Pollenator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 283
Photo of brianjay
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice picture! Bear riding a bee. Not found in nature sadly. Let's pour it into a glass.

Thin head on this; low carbonation and tints of orange-gold but other-wise transparent

Smells of a sour wheat (not a great description, I know, but there is no better word). It is a bit astringent.

The taste is buttery and leaves a flavor of chardonnay and rolled oats. The finish is oily with a touch of chamomile.

This is a crisp beer, most suited for late spring, early summer if you are looking for a drinkable but not special brew a step above those watery lagers.

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Photo of sk8man121
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a translucent orange color with apricot highlights. Little to no head leaves no lacing on the glass. Average appearance.

S: Extremely faint hints of grain, citrus and strawberry. Very hard to pull any smell out of this whatsoever.

T: Sweet malts up front with a vague hint of orange in the background. Hops are subdued, but noticeable. Finish is cloyingly sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Carbonation is spot on for the style, however.

O: Grainy and one-dimensional, this drinks more like a haphazardly thrown together pilsner than an APA as far as I'm concerned. At 4.6%, you could session it all night long. Then again, why would you want to?

Skip this one.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the dublin house in red bank

Pours a hazed golden color with some darker burnt orange tones. A thinner layer of white head retains with film, leaving some spots of lacing.

A pretty faint, weak scent with some lemon grass and peel, a touch of herbal hops, and a bit of sweet metal.

Soft hop profile coupled with grassy lemon sweetness. Some odd metallic flavors with a bit of peppery spice and floral hops. Cracker-like malts with another bit of homogenized fruit sweetness, finishes a bit dry.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation...I don't know about this one. Long Trail can be hit or miss, and I ordered this in an attempt to avoid the macro offerings, but this was just as bad. Poor flavor, weak nose, and not something I'd want again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A pristine clarity of pale orange color has a spacious and slow rising effervesce within. A bubbly and frothy ivory colored head retains moderately while leaving a thin speckled spot of lacing on the vessel.

S: Damp pale grains, fresh sunflower, shrubbery hops, with a pinch of dried stale honey malt and pale oranges bring a flowery sense to the aroma.

T: First impression was a bit watery, things happen to thicken up a bit on subsequent sips. Damp pale grains, musky sunflowers brings a moldy, flowery hop flavor as with the nose, but again doesn’t mean its tasty. The flavor and body seems thin, with pale oranges, dried honeymalt that wimpers on the swallow with a watery finish.

M: holds a bit more substance then the flavor delivers, slippery syrupy malt base with some sour orange flower hop fade off the tongue. Very low carbonation factor fails to bring the zip and snap to the palate.

O: Maybe this was a bad bottle. Overall lacks crispness with a sour orange and dried honey malt flavor that is thin and watery. The hops are a bit strange, weeds and wildflowers and not one I would drink as a summer ale or one I could recommend per style. Pass.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with my wife.

The beer pours golden with a large head to start. The head subsides and leaves a sticky lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of malt to start very difficult to find the hops but they are there.

The taste is pale malts to start. The sweetness continues and becomes slight bitter but the hop flavor is all but lost.

Overall a drinkable pale better then BMC but at what cost.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap last night with some fairly high expectations that were not met, it was very mediocre. Came to me in a standard pint glass with almost no head to it at all, what was there was just barely around the edges, not much lacing. It had a nice golden color to it with excellent clarity, it did look like a nice beer. Not much of a smell to it at all. If you tried you could smell the hops, and some slight floral notes, but you really have to look for it. Taste was almost non-existent, very weak. What was there was some slight hop, almost tasted cheap. The mouthfeel was pretty good, seemed a little dry at the end, but was probably above average. Drinkability was pretty good too, fairly refreshing, but due to the taste I didn't even finish it. I was very surprised because there are quite a few brews from Long Trail that I really like, but I was really dissapointed with this one. I guess I'd try it again, but if it was offered to me, don't think I'd pay for it again based on this session.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Cole's. Easy mouthfeel, honeyish yet not too sweet, though a spoonful of sugar. Not much taste. Not much to look at, like some honey boiled in a glass. minimal hops. Litle carbonation. Nothing objectionable, and there is market for this garden variety. Here is a beer to throw a slice of orange in.

