Long Trail Ale
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
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From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Altbier
Ranked #71
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #26,939
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 12.61%
Ratings:
1,423
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 14, 2022
Added:
Mar 26, 2002
Wants:
  31
Gots:
  322
SCORE
81
Good
Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
Notes: Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU
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4.09 by TheRatCage from Connecticut on Mar 14, 2022
 
3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
 
3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Mattyb_REAL

Notes of evergreen... made me want to be out on the trail. Great fall taste :)

Oct 22, 2021
 
3.45 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 21, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours amber with a 1/2 inch cream colored head, which slowly fades. Light lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt, grass,

Taste has a malty sweetness, notably caramel. Light bitterness.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

This is a very good ale. Could use a bit more carbonation.

Sep 15, 2021
 
3.81 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Aug 19, 2021
 
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 01, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 12oz bottle, undated as best I can tell. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a coppery caramel color with two fingers of soft, creamy, cream colored suds. Retention is pretty decent, leaving a foamy cap and a thin, tattered curtain of lacing. Aside from the suds, it actually looks a lot like a glass of ice tea.

Nose is malty and mildly sweet. Nutty, apple juice, lemon.

Taste is earthy-toasty, thick and malty. Whole grain bread roll, caramel malt and tobacco, mushroom and apple and a tannic, tea-like character into the finish and beyond.

Feel is round and doughy, full bodied but brightly carbonated. Hugely drinkable.

Overall, 12oz was not enough to write a review - I kept drinking it too fast and having to open more bottles. I see this on the shelves all the time… how come I’ve never bought it before?!?!

Jul 27, 2021
 
3.74 by kp7 from Massachusetts on Jul 05, 2021
 
3.48 by Bitburger from Vermont on Jun 14, 2021
 
3.85 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on May 13, 2021
 
3.87 by SFHbeerME from Maine on Apr 27, 2021
 
3.64 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut on Apr 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 16 oz can. Pours a rich golden brown color with about one fat man's finger of head. Rich caramel notes accompany the malt along with some slight hop bitterness. This is a solid beer and nicely done considering it's one of LTB "mass" produced beers. Good stuff.

Jan 31, 2021
 
4.41 by pirish28 from Massachusetts on Jan 19, 2021
 
3.77 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Nov 07, 2020
 
3.5 by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2020
 
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
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3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

not outstanding , but very smooth ale . kind o beer you could drink all day

Jul 31, 2020
 
3.94 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Jul 31, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dapatriot1 from New York

gave this a try as it was in one of my sampler 6 packs
nice beer would be better in the fall not summer
Look: dark golden small head,
Smell: Sweet malt
Taste: Natural carbonation, smooth, caramel malts, just the right amount of bitterness
Feel: Good body
i would love to try this one again but more in the fall

Jul 30, 2020
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3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by moodenba from New York

Long Trail Pale Ale bottle at 50 F poured into a simple glass. There is a deep amber color with modest head, and a mild sweet malty aroma. The flavor has a roasted malt emphasis, with minimal hop bitterness to balance. Aftertaste is malty. It has no hint of the modern hop fruit or flowery bouquet. I would classify the flavor as being close to a British style light mild (but it has 5% alcohol). I might like this better as a cask offering. In a world where old favorites are being set aside in favor of new brews with the modern hop flavor palette, Long Trail Pale Ale holds the line.

Jul 22, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

12 oz bottle poured into a Willi Becher glass. Pours a beautiful amber/yellow with a fluffy, long-lasting head. Aroma and flavor feature bready caramel malt and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Overall, simply a delicious beer.

Jul 20, 2020
 
4.41 by RyanPollie from California on Jun 24, 2020
 
4.1 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Apr 09, 2020
 
3.84 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts on Mar 01, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by tomtjs4 from Connecticut

One of my favorite beers, easy to drink, extremely tasty and beautiful color. The flavors are incredibly well balanced. It’s also great that it’s always available.

Feb 28, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Maxkelly9

Poured from 12 oz bottle - Similar notes to Sam Adams Winter from what I recall. Nutty smell, dark caramel color, sweet taste & thick lacing. Perfect foam head follows pour. Nice winter ale. Easy to drink. But not fan of slightly bitter after taste.

Dec 14, 2019
 
3.62 by z_21 from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2019
 
3.5 by seakayak from Massachusetts on Dec 08, 2019
 
4 by rugbyallen11 from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

I am surprised this gets as low a rating as it does. You have to drink it at the right time of year. It is more akin to an Octoberfest. It is a consistently good malty bock style ale, easy to drink and pairs wonderfully with pizza and pub fare. I do think it is a style that is better from the bottle than from the can. I would avoid buying it from the can, if possible.
Look: Caramel golden clear, slight head, that is not retained
Smell: Sweet malt pleasantly bread
Taste: Natural carbonation, smooth, caramel malts, nice finish. Best drank at 45 to 50 degrees F.
Feel: Good body, pleasant carbonation
Overall: I sometimes get this when it is on sale. Like I said earlier, It is more akin to an Octoberfest. So this ale is best suited for a cool or cold time of year. Simple, good quality ale.

Oct 04, 2019
 
3.91 by babinsk1 from New York on Oct 03, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a dark-ish golden brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells nutty, with some caramel, a bit of toast, and some light hops.

This is simple, but it's still a classic for sure. It's got a great balance between the various things that make a beer a beer - there's a light but pleasant hop bitterness, a toasty and just slightly sweet malt backbone, and a really great crisp flavor and finish.

This is drinkable, and very crisp, with a light but not thin body to it.

You're instantly transported to the earlier days of craft brewing in the Northeast with this beer. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it's also not meant to do that.

Sep 02, 2019
 
3.67 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Aug 24, 2019
 
3.75 by zotzot from Vermont on Aug 22, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

Thought I had this beer but this was their only popular beer that I've never got around to reviewing on here. I was surprised how easy this was to drink and how accessible it was as well as the outward lack of alcohol in the taste and on the palate. This makes me wish that more brewers would give this beer a go, especially with Octoberfest coming up!

Nice copper hue to this beer with plenty of foam to top this off. It looked like bread in terms of how they offset but it didn't translate over to the lacing as there only a few scattered bubbles on the side of my pint glass once I sipped this. Apple, pear, and caramel in the nose as the taste was quite sweet with some yeast and herbal notes underneath it. Felt a bit like tea and finished just as clean and refreshing, as the carbonation was light and lively with a sweet and funky finish to it like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Had there been another here, I could have easily had that after finishing this off. A bit of water would be nice to wash this down but as it was, this was a year-round beer with plenty of taste and body that seemed just a bit unfamiliar to me as there weren't any hops outwardly present. Nice job with this as this was a classic brew that's held up well over time!

Aug 22, 2019
 
3.77 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Aug 02, 2019
 
3.41 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Jul 11, 2019
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