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

Long Trail Limbo

As usual, I’m back after a lengthy hiatus. Work has been absolute insanity, which I’ll get into in a few posts. But, we’re still on my vacation beers from DC and Maryland. This brew was one that I had during a really nice brunch, despite the abnormally long wait, even though we had a reservation. I’m always excited about new offerings from Long Trail and this was no exception.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When we launched Brown Bag in 2012, a web page dedicated to customer feedback was put online. After experiencing the first IPA in the series, one customer’s email remarked, ‘You’d better not leave me sitting here in Limbo until you decide to brew some of your new IPA’s year-round.’ And so became Limbo. At 80 IBU’s, we knew this Australian & West Coast hopped IPA warranted packaging that was equally as bold, so we broke the Long Trail mold and went to some unchartered territory. The package graphics and tap handles are like nothing we have ever done before and are sure to turn some heads. Limbo six packs will have a special die-cut design to showcase the artwork. The bottle will feature unique crowns with artwork on both sides. This style of IPA is something we have heard our customers screaming for and our Brewers have hit this recipe out of the park. This beer is really worth Life and Limb.”

Random: As I said during the last Olympics, I really love curling.

This beer poured with a one finger thick, cream-colored head. It was slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with heavy carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was lots of fresh grapefruit and pine with no malt apparent. From the nose, I would peg this one as a West Coast IPA. The taste had lots of pine and grapefruit with some malt that came through, but way after the hop fest. Some lemon came through as well. The booze was well-integrated. I found it really nice and drinkable. It had a long finish with citrus. I loved this beer. Although it was a lot of citrus, it was really clean and just worked. I am really enjoying these type of beers that Long Trail puts out. I hope they keep them coming!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Long Trail Brewmaster Series Imperial Pumpkin

It’s my favorite time of year…Fall. Fall has some of my favorite things. Football is back, which means that I am glued to my television every Sunday. The Giants look like absolute crap and now I can go back to drinking pumpkin beer. I saw this one on the shelf and wanted to give this selection from the Brewmaster Series a shot.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the first offering in Long Trail’s new Brush and Barrel Series. This limited release seasonal treat is small batch brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, with increased malts and a touch of bitterness for the perfect balance.”

Random: A song came onto my Pandora that I remember came out during my Senior year in high school. Way to make me feel old Pandora, way to make me feel old.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body is a very cloudy dark mahogany color with some carbonation visible throughout. The nose was straight out fall to me. I got pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. There was a bit of pie crust thrown in as well. I wish every pumpkin beer smelled this good. The taste started with some pumpkin, then I got notes of ginger and the usual selection of fall spices with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The balance between gourd and spice on this beer really worked and nothing was overly abrasive. The body is on the thicker side and there is a touch of booze warming at the end. The carbonation on the brew was generous. It had a long finish with spice and pie crust. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had. If you see it on the shelf, go grab a bomber. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Long Trail Brewmaster Series Double White

Long Trail’s Brewmaster Series is one that I can really get behind. They have a couple of different ones, but they’re usually very solid and very flavorful. I tend to enjoy them a lot more than their core series or even their seasonal. When I found this one in the stash that my father got for me, I was definitely excited. I’ve had a few “double whites” in the history of the blog and pretty much enjoy them all. So, let’s see how this one stacked up.
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ABV: 8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: This was added to the Brewmaster Series in April of 2012.

Random: I’m not a fan of Bruno Mars’s music either. I guess it’s catchy, but he sounds pretty whiney to me.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left a touch of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright orange color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was orange and lemon with some Belgian yeast present as well. The taste was big and bright citrus. It was like cracking open a bottle of summer. Specifically, I picked up flavors of mandarin oranges and lemon zest. There was some yeast present as well, but citrus took center stage here. There was a touch of spice, perhaps coriander? This was just a crazy bright beer with not a whole heck of a lot of booze. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish had the same big and bright citrus that I loved in the taste and it lasted awhile. I would definitely go out and try this beer, especially with summer here. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0