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Pumpkin Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Trail is excited to launch Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, a slightly sweet seasonal treat artfully brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. The perfect drink for a fall day, this exceptionally balanced beer has an aroma very reminiscent of pumpkin pie.

22 IBU

Added by strengthdoc on 08-02-2012

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this af a pumpkin tasting along with 23 other pumkin beers

Say what you want. This was a blind tasting... .

There were 6 judges... of the six... one judge had it #1 and 4 of the 6 had it in there top 5.

Had the best pop... cleanest taste.. very good brew and I would look for this one when seeking out pumpkin brews

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kind of surprised that this beer doesnt have an image or many reviews to go with it. So I assume that it must be a new style or it was introduced last year.

A: Beer pours an orange/amber color with a thick 1-inch creamy white head, which leaves some good lacing. The head is slow to dissipate so I just tilted the glass to see if it would leave anything.

S: Smell of pumpkin pie just reeks off the glass. I get hints of cinnamon, spice, nutmeg and of course, pumpkin.

T: The taste is a lot like the smell, gets some bread-type malts,roasted nuts like you would get in a Brown Ale, cinnamon and caramel. The flavor ends on the tip of the tongue with pumpkin and spice, but the pumpkin is not dominant.

M: Very creamy and rich, lots of flavors, light carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer regardless of your preference for how much pumpkin flavor there is.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely seek it out again. A really nice cross between a pumpkin beer and a brown ale. It could have used a little more pumpkin flavor, but im not complaining. Overall, solid!

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get smells of vanilla, some graham cracker, a little allspice and a dash of pumpkin and maybe some cinnamon ending with a slight floral spicy hop.

You get the floral spicy hop up front and then it finishes with the vanilla and graham cracker crust taste which really makes this beer in my opinion. The allspice and pumpkin come in subtly with the pumpkin come off as a sort of green vegetable taste which is good and balances the sweetness from the spices and malts. I may be tasting a bit of ginger in there too with some of its spicy qualities.

I was surprised with this beer and I think it rivals some of the better made pumpkin beers out there. It was the last one in my beer store so maybe its more popular than I had imagined. Anyways good beer and definitely a sessionable Halloween beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am in the process of weeding out the backlog here at Chez Woody and it is interesting to see what I bought at various times and forgot about. This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is a major source for singles around here.

From the bottle: "Take a Hike!"; "When the nights grow cold and the moon hangs low, we carve out a place for Pumpkin Ale's return - a seasonal treat that's ripe for the pickin'."

The label also identified it as "Unfiltered", so I agitated it in the bottle and allowed it to re-settle before Pop!ping the cap. This also allowed for a no-holds-barred pour, just the sort of thing that #TheOldLady hates me doing. I got two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention as a result. Color was a hazy, not-quite-cloudy, Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled spicy, loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. I kind of dig this out-of-season jaunt that I am on of late. I got really overwhelmed by Pumpkin Ales last Fall, which is how this got shunted to the side, but today, I am digging it! Mouthfeel was full, creamy, like a dollop rather than a draught. The cinnamon was front and center, but I liked how the other spices just kind of worked in harmony in the background. This was very evocative of pumpkin pie with whipped cream! Finish was bone-dry, thanks to all of the spices. Nice.

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Photo of EastCoastMinnesotan
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Pumpkin is getting a bit overdone (seems like everything is pumpkin spice these days) but like everything else they do, Long Trail has produced a nice version of a pumpkin ale. Balanced, not overly sweet with the right amount of spice. Well done

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Photo of jaffers
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first pumpkin beer I've had this fall, so my opinion may be slightly favorable but I really like this beer. It's got a nice, even pumpkin aroma and flavor that's not overstated and is incredibly refreshing. Pumpkin doesn't dominate the palate like some other beers of this style tend to do, I'm thinking Shipyard Pumpkinhead and it doesn't taste like pumpkin pie. I've always been a fan of Long Trail beers and I was glad to see this in the fall mix pack. An excellent start to pumpkin beer season!

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Photo of Glanzman
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a gorgeous medium caramel color with a 1 finger, off white head.

Very little aroma, but smells of spices , pumpkin and biscuit.

Taste is subtle. The spices are good, not overpowering as with some pumpkin beers. But it's lacking something... Not sure what.

