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:
1,332
Reviews:
420
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,332 |  Reviews: 420
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

not a huge amber guy, but I love me a proper altbier, and this is mighty proper. a beer ive fallen back to time and time again, and one of my favorite sessions when its ice ice ice cold. it has a dim scent of American and german malts, red and pilsener, with a crisp lager yeast right one cue, although this is an ale, it has that snappy cleanness to it, uncommon for the style, but perfect in this brew. love the barely there hop balance in the finish, almost English in that regard, with the grains being the dominant players. touch of sweetness, touch of bittersweet burnt toffee, touch of bitter hops, touch of fruity punch. outstanding feel, enough body to be a beer drinkers beer, but light enough, and brightly enough carbonated to be refreshing at the same time. if all ambers from the united states were like this one, I might set my ipa down and drink more of them. I absolutely love this beer, when, like I said, it is freezing cold. warmer not so much. a staple in my beer drinking for the last ten years or so.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great session beer right. A lower ABV, awesome taste and mouthfeel, and a good price. Long Trail takes on a lesser known style here by making an Altbier as their flagship, but it tastes great. One of my favorite beers to go to when I'm not sure what to get.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly nutty and sweet with flavors of apples, caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: I could keep drinking this beer all night long; it goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

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

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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with gold highlights. It had a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, floral notes and hints of citrus.

T - It had a nice sweet roasted malt taste with caramel flavor. There was also a mild citrus taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I was surprised to find an altbier and I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored body. Short off-white colored head. Limited head retention and lacing. Mildly sweet, grainy and caramelish maltiness in the nose. Malty and gently hoppy in the flavor. Moderate bitterness leaves it very nicely balanced. Medium-light bodied and gently crisp in the mouth. Overall, a very drinkable ale.

UPDATE: 25 June 2013
This beer has improved. I've bumped it's score from a 3.5 for appearance to a 4.0 as it holds a great head and leaves some really nice lacing about the glass. Additionally I think that in general the quality has improved. Worth trying.

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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 Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazelnut-brown color with a white head and a touch of lacing here and there. The nose is some light earthy hops plus a bit of light grain and bread. The taste is really mild as well with a bit of grain and some lightly-toasted bread. Feel is a bit light with adequate carbonation. Very slight amount of bitterness. Drinks decently enough but I'm not terribly impressed.

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3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a stop off in VT,had seen while living up there but never tried it.Poured a hazy orange/gold color with almost no head,aroma is light and subtley hopped with a light fruitiness as well.The beer has a decent balance of hops and malt but neither really stick out to make me want another,its not a bad beer but unspectacular in my opinion.

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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/20/07 at Two Jerks Pub in East Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a medium white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts, a little spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced and very simple, with mostly flavors of roasted malts & pale hops and a little but of spice & nuts in the background. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, even though I like Double Bag better, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening. Since there are so few good Altbiers available, this one will hit the spot when you’re in the mood for the style.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes (11/25)

A: Dark amber with a 1/2 inch head with decent retention. Nice lacing though.

S: A little bit of hops, but much more malt, slightly bready.

T: Biscuity/doughy malt flavor with a little bit of hops mixed in. Slightly bitter finish from the hops.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, the carbonation helps this one out. Very smooth. Overall, very middle of the road, not great, but not terrible.

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

Dusky orange with amber accents. The cap of foam is dark cream-light beige in color and, although not large, does result in an attractive array of fine lace. The nose is aromatic enough, but isn't all that compelling. Lightly toasted grain coexists with an herbal hoppiness. It might win 'Miss Congeniality' but will be sent packing long before the finalists are announced.

The beer is more toasted on the palate than it was in the nose, so much so that well-toasted grain is the dominant member of the flavor profile. Again, there's a strongly herbal character that even crosses the line into spicy. Woody is also a word that comes to mind. Fruity is not. The finish is increasingly bitter, dry and clean.

Long Trail Ale is a decent American altbier. It really does nothing to warrant a second look from me, although I do appreciate its straightforward flavor and drinkability.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,332 ratings.
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