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Photo of Omnium
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottoe > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice clear yellow color, half a finger head, moderate lacing.
S - Flowers, lots of honey, flour, wheat.
T - Floury and wheat with just a minor touch of honey. Weird bitterness
M - Thin, and somewhat watery, the weird bitterness hangs on to your palate, cant place my finger on what it is.
O - Wasnt expecting much, and thats exactly what I got. Its by no means a pale ale, there about zero hop presence in this beer. Drinks and feels like a wheat more than anything.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely extremely pale straw color with the best clarity I've seen in a beer (better than coors light only because coors light is always served so cold that it frosts up the glass). Sticky bright white head. Not much on the nose, some biscuit, thats about it.

Taste is light, slightly sweet, crisp, and a little bigger in body than expected. Lightly toasted all grain bread with a touch of sticky sweet, caramel/ honey like sweetness and overall floral hop presence balancing everything out to the crisp beer that it is.

Would make for a good spring seasonal but I dont really understand spring seasonals. Good and drinkable as usual from long trail but like long trails other seasonals; not worth the seasonal availability.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt, some apple and slight hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Biscuit malt and light earthy hops fill the mouth. Finish is short and slightly bitter. This brew is a nice step up from macro.

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Photo of ccm414
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- A slightly hazy golden color with orange and darker amber hues. Not much with the head, a little weak with not that much lacing at all.

S- Faint, some herbal hops with hints of citrus, mainly lemon. Slightly malty.

T- Light hop profile that it rather hidden from the sweeter malt. Slightly fruity like the scents, again mainly with lemon on the forefront.

M- Light bodied, slightly heavier carbonation. An average feel at best.

D- Eh. That's about it, nothing to write home about (like this review :-) ).


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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of hops. Taste is also mild, some malts, lightly hopped for the style, mellow flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden, no haze, fat white head.

S: Biscuity malt, lemon peel...also a stinky off aroma I cant fully place.

T: Bready, yeasty malt character blends nicely with lemon and orange rind. Hop profile is grassy, a bit musty. Very "summer ale".

M: Prickly carbonation, crisp light body, squeaky clean.

O: Pretty good, quite drinkable. Not the best pale ale or spring offering by far, also not the best offering from Long Trail! Neat label though, very cute.

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Photo of skenyon1811
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint. It is still winter, but I was really excited to try a new Long Trail beer. I am reviewing this Spring beer a little early

A: Clear orangish/amber color. The head had a really bubbly/soapy appearance. Not much retention. Looks like a light spring beer, just what it is suppose to be.

S: All malt for the aroma, nice and sweet, not much else. Not a trace of hop aroma. A faint bread/yeasty scent. That's about it.

T: A very mellow sweet taste in the beginning. There is a slight perfume type taste in there. Finishing off with a little hop bite. Reminds me more a pilsner than anything else.

M: Light and smooth. Little bit of a soapy sort of mouth feel.

D: Highly drinkable. The carbonation can be a little much but that seems to be the case with most light beer for me.

To be honest... There really isn't much to say about this beer. It is a pretty forgetful beer. I do like the label on the bottle though.

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Photo of chefelf
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having tried most Long Trail beers this was probably not my favorite of the bunch. That being said, I'm a huge fan of the brewery and their fun labels often do enough to keep me entertained so that even an average beer becomes enjoyable to drink.

It's a very clear beer with a very American taste/flavor to it. Tastes like a more flavorful version of an American lager.

Also, I enjoyed the picture of the cartoon bear spraying what may be either pollen or DDT over a field of sunflowers.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apparently, long trail decided to stop brewing this one, though i have no idea how long ago. i found some in a store recently and decided to give it one last farewell. though the bottled on date was clearly marked as 07.29.02 (yes, over one year ago), this brew held up quite nicely. no noticeable skunkiness/oxidation/etc. i was rather impressed and surprised. it poured a golden/orange colour with a nice frothy off-white head. the head quickly dissolved down to a lace which held up throughout. the brew smelled of butter, caramel and honey. just as i remembered pollenators of the past, and the taste echoed the smell quite nicely, so no loss here either. there's a slight alcohol flavouring here as well. it was slightly more watery than i remember it and low in carbonation, which i liked, as it just added to the smoothness. an easy drinking overall beer. good, but not great overall. merely an average beer i'd say. sad to see it go, but hopefully something bigger and better will take it's place in the long trail family, as they are a brewery that i have always been quite fond of.

