Long Trail India Pale Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail India Pale AleLong Trail India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,215
Reviews:
418
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
190
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hitchhiker courtesy of Tempest. A minimalist IPA, with a lagerish taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. Its a lighter colour with a bit of grapefruit colour. There is above average carbonation and powdery citrus aroma. Maybe the unfilteredness contributes, it's OK but still below average.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours out as a golden yellow color with a decent head at first. The white fizzy head becomes a thin white line across the top of the brew. The smell is lightly hoppy, you can tell that it's going to be an IPA by the aroma it has. The taste has a decent hop kick at first that changes into some malt flavors with some dryness in the aftertaste. Overall Long Trail puts out decent beers. They're worth trying so you can get the picture of what they do there. This beer is t bad. I would drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After all the IPA's I've tried, this local one is stlll one of my favorites. For $11.99/12 pack, it's a great deal as well. A super hoppy beer with a great aroma and taste. Beautiful color with nice lacing and a great mouthfeel. All around just a great beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and notes of pine resin in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of bitterness and notes of oranges and hints of pine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is also quite sessionable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head; quite a few strands of lace line the glass on the way down

Smell: Citrusy grapefruit with a hint of biscuit

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a quick shift to the grapefruity hops; clean finish, with a lean to the bitter and fruity side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Either the recipe has changed or there are a lot of old bottles out there but this beer is surprisingly good when fresh; I wouldn't spin it as an English IPA given the flavor of the hops in my sample but it definitely leans toward the East Coast with the balance factor

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy with sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with fruity notes. It had a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a good representation of the English-style IPA. Certainly worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This unfiltered IPA pours a hazy golden body beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves nice swatches of tiny spots and splashes about the glass.
The nose is quite welcoming (but not particularly bold for the style) with hoppy notes of citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon), subtle pine, and grass over a mildly sweet, straightforward maltiness and some delicately fruity (apples, berries) and mineralish, earthy yeast.
Its delicate, natural carbonation gently caresses the tastebuds as its medium-to medium/light body crosses the palate.
The flavor is every bit as full and rich as the nose suggests with beautiful, citrusy, resiny, piney, grassy, and lightly floral hops riding atop a soft bed of gently sweet, grainy/bready/biscuity and very lightly caramelish malt from start to finish. The bitterness is solid, and balances the malt nicely; and it finishes dry with notes of grassy and herbal hops, and a long lingering bitterness. As it warms, the house yeast becomes more apparent, and helps to round and soften the character of the beer, lending it more apple-like notes and a touch of nuttiness that lingers really nicely in the finish.
Quite enjoyable! It's much fuller and rounder than the crisper, filtered version. Hopefully this will become the year-round IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a moderate amber color with a white head. The nose is really plain with a bit of bready malt as well as some very faint citrus hops. The taste brings some very, very mild grapefruit flavor and a bit of grain. Feel has a decent body but no indication that this is an EIPA. A decent beer but not up to par with better versions of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/18/14, not the freshest but should still be OK.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, lots of bubbles rising to reinforce, great lacing, very hazy honey tea like colored.

Nose is decent, mostly old style American cascade family hops, grassy and spicy, with some decent citrus, a little grapefruit pith note, a little herbal as well, some sweet candy caramel like malts underneath but not a lot, a touch of an older IPA aroma unfortunately. I'll ahve to retry it fresh sometime.

Taste brings some malty sweetness, more malty than I expected or hoped, a little caramel and toasty malt note, reddish like, some grassy earthy hops, turns a little herbal, with faint fruity notes and just a little orange peel flavor. Candied zest and candied dried fruits, with some bitter earthy spicy chewy like hops. Finish is pretty bitter, more spicy chewy rindy hops, little earthy and herbal, little sticky sweet malt despite some drying effect.

Mouth is med bod, a little sweet sticky, decent carb.

Overall meh, nothing too special, hops are just OK, malts are a bit too much, although fairly balanced and drinkable.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of caramel, light malts, tea, honey and hops, with a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of caramel, honey and citrus up front. The mildly bitter hops presence comes in quickly and provides a good balance. The malt character is hearty but could be considered thin for style despite the sweetness. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice EIPA to drink a few of when you're in the mood for the style. It wouldn't normally be my first choice, but I wouldn't be too disappointed if I were to be stuck with it as my best option.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

On tap @ the Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater Corners, VT) on 7/17/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin creaminess, ringing the sides of the glass with sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma smells grassy and lightly musty, with an earthy bitterness in the nose. Malts mingle with citric fruit to add an underlying fruity tang. This is decent.

The taste has a fresh earthy bitterness to it, which is surrounded on the sides by a soft citric fruitiness and sweet grainy malts. The finish is moderately dry with some lingering earthy tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth lively crispness to the carbonation. At just under 6.0%, this does feel a tad light for an IPA but it overall isn’t too bad.

Having this on draft at the brewery I think helped me appreciate this beer a bit more. It’s got a fresh English hop bill with a bit of an edge to it, yet still stays nice and approachable. This would be a good starter IPA to introduce someone to. I’m going to be giving this one a second look down the road.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Church Street Tavern, South Burlington, VT

Pretty standard English IPA. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger of well-retaining head. Piney hops in the aroma with some citrus notes. Citrus and pine in the taste with a sugary sweetness coming through; very light malts. Finishes a bit dry with some bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel and average drinkability.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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