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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Reviews: 411 | Ratings: 1,305
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very surprised to find this at the bar I was at tonite. Discovered it in a "trendy" nite spot in Providence. It poured a pale amber in color without any head to mention. The hops were smooth and sweet. The aroma was of walnuts, but the taste was of the hops. A good beer to share a couple of pints with a group of buddies.

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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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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a run of the mill brew from long trail that i seemingly have always enjoyed a bit more than most. its a no frills, flavourful and easy drinking brew. there's really nothing that separates it from teh pack, but it's still nice to be able to go back to every now and again. it pours a crisp amber colour with virtually no head (thanks big city...i actually watched them spoon the head out to fill the glass with more beer but was too tired to say anything). what was there was off white and mildly sticky at best. the smell is a bit buttery, rubbery and malty, with some earthiness. the flavour pretty much matches up with the smell, though a bit sweeter and bolder, but not by much. i like this one and accept it for what it is, which admittedly isn't much. this one is solidly made and i like long trail as a brewery as a whole so i think this one at least deserves a try by everyone, but if you want something bigger and bolder, look elsewhere.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.

Pours an amber brown, not too much by way of head. Caramel/ malt flavor, some nuttiness going on. Tastes very much the same way it smells with malt the predominent flavor. Weak mouthfeel, but fairly drinkable.

My first pint of Long Trail and it was pretty much what I had expected. Worth a try or two.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel, nuttiness and potentially Munich malts.

The flavor was malty with a caramel presence and a nuttiness and a nice bittering component which could be more pronounced.

The finish was just dry with a very subtle hop presence in the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks yankeeheel.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a deep amber in colour with a short crown and limited lace.The body full and carbonation light. Aroma seems a combination of yeast and pine.
The taste is fairly well balanced starting sharply to the hops, pine and citrus seem to dominate and mellowing quickly to a strong sence of honey.
A very nice ale coming out of the state of Vermont.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Bottled on 7/9/04.

Appearance has a nice white head. Amber in color. Juicy lacings sustain on the sides of the glass.

Smells malty and a little fruity.

Taste is a great blend of roasted and sweet malt with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Malt flavors are the primary taste here and add to the drinkability. Medium body.

This is one staple session beer for me. I have really enjoyed this altbier from Long Trail for many years now. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange, with very good, thick white head, with lace that clings to the glass. Smell is average, lightly of hops. Taste is quite good. Low carbonation, but thick and full bodied, sweet with light hops. Drinkable, but I wouldn’t call it thirst quenching. Overall, a good show. Reccommended.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice dark amber/copper with a tan head. hoppy aroma, with some smokey caramel maltiness as well. a hint of a dark fruit smell also. the taste is of roasted caramel malts that are a bit grainy, with a strong hoppy backbone to balance. the flavors don't really ingle well though, there are defined hop and malt flavors. slight grape/fig/dark fruit flavors in the aftertaste. medium/thin bodied with relatively strong carbonation. i've read some reviews and it seems like this beer is a little harshly judged. it's not superb or anything, but it's really not bad at all.

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

Had on tap at the GLB in Portland a few weeks ago. While not blown away, I wasn't as dispointed in this as I anticipated. Dark rootbeer color when served, the low, of-white head, went away as soon as I took my eyes off the glass. I got mostly all malt and some chocolately notes when I took a whiff off the glass. Medium bodied, it had good small carbonation on the tongue. Tastewise, I got malt, but no real bitterness in the finish, more of a drying sensation. Probably won't get again, no real need.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber with thick white head an solid lacing. Medium carbonation.

The smell was similar to a pale ale with a nice hoppy smell.

The taste was a little malt with a hop taste that developed slowly. It ended up tasting a lot like a pale ale, but not at first.

The mouthfeel was average. Lite carbonation, subtle hop kick.

Very interesting flavor and easy drinking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with a "bottled on date", on the label, of 6 weeks ago, nice FRESH beer! Pours a light almond amber, minimal head and not much lacing. Nutty, bready nose. Malt, malt and more malt characterizes this tasty quaffer from Vermont. Nutty and mildly roasted the sweetness of this brew is nicely rounded and full. Lightly hopped, it does finish with a snappy dryness and a slight chalkyness. Drinkable and refreshing. A classic Vermont staple brew.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this one so recently from a bottle, I was eager to see how different it would be on tap. And it was ever so slightly different.

It was te same amber color, with almost no head... although that may have been due to the serving ethod.

The aroma was of Cascade and other aromatic hops, with some light pine thrown in. None of the sweetness the bottled beer had.

