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Pumpkin Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

283 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
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 jaffers
4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

jaffers, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11%

nmann08, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Ricochet
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Ricochet, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Beermaine
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Beermaine, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Pumpkin Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz. Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass

Pours an amber brown with a copper tint. A decent off white head forms on top. Random trails of spots and sticky lacings.

The nose smells like freshly baked wheat bread with some spices mixed in with a hint of ginger cookies.

The mouthfeel has a chewy malt quality, maybe just a tad thin on the finish though. The pumpkin flavors are there and not overly powerful. Some sips give off flavors of allspice or nutmeg. There is a nice hop snap on the finish too.

This brew has a solid drinkability level and captures the flavors of the Fall season quite well.

Hibernator, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of musicsherlock
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

musicsherlock, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Bito401
3/5  rDev -11%

Bito401, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of canawler
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

canawler, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

CaptDavyJones, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of smb71481
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

smb71481, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of HopGrazer
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

HopGrazer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of spokeydonkey
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

spokeydonkey, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of soxandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

soxandbeer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ColdWaffles, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

rypkr, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Doogflaggat
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Doogflaggat, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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

MistahBeah, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of John_Squires
2/5  rDev -40.7%

John_Squires, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of wraynathan
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving Type:

Bottle

Appearance:

Dark, Amber color. Nice Autumn color for a fall beer/pumpkin beer.

Smell:

This beer doesn't seem very special. The smell consists of some allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You get a strong aroma of, what I'll call, a typical beer smell. I like my pumpkin beer to have a strong aroma of pumpkin and spice, but this beer lacks that aroma.

Taste:

The taste of this beer is okay. The taste is a little abrasive to the pallet, due to the bitterness of the beer.

Mouthfeel:

Lightly Medium body. Abrasive to the mouth.

Overall:

This is an okay pumpkin beer. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment as are most pumpkin beer. As always, it's worth it to try it for yourself, but there are other better pumpkin beers than this.

wraynathan, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of DAS30
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

DAS30, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of russwilliam
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

russwilliam, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Kcman91
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Kcman91, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -11%

1Sundown2C, Jul 27, 2013
Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.