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 bill93063
1.81/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This ale is an example of the micro brew revolution spawning mediocre ales with poor quality ingredients. The hops taste stale and are obviously of an inferior grade. The lingering aftertaste is just plain bad, at has metallic notes akin to Beck's lager. The drinkability quotiant is very low, I had trouble finishing one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a small head and very little retention. Aroma of sweet malt is quite overpowering with no hops discernable. Taste is very sweet with some light malt presence. Hops are very hard to discern. Overall, this is a refreshing but also quite boring beer.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.39/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decided to try this local brew...

A: Very good looking. Copper color with a thick white head that quickly fades.

S: Nothing special going on in the scent. Kind of like a mainstream Bud.

T: Starts off like drinking water. Hints of hops on the very backend. Not very good. Might be good for mainstream beer-aholics.

M: Way too watered down. Hardly any carbonation. Leaves not many good flavors on your taste buds.

D: Goes down like drinking a water. For all the wrong reasons. Not impressed.

All in all, if you're into craft beer, avoid this brew. Nothing special at all. This would be good for mainstream beer lovers. If you like brews like Bud, Coors, and Michelob, then this is for you. Otherwise, avoid.

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Photo of Kooz
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this bottle on a bad night. Let's see what we have in store...

Pours to an orange/tan color with a slight, sticky head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Smells of hops and some caramel or honey. Very nice!

Too bitter. There's some flavor there, but really the burnt bitterness of the hops is overpowering. I am not a fan of how this tastes.

Good mouthfeel for a Long Trail brew. Full bodied with a nice foamy-creaminess.

I wish the beer tasted better. I like everything about it but the flavor. It's one very basic, bitter note. I have to give this a sub par rating considering.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, saaz hops and somewhat lager like. In the taste, saaz hops, and a small roastiness of malt. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a small maltiness in the aftertaste. OK ale, nice hop presence, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of shirfan
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, dark gold with fine white bubbles and decent lacing.

Aroma: A light fruity smell, much like macro "ales" of questionable quality.

Taste: Not impressed. The thinnest baseline of non-descript caramel malt possible, a touch of flavorless bittering hops in the finish, held together by acrid metal and envelope glue. A dry, slightly walnutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, overly watery.

Drinkability: This seems to be aimed at the macro-drinker; it's not even a crossover because there's precious little that can be considered "better". The trail would have to be exceedingly long indeed for me to drink this again.

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Photo of mnrider
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Medium Amber with two finger white head. Very Average looking. Ok Carbonation. Nice sticky lacing looks good.

S: Burnt Smell, Caramel Malt. Woody Hops.

T/M: Very malty with a dry aftertaste. Going down it is smooth with a caramel taste. Hops are earthy.

D: Good. Has a lot of taste and not very bitter. An ok Altbier. Could have been better. Don't think i'd get this again however.


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Photo of far333
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden amber color with a small, tan head. Light lacing left around the glass. Very, very faint aroma of hop. Flavor is primarily of hop, with just a tiny bit of malt dripping through. The hop flavor lingers. Mouthfeel is watery. Everything about this beer seems light or faint, including my inclination to have another.

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, copper color with two fingers of fluffy head that settles to a ring with chunky lacing.

Aroma: A lot of sweet, caramel malt, with a touch of dish rag in the background. Earthy hop notes and a hint of sourness are in there too.

Taste: Some toasted caramel malt, but otherwise pretty thin upfront. Some resinous hop bitterness builds towards the finish with another splash of sweetness, but it's just kind of blah. The bitterness lingers on into a otherwise fast finish.

The Rest: This is one of those beers that's Ok if you drink it fast, but if you really taste it, it isn't so good.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour produced an amber colored body. Miniscule head size with pure white color vanished quickly. Only a handful of large carbonation bubbles. Watery lacing.

The aroma first hit me with mostly malt body. A slight subtle citrus note reminded me of oranges.

