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Trail Blaze is an all-American, all-organic beer micro-brewed using the finest organic ingredients. Our deep copper colored American Brown Ale has smooth roasted caramel flavors balanced by an evident hop bitterness and aroma. Trail Blaze is environmentally sound, all ingredients are grown to the highest organic standards, itís healthy and it just plain tastes better!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2010
I had this on cask and, surprisingly, it was the least cask-like of all the beers I tried today. Lacked the creamy mouth and fantastic lacing of most cask beers, and of the other beers I sampled. Simple brown ale, some sweetness in the nose and, of course, in the taste. Adequate hopping for a brown. Not my favorite style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BvilleBronc (85) - Biglerville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
12 oz bottle pour. Dark brown with small white head that leaves a fair bit of soapy lacing. Smell of malt and some grassy hops. Taste is balanced with a slight lean towards bitter. Nothing distinct. Finishes dry and a bit heavier on the bitter end. Summary: balanced towards bitter with a long light bitter dry finish. Its okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Poured dark reddish brown. Thin, bubbly off-white head. Aroma was malty, nutty, and sweet. It got more and more apparent as the beer warmed. Flavor was of malt, burnt wood, caramel, sugar and hops in the finish. Mouth feel was thin, and bubbly. Lots of carbonation. Mild sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Iím not a huge fan of brown ales, but this one was pretty delicious. The beer obviously poured a brown color, and featured a big and fluffy tan head. There was a lot of maltiness in the aroma, along with some earthiness, leather and light hops. The same traits were found in the body of flavors, as well. But the body itself was surprisingly smooth and a bit creamy. I donít think Iíd get an entire pint of this beer, but the 5-6oz sample of it was delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Picked up a 64oz growler of this at the Gettysburg location. Pours a deep mahogany copper with a decent tan head that doesnít stay around very long. Nose of hops, earth, caramel. A toasty mouthfeel with some good amount of hops in back. A bit over-carbonated IMHO, but still a nice brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11638) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2010
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, molasses, light nut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, molasses, chocolate, some salt/nut. Light-medium body. A bit sweeter than Iíd like, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kassner (1374) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle from gettysburg. Nice for style , just a little too fizzy and some just off notes of sour fruits. Color was Ok at deep brownish amber, no head or lacing, but a little smoke. certainly as good as a Newcastle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009
A nice brew that I picked up in Baltimore. I thinked I bought more Penn brews here then anything. Clear, bright brown colour with a creamy frothy top. Aroma is very nutty and enticing. Taste is so pleasent, ecspecially since itís not super sweet like some browns can be. Great beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Location: Updating this rating with a draft sampling from the Brewpub, Harrisburg location, 6/13/10

Overall Impression: Nothing much to add to this one, the rating sticks just where I had it from the bottle sampling previously.

October 2009 Beer of the Month Club, 11/13/09

Aroma: The aroma has some nutty flavors, lots of bread, a bit of chocolate, toffee, and some light fruitiness
Appearance: Pours a clear brownish-red color with a small tan head with minimal retention and lace
Flavor: Taste is has nutty malts, a bit of fruitiness, some caramel, toffee and earthy hops
Palate: The mouthfeel is decent, though a drop on the thin side, smooth and drinkable
Overall Impression: I would definitely avoid serving this one freezing cold. I know that this disclaimer should not really be necessary, but some of the other review seem to indicate to me that they drank this beer to cold, as it has no aroma at that point. However, once it warms it becomes a relatively aromatic brew. Beyond the nose, it is a pretty decent beer, heavy on the malty characteristic with a bit of hops to give the appearance of a balance that really isnít there.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Pours clear copper with a little bit of head that disappears quickly. Almost no aroma, a little bit of bread and caramel if you reallu look for it. Very crisp, like fresh apples to start, works into grassy, apple peel bitternes. A little caramel and nutty roast. Lasting plasticy grassy unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Not great.

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