. Color was a hazy, not-quite-cloudy, Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled spicy, loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. I kind of dig this out-of-season jaunt that I am on of late. I got really overwhelmed by Pumpkin Ales last Fall, which is how this got shunted to the side, but today, I am digging it! Mouthfeel was full, creamy, like a dollop rather than a draught. The cinnamon was front and center, but I liked how the other spices just kind of worked in harmony in the background. This was very evocative of pumpkin pie with whipped cream! Finish was bone-dry, thanks to all of the spices. Nice. (1,363 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good Pumpkin Ale. Not too sweet and fairly restrained on the pumpkin spices. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a medium size beige head and some lacing on the glass. Better than average retention. Smell is fairly mild, mostly pumpkin.

Aroma is not that pronounced, fresh pumpkin and sweet malt..more molasses and sugar than caramel. Taste is pretty good, a plain Pumpkin Ale that does not go overboard on sweetness and typical Pumpkin Spices. There seems to be a little yeast presence as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly rich, the beer is not too thin or weak. Nice job on a style that often is too over-the-top for me. (627 characters)

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 thedoubler55
3/5  rDev -15.3%

A: Cloudy copper color with a red tint to it, about one finger of off white head at the top that leaves some slight lacing around the glass.

S: Nothing spectacular on the nose, some cinnamon, and nutmeg come through and some slight hint of spice on the tail end as well.

T: Taste like a regular pumpkin ale, with no spectacular notes coming through, kind of bland and taste more like an amber ale.

M: Light side, some slight carbonation.

O: Did not really enjoy this one, tasted mostly generic, nothing crazy about this beer and not a lot of flavors coming through. (571 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

Better than avg. pumpkin, but not by a lot. Hazy like most Long Trails. Slightly sweet - could be less so for my tastes - but not overspiced, which is a downfall of many pumpkins. Good, not great. (196 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottle. Pours a dark amber color. Head is standard. Very generous with lacing. Aroma consists solely of pumpkin spicing. Sweetness and spices. Noticeable cloves. Pumpkin beer all the way. Pumpkin and all the members of the spice gang. Actually has a gourdy flavor. Slightly bitter. Less spice-laden on the tongue. Medium bodied. Another Pumpkin....another Pumpkin. (364 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,217 characters)

Photo of EastCoastMinnesotan
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Pumpkin is getting a bit overdone (seems like everything is pumpkin spice these days) but like everything else they do, Long Trail has produced a nice version of a pumpkin ale. Balanced, not overly sweet with the right amount of spice. Well done (247 characters)

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Nice basic pumpkin beer. A little sweetness, some pumpkin and little spice. For the price I would highly recommend this unless you like a lot of spice. (153 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Pours a hazy and deep burnt orange. Not much head, but most of these pumpkin beers do anyhow (3.75/5).

S: Very sweet cinnamon-sugar smell. Ginger and clove (3.5/5).

M: Pretty smooth, but not quite creamy. Easy to drain. Low-moderate carbonation (3.25/5).

T: First few sips were pretty good. Nice blend of earthy gourdiness, and balanced autumn spices. Medicinally bitter aftertaste...really bad like you've left a pill in your mouth too long (2.75/5) (456 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with a bit of sediment floating around. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. It features a fluffy, semi-dense texture and good retention. A consistent, thick ring of lacing is left behind. (3.25)

Smell: Nothing really surprising here. The primary note is a sweet, caramel-laden backbone featuring a kiss of gourd. Again with the lack of surprises, the spicing is a bit harsh, with the ginger and nutmeg coming off in a slightly medicinal manner. As always, it's not my style, but it could have been FAR worse. (3)

Taste: I'm getting very little gourd character - it tastes more like a spiced amber ale. It opens up with a healthy caramel backbone, with spices gradually building up toward the finish. There are faint roasted touches I don't really get in other pumpkin ales, which serves to throw it off balance some. Again, it's pretty much a mediocre amber ale with some fall spices...luckily, the latter doesn't come off too harshly. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Well, it's on the light side, but it isn't that dry. There's a generic, obstructive sweetness that lies on the palate too heavily, hurting its drinkability a good deal. Carbonation is middling. (2.5)

Overall: I'm not enjoying this one. No, I don't particularly enjoy the style to be fair (with a few exceptions), but this could still use a few more tweaks, such as more pumpkin or a more defined sweetness. Others may like it, I don't. (2.5)

2.64/5: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, this is not (1,527 characters)