Very malty, with a strong flavor of alcohol. A second sip failed to provide any additional flavors, and had a diminished taste of malt. Sadly lacking in any flavors that would be enjoyable.

A decent feel on all surfaces of the mouth. Lack of carbonation in the feel.

A poor brew. I wouldn't recommend this as anything except to try it for yourself. I am assuming it may be a bad bottle, and will edit this review when I try it again.

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Photo of xgrigorix
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Date of bottling printed on label.

Amber bronze colour. A rough pour produces one finger of dense off white foam. Some nice rings of lace are left behind.

Toasted malt, some carmel, & a hint of apple in the nose.

Pretty bland tasting stuff. Sweet toasted malt, a little bit of that apple flavour, and some floral hop notes. Medium bodied, slightly crisp w/ moderate carbonation.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two months from best by.
Appearance: A slight amber body with a bit of white head. A little lacing and high carbonation.
Smell: A bit of hops and almost sterile- and forgivable.
Taste: A slight bitterness from the grain and hops with a darkness from out of the blue.
Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and a fizzy feel.
Drinkability: Forgettable and easy to finish. I'll be passing on it in the future.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours with very little head, little tracing either. Beer is a beautiful amber red color.

Smell- Yeasty in the nose, rather a subtle odor, some bread notes as well.

Taste- Flavors are relatively dense, not easy to identify, maybe some hints of ripe fruit, barley, fairly basic, nothing very interesting here.

Mouthfeel- For the fairly dense flavors, this beer is surprisingly thin.

Drinkability- A decent beer, nothing spectacular, overall decidedly average.

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Photo of rodney45
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden red with a quickly dissipating off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Has a peach and whole wheat bread aroma. Slight notes of cinnamon

T: Malty and bread like up front. Sour astringent and skunky flavor following. Dry finish, with a citrus tone.

M: Light to medium body, with high carbonation.

O: An average to below average ale. I was slightly put off by the astringency but managed to keep with this one. Not a drain pour, but i wouldnt buy a 6 pack.

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Photo of MaxBrewell
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a mixed six from Long Trail during a recent visit to Vermont. This is my first to sample from them.

A - Crisp copper color with little to no lacing.

S - Doughy nose and not very enticing, but the crisp color encourages me to try it.

T - Nicely balanced, with the malts coming out slightly on top. A very simple beer, and one I would recommend to a person considering craft beers for the first time because of the non-offensive flavors.

M - Again very simple and lacking "Wow factor", but consistent with the style.

D - Not something I would personally look for again, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of UncleFrank
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not many companies have an Alt as their flagship. Long Trail declares their independence by doing so and has been successful at it. The beer itself seems to be a blend of the characteristics of both the Düsseldorf and Northern German Alts.

The color is golden amber with a slight head. The aroma of malt is not distinctive. No hop aroma. The taste is bitter with the hops keeping a steady presence from start to finish. The malt is there to balance but I found it a bit thin. The finish is dry and clean like a lager which is wanted in the style. No fruity esters or typical ale notes.

The challenge is to describe my feelings of the beer vs. this not being one of my favorite styles. When looking at styles guidelines this beer passes all tests. I just find it hard to enjoy many of them; it’s just not my style. If you like Alts pick up a few and judge for yourself. Cheers!

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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 TheFightfan1
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exp date of 4/3/09

Pours a crystal clear amber with golden highlight's. A white heading that settles to a few bubbles on the surface leaving some lacing behind.

Smell is yeasty off the top followed by a slight toasted malt aroma. A slight chlorine smell is in the nose as well. Not to enticing.

Taste of toasted malts hit's you first with a funky dry yeastiness. Leaves a nutty biscuity taste in the mouth that just doesn't seem to fit the bill.Slightest of hoppiness.

Mouth is medium bodied decent carbonation with again a funky aftertaste that can't be ignored.

