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Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of Thezapper


3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Filled up a growler with this beer.

Golden amber color with bright white head and lacing that fades quickly.

Not a whole lot in the nose of this beer, some piney citrus and a touch of tropical fruit.

You get the hops right away but not as much as you would think. It's balanced by a decent amount of malt and has a lingering dry and bitter taste.

It's a decent enough IPA, and a convenient purchase for me since the brewpub is within walking distance. I would drink this again but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer.
Appalachian has a few decent brews but I find most of them are lacking just a little bit in what I want from each style. And this is a good example.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2013 03:41:24 | More by Thezapper
Photo of The-Sud-Truth


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Notable lacing and Ideal head. Murky golden color.

Smell: Scents of a good IPA...Pine, Citrus...sweet ( ? )

Taste: Well blended with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Typical for this type.

Mouthfeel: Full. Fizzy. I feel a push outward from within my mouth. Slight numbing even after it is consumed. Nice finish for this style.

Overall: I live about 20 minutes from this brewery but this is the first time I have purchased a case of any of their offerings. I have been to their local brew pubs and have enjoyed their scratch and non Year-round brews. That said, this is not a disappointing IPA and I would buy another. I would much rather track down a case of their seasonal Major Hopps but that seems to have little distribution or supply to the local distributors. Hoppy Trails stands on its own and I admire it above many of the mid-Atlantic regional efforts. In sum: This is an honest representation of an IPA but has room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:34:39 | More by The-Sud-Truth
Photo of smakawhat


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A somewhat cloudy body, very pale amber and lemon dark yellow in color. Good slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and manages two fingers tall, with a little bit of a creamy character while forming. Settles to a slow 4mm tall puck and soapy collar.

Subtle brown sugar and caramel like malts, with a little bit of toasty quality. Hop angle is present but it's very tiny with the malts dominating. Slight spicy, faint citrus possibly with a sweetness quite noticeable.

Palate fills with a good pine like quick bitterness. Aftertaste leaves some good hop aromatics with a nice coating but quite fleeting also. Good malt backbone and brown sugar like sweetness matching with the pine and somewhat resin like bitterness. Mouthefeel is slightly weak, but nothing that doesn't let the flavor coat or get out of control. Not boozy. Pine action gets quite noticeable and larger as the beer gets consumed.

Overall nothing earth shattering here, but a decent enough IPA that is enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:02:25 | More by smakawhat
Photo of DIM


3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear golden color. It was served to me with a small, fizzy head.

s: Bready malts with a little honey and caramel. Hop aromas are grassy and herbal with a hint of citrus rind

t: Very much hop forward. A little biscuity malt with light sweetness quickly over powered by leafy, grassy hops that are quite bitter.

m: Slick and a little sticky.

o: For my money, maybe the best everyday beer on the board. Broad Steet Barleywine excepted.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 02:05:34 | More by DIM
Photo of mpcrump


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: More yellow than amber. Very light shade. Thin white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing left. .

S: Piney earthy hops and biscuit malts. A very slight hint of citrus.

T: Biscuit malts up front with a little bit of citrus. The hops bring a bit of bitterness at the end.

M: Right in the middle - medium body and carbonation. Dry with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Definitely a beer I would drink again. Doesn't top my list of top IPA's but this is a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 12:16:34 | More by mpcrump
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Weathered orange coloring with a slight mist and healthy dose of effervesce. A cream-buff colored head is rigid and foamy, fairly sturdy at a finger high while leaving a generous amount of foam lace lashes.

S: Sticky pine and white grapefruit grind for aroma. Decent at first but doesnt hold long. average strength.

T: Sweet toasted grains upfront for flavor, wet lemony-pine, with a kiss of hops and a strong flowery dry finish. Nice dry hopping lingers on while a toasty warm malt base backs up.

M: Nice presence of carbonation, light to medium maltiness with a lingering dry hop finish off the tongue.

O: Overall starts out wet and fresh, finishes with a lingering dry hoppiness. Nice quaffer, aside from a weak nose the dry hoppiness stays with you a bit after the swallow making amends.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:09:27 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes while at the brewery.

Poured lightly hazy apricot amber, frothy white head that kept well and left islands of lace. Aromas of biscuit, warm bread, light caramel, and honey are fronted by well balanced tones of earth, grass, grapefruit peels, and herb. The flavors show themselves like that of the aromas. Perhaps a bit of pear or apricot thrown in as well. Very nicely carbonated, drinks fairly well. A well made IPA for everyday imbibing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 02:02:22 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another IPA transported by a friend from Stateline Beverage on the MD/DE border.

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours clouded dull light apricot. The lite tan head is long lasting and fine. Very slowly goes to a high clinging collar, nice lite sheeting and an equally quality looking webs and spots of lace.

