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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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.64/5  rDev -25%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with a bit of sediment floating around. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. It features a fluffy, semi-dense texture and good retention. A consistent, thick ring of lacing is left behind. (3.25)

Smell: Nothing really surprising here. The primary note is a sweet, caramel-laden backbone featuring a kiss of gourd. Again with the lack of surprises, the spicing is a bit harsh, with the ginger and nutmeg coming off in a slightly medicinal manner. As always, it's not my style, but it could have been FAR worse. (3)

Taste: I'm getting very little gourd character - it tastes more like a spiced amber ale. It opens up with a healthy caramel backbone, with spices gradually building up toward the finish. There are faint roasted touches I don't really get in other pumpkin ales, which serves to throw it off balance some. Again, it's pretty much a mediocre amber ale with some fall spices...luckily, the latter doesn't come off too harshly. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Well, it's on the light side, but it isn't that dry. There's a generic, obstructive sweetness that lies on the palate too heavily, hurting its drinkability a good deal. Carbonation is middling. (2.5)

Overall: I'm not enjoying this one. No, I don't particularly enjoy the style to be fair (with a few exceptions), but this could still use a few more tweaks, such as more pumpkin or a more defined sweetness. Others may like it, I don't. (2.5)

2.64/5: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, this is not

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Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, medium-high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice, sugar, and bread

Taste: earth, pale malt, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with a underlying dry bitterness, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Of all the pumpkin beers I have had this fall, this one is one of the more disappointing ones. If you like your pumpkin spice more subtle and the beer a bit more on the pale side, this one is probably for you. Long Trail has a different take on the style, I just wish the pumpkin spice or breadiness would have popped some more.

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Photo of wraynathan
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving Type:



Dark, Amber color. Nice Autumn color for a fall beer/pumpkin beer.


This beer doesn't seem very special. The smell consists of some allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You get a strong aroma of, what I'll call, a typical beer smell. I like my pumpkin beer to have a strong aroma of pumpkin and spice, but this beer lacks that aroma.


The taste of this beer is okay. The taste is a little abrasive to the pallet, due to the bitterness of the beer.


Lightly Medium body. Abrasive to the mouth.


This is an okay pumpkin beer. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment as are most pumpkin beer. As always, it's worth it to try it for yourself, but there are other better pumpkin beers than this.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (745) - - JAN 17, 2015
Sweet flavor; fruit and pumpkin; thin feel. aroma has nutmeg
2014 Pumpkin Double Blind Tasting:
1-Sam Adams Fat Jack. 2-Hoppin’ Frog. 3-Fegleys Devious. 4-Weyerbacher. 5-Southern Tier Pumking. 6-Terrapin Pumpkinfest. 7-Long Trail. 8-Riverhorse. 9-Blue Moon. 10-UFO Pumpkin (harpoon). 11-Sam Adams Pumpkin. 12-Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. 13-Dogfishhead (shocker) 14-Ichabod."

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper-brown coloring with no head. Aromas of roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar. Smells very smooth and rich. Flavors are sharply roasted, with a rough backbone. The pumpkin flavors are overshadowed by the roasting and increased carbonation, giving the beer a very sharp feeling in mouth. Roasty, pumpkin sweet aftertaste with extremely mild spicing. A light, crisp, quick finish. I was intrigued by the smell, but it left a bit to be desired past that point.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3/5  rDev -14.8%

A: Cloudy copper color with a red tint to it, about one finger of off white head at the top that leaves some slight lacing around the glass.

S: Nothing spectacular on the nose, some cinnamon, and nutmeg come through and some slight hint of spice on the tail end as well.

T: Taste like a regular pumpkin ale, with no spectacular notes coming through, kind of bland and taste more like an amber ale.

M: Light side, some slight carbonation.

O: Did not really enjoy this one, tasted mostly generic, nothing crazy about this beer and not a lot of flavors coming through.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark amber fading to a ligher orange shade at the bottom. Filmy head without much retention. Some spotty lacing. Lots of carbonation

Smells spicy - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves - typical fare but pleasantly assertive. As another reviewer said there is a "generic beer" aroma in the background but I can't really fault it for that

Taste falls a little flat. The spices are there...and I feel like it ends there. Big nutmeg flavor with healthy doses of allspice and cinnamon. This leaves the beer feeling very drying with an earthy funk. A little more sweetness would have helped this greatly. There is a hint of caramel and brown sugar but not enough to save this

Feels drying with a bite of spiciness. Medium bodied. A tad flat

Overall not very impressive. Long Trail's imperial pumpkin is worth looking into but I would pass over this one

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours orange-brown with a two and a half finger head. Dissipates to a nice cap and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet pumpkin, dark toffee, and some light spices.

