Long Trail Ale
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #150
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,795
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
1,420
From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  324
SCORE
81
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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
Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 1,420 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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dapatriot1 from New York

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

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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moodenba from New York

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Lucular from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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tomtjs4 from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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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Maxkelly9

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

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

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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I can't believe I have never rated this iconic ale. Looks reddish/orange and fairly clear. White head dissipates quickly-Picking up a scent of cherry licorice, stone fruits, earthy dankness. Tastes like pine, stone fruits, hop goodness. Feels semi dry and very quaffable. I remember hiking 20 miles on the Appalachian trail and then having this beer, I thought it was the best in the world and it still does not disappoint 30 years later. Not sure why the lower reviews. This beer is awesome-

Jun 04, 2019
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Stoven5 from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a good beer, not killed with hops or high alcohol just some thing you can enjoy. I like the English type ales and I know this is not one, but it dose the job when I find it on tap in Vermont, then I end up getting 3 or 4 cases to take back with me to PA.

Apr 27, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber with an off white head.

smells of malty bread and roasted nuts

malty whole grain bread gives way to roasted nuts and finishes with a dry bitter herb.

Mar 04, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear amber. A finger of fizzy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Spicy and fruity sweet malt.

Taste: Mild, bready malt with a light hop bitterness to balance.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than normal for the style. High carbonation.

Overall: A quintessential example of the altbier style.

Feb 09, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - clear copper amber color with a very thick foam head that slowly dissipates, lots of lacing on glass
Smell - like a bag of caramels. Rye bread. notes of maple or spruce sap, brown sugar, and vanilla.
Taste - interesting, it is like a mix of red and amber styles, both of which are very sweet. Tastes like caramel, bread, and copper metal. This isn't syrupy sweet but it is certainly one of the sweeter beers i have had. Weird thing is actually do pick up the alcohol slightly. Not much in the way of hops....at all. Very drinkable although medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall, lacks complex flavor i am looking for. The double bag is twice as good as this. I know this is meant more as a session beer but it still isn't light enough to drink more than a few. Only a good not great beer so i give this beer a B

Sep 01, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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

12-oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 16-oz. mug produces a finger sized egg shell white head with little lacing.
Clear copper color shows orange/amber when held up to light.
Malty smell plus some funky yeast and faint hops.
Taste has semi-sweet malt up front with a carbonated yeast middle and a slight hop bitterness that does not linger.
Medium body/carbonation, finishes on the sweet side.
Easy drinking, clean finish with low bitterness.

Jul 20, 2018
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Vermont_Northern from Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great ale. Full bodied taste with just the right bite. Hot summer days to brutally cold vermont winter nights this beer will always appease.

Jun 10, 2018
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deniro from New York

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a really solid Ale. Not a big Ale drinker but I definitely prefer this one over most that are out there. It's got nice flavors to it and I'd definitely recommend.

Apr 24, 2018
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billybob from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz. bottle clear amber hardly any head or lace smell is a little better with a malty slightly sweet note. taste is smooth and mostly malt hint of caramel well balanced and carbonation good, very easy drinker.

Oct 17, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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

I bought a mixed 12pck of this in PA...near the WV border. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of sweet malt with touch of bitterness. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Aug 27, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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

Jun 24, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 09, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

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.

May 31, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

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.

May 31, 2017
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