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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2003
Clear orange/brown color with a thin head. Sweet malty aroma, starts a little sweet and ends a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4922) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Clear medium brown, thinnish head leaves a bit of lacing. Nutty-sweet nose with hints of citrus. Flavor very sweet and mild, caramel and hints of hazelnuts, some light hoppiness at the end; I don't get what people are complaining about the "overpowering" hops, are all brown ales supposed to be insipid and taste like hazelnut soda or something? Didn't think so; the hop bite here helps this brew rise above mediocrity, though it is certainly not great and lacks a bit in body. Better than average for LT.
Earlier Rating: 12/28/2001 Total Score: 2
On tap (not available bottled, thank God). 17 varieties of hops and malts and you get this? I guess if you smear a bunch of paints together you get -- no color. Here -- no flavor, at least no good flavor. LOOKS promising enough -- translucent dark-wood appearance seemed unusual and interesting; nose does not beckon though.. theres barely anything there. Flavor is like a stronger American macro; magnify what little flavor you have in Miller, and you get this. Not a good thing, is it? Finish is rather stale. Even Long Trail can do much better than this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Light ruddy brown hue. Sweet all malt aroma with lightly floral hops back there somewhere. Nice lace from an off white head. Malty and lightly sweet....Kinda thin, but it is oh so very drinkable. Caramel in the backdrop, fruity malt, apples, light to medium bodied. Finishes with an healthy herbal hop dosage. Reminds me of newcastle, but a lil hopped up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Brown like brew, with just enough hops to satisfy my craving. I am now just trying to hi 75 letters so my rating will be recorded. I like this brew, and I would definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Crystal clear deep amber brown color with a thin head and good lace. Sweet malty aroma with a slight hoppy fruitiness. Sweet malty flavor with a slight fruitiness and a touch of hops. medium bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Available only in the winter survival pack. While this is a decent beer, a faithful rendition of a brown it is not. Way too hoppy for a brown, even for an American Brown. Given the light body of the beer itself, its just not convincing. Malt base is lacking and hops are a bit overpowering, giving it a very odd flavor profile. Add a little more malt next year, guys, and cut back on the hops a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Got this in the Winter Survival Pack. If I had to survive all winter on this, my beer consumption would drop sharply. If this is a brown ale, they dont know how to make one. According to the label, its supposed to be done in the northern english style. Pretty hoppy, way too much for the style, and way too rough. An english brown ale should be smooth and very mild. Very typical Long Trail taste. Its sort of dirty and unrefined. Maybe its just me. The color is great. Rich clear brown with an even white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Sweet, fruity aroma. Very nice amber coloring, crystal clear. Quite malty with just a bit bit of hops to offset, quite enjoyable, considering Im not really a fan of brown ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (760) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 25, 2001
I used to drink this a plenty. An accomplished brown ale from Vermont. I have not seen this beer in a while. Im not sure if they even make it anymore. Smooth and well made.

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