Pollenator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
283
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
28
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0
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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 96
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 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 PicoPapa
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a translucent light amber color with a medium sized head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, honey, grains, and some lemon. Flavor is bready and sweet. Slight hop bitterness. Lemon peel aftertaste. Pretty light and crisp. Good easy drinking warm weather beer for sure. Overall I thought this was a pretty good Pale Ale and I hope it makes it into a mix pack. Worth another try.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date notice.
Served in a Samuel Adams etched fluted lager glass.
It pours a lovely golden amber color with a solid 2 finger off-white head and some sticky rings of lacing.
The aroma is pale ale all the way. Hoppy citrusy and dried hay smells rise out and fade rather fast.
The taste falls into the pale ale family as well.
Cutting citrus and metallic hop bitterness are every so slightly tempered with English malt.
It's dry and lightly sweet and finishes clean.
I don't know why it's a Spring Ale. The brewer can call it anything he or she wishes, but there's nothing that shouts "Spring" about it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light in color like honey probably lighter.
Clear with a big white foamy head. Average carbonation.
Smells of sweet caramel, pale malts slightly toasted. Sutle hop aroma very nealy nill.
Mostly malty but not that much, some hints of biscuit and toast. Hops are light.
Thin with some courseness light in flavor a bready aftertaste.
A good nonthreatening ale for spring.

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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 swierczt
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Crystal clear, golden yellow in color. Bright white head appears - about 1 finger thick. Dissapates quickly.

S - Sweet biscuit. Hints of yeast. Not much in the way of hops in the nose.

T - Crisp, clean tangy lemon. Yeasty bread also comes through in the taste. Some hints of earthy grass.

M - Light to medium bodied. Prickly carbonation coats your tongue. Finishes dry on the palate.

D - Overall, a clean/crisp ale for the spring. Very similar to Long Trail Pale Ale in my opinion - maybe a bit too similar. Probably won't purchase anymore, but will enjoy what I have.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Pollenator is a crystal clear golden ale with a thick, dense, white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a fruity, grassy aroma with a touch of funk. It's medium bodied, soft and a little slick. The finish is a little chalky. It's lightly flavored and very well balanced. A light, green bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. There's a little bit of lemon, perhaps. It's very easy drinking.

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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 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 Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass courtesy of Justin. Pours a clear golden straw color with a big cloudy white head.

Grains and crackers in the aroma with a little bit of floral hops and a touch of citrus. Not bad, but really grainy. Grainy cracker flavor just like the aroma. A bit of lemon zest to the finish with an earthy grassy hop flavor.

Good feel, nice light body with good carbonation. Not a bad pale ale overall but there are a few on the market that I enjoy a bit more. Glad to have tried this though.

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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 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 JRed
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange in body with white foamy head that leaves lacing. Bubbles flow up from the bottom of the glass. Weak aroma of grass, slight evergreen, slight honey and floral. Tastes pretty damn good: floral, sweet honey, grass, slight mint, dry at the end. Light body with medium carbonation. A great session ale that is just perfect for outdoor drinking.

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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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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 micmillon18
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Born on date reads 02/01/11. I was really excited to find this at my local store, as I was aware of its retirement and hadn't realized they brought it back. Too bad it wasn't the hefeweizen...

A - Pours a clear orange. Head disappears quickly with the absolute minimum amount of lace atop the beer.

S - Slightly sweet, malty, a bit of yeast. There's something off about the smell, kinda funky. It's rather faint on the nose.

T - Malty, flavors of honey and citrus. Finishes well with some breadiness. Kind of tangy at times.

M - Smooth, good carbonation, light to medium bodied.

D - It goes down easy and is flavorful enough to make you want to have another. I understand their hefeweizen (formerly their spring/ summer seasonal) wasn't selling but they should brew something that separates itself from the pack. It's almost too similar to their pale ale unfortunately, which is a disappointment from a Long Trail fan.

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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 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 B967ierhunter177
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Long Trail Brewing pint glass I got on a visit to the brewery. Great pub and biergarden.

A: poured clear orange color with thin but lasting head and lace

S: very intriguing with notes of honey, bread, and pine; well balanced

T: again balanced with hints of caramel, butterscotch, and toast with a hoppy aftertaste that quickly diminished

M: thin bordering on medium but consistent over the duration

D: very drinkable, good session beer, refreshing; a good match for the pizza I had with it

Long Trail has a great pub/biergarden with good selection, food, and friendly knowledgeable staff; collection of 1000+ beer cans and a 20 minute self guided tour; both beer and pub I recommend

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Photo of sophisticated
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Poured a nice golden-amber, hazy, with a small white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lace.

The smell surprised me by being rather malt-dominant for a Pale Ale. Malts, citrus, and mild hops.

Similar taste - strongly malty, mild caramel and honey, and lemon. There is a bitter hop bite but it is subtle.

MF/D - Light feel and crisp, refreshing. Its a different kind of pale ale, and pleasant enough. Just nothing outstanding.

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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 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 Soozy
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty straight forward APA. Had this on-tap at Long Trail and there was a big hype about it being the 20th anniversary of it or something. Honestly, didn't see the hype for it.

Pours golden with little to no head. Smells of slightly citrus with a little bit of honey. Big taste in this is really the honey, it's not over whelming, but enough so you know that it's there. That's the thing that sets it aside from other APAs. People that like easy drinking wheat/summer styles will enjoy this one. I thought this was more of almost a Kolsch style. Enjoyable though.

Nothing I'd go out of the way for, but a decent beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with my buddy Josh after a short tattoo session on me. Got in a trade with VanillaMike. Thanks for everything once again Mike! 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear light copper/deep golden yellow color. 1 finger white head dies rather quickly leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- I have to agree with the people who say it has a semi sweet nose to it. Grainy malts with a light earthy tone to it. The sweetness sneaks up in the back end of this beer with the malts and maybe honey or something else.

T- This pretty much tastes like how it smells. Light earthy tone to this with some pale malts in there. There is a sweetness on the ending of this beer that does come from somewhere other than the caramel malts that I taste in other beers. Think this really was brewed with honey.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is there and does a nice job with the beer. Crisp and clean in the mouth and in the after taste. Leaves sweet malts in the mouth after the sip is gone from the palate.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer. I was glad I got to try this one. Would love to maybe have another time.

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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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