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Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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288 Ratings

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

djrn2, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11%

nmann08, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

metter98, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

ygtbsm94, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

oberon, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jason, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Kegatron, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

oriolesfan4, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Billolick, Yesterday at 06:03 PM
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

wrightst, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rolltide8425, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper-brown coloring with no head. Aromas of roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar. Smells very smooth and rich. Flavors are sharply roasted, with a rough backbone. The pumpkin flavors are overshadowed by the roasting and increased carbonation, giving the beer a very sharp feeling in mouth. Roasty, pumpkin sweet aftertaste with extremely mild spicing. A light, crisp, quick finish. I was intrigued by the smell, but it left a bit to be desired past that point.

GarthDanielson, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +18.7%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And the glut of seasonal beers arrives early...in August. Still, this is a curious addition.

Pours a orange-ish amber color with a two-finger head in my glass. Lots of lacing. Very active carbonation.

A hint of pumpkin spices greet the nose followed by a standard template of sweet malt that's barely hopped.

Ditto on taste. Pumpkin is visible but doesn't seem to work well enough as it's overpowered by the malt and hops. Then again, these ales have always been about the spices and a weak base malt.

Lingering pumpkin spice and malt make up the mouthfeel. It's spartan at best.

Meh. I'm not sure what they're aiming for here but it's not anything that I want to drink often. Reminds me too much of a marzen.

Brad007, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Rhettroactive, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

tone77, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Boone757, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

puboflyons, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

ZEB89, May 05, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

DmanGTR, Feb 02, 2013
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Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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