Hit The Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Long Trail "Hit The Trail Ale"
12 oz. bottle
I wasn't particularly fond of the way that Long Trail used American hops in their Hibernator Scottish-style ale because they just don't quite fit. I didn't find that they worked within the overall balance of the beer. Inappropriate hops, however, are not the case here. They've used Northern Brewer and they work out just fine, regardless of where they were actually grown (I'm assuming Pacific northwest). Northern Brewer hops are, in fact, fairly traditional for an English-style brown ale. In this case they add a bit of leafiness, mint-iness, and subtle grassiness at a level that's just strong enough to stand out from the nutty, chocolatey, and lightly caramel-ish maltiness. One valid question might then be, "have they used too much hop flavor as the style really calls for the malt to dominate, followed by the yeast character as the second feature?", and I think the answer is yes. However, this IS an American beer, not an English beer; and I feel that simply mimicking another beer or style really serves no purpose. If I wanted a true English brown ale I could buy one, and therefore this beer is unique. It remains "English" in nature but with a twist. As long as it works, and I think it does, then we should just let style go. With that said, hedonistically, I think it's quite a nice beer, and it's quite enjoyable. It's well-made with a good appearance and a nice balance. Additionally, it's fairly accessible and fits in with a wide variety of situations despite its darker appearance. Worth trying.
06-25-2013 14:33:39 | More by NeroFiddled
3.61/5 rDev +0.6%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a really nice brown, finger head, good medium lacing
S - Roasted hazelnuts, toffee, slight hint of cocoa, some coffee roasts as well, amidst a smokey malt bed.
T - Taste kinda drops off from the flavor, but you still get a nice nutty ale, toffee, a mild bitterness with a touch of smoke.
M - Good flavors fade to a sort of unwelcoming lingering sour dry bitterness.
O - One of Long Trail's better beers, but still wayyyy off from the mark. I had a fresher one of these prior to now, but it wasnt much different.
03-25-2013 00:52:56 | More by Omnium
Hit The Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.