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RATINGS: 479   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4983) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Slight hoppy bitterness on a golden brown body. Nothing really stood out to me. Average.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fishonmyplane (498) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - 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.

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Had it on draft at the brewery and in the bottle--enjoyed both. Nicely balanced ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1564) - 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.

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