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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grundsow (126) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2014
My first pumpkin beer. I really enjoyed this. A good bitter ale with a hint of pumpkin. Not sweet nor too spicy. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (838) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2016
Aroma: pumpkin pie spices, caramel Appearance: hazy amber with an off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick feel, long finish Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1802) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (784) - USA - SEP 21, 2013
Medium amber Aromatic, spices Full body, balanced mouthfeel, touching all the right places. Bitter, dry, ntense and complex flavors. Nutmeg, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3861) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a hazy orange/brown body that leaves a half finger white head. Some light slowly moving carbonation is seen rising with some light lacing around the sides of the glass. The smell centers around the obvious pumpkin and brings in a nice combination of nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is basically the same. The palate sits about a medium, fairly mellow, sessionable, ginger/pumpkin aftertaste, slight bitter finish. Overall, in my opinion, one of the better pumpkins out there from what Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white lacing head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, toasted malt and hints of caramel. Flavor of pumpkin pie spicing, toasted malt and caramel. Nice and dry. Well done pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2627) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Number 600... A solid beer in this category. Looks exactly like you'd expect, aroma of earthy yeast, pumpkin custard and spices. Taste is very enjoyable, nutmeg, pumpkin spice and caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (642) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Wonderful aroma and look, little head. tastes the way the a fall beer ought, nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin. Delicious.

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