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Brewery: Long Trail Brewing Co.
City – State – Country: Bridgewater Corners, VT USA
Style: Spring Ale/American Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 4.6%
Reviewed By: Morey
INFORMATION: Here’s what Long Trail has to say about this one….” Features a medium amber body, balanced with a modest amount of Willamette hops. This spring ale is highly drinkable, flavorful and finishes clean and crisp.” It’s obvious that Long Trail is going for something that is both sessionable & drinkable, with it weighing in at 4.6% and 23 IBUs.
APPEARANCE: Poured a pale orange-yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles noted in the ultra-clear brew. The head lasted for quite some time with decent lacing throughout the beer.
AROMA: Pale Malts, Grains, Faint Lemon, Hops, and Dried Grass.
TASTE: There’s a mild grassy zing from the hops up front, which is followed by a good dose of grains and malts. A subtle sweetness surfaces about midway. I was hoping that the hops would make a return appearance towards the back end, but not so. Instead, you’re left with more grains and grass in this clean finishing ale.
MOUTHFEEL: Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Reminds me of a Kolsch more than a Pale Ale. Long Trail refers to it as both a “Spring Ale” and a “Golden Ale”. Either way, it could use a bit more pizazz in my opinion. I guess that this would make a pretty good gateway beer into the world of craft beer. It’s not bad, but not very memorable either.
Score: 3 out of 5