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Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin Ale
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238 Ratings

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

08-22-2012 14:39:38 | More by djrn2
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11%

09-14-2013 00:34:29 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-11-2012 03:41:17 | More by metter98
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

09-18-2013 03:41:24 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Knapp85


2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

09-12-2013 02:32:51 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-20-2014 16:52:40 | More by Jason
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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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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.

08-14-2014 22:09:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2014 12:03:58 | More by InspectorBob
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-07-2012 20:18:22 | More by dbrauneis
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3.59/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

10-03-2013 00:52:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

09-25-2012 00:36:33 | More by rolltide8425
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North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

09-11-2012 01:15:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

08-12-2012 03:21:36 | More by Brad007
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-24-2014 22:08:11 | More by Rhettroactive
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18.7%

10-20-2012 20:15:12 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.73/5  rDev +10.7%

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 Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

09-27-2012 23:50:03 | More by puboflyons
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

02-02-2013 21:39:15 | More by DmanGTR
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

05-05-2013 17:26:56 | More by ZEB89
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%

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
Photo of tigg924


2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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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3.55/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-28-2013 01:23:42 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-13-2012 17:12:47 | More by Holland
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

10-23-2012 22:40:18 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.