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Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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83
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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold pour with 1.5 finger pale cream head. Decent retention and moderate lace. Surprisingly clear.

Bright, hoppy nose with grapefruit and light pineapple. Really tart with fruit. Very nice.

Very bright hit and very clean. Citrus rolls over the tongue almost immediately, with a moderately aggressive hop finish with more grapefruit. I really like this one.

Feel is just right for the style and for the hops. Not overly resiny or syrupy. Works well for the relatively light alcohol.

Overall, a very easy drinking IPA that is still fairly aggressive.

beer2day, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of psugrad98
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is a tribute to the Appalachian Trail which runs close to the brewery in Harrisburg, PA. The warm and cask conditioned nature of this beer only adds to its complexity and vigor.
Medium amber in color, slightly cloudy with itty bitty beautiful floating yeast particles. Full bodied, with a rich sweet nature and an magnificant amount of hoppy bittness. This is very hoppy with a dry bitter finish. Only for HopHeads!!

psugrad98, Jun 24, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As hop-head this is my beer of choice at Appalachian Brewing. The bitterness of the rich hopping fills your mouth without being overwhelming. But, a word of warning: this beer doesn't not keep its characteristics when bottled. For home drinking I choose Brooklyn Brewing IPA which costs about the same.

prodgerm, Feb 22, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent, hoppy brew. Wonderfully fruity aftertaste. Great for the summer barby, or just a day at the park! One of the finest IPA's I've had to date. Not "sweet" like others or a double. Can't wait to get my hands on the next case - only found on a trip to PA.

ckbailey97, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 20, 2004
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4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a break in the action on 29JAN10, about 4 hours between maneuvers and a barracks party. So, Harrisburg was only 30 minutes away, and there ya go!! ;-)

First round pre-dinner was their house IPA. A small sample said "yes", and a pint followed (at $3.50 during Happy Hour). A clear, medium copper liquid filled my glass, with slow, sporadic carbo rising within. A thin, off-white head layered the bier, with excellent lacing. Toasty malts and light sweetness are healthily present in the aroma, with rindy notes as well. Oh yeah... The body here was medium, with some light prickliness accompanying the downward passage.

Flavor opens with some light sweetness, but it's only a tease. Next up are a plethora of solid hops. Citrus, some pithy, rindy characteristics, a touch of resin. Oooh... this is very nice! A good lead-off bier! Prosit!!

4.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4.5

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, Feb 02, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today. Poured into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Nice clear amber color. 1" high fluffy white head. Long lasting. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, subtle malt, hint of caramel

Taste: Bitter from start to finish. Bitterness is smooth, not harsh. Lots of citrus character. Hint of ... spruce?

Mouthfeel: medium body. smooth

Drinkability: Oh yes. I will buy this again. Since I go to Gettysburg a lot to visit the battlefield, it will be one of my stops.

gestyr, Dec 21, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

glid02, Jan 14, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Harrisburg ABC and got this growler to go... Okay, I may have waited too long to open the growler as it has been over two weeks, but let's see...

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

S: Not much of a smell as I do remember the same directly off the tap. Some floral and citrus hops along with some mild malt sweetness.

T&M: Actually it is tastier than I remembered. Medium bodied. Nice malty backbone that follows and floral and citrus hop flavor through to the end. Semi-dry finish with residual some hop oils.

Very good IPA.

M: Smooth and crisp...

D: Not a bad beer at all, a good one for people looking for some hops, although this is not bitter at all.

cdizinno, Jul 27, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Apr 10, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

nickthetick, Nov 28, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +11%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 19, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is a highly transparent light orange

S- This beer has a powerful hoppy aroma. There is a huge hint of citrus, specifically grapefruit

T- Grapefruit! There is a burst of grapefruit in every sip. Starts off bitter and ends bitter. It has more of an aromatic bitterness than anything

M- Very carbonated and light bodied. Not what I expect for an IPA. However, it works well this this aromatic beer.

D- The bitter is pretty bitter, but not as bitter as most IPAs. I could probably drink 3 - 4 beers before the bitterness makes it unbearable.

I really enjoyed this beers flavor and aroma. There was a huge hint of grapefruit making it delicious. Overall, a decent beer.

y2jrock60, Dec 17, 2008
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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.