Long Trail Brewing Co.

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3.46 | pDev: 13.87%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 169 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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everythingiszen from Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Not a fan of the pepper/lemon combo, tastes strange with the malts. Still manages to be fairly refreshing and light, despite the characteristic Long Trail sediment, but that lemon is too distracting. Probably wouldn't try again.

Nov 20, 2014
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours bronze color with hearty white foam. Good duration. Bright malty nose, small citrus but buried. Light malty taste, citrus rind, hint of pepper that grows. Little bite. Pepper is a poor substitute. Works for spring I guess, but not great.

Aug 23, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am still deeply mired in my bottle backlog, but at least, I have made it up to the Spring seasonals at this point. It may seem obvious, but for this one, I am playing Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" as accompaniment.

From the bottle: "Kolsch-style"; "When Spring awakens and the zest for adventure returns, on we ramble."; "A taste of Vermont [-] Spring seasonal"; "Ale brewed with spices [-] with a hint of lemon & pepper"; "wandering but not lost."

Hey, that's my motto! Oh well, time for a pour to begin this Ramble. Once again, a heavy-handed pour leads to a pseudo-cascade, which eventually settled into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was like liquid sunshine in the glass (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. This is a beautiful beer, but it would be much more uplifting during a cold, dreary day in the Winter. Nose was kind of odd. I got the lemon and the pepper, but there seemed to be more to it than just that. There was a grassiness or newly mown hay aspect to it, also. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was prevalently of pepper, although lemon was in the mix. I remain curious about the "spices", since I really could not discern them. Is pepper being considered a spice for their purposes? Finish was dry, lemony at first and then with a peppery tingle on the swallow. I could see taking this along to a Chinese restaurant that allows BYOB and I will make a plug here for Tony Wang's on Route 30 East, here in Lancaster County.

Jul 06, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clean pale orange with a medium sense of carbonation that was quickly paced. Eggshell white head, slight in size, had a sudsy like covering. Short retention, minimal lacing.

S: Aroma was fresh bread with a hint of fruity melon and lemon pepper seasoning. Some apple fruitiness, sweet and juice like scent with a soft level of delivery.

T: Sweet apple fruitiness with some lemon-pepper spicing. Melon, spicy hopping with a peppery frutiness. The malting was crisp, with a sweet, juicy wet fruitiness.

M: Creamy avocado like texture for the mouthful, spicy, crisp good show of carbonation.

O: Overall has a nice deal of peppery fruitiness and spicy hopping, wet and fruity nature, above average hopping for style. Crisp and flavorful, ideal summer drink that is very easy to down in multiples. Kolsch is a hard style to impress and stand out in, this bends tradition but in a good way.

Jun 20, 2014
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risendragon from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been a fan of Long Trail for quite a while and seeing that it is almost summer, this seemed like a good brew for the warm weather. I was right. Poured into a glass from a six pack bottle.

A- Light honey slightly cloudy, decent carbonation.

S- Light malt, slight spice, grassy, fresh cut hay, some apple/pear.

T- Nice and light with citrusy notes to start followed by a surprisingly peppery finish. It is certainly a challenging taste for me anyways and it took me a bottle or two to get the "hang of it". It is very unique for sure. Grains of paradise in there? Hops and pepper dominate the aftertaste, though more on the peppery side than the hops.

M- Refreshing to start with a very dry finish.

O- This brew is a lot better than Sam Adams' Summer Ale, I found it more complex and satisfying than the aforementioned brew.

Jun 17, 2014
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Aromas are a touch of spice and some coriander.
Tastes good, a light kolsch style some good peppery spice on the back end.
Finishes clean, dry very touch of tartness.
It was a good beer all in all. Maybe not the most impressive, but nice for summer.

Jun 02, 2014
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gillagorilla from Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottle date 1/14/14)

A: Light blonde with a bit of lacing, no head and just a bit hazy.

S: Not much of any distinguishable smells here for me. It just smells like what I think of as "beer", basically the nameless mass quantity stuff.

T: Earthy and a bit farmhouse. Some yeast to it. Decent enough. Just your standard fare to me.

M: Prickly but no real feel of bubbles at all, just rough.

O: This can't be only the second Kolsch that I've rated/reviewed on here (the first being Sprocket Bier). I know that I've had Kolschs (what is the plural of Kolsch?) before, but I guess I haven't put them in on here. It is good enough, but that Sprocket Bier really had me impressed.

May 29, 2014
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of stale malt, some grassy hops and lemon zest. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grassy fops, bready malt, chalk and spices. Finish is long and spicy. Bottle seems to be old.

May 20, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a light clear gold with a nice creamy white head. The head has great retention aided by moderate carbonation. The aroma is mostly mild, with a light biscuit aroma and some cut grass. I say mostly because there's a weird pungency that I can't place. This weirdness also invades the taste a little bit on the finish. Otherwise, it's a straightforward Kolsch in flavor profile. The body is a little lighter, as expected. Without that weird note, this would be a great lighter beer. But as it is, it's hard to overcome.

