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Hit The Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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3.59/5
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199 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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

Added by Jason on 12-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,316
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
199
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

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2.12/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Long Trail- Hit the Trail Ale

Appearance- cola brown with a huge frothy head. Slight lacing.
Smell- Opened the beer and stuck my nose to the bottle. Smelled light lemon and grass. Poured the beer into a glass and there was a faint, and I mean faint smell of roasted nut.
Taste- I swear there is no taste at all!! This was bottled on 10/12/05 so thats 3 months old. I can barely detect some malt and coffe/ nut flavor. I could be making it up in my head though.
Mouthfeel- water. water. water.

Overall- what is going on here?! No flavor! I wasn't expecting much from this beer and it delivered even less. There is NO taste!

-maybe my tastebuds are too conditioned to IPA's

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2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #135
Served On: 03/09/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 12/28/11

This was in the winter 2011 Survival Pack.

Look: The beer poured a clear deep copper color. The head was a thin white cap of spongy foam. Carbonation bubbles were slow but steady.

Smell: No much going on with the aroma. I noticed some English Ale qualities, like some cracker notes and earthy hops.

Taste: First was a rather bland malty note, then an interesting spice in the middle. Maybe like a faint nutmeg. The finish was a dry cracker note. Aftertaste was fairly clean.

Overall this beer was typical of other English styles I’ve had. Rather thin with a couple signature notes that seemed to stand out.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of tavernjef
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a dirty cloud of brownish orange hue with a one finger high head of thinnish bone white froth that fades to a fine skim always present and leaves whispy strings and sheets of lace. Smell is a barely there slight sweet malt, a bit musty, nearly undetectable. Taste is a bit empty in front of very thin malts and goes no where until some uneven hoppy bitterness thats a tad harsh hits towards the end. Its not watery, it just doesn't offer much flavor really. Feel isn't bad actually, seems to favor a close mediumness, the only thing is its short lived. A very plain and ordinary tastin' beer IMO.

Still gotta give thanks to mickeys01 for the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty average brown here in my humble opinion,pours more of an amber than brown color with a pretty light head aroma is lightly vinagery and kinda funky.Taste is pretty harsh when cold as it warms becomes more of the style lightly earthy and sweet but nothing spectacular.A prety average brown nothing really sticks out.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty brown color ale with a rather large head with average retention. Aroma of caramel malt with some sweetness. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with a nice lingering caramel-like sweetness. Body is just above average with some good carbonation. Better then most standard brown ale out there but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the long trail brewery in Vt.

A nice dark ale with a good amount a coffee malt and very little head. Rick Dark color and decent aroma, with very little hint of hops, the malt takes away from it. Sticks in your mouth after the swallow, so if you are going to drink it i would say dont switch to other beers cause it stays there. For me i think it would be a definitely decent winter type beer.

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Hit The Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 199 ratings
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