Trailblaze Organic Brown Ale
Appalachian Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #671
Ranked #44,553
3.54 | pDev: 14.12%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Trailblaze Organic Brown AleTrailblaze Organic Brown Ale
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lititz location. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy semi-dark brown color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white to off white foamy head that dissipated and barely left any lacing. The smell had a decent amount of light roasted nuts a super light caramel malts. The taste was mainly malty sweet with a long glazed over caramel nutty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth as it allowed a gentle rolling nuttiness over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Brown Ale. The hops seemed pretty subdued but I’m okay with that.

Jun 29, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. the beer is a few years old and is an accidental aging experiment.
Pours a clear mahogany color with creamy offwhite head of 1 cm that fades to an edge layer quickly after the pour.
Aroma is malty sweet with caramel and brown sugar and a bit of maple syrupy sweet. No booze or hops on this beer.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is sweet malt with brown sugar and some caramel. No hops nor booze again, a pretty straightforward malty brown ale with no flaws. Well crafted beer that isnt overly complex but enjoyable.

Apr 15, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Appalachian in Lititz, PA. Pours a deep amber-brown. A lot of caramel and malt going on here, with just a bit of hops at the finish. Quite enjoyable. My favorite of the ABC offerings.

Mar 08, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +4.8%


Pours a clear brown, light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of roasted biscuity malts and hints of caramel.

Roasted biscuit malt flavor with caramel and something like a mesquite smokiness.

Medium body with a light fizzle of carbonation.

A fairly decent brown ale with a nice unique element in the flavor, the mesquite. That makes it worth trying in my opinion, but then it loses points with a disappointing body. Probably a divisive beer for brown ale fans. Worth a go.

Sep 04, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure I've ever rated anything straight across the board like this. I thought this was a decent brown ale.

A: a little lighter -auburn to maybe even slightly amber, but with a nice sustaining head and decent lacing
S: toasted malts, some nuttiness, even a little coffee
T: typical brown front, an English kind of yeast taste and bitterness. The hop intensity is a little above normal, but that works. Carbonation adds to feel, which is better than the appearance indicates.
O: a decent little brown ale. Not gonna immediately grab a six-pack, but would grab a pint on a future trip.

Jul 30, 2014
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Rootdog316 from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this organic ale out of a bottle. It had been sitting in my fridge for about a year untouched. Had a reddish brown with a nutty malty nose. Dry, palate with a hint of cocoa and more nuts. Decent but forgettable. I'd drink it again, but I would not go out of my way to purchase it.

Oct 09, 2013
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matthiasbrau from New York

3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had originally tried this excellent organic brown ale on tap 9/8/2013 at the Appalachian Brewing Company on Chambersburg Road in Gettysburg. So good, in fact, that I bought a sixer to bring home. This review is for the bottled version, subsequently sampled chez moi on 9/17/2013.

A: hard pour into my Spaten mug reveals a dark root beer-like color, big head, nice lacing all the way down as I drank.

S: inviting malty and grainy aroma, makes me want to take a big swig

T: taste is bold and bitter, roasted grain, then the hops come on strong; no sweetness; delicious

M: medium mouthfeel, quenching

O: a well-balanced organic brown ale; perfect with bowtie pasta & fresh tomatoes/garlic/zucchini; thrilled I've got another five bottles to go

Sep 18, 2013
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - One fingers worth of whipped slightly off-white colored head... Average as best retention... On the darker side of medium brown...

S - Limited and rather subdued... Lightly roasted malts... Faint coffee... Brown sugar... A slight hint of chocolate...

T - The flavors were more potent than I expected... Toasted malts and brown sugar to start... There are definite coffee and chocolate notes that make this one quite enjoyable... Some caramel sweetness mixed in as well...

M - Sleek and smooth... Far from robust and rather thin and watery... Little or no carbonation... Not much going on in this department...

D - Overall this one is quite sessionable... Aside from a mouthfeel that is a bit too thin and watery for my liking, there is no reason I couldn't put a couple of this back any given afternoon or evening... A solid representation of the style that is neither disappointing nor exceptional... I'm not big on "organics," but I get that is a nice selling point as well...

Mar 21, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany brown color with a big and thick cream colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a chocolate and caramel smells. Mixed with these are aromas of some roasted malt and a light aroma of a nutty nature.

