Pollenator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 07-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Features a medium amber body, balanced with a modest amount of Willamette hops. This spring ale is highly drinkable, flavorful and finishes clean and crisp.

34 IBU
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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 96
Reviews by BeefyMee:
Photo of BeefyMee
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful golden hue to the body and a soft white head on top. Good lacing. Heck, even the label is nice with its cheerful, springy colors.

S: Very interesting. Biscuity at first and then a huge orange citrus aroma. I like it.

T: The citrus doesn't come through as much and actually turns a little soapy. Some light grains are present with just a tiny bit of bitterness from the minimal hops.

This makes a nice spring/summer beer or just an everyday type of beer. I bought a 12 pack and finished it off pretty quick.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this alot living in Vermont and foud it very easy ti drink.Was nice honey/orange color with decent well retained head,honey very obviouse in the nose.Very fresh tasting beer very springtime,very refreshing.Really liked drinking that along with Magic Hat-Fat Angel while up there.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with my wife.

The beer pours golden with a large head to start. The head subsides and leaves a sticky lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of malt to start very difficult to find the hops but they are there.

The taste is pale malts to start. The sweetness continues and becomes slight bitter but the hop flavor is all but lost.

Overall a drinkable pale better then BMC but at what cost.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely copper color with a very noticeable honey aroma. The honey flavor really complemented the maltiness. I only had the sampler size. I would like to try this again without the other 5 beers and see how I like it.

[Note: edited 1/21/03. Given the other beers I've tried, I needed to tone down my first few reviews]

Photo of kingcrowing
4.49/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

20th Anniversary limited release in a bomber.

Wow, this really blew me away nice 2 finger head in a Long Trail Altbier glass with a nice honey aroma. Slightly sweet with a very golden color. Very nice lacing all the way down the glass. This is one of the smoothest and most solid summer beers I've ever had.

If you get a chance grab a couple bombers, next time I see it, I'm stocking up!

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

On a hot summer night in August this beer is perfectly suited for taste and refreshment.

The case I bought was dated 6/2/09 & this was the first time I tried this particular beer from LT and I was not disappointed. I was looking for something light to medium bodied & flavorful and the Pollenator nailed it to a T.

The first pour produced a nice head which left a nice lace on the glass as it slowly subsided - so far, so good. The aroma is modestly present and instantly lets you know this isn't a hoppy powerhouse beer. There's more of a malty nose to it & it invites you to the first sip. The first taste lends a sweet initial taste followed by the taste of honey trailed by a nice semi-dry finish. No big hop presence here but the beer is very nicely balanced and is extremely drinkable. The mouthfeel is rather light which makes this beer a great warm weather treat.

The good thing about the bomber bottles is you can tell the cops (or wife) you only had 3 beers & still have a good night - wink wink nudge nudge. This beer will definitely have you drinking more than 1. enjoy

Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells similar to a braggot - grainy malts with somewhat herbal notes and a bit of sweetness that I attribute to honey judging by the bear riding the bee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rustic pale malt flavors up front with hints of earthiness and a sweetness that comes elsewhere than the malt. Ending is mildy crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass alright but I'm not sure I'd like another.

Overall this really did remind me of a braggot, although I have to warn that I've had a very small amount of them. Maybe worth a shot for the novelty however I wouldn't seek it out by any stretch.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a snifter. 011612 on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange gold with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Average visible carbonation.

S: Not much, a little malt, slight hop.

T: Has a light ale taste with a smooth taste. Well balanced malt and hop. Seems a tad off center.

M: Crisp and quite drinkable. I dont think the mouthfeel makes it harder to drink.

Overall an average beer that doesnt stand up in the current craft beer scene.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first looked at this bottle with the big bumblebee and sunflowers on the label I wasn't expecting much. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. Pollenator pours a nice copper color with a nice but not spectacular head. The smell was pleasant and dominated by the sweet honey. The taste was what really surprised me. The honey flavor is very well blended with the malt and hops to make this a nicely balanced and tasty beer. The good level of carbonation along with the fairly light body also added to the experience. I wasn't sure what to expect when I tried this, and I can easily say I was happy with the results.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail- Pollenator

A- Light yellow with a huge chunky sea foam head. Thick lacing down the glass.
S- Light touch of honey and lemon with a light sweet buttery grainy malt and light citrus.
T- Light sweet honey touched buttery grainy malt with an even lighter lemon and orange citrus hop body. Sweet honey iced tea flavor in the end.
M- Very light and sweet with a slick buttery feel and a light crisp citrusy finish.

Overall- very light but crisp and easily drinkable.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. 20th anniversary limited release of a classic.

A lively golden-light honey color and a very nice 'n thick, pure white head...slow dissipation. looking good.

The aroma is a very abundant hearty and earthy scent, freshly husked corn, dry wheat, earthy yeast and honey-sweet malt.

Balance, it's important in life and in beer and this one is really a good example of flavor balance. The malt delivers a sweet but light edge along with equally as fun amounts of hearty, dry and earthy tones like herbal-earthy hops and a dry kick in the light, snappy feel.

I wasn't sure i was going to find just the right brew after a long hike today, but this is it. Can't go wrong for $2.99 a bomber.

Photo of BennyL1
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on 4/16/12. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint.

Appearance is golden yellow with a very slender head. The lacing left behind on the glass is also very average. Not bad, but average at best.

Aromas of mild hops and light malt. Slightly sweet, but nothing noteworthy.

Taste is much of the same. Good balance of citrus hops and malt make this brew pretty refreshing. Aftertaste is on the sweeter side, solid if nothing else. The mouthfeel on this beer is good, with appropriate carbonation. Body on the lighter side, making this one pretty easy to drink.

Decent beer, nothing to go crazy over. Makes for some easy drinking with the flavor to make it interesting.

Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Cole's. Easy mouthfeel, honeyish yet not too sweet, though a spoonful of sugar. Not much taste. Not much to look at, like some honey boiled in a glass. minimal hops. Litle carbonation. Nothing objectionable, and there is market for this garden variety. Here is a beer to throw a slice of orange in.

Photo of socon67
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden with a soapy white foam. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells slightly sweet. Has a floral scent as well.

T - Nothing special. Maybe a bit of sweetness at the end. But otherwise it is a bland pale ale.

M - Refreshing and smooth. A good session beer.

O - Just not enough to separate this from every other APA on the market.

Photo of Ezone024
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark golden color with a thin white head, leaves aromas of toasted malt with some metallic notes...

taste is very toasty, bready malts and the light hops cut through just enough to make this a crisp springtime beer.

the feel on the mouth is very buttery this spring ale reminds me of a better version of blue points toasted lager, it is much more complex yet in the same vein as other "toasted" style brews.

overall as usual Long trail comes through with a winner

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Euro Market in Queens. I wasn't sure what to expect, but most honey beers come off as sweet, bland blonde ales. This has a legitimate hops character with a mild honey character. There's a peppery finish and an herbal citrus (reminds me of Cascade hops) bite similar to Summit Extra Pale Ale, but there's also that light honey sweetness and a creamy, toasty malt element. Cool summer beer, check it out.

Photo of dahlen22
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow with a slight head and decent carbonation.

Aroma: Bread and a slight floral aroma.

Taste: Not too bad. A slight maltiness with a smooth bread layer and some slight hops in the finish.

Overall: I have always liked this brewery and this beer is pretty decent as well. Light, refreshing and easy to drink. Great for a baseball game in the summer. Cheers!!

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with my buddy Josh after a short tattoo session on me. Got in a trade with VanillaMike. Thanks for everything once again Mike! 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear light copper/deep golden yellow color. 1 finger white head dies rather quickly leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- I have to agree with the people who say it has a semi sweet nose to it. Grainy malts with a light earthy tone to it. The sweetness sneaks up in the back end of this beer with the malts and maybe honey or something else.

T- This pretty much tastes like how it smells. Light earthy tone to this with some pale malts in there. There is a sweetness on the ending of this beer that does come from somewhere other than the caramel malts that I taste in other beers. Think this really was brewed with honey.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is there and does a nice job with the beer. Crisp and clean in the mouth and in the after taste. Leaves sweet malts in the mouth after the sip is gone from the palate.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer. I was glad I got to try this one. Would love to maybe have another time.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely extremely pale straw color with the best clarity I've seen in a beer (better than coors light only because coors light is always served so cold that it frosts up the glass). Sticky bright white head. Not much on the nose, some biscuit, thats about it.

Taste is light, slightly sweet, crisp, and a little bigger in body than expected. Lightly toasted all grain bread with a touch of sticky sweet, caramel/ honey like sweetness and overall floral hop presence balancing everything out to the crisp beer that it is.

Would make for a good spring seasonal but I dont really understand spring seasonals. Good and drinkable as usual from long trail but like long trails other seasonals; not worth the seasonal availability.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of hops. Taste is also mild, some malts, lightly hopped for the style, mellow flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 012312. Sampled on March 23, 2012. It pours golden yellow with moderate carbonation leading up to a full white head that lingers. The aroma is pelasntly balanced with roasted barley malts talking up the more shy crisp hoppy character in the background. The body is light but not thin. The taste is refreshing with a fine balance opf malts and clean hops. Moderate bitterness. This is the epitome of a spring pale ale.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A pristine clarity of pale orange color has a spacious and slow rising effervesce within. A bubbly and frothy ivory colored head retains moderately while leaving a thin speckled spot of lacing on the vessel.

S: Damp pale grains, fresh sunflower, shrubbery hops, with a pinch of dried stale honey malt and pale oranges bring a flowery sense to the aroma.

T: First impression was a bit watery, things happen to thicken up a bit on subsequent sips. Damp pale grains, musky sunflowers brings a moldy, flowery hop flavor as with the nose, but again doesn’t mean its tasty. The flavor and body seems thin, with pale oranges, dried honeymalt that wimpers on the swallow with a watery finish.

M: holds a bit more substance then the flavor delivers, slippery syrupy malt base with some sour orange flower hop fade off the tongue. Very low carbonation factor fails to bring the zip and snap to the palate.

O: Maybe this was a bad bottle. Overall lacks crispness with a sour orange and dried honey malt flavor that is thin and watery. The hops are a bit strange, weeds and wildflowers and not one I would drink as a summer ale or one I could recommend per style. Pass.

Photo of pbrian
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully clear copper color, darker than most other honey beers you will find. The honey aroma really kicks ass. They don't just throw some clover honey in the boil a to call it a honey beer. They must use some aromatic style and add it late in the boil so all the good stuff doesn't boil off. You can taste the difference as well. There is, however, a slightly funky aftertaste, but overall a good beer.

Photo of fitzy84
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the location in Bridgewater Corners. The beer had a light golden-yellow appearance with a medium sized head. The aromas were mostly floral with a light hop flavoring. Could sense some of the honey aroma to the beer. The taste had a slight buttery sweetness mixed with a light bready flavor. The carbonation that looked apparent in appearance was definitely noticeably in the beer, making it a very refreshing sweet drink. Overall, not too bad.

Photo of scottg
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Unretired for their 20th anniversary for a limited time.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold color with a one finger off white head that lasts throughout the beer, lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Sweet aromas of honey and toasted malt with subtle hop aromas. Caramel, honey, biscuity with undertones of noble hops. Mediuim carbonation, light body- a little watery with a buttery finish. An easy drinking beer, well balanced. Would be great at a summer BBQ.

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