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Hit The Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Hit The Trail Ale
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195 Ratings

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-31-2002)
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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

sailorastro, Dec 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Papageorgio, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

JmBrkr, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of far333
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber/copper color with an appetizing frothy beige head. The head settles very slowly, and leaves nice lace on the glass. Smells of sweet malt, a bit of yeast, and mild hops. Flavor is semi-sweet malt, nice and roasty, a bit of caramel. Brown sugar aftertaste. Very warm flavor, with smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is really nice, one of the best I've had from Long Trail. Got to get more of these.

far333, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of MrSeth
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1/4" tan head forms while pouring, but it doesn't stay long. Now there's just a tiny ring of suds around the glass and a few patches on the surface. The color is a dark amber as duly noted already. The smell of rich malt is present over the ale. In the flavor this maltiness opens up into a hugely complex taste. There aren't any apparent esters, so the malts and wheat in the flavor taste like what they are. Hit the Trail has a thin bodied mouthfeel. It's perfect for an early spring session.. but it would be acceptable in any season.

MrSeth, Apr 19, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

twowheelssoar, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

breakofdawn, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

RBorsato, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

sgregory, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

RevCraig, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

rorjets, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking clear auburn. Slight beige head recedes to a collar in seconds. The lacing is pretty nice. Nice yeastiness on the nose mixed with brown sugar and toffee malt characteristics. Very nice. This beer has almost a full body and a nice little silky smooth mouthfeel. The flavors blend together nicely. Caramel and chocolate. Dates and yeasiness. Dry hoppiness and toasted maltiness. Very nicely down. Good solid brown ale. I like this brewery.

Bighuge, Nov 08, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

jdibbs, Apr 08, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice dark brown color, one finger head that fades to a ring on the glass, with a nice lace to the finish. smell is caramel and toasted malt. taste same with a faint semi sweet chocolate in the balance. mouthfeel is light, smooth, good carbonation and a clean finish. great session beer. wish i had a couple more right now.

billybob, Jan 12, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise to find this on tap in the hospitality lounge of the Sierra Suites Hotel in East Fishkill, NY this week! Had a couple and was hard to leave for dinner that evening. This had a fairly light, cider-like look. A little cloudy but I didn't notice much of anything sizable floating about. A fair head that held pretty well. The aroma has a light hops and slight citrus tone to it. I tasted a bit of lemon in this and a mild hop, fairly light with fine carbonation. This is very drinkable but tastey. Went well with our salsa snacks as well. Very clean stuff for something that's not filtered! Another hit for Long Trail.

Durge, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Appearance: A decent head at the initial pouring but the subsides to a semi-sticky ring of lace afterwards. Nice clarity in the old bronze-brown hue.

Smell: A bit malty with hints of butterscotch, ripe fruit and toasted malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth off of the moderate carbonation and creamy medium body. Lots of malt flavour going from sweet to toasted. An even crispness of hop bitterness rolls across the palate to level things off. Faint buttery diacetyl, light fruitiness and a continual toasted malt flavour linger in the end.

Notes: Chalk this one up as another great session beer, paired well with a lightly spicy blackened chicken and caramelized onions.

Jason, Nov 13, 2003
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a monster head!I bought a case of this at the actual brewery.They said it was only available at the brewery and that they just started brewing it again.I dont know how true that was but who cares.What a great pour the head looks like vanilla ice cream.It has a biscuity aroma that smells very malty and roasted.Left a white ring of lace around my glass.The color is a dark red cherry crystal clear with no sediment.The taste hits you with malt first off then mellows and smooths into the finish.Smells and tastes of molasses and brown sugar with a hint of smoke and roasted grains.None or just a bit of any hops are noted.A medium body with just the finish a bit watery.Very smooth and refreshing on the palate.Another awesome offering from Long Trail.Perfect for a brisk New England fall day.

Note: Just a bit more hops to balance out the malt

kelticblood, Dec 31, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours with a decent head, which dissipated rather quickly. Lacing all along the sides of the glass. Smell is rather sweet, malty. Taste is of sweet malt followed by a hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly spicy. An easy beer to down more than one at a time. Recommended.

theo871, Mar 06, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Sent to me from Sudsdog 4 out of 6 Long Trails.

Clear,ruby red with a 2" creamy off-white head,fair retention with spotty lacing. Not much carbination the head totaly dissapated by the finish.

A good,clean inviting very moderate. Very nutty and fruity,burnt toffee.some grainy smells,perfumy,a slighty vinous English aroma.

Very clean taste,very fruity and nutty with some light carmell notes and nice tartness. Finishes with a pleasing bittersweetness and crisp tartness.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a grainy feel from the tartness.Goes down extremely well. Could get some lower ratings from a slight watery feel. I thought it was a good English Brown really enjoyable and highly drinkable.

jcdiflorio, Apr 04, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an off white head of foam. Clear, light auburn liquid. Nose of very light coffee, roasted malt and brown sugar makes for an appetizing aroma. Bittersweet roasted malt with bubbly carbonation, nice subdued flowery hop zing follows. The finish dances on the line between sweet and bitter/dry. Super session ale...I put away a sixer of this stuff while in NH with no problem whatsoever.

beerluvr, May 25, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with nice ruby highlights. A small white head forms and a nice continual stream of carbonation winds up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet with malt and touches of brown sugar. To be honest, the aroma is the worst part of this beer, because I love the taste. This seems to be a theme for me with Long Trail beers, I wonder why? The first thing I taste is brown sugar. This firms up into a beautiful malt backbone that has definite caramel highlights. The aftertaste hits almost as hard as the beer itself with the same malt composition. Even though all the tastes I've described are "sweet" smells, the beer itself isn't very sweet at all. This is a great attribute, sweet beers tend to be off-putting to me. The tastes are there without the cloying sweetness. This beer really surprised me in a good way. I wasn't expecting much, but this is a really great session ale that goes down easily and is never offensive.

Hagbard, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail brews this beer for the Church Street Tavern on Church Street in lovely Burlington, Vermont. It is a mild brown ale with a beautiful mouthfeel. This brew is oh so very drinkable. It rolls down into my belly with love. The 17 malts and hops give this a nice malty balance with some more subtile overtones. A great brew to drink all night!

scottum, Sep 16, 2003
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dantsbeats, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

kevgod, Jan 14, 2012
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Hit The Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.