Long Trail Vermont Double IPA

I finished a book about the history of dinosaurs a few days ago. Despite not really being interested in dinosaurs, the tone was pleasantly conversational and I got through it in a day. I’m trying to read 200 books this year and have finished 4 so far. It’s definitely a lofty goal, but I think I can do it.

ABV: 8.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WELCOME TO VERMONT… HAVE AN IPA! Introducing the latest tall can from Vermont’s Long Trail Brewing Company. Vermont Double IPA is full of fruity, juicy and dank hop flavors with a light, soft mouthfeel and slight alcohol presence. The recipe features green mountains of Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe hops.”

Random: It’s been well over a year since I’ve had a beer from Long Trail.

This beer poured with less than a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color with some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with lots of piney hops. There was grass clippings as well and grapefruit peel. It reminded me of an old school IPA. The Simcoe was strong with this one. The taste was filled with the same dank hops. It had pine needles and then grapefruit segments. There was a bit of sweet malt to balance it out. The alcohol was apparent, but not overwhelming. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine. I really enjoyed this beer. It was a pleasant change from all of the hazebombs.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Long Trail SMaSH – Single Malt Golden Promise Single Hop Citra

I picked this beer up having never tried a beer that I can recall that used Golden Promise malt, which piqued my interest. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with a single malt and a single hop to showcase the characteristics of each ingredient. SMaSH Project #4. Single Malt // Golden Promise – A Scottish barley renowned for its robust flavor and great malting characteristics. Single Hop // Citra – An American hop breed known for intense citrus and tropical fruit notes.”

Random: I miss football. Maybe this year the Eagles will be decent.

The brew poured with a one finger, thick, pure white head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw yellow in color with high carbonation. The nose had a lot of grapefruit pith and grapefruit along with grass. The malt came through next with some creamy malt. The taste was intensely hoppy with citrus segments and orange juice. It also had notes of tangerine and orange cream soda. The malt backed up the hops with some grain. Right at the end of the sip, there was a green herbal note. The body was thicker than expected with high carbonation. The finish went away quickly with tangerine and oranges. A can of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This beer had a bit too much malt for my liking, although I’m still impressed by what Long Trail is putting out lately.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Long Trail Cranberry Gose

Goses are one of the more popular beer styles lately and after getting over the shock of what they tasted like when I tried my first one, I’ve really been getting into them. From living in Jersey for so long, I also have a certain affinity for cranberries.

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ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Coming to our year-round lineup in May, this fruit-filled take on the German-style Gose takes you from bog to barrel in one sip. Brewed with cranberries from the Bluewater Farms in Massachusetts, coriander and a splash of salt. The result is a refreshingly tart and effervescent cranberry concoction built to fuel your warm weather-inspired wanderlust.”

Random: I’ve been impressed with Long Trail’s increase in offerings lately. I hope it keeps up.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright pink color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of brine and salt up front. There was a hint of cranberry, almost like a room spray. It didn’t have enough on the nose. The taste started with a lot of salt and then went into a tart, lemon note. There was a slight cranberry note, but I wish it had more. It also had a muted wheat note as well. It had a very thin body with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with salt and lemon juice tartness. I got this bottle for $2.00, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I was very excited to give this beer a shot, but it was just lacking cranberry flavor. I won’t be revisiting this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Long Trail Green Blaze IPA

Tonight’s selection is from Long Trail. I cut my teeth on their beers and recently they’ve been putting out some seriously impressive beers. I got my hands on this one and was excited to crack it open.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Blaze a hoppy trail. Guide yourself through the lupulin landscape of pine, resin and tropical fruit hop notes in this trail-worthy American IPA. The newest year-round offering in our family of ales, Green Blaze IPA features big pine, tropical fruit and resin hop notes with a light, biscuity malt backbone. Pairs well with: Blue cheeses, sharp cheddar, colby, grilled meats, barbecue, hamburgers, spicy dishes, tacos, blackened chicken, pickled vegetables, shellfish and outdoor adventure.”