T - Sweet pumpkin at first, just barely sour. The darker toffee/coffee shows through on the swallow with a bit of the spice, mostly cinnamon and a little nutmeg. A burnt flavor in the aftertaste that throws it off.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad pumpkin ale, but nothing extraordinary. The burnt flavor in the aftertaste really brings the experience down, and the aroma is mild on spices. Worth trying if you are looking for a darker tasting pumpkin beer, but there are better options in general.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had tried the Long Trail Pumpkin last year and was impressed by the rich, smooth pumpkin taste. The spiced pumpkin flavor lingered for a long time. So impressed that I ran out and picked up a case this year as soon as it was available. This year's beer is vastly different than last year. Considerably less pumpkin flavor and a harsh bitterness than wreaks havoc on the taste buds. I even tried increasing the sweetness by dipping the glass in cinnamon sugar. Did not help. Unfortunately, as with many of the pumpkin ales you really need to sample the beer each year before you commit to a supply of it. Pity the Long Trail is such a disappointment this year.

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Photo of BrewingViking
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S - ginger, spice, and slight pumpkin
A - crystal clear copper
F - light typical pumpkin spiciness with a hint more ginger. finishes with a nice light sweetness
M - light body
O - an average pumpkin beer. nothing over the top or exciting. easy to drink

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Photo of Redemption10
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this offering. I know it is not an "Imperial" pumpkin but it really lacks character. Golden orange hue with about 1 finger of head on it. Smells spicy and sweet, maybe too sweet on the nose for my liking. Taste matches the nose for the most part. Malty and a lot of all spice and clove-medium mouthfeel. Just ok-not terrible or anything like that. Good for someone that drink average ales and wants to try a pumpkin beer. Cheers!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle. Pours a dark amber color. Head is standard. Very generous with lacing. Aroma consists solely of pumpkin spicing. Sweetness and spices. Noticeable cloves. Pumpkin beer all the way. Pumpkin and all the members of the spice gang. Actually has a gourdy flavor. Slightly bitter. Less spice-laden on the tongue. Medium bodied. Another Pumpkin....another Pumpkin.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%

A: Pours a hazy and deep burnt orange. Not much head, but most of these pumpkin beers do anyhow (3.75/5).

S: Very sweet cinnamon-sugar smell. Ginger and clove (3.5/5).

M: Pretty smooth, but not quite creamy. Easy to drain. Low-moderate carbonation (3.25/5).

T: First few sips were pretty good. Nice blend of earthy gourdiness, and balanced autumn spices. Medicinally bitter aftertaste...really bad like you've left a pill in your mouth too long (2.75/5)

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Photo of Gmann
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper color with a very short soapy head. Typical amber ale appearance.

The aroma is of a light bready malt with some caramel notes. Some lemon scents as well. The pumpkin spices are subtle but noticable. Ginger, nutmeg, and allspice come through. Aroma seems to lean more on the amber ale side.

Steely caramel amber malt base provides some bready flavors as well as lemony tea. The pumpkin spices are quite light, not really standing out. The actual pumpkin provides a slight veggie flavor. Noticable hop bitterness.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate with an earthy hop bitterness in the end.

More of an amber/marzen type of ale. The pumpkin spice is too light. I do like the bear carting the pumpkins on the label for what its worth.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep copper/ amber, decent off white head holds a thin layer, spotty lacing.

Not a huge aroma. Traces of pumpkin spice, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Some dusty, earthy aromas, yeast? Bits of sweet malt.

Bitter sweet malt, pumpkin pie spice, hints of fleshy pumpkin. Hints of dusty, earthy notes.

I prefer a bit more body in my pumpkin ales.

A pretty lack luster average pumpkin ale. Good drinkability if you wanted to pound down a sixes, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tis the pumpkin season and it's def time to strike some more off the list. Bottled 7/09/14.

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, very hazy honey amber brown color.

Nose has some pumpkin, but a weird one, a gourd like fleshy pumpkin, and lots of baking spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, some brown sugar and candy like aromas, a little pumpkin, sweet molasses candy mess like, butterscotch, a bit of a mess but still somehow light.

Taste brings more sweet sugary mess, brown sugar molasses and aged old bitter tannic burnt almost rotting like sugar cane plants, with some mild pumpkin and lots of bad gourd, etc. Baking spices are there, a bit less than I expected thankfully, nutmeg and allspice, hint of cinnamon, etc. A bit of bitterness, tannic burnt spice bitterness and spicy hop as well. Finish is bitter and tannic, more baking spices, and messy vegetal molasses lingering, little spicy hop, and some vegetal gourd pumpkin lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little syrupy.

