Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 288
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 288
Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pine and grapefruit zest, with some floral hops and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like bitter pine and resin, with some floral and citrus zest and a bit of sweet honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Very thin body.
D: This was not a bad IPA, but not great either. The scent and taste were hoppy and bitter, but not delicious. The body was weak too. Not difficult to drink, but not recommended either. (528 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra but I forgot who sent it. It pours a medium copper, maybe a shade darker than medium, with a couple fingers of white foam. It smells hoppy in a balanced way, with evident caramel malts adding a sweetness to the aroma. Thankfully the hops take the lead flavor-wise, pine needle and mild bitterness offset the malt. Average body, nice enough but really pretty much an average IPA. (411 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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... (1,361 characters)

Photo of emericanchaos
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with slight orangey hue. Carbonation seems very flat as i'm not getting much large bubble and only a touch of small ones. Head doesn't form on the first pour but will produce a finger to a finger and a half on subsequent pours into the same glass.

Smells of pineapple with a touch of grapefruit. Citrus rolls into a piney hoppiness. Maybe a touch of doughy sweetness in the nose suggesting maybe pineapple bread.

Hops are center stage when it comes to flavor. Papery dryness puckers the palate. Not as aggressive as some but still quite drying. Bready sweet grapefruit/pineapple are revealed from the bitter veil.

Feels a tad prickly. Very gentle on the palate. I appreciate the lack of bubble in this respect.

Overall my impression of this beer is that it's an aggressive pale ale. The balance is very much in the vein of an IPA but there's not much malt presence here which makes the hop stand out more than it normally would. Calling this an IPA would mean Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues is more an IPA. They seem pretty similar in balance, with the ABC hoppy trails only slightly more aggressive.

Good beer to drink if you're a hophead at ABC. Looking for a nice IPA to add to the stable? Move along, nothing to see here. This one goes down easily but that's mostly due to it's timidness. (1,324 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a honey golden color body with a 1"white creamy head on top. The smell is hopy and some some fruit. The taste is very fresh and pungent of hops. On the finish i get a little citrus fruit taste. It has a nice mouth feel, goes down nice. Overall this is a great and drinkable IPA with a kick. (340 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color, thin cap of white head, some sticky lacing. Scent is balanced notes of citrus and pine along with a notable presence of sweet caramel malts. Taste is firmly bitter with piney hops and fruity citrus, backbone of more than mildly sweet malts, faint caramel. Medium bodied, a notch high in carbonation. A full flavored IPA in all aspects. (369 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
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 (325 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian Hoppy Trails IPA @ the Harrisburg brewpub

Pours a light golden color, with a white foam cap and lacing down the glass. Aroma is citrusy and floral, with a mild bready malt backbone. In the flavor, more hops, but not excessively so. Mild grapefruit, rind and earthy flavor. Malt body is light with an English ale type of base. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated but alittle thin. Overall, not a bad IPA here. Easy drinking. (433 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Served with a glowing, yellow-orange body that had some clout to it...a dense, thick, two finger white head stood about one and a half fingers...it never left completely and left a sheet of lace

S - A little on the sweeter side for an IPA but it's not coming from caramel...I'm getting more sweet fruit (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) in this one...not much bitterness to the nose

T - Things reverse themselves a little on the palate...there is still a sweeter note to the beer but this is where the malts come through...a brief breadiness is apparent in the middle of the beer...the fruit sticks around and adds their level of juicy sweetness towards the end of the beer...it finishes rather grassy and fruity rather than bitter

M - Medium bodied...slightly smooth...I wanted more bitterness from this

O - I've had the single hop and dry hopped versions of this but never had the "real" thing...more fruit in the nose than I was expecting and more caramel in the flavor than one would expect...it was really missing the hop bite (1,038 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A clear orange body with little to no bubbles and a hearty two finger off-white cap. Good retention and some minor lacing left behind.

A cereal-like graininess lays the malt foundation here while grapefruit hops do their best to stand tall.

The malt is definitely holding its own while a grapefruit and pine needle bitterness tries to knock it back. The finish is clean and mildly bitter.

Crisp, easy drinking. A light-medium body with a smooth feel.

Overall this is a pretty basic and straightforward IPA. (542 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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? (1,157 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (678 characters)

Photo of sturner26
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Camp Hill Brewpub:

A: Clear amber color with one to two fingers of fluffy white head. Long lasting head retention and nice lacing as well.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus, subtle malt, and a hint of caramel?

T: Bitter from start to finish as expected from an IPA. Bitterness is smooth, and not overly harsh. Lots of citrus character and well as a decent malt presence.

M: Medium body, crisper than expected and rather smooth.

D: Good. I find most of ABC's stuff "acceptable" but not outstanding. This one fits the bill, but is better than most of what they offer. (588 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6/pk as a V-Day gift from my fiance.
Purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Cost: $9.99
Bottled in January 2011

A - Pours a slightly hazy, orange/amber color. Pours with a one finger head that doesn't last for more than a few minutes. A beige/light cream colored head barely remains after the beer settles for a few minutes. A rather high amount of lacing is left on the sides of the glass throughout the sampling.

S - After letting the beer warm up, a classic IPA smell of citrus and pine are noticeable. A slightly sweet smell also is present.

T - A slightly tangy taste mixed with a bitter hoppiness. A grapefruit/citrus flavor is present but not as much as some IPAs I've had. A decent malt backbone also. A bit more bitter and unbalanced than some IPAs I've had.

M - A rather high amount of carbonation gives a sharp tanginess to each sip.

D - A good but not great IPA. I really enjoyed drinking a Pennsylvania brewed IPA but I've had better ones. The rather low ABV lends itself to enjoying several of these without a problem. A quality beer but just a bit "off". I will have no problem finishing my 6/pk but I don't know if I'd seek this out again.

Overall: A decent, if not "wowing" example of an East Coast IPA. DFH 60 has this beat since with the same ABV I'd rank this in the same league. That being said, I did enjoy this beer but others are better IMO.

Cheers! (1,391 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 25 Sept 2010.

It was listed on the board as " Hoppy Trails Amarillo", suggesting that they were perhaps doing this beer as a single-hop varietal, but I am not going to clog up the database by adding this variation as a new beer.

It was still cascading (no pun intended, for once) from the hand pull when it was set before me and it settled into just better than a finger of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a hazy honey-yellow, like raw honey, actually. The nose was slightly hoppy, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and the hops were 1968 mellow, man. I dig hops, but they need not come like a sledgehammer to the face. As I drank, a beautiful sticky lacing began to appear. The finish was pleasantly hoppy, leaving me satiated, but not waxed. This is how to do some maintenance drinking. Groovy! (866 characters)

Photo of prdstmnky
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of pvsob
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Crystal clear, light amber with a decent head that fades quickly leaving some lacing.

S- Slight toffee, floral, some pine, and citrus (oranges).

T- Sweet orange starts things off, but this is destroyed by a very raw bitterness that dominates the rest of the tasting experience. The malt tries to keep balance, but it ultimately fails.

M- Lower end of medium feel with very little carbonation.

D/O- Not horrible, but certainly not great either. A little more hop in the aroma and a little more malt in the flavor would make this a easily quaff-able IPA. Definitely not one of my favorite offerings from ABC. There are better examples available. Look elsewhere my friends. Have a good one. (694 characters)

Photo of Soonami
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of BeerConnoiseur
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (1,016 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.