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Pollenator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 07-05-2001)
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Ratings: 275 | Reviews: 96 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by micmillon18:
Photo of micmillon18
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Born on date reads 02/01/11. I was really excited to find this at my local store, as I was aware of its retirement and hadn't realized they brought it back. Too bad it wasn't the hefeweizen...

A - Pours a clear orange. Head disappears quickly with the absolute minimum amount of lace atop the beer.

S - Slightly sweet, malty, a bit of yeast. There's something off about the smell, kinda funky. It's rather faint on the nose.

T - Malty, flavors of honey and citrus. Finishes well with some breadiness. Kind of tangy at times.

M - Smooth, good carbonation, light to medium bodied.

D - It goes down easy and is flavorful enough to make you want to have another. I understand their hefeweizen (formerly their spring/ summer seasonal) wasn't selling but they should brew something that separates itself from the pack. It's almost too similar to their pale ale unfortunately, which is a disappointment from a Long Trail fan.

micmillon18, Mar 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

oberon, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of GiannaG
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

GiannaG, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

bishopdc0, May 15, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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]

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
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!

kingcrowing, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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

PretzelsNBeer, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Dchandler422
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Dchandler422, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -12.3%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

glid02, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of CloudStrife
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

CloudStrife, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

BittRnessabounds, May 19, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

NJpadreFan, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BennyL1
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

BennyL1, May 22, 2012
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +17%

twowheelssoar, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

socon67, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Ezone024
4/5  rDev +17%
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

Ezone024, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

tempest, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of dahlen22
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!

dahlen22, Apr 12, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Enriquehopnog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of radiantdesigner
3.25/5  rDev -5%

radiantdesigner, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +46.2%

dave00100, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -12.3%

JedediahK, Mar 17, 2012
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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.