Hit The Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

91 Reviews

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

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

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 199
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.12/5  rDev -40.8%
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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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of tavernjef
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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 -16.8%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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 -15.4%
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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Photo of changeup45
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fairly thick with a medium tan head and dark drown body. Sweet malty flavor with some spice but not really any bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking and a pretty good Brown Ale. If you like Newcastle then give this one a try, you'll probably like it as well.

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Photo of riversider76
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown. Looks watery, not much head or lacing. Smell is weak. Some roasted malt, and chocolate. Body is thin,and watery. Taste is ok,but weak. Malty, with some hints of fruit. This beer tasted watered down. Maybe I picked up a bad bottle.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours mahogany with a small cap of bubbly light khaki head that is short lived.

Nutty malt aroma with some brown sugar and hints of molasses in the background. A hint of wheat toast lingers in the background. Mild flavors on the pallet. Weak nutty flavors with a little bit of a floral hop twinge rounding this out.

The body is very light and the carbonation is suitable.

Not a bad beer but it seems to fall short on flavor. Nothing offensive, but there doesn't seem to be much going on.

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Photo of Billolick
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer tried, with bottled on dating on the label. Clear almond flows out of the bottle, insipid white head, dissolving to nothing, no lacing to write about. Nose is fairly weak, just perhaps a wiff of doughness. Not getting a great amount of malt/hops/flavor/complexity here. Clearly a subtle, British style Brown ale. Not impressed, LT makes better stuff then this.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark copper/brown witha tan head. light raosted coffee aroma ith some other roasted malt characteristics, and some butterscotch. bitter coffee flavors, with slight nuttiness, chocolate, and caramel. faint burnt and smoke flavors too. medium bodied with relatively strong carbonation. it sort of interrupts the flavors a bit. overall pretty mediocre, but drinkable. needs less carbonation, a little less dryness and a little more flavor to make a decent brown ale.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, light brown color, based on the look of it I would have guess amber ale over brown ale, not much of a head which is tan colored, fades fast and leaves only a couple small bits of lacing.

Smell is roasted malt with some good hints of nuttiness, bit of toffee thrown in as well.

Taste is malty with nutty toffee undertones, high carbonation, nothing explosive, mild flavors but nothing to hate either, medium to thin body, easy drinking if you feel like having another.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange/amber with a moderate off-white head. Decent lacing down the glass. Smells weakly of floral hops and earthy malts.

The taste is middle of the road on the malt scale. Slightly buttery and nutty, but without a whole lot of distinction. Finishes with a teeny bit of hops a slightly sweet. Carbonation is moderate.

A "safe" beer if that makes any sense. It's taste seems pretty cookie cutter. It does nothing to disuade you from drinking it, but it doesn't make you want to run out to the store to get it either.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark shade of brown with considerable vanilla toned head. The head lasted the whole sitting, which is just what I was looking for.

Smell: Definitely malted barley with a hint of honey mixed with a slight floral essence. The hops were definitely there, but other than the flower aroma, I could not pick out a specific smell.

Taste: Intermingled bitter sweet taste from the malted barley and hops. The sweetness isn't as intense as other english browns i've had, and the bitter aftertaste was a little more prevalent, but still alright.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and bitter, it coats my mouth easily before striking at my tongue.

Drinkability: The taste is laid back enough to make this an easy session brew, but the bitterness makes it harder to throw down the hatch. I think it's a little too bitter, but overall I could quaff it easier than most beers, let alone sweeter brown ales.

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Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, ruby-brown in hue with a bronzy highlight, what a beautiful color. The head developed poorly, at the apex it was a half finger in height but quickly dissipated to a thin cap. After a few moments the cap faded to a collar. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose has its charm, it does lack in potency a bit thus I can’t completely grasp the aromas. I do detect some toasty, caramel malts. I absolutely adore this in Brown Ales. But I do not welcome the buttery, butterscotch notes. Strange sweet, flowery, fruity notes too. Airy finish. The bouquet is fair, not inviting but not off-putting. I’m curious to take a sip even though I hardly know what to expect. I like my Brown Ales to taste like small porters. This one does not. So I will judge it accordingly. There is a wide butterscotch flavor that muddles the palate, IMO. This forces the toasty, caramel flavors to the background. Some sweetness is found at the back, towards the finish before a charred taste emerges. This odd combination lingers into the aftertaste. I can tolerate it but I don’t love it. Weak hop bitterness; any true flavors contributed are not discernible. Overall, the palate is good enough but it needs to be paired with some grilled foods or at least some sharp cheddar cheese. Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation but the mouthfeel is still pleasant. I like this beer. It is okay. But one 12-ounce bottle was enough for me. Thanks for the sample UnionMade… and the glass!