Taste – The beer is drier then I would have expected from the nose. The taste begins with a roasted malt and lighter caramel sweetness. From the initial roasted malt, which creates a base for the taste of the beer, comes an increase in the caramel sweetness and some flavors of brown sugar. These sugar tastes get strongest at the middle and begin fading more toward the end. From the middle to the end, while the sugar flavors are fading, come flavors of nut and some hop flavors of an earthy and herbal flavor come into the taste. These flavors take the taste to its end where they leave a lightly bittered roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner to average side in its creaminess with a carbonation level being rather average. The medium body and carbonation made it rather easy drinking, although a slightly lower level of carbonation may have been more appropriate for the roasted and nutty flavors of the brew.

Overall – A decent, not too sweet brown ale with some nice hop flavors. A nice easy drinking brew.

Jan 27, 2013
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Rukasu from District of Columbia

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, clear ruby red/brown with a one-finger frothy tan head

S - Faint smokiness, roasted malts, not much smell at all.

T - Hoppy/citric tartness up front. Biscuity roasted malts hints of grass, rosemary, autumn spices, and lemon on the finish.

M - Surprisingly light, though the tartness gets a bit harsh by the second bottle.

O - Decent brow ale, not my favorite style, but a good beer for an autumn afternoon.

Oct 14, 2012
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TheMultiYeast from Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some tan head and spotty lacing.

Hearty aroma with nutty biscuity malts, some sweetness, light floral hop profile, molasses

Grainy and toasty again on the palate..warm and nutty, smooth almond woodiness.

Smooth, light body, good midday beer.

Overall a good brown ale

Sep 07, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FFirst had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Probably my favorite of the beers I sampled from Appalachian. Which is weird considering I'm not a big fan of brown ales in general. Darker amber-brown pour, hazy but still somewhat see-through, with a small white head that retained fairly well and left a bit of soapy lacing. Toasted malts in the nose with an unexpected twist of hoppiness. More of the same in the taste, toasted grains, sweet malts, nutshells, floral and piney hops, uncharacteristically ample for the style, but actually creating a nice sense of balance, as opposed to the normal boring, flavorless, nutty-malt liquid that a brown ale usually is. So points for that. Light-medium body and decently drinkable. Pretty good overall, all things considered.

Aug 26, 2012
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear cola brown. It was served to me with a smallish, big bubbled head.

s: Surprisingly strong leafy hops, brown sugar, and hints of cocoa.

t: Sweet brown sugar, chocolate, and a nice leafy bite at the end.

m: Slick and fizzy.

o: A pretty nice brown ale.

Jun 22, 2012
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served from the tap at the Collegeville brewpub location, in a pint glass.

appears a medium brown color with a thin white head. not much head retention. not much aroma, just a bit nutty. taste is mild as well, just a bit of sweet caramel malt. body is thin and fizzy, I wanted more for the style.

overall - just kinda average and boring. not bad, just wouldn't seek out again.

Feb 12, 2012
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tlazaroff from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours a nice solid clear brown with dark amber highlights. The mocha head leaves nice lacing, and although it dissipates fast it still is frothy and never quite goes away completely.

S: "Ooh, that smells great." was my first reaction. This beer is big on the caramel notes. Some fruitiness in the tail end of the smell but it's not overwhelming. Light floral qualities too, but overall it's smells like a malt bomb.

T: Initially I get a touch of caramel which leads into this big toasted bread flavor. Not just any toasted bread, but homemade thick sliced italian toasted bread. The finish is sweet caramel. Bitterness is there, but it remains in the background and there is a bit of a carbonation bite on the first sip. This beer really showcases the malt.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of carbonation bite as said in the taste. It's not bad, but it could be smoother.

D: Very easy drinking beer, this could easily be a go-to brown. Quite excellent.

Oct 25, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking deep brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The head fades and leaves a tiny amount of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was sweet, roasted and a little nutty. The taste had some elements of chocolate in there that I found to be pretty nice. The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and light bodied. Overall it's a pretty good Brown Ale, not the best but worth a try.

Oct 14, 2011
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown tinted amber, rocky cream colored head, little lacing. Pale notes of powdery chocolate with a leafy and grassy hoppyness at the front, nutty and roasty overall. Taste brings the components of scent but they are slightly muddy and damp. Medium bodied, decent moderate carbonation, dry and earthy on the palate. some decent notes help make this beer pleasant enough to drink but nothing standing out.

