timetrvlr (8) - milford, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005 does not count
very easy to drink for a brown ale. good head and color and very easy on the palate. slightly sweet and no bad aftertaste. one of my favorites though not avaiable year round in my neck of the woods TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
English browns tend to be malty and sweet, and Hit the Trail gets its sweetness from three different malts, and some brown sugar added to the boil. English Brown Ale is also know as Nut Brown Ale, and the showcase in this beer style is sweet malty and nutty flavors, on a soft, smooth, body. Brown Ales are very social, drinkable beers, that are meant to be enjoyed by the pint, over good conversation.
Hit the Trail Ale pours to a bright, deep chestnut brown color, with a thick white head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet malty, and slight nutty aromas. The palate is soft, with lots of good biscuit and sweet malty flavor, paired with some light roasty and nutty flavors. Hit the Trail finishes with more sweet malt and nut flavors up front, then ends with just a touch of hop bitterness to round out the malty character of this beer. Sweet malty flavors linger on the tongue letting you know you just had a very tasty beer.
This is a very enjoyable, very drinkable, social beer. This is a great session beer, which is a beer that you can drink a few(ok..quite a few) of, enjoy, and not get too full, bloated, or intoxicated. Hit the Trail is a very food friendly beer as well, and would match up with classic pub grub, as well as hearty fare. 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. 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 I'm not really a fan of brown ales.
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.
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. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Pours a darker amber with basically no head. Nose is woody with a touch of caramel and just a touch of dust. Flavor is a bit woody with sweet tones. Robust and thick with flavor. Off the flavor alone I would say this is worth trying. Feel is nice on the liquid and good with the carbonation too. Extremely drinkable. Off the flavor alone, worth going for. This on-tap might be interesting. On cask...who knows. canary dog (780) - 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. I'm not sure if they even make it anymore. Smooth and well made. spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Sugary sweetness is like a punch in the taste buds. Roasted barley and molasses taste lingers long after it’s swallowed. Body seems full at first but finishes cleanly on the palate, leaving a warm, heavy feeling in my gut. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
as far as brown ales go - this is pretty damn good. I’m not a big brown ale drinker but this beer is VERY smooth, a little sweet, and offers a nice long sweet finish. A bit heavy though - I wonder what the alc% is?