Faint nose of grapefruit.

Nicely hopped up IPA. Citrus level is way up, bitterness is way down. Fruity, crisp, fresh tasting, light and enjoyable.

Hoppy Trails indeed. Nicely done, sessionable and worth tracking down IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:52:51 | More by Billolick
Photo of jmdrpi


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a standard shaker pint glass at the Collegeville location.

appears bright golden in color, with white head. Big hoppy aroma of citrus, pine, and earthy notes. Taste has similar flavors,hop dominated. Medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - a nice IPA, not over the top

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 03:22:08 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lititz pub:

In a pint glass:

A: slight amber to yellow body with a thin white head that died after a good fifteen seconds. Some really light lacing was left.

S: piney hops up front with the typical earthy malts backing up a normal English IPA as it should be.

T: basically the same adding a bit of biscuity fullness to the finish and adding a nice sweet aftertaste to it.

M: medium with a dry feel on my tongue, sessionable

O: this is good for its style and for me, but nothing that is spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 20:13:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of nimrod979


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. poured into a pint glass. Packaged date is undistinguishable.

Appearance: Pours a lighter shade of yellow than most IPA's. Thin. White head. Retention wasn't great. No lacing.

Aroma: Decent balance of some piney earthy hops and biscuity malts. Faint hints of citrus.

Taste: A little more impressive than the aroma. Similar in description though. Dry biscity malts are prominent. Light notes of citrus rind and a nice piney bitterness that brings up the back end through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodided. Medium carbonation. Dry. Bitter finish. Not bad. Nothing knocking my socks off either.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:58:08 | More by nimrod979
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden-orange color with a huge white head. The head fades rather slowly as it is quite thick and leaves a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is heaviest of a biscuit and pine nature. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a citrus and earthy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready base with a nice dose of citrus hop flavor. Initially it is also sweetened with some lighter fruit flavors up front. As the taste advances it dries out some with more hop flavors come to the tongue. At the end, some heavier notes (but not too heavy) of a pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue, leaving a slightly bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side; decent creaminess with a light chewiness. The carbonation is on the average side as well. Fairly nice for the hop flavors but maintaining a good drinkability.

Overall – A decent IPA with some nice pine flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:29:16 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of mgironta

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured with a one finger head that left some lacing on the glass. The body is an orange-yellow with medium carbonation. On the nose, there are mild hops and grapefruit, which I would expect. On the taste, there were some hops and pine to it, but definitely not what I would want or expect from an IPA (after looking, I found that it was 45 IBUs, pretty low for the IPAs I’m used to). There’s really just not much to this beer. It was also a bit thin. The finish is quick and unremarkable. I just was not a fan of this brew. It needed to be a bit hoppier. This was just a mediocre beer. I wouldn’t seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:57:19 | More by mgironta
Photo of oline73


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber/golden color with a half finger of fluffy almost white head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: There is a light malt sweetness up front with some citrus peel hops in the background.

Taste: More hop forward than the smell. Citrus peel hops with a sweet malt backbone. Just a slight floral character. The hop bitterness it a little bit boring.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side for the style with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Nothing delicate about this beer. Not terrible, but it's missing any wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 02:52:01 | More by oline73
Photo of Rifugium


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Clear golden-orange pour, bubbly carbonation, and a small white head that left dabs of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of tame citrusy hops and biscuity malts. Basic humdrum IPA taste, with a decent balance of citrus/pine hops and biscuity pale malts, toasted grains. Nothing too daring going on. Light-medium body and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 02:07:47 | More by Rifugium
Photo of magine


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Near white pinkie thick head initially, then settles to a thin lace layer. Some nice lace is left. Decent looks.

Brew smells of sweet earthy floral hops, maybe a bit of pine. Good malts in the nose as well. Some citrus notes come out as well maybe. Good nose.

Good body; sweet crisp hops upfront, leading to a mellow smooth nice bitter finish. Has a nice sticky finish in the aftertaste. Good floral and fruity hops here. Nice malts balance things out here. A good session brew.

Not a hop bomb, but not every IPA has to be. An interesting and clean easy drinking IPA here. A good solid IPA that is local. My first try for ABC brewing and it is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:41:26 | More by magine
Photo of dickroop


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the label on this beer - blue and green, busy but scenic. (This beer is brewed in Harrisburg, PA, and there's a nice little picture of the Pennsylvania RR bridge that crosses the Susquehanna River, just north of the city - it's a great nostalgia trip to see this bridge pictured here!!) The beer is pale golden amber with not much head or lacing. Aroma is faint citrus with earthy background and a little caramel malt. This is one of those beers where you wanna get some nose so bad that you end up dipping the tip of your nose into the brew, and there's just not that much to be had :-(

Taste is a burst of citrus hops, not much malt evident, but some floral elements. There's a long bitter finish that has muskiness and/or metalic side notes - not sure how much I like that. Mouthfeel is generally good - solid and satisfying with some hop oiliness and chewey maltiness. It's a rather one-dimensional hop blast, which would be OK if they hit the flavor better.

