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 Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear copper color with a nice two-finger frothy off-white head that retains long after the pour

S- vegetal aromas with some flowery notes, cinnamon & nutmeg, musty

T- the base beer drinks like an amber ale , there's quite a bit of malty backbone. Some cinnamon and pumpkin spice kick in mid-palate, the finish is spicy and dry

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel leads to a slick finish

O- more malt presence than most pumpkin ales I've had, which is welcomed. There's a nice spiciness in the flavor but nothing overpowers. Worth a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright bronze color with a white soapy head. Aroma of hops and pumpkin. In the taste, pumpkin and caramel malt, mild spice and a fair hop bitterness. Not as sweet as advertised, which is a good thing in this case. Leafy, tobaccoesque hop character and nutmeg in the finish. The pumpkin flavor remains dispersed throughout. Light to medium bodied mouth feel, with moderate carbonation and a spice/hop bite. Overall, this is a well crafted pumpkin ale, which is a distinctly American beer style.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-copper color with a small white fizzy head. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very pleasant overall. It has a nice roasted pumpkin smell mixed with a little bit of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Other aromas of some cinnamon and a decent amount of nutmeg are there as well, giving the aroma a nice, semi-dry, pumpkin pie aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a decent caramel and brown sugar sweetness as well as some pumpkin and bready flavors. As the flavor advances the sweetness fades with the overall taste growing slightly drier. Along with the sweetness fading some, the pumpkin flavors grow more intense and take on more notes of a roasted nature. The spice flavors also come to the tongue at this time, with a decent showing of nutmeg and allspice and a little bit of cinnamon as well. In the end, some of the sweeter flavors that were lost come back and grow a bit more intense, with all the flavor transitions throughout the taste, leaving a nice roasted and moderately sweetened spiced pumpkin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly lower side. Overall the medium thickness and carbonation are rather nice of the style as it makes for a rather nice balance between drinkability as well as still maintaining enough of a thickness to support the more spiced pumpkin flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather sweet but enjoyable pumpkin ale with a nice blend of roasted pumpkin and spice. Overall rather easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an ample off white head.

Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and malt.

Taste is big pumpkin up front followed by bitter and sweet spice - ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. It has a thick sweet malt flavor with some subtle caramel notes. This is a very good pumpkin ale. It flirts with a good amount of spice without being cloying.

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Photo of jaffers
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Ricochet
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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 spokeydonkey
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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 MistahBeah
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
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 wraynathan
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
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 siege06nd
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass, it has a nice murkey brown colored body with a small white head that layed down to a nice lace. The smell has a aroma of spices with a little hint of pumpkin to it. The taste is spices up front followed by a little pumpkin flavor and some malt on the back of the tonuge. The mouth feel is nice, easy drinker and overall a good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy cloud like light brown colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... Loaded with swirling rapid paced carbonation... The color is a deep vibrant amber... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Fresh pumpkin guts... A bit of nutmeg... Toasted malts... Perhaps a touch of brown sugar as well...

T - Pumpkin and toasted malts battle for top billing... There is a slight hop presence and a bit of a metallic tinge as well...

M - Medium bodied... Clean... Crisp... The carbonation was much more subdued than the appearance alluded to... Goes down smooth sip after sip...

D - Not too shabby... A solid slightly above average pumpkin ale... Very quaffable... Outstanding appearance and slightly above average in all other facets... I would never turn one down, but this won't be one of my go to pumpkin ales either...

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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 jslice99
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours an orange-copper color with about a 1/4 inch white head that sticks around for a while. It also leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell- Has a sweet pumpkin smell up front similar to a pumpkin pie. Very pleasent.

Taste- Almost the same as the smell. Has a great sweet pumpkin taste up front and than it is followed by cinnamon and maybe some allspice.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is a very drinkable pumpkin ale. Quite sessionable. I wouldn't turn it down but i dont think i would ever buy a six pack.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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 DMXLOX22
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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 metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pumpkin in the nose along with some subtle hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of pumpkins. No sweetness or bitterness is detectable. As the beer warms up, the pumpkin flavors become stronger.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice pumpkin ale because it isn't overly sweet or packed with too many spices.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin with little of the expected sweetness and very light hints of pumpkin pie spices - mostly just cinnamon.

T: Light flavors of malts with just a hint of caramel malt sweetness, followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin. Light hints of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon) in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and it is a pleasant change for the style that the beer is not really too sweet. Enjoyable but not sure that I want to have more than one of these at a session.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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 tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
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 puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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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