Long Trail India Pale Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

I am CANtinuing my reinstatement of The CANQuest ™ as things return to a state of normalcy here at Chez Woody.

From the CAN: "Take a Hike!"; "An Unfiltered IPA"; "Our traditional IPA fit for any journey, land or sea."; "Our take on the traditional English IPA - We've combined the style that endured the voyage to India with the hops that started the Ameri[CAN] Craft revolution. This unfiltered offering is fit for any journey, land or sea."

Once again, somebody filled a craft CAN to the brim, giving me a little spritz on the Crack! I went with an inverted Glug, especially since it is unfiltered and may need some rousing. This is precisely what #TheOldLady hates, but it did not say to pour gently. It settled into two-plus fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with great retention. What a difference from the earlier Saisons! Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like the pine trees along The Long Trail! This really acted more like a bridge beetween an EIPA and an AIPA, but if you think that I am CANplaining, your are mistaken. Mouthfeel was medium. As it turns out, those were mostly aroma hops, so that the taste, while on the upper end of bitterness for an EIPA, was still more malty than hoppy. This made a nice segue from the Saisons and other Belgian-style beers earlier today into the hopped up beers that are on-deck. Finish was semi-dry with the hops ultimately winning out over the malts, but not by much. At 48 IBUs, this was not going to wreck anybody's palate.

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Photo of umaine14
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well balanced brew. The hops in this IPA are not overwhelming and add a very nice refreshing clean taste. The color is a lighter and the aroma is not bold but it is distinctive. The lacing left on the glass was beautiful. A good beer that is well worth your time.

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Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

True to its claims, it is unfiltered, cloudy and orangey, with a soapy white head and lacing. The aroma is mild, with light citrus and bread notes. The taste is equally mild, with an additional earthy flavor on the finish. There is a fair bit of carbonation on the palate and it is a little thinner. A good not great IPA.

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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 Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy yellow orange with a finger of soapy whtie head, medium thick lacing.
S - Sweet grainy bread malt, pine, citrus, a little orange juice. Basic
T - Big bread and cracker malt, semi sweet corn tones, grain, light grass and a little orange or even tangerine.
M - Very drinkable, clean and to the point.
O - Decent IPA, better than I remember, I could easily down a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of Homebrewkingpin
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - gold amber carbonated just right decent head

smell - great s malty more hops citra ? not sure

taste- one of the best beers i have ever had craft, homebrew or macro.
clean finish with enough hops to call it
an ipa without melting your face off

mouthfeel -crisp clean grapefuit

overall- a very good beer

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Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy glowing orange with a big white head that sticks around a good while. Head recedes to film and stays present throughout. Lacing is fairly heavy.

Aroma: The nose has some pine hops, citrus, lemon, and grapefruit. It's not a punch-you-in-the-face nose, but it's there and it's pleasant.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with grapefruit and lemon leading the way. This beer is more powerful on the palate than on the nose. I like it. Nice bitter finish, too.

Mouthfeel: The density is about what I expect out of an IPA. It's got depth, but it's far from thick.

Overall: Solid IPA from the always reliable Long Trail. I paired this with some BBQ tofu, baked beans and potato salad and it worked perfectly. Is there such a thing as a "picnic IPA"? If so, this is it.

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Photo of Cook82
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Very hazy golden appearance with 2 finger head lacing sticking to glass.
Citrusy and piney aroma was great but taste was more malt forward than I care for in my ipa's. Modest ibu's but finish is more bitter than expected with a pretty thick carbonation.
My first time trying an unfiltered English IPA so will have to try others to compare as I liked the fruit and citrus notes but not enough hop bitterness. Probably wouldn't buy this again and will stick with their limbo ipa.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the 12 pack
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Smells of bread citrus and light caramel with a hint of fruity esters. Flavor is quite malty for an IPA with huge bread and caramel notes offset with just enough earthy hops to keep it from being too sweet. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet somewhat chalky mouthfeel. Middle of the road, old school, English inspired pale ale.

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Photo of Alpinevictor
2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this beer on a whim this weekend because it was a brewery I hadn't tried out yet. What also intrigued me was that it was unfiltered and I've been having good luck as till late with unfiltered beers.

Summary analysis: I didn't care for this beer-- will not be buying it again.
Flavors were muted.
Crisp IPA smell was non existent-- Smells like a pilsner if anything.
Color was appropriate.
Carbonation was fine.
Price : $10/ 6
Location: PA

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Photo of dank203
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a great beer. its super clean and well balanced. and with the right glass, has some terrific citrusy aromas. I can drink several and not be hammered so I think it falls under the session category and beats out all of its competition, especially for its price

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Photo of JonAdams
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served very cold in a pint glass. Was a cold room and hard to evoke a scent from the brew. However, was poignant and a nice bit of bitter. Color was deep golden and transparent. Was the third of a set of beers at the Keg Room in NYC, and was the most enjoyable of the bunch. Will try again when the weather warms up a bit more.

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Photo of wiegs4life
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer from the bottle into a traditional pint glass. The beer poured like most unfiltered IPA's with a dark copper like color with little head. The beer has a nice citrus smell that is mild. The hops are aggressively forward, as expected. Strikingly similar to the IPA of Yards. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I tend to like the English IPA's more than the standard American ones i've drank so i might be overly generous.

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Photo of markarizmendi
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got back from a ski trip to Stowe, Vermont, and picked up a six pack for the long-drive home. Good, not too hoppy taste, and nice amber color. Not much smell, but the taste and look made up for it. A very enjoyable beer. Need to go back to Stowe for an excuse to buy more.

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Photo of WyethBednar
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit unlike most IPAs I've had, in that it's not quite as bitter (it clocks in at 42 IBUs) but I still really enjoyed it.

