Review: Long Trail IPA

Review of Long Trail IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater Corners, VT

Beer Type: India Pale Ale (IPA)  ABV: 6%  IBUs: 48  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “Our take on the traditional English IPA— We’ve combined the style that endured the voyage to India with the hops that started the American craft beer revolution. This unfiltered offering is fit for any journey, land or sea.”

The Reality: It’s a light golden color, with virtually no head and a mild non-distinct scent that I would refer to as “fresh”. This is a traditional medium-hopped, light bodied IPA with notes of pine. This beer is pretty straightforward, nothing complex. It has a hoppy bitter aftertaste that lingers a bit.

Final Verdict: Unremarkable, but drinkable. Let’s face it, we’re all spoiled nowadays with all the newfangled IPAs that are pouring out of every microbrewery, but if you go back to when the IPA revolution started in the U.S., this beer is a throwback to those days. If you tried an IPA for the first time 10-15 years ago, this is what it would’ve tasted like, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve just all become accustomed to “hop bombs” and citrus embedded IPAs and now this beer just seems ordinary. It’s in danger of becoming Seth Rogen at a party full of Chippendale dancers. Sure, people like Seth Rogen, but what would they rather get their hands on?