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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Name: Pumpkin Ale
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Color: Dark Amber/Brown Bitterness Units: 22
ABV: 5.5%
Date of Introduction: August 2012
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel 80L, and Caramunich malt
Hops: Nugget, Mt. Hood, Willamette
All Natural Ingredients: Pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves
Packages Available: Six packs of 12 ounce bottles and the Long Trail Fall Survival 12-pack
Availability: Autumn Seasonal

Description: Long Trail is excited to launch Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, a slightly sweet seasonal treat artfully brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. The perfect drink for a fall day, this exceptionally balanced beer has an aroma very reminiscent of pumpkin pie.

Style History: During colonial times malted barley would be in short supply so the colonial brewers would use a wide assortment of whatever organic ingredient was handy. Pumpkin was in abundance so it was one of the most common of the random ingredients.

Food Pairing: Roasted chicken, lamb, turkey and stews
Glassware: Pint glass, Nonic or a mug
Serving Temperature: 45-50 degrees F*

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (1990) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
On tap at the 20th Vermont Brewers Festival. Wow that is a long description for a fairly decent beer. So the nice part is that this isnít too sweet - a nice brick coloured beer with some biege head - nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin, some grains, ginger. Mild carbonation and moderate body, refreshing, pumpkin does not overwhelm, nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Unfortunately the pumpkin did not come through as well as I would have liked. It tasted like a watered down version of a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2113) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2012
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 073512. The pour is copper orange with a fizzy white head that fades quickly. The aroma is mild with pumpkin spices and bready malts. The body is medium and smooth. The taste begins sweet but becomes overly bitter with less of a pumpkin styling than I might have liked. Not bad but their Imperial Pumpkin is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4352) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Pours deep gold into a Sam glass. Pancake head with good retention micros as it recedes leaving scant sheets. Sweet cinnamon, pumpkin and ginger aromas. Thin with sweet pumpkin upfront turning slightly sour in the lasting middle before the clove and cinnamon finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TOSG55 (219) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Sweet aroma with a hint of pumpkin and a metallic tinge. Flavor is very pumpkiny, with a lot of ginger, and a hint of other spices. A bit too sugary sweet, without a lot of malt complexity. Not untasty, but a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2012
There are two types of pumpkin beers: pumpkin pie beers and pumpkin potpourri beers. Long Trail Pumpkin Ale is definitely one of the latter. Heavy on the ginger ,nutmeg and clove and light on the cinnamon, this is a spicy brew for sure but not an absolutely delicious one.

I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Long Trail pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color, almost completely clear but a bit hazy. Forms an average size, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong potpourri aroma like a candle store or a country bakery. More spicy than sweet with that distinct pumpkin smell.

Taste: If you want a good example of the pumpkin potpourri beer, Long Trail Pumpkin Ale is it. Strong ginger and nutmeg spice flavor from beginning to end of the palate. Though only 22 IBUs, the ginger and nutmeg impart a bitterness and dryness with a strong bite throughout. Clove is quite prominent immediately on the transition to the second half with a very fleeting taste of cinnamon. Thereís a bit of a spice rack aftertaste, but for the most part itís clean.

This isnít my preferred palate when it comes to pumpkin beers, but for what it is I have to admit itís quite robust and not a boring beer at all. A little less of the dry bitter spices and a little more of the sweet spices would be more appealing to the average drinker I think. This would be an ideal beer to have with any kind of autumn dinner (e.g. turkey, stew, roast beef) or just to appreciate as a good pumpkin beer.

Drinkability: While not a thick or heavy brew, Long Trail Pumpkin Ale is quite energetic in the mouth. It doesnít dance on the tongue like a Belgian beer might, but itís not nearly as tepid and calm as most beers in the Long Trail lineup. Medium approaching to full body, but not a challenge to get through. The 5.5% ABV weight seems right on for this beer as itís satisfying but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dredmond (176) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2012
drank from pint glass poured from 12 fl oz glass bottle, first pumpkin beer of the season, inviting aroma, gentle palette, spices linger on ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (720) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Clear orange copper color with white head. Pumpkin spice aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Caramel flavor some pumpkin and cinnamon. Nutmeg and cloves flavors. Nice pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Voodoo (300) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Poured an orange copper with a thin cream colored head which laced well. Aroma of alspice, nutmeg.....slight metallic and malty taste before the pumpkin though the spices didnít come through in the taste. Clean and crisp but just a bit short on flavor for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Poured an orangish-brown with somewhat fluffy tanish head and lacing. Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon. Pretty smooth and creamy. I was a little surprised. I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. Very solid pumpkin beer.

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