Pollenator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Features a medium amber body, balanced with a modest amount of Willamette hops. This spring ale is highly drinkable, flavorful and finishes clean and crisp.

34 IBU

Added by SixpointJMH on 07-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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4.49/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

20th Anniversary limited release in a bomber.

Wow, this really blew me away nice 2 finger head in a Long Trail Altbier glass with a nice honey aroma. Slightly sweet with a very golden color. Very nice lacing all the way down the glass. This is one of the smoothest and most solid summer beers I've ever had.

If you get a chance grab a couple bombers, next time I see it, I'm stocking up!

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm excited to have found this 22 oz bottle for $3 at Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA. The label says 060209.

This pours nicely as a clear golden with a thin layer of foam and some head retention.

It smells like sweet honey, caramel, and a light tea leaf hop.

I definitely get a lot of honey that coats the tongue, along with a flowery spiciness; it's incredibly light, refreshing, and well balanced. Not very bitter at all. Lovely for a warm late summer afternoon.

It feels light on the palate, so it's very drinkable. I didn't know what to expect from this beer, but I'm pleased. I recommend it.

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4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. 20th anniversary limited release of a classic.

A lively golden-light honey color and a very nice 'n thick, pure white head...slow dissipation. looking good.

The aroma is a very abundant hearty and earthy scent, freshly husked corn, dry wheat, earthy yeast and honey-sweet malt.

Balance, it's important in life and in beer and this one is really a good example of flavor balance. The malt delivers a sweet but light edge along with equally as fun amounts of hearty, dry and earthy tones like herbal-earthy hops and a dry kick in the light, snappy feel.

I wasn't sure i was going to find just the right brew after a long hike today, but this is it. Can't go wrong for $2.99 a bomber.

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4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I feel as though I like this beer a little bit more than a beer snob "should." This is simply a very refreshing summer beer and it makes me want to sit out in the middle of a beautiful field and get sauced. I think I would mow my lawn twice over just to drink this beer after. The appearance is a beautiful honey brown that calls my name and says "drink me." It did not have to twist my arm much. There aren't a lot of strong flavors for a pale ale, but I think that's what they were going for. This stuff goes down like silk and has a very nice but subtle after taste. To me this beer rivals Circus Boy and Becks as one of the best refreshing summer beers.

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4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a crystal-clear amber body with a half inch of off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Light pleasant grassy piney herbal hops hit the nose first, with some bready malt notes in the background. Grass, hay, apple, pear, wheat cracker, with just the slightest hint of butter in the flavor. Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Effervescent and balanced, this is definitely an easy drinker and would make a great lawnmower beer. I'm liking it. Light and drinkable but there's plenty going on to make it interesting.

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4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

On a hot summer night in August this beer is perfectly suited for taste and refreshment.

The case I bought was dated 6/2/09 & this was the first time I tried this particular beer from LT and I was not disappointed. I was looking for something light to medium bodied & flavorful and the Pollenator nailed it to a T.

The first pour produced a nice head which left a nice lace on the glass as it slowly subsided - so far, so good. The aroma is modestly present and instantly lets you know this isn't a hoppy powerhouse beer. There's more of a malty nose to it & it invites you to the first sip. The first taste lends a sweet initial taste followed by the taste of honey trailed by a nice semi-dry finish. No big hop presence here but the beer is very nicely balanced and is extremely drinkable. The mouthfeel is rather light which makes this beer a great warm weather treat.

The good thing about the bomber bottles is you can tell the cops (or wife) you only had 3 beers & still have a good night - wink wink nudge nudge. This beer will definitely have you drinking more than 1. enjoy

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4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After those light beers, I am ready for a beer, bottle have to go with this one since I don't have any CANs on deck.

From the bottle: "As days grow longer & warmer, we celebrate the seasonal transition with our spring offering, Pollenator. Pollenator features a medium amber body balanced with a modest amount of Willamette hops. This spring ale is highly drinkable, flavorful and finishes clean and crisp. Enjoy!"

My pour garnered two solid fingers of off-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a very grassy quality underlain with a honey-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a grassy, earthy taste on the tongue which was kind of unexpected and quite welcome. Finish was also grassy initially and then giving over to a pleasant honey sweetness on the extreme finish.

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4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 012312. Sampled on March 23, 2012. It pours golden yellow with moderate carbonation leading up to a full white head that lingers. The aroma is pelasntly balanced with roasted barley malts talking up the more shy crisp hoppy character in the background. The body is light but not thin. The taste is refreshing with a fine balance opf malts and clean hops. Moderate bitterness. This is the epitome of a spring pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark golden color with a thin white head, leaves aromas of toasted malt with some metallic notes...

taste is very toasty, bready malts and the light hops cut through just enough to make this a crisp springtime beer.

the feel on the mouth is very buttery this spring ale reminds me of a better version of blue points toasted lager, it is much more complex yet in the same vein as other "toasted" style brews.

overall as usual Long trail comes through with a winner

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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 284 ratings