Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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

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

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Photo of Jwaks
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this nifty brew many times before and now it's up for review. A pint of translucent tawny colored brew with rust highlights was served up with a finger thick light cream colored quickly dissapating head which left behind little to no lacing. Carbonation is light with just a few fine bubbles rising to the surface.

Lively aromas of floral hop oils, bready malts, dry nuts and hints of sour fruits play on this brew's slightly closed bouquet.

A rich malty backbone supports moderately bitter, floral hops upfront with a bit of sour fruit sneaking in on the mid palate, dry nutty flavors tie everything together on the short, clean and pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is neither chewy nor thin, it's spot on. A slightly dry finish, easy-going medium body and flavorful style keep me going back for more.

An all around enjoyable brew and a solid example of the altbier style. Good going Longtrail!


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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Liquids
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a light amber with a big head from a fully high pour that is bubbly rather than creamy. Looks appealing. Aroma is faint, sweet malts, certainly an ale, nothing offensive but nothing groundbreaking. Certainly nothing was added (dry hop) to make this beer have a notable aroma, but that's cool in and of itself... Flavors are mellow like the aroma, mild both in malt and hop flavor. It's not too sweet like say, bass, which is good, so the hops, while gentle for an American beer, are still noticeable. This beer is bland cold, but when it warmed it revealed an interesting toastiness to compliment the gentle hops. The flavor was too weak when cold, and enjoyable but just shy of flavorful once warmed. Very approachable beer. MF is light, not watery on the tongue, but far from even medium bodied. Don't know much about altbiers, but as an amber ale it's very drinkable, but I probably wont stock it unless its for other people in hopes I can find better, though it's rather good. Must not drink it ice cold for the full experience. It's thirst quenching, conversational, and well balanced, so not for those craving an extreme beer.

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

Photo of Jacobob10
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a small, heavily-carbonated head. Nice balance in the aroma between the hops and malts. Some slight hop bitterness when tasting it. Very smooth and goes down easy. A decent beer, but nothing exciting about it. Nice appearance but could benefit from a little less carbonation.

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Photo of Christopher22
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I am not as highly versed when it comes to different tastes as of yet, still have to improve my skills, but as far as LT goes it's my first foray into the altbier style.

Been drinking it for about 12 years now. It always seemed to have this different taste which I have come to love in that old friend kind of way. This is always my go to as far as a simple everyday beer goes. Seems to pair up with just about everything from burgers to a nice pulled pork.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Only decent option on the tap list...

A- Light tan brown sienna color with a small creamy head. Decent lacing, but overall, an average looking watered down brew.

S- Smell was really malty with a bick caramel kick. Not much hops in the nose, lots of sweet and sugar scents.

T- Not bad at all. Could already tell this is a sessionable ale just by the first couple of sips. Malty, just like the nose, biscuity smokiness, some hop, but nothing much else. Solid flavor and somewhat refreshing.

M- Light bodied, sticky, sugary.

D- Very sessionable right here. Decent offering from Long Trail. Don't expect anything extravagant, this is not it. Nice beer!

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #17
Served On: 7/20/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

This is a back-to-back review with the Long Trail Double Bag. I was so impressed with the Double Bag that I went out and picked up the Ale.

Look: A beautiful clear copper. Rocky 1 1/2" finger head. A ring of lacing formed as the head started to dissolve.

Smell: Sweet malt notes. I also picked up on a srong hoppiness. There was some wet grassiness. I can tell this may have some hop bitterness to it.

Taste: Started off with a floral hoppiness, then a well defined bitterness. The bitterness seemed to become watery and then carried into the aftertaste. Notes of pit fruit started to come though. This beer was actually very similar to the Double Bag but not as sweet. It had more bitterness with an aftertaste to match. Not quite as syrupy either.

Bottom line: this beer is a bitter version of the Double Bag with a less ABV. I also found this beer to be slightly more complex than Double Bag, probably due to the sweetness not getting in the way. The drink ability of this beer is also better because of this. It’s another respectable offering from Long Trail – definitely worthy of trying.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber color. Light head with a lasting single layer of fine bubbles.

Traditional amber smells; well-balance with moderate level of hops and slightly toasted malt. Appealing.

More creamy that the smell would indicate which means to me the malt dominates the flavor. The hop is most distinct just prior to the swallow. The aftertaste is shortlived, dry. Very good body with a higher than typical carbonation.

