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Hit The Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Hit The Trail Ale
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BA SCORE
82
good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 193
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 14:33:39 | More by NeroFiddled
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hockeypuck

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-22-2013 14:53:25 | More by hockeypuck
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-07-2013 23:07:26 | More by DrinkingDrake
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Didier

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-26-2013 20:29:08 | More by Didier
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jski

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-26-2013 00:01:27 | More by jski
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-20-2013 23:26:02 | More by Slatetank
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thampel09

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-17-2013 17:15:29 | More by thampel09
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ScottieD

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

05-11-2013 01:43:41 | More by ScottieD
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JaymeAyotte1

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-08-2013 03:22:44 | More by JaymeAyotte1
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sgregory

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-08-2013 02:26:35 | More by sgregory
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-13-2013 19:18:02 | More by oriolesfan4
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jdibbs

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-08-2013 04:22:58 | More by jdibbs
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-06-2013 17:40:41 | More by jbaker67
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Wortman1998

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-04-2013 16:52:32 | More by Wortman1998
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:52:56 | More by Omnium
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JoninVT

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-10-2013 23:18:14 | More by JoninVT
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-08-2013 16:23:55 | More by JuliusCaesar
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mckowned

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-08-2013 01:53:30 | More by mckowned
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Craft_Hiking

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-03-2013 00:54:56 | More by Craft_Hiking
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-26-2013 18:14:36 | More by h4ger
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

01-10-2013 08:17:34 | More by chippo33
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BeerNerd84

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-09-2013 20:23:32 | More by BeerNerd84
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herrlybird

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2013 22:49:08 | More by herrlybird
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nafredet1

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

01-02-2013 18:05:46 | More by nafredet1
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish-brown, but clear. Real frothy & creamy head. 2 fingers worth of head, then receded to about a finger and never went away.

S- Smoky, dark roasted malts. Has a burning wood kind of scent. Carmel/toffee as well. Some kind of spicy note is detected.

T- Toffee! Buttery quality as well. Dark roast malts, with that smoked thing going on. Finish is somewhat sweet, but not sweet for all that long.

M- medium mouthfeel. Starts watery, but sits more in the medium range overall. Moderate carbination. But overall very easy to drink.

Real good brown ale. I'd like to see less smokiness, and more malty sweetness, but can't complain anymore than that.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:18:18 | More by ThomasMetal75
Hit The Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.