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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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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 00:22:07 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 20th Anniversary bomber this beer was honey/amber color. The two finger head retained fairly well and left lacing in nice bands. The aroma was sweet, full of honey with some floral hops notes tucked in there as well. The flavors were similar with lots of honey, bready and biscuit-like malt, floral hops and a little caramel malt. The finish was crisp and just a touch bitter. Totally spring-ish and well named. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation crisp.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 14:22:00 | More by thekevlarkid
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pollenator pours a nice light amber, dark golden color and is topped off with a good inch or so of foamy, bubbly head. Its a nice clean, clear beer that looks like it could easily be enjoyed by most any beer drinker.

Aroma is very bready. By that I mean bread dough or biscuits, its sort of sweet and yeasty, maybe a little bit of butter. There is also a citrus note to this, a little like lemon, its sort of a lingering tart or sour smell. Smells a lot like an English-style pale ale.

A big sip from a glass covered in drops of cool water and I my thirst is instantly quenched. This is a very crisp and refreshing beer, very much on the pale side but well balanced with a malty sweetness. The biscuity/bready aroma plays a good part in the taste of Pollenetor, there is also some caramel and/or honey sweetness as well. Nothing too overpowering but lots of flavor packed into a beer that falls under the 5% mark.

Great to see a "sessionable" beer released for an anniversary. I am getting used to seeing these hard to get, super strong, oak aged, coffee infused, Imperial whatevers and its just nice to be able to A) afford this offering and B) enjoy it by myself without feeling like I am going to fall over.

Cheers Long Trail and Happy Twentieth!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 03:08:41 | More by indiapaleale
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abriggs1

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I feel as though I like this beer a little bit more than a beer snob "should." This is simply a very refreshing summer beer and it makes me want to sit out in the middle of a beautiful field and get sauced. I think I would mow my lawn twice over just to drink this beer after. The appearance is a beautiful honey brown that calls my name and says "drink me." It did not have to twist my arm much. There aren't a lot of strong flavors for a pale ale, but I think that's what they were going for. This stuff goes down like silk and has a very nice but subtle after taste. To me this beer rivals Circus Boy and Becks as one of the best refreshing summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 23:29:19 | More by abriggs1
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Thanks Bryan!

Pours a light yellow orange color with a small white head that leaves some soapy sticking on a Long Trail pint glass. I figured id dip my nose into a realm of spicy hops for sure but i was wrong, caramel malt, very Marzen in aroma, rather than pale ale, if you can get down with that, some subtle but pleasant floral hops balance the nose out nicely. Round and slick, with not too much hop profile at all for being bottled on 6/2/09, but thats fine, im enjoying the light dash of herbal hops that lay beneath the honey sweet malts in this one, its simple, a bit sweet and pretty drinkable. This is a nice sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 23:12:18 | More by ATPete
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap last night with some fairly high expectations that were not met, it was very mediocre. Came to me in a standard pint glass with almost no head to it at all, what was there was just barely around the edges, not much lacing. It had a nice golden color to it with excellent clarity, it did look like a nice beer. Not much of a smell to it at all. If you tried you could smell the hops, and some slight floral notes, but you really have to look for it. Taste was almost non-existent, very weak. What was there was some slight hop, almost tasted cheap. The mouthfeel was pretty good, seemed a little dry at the end, but was probably above average. Drinkability was pretty good too, fairly refreshing, but due to the taste I didn't even finish it. I was very surprised because there are quite a few brews from Long Trail that I really like, but I was really dissapointed with this one. I guess I'd try it again, but if it was offered to me, don't think I'd pay for it again based on this session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 00:34:14 | More by AndyAvalanche
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bomber to celebrate the 20th anniversary release.

Poured out a clear dark golden color with a nice head that left some lacing afterward.

Aroma was of floral hops and honey mostly. Some malts can be detected as well. The nose was good, but it just seemed to be a tad too light.

Taste was better than the nose. A good balance of hops and malts with a nice undertone of honey in the background. Nothing was too overpowering either. The finish was the sweet side, but in a pleasant way.

Carbonation was in check. Mouthfeel was light to light-medium.