Overall meh, pumpkin is vegetal and gourd like, not so tasty, as well as the sweet molasses and brown sugar, as well as the bitter tannic spices, etc. Not a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a fall sampler pack from Long Trail. Tried the Pumpkin first thinking I'd like it the least. I still look for that holy grail "Pumpkin Pie In A Glass" and almost every bottled beer hasn't been what I dug.

First, I poured this into a glass because my first few sips out of the bottle had that rusty metallic taste from the cap. The ones I've poured in a glass haven't suffered. Starts dark orange with a nice foam head and a sticky lace that 5 minutes in, is still there. Slight carbonation. Smells of cinnamon and pumpkin, but a little alcohol also along cooked grain.

Was smooth in the mouth with sweet being the profile and washed with a dragging foam and cheap beer aftertaste. My first impression is with other pumpkin beers I've tried, that it was a wet burlap sack of pumpkin and cinnamon steeped like tea in a glass of beer base. The cinnamon is about gone, sweet more from the pumpkin and grain with the alcoholic burn that dances on the sides of the flavor. Did I just type that? Yeah.

The good news is, as a pumpkin, this is a big glass of okay. I still looked forward to getting done so I could have other tastes in the sampler case. Oh yeah, two of these have a pretty good kick.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 073512. Sampled on September 27, 2012.

It pours orange-copper with a short-lived fizzy white head that dissolves and leaves lacing.

The bouquet is rather played down with mild pumpkin spices and a kind of sandy, bready character.

The body is one of its better attributes with a medium and smooth texture.

The taste is slightly sweet at the start but then explosively bitter at the end. But it is not what I would call a hop bitterness. It was more like a lingering potato thing. Sadly the usually reliable Long Trail slips up a bit on this one but it is still reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And the glut of seasonal beers arrives early...in August. Still, this is a curious addition.

Pours a orange-ish amber color with a two-finger head in my glass. Lots of lacing. Very active carbonation.

A hint of pumpkin spices greet the nose followed by a standard template of sweet malt that's barely hopped.

Ditto on taste. Pumpkin is visible but doesn't seem to work well enough as it's overpowered by the malt and hops. Then again, these ales have always been about the spices and a weak base malt.

Lingering pumpkin spice and malt make up the mouthfeel. It's spartan at best.

Meh. I'm not sure what they're aiming for here but it's not anything that I want to drink often. Reminds me too much of a marzen.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark amber with a decent white head. Smells spicy and sweet-- malt backed up by ginger and cinnamon. Tastes sweet up front with spices kicking in during the middle--cinnamon, ginger, cloves along with toasty malt. Finishes dry and crisp. Light-medium body with a nice crisp carbonation.

Overall, easy drinking with a nice finish. There's something funky with the way the malt plays with the spices that doesn't quite work. The beer starts off nice, has a strange combination of flavors in the middle and finishes great. Wouldn't go back to it the way it is, but a slightly tweaked recipe could be great.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

Better than avg. pumpkin, but not by a lot. Hazy like most Long Trails. Slightly sweet - could be less so for my tastes - but not overspiced, which is a downfall of many pumpkins. Good, not great.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange/comer color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Very spicy. Lots of all-spice, nutmeg, molasses and cinnamon. I also get notes of freshly baked dark bread. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Malty and pumpkin-y up front, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with quite a bit of bitterness than I’m not used in other pumpkin beers, but it’s not really a hoppy bitterness, it’s something else, that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just a little pit of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer. Good malty flavor up front, balanced with the pumpkin and the spices. Unique in how much bitterness appears in the finish. Interesting.

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Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a touch of lace behind. The nose is definitely pumpkin-like. Not much of a pumpkin taste to this offering. The finish is pleasantly dry. Not bad, but not terribly memorable.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 08/17/12, from what i can make out. poured into saint arnold pint glass.

A: very clear, very bright amber/copper hue. head retention isnt great. nor the lacing.

S: smells like fall. very heavy cinnamon aroma. apple crisps. all-spice.

T: similar to the nose, the cinnamon lingers long after on the palate. some malt in the finish as well. cinnamon starts things off. maybe some all-spice too.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on a medium body.

D: good pumpkin beer, but not great. pumpkin spice flavor, not much else going on. pass for me going forward.

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Photo of Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Pours a nice orange amber color two finger fluffy white head, thick lacing.
S - Fresh pumpkin puree nutmeg, i sense a little diacetyl which isnt great, but theres a nice actual pumkin aroma, some cinnamon on the end too. A little biscuity malt in the mix.
T - Flavor is a letdown. You get more dry spice than pumpkin.
M - Highly carbonated, fizzy feeling.
O - Looks nice and smell is decent but flavor is really off unfortunately.

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