Pumpkin Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
426
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 68
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 bwags81
1.91/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of CharlesK
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sisterofba
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mmellow12
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 craftaholic
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jharmon
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 argylegirl
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle form Harvest Market
Lightly hazy light amber, lots of brown sugary pie spices.
Not horrible for a pumpkin ale

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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 cvengeance
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malprep
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dsnyder61
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Mikexw
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Dag95
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of smaddock
2.08/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Jeff_Benson
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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