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Long Trail Ale brewed by Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater, VT

Long Trail Ale(1989) brewed by Long Trail Brewing Company in Bridgewater, Vermont

Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival. Brewed with Northern Brewer, Willamette and Mt. Hood hops and 2-Row, Wheat, Chocolate & Caramel malts. IBUs: 28. ABV: 4.6%


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Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance - Beautiful beer. Very dark brown, almost black. A 1/4" head that hangs out.

Aroma - Sweet malt and nutty- not very pronounced though. You really have to jam your nose in to get the aroma.

Taste - I could hang out with this beer. It's got great flavor- coffee, chocolate, coffee, malty, and a very faint hoppiness, but it's balanced and easy drinking. It's on the "session" side of American Porters, but it is far from watery or thin. I would give it a 5 if the hop bitterness dried up a little sooner, but that's the only improvement I'd like to see.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium body, and leaves a silky sort of texture. it's not dry, and the flavor that hangs out is very delightful.

Overall - Best american porter that I've had so far. Simply delicious, sessionable, and traditional all at the same time. I really love this beer. I would buy a case and pick through it all winter.

Mouth feel- This one is a nice medium body, but a little too watery. That does not help in a beer that is so roasty.

Overall - This beer is one you really need to let warm up, or you will never have a clue that this has such a nice powdered cocoa profile.

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Long Trail Brewing Company
The Long Trail Brewing Company began its mission to brew high quality craft beer in November 1989. A humble beginning in the basement of the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill along the Ottauquechee River in the Green Mountains of Vermont was soon outgrown so the brewery packed up and “Hit the Trail” up the road to a riverside hay field where they now reside.

Long Trail takes the words "Environmentally Conscious” very seriously. Appreciation for our surroundings and an understanding of the resource limitations of our local environment have inspired our company to consider ways to minimize the environmental impact our brewery has on our area. All spent grain and spent hops are fed to local dairy cattle as a valuable food supplement, steam from the brewing process is condensed into hot water and the thermal energy is used to heat water for the next brewing cycle saving up to 2,000 gallons of propane a month. By combining the very best ingredients available - like pure Vermont drinking water - and environmentally minded brewing processes with a genuine passion for brewing high quality craft beer, Long Trail proudly produces an extraordinary Family of Fine Ales.
Long Trail Brewing Company
Address: 5520 U.S. 4
Bridgewater, VT 05035
Phone:(802) 672-5011



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