SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
kassner (1338) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Location: Updating this rating with a draft sampling from the Brewpub, Harrisburg location, 6/13/10
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
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.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nice brown with a little bit of off white head caramel aroma Slight sweet taste caramel little bit of chocolate a decent brew drinkable would do again
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appalachian Trail Blaze Brown is a clear red ale with a thin beige head that fades and leaves nice lacing. Thereís a little chocolate and caramel in the nose. Itís quite light bodied and a little watery with a scratchy finish. The flavor has a little roastiness and a green bitterness. Itís pretty homemade tasting.