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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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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Photo of scottg
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +13.5%
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 +6.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -5.2%
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 +1.4%
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 -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 ChuckMartel37
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Pollenator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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