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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 283
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 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 ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 eschultz
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.9%
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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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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