Random: I’ve started watching the new season of “American Horror Story” and it is super creepy.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a limited amount of lacing on the glass. The body had some chill haze with moderate carbonation and was a bright orange color. The nose was very piney and has a weird, spicy arugula note. There was almost no malt to the nose. The taste was super earthy with wet dirt, mature pine needles and pine oil. There was some malt to the beer, but was overtaken by the hops. It had a robust body that reminded me of a double IPA with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky pine finish with wet dirt. A can of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. For that price, this is worth a grab.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Long Trail SMasH – Single Malt Munich Single Hop Equinox

Tonight’s selection is from Long Trail’s single malt/single hop series. Long Trail has been putting out some really innovative and impressive stuff lately, so when I saw a single of this at Pennington Buy Rite, I picked it up.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with a single malt and a single hop to showcase the characteristics of each ingredient. SMaSH Project #3. Munich Malt // Reveals a deep amber hue and distinct toasted bread and biscuit flavors. Equinox Hops // A complex American hop, features a multitude of citrus, herbal and floral notes.”

Random: I can’t remember offhand if I’ve ever had a single hop beer with just Equinox.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and murky brown in color. I couldn’t see any carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose had some earthy pine, dirt and grass. It quickly went into a toasted malt note that wasn’t sweet, but more bready. The taste was equally earthy and had grass clippings and dirt and the malt really complemented it. There was also toasted wheat bread along with it. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with old grass clippings. A single can of this was $2.17, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. This was a drinkable beer for sure, but simple. This would be a good beer for someone who isn’t really into craft beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Long Trail Space Juice

I picked up this beer when browsing a few weeks ago. It was the last four-pack on the shelf and I heard a lot of good things about it. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Double-IPA of the cosmic kind, this super-limited offering is brewed with two-row and caramel malts that lay the foundation for hops, hops and more hops. The truth is out there, so send your taste buds to orbit with the out-of-this-world citrus and pine notes of Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Columbus and Ella hops.”

Random: The can art is very unlike Long Trail. I like that they’re trying new things.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a half finger crown. The body was a hazy, dark orange with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of pineapple with mango. Pine resin was there as well, but the tropical notes dominated. There was no malt on the nose. The taste had a lot of tropical notes as well. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit flesh came through. I didn’t pick up much pine. The taste had a bit more malt, but this was definitely hop-forward. After a few sips, I picked up peach as well. The body was thick with some booze warming. Moderate carbonation was present. The finish was sticky and lengthy with tropical fruit. This beer had a high pricetag at $3.75 per can ($.23 per ounce), but given it was a pounder, upon reflection, the price wasn’t so bad. I really enjoyed this beer. Long Trail has upped their game.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Long Trail Pumpkin Ale

This was a pumpkin beer that I picked up from Canal’s. I have to stay, I am definitely liking the new labels. Anyways, let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When the nights grow cold and the moon hangs low, we carve out a space for Pumpkin Ale’s great return. Artfully brewed with all natural pumpkins, Pumpkin Ale features a slightly sweet finish from additions of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that deliver a well-balanced brew reminiscent of grandma’s pumpkin pie. The perfect drink for the fall season, pumpkin beers date back to colonial America when malted barley was sparse and pumpkins grew in abundance. We continue the tradition with this seasonal treat that’s ripe for the pickin’.”

Random: The bed at the hotel in Philly was ridiculously uncomfortable. My back is killing me.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight crown was left on top of the cloudy, dusk brownish-orange color with light carbonation. The nose was fragrant with roasted malts and pumpkin and ginger snap. Cloves were present as well. The taste was nutty with lots of cloves and roasted cereal grains. There was some allspice as well, but not really a lot of pumpkin to it or cinnamon, which I’ve come to expect from the style. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish that was slightly burnt with clove. This was a bit of a disappointing beer to me. Even at an economical $1.49 for the 12 ounce bottle, I wouldn’t have it again. There are many other better offerings out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0