RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
Une petite bouteille. Une robe blonde sur laquelle flotte une mousse bien blanche. Un nez de fleurs de miel doux et de céréales granuleuses. Des saveurs collées aux parfums. Un corps de blonde avec un pétillement forcé et une texture à la limite huileuse. Une finale qui permet la naissance d’une amertume. Sans intérêt mais tout de même facile à boire.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8362) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a golden-amber color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered an d left decent lacing. The aroma was overwhelmingly skunky with a light citric undertone. The flavor was tangy honey, a touch of citrus and was moderately skunky. Medium length tangy honey and citrus finish. Medium body. Too bad about being skunked because there was some promise here.

kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a minimal fizzy white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is on the sweeter side with some heavy influence from the honey. There’s some light fruitiness and bready malt as well. The flavor is a little too overly influenced by the honey. It’s like drinking watered down honey. The very minimal hopping level in this doesn’t help balance things out either. Light to medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. Not exactly the best drinker.

RyanK (276) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a light golden with plenty of carbonation and a small white head, looks like a lager. Kind of smells like honey when cracking the bottle but has a more grassy, weis like smell to it in glass. Watery texture with carbonation that actually fits the brew perfectly. Light hops and almost no malt make it quite lager-ish at first. The best part of the brew however is the finish, with honey subtlety hitting your taste buds (not sweet at all) leaving you wanting more. Great session ale for a hot day.

thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours clear amber with thin white head and some lace. Light aroma lemon, grass. Taste is lightly sweet, spice. Light body crisp on palate. Uninspiring.

j12601 (13466) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2012
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a clear gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Crisp lemon and acid. Medium bodied, grainy at first, soft wheat. Toast, more grain, and a touch of sweetness. Smooth honey, grainy bitterness on the finish.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Long Trail pint glass.

Appearance: Pure golden color, almost crystal clear, some carbonation visible. Forms a ~1 finger, soapy, yellowish head which fizzles away rather quickly, but does leave an impressive amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Generic pale ale scent with grassy/farmhouse aroma all around. Also a typical grainy, almost lager-like scent.

Taste: The blonde/golden ale umbrella style is one of my least favorite in the beer kingdom. I’m still waiting for someone to make one of the style that blows me away. Long Trail Pollenator is most definitely not that beer, but that’s not to say it’s of poor quality. It walks the fine line between a kolsch and a very mild pale ale. Enough hop character with distinct bitterness and a hint of citrus flavor that it leans more towards the pale ale. Yet it’s a mild palate that tastes of pale grain. A hint of honey-like flavor gives it a touch of sweetness (though the beer is not actually brewed with honey). The palate is clean up front, but grainy in the back leaving an aftertaste not too far gone from that of a macro lager. While nothing about this palate is delectable and savory, there’s no out-and-out flaws that would make me give it a thumbs down. How’s that for a recommendation?

Drinkability: With a lighter, shorter body and a crisp, thin mouthfeel, Long Trail Pollenator is more of a summer beer than a spring one. Refreshing for sure, although it does leave a subtle, almost chalky aftertaste it’s easily ignorable. With a sessionable weight of only 4.6% ABV, it would be at home in a cooler at a picnic or pool party.

Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Spring 2012 bottle.

APPEARANCE: Poured a pale orange-yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles noted in the ultra-clear brew. The head lasted for quite some time with decent lacing throughout the beer.

AROMA: Pale Malts, Grains, Faint Lemon, Hops, and Dried Grass.

TASTE: There’s a mild grassy zing from the hops up front, which is followed by a good dose of grains and malts. A subtle sweetness surfaces about midway. I was hoping that the hops would make a return appearance towards the back end, but not so. Instead, you’re left with more grains and grass in this clean finishing ale.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Reminds me of a Kolsch more than a Pale Ale. Long Trail refers to it as both a “Spring Ale” and a “Golden Ale”. Either way, it could use a bit more pizazz in my opinion. I guess that this would make a pretty good gateway beer into the world of craft beer. It’s not bad, but not very memorable either.

jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2012
From a bottle poured a copper color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick finish.

cheap (6244) - CHINA - JUN 7, 2012
I know this is rated as a golden but it comes across initially just plain ale. After a while it gets more acceptable. Some dull hops in there. Finish is Ok. Can’t really taste the honey in this one. There, yah have it.

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