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Pollenator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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: guinness33 on 07-05-2001)
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 12:54:48 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17%

12-01-2011 19:47:33 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of grain.
T: The initial taste has flavors of pale malts and hints of sweetness with a light amount of bitterness; hints of spicy hops are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste as being exciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:36:34 | More by metter98
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

03-23-2013 02:25:01 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 10:53:16 | More by oberon
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-14-2012 19:42:28 | More by JAHMUR
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, citrus, honey and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with sweet flavors of citrus, honey and caramel. Then there's a mild hops bitterness that comes in and although it's a little weak for the style; it works well for this beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:24:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:28:50 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-04-2013 03:04:07 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After those light beers, I am ready for a beer, bottle have to go with this one since I don't have any CANs on deck.

From the bottle: "As days grow longer & warmer, we celebrate the seasonal transition with our spring offering, Pollenator. Pollenator 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. Enjoy!"

My pour garnered two solid fingers of off-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a very grassy quality underlain with a honey-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a grassy, earthy taste on the tongue which was kind of unexpected and quite welcome. Finish was also grassy initially and then giving over to a pleasant honey sweetness on the extreme finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 18:51:30 | More by woodychandler
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer (which is centered) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral hops along with lighter notes of some pale malts and grains.

T: The flavor starts out with pale malts and some light amount of honey sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness that seems to be contributed by a combination of floral and spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Clean.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and quite sessionable. While the beer is not amazing, it is very drinkable and with the lower ABV it is definitely a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 20:00:06 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft doughy malts and a light herbal hop.

The taste consisted of clean grainy malt, a touch if honey and a crisp herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light and clean.

Overall a tasty, quaffable spring beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 23:43:55 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:27:14 | More by beerthulhu
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5%

02-10-2013 14:13:03 | More by Kelp
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 03:19:15 | More by glid02
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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary release. I've never even had this beer.

Pours a dark golden color with a one-finger head into my fluted Piraat goblet.

Aroma is full of honey, sweet malt and very mild hops. Not bad so far.

Taste is sweet with honey, sweet bready malt and very mild hops. Simple. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bitterness, honey and sweet malt. Not bad but a bit harsh.

A classic from Long Trail. I'm not sure I'd buy it again but it's tolerable enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 04:32:12 | More by Brad007
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2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the dublin house in red bank

Pours a hazed golden color with some darker burnt orange tones. A thinner layer of white head retains with film, leaving some spots of lacing.

A pretty faint, weak scent with some lemon grass and peel, a touch of herbal hops, and a bit of sweet metal.

Soft hop profile coupled with grassy lemon sweetness. Some odd metallic flavors with a bit of peppery spice and floral hops. Cracker-like malts with another bit of homogenized fruit sweetness, finishes a bit dry.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation...I don't know about this one. Long Trail can be hit or miss, and I ordered this in an attempt to avoid the macro offerings, but this was just as bad. Poor flavor, weak nose, and not something I'd want again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 21:03:52 | More by xnicknj
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-22-2012 04:02:18 | More by rolltide8425
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-10-2013 13:29:51 | More by tobelerone
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal-clear, honey-yellow coloring with only a sparse, filmy coating of head and a decent cling along the glass. Aromas are honey sweet, slightly toasted grains, and a subtle hopping. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a slight peppering at the end of the profile. Honey sweet backbone with a tangy, spicy hop presence that cleans the palate, and a citrus blend of lemon and tangerine throughout. The beer is light and bubbly in mouth, leaving a slightly filmy finish. Sweet and peppery aftertaste is like a kick of lemon pepper all over the palate. Decent beer, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:36:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this average beer for an average price of 1.00 for the single.

A - Carbonation throughout making a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a sticky lace ring. Color is a very dark orange yellow color kind of like honey.
S - Dry honey like smell with sweet malts and a touch of grains. Smells light with little to no hops on the nose.
T - Dry honey like flavor layered with a metallic twang of grainy bitterness. Sweeter malts fill in the finish making it somewhat enjoyable. Could use more balance.
M - Light to medium. Not bad.
Overall for a dollar it's either hit or miss and I believe I got my moneys worth. An easy drinking beer with somewhat interesting flavor. Maybe could use more honey like malts to balance out the grainy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:34:00 | More by DrDemento456
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

01-10-2013 08:23:01 | More by chippo33
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3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 14:19:19 | More by tone77
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3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of VanillaMike.

Pours a clear golden amber with a short-lived white head that doesn't leave many remnants behind.

The aroma is lighted toasted caramel with some lemon zest and honey. It's not the most striking nose.

The taste isn't far off from the aroma with the light malts underpinning a nondescript sweetness that might have some honey in there. The hops are present but pretty muted.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and clean in the finish with decent carbonation.

This is a fairly refreshing beer, but there's not much complexity in it and the body isn't quite up to snuff. Not one I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:09:09 | More by gford217
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice white head 2 fingers high. Ok retention and alce. Very nice orange amber color.

S - Biscuity. Hint of lemon.

T - Mellow orange rind. Some bitter pith mid profile. Nice bready malt on the backend.

M - Medium-light body with a soft well balanced bitterness. Nice malty finish.

D - Refreshing with a pleasant flavor profile. A really nice beer for the spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 14:30:04 | More by vfgccp
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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.