Long Trail India Pale Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail India Pale AleLong Trail India Pale Ale
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Long Trail India Pale AleLong Trail India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Real India Pale Ale (IPA), as it was first brewed in the days of the British Empire, was not the carefully filtered brew that we call IPA beer today. The first IPAs were unfiltered and featured extra hops and higher strength as a preservative for the long trip from England to the colony of India. Our Traditional IPA ale is naturally carbonated, dry-hopped & unfiltered like the old days.

42 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Ratings: 1,221 |  Reviews: 418
Reviews by Ray_Hoffmann:
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

sort of shocked i havent reviewed this one before, but real cool they are doing it in cans now. a twelver of these is a nice buy anytime, and maybe the beer is even better in this format. they call it an english style, but its definitely not over balanced by grain, and it definitely doesnt have a ton of english yeast character to it. for me its a nice fluffy bodied juicy hopped ipa, with tons of hops but only minimal bitterness. the kind of hoppy beer you want to drink on a hoppy beer hangover. that sounds bad, but its true, so cold and refreshing right from the can, a beer that is appealing anytime, and i think the world needs more of those. the hops are west coasty in nature, not overly oily, but prominently pine forward, with a fresh squeezed character to them. clean in the finish though, maybe the most refreshing english style ipa on the planet. good for long trail for making this one in a twelve pack of cans, it could be the best beer in that medium going right now. if i lived back home i would be crushing these this winter.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazed near murky light gold with some peach colored hue a thinner quick to dissapate white head atop,mmm fresh nose quite piney and grassy a light toastiness underneath bu the fresh hops are the show here.Pretty yeasty and dry upfront the hops are in the pine needle variety flavor wise not enough citrus quality at least for me seems a bit lackluster compared to the nice hop prfile in the nose.Its a decent IPA but it left me wanting a little more flavor I guess,I wouldnt seek out again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange apearance with not much head due to the natural carbonation. A classic-looking unfiltered ale. Aroma is grassy and even a tad smoky. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, lightly carbonated.

Taste is richly floral, with pith citrus rind on the sides of the mouth. Any malt flavor is killed by the hops, but the hops are smooth so it is still gives the illusion of a decent balance. Sweet butter and artisan bread come through thanks to the yeast.

Not my favorite version of IPA by any means. As an "unfiltered" IPA, I guess it passable. I guess I was just shocked with the first one because they got somewhat better the more I drank.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer, after drinking half of an Oktoberfest, and on first taste, I knew I needed to drink it on an "empty" palate. I bought a single bottle of it today and I will be putting this IPA on my "yes" list. When you first get a whiff of its aroma, you get a strong scent of pine and a lesser scent of fruit. I was quite leery of it upon smell, but quickly changed my mind after taking the first sip. It is not overpowering in the hoppy sense, but is nicely juxtaposed with an ever-so-light touch of citrus. This will become a favorite of mine, and will entice those generally opposed to IPAs to think differently and perhaps become a fan.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Summer Sampler 12 pack. This was an OK beer. It was a slightly hazy yellow with a medium head that quickly dissipated. A mostly floral aroma, maybe a little grain. It was sweet, with a little hops. Pretty good, but I would like a more pronounced hops presence.

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Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a clearly marked freshness date.

Appearance: Golden/amber with frothy lace of a head.

Smell: Esters, ripe fruitiness with malt sweetness and hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel with an up-front combination of malt sweetness, light caramel notes and semi-sharp, almost lemony hop bitterness, that leaves the palate with an oily/raw hop flavour.

Notes: I've reviewed this brew before, and made mention that the hops overwhelms the malt. It still holds true. This brew, by no means, is a bad brew. It's simply that the hops selected for this brew tend to dominate, snuff out a nice malt profile, and linger too long. Still very much worth a try.

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Photo of sponberg
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on March 7. Bright gold, rather light in color for an IPA, with a white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of bitter, slightly resinous hops with some sweet malt and a hint of graininess.