Drink is decent nothing spectacular maybe I could give it a try some other day.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of a dark amber colored pour with ivory white colored spongy blanket cover. Good looker. Fresh delivery from my friend in Bean-Town. 12 oz. Bottle with a freshness date print that I'll be darned if I can make it out, but no date in the box.

Balanced scents of malts and mild hops.

First flavor is malt, followed by a balance of sweet mild hops. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not much else to say. A rather one dimensional Altbier.

Crisp bubbly suds drinker. Body has mouth presence, for sure.

Last swigs: This could be a regular fridge filler if I could get my greedy little hands on it more often. Warm malty front to mild hops balanced finish. 100% knock around all-purpose brewskie. I hear that Long Trail Pale is super affordable. Thanks to my friend JBDubs for dragging this down from MA.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of acarroll413
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

A- looked great, a beautiful amber/brown color, with a big frothy off-white head that took a couple of minutes to disapate.

S- hops, hops, and more hops. maybe a hint of wheat.

T- i was disappointed, honestly. their hit the trail brown ale is so delicious and this was just..not. it was too bitter for my taste, lots of hops flavor but just a pinch of sweetness at the end.

M- nice and carbonated, swished around well but left a bad taste

D- as i said, im disappointed. their hibernator and hit the trail ale are so good. oh well, nobody's perfect. =(

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, bright amber color, with a nice, fluffy, off-whitish head.
Aroma: clean and even, rather lager-like, slightly floral, mildly hoppy.
Taste: minor-key fruitiness on the palate, just enough malt to keep the flavor semi-interesting, slight citrus character. Very light in body, short finish, very light in every regard. When I used the phrase "minor-key" previously, that can be applied almost every-which-way here, for nothing in this brew strives beyond the simplest conception of what an ale has to be, at the very least. Incredibly boring.
I can imagine this would do, if it were found at the sort of establishment that served nothing but macro-swillish products, but certainly not the sort of thing I'd ever seek out or choose to drink on it's own merits.
Thanks to rabidawg for the sampling.

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Photo of brentk56
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a very modest head that lacks staying power; despite the lack of retention, the head does splash some lace around the glass

Smell: Caramel and cooked vegetal aromatics; DMS, perhaps

Taste: Caramel and apple/pear, up front, with a a bitter, herbal character in the middle that verges on a woody flavor; the finish brings out the vegetal elements detected in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I guess this is Long Trail's flagship ale and I was expecting more of a traditional altbier style, but this was not particularly enjoyable

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Photo of UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a dark brassy amber, topped with a thin ring of head. Some weak blobs of lace, with the head never quite disappearing.
Aroma is malty, with a coarse grainy quality. Some clean lagery quality, either cold conditioning or german yeast. Mild apricot fruitiness, with a touch of butterscoth diacetyl. Hops are very herbal and grassy, probably a low alpha in quantity.
Flavor is initailly malty, traversing into a coarse grainy, husky flavor in the middle, which prevails through the beer and into the aftertaste. Mild german hops come through towards the end, providing a strange grassiness, coupled with an herbal flavor. A rubbery, shrimpy flavor comes through towards the end, with very light butterscotch diacetyl as well. Strange and "off" flavored, similar to some Magic Hat beers. Carbonation is smooth and small bubbled, with a weakish body.
Definitely not the best alt on the planet, but decent and drinkable. I don't care for the hops, but the malts are pleasantly coarse and rough hewn. i guess it's just not my thing.

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Photo of TommyW
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden body with a fluffy white head.

S- Semi-sweet, grainy malts.

T- Malty, grainy with some notes of lemon rind. Slightly dry finish.

M- Smooth buy a bit watery. Medium body overall.

D- Not one of my favorite beers; just not very memorable overall.

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Photo of muskiecf
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good altbier. Not much really stands out on this offering. It's not that it is bad...just boring I suppose. I'm not crazy about the yeast profile in this one. Has a bit of a bite in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not anything to write home about. Their Double Bag Ale is better. Pass on this one.

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