Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002

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Photo of bmeehan
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as crazy about this IPA as I am about the Outta Focus. It's hoppier than I tend to like and it's kind of bitter on the aftertaste, but it's not awful. (158 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very clear amber color with a finger of foam that fades away rather quickly. Aroma is faintly bitter, with some vegetal hops. Doesn't spell particularly appetizing.

First sip is firmly bitter, with an aspirin like bitter finish. This is certainly more of an English-style IPA, with minimal hop flavor coming through. This seems to be overloaded with bittering hops, but the malt backbone isn't quite sweet enough to support the bitterness.

This beer is pretty disappointing to me. It is one-dimensional, and that dimension is harsh bitterness. (597 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Copper body. Just off white head, hangs at an eighth inch. A bit of lacing.

S- Toasty malt, with a slight caramel sweetness. Earthy, piney hop character.

T- Malt is bready, and just a faint sweetness. Earthy and piney hop.

M- Medium body. Slight sweetness, but a nice dull bitterness to keep it in check. Finish is dry.

O- BA claims this is an American IPA, but ABC claims its an English IPA. For an English IPA, this is pretty solid. More balanced, and the hop character is earthy, and has that dull bitterness. (556 characters)

Photo of RTitus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Solid average IPA. Small head and okay lacing. Light copper color.
Nose gets pine and floral mostly. Nice bite with a sweet taste behind the hops. Not really bready but almost wine like. Carbonation is a little above average.
Nothing unique here except the grape undertone. Good solid choice and my first beer from this brewery. (332 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%

tap

Pours a clear golden with a white film for a head.

Floral and piney hop aroma with some grassy malt underneath.

Flavor is of pine hop, honey malts, and a grassy finish.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fairly average IPA, drinks easy enough and tastes fine, but not outstanding in any way. If you are dying for an IPA, this will do, but it's not going to rival your favorites in the style in all likelihood. (454 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation, a finger of white head.

S: Tropical fruit, sweet, light pine, canned peaches, light onion.

T: Pine, Pinesol, vitamin c chewable tablet, children’s aspirin, light sweetness, canned fruit cocktail.

M: Medium chewy body, with lots of fine bubbled carbonation. Resinous finish.

O: Very pleasant, fruity and drinkable. Really enjoying this one. Bought in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. (434 characters)

Photo of Thezapper
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of The-Sud-Truth
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of mpcrump
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  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. (554 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (298 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of mgironta
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of dickroop
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (251 characters)

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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
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