Trailblaze Organic Brown Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Trailblaze Organic Brown AleTrailblaze Organic Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Slatetank on 09-09-2007

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by hardcor33:
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4/5  rDev +14%

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Photo of marvin213
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The little bit of head (gentle pour) fades quickly, though carbonation is clearly ample. A true brown ale--colored like maple syrup. It looks organic, as it's the color of fresh bark. It appears as the label describes it: fresh, pure, and brown.

I might be getting fooled by the au natural from the bottle description, but it's like foresty nuts and pine cones. There's also some chocolate on the nose. A squirrel would surely come beckoning to the origin of this aroma.

I taste the maple sweetness I see in the look. Maybe I taste some of the bark as well--more likely some roasted malts. I credit it for refraining from the burnt kind of taste in some browns, but I wish I could taste more of the Mr. Goodbar-type smell it offers. It's a pleasant roasted malt taste, and that's basically it. Might be a good one to share with the family during the Christmas holidays--mild enough for the older BMC traditionalists, but solid enough to represent everything better. In that sorta setting, the beer holds promise; otherwise, it's rather forgettable.

Roasted malts do not a bad mouthfeel make, but I again wish I had more of the nutty chocolateness I expected from the pre-taste examination. Carbonation is indeed ample, but missing is anything that could make the mouthfeel much better than average.

It's a blah brown. For comparison's sake, I'd say it's neither better nor worse than a New Castle. From an organic craft brewer way up north claiming to blaze a trail with this here brown ale, I'd honestly expect something better.

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Photo of KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ChickenBugg
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Rootdog316
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask @ ABC Harrisburg on 5/45/09. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a deep, dark amber/near brown with a 1/2 finger of foamy light tan head. This stays rich and frothy, slathering the sides of the glass with lace. Solid cask look here. The aroma is lightly floral and citric, with some underlying roast notes underneath. Even though there isn't really a whole lot to the nose, the hops really shine here the most.

The taste is similar, with a VERY floral (and lightly spicy) hoppy feel to this in the mouth. Light Brown notes of caramel and roast definitley come out here stronger in the taste, but the whole thing is once again pretty muted. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a really easy carbonation in the mouth from the cask conditioning. Despite the lighter feel, there is enough presence to keep this from feeling watery.

I think that I much preferred this cask version over the regular tap offering, as it possessed a nice green edge to it and was extremely easy both in the body and drinkibility department. However, this is still an average at best Brown Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nickthetick
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served on tap at the Camp Hill location.

A: The ale has a dark color, several shades darker than milk chocolate, almost a dar chocolate color. The ale carried a one finger head that retained for the first third of the glass.

S: The nose was malty, caramel with some nuttiness thrown in for good measure. The overall aroma is subdued, nice and relaxed.

T: The ale is reserved, subtle but enjoyable. The malt flavor is much more caramel than nut, which is a nice twist. The result is more of a porter flavor with the roasted caramel. Don't get me wrong though, this is no porter, I am simply commenting on the abundance of caramel flavors. A light flourish of hops adds a kick of flavor at the end.

M: The caramel malts own the body, but do so in a relaxed manner that never overwhelms the palate.

D: The ale is smooth and low in alcohol, a nice session beer for wasting away a day at ABC.

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Photo of philbe311
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

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Photo of thomscottson
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Rukasu
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- a red copper color. The light bounces off the beer nicely. Not much head but there is some lacing on my glass. looks like a chocolate cherry color almost.

S- hops hops and more hops. Nuts and malts as well.

T- a hop covered in dark chocolate is the best way i can describe it. It was bland on the back end as well. It felt like there was cardboard. Some nuts and caramel flavor as well.

M- smooth and thin. Not much feel to it except for the hops.

D- not a bad beer but it wasnt a good beer. It went down but it just had no powerful flavoring. It seemed to have lost taste after a few drinks.

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Photo of cujim
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of matthiasbrau
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of VFRAZ
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured nutty, smoky and earthy malts.

The taste consisted of earthy, yet clean malts, a soft cocoa and a grassy hop toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style, clean and dry.

Overall a very tatsy and quaffable ale. Clean.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Trailblaze Organic Brown Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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