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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmcguriman (10) - USA - AUG 15, 2003
I like it, that's what matters most to me. Color, flavor aroma blah blah blah, I hate how I'm forced to use the typical wording of beer snobs!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Well, it didn't seem nearly malty enough to be an alt - it did have some sweet bready notes to it. It also didn't have enough hop to call it a pale ale. And the body was surprisingly watery, considering the totally excellent lacing - I mean, the entire inside of the glass ended up covered in lacing. On the other hand, I've got to say it was an easy drinker while I grilled food on the patio.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaBeer1972 (1283) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Light copper color, and subtle aroma. Slightly sweet malty flavor, but not much. Well-balanced malt-hop combination. Slightly on the watery side. Not too bad overall though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Has a very nice amber color with a good bit of carbonation and a malt smell. Taste is nicely malted and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Overall I really liked this beer due to the malted body of the flavor.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4706) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
A nice shade of amber on the pour with a very dense slightly off-white head. A scent of some hops with a good amount of malt makes for a great smelling beer. The taste is a bit weak, with no complexity at all. Straight-forward taste with some decent characteristics, but nothing special. This one was better than the Blackberry Wheat and on the same level as the 'Hit the Trail Ale'. Still not a brewery you would want to search out. And if you have the option of breweries in the upper-northwest, do not go with them, find better breweries such as Allagash and Smuttynose.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 RERATE - I have to update a bit. This a very tasty, drinkable, well-balanced and tasty ale. Light amber/watery appearance. Slightly sour malt flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. Fairly refreshing and decent for a session ale.

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 (1212) - 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 (422) - 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.


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