Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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: 1,356 |  Reviews: 423
Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This perfectly clear copper brew is adorned with a skim coating of beige color. Pretty soon, all that remains is a bubbly collar that laces nicely. Great aroma. Crisp hoppiness blends with a smooth maltiness. Some fresh yeasty breadiness accentuates perfectly. The flavors are so clean and smooth. It's nice to know some brewers respect tradition and lager their alts. The clean toffee malt profile is paired nicely with an earthy, herbal hoppiness. The body is almost full and it feels nice in the mouth.

I'll tell you what. Long Trail know alts. (I've had the Double Bag before as well.)

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper an still with a creamy ivory head. not much lace to speak of. Smells quite hoppy with hints of spice and faint sour apple.

Taste is bitter. Bitter throughout for various reasons. Spicy malt flavors in there somewhere. Not sure of how to describe this but it tastes "grainy", like unmalted barley. Hoppy finish and aftertaste. This beer is crisp and easy to drink. Would make a nice session brew during a ski vacation. Solid.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of UncleFrank
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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 UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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 UncleAl
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About the only thing good to come out of Vermont these days...

Opened with a strong "pffft," and poured to a thick, off-white head that slowly dissolved to a constant, carpet top. Lots of foam tracing that holds well the whole way down.

Deep, amber color with good clarity and light carbonation. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Taste not as sweet as the aroma, but with god hop bitterness and excellent bite and aftertaste.

An excellent amber ale, would buy and drink again.

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Photo of scottum
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a nice white head. Tastes sweet with a nice hoppy finish. A solid tasting alt. Not as good as Double Bag though. A solid brew available all over Vermont. Certainly worth a sample. Mouthfeel is smooth. Easy to drink all night.

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Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm. Perfect offering for the summer months. Light slightly fruity aroma. Nice coppery color that laced the glass sides quite nicely. Mouthfeel was somewhat light, but with enough body to keep me honest. Taste was nicely rounded with a pleasant, light aftertaste. Very drinkable...will definitely try other Long Trail offerings.

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

Seved from 12oz bottle. Poured a light amber with a small white head. Minimal lacing.

Smells of bread with a touch of caramel, perhaps a hint of citrus too.

Taste: Mild malts and nutty/caramel taste with a slight hop peaked ending. Quite well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little thin at first but the sweetness at the end is very nice.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Much nicer than some of the other NE alts I've tried. This is quickly becoming my "regular" drinking brew. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Sunoco (I-91 & Rte. 103, Vermont), 2400 miles in my trunk.

This beer is a clear, reddish amber, with a smallish white densish head. It has thin, pretty lacing. Delicious smell: malty, hoppy, a little fruit. Nuts show in the front, but die off to leave a tangy middle that's just a touch fruity. The finish is nutty, grainsy, hoppy bitter.

I really quite like this: a nice, nutty, hoppy, malty ale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very inviting nose....sweet and floral...it's really nice....pours out a very clear light orange...looks like buid Light with a drop of orange coloring in it...very lightly colored and clear....very little head....body is thin but drinkable....not very complex but enjoyable....flavor is enjoyable....you get some of the sweet, floral characteristics on the buds and also a slight twang of maltiness...finishes dry...I'm not sure how true to style this is, but it is enjoyable....the best thing about it by far is the wonderful nose....thanks to bierman9 for this pleasurable beer tasting experience...

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable beer that can be enjoyed year round. It pours a nice clear amber color with light orange hues. The head is white, medium bodied and fades quickly to a thin sheet on the surface which remains through the entire serving. A faint aroma of caramel malts and hops is found above the beer. Each sip begins sweet and malty before moving towards a slightly bitter finish. A mildly bitter aftertaste is left behind.

I've always been a big fan of Long Trail beers and this one should please any palette.

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

Ok first of the beer as a result of a trade with Bennybrew ..
comes in a 12 oz long neck..nice ,simple water colour on tha label
the beer pours a nice light brown almost amber in colour..its also crystal clear..there was a small white head that went down fast to a good lace.
I can smell the malts very well..plus a frsh pine sort of aroma ( not nasty, intrigueing).
Ah nice tasting Alt we have here , starts sweet, then gives way to a velvety creamyness ( like unsalted butter)..then the hops appear..again the piney flavour appears as an aftertaste.
I like the feel on the palate the contrast between the sweetness , then the creamyness..then the bitter after taste.
Very drinkable Alt beer..Im beginning to like this rare style..maybe I should make a trip to Dusseldorf one of these days.

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Photo of Boto
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly amber brown color. Moderate amount of head. The aroma is mainly of maltiness. Not too much in the way of hops to it. The flavor is malty and fairly crisp. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, it is a rather nice beer.

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Photo of far333
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
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 rabidawg
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden-amber, with a fluffy, rocky white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. Slight carbonation.

Smell: Floral, yet malty aroma. Not much of a nose on this one . . . just kind of average.

Taste: Very thin body, and not as malty as I would expect for this style. Other than that, this is a dead-on American version of an alt. Very dry. I just can't seem to enjoy it, though. Much better on tap, imho. Not sure why. Drinkability definitely better, and seems less dry on draught.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice head with good lacing and retention time. Good up front matly and carmal flavors with a bready finish. Some mild hop balancing that was pleasant but not very complex. Overall good but not great, I remember this one tasting much better on tap at this cool little bar at the base of Okemo in Vermont.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail is an Altbier. Shiny copper and loaded with malty flavor. A yeasty and hoppy aroma finishes with a light herbal malt and pleasant finishing hop. The sharp metallic hop bite is as bright as an IPA. Nice white head. Best described as a cross between an Octoberfest and Pale Ale.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a foaming white head.Good amounts white silky lace around my glass.The aroma was of hops with a biscuity smell also.The taste presented a medium to full bodied Ale with a malt thickness.The color had a light amber red hue and was maybe a little orange.Very easy on the mouth and smooth on the way down.The finish was of wheat and grains.Not very bitter with a clean dry aftertaste.A solid Ale I could drink with no problems.

Note:If you can get it on tap do so,because its alot better.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In college and for a few years after this was my favorite beer. I went to college in northern New Hampshire so we didn't have a huge selection. I still enjoy this beer and probably always will.

When you pour this beer it is the color of a dark single malt scotch. The smell is mild with nothing major coming through other than a hint of something sweet. The taste is clean and refreshing and the body is a bit thin. The hops come through in the middle and it finishes sweet.

I have not had many beers of this style so I can't really speak to the authenticity. It still tastes good to me.

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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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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,356 ratings