I will keep drinking this, with pleasure, but wishing it tasted as good as the samples I had when they had a tasting where I bought the sixer. I'm pretty sure it's fresh enough, and it's better than many IPAs, but it doesn't rate as high as I remembered on first taste. Goes down easy, and it's a worthwhile IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 22:26:28 | More by dickroop
Photo of tone77


2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, piney, very bitter, no malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall for me it just seems a bit unbalanced, to much on the bitter side for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 18:09:43 | More by tone77
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly bright orange color with a small head that leaves minimal lacing.

Light orange citrus aroma. Citrus and pine hops flavor lead to a spicy, slightly peppery bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation and a pleasant lingering bitterness. Tasty. A nice drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 01:48:31 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a near white head.

S - Some slight citrus, not much here.

T - Mild citrus, wheaty.

D - Thin body and light all-around.

O - Very mild and thin. Not much of an IPA, more of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:15:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Pencible


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pine and grapefruit zest, with some floral hops and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like bitter pine and resin, with some floral and citrus zest and a bit of sweet honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Very thin body.
D: This was not a bad IPA, but not great either. The scent and taste were hoppy and bitter, but not delicious. The body was weak too. Not difficult to drink, but not recommended either.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:49:47 | More by Pencible
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra but I forgot who sent it. It pours a medium copper, maybe a shade darker than medium, with a couple fingers of white foam. It smells hoppy in a balanced way, with evident caramel malts adding a sweetness to the aroma. Thankfully the hops take the lead flavor-wise, pine needle and mild bitterness offset the malt. Average body, nice enough but really pretty much an average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:43:48 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of hippityhops85


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a typical, cloudy tangerine/orange with two fingers of off white head leaving excellent lacing and solid retention.

Nose has lots of grapefruit, pine, and other various citrus notes.

Taste follows suit with the grapefruit, pine plus a lingering bitterness on the end palate. Very fresh and clean. Solid balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

A very solid east coast IPA and something I'd definitely enjoy again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 18:28:20 | More by hippityhops85
Photo of philbe311


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a recommendation of a stranger I shared a pint with one evening waiting for some take out food...

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy pillow-like slightly off-white colored head comprised of large bubbles... Modest retention gives way to a splotchy lacing with an uber thick collar... The color is a vibrant orange amber with a distinctive glow... There is a moderate haziness... Light moderate paced carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass along the sides...

S - Clean and hoppy - we're off to a good start... A very nice balance of pine and citrus that take part in a tag of war back and forth... In the end the citrus wins out ever so slightly... There is a moderate malt base reminiscent of graham crackers...

T - The hops dominate the palette throughout... Very little citrus, much more of a pungent piney presence... The malt base is present but takes a distant make seat and just balances things out ever so slightly... A pungency of the hops lingers and lingers and lingers...

M - Light to medium bodied... The pungency of the hops is saliva producing... A bit of lushness... Slightly juicy to start and slightly dry to finish...

D - A very solid very respectable American IPA... Solid in ever facet, but just a notch below great... I'm happy this one was recommended to me... Worthy of consideration for any hop lover...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 20:13:52 | More by philbe311
Photo of emericanchaos


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with slight orangey hue. Carbonation seems very flat as i'm not getting much large bubble and only a touch of small ones. Head doesn't form on the first pour but will produce a finger to a finger and a half on subsequent pours into the same glass.

Smells of pineapple with a touch of grapefruit. Citrus rolls into a piney hoppiness. Maybe a touch of doughy sweetness in the nose suggesting maybe pineapple bread.

Hops are center stage when it comes to flavor. Papery dryness puckers the palate. Not as aggressive as some but still quite drying. Bready sweet grapefruit/pineapple are revealed from the bitter veil.

Feels a tad prickly. Very gentle on the palate. I appreciate the lack of bubble in this respect.

Overall my impression of this beer is that it's an aggressive pale ale. The balance is very much in the vein of an IPA but there's not much malt presence here which makes the hop stand out more than it normally would. Calling this an IPA would mean Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues is more an IPA. They seem pretty similar in balance, with the ABC hoppy trails only slightly more aggressive.

Good beer to drink if you're a hophead at ABC. Looking for a nice IPA to add to the stable? Move along, nothing to see here. This one goes down easily but that's mostly due to it's timidness.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:43:48 | More by emericanchaos
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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
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