kassner (1754) - 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 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 it’s not super sweet like some browns can be. Great beer overall. ben4321 (6900) - 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
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2009
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 isn’t there.
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 (3335) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
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
Appalachian Trail Blaze Brown is a clear red ale with a thin beige head that fades and leaves nice lacing. There’s a little chocolate and caramel in the nose. It’s quite light bodied and a little watery with a scratchy finish. The flavor has a little roastiness and a green bitterness. It’s pretty homemade tasting. nuplastikk (6633) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Draft at PA Spring Fest. Filtered orange-brown color. Mellow smooth brown malt aroma. Balanced, medium bodied, lots of nutty flavor. Pretty well done. Malt really carries the beer. Delicate on the palate. CanIHave4Beers (4273) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Cheapdark sent this one my way, thanks Dennis. This beer pours with a nice fluffy head and leaves plenty of lace. The color is a lighter brown, seriously.... it’s brown. Aroma is nicely hoppy with a little citrus, some rye bread, and a little nuttiness. Flavor is pretty hoppy at first with some good earthy old world style hops, which is odd because the hoppiness in the aroma was very west coast to me. The beer is very roasty and a little nutty; this is pretty darned robust for a brown ale. There is an odd sort of astringent character that keeps this from being great, but there is plenty going on here, particularly for the style. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, slight wood, walnuts, cardboard, slight brown sugar, and grains. Poured copper-brown in color with a small tan head that diminished quickly but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Not sparkling. A few tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, tar, wood, light nuts, slight cocoa, leather, light roasted malts, charcoal, some hops, and a hints of caramel and vanilla. Medium body. Lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, nuts, hop, and charcoal finish is a bit chalky. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep coppery borwn with a nice foamy lasting head and nice spidery lace. Aroma is nutty toffeee, and chocolate, with an almost typical mid pa yeast character that I get from some Troegs and ABC beers slightly fruity aroma- english yeast. Flavor is nutty, leather, toffee, light brown bittersweet chocolate, herbs, and a bit of green hops which work nicely. Dry lightly roasty and toffee finish with a slight fruity ester profile. Pretty good, and easy to drink- a bit different but still a good brown ale.