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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the ďAlt-biersĒ of DŁsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2003
On tap.Golden brown. Little bit of hops, more malt, clean, somewhat buttery. Has that Vermont feel to it I think. Haven't had too many altbiers, so can't really compare. Not bad, glad that long trail's back in Mass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Slight hoppy bitterness on a golden brown body. Nothing really stood out to me. Average.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Hazy straw color - very dry & slightly bitter & yeasty. Has decent character & good balance.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fishonmyplane (350) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 I think this is only an average ale, and in my opinion it doesn't work very well as a session beer. It's a little better on tap though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2003
A style that is reserved to the more solid breweries of the world, I expect a solod brew. Buttery soft nose, with fruits and flowers, much contributed by yeast in here. Cherries and berries with a real clean finish. Very drinkable, I'd like to see more Altbiers around.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2003
lots of ringwood yeast, slightly hoppy and overall a great random score especially in Inglewood!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Had it on draft at the brewery and in the bottle--enjoyed both. Nicely balanced ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1462) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 Easy drinkability. Nice piny and caramel notes in the body with a light hop and crisp finish. I felt it would be better classified as an Amber as it did not seem indicative of an AltBier to me. Nonetheless, a fine beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2002
This is probably their best beer. Itís the first of theirís Iíve tried, and itís the one I purchase most often (of their beers that is).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2002
RERATE: Had a bottle of this last night, and it tasted much better than I remember. Malty nose, with malts up front in the taste, finishing with a bit of bitterness and that odd sourness that all Long Trails seem to have. It doesnít seem like the sourness is in the hops, more subtle, perhaps in the yeast they use? Itís a pretty good beer overall, with the exception of that funny aftertaste. I boosted it a couple points overall and one in the flavor. OLD:Decent body, well rounded, but kind of gross. I couldnít finish a bottle of this. Really dull. Iíve had it on tap, and itís slightly better, at least finishable, but that rough backwoods vermont beer gets old really fast for me. Itís better than Bud.....at least thereís some body and flavor.


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