NOT "one of the HOPPIEST brews in the States," but definitely a drinkable IPA with a healthy wallop of bitterness that sits on the front rather than the back of the tongue. Some slightly citric resinous hop flavor, but also a lot of earthy bitterness as well. The malt is slightly grainy/husky, but has some slight, rather decoction-like sweetness. The finish is bitter, green apple/Thompson's Seedless grape skin and a whiff of alcohol. Seems to be a lot closer to an English IPA than a typical American IPA, but lacks some of the body & mouthfeel.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of generallee
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a hazy golden color with a modest, slightly off white colored head. The head has very good retention as it hangs on well and leaves lots of cool white lace rings on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a slightly floral bouquet with solid citrus and pine notes in the nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a solid hop presence up front and throughout. It is not over the top or in your face bitter hops but it brings solid fruity citrus and piney to the overall character. The hops are tempered by a nice biscuity malt and dry earthy yeast that give it some balance and nice complexity. The finish is slow with dry yeast and hop flavors lingering a bit but not overstaying there welcome. The body has a good solid medium feel and hardy texture with average carbonation.

Notes: Very well done in my humble opinion.

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Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the look of this beer golden straw colored with a nice thick ivory white head that laces well.
The aroma is malt, pale with a hop citrus finish nothing to exciting here.
This is a smooth starting beer it has a sweet start and slowly turns bitter. This beer taste nothing like it looks a english IPA.

The mouth is smooth with a light carbonation that is pleasent.
Easy drinking IPA

The beer did seem that it was slightly off I must have another and come back to my review

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Photo of alonso2468
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange haze with a small white head. Smells of grapefruit, and some citrus notes. Taste is well balanced. Not too bitter at all. Nice hop flavors. Citrusy, grapefruit, light lingering hoppiness. Mouthfeel is really thin but perfect carbonation. Very smooth, easy drinking, session beer.

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Photo of BeerYo
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Pours a bright and clear true golden liquid, nice lacing as it leaves several rings down the glass.

S- Mild citrus peel, blond tobacco and deep herbal from the hops ... tad earthy from the yeast with a sweet malt in the back.

T&M- So smooth and sufficiently crisp in the medium body. Oily hop comes thick but soft with herbal, tobacco and mild citrus. Biscuity malt is a solid base for the hops. Touch of fruitiness and nutty yeast middle to end. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering herbal hop.

D- An all around good beer, I'd like to see it more often ... a richer flavor than their regular IPA. Very easy to drink, a glass full of hoppy joy.

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Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear, golden, amber body with a small, offwhite head that lasts a few minutes before leaving some minimal, patch lace.

Aroma is pine scented hops, and caramel malt. There is a distracting scent of metallic bitterness that is difficult to place.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a mild hops bite on the tongue.

The taste is ok for a pale ale, but this one can't decide whether to be English style, or American style. Most definitely, not the hop monster that the label would suggest. SNPA is much hoppier than this one. Still, the hops rule the flavor profile here, but more in an English style. The American character comes from some rough, Cascades, grapefruit rind flavor that is quite bitter, even rough at times. Finish is a bit smoother, as some pear and apple flavors emerge.

A very intersting IPA, to say the least. I'm glad this is the only bottle of this one that I brought back from Vermont.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with bottled on date of 5 wks ago, FRESH!. Pours amber, with some orangy, golden hues, white head and leaves some fine lacing. nose is hops and grapefruit. Fairly thin tasting IPA. Fairly hoppy, and griany but too watery and lacking in a nice juicy center. what were left with is a decent tasting brew, but not quite an IPA. Tastes more like a hoppy summer brew.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice very creamy one and half finger creamy white head. Smells very floral, earthy, cedar wood. Tastes lemony, earthy, floral (lavender), earthy. Very coating mouthfeel, oily, medium bodied, finishes powdery dry. Medium carbonation. I could drink only a few of these in a sitting. The dryness is a bit much for me. $1.50 a single at whole foods.

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Photo of Pat_McWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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