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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pollenator Golden Ale is brewed with over three pounds of fresh New England honey in every barrel. Inspired by no particular style at all, Pollenator is free as a bee with no strings attached. A refreshing Golden Ale perfect for casual spring and summer fun and whatever comes naturally!
Available Spring and Summer.

Style: Spring Ale
Color: Vibrant Gold
Bitterness Units: 23
ABV: 4.6%
Date of Introduction: 1996
Malts: 2-Row and Crystal
Hops: Nugget and Cascade
Packages Available: Six packs and twelve packs of 12 ounce bottles, five gallon logs, 50L (13.2-gallon) kegs
Availability: Spring Seasonal
Description: Features a medium amber body, balanced with a modest amount of Willamette hops. This spring ale is highly drinkable, flavorful and finishes clean and crisp.

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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2002
the label needs an overhaul. the cartoon bear and little bees and gay flowers are better suited to a little girls lunchbox. the beer looks as brassy as an eagle on a flagpole, tho the head wasnt as proud. it was all it could do to manage a loose necklace of end-to-end bubbles once around the glass. moderate aroma like one of those breakfast cereals with toasted grains, nuts and honey, also a sour note that i pressume the composer didnt intend. i dont know if its old-- i dont have my secret decoder ring to decipher the freshness date. (i have a peeve with these "best by:..." addendums to the label that are probably meant to be illegible. this one looks like it was rubberstamped by a drunken monkey as it shot by on the conveyor belt). anyway,its okay tasting at best-- for the evenings first beer. grainy, lite vanilla bean flavor, the bitterness is metallic, a hint of sauerkraut juice, not much body. if my trash basket was on fire, im not sure if id pour this beer on it, or go and fetch some water.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
I did not like this. Apparently, theres honey in here, but it was non present. All I tasted was a sub-par stock ale that wasnt really done all that well to begin with. The labeling is totally kitschy, too. Its something my sister would call "cute". Long Trail fails to impress.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 8/6/11: 12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, cereal, honey, and slight hops. Poured amber/gold in color with a tiny white head that disappeared except for around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, grains, slight honey, and slight hops. Light to medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, grain, and slight hop finish is lightly dry. 5/3/5/3/11=2.7 5/14/02: 2/3/7/3/14 = 2.9

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2002
Where is the honey? Watery like the rest of Long trails beers, but I this is not as bad as the others ive tried. At least this has some body to it, though it is still a weak brew. Ehh!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2001
Weak tasting and I found the honey to be annoying.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4911) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2001
Am I drinking a different brew than the rest of you? Do they save the best for out-of-staters? Very average, in my book; honey AROMA is there, but flavor definitely lacking, with palate too hoppy/bitter for what its (I think) trying to be. Ya want good VT beer, go with McNeills.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2001
Great brew. Nice butterscotch honey flavor that almost tastes like they melted a sugar daddy into a golden ale. Superb flavor and the overall balance is better at cellar temp. Different but excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2153) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2001
A very fine summer brew. Has a lot more body than most of the lighter summer brews.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2001
An average honey brew; nothing special. Refreshing and very smooth going down, but a bit bland overall. Seems to need more malt to give it more presence.


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