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:
1,324
Reviews:
420
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
282
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Brams
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a reddish amber color with ivory colored head. Caramel malts, bread, toast, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes very malty.

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Photo of AnthonyHerrera
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JB62
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty resplendent appearance: a wealth of tiny, wicked bubbles whelped from the bottom of the glass, which highlights the deep, lacquered, gold-inflected brown of this beer, which is draped by a stout quarter-inch of slow-dissipating latte-foam head. The aromatics are soft, subtle, but sneakily nice, with some elements of wet-wood, muscovado, English tea leaf, and dry, dusty malt. The flavors, likewise, are unassuming—not necessarily brilliant, or especially complex, but both fairly pleasing and entirely inoffensive. Fairly dry, for an alt-bier / amber, with mild, light-brown sugars, mild, malty bite, and mild, leafy bitters at the finish. You get the point: it's mild. But that's a strength, for this basic-six, as much as a weakness, as it renders the ale tres sessionable, accentuated by a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel that also manages to finish fairly crisply.

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

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Their flagship beer, this amber ale brewed in the alt-bier style pours a dark ruby red color with a fairly large creamy off white head and a lot of carbonation. The smell is mild and largely malt dominated with a cereals quality. The flavor is largely of cereals with some toffee flavor and a somewhat hoppy finish that is measured and does a nice job of balancing the beer out. The finish is also quite creamy, almost like a stout in that regard. The body is medium, maybe even on the high end of that, which I appreciate. This is a well-made robust amber ale. My one complaint, which I find with a lot of amber ales, is that it is kind of overly simple for me. There really isn’t a lot going on here. It is still enjoyable to drink though.

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Photo of Matthowland
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skierson1
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atr2605
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a nice deep copper/amber color with an off white head with decent retention
S-caramel sweetness, no hop presence
T-nice malty flavor followed by sweet caramel, and finishes with dry biscuit.
M-medium bodied
O-very sessionable malty brew.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macpfb03
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't go wrong with this one at a party with mixed guests...nice beer that everybody can enjoy. Clear, crisp taste.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soupyman10
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mthomp081
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AD17
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbawls357
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,324 ratings.
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