Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

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
Reviews:
408
Ratings:
1,285
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
22.28%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
260
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 408 | Ratings: 1,285
Photo of buschbeer
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours a deep amber, almost copper, color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is toasted malt and metal.

It starts out with toasted malt. It has some earthiness with a mild, bitter, metallic finish.

Medium mouthfeel

It starts out decent, but there is something in the finish that doesn't agree with my palate. I get a bitter, metallic flavor that grows with each sip.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper/amber in color.

Aroma: Musty, earthy aroma. Slightly malty.

Taste: slightly sweet, malty beginning with a bite of hop bitterness to dull it.

Feel: a bit silky. light to medium in body. more towards light.

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

Pours a reddish amber color with ivory colored head. Caramel malts, bread, toast, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes very malty.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty resplendent appearance: a wealth of tiny, wicked bubbles whelped from the bottom of the glass, which highlights the deep, lacquered, gold-inflected brown of this beer, which is draped by a stout quarter-inch of slow-dissipating latte-foam head. The aromatics are soft, subtle, but sneakily nice, with some elements of wet-wood, muscovado, English tea leaf, and dry, dusty malt. The flavors, likewise, are unassuming—not necessarily brilliant, or especially complex, but both fairly pleasing and entirely inoffensive. Fairly dry, for an alt-bier / amber, with mild, light-brown sugars, mild, malty bite, and mild, leafy bitters at the finish. You get the point: it's mild. But that's a strength, for this basic-six, as much as a weakness, as it renders the ale tres sessionable, accentuated by a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel that also manages to finish fairly crisply.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Their flagship beer, this amber ale brewed in the alt-bier style pours a dark ruby red color with a fairly large creamy off white head and a lot of carbonation. The smell is mild and largely malt dominated with a cereals quality. The flavor is largely of cereals with some toffee flavor and a somewhat hoppy finish that is measured and does a nice job of balancing the beer out. The finish is also quite creamy, almost like a stout in that regard. The body is medium, maybe even on the high end of that, which I appreciate. This is a well-made robust amber ale. My one complaint, which I find with a lot of amber ales, is that it is kind of overly simple for me. There really isn’t a lot going on here. It is still enjoyable to drink though.

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Photo of atr2605
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a nice deep copper/amber color with an off white head with decent retention
S-caramel sweetness, no hop presence
T-nice malty flavor followed by sweet caramel, and finishes with dry biscuit.
M-medium bodied
O-very sessionable malty brew.

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Photo of LAp
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper with a 1 finger khaki head. A malt-doinated, cheap-lager-y nose, sets an underwhelming stage for the similarly malt-forward, one-dimensional palate. The body is medium-light. Overall, tastes akin to (though not nearly-as off-putting as) an American light beer with a somewhat more robust color and palate. Drinkable, but not one I'd put money down for.

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

Poured a copper color with a 3F head in a Stone imperial pint glass.

Excellent aroma: spicy, apple.

Wonderful taste: spicy and fruity, Light bitter finish.

Another enjoyable beer from the brewery. Their beers are not overdone. Well thought out and very drinkable.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear amber, with a limited head and almost no lace at all.

Aroma: Crisp and malty, with a bit of sweetness and honey. Fair enough.

Taste: Clean and malty, again, with a hint of hops at the finish. Refreshing and light on the palate, this one is quite flavorful. Overall, a solid amber ale — not remarkable, but enjoyable.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. The color is a honey-amber with a two-finger milk-white head and lacing that did not dissipate. The smell is mostly malt with some faint caramel. The taste is fairly pedestrian: malt base with some faint sweetness and nuttiness. This is a nice, easy-drinking ale with a low ABV that would be good for enjoying during outdoor activities.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look-pours a light amber and orange, modest head and a sudsy lace that retains well.
Smell- sweet aroma; malty, burnt caramel, some tart fruit.
Taste- sweet on the tongue at first. Bready malt taste and some tart fruit. Sharp hop profile; some grapefruit and, as the drink gets along, the buttering hops profile becomes stronger. The finish is semi dry. The lingering aftertaste is a bit astringent and detracts from the score.
Feel- crispy mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel but a little thin in the body.
Overall, a drinkable session type beer that has its flaws but also some redeeming qualities.

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Photo of TtheGrey
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at a bar near my house and was really impressed. Last night I bought the 12 pack in cans and had a couple. I believe this may become one of my staples henceforth. It was smooth and flavorful, with good balance.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours medium amber with a small head. Pleasant scent. As the beer flows over the tongue, you are pleasantly surprised by the maltiness embued with a touch of hops. Enjoyable and seesionable.

