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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Pint at Church Street Tavern. Well, I guess I knew better when the menu said Long Trail brewed this for them; but they didn’t really have anything else I hadn’t tried. So, this is a decent looking beer: Dark brown/amber with a small, light head. Aroma was actually a little skunky (?!), with some hoppiness and a hint of caramel. Flavor was just not good; some trademark LT maltiness up front, plus a gross, metallic pee flavor, along with a medium hop finish. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but it was fine on this hot, sunny day. I had this with a burger, and it was fine with the food, but by itself this beer just doesn’t stand up well, period.
Earlier Rating: 4/4/2004 Total Score: 2.8
A rather pretty brown/red color with a thin, white head. Aroma of fruit and caramel. Sweet, malt flavor with some (but not enough) hops in the end. Oily mouthfeel. A watery beer. Overall, I was hoping for more from this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Clear redish brown color with a very foamy head. Sweet carmel smell. A little too fizzy at first but once it dies down theere's a pretty good sweet malt taste. Not bad

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esjoh (7) - USA - FEB 2, 2004 does not count
Brownish color with minimal head. Malty aroma. Very smooth beer. I really enjoy the smooth brown ale flavor of this beer. Very drinkable, could drink this all night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 At brewery. Light amber color with big puffy head that dissapeared quick. Watery beer with horrible malt-hop balance. Sucked. Had this again at Black River Brewing and it wasnt that bad. Nutty taste and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 (draft 11-12-05) Nice off-white head atop a clear brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some nutty. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, nutty, light earthy. Light-medium body. A pleasant beer for the style. (6/3/6/3/12)

(bottle 1-18-04) Clear mid-brown body with small beige head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, caramel, some earthy. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some roasty, some floral/earthy, finishing mild earthy. Light-medium body with light acidity. One of those beers that, if you weren’t consciously thinking about what it was you were drinking, would suddenly be empty and you’d have no recollection of what you drank. (5/4/5/3/10)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Rather boring brown ale, closer in taste characteristics to a red ale. Slightly sweet with lite caramel overtones. A bit watery with a short mildly bitter finish. Just average. ***UPDATE Jun 2004. *** Had more malt character with some brown sugar thrown in for good measure/ Change for the better. Rock on Pot Belly.
Earlier Rating: 12/6/2003 Total Score: 3.1
Dark brown with large offer white head and full malty nose with a hint of citrus/orange. Initial swallow is hoppy with hints of chocolate which fade quickly leaving a citrus overtone lingering behind.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2003
Long Trail makes some decent beers, but this ain't one of them. Slightly sulfury nose and wierd nutty middle in the flavor profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Not very good. I was disappointed. Clear amber color with a little layer of a head. Soft carbonation. Egg fart nose. Nutty but weak in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1179) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2003
A decent, slightly above average brown ale. Not worth the bartender's buildup, but I did manage to find the bottom of the glass. You definitely smell and taste the sweetness which can be slightly offputting, but once you get around that, you have a drinkable brown ale. Need to put an APB out for the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Light copper with a lasting light beige head of mixed size bubbles. Sweet malty, lightly toasty, with a hint of roast malt; very faint hop aroma and a light diacetyl. Malty sweet from start into the finish and very well balanced. Although there is a very light hop flavor in the aftertaste, but actually finishes a little on the dry side. Caramel and light roast flavor round out mid palate and has very little fruitiness; overall pretty clean. Lighter bodied but not watery, smooth mouthfeel with appropriately subdued carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Nice version of an English brown making this a very fine session ale.

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