Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA

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281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 281 | Reviews: 101
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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Soonami
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appalachian Brewing Company Hoppy Trails IPA is a weird beer. The beer is a slightly hazy, bright orange with just a flurry of white head that fades quickly. The aroma is very heavy in grainy malts with a distinct smell of DMS and only a hint of woodsy hops. The beer tastes very odd. It is at first very caramel sweet with an orange flavor that makes it taste almost soda-like. Then the bitter comes in, it's blunt, astringent and lingers for a second before disappearing. This beer is lacking the hop layering and complexity that one expects from American IPA's. The carbonation is fine, but the tannic hop flavor leaves a grainy feeliing in my mouth. I found this drinkable (not a drain pour) but would not get this again.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of sweet pale malts with a good deal of citrus and pine hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of sticky and resinous pine enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very aromatic IPA that delivered in the flavor department but not quite enough to make it anything more than very good. Worth a shot.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: 11/28/10

Pours a very clear, light amber color with a finger of frothy white head and sticky lacing. There's not a whole lot going on with the nose, some faint grassy / floral hops and sweet caramel malts is all im picking up. Malty sweetness upfront, along with some citrus notes, with a floral bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and somewhat dry.

This is actually a re-review...my notes represented a much more malty IPA than I recall from multiple pours from the brewpub. So, I threw a bottle that was semi fresh in a mixed sixer to give it my best possible review. It didn't improve much, slightly more hops on the tongue and not nearly as sweet, but thats about it. Certainly a mess after a few months, but nothing all the special when really fresh either.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orangeish-copper body is capped by a creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and leaves craggy lace throughout the glass. Sweet caramelish malt combines with floal and citrusy hops in the nose. The body is medium-full and it's fine carbonation bristles the tongue before it warms to become quite creamy. A bold bitterness backs a rich, deeply caramelized malt that's laced with yeasty fruitiness and infused with floral, piney, and citrusy hops. It finishes with some lingering sweetish malt that quickly fades, leaving behind longer lingering hop flavors and bitterness.

Photo of nickthetick
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a honey color and clear with a slightly off white to ivory head. The head hangs around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing.

S: large hop presence throughout with orange leading the way. Biscuity and malty with more dark citrus towards the end.

T: tangy hop bitterness and lighter on the hop flavor than I would have expected. A little bit of grapefruit tart and noticeable malt/bread.

MF: noticeable as an ipa but not overpowering. With out a lot of other off flavors to balance the hops and malt it is a introductory hop head kind of beer with a nice crisp feeling in the mouth.

D: a quick buy again this beer was of outstanding flavor at a great price. I will soon refill a growler with this beer.

Photo of nimrod979
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is dry hopped with Northern Brewer hops and hand-pumped near room temperature..

A: The ale has an amber orange color, very clear, with a thick 2 finger billowy head. The beer, as consumed, leaves extensive layers of lace in the glass.

S: The aroma is a citrusy hop scent with a drier subtle character that comes from dry-hopping.

T: The taste continues with the subtle hop character. The dry hopping has imparted an earthy, citrus hop flavor that really kicks in as the beer moves to the back of the mouth. The additional hops provide a big citrus hop flavor that finishes nicely.

M: The ale's hoppy character is both subtle and spicy.

D: The dry-hopping has added a nice element to the ale, giving it an added depth and flavor that the regular draught version often misses.

Previous Reviews:
12-Jul-06, Cask [Cascade and Willamette], 4.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, 3.90

Photo of Jredner
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Low key floral hop aroma with mild caramel accents. Light orange/brown in color with a two finger thick, firm but bubbly white head. Light citrus, pine flavor in the forre...spitzy. No intensity, but not weak either. Just kinda lazy, flavor wise. Hoppy flourish in the finish. Not a bad IPA really, but it seems to go a little more in the way of hops than malt...oddly considering overall it is so low key.

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- ABC Brewery

A- a golden wheat type of color. A one finger head that paints a nice lacing on my pint. Quite clear as well.

S- some nice pine hops are more present than anything else. Some sweet citrus and mlats complement that pine very nicely.

T- The pine hops are very sweet. This is a decent IPA flavor. There is also some grapefruit that hits the palate as well.

M- dry andhoppy just how you like the IPA's. Crisp and refrehsing

D- overall, a very decent and light ipa. I have had much hoppier ipas but ABC did a nice touch on this one. It goes down with ease.

Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of The-Sud-Truth
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer

Photo of BeerConnoiseur
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Gettysburg ABC and enjoyed it so much I bought a six pack to bring home.

A: Orange amber color with a mild haziness. Minimal off-white head and good lacing.

S: Light hops with some floral and citrus notes along with some mild malt sweetness, a nice combination.

T&M: Medium bodied. Nice malty backbone that follows and floral and citrus hop flavor through to the end. Semi-dry finish with residual hop flavor. It has a great combo between the hops and malts.

This is an impressive IPA. My recommendation is to have one on tap with one of their burgers or a steak, it just hit the spot after walking the battlefields and touring the college.

M:I am very picky about the mouth feel, usually preferring German Pilsner freshness, but this IPA was smooth and crisp, it ranks up there as one of the best I have had.

D: This is a great beer for anyone looking for hops, without the high alcohol or bitter aftertaste of hops. This is not bitter at all.

Definitely worth a try!!

Slainte!

Photo of Axic10
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Copper color with about a half an inch of head that slowly faded over time.

Smell: Floral and pine. Not over powering.

Taste: Bitter, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I was pretty impressed with this beer. I definitely see myself drinking this in the summer or while tailgating. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citric hop and a soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a full balmy citrus hop and a full sweet crystal malt. Sweet orange at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very good IPA. Full bodied.

Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of kernalklink
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA poured a bright cloudy gold, with a substantial head and very good lacing throughout. The hop aromas were overpowering at first, but turned subtle on the tongue- very earthy and bitter all around. The strong hops were well balanced by a sweet candy malt, very fragile flavor, but balancing. A unique IPA with a good flavor profile and great pairing with stronger foods.

Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of psuKinger
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the brewery. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: pours a rather clear golden color with a moderate white head that disipated quickly but left good lacing. 3.5

S: a bit maltier-sweet in the nose than I'd like, but the presence of some grapefruit hops is detectable. 3.5

T: this IPA is "par" for me: traditional malt sweetness at the start balanced out by a fair amount of hop bitterness and just a touch of grapefruit reward. A decent beer, even "good" by East Coast standards. 3.5

M: light with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes dry and bitter. 3.5

D: a strong point for this beer, I'd gladly have another back-to-back. A fine showing from ABC. 4.0

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale partly translucent orange with some brown hues and gold when backlit. The head is on finger of thick froth. Some spotty lacing is pasted to the walls of my glass sporadically.

Smell: Slight hints of bitterness and grain with a citrus element just out of reach to really put my finger on.

Taste: The flavor offers more vibrance than the nose did. The bitterness is dry and astringent and lacks the freshness and the sweet malt backbone that my favorite IPAs have. This one is bitter without a doubt but it is quite simple. The bitterness is made up of a earthy floral attribute and pine mixed with a grain dryness that leads to orange-rind and black pepper astringent bitter flavors and long lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The grapefruit aftertaste is quite dry and leave my mouth feeling like the Sahara desert. It becomes a bit of a workout for the cheeks but it forces each sip to come quickly after the last. The well carbonated bitey beer goes down quickly.

Drinkability: Exceptional. This is not my favorite IPA but it sure goes down easy. Bitter and dry, a bit light weight but boy does it go down quick. Maybe I was just thirsty =)

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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
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