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

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at jamian's in red bank. Arrives in a long trail pint glass. Copper color, no head. I Aroma is Decently earthy hoppy, appropriate for an English style ipa.

Flavor is a well balanced malt hop mix with a faint buttery aftertaste. Nothing too exciting going on, but enjoyable. Mild lingering bitterness. Overall a pretty decent offering but nothing I'd go out of my way to order again. Would prefer more hop flavor.

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Photo of Wendysd
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pured into tulip glass. Nice hazy yellow,amber color. Two inch white foam head. Reduced to lacing. Sticky on glass.Fruity pine hops, little bite to the carbonation. Really good IPA. I would get this one again. Makes me want to eat seafood.. Give this one a try

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Photo of Rob44
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better IPA's in bottle, at least here in Mass where it can be found reasonably fresh.
(I bought this at a small package store that keeps all its beer refrigerated). The distinctive taste of this beer is its pine flavor, one of the few on the market that has not moved toward a pronounced citrus flavor. The beer is malty but the high ibu's and the pineniness give it a distinctive dry character that is great with Stilton cheese. I've also had this on draft and would rate it equally highly.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Floral and citrusy.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasted malt and hops. True to style.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O: I thought this was a pretty good English India Pale Ale. Looks really nice, has a nose that improves as it warms, and has a really smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- A nice clean golden color, fluffy head, plenty of lacing. Very bubbly.

S- Mild fresh floral esters, some hop fruitiness. Slightly sweet malts.

T- Some sweet bready malt and more citrus, grapefruit hops flavor than the mild aroma had indicated.

M- Crisp and fresh, slightly oily. This beer is well carbonated, so much that I checked other reviews to make sure 'it wasn't me' or a faulty tap line. The IBU and abv are right.

O- I enjoyed this beer, the carbonation cost it a 1/2 point in this review. A better bubble balance and this would be more drinkable, sessionable, even.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wegman's into a tulip
A golden amber w/ relatively good carity and retention. A thick white cap leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Smell is hoppy w/ floral esters and light sweet malt w/light sweet grassiness when swirled. The feel is pleasant / semi high carbonation light sweetness and moderate bitterness w/ mild astringency and generally good balance.

The hop favor is herbal and spiced w/ smooth citrus notes and mold toasted sweet graininess w/ mild lemony aspects and light tea-like fruity tinged supplementary tastes that go well w/ the mildly sweet malt and slightly fruity yeast.
I found this to be enjoyable and balanced a good example of an ipa from the east coast but not great - pretty drinkable and less likely to offend those who aren't die hard hop fans

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Date on bottle is Jan. 27, 2012, a bit of a danger sign for an IPA with a low ABV.

A: Moderate pour results in foamy 2-3 finger head which lasts quite a while, leaves sticky lacing. Beer is a cloudy golden.

S: Piney, some floral, some citrus, a little bit of malt. Pretty nice.

T: Lots of pine (too much, methinks), some sweet malts, floral and citrus present but muted. Not particularly balanced and some faded (perhaps from age). Pretty hoppy (hence the pine), but not as bitter as you would expect.

M: Medium bodied, pretty dry finish and pretty heavily carbonated.

O: Not a bad IPA and with low ABV is a nice, refreshing summer drink.

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Note - To be honest I don't remember this beer since I had it several months ago but I wrote notes and it deserves its time to shine.

Appearance - The beer is a dark, off-yellow/orange color. The beer pours with a thick head that slowly thins out leaving behind a lot of thick lacing.

Smell - At first there are some smooth hops and grains. Lingering from the bottle rushes in a grainy, corn mash. The usual malt to citrus odor from a macro like a Coors.

Taste - Mild floral hops, some citrus (lemon/lime) and malts towards the finish but ending bitter like a tonic water. Disappointing, they almost had it.

Mouthfeel - Light, too light. It wasn't watery but it had no body.

Overall - A decent sipper for something like a summer BBQ

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a big white head. The head faded slowly over time to leave a moderate level of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of grapefruit citrus and pine hop and mixed with a biscuit smelling base.

