Trail Maker
Howard Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.57 | pDev: 14.01%
Howard Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

2/5  rDev -44%

Apr 17, 2014
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benloho from Utah

4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer from Green Life in Asheville. Love the can, the branding, good info on the label except for canning date.

Pours beautifully with a nice creamy head. Pretty tangerine color, what an APA at 6.5% should look like.
The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Citrus, bit of pine, nice tropical sweet notes. Mouth watering smelling beer. Smells real fresh.
The taste follows the nose. Great combo of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Mostly citrus in the taste. Really impressed.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but crisp and light. Really nice and what I like to see in this style.
The hoppy American Pale Ale is my favorite style when the weather starts to warm and I'm looking at getting outdoors. This one really blew me away as I had no high expectations, but it is truly up there. Not a Zombie Dust or Pseudo Sue, but this is right there with Fat Heads Trail Head and Half Acre Daisy Cutter in my opinion. Nice hop forward APA in a can. It's got everything going on.

Mar 09, 2015
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -16%

Nov 30, 2013
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

A shout out to Wil for letting me grab an armful of beer on my way out the other day. Thanks again, dude! Trail Maker is saturated apricot orange with golden highlights running the length of the glass. The dusty white foam grows dense, and chunky with an easy pour to a sturdy finger in height. That head is going nowhere fast, it's incredibly frothy and leaves chunky lace in its wake. This is a great looking pale ale.

The yeast used brings a lot of juicy fruitiness along for the ride; bright pear and soft green apple mostly. The hop profile lays down easy going woodsy notes, pine and earth, along with a good helping of refined, well integrated orchard fruits and citrus. Sweet orange peel, grapefruit marmalade, even Meyer lemon mingle with apricot and peach stone fruitiness. The malt base is simple, pale, and bready with a touch of sweetness in the form of sugar cookie. Nicely done.

Some of that green apple in the nose is from acetaldehyde and it's more noticeable in the flavor but by no means troublesome. The yeast profile is back with the orchard fruits. Stone fruit pop up mid palate with the earthy hoppiness mentioned above. It's all very well integrated and about as smooth as you could imagine. Again, the malt is simple with a bready base and a touch of sugar cookie again.

The weight of the body lies directly in the middle of the spectrum. It's smooth, lush, and enjoyably velvety. The bitterness is soft and hits the tip of the tongue more than the back of the throat while leaving behind mild dryness in its path. A pale ale of this nature is incredibly easy to put away by the 6-pack. Unfortunately, I only have one can...

Trail Maker is a damn good beer from the fine folks at Howard. It won't blow you away by any means but I would certainly buy it to hit the trail, beach, or bike. It's unique, easy drinking, and good. Thanks for the can Wil!

Nov 29, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30%

Feb 26, 2014
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JMC_TM from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Aug 08, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jul 12, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can from Asheville, NC.
Pours with a cloudy amber body and a sizable off-white head that has excellent retention.
Sweet, fruity and hoppy aroma with a subtle hint of rotting soft fruit.
Better flavor. Mildly bitter.
Near medium boy with rather high, biting carbonation. Not smooth.

Jan 02, 2017
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Aug 14, 2014
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Jul 05, 2014
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buckyp from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 01, 2016
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AngusOg from North Carolina

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

Mar 21, 2015
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jaswilson2 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 08, 2015
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Nov 22, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, golden coloring with a fluffy, dense, bright white head. Nose of cedar and pine, subtle resin, and light tropical fruit notes. Amazing aromas! Flavors are roast forward, with a heavy dose of cedar and pepper, undertones of grapefruit, and some solid grassy notes. Smooth and light in mouth, with a toasted and resinous aftertaste. Frothy, slightly dry finish. Very tasty, extremely drinkable beer.

Feb 16, 2014
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kbuzz from North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jul 13, 2016
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Ljoreilly from Georgia

3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jul 07, 2015
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 11, 2015
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard American pint glass at Wine Maestro in Statesville, NC. Crisp golden pale ale with a nice lazy head and generous lacing. Very well bittered - a really enjoyable pale ale - true to style. I only recently had anything from Howard Brewing - but they do a very solid job of it. I judge at the Carolina Championships (for NC brews) and I was given a bottle of Howard's Action Man, surprisingly good. Solid stuff from these guys - and Jason seems like a very nice guy. Check em out. Support local brewing!

May 05, 2014
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Falcone from North Carolina

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

Mar 01, 2015
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jan 29, 2014
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Mojo from Alabama

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 21, 2015
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 12, 2015
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baklo from North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 04, 2015
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BigGingDrinker from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

Mar 21, 2014
Trail Maker from Howard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 35 ratings