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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Hit the Trail is a deep amber ale with a rich and smooth flavor. Malty undertones of vanilla and caramel are kept in check by the addition of Northern Brewer hops.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Going back through my notes this was more of a malty pale ale than a brown. I wish I could remember it better but mabe that says something about the beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MaBeer1972 (1262) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This one is pretty boring, especially for a Brown Ale. The color is reddish-brown, but on the clear side. The flavor is indeed mild, but I wouldn't waste my time trying to track this one down again. Stick to Newcastle if mild browns are what you crave.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Golden orange colour(should be darker for this style). Thinnish palate, malt balanced. Sweet chocolate flavour. OK, but it is not very robust, nor complex.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
I would call this Brown Ale Light. Clear brown body, palate is medium but sometimes watery. Sweet nutty malts that finish sour. More hops than expected. This was a good one to drink with grilled turkey sausage.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Very bland. I would never have guessed it was a brown ale. Completely non-descript. Seems like it's made for someone who wants to 'think' they're drinking a really good micro, but normally drinks crap. Non-offensive, but also horribly non-descript.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Has a dark amber color with some carbonation and light malt smell. Taste is somewhat watery malt and an bitter finish. Overall not to goood of a beer due to the watery flavor odd bitter finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Color is a dirty cloud of brownish orange hue with a one finger high head of thinnish bone white froth that fades to a fine skim always present and leaves whispy strings and sheets of lace. Smell is a barely there slight sweet malt, a bit musty, nearly undetectable. Taste is a bit empty in front of very thin malts and goes no where until some uneven hoppy bitterness thats a tad harsh hits towards the end. Its not watery, it just doesn't offer much flavor really. Feel isn't bad actually, seems to favor a close mediumness, the only thing is its short lived. A very plain and ordinary tastin' beer IMO.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2003
This is a very interesting beer. Not a typical brown ale. Fairly rich flavor without being heavy with a nice touch of sour bitterness. Sweet finish. I found this ale to be very tasty and am surprised at the rather cool reception it has received.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Heading up to camp deep in the Maine woods, i thought this would be a perfect beer to bring. The label showed a picture of a hiker standing on a trail in the dark next to a sign that said "Long Trail: 270 Miles". this kinda confused me, because it's kinda stupid to be hiking in the dark. i was thinking, "um, shouldn't that hiker have set up camp yet? is he lost?" i was concerned. maybe he was hiking all through the night to traverse the 270 miles to Long Trail to get some of this beer. then i tasted it and i realized that the hiker was trying to run far, far away from this beer. it was pretty watery and stunningly blandy in it's averageness. even though a friend had brought a 12-pack of this beer, i only had one and shied away from it for the rest of the night.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (4628) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Nice amber colour with a slightly off-white head which starts nice, but fades with time. Smells of hops, malt and roasted barley dominate the smell...but there is some slight sugar and sweetness in the smell. The taste is a combination of all the flavours detected in the aroma, but at a more subtle level. The second tastes leaves even more to be desired, and shows the watery characteristics in the beer. The consistency of the beer is actually medium-bodied, but I would classify the taste as 'light-bodied' :-). I have two other beers by this brewery in my possession, but by the scores...they should be even worse than this beer...and i'm not really looking forward to that. Not a bad beer, but not a great one...I wouldn't reccomend buying this beer. I purchased this as a 12 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.


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