Decent, but there are better ones.

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Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head that slowly settles.

Sweet malty aroma with subtle pumpkin pie spice aroma (clove mostly)

I'm impressed by the balanced flavor. almost all pumpkin ales are usually loaded with spices to the point where you cant have more than one or two without overwheling your palate. this has a bunch of sweet malt flavor with very subtle pumpkin spice. more of a brown ale than pumpkin ale but i dont care. its great.

Thin mouthfeel, but it doesnt make me as full as most other pumpkin ales

A pumpkin ale that you can actually have a few of without tasting clove all night. What a concept

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour with a high white foam. Rings of lacing ont he glass.

S - Nice scent of pumpkin with the traditional spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Very pleasant and not overdone.

T - Good flavor of fresh pumpkin and spices. Less spicy than many, and flavoring is consistent. Tends to mellow as it warms.

M - Not as sessionable as I'd like, but feels light and with minimal carbonation.

O - Actually one of the better pumpkin beers out there. Seems like it is new to the fall packs. I'd get this again. And at the price of a 12 pack it is a nice deal.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy orange/brown body that leaves a half finger white head. Some light slowly moving carbonation is seen rising with some light lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: centers around the obvious pumpkin and brings in a nice combination of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: basically the same

M: medium, mellow, sessionable, ginger/pumpkin aftertaste, slight bitter finish

O: in my opinion, one of the better pumpkins out there from what I've had. I'll have no problem getting the rest of these down.

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack at the brewery the day it was released on August 1st.  Copper in color with visible carbonation.  Light head and lacing.  The aroma is of ginger and nutmeg followed by pumpkin.  Thin and fairly carbonated mouthfeel.  The first taste is of ginger as it hits the tongue.  The finish is mild pumpkin with a touch of cinnamon.   This is a good pumpkin ale, not overpowering and not too sweet.  Easy drinking for  the style.

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Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a orange amber color. Quite bright and orange.

The aroma has pumpkin, a bit of caramel malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The flavor follows with pumpkin in the front with a bit of that fermented pumpkin flavor. There's a bit of spice and then a clean bready note along with some sweet brown sugar. The finish has candy sweetness to it.

I was pleasantly impressed by this. A good drinkable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Hazy amber color with a hint of orange. Looks like autumn. A nice creamy moderate head and a lace that retains well.
Smell- pumpkin of course. There is more though; as with the look, it really smells like fall harvest; apples, some orange peel. There are also some notable but not overpowering spices; cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste- nice malt backbone. Fruity harvest taste with spices. A dry finish.
Feel- medium bodied but easy to drink. Pretty session worthy.
A nice solid Pumkin Ale. I don't drink so many Pumkin Ales, but, this one did the trick.

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Photo of Ommy
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin Ale pours a great orange-copper color. The head is a bit frothy and sticks around for a little while.

On the nose I get a well toasted malt smell, along with very nice pumpkin spices.

The taste is about the same as the smell. I get toasted malts with a background of pumpkin spices. This is definitely an interesting direction with pumpkin beers since most try to go for more sweetness, and this beer is playing more towards the darker flavors.

Overall I think this beer is a great beer to try, it's not your typical pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of foamy and slightly off-white colored head. This maintains a smooth and creamy ½ finger that skims the surface, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing which quickly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice even blend of pumpkin, light sweetness and festive spices. Those spices kind of hang on the edges of the nose and mingle in with a gentle green floral feel.

The taste is fresh, fleshy pumpkin, a neutral kind of sticky sweetness and just the right amount of pumpkin spices. Hops have a bit of rawness to them that leave this dry and bitter on the finish. The flavors achieve a nice evenness as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm feel down the center of the tongue and then more smooth and creamy on the edges. This has a nice drinkable feel to it.

It’s good to see Long Trail finally putting a Pumpkin Ale out, as it’s a seasonal style that would seem to be right in their wheel house. And this was a nice example of the style too, with an easy feel, balanced flavors and a fresh pumpkin character that carried this well. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out again for this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/4

Pours rusty copper with scattered white foam. Hazy/cloudy. Malty nose, hints of pumpkin and spice. Taste is a light cinnamon, spiced malt, with nutmeg/clove making a cameo. Pumpkin-rind like bite at the end. Pie taste too.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown/orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of pumpkin and spices. Taste is mellow compared to the smell, pumpkin, a touch of spice, kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of twosheds
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange amber in color

Smells of pumpkin pie spice with cloves seeming to the most dominant aroma. There is some sweet malt flavor coming through.

