Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from JCW.

Poured copper color with a large off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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

I had this one on tap.

Poured a clear (see through) medium amber color with a small sized lightly off white head. Aromas of mainly citrus (oranges) with some earthiness. Tastes of the same citrus and earthy. Medium to light bitterness with a lightly sweet balance.

Notes from 5/13/05

Photo of treehugger02010
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine got this for me from the brewery and I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: A light amber body with a white fluffy head. Fine retention and beautiful retention.
Smell: Nice and hoppy, citrus.
Taste: Wonderful grapefruit taste, lacking any noticeable malt.
Mouthfeel: Thin but not lacking, rigid.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 pack from the brewery.

A: Pours a light amber, golden body with a one finger thick head with ok retention and lacing.

S: An earthy, Cascade hoppy smell with a slight grapefruit undertones.

T: A fairly bitter, Cascade hop taste with a smooth, earthy aftertaste with some citrus notes evident as well.

M: A pretty smooth, full bodied mouthfeel that was very pleasant on the palette.

D: A nice, mouthfeel and taste combination. A decent, hoppy taste, but could have used a bit more of a malty background to balance the Cascade hops. Pretty good beer overall.

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

Poured a deep tangerine colored beer with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.

Smell has some nice notes of citrusy hops.

Taste also has the hops in the forefront, with not enough malt to back it up.

Leaves a nice dry sensation in the mouth.

A good beer, but not quite great.

Photo of AltBock
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on cask at the Gettsburg Appalachian Brewing Company around 8/30/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

On cask, "Hoppy Trails" poured a bright and hazy gold hue. No golden lemon or orange, gold! Sitting on top of this golden brew was a creamy 1 inch head of white foam. It had pretty good retention that left behind a small creamy white film and one big streak of lace around the glass. The aroma was mildly hopped with citrus hops, a hint of grapefruit, a dash of sweet sugar, a pinch of pine at the end. The taste was also mildly hoppy. But unlike the aroma, the taste was all about the citrus hops and the grapefruit. No malts, sugar, or pine, just the hops and grapefruit. It was a light bodied beer with an aftertaste that echoed the initial taste, nothing but citrus hops and grapefruit. The only things I can about this beer was that it was an average IPA and that was fun to try on cask.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a dark-orange, hazy, ruddy, hue with an impressive foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Rich aroma bursting with fresh, wet hops, citrus, and spices...
Flavorful, non-cloying taste replete with hops, citrus, lemons, and a robust earthiness...
Good mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability to match...
First-ever beer from this brewery, and overall I was pretty impressed...
Recommended as a great depiction of an American IPA...

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

Served on tap at ABC in Harrisburg. No head by the time it reached me. Classic IPA color.

Citrus aroma of oranges and lemon, floral and fruity. Hop aroma is not as over-the-top as many IPAs.

Flavor is very lemony with Earthy spiced hops. Lemon zest. Hops are very flavorful but not overly intense and bitter. The flavors are really allowed to come through.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to pieper for letting me try this extra!

Pours a pale slightly hazed golden yellow. A bit of a gusher initially, the fluffy off white head holds on nicely and leaves some attractive lace.

Nose isn't overly strong, with some faint fresh juicy hops, light resin, and a grainy full light malt middle. Some delicate floral notes really add appeal as it warms.

Taste is refreshing and light, but offers little more than the nose puts forth. Grainy and mild throughout, a little fruity hop enters toward the finish with an unassuming bitterness and light resin flavor. Overall a fairly understated IPA, missing some strength, but very pleasant in overall taste.

Feel is again a bit light, with appropriate carbonation, firming up a touch at the finish with a mild stickiness.

Drinkability is surprisingly nice, as it grows on me the more I drink. Pretty straightforward hopped up grains batch of brew, this IPA boasts little standout character but is pleasant to drink. I wouldn't turn it down if I came across it again.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a clear, light amber color with fluffy one finger head.

S: The smell was mostly malts with some citrus.

T: Mostly some dry roasty malts, it is a little bitter.

M: Pretty smooth feel with lots of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and fairly light, overall this is a pretty good IPA.

Photo of wgarton
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ortino's Northside outside of Philly. On-tap, poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark gold with hints of orange. Very resilient thick white head that stuck around throughout the first couple of sips. Initially there may have been too much foam, would have preferred slightly less.

S: Malt and piney hops dominate the nose, leaving some citrusy undertones.

T: Enjoyable, crisp piney hops with citrus tastes coming through. Backed up by an amber malt base.

M: Pretty average thickness, nothing remarkable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer that ended my night on a high note. The large head I experienced at the beginning of the beer was unenjoyably bitter, but after it calmed down it was a great beer.

Photo of ffejherb
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 11/17/08. Served in an ABC shaker pint glass.

A - Clear amber/yellow-ish body with 1/2-finger creamy white head that quickly thinned out into a film. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation darting to the top of the glass. Nice thick, ornate lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Primarily citrus hops with emphasis on grapefruit and some sweet caramel malt. Pretty straightforward, but nicely balanced.

T - Starts off with a tangy citrus bite that eases into a bit of sweetness and finishes with a pleasantly crisp, bready and somewhat grainy malt finish.

M - Pretty thin, watery mouthfeel with more than ample carbonation. Bitter, somewhat metallic finish that lingers on the tastebuds for quite a while.

D - I've had so many of these in the past, but ABC beers aren't quite as consistent as some other PA micros. Good timing on the review, I guess, because I enjoyed it. The crisp bready and grainy malt aspect really came through in the end... something that I wasn't expecting. The body was a bit thin, though, as many ABC beers are. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. It didn't blow me away, but it was certainly drinkable and pretty tasty as well.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy orange color with a decent head that settles fast but has decent enough lacing. The aroma is malty with a slight citrus hop aroma - not as much as expected for an IPA though. The flavor is strongly malty with a hoppy profile, but not very bitter. Most of the bitterness is on the finish - but leaves me wanting a little more. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent enough American IPA. It has a full hop flavor, but I usually prefer something with a little more IBUs to balance out the malt a bit more (it's a little sweet for my tastes).

Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the chance to sample this fine ipa.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw like color with a frothy and fizzy half finger white head. Nice algae like retention on top.
S: Fruity hop notes that aren't too powerful. Grassyness in the hops come through with a toasted grain backbone.
T/M: Floral hops sprinkled with fruit. Bitterness strikes the tongue towards the back with a good long dryness. Piney hop characteristic also noticeable. Toasted grain is subtle, but shows up. Smooth and easy drinking.
D: Glad I was given the chance to try this offering. A nice tasting brew. Not complex--definitely a nice session ipa.

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

On tap at Harrisburg ABC restaurant, served in a pint glass. Amber in color with about an inch of white foamy head on top. Smells of citrusy hops with a tad of pine scent. Tastes of citrus hops surge all at once, but not much follow thru or segway to other flavors. Overall very citrusy IPA with some nice pine bitterness. A very drinkable beer when desiring an IPA, but it is very unbalanced.

Photo of kernalklink
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 macster
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Gettysburg Brewpub. Slightly hazy deep golden color. Shows a thin, spotty white head with minimal lacing. Fresh, crisp hop aromas are noted backed by some distant malt. Smells of lemon, grapefruit, spices and mild pine are all there. Palate was quite thin and a tad too flat. Flavor seemed to be all hops, no maltiness really perceived, therefore unbalanced. Lots of citrus, pine and spice noted in the taste. Could use a bit more sweetness and balance from the malts utilized

Photo of mjc410
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ckbailey97
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.