Aug 28, 2011
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian Trailblaze Organic Brown Ale

Pours brown, as expected, with an off white head and little lacing. Aroma comprised of caramel malt, and a big whiff of floral hops. In the flavor, pretty hop forward with an unexpected wall of bitterness and citrus notes. Caramel follows, with mildly nutty flavors, and a well balanced finish. Nice to see a brown ale with good hop character. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall, a decent hoppy brown.

Jul 24, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rather harsh, dishwatery brown ale.

Quite attractive in the glass with nice lacing and a dark amber color. Not much aroma, slight nose of cereal. Kind of a sourdough hint. Nice enough mouthfeel, with good carbonation and a clean tang on the palate. But the flavors that take over are more like old fruit, citrus rinds, tea leaf dregs. Quite hoppy for the style but some malt to hold it down with a hint of sweetness.

Cleanly made, so it's a matter of taste whether you like this style. I just don't care for that aftertaste of dirty, earthy hops.

Jun 30, 2011
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nickthetick from Maryland

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear dark copper with ruby highlights into and American shaker pint with a finger of tan head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S: nice deep roasted malts and very nutty and a little light roasted coffee.

T: right off the bat there is some solid, good nutty-ness. Caramel and deep malt sweetness balance what is a bit of a bitter hops. A peanut lingers on the tongue for a short time.

MF: a good heavy body, mild carbonation and pleasingly bitter and sweet.

O: a great brown ale, a bit nutty but good. And organic to.

May 21, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 3/3/11 on tap at the Harrisburg ABC location served in an oversized mug.

This brew appears a clear burnt amber color nearing brown but not quite. A finger of creamy off-white head appears and holds with decent retention. Some sticky webbing of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is citrusy, floral and fruity with hops. This was a bit of an unexpected surprise, it is more hoppy and fresh smelling that I remember. A pleasant toasted toffee/caramel note backs the nose with some sweetness. A light touch of sulfur and minerals is present as the brew warms.

The taste includes toasty malt in the form of flavors of toffee and caramel. The hops produce an herbal flavoring lightly fruity and floral which is a pleasant contrast to the sweetness of the malt. A light smokey aspect is thrown into the mix with minerals and sulfur bringing up the back. It has a lingering clingy herbal hop taste that lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. It has more of a hop presence and freshness than I expected for a brown, let alone an "organic" one. The abv is hidden quite well but all together it is forgettable. This isn't something I would go out of my way for but the next time im in ABC I would drink this if nothing else new was on tap.

Mar 25, 2011
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nickd717 from California

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to ben4321.

Not as brown as most brown ales. It's more like a clear dark reddish-brown. A one-finger tan head sits on top and leaves good lacing and thick spotty foam.

The aroma is pretty nice, sweet and chocolaty with a little caramel. No detectable hop aroma really at all.

The flavor is a little on the sweeter side but fairly pleasant. Caramel, chocolate, and roast.

Medium-bodied and very slick on the mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

Overall, an above-average brown ale from my hometown of the 'burg. Not going to knock anyone's socks off, but it's reasonably tasty.

Nov 20, 2010
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter, clear brown, almost mahogany color. An off-white half finger of head adorns. No lacing really.

Smell is nice with a good amount of roasted malts, with some brown sugar and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is beautiful. Lots of roasted malts, and there is a nice sweetness of brown sugar and even some bitter cocoa. One of my biggest complaints about browns in general is the metallic aftertaste...there's nothing dissatisfying about the aftertaste here.

Good and smooth, slightly soft, solid medium in body.

Good drinkability. Definitely one of the better brown I've had to date!

Oct 25, 2010
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mtnbikerpa from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew at a recent brewfest. Poured dark brown almost a coffee color with a nice thick, foamy head. Deep rich malt-like flavor. Almost no hint of hops. Scents of mocha, roasted nuts and some soft vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery for as heavy as the flavor is. Drinkable nature is very good, I could drink a couple of these.

Aug 17, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

Brought to me with a finger of light, off-tan head with low retention. Color was a cola-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sweet with a cocoa-like odor. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a combination of a pleasant chocolaty sweetness and a slightly astringent bitterness. Finish was like bittersweet chocolate. Not bad and worth trying if for no other reason than it comes from PA's first USDA-certified organic brewery.

Jul 23, 2010
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