Surprisingly well balanced compared to the smell. The pumpkin flavors mesh well with the malt with nothing overpowering anything. It's almost a little bland, but is very drinkable and more flavors may become more apparent as I have more of it.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

This is a good pumpkin ale to have more than one of. I like pumpkin beer on occasion, but I don't usually want to drink a whole six pack of it because the pie spices just get to be too much.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this after Buckeye Pumpkin Dead, so the bar is as low as it is ever going to be...

A. Pleasing. Very clear copper color with a finger and a half of cream head that lingers. Lacing is perfect and adorns my glass with aplomb.

S. Subtle hints of cinnamon, clove, allspice. Prety good burnt brown sugar notes as well.

T. Graham cracker, allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Pretty much a spice bomb with a little bit of burn on the tip of the tongue. Subtle biscuit malt presence. Pretty good, but lacks some depth and becomes one note with spice.

M. Lacka heft and comes off watery. Well carbed but finish is abbreviated and light. Not bad, not great.

O. A good pumpkin that gets a little spice heavy. That said, flavors are well balanced and tend towards a malty bitterness, which makes a good pumpkin ale. I am not blown away, but I am certainly impressed.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a small to medium head. Lacing as the beer goes down. Spices tickle the nose. Beer flows over the tongue with a light tang of spice and pumpkin, The mouthfeel is pleasant. Sessionable.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this brew at my local stop. Hope this goes well!

Appearance: Pours a light copper, orange with a bit of foam. Has a clear view through. Reminds you of a cool, autumn night.

Smell: Mild aronma of pumpkin with a hint of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Reminds me a bit of a pumpkin pie mixed with a gingerbread cookie.

Taste: Has that nice pumpkin sweetness that is balanced with cinnamon and has a somewhat lemony taste. Noticeable hops bitterness brings this beer all together.

Mouthfeel: Very medium bodied and medium carbonation. The pumpkin spice is nice and not overwhelming here.

Overall: Nice beer with a very nice pumpkin flavor and isn't overly sweet, and has a nice bitterness to bring it all together. Goes down smooth, doesn't offend the palate and could be enjoyed in multiples. May drink again, but I recommend it. Cheers!

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Photo of AyeMito
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%

Usually I go for pumpkin beers that have more of a stronger pumpkin flavor, but I like how Long Trail's pumpkin beer is done. It definitely weighs more on the spiced side but I really enjoy how it seems to have sweeter notes of brown sugar as opposed to more potent hints of cinnamon. The flavors of clove, nutmeg and brown sugar give it a good body and finishes with a slight bit of pumpkin thrown in there. To me, its nothing too original but has respectable elements to it.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Pumpkin Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz. Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass

Pours an amber brown with a copper tint. A decent off white head forms on top. Random trails of spots and sticky lacings.

The nose smells like freshly baked wheat bread with some spices mixed in with a hint of ginger cookies.

The mouthfeel has a chewy malt quality, maybe just a tad thin on the finish though. The pumpkin flavors are there and not overly powerful. Some sips give off flavors of allspice or nutmeg. There is a nice hop snap on the finish too.

This brew has a solid drinkability level and captures the flavors of the Fall season quite well.

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Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good Pumpkin Ale. Not too sweet and fairly restrained on the pumpkin spices. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a medium size beige head and some lacing on the glass. Better than average retention. Smell is fairly mild, mostly pumpkin.

Aroma is not that pronounced, fresh pumpkin and sweet malt..more molasses and sugar than caramel. Taste is pretty good, a plain Pumpkin Ale that does not go overboard on sweetness and typical Pumpkin Spices. There seems to be a little yeast presence as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly rich, the beer is not too thin or weak. Nice job on a style that often is too over-the-top for me.

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Photo of atr2605
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours an amber color with an off white head with average retention
S-lots of pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar
T-pumpkin pie spice, caramel, and biscuit in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-more bitter and dry than expected. Definitely sessionble due to its drier body. Pretty solid

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