Friday, December 31, 2010

Long Trail Brewing Co. - Long Trail Ale

Purchased From: Sam's Club
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a flute glass

Long Trail Ale is the brewery's namesake beer and an American take on the, slightly obscure, German style 'altbier.' And like Berkshire's Gold Spike Ale, this means I'm going to have to seek out some authentic German altbier to try sooner or later. The beer is a crystal clear mild caramel brown and is very low on visible carbonation in the body. The thin, slightly tinted, head fades away quickly, leaving very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is very malty and lagery. There's a mild wine-like scent mixed with a hint of woodiness. The fresh sweet malts are prominent in the beer with a very grainy taste and a grass-like freshness. Light hints of raisins round off the beer as it finishes with a pleasant bittering. The beer is very tight and it closes out very crisp and refreshing.

Final Verdict: B

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