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Photo of EStreet20
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - Reddish brown in color with a two finger ofg white head. Looks pretty nice. The head sticks to the glass quite a bit and has some staying power.

S - Smells of dark malts with some of an earthy smell in there. Lacks that roasty smell I really like in browns but still pretty nice.

T - Taste is of some sweet malts with a roasty character on the aftertaste. However the taste overall is quite subdued. Not as flavorful as many brown ales.

M - Light bodied and a bit too watery.

D - Not too bad but not enough flavors standing out.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown filtered pour topped by an ivory ½” frothy cap.

Sugary “brown” scents pervade. Plenty of pancake malts to go around.

First swigs: Toasted malts and candied fruit. Cake malts. Dry signature LONG TRAIL Alt flavors. Stale root beer and some maple syrup.Spice wafer.

Last swigs: Basic brown spice wafer. Let’s not get too excited.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of shippos
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear brillant amber red witha a thin weak watery head. hints of chewy malt in the aroma along with some toasted and chocolate and caramel grain. More carbonation than expected witha thin mouthfeel...over all nothing great about this, it's ok if nothing else is available.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was able to purchase a single of this, it usually must be purchased in a twelve pack. It poured a nice amber reddish color. It was pleasant enough, good hops, tastey malts. This is a good after activity session beer. I could picture myself drinking this in front of a campfire. I wonder how it goes with s'mores?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby-brown coloring, both vibrant and clear, with only a slight ring of film on the surface. Subtle, slightly watery nose, with hints of toffee rich and sweet, as well as some warming spices of nutmeg and all-spice. Flavors are light, as well, with a rich, roasty quality supporting sweet nut and subtle toffee characteristics. Very smooth and rich, but the lighter body keeps the palate manageable. Smooth, rich aftertaste that is light and sweet, with a crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another one at the tasting at George Pearce's glass shop on Park Avenue.

A: The color was a mixture of brown and gold leading more to the clear side. Rather good head of a finger or so, laced up initially but fell quickly and sticking sometimes.

S: The nose had overtones of malts and some candy on the toffey side, and subtle floral bouquet and malts.

T: Followed the nose with malts hitting your pallet first and lingering longer with shy bitter hops following. Nice retention by the way.

M: This was the best part of the beer. Extremely smooth delivery and creamy body to back up the taste. I enjoyed the crisp sweet malt and bitter hops.

D: This was my second favorite batch from Long Trail. A good mixture leaning towards complex.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into large wine glass.

A: Dark brown, light brown head is minimal.

S: malty and fruity in the nose, plumb and brown sugar.

T: Ok. Mild sweetness. Hint of dark fruit but not as much as in the nose. Pretty standard English ale.

M: Mild carbonation. Reasonably smooth.

O: Maybe above average but in my opinion not amazing. Worth trying however.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of what looks like 093011. Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and no head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Somewhat earthy with some caramel and spices. Taste is somewhat subdued. Spices and some caramel malts but its a pretty light tasting beer. Not a whole lot going on. Thin mouthfeel as well. If it weren't for the flavor of the spices you usually find in Winter beers I'd say this is more of a spring/summer beer. Regardless, its nothing special. Overall, its an ok beer in the Survival Pack but I wont be seeking it out.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a darkish red brown with a medium tan head. There is alot of carbonation in this beer. The smell is average with some malt sweetness to it,but nothing outstanding. The taste is a creamy malt sweetness with alot of carbonation. This is an interesting beer. The m/f is light with the aftertaste being somewhat watery. This is a decent beer that I would try again and one of the better American Brown Ales.

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Photo of ZAP
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like some of their other beers better than this....great looking bottle though
Pours an impressively clear amber color...whisp of a head but not much...

Nose is soft..some maltiness along with some fruitiness...body is pretty light..I don't care for the waythis feels in the mouth...too light...Not a full flavored beer, but it is nice in a subtle way..some nice toasted flavors...they are unobtrusive but nice...also some fruitiness (sweet apples)...not a real strong tasting beer..

Finishes slightly dry...

Decent brown but I prefer a sweeter, more chocolatey flavor...

I wouldn't buy this one again, but it is well made and if you like this type of brown go for it..

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Hit The Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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