Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company
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2.58/5 rDev -29.3%
A beautiful pour yields a very lasting, small bubbled white head. The body is slightly hazy, and just on the edge of transparency. Color is a bright yellow-gold. I can smell the hops from a foot away! An incredible lemon scent, backed by a bit of slightly sweet caramel malt. The taste, however, is not up to snuff. The beer was served almost at room temp, too warm even for cask. Full of bitter lemon, very light, and almost soapy. There's no malt presence here, and thus no balance. The mouthfeel is very light, with low carbonation, and is thus very smooth. Could use a bit more thickness. I would like to try this again in the future, perhaps bottled. Altough I would imagine having it at the brewery (which I did) would be the best experience. Still, after being unable to finish this, I was given a freebie, which helped some.
08-13-2006 14:17:24 | More by mjc410
2.63/5 rDev -27.9%
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.
12-08-2010 04:20:55 | More by Soonami
2.68/5 rDev -26.6%
This beer poured with a total lack of head. Only a thin film of white bubble formed but then quickly receded. The beer is a hazy light caramel or honey color. Held to the light it is fairly cloudy.
Aroma was of roasted malt and only a slight citrus aroma. This is very sweet smelling. Certainly, does not smell like many quality IPA's I've encountered,
Strange flavor profile for an IPA. A burst of sweet malt up front and some matching hops, then the flavor faded to almost nothing. There is really no finish on this IPA.
I get a caramel flavor in the malt that is balanced with some hops, but I don't get that sense of fresh hops that I find in the superior IPA's. The aftertaste is almost a burnt flavor vs. a hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is a little on the light side for an IPA but not horrible.
Only slightly drinkable as I am not really enjoying the flavor.
07-07-2008 17:12:49 | More by Reagan1984
2.75/5 rDev -24.7%
On tap at the Harrisburg location served in a mug. This brew appears a clear copper to light orange color with a finger of silky white head. The cap holds fairly well and as it recedes leaves some patches of leggy lace and a line of lacing with every sip.
The smell of this brew is grassy and herbal hops mixed with some mineral quality and some sulfur notes. It is mildly reminiscent of some sort of cleanin agent mixed with some malty sweetness that is lightly bready and biscuit-like.
The taste is bready/biscuit malt with modest herbal bitterness that is mostly grassy in flavor mixed with minerals and sulfur just like the aroma suggested. It lingers with a grassy to herbal bitterness that lasts inside the mouth coupled with mineral character.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation and decent drinkability but not a good representation of the style. I guess I have had worse but this beer just leaves me wanting more out of it. I don't think there is ever a time or style of beer where minerals should be the leading character in your beer...especilally an IPA. The name of this beer must be a reference to Easter time?
04-27-2011 17:55:19 | More by stakem
2.78/5 rDev -23.8%
Pours a hazy orange-ish yellow with a white head. Aromas of a hoppy malt, and just a hint of citrus/ grapefruit. In the taste, a small grapefruity bitterness and a sweet malt. A clean hop mouthfeel and a decent bitter aftertaste. Mellow, and nice hops, but not that big, kind of light for an IPA.
09-07-2007 15:57:51 | More by OWSLEY069
2.8/5 rDev -23.3%
12oz. bottle. Poured a clear dark gold with an off white head. Aroma was all hops, with pine and grapefruit coming through. Taste was quite bitter at first, allthough this moderated some as the beer warmed up. I am a fan of hops, but did not care for this one much. Seemed like the hops only contributed bitterness, rather than a bitter flavor, if that makes any sense. Not sure if it is the answer, but the beer seemed to be lacking in balance. Moving on...The body was light to medium, carbonation was fairly high, and it was quite drying. Overall not that great of a beer because of the bitterness. For perspective, I consider Hop Ottin, Stone IPA and Lagunitas IPA to be delicious.
07-31-2006 17:12:50 | More by
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass around 40 degrees.
Poured a clear golden color with a decent head. Smell is overpowering of hops with some spice in the distance. It's definitely as hoppy as it smelled..it didn't go down very well, though; the normal hoppy bitterness you'd expect from an IPA wasn't well balanced, and it was tough to swallow. Felt great in my mouth, and coupled with the hoppy aroma, I expected more on the way down.
08-02-2006 23:41:14 | More by JohnnyM2002
2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
04-07-2012 18:09:43 | More by tone77
Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.