Long Trail Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 31.03.09 in bottle
Overall:
63 / 100
(Solid)
A nice coppery tinged yellow-orange with a thin, non-existent film of head. Not like that film of head I watched last night. Terrible. Slow, crawling and very light carbs. That ring of lacing, slightly sticky. Not bad, could use more though.

There's an almost coppery character on the nose. Slightly sour with hints of fermented fruit, like a wine character, almost. It's quite well done but a bit subdued for my liking.

Nice and refreshing palate. Maybe a bit simple. At the same time, not really watery. Subtle hoppy characters flourish throughout the palate with an earthy flavour underpinning it. It's quite mild, really, with a bitter, clean finish. Palate though isn't all that complex, and apart from the noticeable bitterness, the cleanliness and subtlety remind me of an English ale. Very drinkable though.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Long Trail Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 26.05.08 in bottle
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)

Cheers to my brother's mate Charlie for bringing this back from Vermont.

Pours a beautiful burnished copper colour with a thin ring of white foam around the edges. Really nice colour. Carbonation is in thin steady streams around the edge of the glass. A little bit of lacing. Shame about the lack of head, but otherwise a really nice looking beer.

Light toasted caramel notes on the nose, with a slight hint of piney hop character. Yeah, there's that nice resiny character I associate with a decent English Pale Ale. There's not a lot to it on the nose, but it's quite pleasant.

Pleasant on the palate too, with a nice flavour of resiny hops first up, and later a dry, earthy grain husk character. Unfortunately, it's a little thin throughout, and you never get a bit burst of flavour. Mouthfeel is nice, with a subtle effervescence that lightens tha palate. Very pleasant.

It's a pretty enjoyable beer. Solid, easy to drink, quite flavoursome and light enough on the palate to drink a few. It doesn't rock my entire world, but I could see it rocking a small part of it on occasion.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5