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Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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83
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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).

scoobybrew, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Phatz
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
Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

bjohnson, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

akorsak, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

HopDerek, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

kernalklink, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jredner, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of macster
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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

macster, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of mjc410
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

mjc410, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of ckbailey97
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 JohnnyM2002
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

JohnnyM2002, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of TheDeuce
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Trails IPA

Poured into a pint glass reveals a decent golden color, minimal head results though although there is decent carbonation. Hoppy aroma as expected, decent amount of it I'd say. Taste is hoppy but not much of a kick, certaintly subdued flavor-wise yet for some reason the beer feels heavy going down. Nothing bad just different. At 6 percent abv its normal in the alcohol department. Not a bad version sufficiently hopped just lacking a kick that I like, but still a well-made if subdued version.

TheDeuce, May 14, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Harrisburg brewpub.

Appearance: clear orange in color. 1" fluffy head lasts a while. Some mild lacing develops. Carbonation seems low.

Smell: hints of grapefruit are all the nose can pick up.

Taste: decent malt backbone with a mild piney bitterness, along with some grapefruit slices. Basic and straight forward.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The aftertaste is very short as the mild bitterness and grapefruit leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking. Won't blow you away, but can be a session brew here.

Gavage, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass at the brewery. One of the better IPAs I have ever had. Amber in color, starts out with a lot of head, however, it goes down to about a half inch on top of the body. You can taste all the different flavors put into it. Very hoppy (as one might tell by the name). This is probably the best beer at ABC; perhaps, one of the better IPAs.

DuqTroops, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have this beer in a sixtel at home. It is a clear copper with a small white head. The head dropped to a collar that left good lacing all the way down the glass. I got a nosefull of the piney/floral hops, very good smell. The taste is more of the same, a piney bitter hop bite that gets washed away by the bready malts. It is moderately carbonated with a light mouthfeel, I like AIPA's with bit more body. The finish is dry and refreshing making it quite drinkable. I recently had Stone's IPA and this compares well on taste but not on the body.

orsulacp, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy trails came to me in an attractively labeled, brown, 12 oz. bottle, with a bottled in February notch. The look was a shade paler than a classic American IPA, but still quite attractive, especially due to a high clarity. The head was two finger thick, and generously foamy at first, and left some spidery lacing while diminishing. The aroma was floral and herbal hops, with a touch of popcorn like diacetyl. The taste was more APA than IPA, as the beer was rather highly attenuated and lacked a solid malt backbone. A distinct citric bitter snap typical of an American IPA was absent as well. Instead the hop varieties used were more earthy and spicy in character, and (what I believe to be Ringwood) yeast imparted a distinct funk. Not a bad taste mind you, just not on par with the great and lively IPAs we have come to love. Mouthfeel was solidly medium and aftertaste clean but nondescript. There were not many typical hop laden burps to speak of. A clean, middle of the road IPA, that does not take many chances. Comes across as a sessionable, but unexciting brew. Thanks Maltygoodness.

rajendra82, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of BCMan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a clear amber with a big, frothy, white head. A nice big hop aroma is evident from the pour. The nose is very much in line with the name of this brew. A nice crisp hop flavor is very good on this warm day. The taste is clean and refreshing. The best I've had from this brewery. I would definetly recommrnd this beer.

BCMan, Apr 10, 2005
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
Photo of simmons
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is golden in Color that has a thick white head that least a long time. The aroma is mild, the malt is just right not too strong and not too light. The hops has a perfect usage. This cask conditioned IPA is great, but is very hard to get a hold of so if you find it get it. It tastes like the Hoppy Trail IPA but the cask condition IPA has a lot more body and a crisper taste.

simmons, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Maestro
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my favorite from Appalachian. Maybe someday they will bottle this baby. An orange colored brew. The nose is my favorite part. It is very fruity, almost a passionfruit smell. Very tropical. The hops are a nice combination. The taste is good too. The fruity subtlely stays with the beer until the end. The hops are very present but not drying until the finish of the beer. The mouthfeel is very refreshing and the fruitiness makes it pleasant to swish around a little. As far as drinkability, I would like to have it many more times. Excellent example of an American IPA.

Maestro, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Hoppy Trails IPA poured a light gold color, with a slightly cloudy appearance and a thin head. Small bands of carbonation were observed, and a nice, layered lacing was left on my glass. Typical of an IPA, the smell was a strong hoppy, floral bouquet. Great aroma, that made my mouth water. The hops continued to assert themselves in the taste...very bitter and complex, with a slight malt presence that attempts (though hardly succeeds) to balance the bitterness. The taste did not disappoint this hoppy beer fan. For a light to medium-bodied beer, I was surprised by the fullness of the mouthfeel. The overactive carbonation and prickly sensation on the tongue was a little overwhelming at first, but it mellowed by the end of the glass. This pint of Hoppy Trails IPA was a pleasing hop experience, and it went well with my dinner. Good brew from the folks at ABC.

SchmichaelJ, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy beers are not usually my first choice. but this is not that bad. A good start for one who wants to try this style, then ease into the others. Has a hoppy from first whiff to the bitter finish. Good color and if you were in the dark, you would be able to tell that this was a IPA. Decent head and lace, but this is traditional of this brewery. A good beer.

Jarod, Nov 01, 2002
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
Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.