Long Trail Brewing Co.

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #116
Ranked #37,980
3.68 | pDev: 13.32%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Notes: The culmination of a long growing season, the autumn harvest comes once a year. We mark the end of summer with the release our seasonal brown ale, Harvest. Vermont maple syrup added during the brewing process yields a lasting sweetness on the palate that's guaranteed to warm your soul.

Raise a glass and enjoy the spirit of the season. Pairs well with wood-splitting, leaf-raking and pumpkin carving.

In celebration of the autumn harvest we’ve brewed this brown ale with locally harvested Vermont ingredients... a truly unique Taste of Vermont!

13 IBU
Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 765 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Charliethebrit
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a mix pack of bottles. It is a good autumn ale.
Look: Dark gold, not much head retention.
Smell: Bready, malty, slight yeast.
Taste: Brown ale typical, slight bitterness up front, fading to a malt flavor at the back.
Feel: Nice, not over carbonated.
Overall: This was excellent value at $14 a 12 pack!. A very tasty, malty, cool season ale, easy to drink. Would buy again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of piney hops, and toasted malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of herbal hops, brown sugar, toasted malt and a touch of maple syrup. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light brownish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sticky and bittersweet maple, piney hops, caramel, toffee, and bitter breadiness.

There's a lot of disparate threads weaving through this beer - there's a touch of maple, there's resinous hop bitterness, toasted malt, and a crusty sort of bready malt character. I definitely wish there was more maple, as it's not a super apparent flavor here.

This is medium bodied, and very crisp, with a very good level of drinkability.

This is a solid enough little beer, but I wish really want more maple sweetness to counteract the bitterness of the hops and malt here.

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Photo of zotzot
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking out of a glass tumbler. I prefer it to a regular pint glass.
Pours a nice clear mahogoney brown.
Good tan colored head.
Light smell of maple plus typical dark malts.
Taste is a surprise. Nice, light taste of maple, backed-up with standard brown ale taste.
Overall, a pretty good maple ale.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Accomplice IPA glass

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour. 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head.

S: Toasted grains... malty and earthy.

T/F: Just like it smells. Toasted malts, brown sugar, and a hint of maple syrup (but not sweet). Nutty and earthy... light bodied and easy drinking.

O: A pretty standard brown ale... and the biggest appeal is the super low ABV so you can easily have this with a meal or during the day and have nothing to worry about.

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Photo of haines710
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth brown ale. Easy to drink. A little thin but satisfying for a fall afternoon. Pours dark brown with a little head. Smells nutty but taste is better. Maple syrup is not obvious at all. I wish it gave it some more character. Otherwise a little plain. Not bad but not one I will seek out again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: A little maple sweetness up front along with some heaftier malt and grain. Very malt forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good helping of lightly toasted malt and grains and then picks up some mild maple and brown sugar sweetness. Finishes with lingering grain notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid brown ale that is nice for the harvest season. Easy to drink, too

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Photo of Kemblain
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Deep brown with tan lacing.
S: Unimposing malt, earthy, caramel, and maple notes.
T: Gentle malt sweetness empowered by caramel and maple. Nutty, earthy, coffee flavors behind.
F: Extremely light. High carbonation.
O: The mouthfeel is too light, the flavors aren't strong enough and end up muddied. Despite the maple flavor branding, it barely displays any maple flavor. It certainly isn't offensive, but it leaves you wanting more from it instead of more of it.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark murky brown color with dark ruby red notes. Thin tan head

S: roasted malts, and oak. Coffee beans, and hazelnuts. Smells quite roast

T: follows the nose. Hazelnuts and roasted malts. Caramel and cola, with some sweet malts to close. A bit thin in flavor

M: thin, light mouthfeel with medium carbonation

O: thin, almost watery beer. Has some nice flavors in the background, but not anything impressive

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Photo of izraelc
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic! A nice dark brown ale. Roasted malt aroma. Big coffee flavor with hints of maple and brown sugar. Smooth. Not too heavy. I could drink this for breakfast.

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Photo of jrc1093
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 7/10/18

Pours a light, earthy brown with an off-white head just shy of finger-length; recedes fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing behind.

Aromas of roasty malts complimented with light notes of maple and vanilla; hints of bitter chocolate spread occasionally throughout the bouquet.

Taste brings lightly bitter, toasty malts and unfortunately not much else, as the profile thins significantly; hints of syrupy notes trying to push through, but lacking the character to have any impact.

Mouthfeel stays on the thinner side, but its light body saves it from being watery; inoffensive, if not slightly too weak for my liking.

Promising aroma let down by a watery profile that didn't really register much aside from some basic malty notes; pretty disappointing.

