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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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of scottg
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Unretired for their 20th anniversary for a limited time.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold color with a one finger off white head that lasts throughout the beer, lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Sweet aromas of honey and toasted malt with subtle hop aromas. Caramel, honey, biscuity with undertones of noble hops. Mediuim carbonation, light body- a little watery with a buttery finish. An easy drinking beer, well balanced. Would be great at a summer BBQ.

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Photo of JayNH
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a large foamy head.

S- A very grainey malt, slightly sweet, possibly honey scent.

T- A grainey malt fades to a mild sweetness. Very Kolsch like, but sweeter, more citric. A very mild grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Light bodied and kinda flat...

D- This brew is typical for Long Trail. Not a bad brew, goes down easy, just fairly bland.

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Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells similar to a braggot - grainy malts with somewhat herbal notes and a bit of sweetness that I attribute to honey judging by the bear riding the bee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rustic pale malt flavors up front with hints of earthiness and a sweetness that comes elsewhere than the malt. Ending is mildy crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass alright but I'm not sure I'd like another.

Overall this really did remind me of a braggot, although I have to warn that I've had a very small amount of them. Maybe worth a shot for the novelty however I wouldn't seek it out by any stretch.

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Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to edbeer for sharing this one. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a golden-orange with a thin skim and a cluster of bubbles around the perimeter of the bowl. Some spots of lacing, but no legs. Nose reveals honey and a grassy character. Taste is lemony, wheaty and grassy. Mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly effervescent with a clean finish. A pleasant, easy-drinking lawnmower beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 ShogoKawada
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-released as a 20th Anniv. from Long Trail. Can't say I've had this one before, but you never know. I've got a lot of reviewing to catch up on, esp. with NE breweries. You can't beat the price @ 2.99 a 22oz.

A- Pours a pale yellow into a wide snifter with a thin but creamy head. Very active. Color is almost glowing. Head settles into a thin film almost instantly.

S- Big dollop of honey, mild grassy hops, and a pale malt sweetness that backs up the honey bomb. Very inviting.

T- Very good. A pale ale, through and through, with a kick of honey to set it apart. Not flashy, not bold, but damn tasty. A refreshing change of pace from all the extreme beer I've been having... craft comes in all forms, and it is nice to see a well-crafted simpler beer. Very tasty, honey sweetness and pale malts go together like PB + J.

M- Crisp, lingering sweetness, but not cloying or overpowering.

D- High. Supremely drinkable. Going to stock up on this while I can. Thanks, Long Trail!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail- Pollenator

A- Light yellow with a huge chunky sea foam head. Thick lacing down the glass.
S- Light touch of honey and lemon with a light sweet buttery grainy malt and light citrus.
T- Light sweet honey touched buttery grainy malt with an even lighter lemon and orange citrus hop body. Sweet honey iced tea flavor in the end.
M- Very light and sweet with a slick buttery feel and a light crisp citrusy finish.

Overall- very light but crisp and easily drinkable.

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Photo of mnrider
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary Brew. 22oz.

A: Pours a pale yellow with light carbonation. A thin white head which turns into an even thiner ring. Lacing is on the light side.

S: Sweet fruits with light malts and hops. Not much really.

T/M: Light bodied and smooth. On the dry side. Hops and malts are meager but good enough to enjoy.

D: A good (APA) but not great. I feel that this brew could use stronger hops. Still very drinkable.


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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
A) Transparent. Upward carbonation. Thin sticky head and lacing. Gold in color.
S) Light floral and fruity notes. Sweet caramel.
T) Mellow malty sweetness. Nutty. Dry. Grainy in the finish. Lingering dryness in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Dry. Light bodied.
D) Decent. Not a standout.

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Photo of albern
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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 ChuckMartel37
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
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 PretzelsNBeer
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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 thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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 indiapaleale
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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 abriggs1
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
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 ATPete
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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 AndyAvalanche
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
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 necoadam
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bomber to celebrate the 20th anniversary release.

Poured out a clear dark golden color with a nice head that left some lacing afterward.

Aroma was of floral hops and honey mostly. Some malts can be detected as well. The nose was good, but it just seemed to be a tad too light.

Taste was better than the nose. A good balance of hops and malts with a nice undertone of honey in the background. Nothing was too overpowering either. The finish was the sweet side, but in a pleasant way.

Carbonation was in check. Mouthfeel was light to light-medium.

A nice summer beer and I'm glad I tried it. I might look for another bomber or two before they disappear for good, again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 strengthdoc
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this at the brewery then saw it a couple of days later in CT. It has apparently been taken out of retirement for a limited time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Long Trail. The aroma was of mild earthy hops with a slight honey component. The ale was very pale golden in color. The taste was very light and nicely balanced in the beginning, but finished with a mild dry hoppiness and touch of honey. This is a decent summer beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.49/5  rDev +32.1%
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 Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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 SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 284 ratings