The taste was also slightly different... a little more bitter, no sweetness, and a bit of a bite to it. Very good. And very drinkable.

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Photo of bigone4
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers to drink. Refreshing, smooth, crisp, and clean. Nice amber color with a frothy head. Smells light and fresh makes me want to drink it. Really a pleasurable experience. Leaves a nice flavor in the mouth. Not to malty and just the right balance of hops. I keep coming back to this solidly brewed beer. This is one brew that Long Trail really has done well with. It is enjoyable year round and reminds me of some good times during college in VT. This a great brew and a good choice to use if you are introducing new people to the micro brew world.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with clean white head.
Aroma is very balanced with a good base of malt on a perfumy hop background.
Flavor is lots of base caramel malt moving to mild but noticeable spicy hop bite. Pretty standard but tasty.
Mouthfeel is sweet and perfumy with just a touch of spice on the swallow.
Drinkability is good, very easy to put down, definite summer deck beer.

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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 beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voluminous and rocky head, a little ivory in color. Very clear amber liquid in the glass. Fresh malty nose, lightly toasted, delicate flowery hop notes. Firm maltiness on the palate with some biscuity taste fading into pleasant not-too-bitter hoppiness. Finishes light and more sweet than bitter, drying slightly.

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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 nomad
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Softly lustrous orange with an amber undertone, this beer sat well in a pint glass. A tough head of tightly-packed foam, it looks like it has been working out and taking protein supplements. A big warm beer in the glass.

Smells of lemony herbs, grape-sided German malts, and dark honey notes with a little spice to it, this beer is, alas, a bit understated.

Taste is lager smooth with ale-ish aggressiveness, notably peppery, dried herbs hop flavors. After a couple sips it tends to bring on a metallic/citric twang. Underneath is a round and full body, though not filling, of a roasty malt backbone with grapey flavors and a grainy texture. Progresses to a tart fruitiness tickled a dry and peppery finish. Thinner mouthfeel.

Designed to be drank is my first and last thought about this brew. Longtime Yankees complain of this beer's ubiquity and supposed mediocrity, but Long Trail is a refreshing beer that shows an examplary ability to pair with food. Ambered enough for calmer palettes but hoppy enough to keep a hophead happy. Made for food, made for the spring and fall. And cheap as hell!!

So whats everyone else's beef with this beer?

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Photo of ColForbin
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Ale has a deep golden color with a fair amount of carbonation giving rise to a 1 inch head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Aroma has a nice balance of bready malt and piney hops. Taste has a firm malt base, some toasted notes, a little citrus, with a crisp hoppy finish. An extremely drinkable session beer, and since it can usually be had at $10 for a 12 pack, one of my favorites.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber colored brew with lager-like smooth malt and hop aromas. Nothing distinct here, but fresh and apetizing. Taste is similar with a nice hop bite and smooth robust malt. A nice middle of the road session beer, great for apres ski at Jay Peak, VT. Don't know that this tastes like an alt beer, but drink it anyway.

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Photo of etho1416
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of longs trails finest. It has a nice color and a nice hops flavor and aroma. It has just enough bite to be interesting, but not to much to scare away some people. It is a great beer to convert people who hate a good hoppy beer. The aroma is great, somewhat fruity, but not to much. A good beer all around.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Ale was entirely unremarkable. It was pulled a clear, golden brown. It carried no head; in fact a scant film only vaguely hinted that the beer might conceive of such a thing. The flavor was generic, yeast and barley with a little hopping. I can't talk about balance, as there was no real flavor interaction. The beer was basic, perhaps a bit thin and watery. It neither neither succeeded nor failed. It's drinkable, but only something I'd select if it were a lone micro standout in a bar of macros.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reasonably mild beer from vermont.

Pours a golden red, wiht a sticky head that lasted in part most of the way down the glass. Smells of Toffee, DMS and american hops.

Flavor pretty much mirrors that minus the DMS. Mouth feels smooth and rich. It's all very nice, and quite drinkable, but not outstanding.


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Photo of Stimack
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably one of the best know ones from Long Trail and is one of my least favorites. I guess it is their old stand by. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just think that for the price you can a lot better tasting beer.

It pours to a golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly and has hardly any lacing to speak of. The smell is pleasant with a bit of a floral bouquet. The taste is a bit bitter and very crisp, pretty nice tasting beer. Over all it is not a bad beer, one that I would never turn down if offered. It's just not one of my favorites but that is just one person’s feelings.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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