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Photo of Amendm
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12-oz. bottle poured heavily into a 16-oz. mug creates a ½ finger sizes beige head that is short lived with little lacing.
Clear mahogany brown, looks dark amber in front of light.
Faint smells of coffee, sweet malt and maple syrup.
Taste follows the smell with the addition of roasted malt and a piney hop bitterness. Semi sweet finish.
Even medium body with below average CO2 and a clean finish.
Lots of coffee in the smell and taste, smooth drinker with faint alcohol. Light on the hops, very English.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - deep reddish brown with only a small foam head and minimal lacing
Smell - almost non-existent. Just some sweetness, not much there.
Taste - Rich charred and even burnt malt with caramel, maple syrup, and dark chocolate notes. Fairly sweet as it typical with brown ales. The roasted malt lingers and forges with the roasted nut flavor. Medium-low carbonation. Medium-heavy body.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Not my favorite brown ale but it has lots of flavor and i enjoyed it
Give it a grade of A-

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Photo of SourGlass
1.9/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer has a very misleading name. I expect a barn ale to be something like a saison or maybe a marzen, but not a dark coffee-chocolate porter style. Right away, the smell turned me off because I'm not a coffee drinker, and then the taste was really off-putting when I was expecting an ale. Yuk--down the drain it went. Please re-label this as porter lite.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, darker but transparent on the edges, head is lighter tan with an amber hue, head presents 1 inch thick and then lingers very well with good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is nutty, toasty, very pleasant with good depth for such a light brew.

Taste is similarly good: pleasant nutty, toasty flavor upfront, thinner malt flavor as it warms; crisp clean hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate, pleasant.

Overall this is a great, larger flavor beer at this strength. I'll take this over a session ipa any day.

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All right... let's try and cap off a night of marzens that has been not that great so far...

Pours very, very dark, even for an American marzen. And, okay let's look here, alright this is not a marzen so let's judge different. English Dark. Perfectly regular for that style, though maybe a bit too fizzy.

Smells peaty and malty. Pretty good, actually. Like a less sweet and less alcoholic version of their Double Bag.

Tastes very roasted up front, bitter malt with some mild floral nodes. Moving into a middle that's dominated by barley that's almost stout-level charred, and then finishing like a good, fruity British pale with just a bit of european hops on the back end.

Not what I expect from a beer that's labeled "Harvest," cus in America that means it's either a fresh hop citrusy pale or a spicey marzen. But judged as a malty pale, this is actually pretty good.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a medium brown color with a small tan head.
The aroma is sweet malt and brown sugar.
Toffee and caramel taste. Some maple syrup. I was expecting more from the maple syrup.
A very sweet beer. Definitely a lingering sweetness.
Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet for my taste

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Photo of CJake
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured much darker than I expected for a lighter beer. A faint touch of maple flavor. It drank much heavier than any other 4.4 beer. Pleasantly surprised, If I see it again, I'd definitely consider buying it again.

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Photo of Lucular
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Meh. Not bad but barely any maple flavor. Instead I'm getting just a HINT of cigarette smoke - not what I enjoy in brown ales (or any beer for that matter). Not terrible but nothing to drink again.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light but muddy brown color with amber edges and only a thin layer of head. The nose is bready with a faint trace of maple syrup. The flavor is a bit flat but it is boosted by the lingering presence of the maple syrup.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber/brown and leaves the same colored body that leaves a large full two finger white head that lasts a good minute. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing is around the sides of the glass. The aroma has a great combination of brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and a short roasty nutty aroma. The taste has all of the previously mentioned ingredients combined perfectly. On the palate, the body feels about a medium and leaves a slight stickiness, not bad, nutty aftertaste and finish. Overall, I’ll go out on a limb and say this is probably one of most drinkable browns on the market.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, lots of dark breads. Taste is bready malts, nuts, light maple, hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of jettjon
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass, dark chestnut body and brown-tan head of very dense foam. Nose of toast—toasted bread, toasted malt, and a hint of roasted nuts. Flavor follows nose, dominated by toasted malt with some slight sweetness balancing things and a burnt malt bitter finish. Mouth is chewy and a little bit foamy. Overall, a nice toasted malt porter-ish beverage. Enjoyable, would try again.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown with a thin head.

Aroma: a bit of that maple syrup. Toasted malts. Having trouble smelling much of anything.

Taste: again, the syrup is most notable. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, caramel.

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Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown mahogany body with a nougat colored head. Smells of maple, butterscotch, syrup, spicy hops and some alcohol. Tastes malty with milk chocolate, coffee and caramel. Creamy with a splash of bitterness from hops. Balanced, with an ale character that reminds me of why I love brown ales. Love this beer. After one bottle, it's officially in my go-to catalog.

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