Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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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Ratings: 1,336 |  Reviews: 421
Photo of Longstaff
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay beer to drink in the land of Macrocrappy lagers of Killington. Malt is somewhat clean tasting but tastes a little watery, hops are present but lacking for the style and leaves the beer a little too sweet. Hard to have more than a couple. If they would just ramp up the malt and hops a little and maybe condition it in wooden barrels, it would be more like a real Dussledorf Alt.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the taste of this beer but for some reason, it makes me pee. Maybe its the hops, maybe its my mind, but even after one I have to go. The malt is ever present, so maybe its that. I would drink more of this, but I would spend the night in the Men's room.

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Photo of doho95fu
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good beer. A good session beer that pours a brown copper color. I had a decent head on mine, but it quickly faded - not much lacing either. Not alot of different flavors, but it still had a good taste. I tasted more malt than usual. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid brew. Ambery-brown colour with a creamy lace. Slightly sweet malt and floral hops in the nose. Heavy malt flavour, very smooth with balancing, but not forward, hops. Great medium- full body that is smooth and soft.

Great session brew with its smooth, balanced flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of Thrasher
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour is needed to get any head. Dark golden color, sticky white head, clean aroma full of malt. Malty and fruity with light trace of butter, clean drying hops that satisfy the tongue. Certainly hoppy enough to stand up to the big fruity malts, but not too hoppy - expertly balanced. Very nice mouthfeel, all in all a fine, fine beer. Not exactly what I would deem an alt, but certainly not a typical pale ale either. So sweet and fruity!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown color, no head or lace. At first taste I thought this beer had some very lager-ish qualities. There was not much complexity, however it was smooth with a slight hop flavor. After a few more pulls from my glass I began to taste a very hoppy, somewhat metallic aftertaste, more like the long trail ale I expected. All in all a nice smooth ale.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

slightly dark and very smooth with a rich and somewhat sweet malty flavor. it is a great beer to drink. very pleasant in smell and taste. the flavor of this beer is very strong and satisfying.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lt copper to golden colored (too light for an Alt?) with a small, fine head and a tiny bit of lace. Nose was not real strong, but a touch of malt-sweetness was evident, with hops being the predominant aroma. Pretty nice feel/body on the tongue. Started with a bready/biscuity malt flavor, but the main taste was of hops. It had a citrusy/fruity hop-flavor, which lingered on the palate, with a semi-dry finish. Not bad, overall.

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of pbrian
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light copper with lasting white head. Grainy, nutty aromas and flavors with slightly bitter finish. A simple, well-made alt, if not a little thin.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light freash slightly bitter nose. Light amber almost peach in color. Medium white head. Light malty flavor.. and light body. A quite light ale.. A great ale for the warmer months..

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Photo of xXTequila
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't remember having tried an altbier befor but i would describe this as tasting close to an Octoberfest.
It has a full maltiness to it without being overly sweet and the hops are only slighty there and not much of a head. On a hard pour the head stayed only a minute or two befor turning to a thin white film that left a nice lace down the glass.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 37.9% out of 100 with 1,336 ratings
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