May 15, 2014
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dar482 from New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear golden orange.

The aroma has a wet grains, some sweet white grape, a bit of orange peel, some hay. A strange aroma for a kolsch.

The flavor pops of sweet fruity and lemony honey throughout. A light breadiness in the middle. On the back, there’s some lemon peel and some pepper in the back. On the back, there’s a medium bitterness of herbal and green grass.

A good amont of flavor for an American kolsch.

May 15, 2014
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Ego from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2 fingers of white foam, golden straw hue with lots of carbonation, nice lacing, head retention is great, a good looking offering

skunky honey kolsh thing, very grainy and almost woody, a hint of pepper, interesting mix

taste etc...
nice full body here, the carbonation is silky rather than prickly which adds to the smoothness presented, musty malt is the winner here, some herbal notes but mostly the sweetness and fullness of the malt, very refreshing

easy drinking, tasty enough and the feel is nearly flawless, good stuff, sort of a strange review I know, I liked this beer a bunch as it was so damn easy to drink but yet it doesn't scream out in many areas

May 12, 2014
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plaid75 from New York

3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy pilsner malt and jagged herbal hop.

The taste was likewise course with sharp him grainy malts and a super herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry. A bit light body wise.

Overall a clean and refreshing kolsch.

Apr 30, 2014
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awillick from California

3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It has a light feeling on my tongue and it's super easy to drink. The flavors, while not overpowering, aren't so pleasant. There's a strange aftertaste that can be described as the bottle does, "a hint of lemon and pepper" -- it's just not that tasty. I do, however, appreciate the lightness and drinkability.

Apr 25, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw color. The head is about a finger high, and bone white in coloring. Retention isn't bad. A goodly amount of lace is left on the glass, too.

S: At first I get some nice noble hopping, along with a touch of pepper. Shortly after, lemon notes hit in a huge way. The lemon is, frankly, overdone and even a bit musty. I'm really on the fence about the nose - some aspects I like, some I don't (mainly the fact it smells like something I would rub on my chicken).

T: Plain and simple, this is overspiced. The subtle kolsch notes on the forefront are quickly drowned out by a ton of lemon zest and black pepper (hint my ass!) Here's the problem: right before the swallow, there are a lot of savory spice notes (coriander) that seemingly bring out the lemon/pepper flavors in the worst way. This is freaking chicken marinade, period.

M: The feel, at least, is successful: it's crisp, light, and dry (without being oppressively bone dry). Zesty carbonation helps me will this strange Lawry's-chicken-marinade-disguised-as-a-beer down easily.

O: Flat out, I don't like the way this tastes at all. So why not a lower score here? Because I can imagine this being an excellent COOKING beer - beer battered chicken or fish made with this would likely be divine. I wouldn't ever buy this to drink flat-out, though.

Apr 16, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite shocked at the latest reviews for this beer. Color is a bit yellow with a sort lived head just a 1/4 inch. No sticky lacing. Smell is spot on as advertised a nice lemon twist and peppercorn mixed in for good measure. Taste is simple but easy going with light hops, malty bread, lemon twist, and faded spice. Not mind blowing in any way but balanced. Mouth feel is excellent not too dry or sweet I agree it has a sort of Pilsner body.

Overall for a simple Kölsch this beer impressed me a bit. Usually most takes on the style make it like a simple pilsner and forget the lemon or just make it dry and grainy but this was downright poundable. Tasty!

Apr 06, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 4, 2014.

It pours golden yellow with a short-lived white head. Aroma of pale malts, corn, rice, and thin hops. Nothing extraordinary but nothing bad.

Body is light to medium.

Taste has a good pale malt character and a weird sort of meaty fruitiness than I cannot define. Dry finish.

Apr 05, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from the Lazy Dog
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly white head that shows moderate retention and leaves a fair amount of sticky lace. Aromas of lemon and pepper dominate the nose. Light bready malt hides deep underneath. The lemony pepper again dominates the flavor and hides most of the pilsner malt underneath. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick spicy mouthfeel. I couldn't get into this one and fed it to the septic system.

Mar 29, 2014
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themiller421 from Massachusetts

2.57/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer poured nice and clear and had a nice head to it. I got some decent lacing in the glass. For smell I got hints of the lemon and peppercorns which is no surprise since they use them in the beer. The taste here is poor, lemon and pepper goes much better on chicken then it does in this beer. Overall to me this beer is just poor and something I will never drink again.

Mar 26, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

On-tap 3/23/2014 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains grain, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character and a strong grain flavor. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time.

Mar 24, 2014
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 1/13/14. 5.5% ABV and 25 IBU's.

Considered a "kolsch-style" ale brewed with spices, Ramble is a new Spring offering from Long Trail Brewing Company, complete with a new look for the brand. Served in a pint glass, it shows off a brilliant light golden clarity. Little bubbles consistently rise up to support a white cap of head, which slowly dissipates and leaves a thin white lacing on top.

