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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of John_Squires
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Otter Creek Copper ale.

A: Clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles. Two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malt. Some fruit and spice. Yeast. Grassy hops.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Toasted nutty finish. Tangy and a bit of hops.

M: Light to medium body. Slightly dry with nice fizzy carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, but not quite as good at the Otter Creek Copper Ale.

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Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color white a nice just off-white head. The nose has some hops and malty sweetness to it a little hay. For an alt beer this one tastes a little too hoppy for me. It's fairly balanced though, and easy drinking as well. Not a completely remarkable beer, but very solid, no faults, no greatness either. a good all nighter.

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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 bboven
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber body, very very clear with a persistent one-finger head and good lacing.

Smells mostly bready, a little toasty and a hint of dark fruit.

The dark fruit comes out a lot more in the flavor, but there is some astringency in there too that's not the greatest. All in all, though, on the better side of the fence.

A medium level of fizzy carbonation, fairly drying with a very faint bitterness at the back of the thoat.

This one might be a good beer to get people starting on craft beer as it is available on tap all over New England and is pretty easy drinking. That being said, it has a lot of great qualities that might get people to appreciate good beer more.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Caveworm
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with webbed lacing, and a medium mahogany amber body.

Smells like slightly toasted malts with earthy and full-bodied grains.

I taste a mildly zippier version of the scent, with a bit of candied fruit going on, and a small hop bite at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co. a 4.25. Nothing unique, just well-executed.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, July 25 2010, served in a Long Trail pint glass. Review transcribed from notes.

A rich mostly clear copper brew with a standard quarter to half inch head from a tap pour. Light tan head, stable thick layer, leaves a ton of thick sticky lace. Smells of mixed resiny pine and candied orange rind carry through to the taste. Finishes with a lingering bitter kumquat. Mouthfeel is dry with adequate sharp carbonation. Crisp and tasty, a worthy and enjoyable brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This major step forward in my search for the perfect craft-brewed Altbier came as a result of sitting on my family room sofa. Awhile back, I saw Mike Rowe cleaning yeast filters at the Long Trail Brewery on his TV show "Dirty Jobs." I was intrigued by the show and looked into the brewery only to find out that (1) I was eager to find their products and (2) they were only available in the in New Jersey and points north. So the last time I went to Philly on business, I traversed the Ben Franklin Bridge just to find some Long Trail in Cherry Hill. It was well worth the trip. And now I regret I didn't buy a case.

Rich, deep clear amber color with a nice tan foamy head that quickly disappeared but left a beautiful lacing all the way down. Clear malt with a buttery accent and a definitive hops scent hits your nose as you raise the glass and, when sampled, the flavor is both rich malt with a subtle sweetness that is at the same time just tart enough to keep you wanting more. Mouthfeel is rich enough to let you know it's a craft brew but thin enough (with just a touch of tingly carbonation) to make it oh so smooth. Excellent and very easy drinking with a (perfect?) aftertaste of bitter hops that make your mouth water in anticipation of the next swallow. Extremely true to the traditional German Altbier style but with a distinctly American edge that would likely appeal to a wide range of beer tastes if it were more widely distributed. A classic. And likely near the top of my list of favorite beers ever.

Fast Forward to 2017: Compared in a 4x American Amber/Alt taste test featuring Long Trail Ale, Fordham Copperhead, Troeg's Hopback Amber, and Union Balt Altbier. Still came out on top.

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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Citadel82
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six at half-time. Wish they had this where I usually shop. This and Double-Bag.

Pours a clear copper with a thinnish quickly fading head that leaves lots of lace-work on the stange.

Aroma of swet malt backgound floral hops.

Taste is nicely balanced. Some refreshing sourness, some sweet malt some citrus hops and a delightful biscuity finish.

Smooth and yet sticky on the tongue.

A very drinkable brew. I am really glad I picked up two sixes.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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