Hoppy Trails IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company
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3.49/5 rDev -4.4%
Filled up a growler with this beer.
Golden amber color with bright white head and lacing that fades quickly.
Not a whole lot in the nose of this beer, some piney citrus and a touch of tropical fruit.
You get the hops right away but not as much as you would think. It's balanced by a decent amount of malt and has a lingering dry and bitter taste.
It's a decent enough IPA, and a convenient purchase for me since the brewpub is within walking distance. I would drink this again but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer.
Appalachian has a few decent brews but I find most of them are lacking just a little bit in what I want from each style. And this is a good example.
11-14-2013 03:41:24 | More by Thezapper
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Notable lacing and Ideal head. Murky golden color.
Smell: Scents of a good IPA...Pine, Citrus...sweet ( ? )
Taste: Well blended with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Typical for this type.
Mouthfeel: Full. Fizzy. I feel a push outward from within my mouth. Slight numbing even after it is consumed. Nice finish for this style.
Overall: I live about 20 minutes from this brewery but this is the first time I have purchased a case of any of their offerings. I have been to their local brew pubs and have enjoyed their scratch and non Year-round brews. That said, this is not a disappointing IPA and I would buy another. I would much rather track down a case of their seasonal Major Hopps but that seems to have little distribution or supply to the local distributors. Hoppy Trails stands on its own and I admire it above many of the mid-Atlantic regional efforts. In sum: This is an honest representation of an IPA but has room for improvement.
09-04-2013 23:34:39 | More by The-Sud-Truth
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.
A somewhat cloudy body, very pale amber and lemon dark yellow in color. Good slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and manages two fingers tall, with a little bit of a creamy character while forming. Settles to a slow 4mm tall puck and soapy collar.
Subtle brown sugar and caramel like malts, with a little bit of toasty quality. Hop angle is present but it's very tiny with the malts dominating. Slight spicy, faint citrus possibly with a sweetness quite noticeable.
Palate fills with a good pine like quick bitterness. Aftertaste leaves some good hop aromatics with a nice coating but quite fleeting also. Good malt backbone and brown sugar like sweetness matching with the pine and somewhat resin like bitterness. Mouthefeel is slightly weak, but nothing that doesn't let the flavor coat or get out of control. Not boozy. Pine action gets quite noticeable and larger as the beer gets consumed.
Overall nothing earth shattering here, but a decent enough IPA that is enjoyable to drink.
06-14-2013 01:02:25 | More by smakawhat
Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.