Saturday, July 14, 2012

Long Trail Pollenator

This is actually a spring seasonal, but with a low ABV and a palate that's likely to be refreshing on a hot day, I thought it would be appropriate to review it outside on a hot summer day while on vacation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (695) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Long Trail pint glass.

Appearance: Pure golden color, almost crystal clear, some carbonation visible. Forms a ~1 finger, soapy, yellowish head which fizzles away rather quickly, but does leave an impressive amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Generic pale ale scent with grassy/farmhouse aroma all around. Also a typical grainy, almost lager-like scent.

Taste: The blonde/golden ale umbrella style is one of my least favorite in the beer kingdom. I’m still waiting for someone to make one of the style that blows me away. Long Trail Pollenator is most definitely not that beer, but that’s not to say it’s of poor quality. It walks the fine line between a kolsch and a very mild pale ale. Enough hop character with distinct bitterness and a hint of citrus flavor that it leans more towards the pale ale. Yet it’s a mild palate that tastes of pale grain. A hint of honey-like flavor gives it a touch of sweetness (though the beer is not actually brewed with honey). The palate is clean up front, but grainy in the back leaving an aftertaste not too far gone from that of a macro lager. While nothing about this palate is delectable and savory, there’s no out-and-out flaws that would make me give it a thumbs down. How’s that for a recommendation?

Drinkability: With a lighter, shorter body and a crisp, thin mouthfeel, Long Trail Pollenator is more of a summer beer than a spring one. Refreshing for sure, although it does leave a subtle, almost chalky aftertaste it’s easily ignorable. With a sessionable weight of only 4.6% ABV, it would be at home in a cooler at a picnic or pool party.

Grade: 6/10

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