Jay Peak Tram Ale
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Jay Peak Tram AleJay Peak Tram Ale
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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #161
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,207
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 13.96%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
48
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Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  10
SCORE
81
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; mahogany in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate for a moment, then roasted grain; a little coffee comes in at the end; a little spicy;

T: coffee is predominant from start to finish; some roasted grain and cherry in the background; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: perfect beer to drink in front of a fireplace;

Jan 14, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 01/08/14-3353-B. Sampled on March 29, 2014.

It looks very nice with its chestnut brown pour and quick-lived white head. Decent clarity. Yup, it is an amber ale by the way it looks.

But after that it is fairly routine with an aroma of caramel malts and clean hops. Nothing extraordinary but nothing bad.

Mostly medium body so that it something. Acidity too.

The taste has a toasted biscuit malt character and halfway decent bitter hop finish. But everything about this is pretty routine as far as amber ales go. If you like ambers you will find it appealing, If you don 't, you won't. This is one of those beers that is brewed to be served to the masses who visit a particular business...in this case - Jay Peak Ski Area of Vermont. The average person will go away from there saying, "Wow! they have their own beer." But it is nothing you can't get elsewhere.

Mar 30, 2014
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KingdomBobcat from Vermont

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jay Peak Tram Ale
A–Rusty like the rails in the terrain park. Poured in regular pint glass
S¬–Like 62 sweaty skiers packed into the tram for a 7 minute ride up to the summit, with a hint of Wet Dog.
T–Very malty and Mollases-esque, but only the best kind.
M–Feels like giving your wet dog a kiss on the forehead. But in the happiest way possible.
D–No bitter aftertaste, but very malty.
O–Just like wet dogs, I like this beer.

May 02, 2013
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Billolick from New York

3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle brought back by a traveling buddy. 010213 etched onto the bottle (Bottling date?)

Pours a nice warm shade of medium brown, clear, typical khaki head, stays well and leaves a high collar and nice fine lacing.

Malty nose picked up on this pretty straight forward brew.

Malty with mild dry hops in the back ground.

Nothing super special, but this is an easy drinking, smooth, very sessionable offering.

Bet it would taste after a day on the Vermont slopes...

Feb 07, 2013
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BeerPhan86 from New York

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in Vermont in the Long Trail section. Unique and very local according to the local I spoke to!

A - Pours a clear, nutty brown with a good two fingers of some tan/light brown head.

S - Roasted malt, a slight amount of earthy hops, and a hint of coffee. Not too much going on.

T - Malty and very buttery tasting, with hints of brown sugar. Reminiscent of Long Trail Ale, but slightly darker and nuttier. Shares many qualities of a light brown ale as well. A tiny bit of earthy hops in the finish. Super well balanced and drinkable.

M - Light bodied and velvety smooth. Medium carbonation.

O - Quite a delicious and well balanced session ale. I can see this one really hitting the spot after a day of skiing. Nothing crazy, just a well rounded altbier similar to Long Trail Ale with slightly darker properties and brown ale qualities.

Jun 11, 2012
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Christopher22 from Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found out about this one during the winter. The local beer shop in Ludlow, VT had it. The gentleman who owns the place told me it was long trail's hit the trail which isn't made year round or seasonal it's a specialty one usually with another label on it. I don't know if that is correct. But none the less it poured well for me it seemed into a pint glass, with a nice amber colour too it. For me the smell did put me off, but as i learned sometimes a bad smell can be a great tasting beer. Seemed to me that it had no head and very little lacing present. Also had some nice malty undertones of vanilla and caramel. Overall I would buy this again and recommend this.

May 22, 2012
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B967ierhunter177 from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber brown with no head but some thin lasting lace. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts, coffee, and molasses. The flavor starts with root beer barrel candy followed by roasted nuts, spices, and a hint of smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin. Jay Peak Tram Ale is an average beer, light and drinkable. Recommended.

Feb 05, 2012
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tempest from New York

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle to round out dinner at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Really, this is just a nice, sessionable amber. There's no hop character, just smooth and crisp-finishing malts with bread crust and light toffee. The beer finishes dry, but there's a little barley sweetness in the middle. It's not a deep beer, but there's little else to complain about.

Jan 14, 2012
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Bendurgin from Maine

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany with a small layer of white head that doesn't last too long.

Malty and very sweet in the aroma. Hints of brown sugar and toasted nuts come to mind. A little bit of of fruitiness finishes it off. A little bit more of the same on the pallet. Toasty nutty malt flavors. A big malt bomb with just a small hop presence in the background.

THe feel is light with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer. Worth trying I'd say.

Aug 12, 2011
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hreb from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on draught at Jay Peak's Tower Bar. Beer is cola brown with nearly no head. Faintly sweet aroma, little carbonation. Flavor is dry and nutty with no hop edge but still well balanced. smooth, low ABVs, but not remarkable. stick with double bag :)

Dec 12, 2010
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kingcrowing from Vermont

3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep dark amber color with a decent fluffy head that slowly fades. Aroma is... meh? What's there other than some light malt? Not much. It has some light lacing.

Very crisp and smooth, almost velvety. A slight amount of bitterness but not much as the malt dominate. Quite pleasant and I imagine it'd be great after a good day of skiing.

Sep 12, 2009
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SteveO1231 from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother brought me a couple bottles of the Jay Peak Tram Ale.

Pours a clear, dark brownish-copper, thick frothy off-white head after a vigorous dump into my Allagash glass.

Nice aroma of crystal malts, noble hops, some fresh raked leaves.

Medium-full bodied, with a slickness, crisp carbonation.

Some caramel-corn chip sweetness, some fruity tartness, mild hop flavor and a smooth finish, bitterness is faintly floral.

This a a pretty nice session beer, nothing crazy but very drinkable. I may be wrong but I think that it may be Longtrail Ale under a different label. oh well.

Cheers!

Jul 28, 2009
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear red-amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Fruity nose. Flavor is lacking - watery sweet without much backbone. Some hops at finish. Contract brewed for Jay Peak Resort by Long Trail. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Apr 24, 2009
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought back by a traveling neighbor (as "Jay Peak Tram Ale"). This brew is a clear dark amber color with a thin and foamy beige head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of sweet toffee and malt. Light, clean body with sweet grainy malt, caramel and fruit flavors. Very little hops are detected. The finish is sweet with caramel malt lingering in the aftertaste. Pretty average overall.

Jan 30, 2009
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irishtjb11 from Maine

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

got while up at jay on a powder day. bought two of them, if rating the one after the powder it would have been 5s across the board. nothing like a jay peak powder day. decided this might be more impartial than the first tasting. forms a nice white head that gives decent lacing down the glass, clear light brown/amber color. taste is very balanced, nice buttery sweet malt, with a subtle hint of fruity hops after the initial. lots of nutty flavors as well. the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than i would have liked for it to be with this beer, bit more carbonation than smoothness; but to be expected with a bottle. the drinkability however i feel is quite high. great taste, not abv but seems well balanced there as well. could drink these all night after a day of the dip and beyond beaver pond.

Jan 05, 2009
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this a brown/copper ale with a beige head. Better than usual head retention and lacing for Long Trail. Aromas of semi-sweet malt like those malt ball candies. Good flavor here. Malt first and some slightly bitter hops give it balance, brown sugar and behind that subtle ripe fruit. Good mouthfeel, quite smooth and appropriately filling for a brown. This is a solid beer, sessionable and a good example of an American Brown. Check it out.

Aug 20, 2008
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Brad007 from Vermont

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 500. Subtle.

Color: Dark brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and somewhat sweet like a brown ale. Somewhat more maltier than Long Trail Ale.

Taste: Malty upfront with a decent amount of hops. Sweet and balanced. Some hints of brown sugar mainly. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin or thick. Warm. Very drinkable.

Verdict: If you're looking for a drinkable altbier, look no further. I have no idea why I never checked out this beer in the past. I'm glad I did now.

Feb 18, 2008
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dherling from New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a nut brown, mostly clear color, crowned by a small off white head. The nose had some good toasted malt character, nuttyness, and a tiny big o hops. The taste was like watered down hazelnut juice. Nothing else to report here. Low carbonation, a slick mouthfeel. Not too enjoyable for me, few redeaming qualitites.

Apr 13, 2007
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head lasts well, and laces beautifully. Aroma is caramel malt, with a slightly fruity hops tinge to it. Taste is well balanced, with initial sweetness countered by ample fruity bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Nice one here...

May 18, 2005
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ChrisBowers from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent brew and goes down great after a day up on the mountain. Procured at the little store in Montgomery (tiny town near Jay). Nice brownish-amber with a pleasing hop aroma. Taste is well balanced, smooth, with a nice hoppy finish. I like it better than some of Long Trail's other offerings, although Double Bag is still the best. Still, its the perfect beer to have if you're skiing Jay. I have no idea why, maybe its just good memories associated with my experiences with this beer. Grab some if you can.

Feb 18, 2005
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scottum from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber brown with a very small head. I enjoy the balanced taste. It's a mellow Long Trail Ale with great mouthfeel. Perfect texture on a brown ale of such is a wonderful thing. This is similar to Long Trail's Church St. Tavern Ale. Snag this gem if you see it around town. I got the hookup at Pearl St Bev, but you could always go up to Jay Peak for a fix.

Sep 21, 2003
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pbrian from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says only available in VT. My guess is you'd be hardpressed to find it outside of the Jay area, but if you do, snatch it up. It's like a darker/hoppier version of Long Trail Ale. Extremely pleasing, especially after a long day in the Jay glades.

Feb 11, 2002
Jay Peak Tram Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 48 ratings