Taste – The taste begins smooth and malty. This bready and caramel sweet flavor is soon meet with pine hop flavors that start out on the very subtle side and grow in strength as the taste moves on. As the pine grows stronger, other hop flavors of a light citrus and floral nature also some to the tongue. Overall the transitions are all very smooth and in the end leave a pleasant hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for its strength, with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body helps the nice flavor transitions, as well as allows the hop flavors to really soak in.

Overall – This is a nice, more session like IPA with very smooth characteristics overall. Pretty good!!!

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Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold hop bitterness. Mostly pine, some floral. Good amount of crystal malt for balance. Some faint darker sugars, cannot tell from what. Fruity esters, blood orange.

Appearance: Deep, dark gold. Filled with small black particles in suspension. Moderate bleach-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Large dose of pine from the hops. A sugary kick comes in from the crystal malt. Some spicy black pepper, that's different. More grapefruit citrus that I got in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mildly chalky, but also creamy, if that makes any sense. Finishes quite dry. Carbonation is mild to moderate and packs a sharp stinging sensation.

Overall: Goes down exceptionally fast. Lots of bitter with plenty of sweetness to balance.

Bottled on 10/18/2011
Consumed 6/20/2012

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Photo of MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a ice white head and decent lacing

S-hints of malt and citrus

T-slightly sweet malt with citrus and light pine, decent bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, Slight astringency

O-a decent IPA but lacks the flavor and balance to put it in the upper echelon of the style

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Photo of Hopstamon
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail was a staple in my early beer drinking days... LT was a game changer in the Vermont beer world (kudos). Then came the IPA... at first it was similar to the Sierra Nevada Pale... which was my start to the IPA world and hops in general.
Now there are so many IPA's that blow this one away that I have to call it average.

To sum it up--- I now consider this a lawnmowing IPA and not a porch sipping beauty...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, clear, goldenrod coloring with only a hint of sparse film on top. Aromas of cut grass, a subtle bitterness, and a light citrus blend. The nose is mild, overall. Flavors are a bit on the roasted side initially, but then the cedar themed hops come through, with some pepper and oregano spicing on the lateral tongue. Resiny and bitter, there is a hint of citrus blending that highlights throughout. The aftertaste is more of the bitter, resiny, oily hops, with a very green feel overall. Surprisingly quick finish, with a sharp charring and slightly drying feel. Bitter linger in the back of the throat. Decent brew, and light on the ABV compared to most IPAs, so this one won't get you in trouble as fast.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, very pale orange, nearly yellow. White head retains well at a little under a half-finger.

Scent is very mineral-y, some sweet and bready malts, a tiny bit of lemony hops. Nothing too enticing but not quite off-putting.

Taste opens thing up more. Hops are big on the herbal+grassiness, with maybe a light grapefruit quality to it. A decent amount of bitterness for an English IPA. Malts still have a big mineral+grainy quality, a light sweetness, and big bready notes coming out in the finish. Doesn't seem to mesh, feels a little off.

Mouthfeel is fine, good body, well carbonated.

Not bad, but really nothing to write home about.

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Photo of jill9700
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have drank many an IPA, and I have to say If you're planning on having more than six IPA's... THIS is the beer to choose! I drank like, 7 without noticing! So good! The lacing is perfectamundo, and the head and body are perfectly to my liking. Seriously, get some of this stuff. My favorite beer is Stone Ruination IPA, and this beer semi-reminds me of it, as well as camping out in the Green Mnts. Goodtimes. Goodbeer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

As with unfiltered, cloudy appearance, and a dull lemon yellow and brown amber body. Head is a solid white, fairly creamy with some decent staying power, not too uniform in composition.

Nose brings a grass malt, a good amount of faint toast, and some hop bitter lemon sense. Hop angle is a little burried, but a good toasty malt biscuity backbone is real enjoyable.

