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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The head was golden and beer itself orangish brown. Pretty decent appearance. You can smell the pumpkin and spice. Very good flavor. Definitely noting the pumpkin, spices, maybe cinnamon, and lower mid range on the hops. Moderate carbonation. Flavorful at the first of each sip, and dry at the end. Very common with the other pumpkin beers, but still unique enough that it has character of its own. Pretty much all the pumpkin stuff I've come across, I've liked. This one doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
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 seedyone
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As pumpkin ales and beers go, this one comes off a bit weak. Looks are OK but aroma, texture and taste come up short. Better luck.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper, with an average head of bone white froth. Thin, tree-line lace.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spice, very nice. I get some allspice, cinnamon, and of course pumpkin pie. “As advertised”, I’d say!

Taste: Definitely pumpkin pie here, with a decent amount of dryness and some bitterness at the finish. A satisfying and solid pumpkin ale — not a favorite but certainly not bad at all.

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Photo of twosheds
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Glanzman
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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 atr2605
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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 JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Jeffreysan
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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 thedoubler55
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 everythingiszen
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

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 VelvetExtract
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%

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 jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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 EastCoastMinnesotan
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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 bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Nice basic pumpkin beer. A little sweetness, some pumpkin and little spice. For the price I would highly recommend this unless you like a lot of spice.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%

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 ThisWangsChung
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%

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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

I guess i liked this a little more than others.Pours a clear deep burnt orange with a thinner white head atop.Pumpkin pie spice....clove,cardamom,and cinnamon mainly in the nose with a hint of toast.Very light in the feel but decent flavors really with the pumpkin pie spice and some light roast,not crazy sweet but sweet enough,pretty average but not horrible.

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Photo of AyeMito
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%

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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

my first pumpkin brew of the year this year, coming mid august, earlier every year but I am okay with that, and okay with this being the start of hopefully a long pumpkin ale season. its got a cool spice profile that's not super autumnal, more spice than squash, and a sort of lightness to it, maybe from honey rather than molasses. less raw, more refined. allspice and anise are there, and the pumpkin appears to be more roasted than raw. a nice orange rusty caramel color, a little haze to it, and a short and short lived tan head. it smells and tastes quite robust, but I don't find it overdone on the spices, and it has a real natural and organic sort of earthy feel to it, not artificially flavored at all. I find the body to be far thinner than I like in the style, maybe too light for cold weather, but it helps me drink it in this summer weather. carbonation is there but there is a missing middle to the feel and a strange tannic finish. mouthfeel would be its lowest score I think, if that feature were not just removed from this site. if it comes back I will update, if not, look elsewhere for a fuller bodied pumpkin ale.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
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 KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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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