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Photo of predikit
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, left a fizzy off white head that dissipated gradually but steadily, left minimal if any lacing behind on the glass.

Smells clean, mostly caramel malts, bready yeast notes.

Some earthy hops overtone a brown bread malt character, fairly dry flavor, the bitterness isn't overpowering but coats your tongue and sticks around well after the finish.

Fairly light bodied, it is on the creamier side, with an oily residue that coats your mouth. The alcohol leaves some warmth behind, but nothing too distracting.

Not a bad ale overall, but not very interesting either. Certainly wouldn't turn down one if offered.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: My aunt Jenny
Price: $2
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: July 8, 2015
Misc.: Born on Feb. 13, 2015

Poured a copper, caramel, clear color with two fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average lacing on the sides. Average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled caramel, Munich, nuts, light roasty malts, buttery malts, faint hazelnut or maybe even maple syrup? More Oktoberfest than anything else. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a little more zip than the nose. Got German Munich malts, roasty malts, buttery malts, caramel, nuts and light hazelnut. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Roasty finish. (Feel - 3.75)

I may have slightly overrated this, but it wasn’t horrible. Not bad. (Overall - 3.50)

3.53 | 80 | B

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Photo of schoolboy
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a good representation of the style, and an example of why, perhaps, the style should die.

It's pretty in the glass. Slightly brown and with a great head of foam. The aroma is par for the style, faintly yeasty and fresh.

The taste is pure et boring. Clean, malty. Refreshing, with a balanced malty and hoppy aftertaste.

I know I had this beer before a long time ago but I really don't need to drink it, or the style again.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dry and sweetly malted, with a mildly bitter bite. Tasty and easy drinking, but not nearly as complexly flavored as Long Trail would like you to believe. It's simple, but it's good.

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Photo of Short-Pour
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An old favorite, but I have not had this in some years. My taste buds have changed, but so has the competition these days.

This had a understated aroma with a nice malty taste, very drinkable

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As far as alt biers go, this is in the middle of the pack. Nothing special, just like the label says, full-bodied and amber colored, but that's really all that you get. If you have the option to pick up Double-bag instead, do so.

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Photo of Rutkiller
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This used to be better. Long trail has obviously changed the hops. Tastes like a Christmas tree. I used to love this beer. Clear, handsome beer with a nice head. Average feel. Bitter hop taste.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
A hearty amber colored beer. More hearty and hoppy and less sweet than a typcial American amber, I think this is actually an altbier.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Head was about 3 inches of an off white foam that took it's time to dissipate with a little lacing noticeable. 10 on the SRM Cart. Color was a striking copper, nice to look at.

S: Smell is definitely on the lighter side, I detected no citrus, etc. A definite alcohol presence, not overpowering but there. Some stone fruit maybe plum. Very mild and subtle cut grass smell, not obvious.

T: Definite hints of grass in the hops flavoring. As far as esters, again a little stone fruit, like the aroma I would say plum. A roasty flavor that is nice and not too much. A little bit of floral in there very nice. Mild phenol flavor as far as pepper notes.

F: It is a medium mouthfeel IMO with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry with a little sweetness. A little warmth though very subtle.

O: Overall I would say this is an easy beer to drink. If i was introducing one of my 40 oz or Bud friends to something else this would be a great pick. Personally I like a little more presence and bite, but this is a good well crafted easy on the mouth independently brewed beer. The ABV was @ 5% and if I was to guess I would imagine this was the beer they brewed to introduce the masses to their line as it's a great spot on beer for just that.

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

Bright copper orange in color with just the slightest haze. Pourd ewith a firm, off white foam with moderate retention. Moderately malty nose with a touch of caramel and light fruity esters. No hop aromas or diacetyl. Medium bodied with tangy, moderately high carbonation thorough the middle. Sweet malty flavor up front with moderate hop bitterness bitterness through the middle followed by light caramel near the end. No hop flavor. Finished semi-dryly with a light bready and biscuit flavors and a lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of Larry_Moon
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Didn't get a sense of presentation or aroma as I consumed out of the bottle. Very full bodied for an amber with solid (but not over powering) presence of hops. A touch of bitter about the same time the beverage reaches your stomach (I love that!). While I appreciate that others have different expectations from an amber, this beer completely resonated with my pallet. Will soon be pouring this into an iced mug to observe the rest of it behavior.

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a clouded orange-copper with a a nice creamy cap of off-white head that leaves slight lacing. It just slips down the wall of the glass.Big effervescent body. The aroma is almost non-existent, with just the slightest hint of malt. The body has a little more verve, with a nice malt body offering notes of bread and fruit and a little earthiness. The body has a nice fullness to it, a bite from the carbonation on the finish. A solid alt-bier style ale.

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