This beer is easy to drink with very few flaws. Not as interesting as I would like

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Photo of taylor714914
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this beautiful ale into a tulip glass.

A- Golden copper color with a finger of head.

S- I didn't get much of anything out of the smell. Maybe a hint of apple somewhere in there and a bit of hops.

T- This was a balanced brew. Bitter hoppy taste with a sweet backbone of malt. Green apple flavors peeked through on the finish.

M- Slick and somewhat coating but thin. Good carbonation for an ale.

D- Quite easy to sit down and drink a few of these.

An average brew in my book. I'd drink it if it was there, but I wouldn't reach for it on the shelf.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Amber with an off white head with some nice little bubbles resting on top after about a 1/2 inch that dissipated quickly.

Smell-Sweet malts, citrus, and light hops.

Taste-Identical to smell, Initial sweetness, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very smooth, nice session beer.

Overall-Drank alot of these when I was living at home in CT, nice to have one again. Drinkable and refreshing. Another good session beer. Prefer this beer very cold.

Would like to do this side by side with Shiner's Old Time Alt, which I enjoyed...

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Photo of claytong
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable. An interesting alt as for the style goes. As far as a beer goes its not very complex and its simplicity is nice for drink-ability but otherwise makes me a little bored with it. I probably won't have it again but if you want something to take hiking or fishing, this one would be pretty nice I think.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very surprised to find this at the bar I was at tonite. Discovered it in a "trendy" nite spot in Providence. It poured a pale amber in color without any head to mention. The hops were smooth and sweet. The aroma was of walnuts, but the taste was of the hops. A good beer to share a couple of pints with a group of buddies.

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Photo of jimj21
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of the Long Trail Survival Pack. Bottled December 2008. Pour produces a finger of off white head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Color is reddish amber. Great clarity with some bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is pretty malty, with caramel and toast. Also getting some aromas of overripe plum. Some spicy hops as well. Nothing overwhelming though.

Taste is very malty. A lot of toasty character upfront. Some sweet caramel as well. Maybe some apple flavor. Finishes with some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Some creaminess. A little watery. Good carbonation.

Good drinkability. Nothing here is going to overwhelm the palate. Alcohol isn't too high, nor is it noted in the taste. Good balance.

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

Photo of tgbljb
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass it is absolutely beautiful, with a magnificient tan head that rapidly fell to a thin coating with nice lacing. Smell is average with a bit of sweetish caramel present. The taste is very mild with a light caramel taste and a modeerate hoppy finish. Finishes with more dry bitterness that beckons for another taste. Great drinkability. Would be a nice session beer with moderate alcohol content and a nice malt-hop blend.

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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 BigEast55
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first reviewed this from a bottle. Tried it from a can and much better. Yes, that can was from woodychandler. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, bready. Taste is nutty, malty, some breadiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of KDawg
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a long trail glass. Pours a solid orange color with a nice head

Well balanced with aromas of grains, malts, a touch of hops, and oranges

medium bodied with a good feel. Very smooth with flavors of grains, malts and some oranges

A real good altbier. There's a good amount of flavor for such a low alcohol beer

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid dark gold with a nice light tan head. Decent soft malty aroma and malty and nutty flavors with no hop character to speak of. Medium-light bodied.

Not sure if this is just a boring beer or if it is also a boring style...

Per bottle: Alt

Per LTBC website:
Style: Altbier
Date of Introduction: 1989
Color: Amber
Bitterness Units: 28
Multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

Bottled: 08/15/05
Tasted: 09/30/05

(bottle at the Parish Cafe in Boston, MA)

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is mostly malty, slight hop, and caramel. The taste is malty, some hops pop through, lots of caramel. The finish is dry, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, glad to have had a chance to try.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in VT.

A: Pours a light amber color with an off-white foam head. There is nice lacing as well.

S: A decent but not overwhelming amount of chocolate, bread, toast, wheat and some caramel.

T: The malt flavoring is the most apparent on the front end, very sweet, the chocolate, wheat and caramel blend together. The middle and backend gets a little floral hop bitterness to try and balance the beer.

M: A little on the thin side, but leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not overly complex but a decent beer that could easily be sessioned if you enjoy a beer with more malt flavor and just a taste of bitter hops.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,316 ratings.
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