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 AyeMito
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Usually I go for pumpkin beers that have more of a stronger pumpkin flavor, but I like how Long Trail's pumpkin beer is done. It definitely weighs more on the spiced side but I really enjoy how it seems to have sweeter notes of brown sugar as opposed to more potent hints of cinnamon. The flavors of clove, nutmeg and brown sugar give it a good body and finishes with a slight bit of pumpkin thrown in there. To me, its nothing too original but has respectable elements to it. (476 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

my first pumpkin brew of the year this year, coming mid august, earlier every year but I am okay with that, and okay with this being the start of hopefully a long pumpkin ale season. its got a cool spice profile that's not super autumnal, more spice than squash, and a sort of lightness to it, maybe from honey rather than molasses. less raw, more refined. allspice and anise are there, and the pumpkin appears to be more roasted than raw. a nice orange rusty caramel color, a little haze to it, and a short and short lived tan head. it smells and tastes quite robust, but I don't find it overdone on the spices, and it has a real natural and organic sort of earthy feel to it, not artificially flavored at all. I find the body to be far thinner than I like in the style, maybe too light for cold weather, but it helps me drink it in this summer weather. carbonation is there but there is a missing middle to the feel and a strange tannic finish. mouthfeel would be its lowest score I think, if that feature were not just removed from this site. if it comes back I will update, if not, look elsewhere for a fuller bodied pumpkin ale. (1,133 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
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 (322 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright bronze color with a white soapy head. Aroma of hops and pumpkin. In the taste, pumpkin and caramel malt, mild spice and a fair hop bitterness. Not as sweet as advertised, which is a good thing in this case. Leafy, tobaccoesque hop character and nutmeg in the finish. The pumpkin flavor remains dispersed throughout. Light to medium bodied mouth feel, with moderate carbonation and a spice/hop bite. Overall, this is a well crafted pumpkin ale, which is a distinctly American beer style. (508 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 Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-copper color with a small white fizzy head. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very pleasant overall. It has a nice roasted pumpkin smell mixed with a little bit of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Other aromas of some cinnamon and a decent amount of nutmeg are there as well, giving the aroma a nice, semi-dry, pumpkin pie aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a decent caramel and brown sugar sweetness as well as some pumpkin and bready flavors. As the flavor advances the sweetness fades with the overall taste growing slightly drier. Along with the sweetness fading some, the pumpkin flavors grow more intense and take on more notes of a roasted nature. The spice flavors also come to the tongue at this time, with a decent showing of nutmeg and allspice and a little bit of cinnamon as well. In the end, some of the sweeter flavors that were lost come back and grow a bit more intense, with all the flavor transitions throughout the taste, leaving a nice roasted and moderately sweetened spiced pumpkin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly lower side. Overall the medium thickness and carbonation are rather nice of the style as it makes for a rather nice balance between drinkability as well as still maintaining enough of a thickness to support the more spiced pumpkin flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather sweet but enjoyable pumpkin ale with a nice blend of roasted pumpkin and spice. Overall rather easy drinking and tasty. (1,748 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a orange amber color. Quite bright and orange.

The aroma has pumpkin, a bit of caramel malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The flavor follows with pumpkin in the front with a bit of that fermented pumpkin flavor. There's a bit of spice and then a clean bready note along with some sweet brown sugar. The finish has candy sweetness to it.

I was pleasantly impressed by this. A good drinkable pumpkin ale. (416 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Pours a nice orange amber color two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.
S - Fresh pumpkin puree nutmeg, i sense a little diacetyl which isnt great, but theres a nice actual pumkin aroma, some cinnamon on the end too. A little biscuity malt in the mix.
T - Flavor is a letdown. You get more dry spice than pumpkin.
M - Highly carbonated, fizzy feeling.
O - Looks nice and smell is decent but flavor is really off unfortunately. (459 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an ample off white head.

Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and malt.

Taste is big pumpkin up front followed by bitter and sweet spice - ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. It has a thick sweet malt flavor with some subtle caramel notes. This is a very good pumpkin ale. It flirts with a good amount of spice without being cloying. (341 characters)

Photo of jaffers
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first pumpkin beer I've had this fall, so my opinion may be slightly favorable but I really like this beer. It's got a nice, even pumpkin aroma and flavor that's not overstated and is incredibly refreshing. Pumpkin doesn't dominate the palate like some other beers of this style tend to do, I'm thinking Shipyard Pumpkinhead and it doesn't taste like pumpkin pie. I've always been a fan of Long Trail beers and I was glad to see this in the fall mix pack. An excellent start to pumpkin beer season! (511 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a fall sampler pack from Long Trail. Tried the Pumpkin first thinking I'd like it the least. I still look for that holy grail "Pumpkin Pie In A Glass" and almost every bottled beer hasn't been what I dug.

First, I poured this into a glass because my first few sips out of the bottle had that rusty metallic taste from the cap. The ones I've poured in a glass haven't suffered. Starts dark orange with a nice foam head and a sticky lace that 5 minutes in, is still there. Slight carbonation. Smells of cinnamon and pumpkin, but a little alcohol also along cooked grain.

Was smooth in the mouth with sweet being the profile and washed with a dragging foam and cheap beer aftertaste. My first impression is with other pumpkin beers I've tried, that it was a wet burlap sack of pumpkin and cinnamon steeped like tea in a glass of beer base. The cinnamon is about gone, sweet more from the pumpkin and grain with the alcoholic burn that dances on the sides of the flavor. Did I just type that? Yeah.

The good news is, as a pumpkin, this is a big glass of okay. I still looked forward to getting done so I could have other tastes in the sampler case. Oh yeah, two of these have a pretty good kick. (1,200 characters)

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