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:
1,316
Reviews:
416
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
279
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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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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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,316 ratings.
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