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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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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 425
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 Gambrinus1184
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Long Trail tumbler pint glass.

A: Bright, pale, clean and clear copper color with an orange tint beneath a two-finger head of ivory lacing that dissipates quickly and leaves a slight, edgy lacing of creamy foam.

S: Very nice, spicy and slightly sweet, inviting aroma to this beer. The ginger and clove zing across the nose, leading me to believe it may be more spicy tasting than anything else.

T: Assumptions were pretty spot on here. The initial malt sweetness is weak, with hints of roasted pumpkin and sweet caramel flavors. An array of spices follows suit, lending cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to the palate. There's a mildly acidic and fruity pumpkin flavor that ushers in a slightly brisk and assertive, dry, bittersweet hop finish. The spicy sweetness lingers on a bit with some musty pumpkin bitterness.

M: Thin, light and slightly tart on the palate, I was hoping for more of a full-bodied, creamy pumpkin ale. The spices and seemingly higher pH levels here throw some acrid sensations across the palate. Fairly clean and crisp, but not really what I was expecting.

O: A pretty mediocre, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale to further flood the market with. The 5.5% ABV and clean, crisp nature of the beer make it an easy choice as far as session pumpkin ales go. However, it's a bit too sharp, bland and hoppy to be a truly enjoyable, rich fall brew. I'd be unlikely to turn it down, but I probably wouldn't buy it outside of the variety pack if it were available.

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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 Tundruth
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out clear, and slightly orange in color. Smells of spiced pumpkin, and a little bit like a pumpkin pie. The taste is less pumpkiny than the nose, but the body and taste are still quite good. Overall a pretty decent Fall seasonal, worth at least giving a shot.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vivid and deep Orange hue with a sticky white head. Smells of lightly toasted grain and pumpkin spices. Soft vanilla and cinnamon with hints of nutmeg.

Thin brisk body yet feels kind of full in the mouth. Light toasted malt sweetness followed by pumpkin flavor and its accompanying spices. Finishes with spicy with a linger well done pie crust taste in the mouth. Subtle yet complex with waves of flavor and great drinkability. Not an in your face pumpkin but definitely nice for some fall daytime drinking. A nice fall session choice.

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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 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 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 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 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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