A nice summer beer and I'm glad I tried it. I might look for another bomber or two before they disappear for good, again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 12:38:55 | More by necoadam
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Clear gold with a large white head. Consistent, sparse retention. Smells like herbal hop and honey.

Tastes like it smells. Light grain and honey with a summer afternoon feel.

This is the anti big beer. It's good yet humble and simple, very sessionable, and $3 for a 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 18:32:26 | More by donkeyrunner
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strengthdoc

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this at the brewery then saw it a couple of days later in CT. It has apparently been taken out of retirement for a limited time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Long Trail. The aroma was of mild earthy hops with a slight honey component. The ale was very pale golden in color. The taste was very light and nicely balanced in the beginning, but finished with a mild dry hoppiness and touch of honey. This is a decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 03:52:45 | More by strengthdoc
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kingcrowing

Vermont

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 23:55:31 | More by kingcrowing
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Brad007

Vermont

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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary Limited Release! 22oz brown glass pry-top. Date stamp on neck 060209.

Appearance: Poured into a Long Trail Imperial pint. Thick bone white stiff head on top of a crystal clear amber beer.

Nose: Some sweet honey notes, wild flowers, light biscuity note.

Palate: Medium-bodied and sweet with honey up front. The honey fades into English ale-like malt flavors, and rounds out. The finish picks up an odd bitter note, doesn't seem like hop bitterness, more earthy and twig-like bitterness.

Notes: An easy going summer sipper. Nothing fancy, but fairly smooth and drinkable. FFO Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 02:52:27 | More by SFLpunk
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palma

New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper body. Not much of a head. Smell is originally of honey but then I started to notice a foul aroma that reminded me of rotting fruit. Taste was pretty good though. Malty with a light citrus flavor. Honey flavor is blended into the beer well. Not overpowering like other honey brews. Good bitterness in the end. This would be a great brew if it wasn’t for the smell. It could be that I just picked up a bad bottle, so I intend to give this beer another try sometime.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 04:19:07 | More by palma
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apparently, long trail decided to stop brewing this one, though i have no idea how long ago. i found some in a store recently and decided to give it one last farewell. though the bottled on date was clearly marked as 07.29.02 (yes, over one year ago), this brew held up quite nicely. no noticeable skunkiness/oxidation/etc. i was rather impressed and surprised. it poured a golden/orange colour with a nice frothy off-white head. the head quickly dissolved down to a lace which held up throughout. the brew smelled of butter, caramel and honey. just as i remembered pollenators of the past, and the taste echoed the smell quite nicely, so no loss here either. there's a slight alcohol flavouring here as well. it was slightly more watery than i remember it and low in carbonation, which i liked, as it just added to the smoothness. an easy drinking overall beer. good, but not great overall. merely an average beer i'd say. sad to see it go, but hopefully something bigger and better will take it's place in the long trail family, as they are a brewery that i have always been quite fond of.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 21:29:09 | More by guinness33
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EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a unique beer, at least in comparision to those that I've tried. I was exspecting this to be something like a watery mead but was pleasently surprised. Pours darker than the blackberry wheat that I had tried right before which was a good thing. Had a nice head.

Taste is quite good, it is a quiet pale ale, that finishes with a honey sweetness that is definately there but no everpowering. I really enjoyed this beer. Good for the summertime especially, I would recommend it as something above average and a bit out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 14:32:11 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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BittRnessabounds

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 14:30:05 | More by BittRnessabounds
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oberon

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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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured very clear with the color of honey. That same honey is also evident in the aroma. This is a nicely balanced concoction. If you concentrate hard enough, you can detect that same mellow presence of honey in the mouthfeel. Finishes unspectacularly but overall it is smooth and delightful. Enjoy this on a fine summer's day!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 09:25:24 | More by Hhawk06
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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]

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2002 18:07:32 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden/copper body. Big, rocky, frothy white head. A honey beer where you can smell the honey. Along with a good dose of malt, and some hops. Good mouthful of malt rounded off nicely by the honey flavor. Little apparent hop flavor, but in this case that's alright. Slight metalic aftertaste. Maybe we do need more hops. Like Geary's, this is another not too wimpy summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 17:08:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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pbrian

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2002 05:22:53 | More by pbrian
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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.