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Photo of albern
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty uninteresting offering from LT. It pours a clear golden amber color with a lagery nose and a smallish head. There are sweet malty and honeyed flavors throughout. This is a simple beer, not entirely a pale ale, some faint hop notes. I'm not impressed with this one.

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Photo of thain709
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a clear, golden yellow body with a lot of carbonation racing to the top...a two finger, white head formed and slowly feel to a thin cap...patchy lacing was left behind

S - Pale malt is very present with underlying sweet notes from some honey...very grassy as well

T - The flavors are very sweet but it doesn't come in until the middle...first the pale malt starts things off light and flavorless...the sweetness comes in at the middle and has a lot of raw sugar and honey supporting it...a the end there is a grassy hop presence mixed with some citrus rind...the two don't mesh well together

M - Light bodied...crisp, weird bitterness, sweet

O - I wasn't a big fan of this one...if it focused more on the honey flavors and toned the sweetness down I could have managed it...the hops and grassy flavors were a little disappointing

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/26/09. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a small white head. Aroma of honey and toasted and crackery malt. Flavor of the same crackery, toasted malt with some fruity sweetness in the finish. Overall, it's just ok, a little sweet, although better than its 2.79 average would suggest.

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Photo of Amalak
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. It has a clear-ish caramel color. There are some lines of bubbles coming up. A limited off-tan head with some lacing.

S. Very pungent, sweet malt scent.

T/M. It has a soft metallic feel to it. It is malty. A very mild sweet honey taste. Smooth and medium bodied.

O. It has a very mild flavor and is a tad dry. Nothing jumps out. Just simple and dull.

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Photo of socon67
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden with a soapy white foam. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells slightly sweet. Has a floral scent as well.

T - Nothing special. Maybe a bit of sweetness at the end. But otherwise it is a bland pale ale.

M - Refreshing and smooth. A good session beer.

O - Just not enough to separate this from every other APA on the market.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear straw yellow, two finger fluffy white head, good deal of carbonation.

S-Lots of malt, straw, not much else, kinda boring.

T-Strong malt bill, little to not bitterness, some grass and citrus as well.

M-Light in body, some carbonation, smooth.

O-Would not think of this as an APA, a lawn mowing beer, bland but refreshing.

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Photo of Morey
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Spring 2012 bottle.

APPEARANCE: Poured a pale orange-yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles noted in the ultra-clear brew. The head lasted for quite some time with decent lacing throughout the beer.

AROMA: Pale Malts, Grains, Faint Lemon, Hops, and Dried Grass.

TASTE: There’s a mild grassy zing from the hops up front, which is followed by a good dose of grains and malts. A subtle sweetness surfaces about midway. I was hoping that the hops would make a return appearance towards the back end, but not so. Instead, you’re left with more grains and grass in this clean finishing ale.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Reminds me of a Kolsch more than a Pale Ale. Long Trail refers to it as both a “Spring Ale” and a “Golden Ale”. Either way, it could use a bit more pizazz in my opinion. I guess that this would make a pretty good gateway beer into the world of craft beer. It’s not bad, but not very memorable either.

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Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of VanillaMike.

Pours a clear golden amber with a short-lived white head that doesn't leave many remnants behind.

The aroma is lighted toasted caramel with some lemon zest and honey. It's not the most striking nose.

The taste isn't far off from the aroma with the light malts underpinning a nondescript sweetness that might have some honey in there. The hops are present but pretty muted.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and clean in the finish with decent carbonation.

This is a fairly refreshing beer, but there's not much complexity in it and the body isn't quite up to snuff. Not one I would seek out.

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Photo of superdudeo
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured out a light copper with an impressive head. It laced about an inch and maintained a head about 1-2 centimeters.

I must have spent five minutes sniffing this beer. Not only did I look like a lunatic (luckily, I was not in a public place), but I couldn't make out much of anything. Perhaps some honey, but that's it. Good news for Long Trail that I am drink, not sniff their beer.

Very light taste that is easy going down. The first taste is crisp with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. Not overpowering in the least.

If anything, this beer is unassuming. It's an innocuous brew that would be good for a hot day or a nice gift to a party. Perhaps someone who likes Bud Heavy could be persuaded to drink one of these and perhaps branch out to more complex beers. It's like a lighter version of their Long Trail Ale.

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