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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Photo of kingcrowing
4.49/5  rDev +29%
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 +22.7%
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of abriggs1
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of Ezone024
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of erosier
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a medium sized and thin to medium bodied white colored head that leaves some lacing as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of citrus aromas like lemon, and then a biscuit aroma at the end mixed with some earthy and citrus hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice amounts of lemon and orange mixed with some earthy hops and some lighter malts.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light to medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, nice mix of light flavors make it pretty sessionable for a beer.

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Photo of tzieser
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've been looking forward to this forward to this one for quite some time. i'm glad i found it.

poured from a 22oz bomber into a sam smith's nonic glass

a: pours a crystal clear, bright golden color with a two finger head that slowly recedes. pretty typical looking pale ale here.

s: nice malty nose. some honey is also noticible in the background. decent hop character, too. different but pretty well rounded, i'd say.

t: nice crisp flavor. nice bready malt character, with noticible hints of grain and honey. a touch of hops in the back end. great refreshing character to this brew.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. drinkability is great....i'd love to have one of these on a warm summer day

it's too bad long trial doesn't make this their summer seasonal anymore. i'd love to get this again, but i don't think it'll happen.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a large white head. Consistent, sparse retention. Smells like herbal hop and honey.

Tastes like it smells. Light grain and honey with a summer afternoon feel.

This is the anti big beer. It's good yet humble and simple, very sessionable, and $3 for a 22oz.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, citrus, honey and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with sweet flavors of citrus, honey and caramel. Then there's a mild hops bitterness that comes in and although it's a little weak for the style; it works well for this beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful golden hue to the body and a soft white head on top. Good lacing. Heck, even the label is nice with its cheerful, springy colors.

S: Very interesting. Biscuity at first and then a huge orange citrus aroma. I like it.

T: The citrus doesn't come through as much and actually turns a little soapy. Some light grains are present with just a tiny bit of bitterness from the minimal hops.

This makes a nice spring/summer beer or just an everyday type of beer. I bought a 12 pack and finished it off pretty quick.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first looked at this bottle with the big bumblebee and sunflowers on the label I wasn't expecting much. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. Pollenator pours a nice copper color with a nice but not spectacular head. The smell was pleasant and dominated by the sweet honey. The taste was what really surprised me. The honey flavor is very well blended with the malt and hops to make this a nicely balanced and tasty beer. The good level of carbonation along with the fairly light body also added to the experience. I wasn't sure what to expect when I tried this, and I can easily say I was happy with the results.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured very clear with the color of honey. That same honey is also evident in the aroma. This is a nicely balanced concoction. If you concentrate hard enough, you can detect that same mellow presence of honey in the mouthfeel. Finishes unspectacularly but overall it is smooth and delightful. Enjoy this on a fine summer's day!

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Photo of nickshep7
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this yesterday while brewing an imperial pale ale with a bunch of my buddies. Overall, this is a decent beer and very drinkable at 4.6%. I feel like I could throw back a 12 pack of these in the heat of summer no problem. Decent hop bite and some nice lingering sweetness from the honey (?).

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Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice white head 2 fingers high. Ok retention and alce. Very nice orange amber color.

S - Biscuity. Hint of lemon.

T - Mellow orange rind. Some bitter pith mid profile. Nice bready malt on the backend.

M - Medium-light body with a soft well balanced bitterness. Nice malty finish.

D - Refreshing with a pleasant flavor profile. A really nice beer for the spring.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pollenator pours a nice light amber, dark golden color and is topped off with a good inch or so of foamy, bubbly head. Its a nice clean, clear beer that looks like it could easily be enjoyed by most any beer drinker.

Aroma is very bready. By that I mean bread dough or biscuits, its sort of sweet and yeasty, maybe a little bit of butter. There is also a citrus note to this, a little like lemon, its sort of a lingering tart or sour smell. Smells a lot like an English-style pale ale.

A big sip from a glass covered in drops of cool water and I my thirst is instantly quenched. This is a very crisp and refreshing beer, very much on the pale side but well balanced with a malty sweetness. The biscuity/bready aroma plays a good part in the taste of Pollenetor, there is also some caramel and/or honey sweetness as well. Nothing too overpowering but lots of flavor packed into a beer that falls under the 5% mark.

Great to see a "sessionable" beer released for an anniversary. I am getting used to seeing these hard to get, super strong, oak aged, coffee infused, Imperial whatevers and its just nice to be able to A) afford this offering and B) enjoy it by myself without feeling like I am going to fall over.

Cheers Long Trail and Happy Twentieth!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: nice golden clear body, white one finger head, sliding lacing

S: citrus, grains, hops

T: grains and hops dominate over citrus

M: light, smooth, sessionable, watery aftertaste, sweet finish

O: nice sessionable English Pale, good for style and good for me

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Photo of ATPete
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Thanks Bryan!

Pours a light yellow orange color with a small white head that leaves some soapy sticking on a Long Trail pint glass. I figured id dip my nose into a realm of spicy hops for sure but i was wrong, caramel malt, very Marzen in aroma, rather than pale ale, if you can get down with that, some subtle but pleasant floral hops balance the nose out nicely. Round and slick, with not too much hop profile at all for being bottled on 6/2/09, but thats fine, im enjoying the light dash of herbal hops that lay beneath the honey sweet malts in this one, its simple, a bit sweet and pretty drinkable. This is a nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary release. I've never even had this beer.

Pours a dark golden color with a one-finger head into my fluted Piraat goblet.

Aroma is full of honey, sweet malt and very mild hops. Not bad so far.

Taste is sweet with honey, sweet bready malt and very mild hops. Simple. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bitterness, honey and sweet malt. Not bad but a bit harsh.

A classic from Long Trail. I'm not sure I'd buy it again but it's tolerable enough to drink.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a light amber look with a decent head of foam and minimal lacing. An overall decent look for an apa

S- sweet bready malt with some yeast scents. Even a little spice kicks in the brew. Not typical for an american pale ale. Nevertheless, it's has a fair scent profile

T- more of the same theme with mild biscuity malt. Good spices at the exit of the brew as well as dry

M- great carbonation and crisp with flavor

D- this is a very drinkable beer. Light and crisp on flavor, I could handle a 12 pack of these in no time. Longtrail continues to deliver with great drinkable beers

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 20th Anniversary bomber this beer was honey/amber color. The two finger head retained fairly well and left lacing in nice bands. The aroma was sweet, full of honey with some floral hops notes tucked in there as well. The flavors were similar with lots of honey, bready and biscuit-like malt, floral hops and a little caramel malt. The finish was crisp and just a touch bitter. Totally spring-ish and well named. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation crisp.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary Limited Release! 22oz brown glass pry-top. Date stamp on neck 060209.

Appearance: Poured into a Long Trail Imperial pint. Thick bone white stiff head on top of a crystal clear amber beer.

Nose: Some sweet honey notes, wild flowers, light biscuity note.

Palate: Medium-bodied and sweet with honey up front. The honey fades into English ale-like malt flavors, and rounds out. The finish picks up an odd bitter note, doesn't seem like hop bitterness, more earthy and twig-like bitterness.

Notes: An easy going summer sipper. Nothing fancy, but fairly smooth and drinkable. FFO Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus.

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