Long Trail IPA

Today has been an awesome day thus far. Beautiful weather, relaxing, and getting some stuff done also. I’m about to walk out the door for a trip into Boston for the Rock Bottom Brewery opening party. While I’m doing that, Silvio takes over the blog as he does every Saturday. Today he reviews another English IPA. Silvio…

Long Trail IPA

It’s been a crazy week for me with lots of work, errands, and other commitments. I’ve finally gotten a few minutes to relax this afternoon, and since the Red Sox are in a tough match with the Yankees, I figured the best way to show solidarity with LIBA’s New England base is to enjoy Vermont’s Long Trail Brewery IPA.

Long Trail says this is an unfiltered IPA, brewed that way after 13 years of the brewery making a filtered IPA and it’s naturally fermented. The unfiltered brewing method is immediately apparent – the pour is a high light yellow color and contains lots of suspended sediment, but just a small foam head. I detected some hops on the smell, but it wasn’t stanky at all, like most IPAs I tend to enjoy.

Long Trail IPA

The taste was a little difficult to put a finger on. At first, I tasted hints of sweet hops, but it didn’t stick around for long, and reminded me more of a malt-hops blend than anything else. The dominant flavor is definitely a wheat backbone that comes through in the middle and toward the end of the taste. It’s a little fruity at first, but becomes flat toward the end. I got a tinge of metallic flavor on the aftertaste, definitely no hoppy bitter note.

Overall, this is an okay IPA. The ABV is 5.9%, so you could have a few without getting hammered. The combination of wheat and hops isn’t bad per se, and the IPA is pretty easy to drink, but it’s unremarkable and isn’t going to make you want to drink six bottles.

-Silvio

Long Trail IPA

Author: Silvio

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3 thoughts on “Long Trail IPA”

  1. Weird, as an IPA lover, I actually really enjoy this one. I’m not sure where you’re getting the wheat from, but I’ve never noticed wheat in it (nor do I think there actually wheat in it). It’s not meant to be an American-style IPA, but more traditional, English-style. In fact, when they first came out with this one a couple years ago (or re-came out with it), they called it “Traditional IPA”. It’s a nice break from all the super hop bombs that most American breweries put out.

  2. That’s interesting to hear, Jim. I definitely agree that it was much less of a huge hops beer, and the wheaty taste was a surprise. Have you had the unfiltered version? Maybe that accounts for it, or it could be that I had this on my shelf for a few weeks before drinking it.

    1. I don’t think there’s a filtered version. I’m pretty sure they only have 1 IPA these days. I don’t have any pics of the old label (but it’s really only a few years old). I think it said “Traditional” above the “IPA”. On their website, they still have it called “Traditional IPA” even though the pic is of the same label you have on your bottle. They also don’t list wheat as one of the malts. Maybe it’s the lack of filtering that makes it seem similar to a hefeweizen. That just means there could still be yeast and stuff in the bottle. Keeps it from being super clear… it’s more traditional that way.

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