Appearance - a really nice orangey-amber color. Not much of a head though, dissipated pretty much immediately.

Smell - The weak point of this beer. Sort of a weak aroma in general, with hops difficult to pick out and this weird, almost soapy overtone to it. Doesn't effectively represent taste at all.

Taste - Really nice and refreshing, but not as hoppy as one would expect an American IPA to be. This was a little unexpected, especially considering how big of a deal they make of the hops in the description on the bottle. Good citrusy notes to it, sweeter than most IPAs.

Mouthfeel - Really good, crisp and well-carbonated with a great finish

Not the most typical of IPAs, but still holds up, and it doesn't hurt that it's a little cheaper than lots of craft brews.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my third offering from Long Trail. Had this out of the bottle. Very standard IPA, if anything, a little weak on the hops. I typically don't factor price into ratings, but Long Trail at the very least is a pretty decent value. Give it a try, but probably won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a straw colored body with opaqueness similar to a hefeweizen. Decent head, nice lacing. Scents of faint grapefruit and a bit of pine but harder to detect than most IPA's. Very smooth and full malts complimented by a bit of hoppy bitterness. A little bit of an "english" IPA, not overly hoppy, which is good once in a while. You can actually taste something other than hops. Very smooth, clean, crisp and easy to drink. Medium bodied with a bit of chewiness. Another, not spectacular, but GOOD beer from Long Trail!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at the store in Winooski. This is probably the first unfiltered ipa I've had. The sediment seemed slightly off-putting but I got over it when I took a sip. It's got a bit of citrus flavor with an earthy base. The finish is a tad dry. I'd probably have another.

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Photo of Fuff
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, best served slightly chilled, not real cold. Strong, hoppy taste, but it doesn't overwhelm the the other flavors. Great change of pace beer when you've hit the beer blah's. Aftertaste doesn't linger as the second beer tastes as good as the first.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Ricochet
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange and particulate floating around. Nice solid head and long lace. Smells light flowery, not quite candy like. A bit of grain. A bit of licorice.

Mouth seemed like a dry swallow and with a sweet remainder. Creaminess at the top.

A little of the grapefruit and tar, but either not overpowering. Balanced is what I'd say. No strong burn no really bitter face. Some candy, but not defined.

It's a decent IPA that maybe would be good on cooler evenings.

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Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Longtrail IPA is a 5.9% India Pale ale that I got for a really cheap price (although it is a month past date). I heard it is a fairly respectable IPA and I really cannot wait to review it. I have to confess I did have one before this review, but here it goes. Enjoy!

Appearance- With an aggressive pour, a beautiful 1.5 finger head appears with large creamy bubbles. This brew is totally see through with a high amount of carbonation. This IPA has a nice golden straw color with just a hint of brown in it. In addition, the head is really lingering around and lacing quite well.

Smell- Wow you can barely get the beer to your nose without being overwhelmed with a fantastic orange and grapefruit scent. With more smelling, I really get a sweetness out of this beer from all the tropical fruits that are involved and the malt that is present. I can only pick up a tiny bit of pine out of this IPA.

Taste- With the first sip I really get that grapefruit and pine that my nose picked up. Honestly it is quite dry to the tongue which I thoroughly enjoy. You really get these tropical notes that just linger on your palate for quite a while after your sip I am actually picking up some pineapple even. Really a nice dry and smooth IPA.

Mouthfeel- The first time I had this it reminded me of torpedo, but now I feel that it is much more dry. Although, I still think this is dangerously drinkable because of the lightness and sweetness to this brew. I would say it has a medium to a light body.

Overall, I would recommend Longtrail IPA to anyone that likes IPA’s and are on a budget. I would say it is a really good IPA especially for beginners in craft beer. I really did enjoy this beer and I would order it at a bar, especially if it were fresh! CHEERS!

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat pedestrian IPA with a narrow hop note. This came from a LT mixed pack and was clearly my favorite of the four.

The pour had very slight head that quickly dissipated, moderate carbonation. Yellow-orange in color. Nose typical of basic IPAs, with hops clearly strong and present, but no match for the "hop-forward" types. Not very complex smell. Some maltiness, but mostly hops. Taste sharp, quick sting of the hops, but appears to be single note. Don't know how many different hops went into that brew, but I can't taste any of them. And the hops flavor is not particularly herbal. Does not linger.

Decent enough IPA, perhaps close to a session IPA, but there is too much competition at this price point and this quality, especially in this area (Northeast). On par with basic Harpoon IPA and I actually prefer Harpoon. Your mileage may vary.

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Photo of MistahBeah
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear golden with a nice two finger head with some healthy lacing. Looks like apple juice. Lots of carbonation. Not bad

Aroma: Pine and grass. Light citrus. Mild toasted malts in the background but mostly all hops

Taste: Way more subdued than I was expecting. Some citrus and a little bit of floral grassy hops but it stops there. The malts almost completely cancel out the hop pressence. But there's not much to the malts either. Biscuity and that's it. I'm all for a balanced beer but not when it leaves you without any flavor. Bland and unremarkable

Mouthfeel: True to Long Trail this is very clean and refreshing. If it weren't for the color I would think I was drinking water...which isn't a good thing

Overall: Wouldn't recommend personally. Not for fans of IPAs or any other style. Just not enough happening here for my blood. I wanted to like it, but it just didn't happen

Edit: I'm reading other reviews which seem favorable so maybe I just got a bad bottle but I wouldn't try it again based on my experience

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Photo of tronester
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden orange in color with a thin offwhite head. Aromas of fresh honey and citrus rind. Taste is a perfumy sweet flower flavor up front, then some water cracker, then a lemony, minty hop finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a nice ipa that I would get again.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,212 ratings.
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