Pollenator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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3.41 w/ 283 ratings

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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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 96
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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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 woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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 ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-copepr color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving behind some lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and honey. There is also a bit of citrus hops in the background that come through.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts and some honey sweetness. Through the middle, a bit of hops and some deeper malt comes through. The finish is a mix of sweet malt and honey that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels fairly smooth, but a touch empty. The finish has some honey sweetness that lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Could have used a bit more punch and comes off a bit empty. It does not feel watery or thin though.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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 bishopdc0
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
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 ccm414
3/5  rDev -12%
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 brianjay
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
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 socon67
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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 BeefyMee
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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 chefelf
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
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 sk8man121
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
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 eschultz
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber with a good head and lite carbonation
Smell: Aromas of grain, honey and a little citrus
Taste: Bready with a slight hint of orange. Lite hoppiness
Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish

This makes for a good summer beer. Would of potentially liked a little stronger hop profile.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow with a slight head and decent carbonation.

Aroma: Bread and a slight floral aroma.

Taste: Not too bad. A slight maltiness with a smooth bread layer and some slight hops in the finish.

Overall: I have always liked this brewery and this beer is pretty decent as well. Light, refreshing and easy to drink. Great for a baseball game in the summer. Cheers!!

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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 27.2% out of 100 with 283 ratings
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