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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Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper with a thin layer of head that leaves a hint of lacing in its aftermath. The nose is unsurprisingly malty and bready. There is a hint of maltiness upfront. The body appears light at first, but a healthier body becomes apparent on the finish. The finish is also slightly dry.

This is a good beer - very sessionable - but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Kooz
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this bottle on a bad night. Let's see what we have in store...

Pours to an orange/tan color with a slight, sticky head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Smells of hops and some caramel or honey. Very nice!

Too bitter. There's some flavor there, but really the burnt bitterness of the hops is overpowering. I am not a fan of how this tastes.

Good mouthfeel for a Long Trail brew. Full bodied with a nice foamy-creaminess.

I wish the beer tasted better. I like everything about it but the flavor. It's one very basic, bitter note. I have to give this a sub par rating considering.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored, thin head that quickly dissipated. A nice, strong malty smell to it. The sweet malt is the first flavor, then mild bitter, grapefruit and a solid bitter ending. A kind of up and down taste profile but it works well together. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a copperish amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Nice and malty up front with some caramel sweetness and earthy hops. Fairly straight-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice malt presence and goes into some light sweetness and earthy hops. Slightly grainy. Finishes with some barley and more grainy notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice hybridized amber/altbier. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. Certainly one of those fly-under-the-radar brews

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Photo of scootny
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear orange amber with a thickish head and decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some yeast and a firm toasted grain core. A healthy breadiness that offers up a caramel sweetness with light toffee undertones. Taste is quite malty with a firm leafy bitterness, some earth and a light mineral edge. Dry finish leaves more leafy hops and toasted multigrain bread crust. Feel is smooth and velvety in its carbonation. A great session ale and highly drinkable with an ability to go with just about any food you may throw at it. A solid brew

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear orange/brown. Effervescent. Pillowy cream-colored head has great retention. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Caramel and bread, floral and earthy hops, earthy but clean smelling yeast character.

T: Earthiness, hints of bread and caramel, slight grain. Sharp stab of hop bitterness mid-palate. Floral hop taste. Finish of grain and caramel.

M: Robust medium body. Full and chewy. Seltzery carbonation adds a crisp, refreshing bite. Very satisfying.

O: This is a very under-appreciated beer. It's actually quite impressive what Long Trail has been able to accomplish with it. They've made a relatively obscure beer style into their flagship offering and turned it into the best selling beer in Vermont. Flavorful and full-bodied, but simple, approachable, and refreshing at the same time. Solid stuff, and a good quaff.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No boostin', yo! This actually came in a CAN from Pinocchio's, f'real, f'real! I am the first to review in this serving type, which is not terribly unusual, but it is notable.

From the CAN: "Take a Hike! Trail Friendly CAN".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN. I subsequently employed an inverted Glug, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky tawny head with good retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both sweet and spicy, like malt coupled with pepper. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was bittersweet, a pleasant marriage of malt and hops. Some great lacing began to appear as I drank through it. Finish was tending towards bitter, so I am going to call it dry or semi-dry. Either way, it should give you some idea of what to expect. Not bad, and I am curious as to why they are characterizing it as an "Amber" on the CAN.

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, copper color with two fingers of fluffy head that settles to a ring with chunky lacing.

Aroma: A lot of sweet, caramel malt, with a touch of dish rag in the background. Earthy hop notes and a hint of sourness are in there too.

Taste: Some toasted caramel malt, but otherwise pretty thin upfront. Some resinous hop bitterness builds towards the finish with another splash of sweetness, but it's just kind of blah. The bitterness lingers on into a otherwise fast finish.

The Rest: This is one of those beers that's Ok if you drink it fast, but if you really taste it, it isn't so good.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a bit of white head. Some nice lacing, rising bubbles.

Smell is simple, malty lager. Hints of floral hops and grain.

Taste follows nose into crisp herbal character and clean malts. Light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on par with a flavorful lager. Much drier than expected.

Decent session beer on a warm afternoon.

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

Pours a light clear copper amber, with a beautiful off white, tight abundant head with superior retention.
Smell has some good balance of orange rind like herbal hops, as well as bready maltiness.
Taste: not as interesting to the palate, as it is to the nose, as hops take a distant back seat and I get mostly bready maltiness.
Still a real solid ale but certainly not up to the high standars of the Long Trail Double Bag.

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

I had this on tap a few weeks ago and thought I would revisit to compare the bottled version. Picked this up at Giant in East York, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep copper, almost bronze with good clarity and thick cap of beige which holds well and bead is fine with some carbonation visible in the ale. The smell is mostly hops which are herbal with a pleasant sweet malt accent and mild yeast tinge which comes off as a dried fruit-like odor. The smell has a slight spice note. The feel is very good with mild body for the style with fairly dry texture and moderate carbonation...lager-like in its low alcohol presence and subtle spiciness from the hop with very gentle sweet malt.

This has a very clean yeast flavor which is good with a nice body and mild grainy malt which has a toasted, yet not quite caramel flavor with some hops adding balance, the only thing lacking is a bit more malt could have helped as it seems to be light for the style. I really enjoyed this for what it is a relatively mild alt. It is refreshing and is not lacking in flavor, yet it does leave you wanting more in the taste and aroma.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice clear orange glass shows active carbonation streams, but they fail to hold up a pretty limp white head.

Smell: Earthy hop with a slight corn / DMS note. Some toasted malt makes a brief appearance.

Taste: Same DMS cooked corn note, which distracts from the generally good beer underneath. Smooth flavor profile, mild malt sweetness complements the earthy hop bitter leaving a pretty balanced package.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation is almost painful, medium light body, slightly slick finish.