The aroma, while nothing like a Kolsch, fits perfectly with the Spring Equinox. It is filled with delicate notes of black peppercorn, lemon, and grassy hops. Honestly the aroma is more closely aligned with a peppery Saison than a Kolsch. But it is appetizing, unique, and invites the curious drinker to have a sip.

The flavor of this beer is equally a departure from the style guidelines as the aroma, if not more so. Up front is a refreshing flavor of lemon, spice, and sharp hops, with some grassy, herbal qualities. They lead into a slightly sweet mid-palate, which then transitions to a gently spiced, dry finish, showing off a peppercorn heat and flavor. The aftertaste is very good, with a candy-like honeyed sweetness. It's sufficiently bitter though. The body is on the lighter side, with abundant carbonation and a prickly texture. Certainly unique from the style, but ultimately works quite well with the goal of this beer.

I am seriously impressed. I was not expecting to like this beer this much! I know it is nothing like a Kolsch (except maybe it is made in the same fashion) but the "tweaks" they chose to make were all in very good taste and the result is a delicious, unique, drinkable, tasty Spring seasonal! I drank this beer in honor of the first day of Spring, and I couldn't be happier that I chose to celebrate with this one! I'll be seeking this out again, and telling other people.

Mar 21, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Very clean and pale, decent lacing. Lemon pith and peppercorn in the nose with a dry biscuity maltiness. On the dry side so the level of hop bitterness is more than enough. Hints of lemon and spicy pepperiness as well as and herbal hop tone linger a little while on the palate.

Good drinking here but it seems more of a lunch time beer rather than one to knock back a few.

Mar 13, 2014
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into SA perfect pint

Clear golden color, very small head that faded very quickly. Left a little residue on the glass.

Aroma was mainly grainy, reminiscent of crackers. Some haylike greenness and lemon. White wine grape aromas were also present. Seems somehow unbalanced with the lemon sticking out quite a bit.

The flavor was pretty mild with some sweetness up front and the grain/biscuit/cracker taste dominating for a while then a big spike of lemon drop candy came in. Get some white wine grape characteristics throughout and the malty flavors hold up as well. Seems a bit too bitter for the style. The other "complex" flavors pretty much fade leaving lemon and a vague malt flavor. Again, following the nose it seems unbalanced and not quite true to the style. The lemon flavor lingers....and lingers...very candy-like lemon flavor. Annoying, close to unpleasant.

The feel was surprisingly clean and crisp given the lemon candy flavor (did I mention it lingers?). I think the adequate carbonation saves the mouthfeel.

Overall, while a drinkable brew (suggest cold is good for this one) it puts me more in mind of a shandy than a Kolsch. I think the lemon is way to far in the forefront and may be hiding some of the other characteristics. It is rereshing and light enough, but the flavors are pretty ragged around the edges. I'm not a total stickler for style, bu this one misses the mark by quite a bit in my opinion.

Mar 09, 2014
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timmy2b from New York

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very clear yellow. Only way I can really describe how it looks is that it is only slightly darker than a bud light.

Poured with almost no had at all, just a very small ring of off white around the edge of the glass.

Flavor is lemony as is the scent, but not balanced well at all.

Leaves a fowl aftertaste in my mouth that I do not enjoy.

This has a hint of the kolsch flavor that I was expecting, but seems to be very light compared to what I was expecting. I am not a fan, and IMO this is a weak attempt by Long Trail.

Mar 05, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is resplendent golden with great clarity and thick wispy white fluffy cloud-like head with small bead, carbonation rises is small bubbles rapidly upward. The smell is pretty interesting with slight fruity note and mild sulfuric odor with light sweet aroma of malt with mild herbal scent and subtle pepper. The feel is good with some crisp texture and light body yet moderate carbonation and light yeastiness with slight dry finish with spicy linger.

The flavor is decent with a mild toasted grain aspect and black pepper on the tip of the tongue with some lemon zest enterirng in from aroma to taste with light hops and malt presenting enough to give a sweet edge to the taste. The herbal flavor leads to more of a spice and very light warmth of pepper as the beer increases in temperature with a mostly dry finish.
Overall a pretty decent take on the style, not great but the spiciness of black pepper and lemon zest as it warms make it interesting

Mar 04, 2014
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color with pristine clarity. The head amounts to a quarter-inch of white foam. Lacing isn't going to happen.

White and black pepper with mildness, perky lemon, German ale yeast, pale malted barley, Noble hops, and a touch of tangerine peel. Nice flavored kolsch aroma.

Flavors are layered, but black pepper is number one on the list. Lemon and assorted citrus peels are secondary and tercerary, and the additives are all supported by a very mild kolsch malt base. Yeast is submissive, but present. Pinches of coriander and white plum are noted. Nice and dry with a decent bitterness level.

The character of the flavor exceeds the beer. A thin and watery feel doesn't quite hold up, despite its refreshment. Carbonation is lively. I appreciate that.

A good kolsch. It's an ale that could use some character.

Mar 02, 2014
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