Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,330
Reviews:
420
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
285
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,330 |  Reviews: 420
Photo of Kayakguy
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spencer96
1.46/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of djl1983
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MFD657
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzedup
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kornitsky101
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Waveoff
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little quencher pours a nice
ruby tinged amber with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin layer, and showcases nice light lacing. nose of subtle toasted malts,
light breaded malts, and lager yeast with a touch of caramel. Flavors hit the spot
with caramel notes and light breaded notes touched with subtle herbal hops on the
rear and showcasing a nice lager yeast note. Decent mouth feel; medium light body,
medium carbonation that is lively, and a lightly clean sweet finish.

Overall, a decent brew for the BBQ.

Cheers

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

Photo of mldennison22
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexErez
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance had a light amber color with an off-white head that didn’t last too long. It left just a bit of spotty lacing. The smell had the aromas of caramel, almonds and hops. This smooth, easy drinking ale is good in all seasons. It had a good clean, crisp, and dry finish and with a slight touch of bitterness. Overall, good for its style and good for me.

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Photo of baldy00
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - Pours a clear amber color with lighter copper highlights, a finger of foamy off white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Grainy, brown sugar, vegetal.
Taste - Very light. The main flavors I'm getting are grains and burnt caramel and they're gone in a flash. Aftertaste has a dull hop bitterness but little to no flavor.
Feel - Light bodied, watery, soda-like.

Overall - Not bad but not very good either. Just a boring and bland beer.

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Photo of Riff
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with a smattering of white head. Smells of bready malts and a tiny bit of hops, but fairly faint smells. Taste is better, sweet and malty at first, not too bitter, nice hop flavor. Soft body, medium light. Nice, easy drinker, good flavor. Probably would taste great after a day of hiking.

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Photo of Namaste2u
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with thick head, remaining around .5 inch. I cannot describe the smell. Taste is sweet at first, with a slightly bitter after taste. Dispute having a lot of carbonation, it is not have a very high carbonated mouth feel. I am very impressed. The beer has a very nice taste and feel.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle; date is scratched off; think it's 03/03/17. 12 oz. Nonic pint. Note: bottle says 5% ABV.

A: pours a brilliant, clear dark amber with two fingers of foamy off-white head. Loads of streaming carbonation. Lacing is epic.

S: smells awesome! Sweet bready malt, some fruity esters, a very English hop aroma. Smells a lot like Sam Adams Boston Ale or Left Hand Sawtooth.

T: much like the aroma, mildly sweet on the arrival; malty, bready middle with floral hop aspects; really more prounounced floral, earthy, and woody English hop flavor than expected. Not too bitter to begin with at the end, but on the aftertaste a medicinal hop bitterness begins to build that seems to become more pronounced the farther you get from the swallow.

M: soft, heavier side of medium bodied, lower carbonation than the appearance suggests. Slick finish. Perhaps a little heavy for the style.

O: this is one of those beers that reminds me of where craft beer began. For that reason alone, I love it. Bready, English medicinal hoppy, easy drinking. It is not as enjoyable to me as SABL or Sawtooth, and is about as available to me. I'd even put this below Bell's amber, Censored, and Boont Amber, which have a more American hop profile. Still, I would enjoy it as a single when the mood strikes.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber. Thick, tall, white head fades after a bit to a lasting cap.

Smells toasted malts, earthy and grainy.

Tastes grainy, malty, earthy bitterness. Finish is dry with a bitter and bready linger. Medium body and fizzy higher carbonation.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewnme
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deeman13
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour with minimal head. Aroma is malty and grainy with a mild chem and/or meat smell - like a frying pan used to cook burgers the day before. Thankfully that's missing in the flavor which is nicely malty with just enough hop to balance slightly on the sweet side. Feel/finish is okay with lingering toasted flavor.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle at the Long Trail brewery back in late January 2017. Bottle on date of 1/12/17 with review on 3/10/17. Kept cold since that time. Pours a clear amber color with okay head that leaves some lacing. Smells of baked bread with some caramel and just a touch of cinnamon and allspice. Tastes malty, as per aroma, with some earthy hops and a balanced bitterness that lingers. Feels medium bodied that's quite sessionable. Overall, it's a solid beer just not one that is really exciteable. Probably excellent early on during the craft beer craze, this one is still a delight to have as the style isn't really brewed in craft beer circles.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,330 ratings.
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