The first batch of Long Trail Ale rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery, known as the Mountain Brewers, was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners. The goal was to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves.
Today Long Trail is a household name from coast to coast. Brewing over two dozen different beer yearly Long Trail has something for everyone. The Harvest Barn Ale is Long Trail’s seasonal offering for fall. Vermont maple syrup added during the brewing process yields a lasting sweetness on the palate that’s guaranteed to warm your soul alongside the rich, chocolate profile and earthy hop character.
Pour: Rich Mahogany
Head: Thick off-white
Nose: Sweet, roasted malts, maple, and nut aromas.
Palate: Medium-bodied palate, with mild carbonation. Very malty, with chocolate and maple syrup notes.
Finish: Finishes with lots of dark cocoa powder flavors.
Overall: The chocolate notes were a bit of a surprise. Overall an enjoyable pour and alternative to the more common fall beer flavors.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints