Long Trail India Pale Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

1,215 Ratings
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,215 |  Reviews: 418
Photo of greyghost86
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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.

 673 characters

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CobaltConqueror
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of UncleRuckus
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TabulaRasa
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of alleycat
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of sdaly3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Happyhopper
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LarryMyers
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BryanK
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kevmcdin2003
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of dubdrop
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sanitarium16
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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

 737 characters

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of buffcityx
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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!!!

 1,072 characters

Photo of EvanTJ
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ErrandWolfe
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,215 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.