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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
Bottle (12oz). Clear deep amber with a small fizzy off-white head. Pleasing sweet bready malt aroma, smells a bit like a fresh brownie. Tastes of grain and cocoa, some straw-like dry hops in the finish. Watery, mostly still mouthfeel, a little harshness in the finish - ehh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
We were immediately surprised with the color of this ale. It pours a dark amber color with a large, frothy light brown head. Fair lacing follows a mostly diminishing head. Sparkling body. Aroma is of moderate strength malts with molasses notes, and alcohol. Initial taste is lightly acidic, with a light bitter finish. Light on the palate, it has a watery texture with soft carbonation and leaves us chalky on the mouthfeel. Reviewer’s notes: "Pungent, a lot of malts and alcohol, very dark like a brown" Reviewed on July 13th, 2006.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2006
pours brown with a small off white head. Aroma is burnt sugars, sweet malt/caramel. Taste is about the same with a clean finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Casteel420 (59) - Bristol, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Dark brown ale with nutty aroma and flavor and a sweet but bitter after taste. Pretty good brown ale, but I wouldn’t want to hit the trail after too many of these.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle: Poured a dirty brown color ale with a rather large head with average retention. Aroma of caramel malt with some sweetness. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with a nice lingering caramel-like sweetness. Body is just above average with some good carbonation. Better then most standard brown ale out there but nothing to write home about.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2006
decent brown ale, with nice barley flavor, somewhat thick and heavy, with nice burnt sugary aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 29, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small light tan head. Nose is light woody malt with some light hop notes. Palate is medium bodied with a smoothness to it. Flavor is light sweet malt, toasty, caramel, earthy, and a light bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Deep brown pour with some copper and ruby edges. The aroma is red winey, brown sugary, roasty malty, and hoppy. Decent aroma. The flavor is roasty malty, with a tart cabernet and brown sugar element. medium to light on the tongue, and pretty crisp. One of the better beers I’ve had from this brewer, and i would gladly drink it again.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eructoblaster (2994) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
Bottle. Nice dark amber body with good carbonation and a thick beige bubbly/foamy head. Decent and well balanced malty/hoppy aroma that carries light oaky and roasty notes. Taste is dominated by hops and ends with an unpleasant paperish and sour finish. Not very exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (971) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2006
On tap at Mulligans in Manchester, VT on 3/25/06. Nice reddish color with a tiny white head that dissipates fast. Aroma was nice and balanced with hops and malt. Flavor was sweet with a bit of hops, definitely a malty brew, but still even keel. Easy drinker for a great restaurant.


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