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Pioneer Path Of The Unknown - Pioneer Brewing Co.

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Pioneer Path Of The Unknown
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pioneer Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ppoitras on 12-08-2011

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 9
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2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical brown ale appearance. Sweet aroma, somewhat oxidized. Sweet caramel malt taste, light coffee-like roast, solvent, oxidation. Not very good.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear - as I neared the bottom of the bottle and roused the yeast, that obviously changed; dark brown with ruby accents; 1 finger light brown head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: very restrained; what's there is deeply roasted grains with a bit of chocolate;

T: boozy all the way through; chocolate is predominant at mid-palate; boozier at the end; moderate bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation;

O: the carbonation is a little high for my taste; everything about this beer is good; nothing about this beer is especially memorable;

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great toasted malt flavor. It is thick in texture, and still manages to go down much quicker than similar beers with a 10% ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of alexbutler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A thick layer of espresso brown head sits on top of a dark body. Afer some sips, there is some impressive lacing as it inches down the glass. Gotta say, very impressive bottle, too. One of the finest labels I've come across... very intricate artwork of a wooded path,

S - Very strong notes of chocolate. Deep aroma of sweet malts. Hearty.

T - Very sweet and heavy ale here... Light carbonation adds to the thick feel of this beer. Loaded with malts, this beer is quite dense. The chocolate will not be ignored!

M - Very full mouthfeel to this ale. I can't remember having ever tasted a double American brown ale, but it's damn thick. Almost syrupy.

O - I'd definitely try this again, but maybe not in the middle of summer. The high ABV (10%) and thick pull suggest that it might be best sipped in the colder months. Very tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see bottles (very nice designed ones at that) around from this brewery. I had first heard of them six months back or so and meant to find some draft but didn't get around to it. Hopefully another good local brewery, it never hurts to have more.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle to a snifter for the review and a pint glass to share. Both vessels receive a very dark brown ale that might as well be opaque. A light tan-mocha head rises up to a finger high with a foamy, frothy texture. Head retention is decent and a few small islands and a ring remain after the cap falls. Lacing starts with a thick sheet at the top and some webs that lead to spottiness at the bottom.

S- Toasty brown maltiness is the centerpiece of the aroma and it alludes to what could be a rich flavor with a significant citrus hop feel in there as well. Notes of toast, caramel, roast, cocoa and sweets roughly in that order for me.

T- Deep malty presence up front with a nice hop edge. The hops seem to come into play right after the malt clears off the palate and grow to a medium-high level for the style. They bring citrus, pine and earthy notes which compliment the toast, caramel, roasty and chocolate grainy notes. Vanilla sweetness. Some yeast in the balance with hints of dark fruits and slight spice.

MF- Medium-heavy thickness with a definite chewy, creamy texture that coats the taste buds. Carbonation is at a moderate level which seems to suit the flavors just right. Finishes with a fresh hop bitterness as the flavors from said hops grows above the toasty cocoa malt profile.

I thought this beer would be good but to me it is great. The high ABV is about as invisible as it can be but it allows the rich toasty malts and a nice citrusy hop presence to shine. Each sip seems to just get better and more interesting. Pioneer certainly has my attention after this.

Photo of SpacingOutMan
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle. Great contrast between bottle color (brown) and artwork/text. Great artwork. Poured into a tulip glass.

Thick, dark tan head; approximately 1/2" (a little shaken up before pour). Opaque and very dark brown with some hints of a red tinge.

Has a "chocolately" malt aroma with a slight sweetness.

Full body flavor consisting of a roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors that one would find in any quality dark beer. The bitterness and hop content aren't overwhelming and elevate the flavor profile of this beer.

Again, definitely full bodied but not too-too heavy; just the right amount of carbonation to consume with ease.

Overall, definitely a quality beer that took me by surprise (simply found three of their beers by chance in a grocery store after having visited another brewery in Mass.). It is very drinkable for those who enjoy stronger beers. Upon drinking this beer, the 10.0% ABV is not evident whatsoever, which is both a blessing and a curse depending on how much is consumed.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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Pioneer Path Of The Unknown from Pioneer Brewing Co.
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