Palate has a little wetness too it, but a somewhat chalky feel. Hop presence takes off nicely with all the flavor in the finish. Explosive not really, but settles in nicely with a toast malt hinted from the nose. Carbonation seems just about right, but everything feels in control.

Overall even for English IPA nothing too impressive, but still a beer that's enjoyable, I could have this again.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice hazy golden orange color. Decent head of thickish suds only piles up to about 1/2 inch even after an aggressive pour. Nose is dull. Faint smell of hops and fruit. Taste is not overly hopped but very bitter aftertaste lingers for a long (trail) time. As the beer warms is has a medicinal, cherry like flavor reminiscent of Shipyard IPA. I remember liking this a lot more in the past. It was always a great bargain at ten bucks a twelve pack. Obviously batch control is an issue and I would be hard pressed to purchase this again with so many better local IPA's to choose from.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a hint of orange, hardly any head, even less lacing on the glass.

Smell starts out with a sweet malt base, the hop aroma sneaks in but doesn't take the lead, slight citrus hint.

Taste is similar to the aroma, the sweet malt takes the forefront while a light citrus hop flavor comes in the aftertaste, the malt and hops are quite balanced as it would be for an English IPA.

Does nothing outstanding but it doesn't do anything wrong either.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is deep, opaque orange/copper with a nice frothy white head that laces nicely.

Smell is nice malt, light toast and some caramel followed by some light citrus hops, hints of spice.

Taste is clean malt, similar to the smell with some light toast and caramel, decently solid bitterness follows with some hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of bitter but easily drinkable, nice flavors are lingering well.

Overall a very solid ipa, could be considered a stronger pale ale in some regards as the bitterness and hop presence is a bit light.

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Photo of Brewsky29
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light orange with half an inch of foamy head that disipated in about 3 minutes with not much lacing at all.

Very light citrus mainly barley like.

This beer is a very weak flavor light hops and barley grainy flavor very light though.

Medium carbonation and no alcohol presence.

Overall just okay nothing special here.

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Photo of KDawg
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light orange color with a good 2" head.

Good aromas of hops, citrus and a bit of navel oranges. Nice balance with the hops being noticeable, but not being too much.

Very good medium body with the feel being very good as well. Nice and smooth with flavors of citrus, hops and oranges

A nicely balanced IPA. Not overdone on the hops and the feel really makes it.

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Photo of haazer
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Mccooles.

A- Filtered golden brew with evident tiny bubbles. No head from the pour. Slight lace on glass but not much.

S- A slight hint of lemon, pine and pale malt. The malt is quite bready.

T- Definitely balanced for an IPA. The malt is biscuity. There's a bit of lemon bitterness. Some faint citrus in the background.

M- Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very easy drinking and crisp.

O- A decent balanced IPA that's easy drinking and no hint of alcohol. Nothing special.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with little head from the tap. Smell is citrus and hoppy, but rather mellow... Not a real strong scent.

Taste is smooth, yet bland for an IPA. I yearn for more hops on this brew to give it some character. Almoat tastes like a light IPA.

It is easy drinking and overall, not bad. But if you're looki.g for a bold IPA, this isn't it...

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

Had on-tap at some random bar in NYC on 1/23/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. There is about a finger of white head resting on-tap. It has decent head retention, and there is some scattered lace left behind on the glass. The nose has some caramel maltiness and a nice hop presence. There are some aromas of tropical fruit and citrus here as well. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malt and a nice citrusy and piney hop bite. There are some tropical fruit flavors that come through as well. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness and hop bitterness behind on the palate. This has a lighter medium body and average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a pretty good feel to it. There is some sweetness, and the hop bitterness is there, but a little on the lower side. This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor and goes down smooth. It is a little light on the hoppy side of things, but it is a pretty nice IPA overall. I think it is worth trying out, I'd drink it again.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Sticky lace.

Floral and piney hops are prominent in the aroma. Just a hint of toffee malts in the background. More of the same on the pallet. Nice balance of piney and floral hops with a nice malt backbone.

The body here is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall this one is a solid effort. Well balanced and really enjoyable.

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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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