Overall: A nice beer with a distracting flaw. I've held this longer than I should've (picked it up on a trip back east) but that didn't seem to hurt much. Nothing really to bring me back, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber color with minimal head, fades fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet caramel malt, not picking much else up but I wasn't really expecting to.

Taste is straightforward with a caramel malt front, active carbonation but it isn't overwhelming and lends a decent smoothness, not much of a hop presence.

An average ale that comes with no surprises.

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Photo of KDawg
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a long trail glass. Pours a solid orange color with a nice head

Well balanced with aromas of grains, malts, a touch of hops, and oranges

medium bodied with a good feel. Very smooth with flavors of grains, malts and some oranges

A real good altbier. There's a good amount of flavor for such a low alcohol beer

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Photo of rodney45
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden red with a quickly dissipating off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Has a peach and whole wheat bread aroma. Slight notes of cinnamon

T: Malty and bread like up front. Sour astringent and skunky flavor following. Dry finish, with a citrus tone.

M: Light to medium body, with high carbonation.

O: An average to below average ale. I was slightly put off by the astringency but managed to keep with this one. Not a drain pour, but i wouldnt buy a 6 pack.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two-finger head. Minimal retention gives way to an abundant but thin lacing. fairly low amount of bubbling.

S: Smells mostly of a sweet, biscuity malt, with apricots and a small amount of hoppy citrus in the background.

T: Sweet roasted malts up front, with some molasses at the end. Neither very complex nor interesting, and even a bit skunky at the end. Hoppy bitterness but not flavor is present. Alcohol is very prevalent, especially as it warms.

M: Syrupy but well cut with quite a bit of carbonation. If it tasted better, sessionable.

O: I remember this being better when I drank it more often towards the beginning of college. Slightly better than average, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, nor would I pay for this beer if most others in its price range were available.

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

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that dissipates into a small white foam on the surface. Leaves spotted lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, raisin bread, molasses, berries.

T: Sweet bready malt upfront with fruity undertones and a slight herbal bitterness.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Overall it's a nice sessionable, flavorful, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours amber with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around to long.

A bit of a sweet malty aroma here; kind of gives of a not quite ripe berry aroma. Perhaps citrus hops in the background with a little bit of spiciness. Grainy malt flavors with some berries in the finish. Al little bit of citrus hops round this out.

Light body with good carbonation. Overall not bad. This one was a left over from a gathering with a handful of friends. Not a bad beer, but not to exciting.

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

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a decent sized fluffy white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of sweet bready malt, toffee, hints of apricot and tangerine and a light herbal earthy hop aroma. Taste is sweet malts up front immediately followed by an earthy hop bite. Sweet toffee and a hint of butter contrasted with apricot, spice, pepper and a light fruitiness. Medium body with a dry finish, moderate to high level of carbonation with a sweet almost syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. This used to be the beer I drank when I went skiing 15 years ago, but I haven't had it in years. Sometimes when you try to go back it only serves to disappoint. Decent enough drinker, but really nothing special.

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Photo of garuda
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, bottle date stamped on neck, barely legible

A - Crystal clear copper with a fluffy white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S - Nice whiff of grassy, herbal hops with some pine, then mostly sweet bready malts with a hint of grain.

T - Follows the nose, but more of a grainy malt texture pops in about mid palate, finishing on the sweet side.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation. Perhaps a little high for my liking, making it a little thin. A little rough on the texture, not as smooth as I was hoping for.

O - Very easy drinking beer, I put back a few of these easily. Seems like the mouthfeel was a little off or the style, but otherwise, a nice, simple tasty brew.

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

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: amber, minimal white head, small lacing with swirl,

S: medium malt smell with brown sugar and some mild piney hops as well.

T: Roast malts predominate with some caramel and molasses. A little hoppy bitterness at the end.

M: overall good, medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: slightly above average, would recommend but wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Overall approachable.

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

After having the very delicious Double Bag last week, I decided to do a vertical tasting of the following: Long Trail Ale, Double Bag, and Triple Bag. Based on the classy tastiness of Double Bag, I'm interested to see the way the brewer plays with malt.

Pours a brilliant amber with a nice white, fluffy head. Faint smell of malt and hops. Clear and bubbly. Decent lacing and head retentiion.

Very straight forward flavors of caramel and malt with a touch of fruit. The fruit is mellow, likely reflective of some minimal secondary fermentation time. A little bit of chew in the mouthfeel -- just enough to lift the body and keep it from feeling thin. The hops are on the earthy side and lead to a well-balanced, sessionable ale.

Very smooth, easy-drinking ale. Long Trail has seemed to hone in on nice interpretations of the altbier style. Perfect for Friday night beer and pizza.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange amber, one finger head, some but not much carbonation.

S-Little bit of malt and spices but kind of bland.

T-Malt and spice, not much bitterness either.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, but the finish isn't there.

O-An average boring beer. Long Trail has better offering but still nothing much to say about this beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 091611. Pours a rusty copper color with a thin layer of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is earthy and malty. Slightly sweet smelling with some citrus hops notes. Taste is sweet caramel malts with a bit of citrus. Somewhat bready. A bit sour near the end. Very drinkable. I've had this beer at least 100 times and never reviewed it until now, obviously. It's a pretty decent choice of beer when your at a place with a limited tap selection. Overall, a fine beer.

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Photo of howardvw
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

needs a cigarette.. love the initial taste, color is pure. a bit of a soda pop aeration. after 3 minutes it smells better. so not too bad but the pallet ends up gritty. texture is bit foamy. makes pretzels very dry. possible bulk quantity for unexpected guests.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,309 ratings.
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