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Hitchhiker - Good People Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 60
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A far cry from our original IPA, The Hitchhiker is a big floral/citrus American IPA. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and tangerines take center stage with a tad bit of caramel malt backbone to balance just a bit. A very dry finish with hops flavors lingering...this one is for the hopheads.

128 IBU

(Beer added by: Bonhoeffer on 07-09-2010)
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Reviews by BenSelf:
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BenSelf

Alabama

5/5  rDev +12.4%

Listen up hopsters, Zarathustra thus spake

We gotta new brew and it’s meaner than Snake

It’s  chewy and dank, and you’re gonna remember us

Grab an umbrella, it’s a humulo-nimbus

 

It’s wreckin’ yo palette and it’s dripping with oil,

We call in the harvest when we’re ready to boil

But Hitch is a beast, and we’ll need a plantation

Al Gore’ll be bitchin’ bout the deforestation

 

Don’t come talkin’ to me bout a hoppy aroma

The fumes off of Hitch put yo ass in a coma

I’m two pints in, it’s gettin’ harder to breathe

Tangerines and pineapple are rottin’ my teeth

 

Don’t know what to do with all the flowers and funk

Fiddy-leven IBUs, I think I’ll be in my bunk

All the hombrewers, haters, and the sucker MCs

Comin’ to the bar, sayin’ “Hitchhiker, please”

03-20-2012 23:56:14 | More by BenSelf
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Dub12588


5/5  rDev +12.4%

06-30-2014 16:49:23 | More by Dub12588
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bjwilson

Alabama

4.85/5  rDev +9%

Just had this again for the second time. The first time I was a little underwhelmed, but this is truly a work of art for this brewery. The hop flavor is full frontal and brutal and absolutely deliciously punishing. I really feel like I am in IPA heaven drinking this one. I really hope they start canning this so more people can experience it.

05-22-2013 01:57:14 | More by bjwilson
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rworkman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

03-27-2014 05:10:04 | More by rworkman
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-21-2013 22:06:35 | More by xxcarpxx
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TJK

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-14-2013 20:25:51 | More by TJK
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STKPICR0720

Alabama

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

I love GPBC's approach at this american IPA with a west coast push. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. I love the citrusy, pineapple hints and the bitterness. I thought the brew was refreshing and at the same time had enough piney notes that went well with the smoothness. Not much malt backbone which I also liked. Most definitely worth seeking out.

Cheers

03-26-2012 20:59:46 | More by STKPICR0720
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Maddmartagan


4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a very good IPA. It was complex, tasty, and dry. But mostly it was hoppy. This was a hop head's dream. Citrusy and dank. There were all kinds of hops in this one. The chalkboard at the taproom just said 100+. My kind of beer.

The smell was almost overwhelming. Tons of fruity, citrusy aroma balanced not with malty sweetness, but with more hoppy dankness.

The flavor was very similar. The citrus orange and pineapple flavor hit your tongue first and then give way some earthy dankness. Very little malt backbone, just enough. This is definitely a showcase of hops.

It's nice and dry on the tongue, making you want another.

I really enjoyed this beer. But if you don't love hops, be warned

05-29-2012 16:38:28 | More by Maddmartagan
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -10.1%

07-19-2014 05:11:14 | More by CraigTravor
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markjarema11

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

03-30-2014 23:25:36 | More by markjarema11
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CaskBeerouac

Alabama

4.93/5  rDev +10.8%

One of my favorites beers. I wish Good People would crank this thing out incessantly. Give me the Hitch Hiker can. I'd stop and pick it up.

I've had this beer numerous times, even way back when it was called the Hippie IPA. It is a dynamite West Coasty, citrus bomb.

Had it again recently on-tap at the J. Clyde during their anniversary week.

Pours a nice hazy orange you can't quite see through. Beautiful foamy white head rests nicely on top. Head stuck around for a little bit before giving way to some nice sticky lacing.

I want an air-freshener clone of this beer. It smells like rainbows (coincidentally rainbows smell a lot like oranges and pineapple).

Great citrus notes on this guy. It is a great, hop forward single IPA. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit really shine through, but just enough malty backbone to keep this hop bomb in check. Alcohol is incorporated beautifully, so subtle you can barely tell it's there.

This is one refreshing brew. You'll be ordering another before the one you have is gone. Crisp and effervescent like sprite, but big and bold enough to let you know this beer is for real.

Overall, this is my favorite Good People offering, and one of my favorite IPAs in the world. If you ever see this beauty on tap, do yourself a favor and order one.

05-08-2011 15:40:07 | More by CaskBeerouac
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

06-17-2013 02:35:12 | More by GratefulEdd
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freduardo

Alabama

5/5  rDev +12.4%

11-14-2011 06:41:17 | More by freduardo
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CrestwoodG

Alabama

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%

Unbelievable beer! Finally got a growler from Highland Package Store in Birmingham. I believe this is a very fresh keg.

Appearance: Deep cloudy orange color. Can't see through it. I knew by looking at it that this was going to be a great beer.

Aroma: Great aroma, but not as pungent as some other IPA's. I can't name the hops by smell, but it's really a terrific aroma.

Taste: Very complex to me. Hints of orange & clove. Slight hint of alcohol, but subtle. So, so good.

Mouthful: Very smooth in my opinion. A little sharp hop feel in the back of the throat (of course), but still smooth nonetheless. Very pleasing aftertaste that frankly cries out for another sip.

Drinkability: Yes! Very drinkable. I could drink gallons of this.

I've been on the IPA kick for about two years now - still a novice by most accounts. I haven't had the opportunity to taste most of the great IPAs listed on this site. But this is an exceptional beer, and I think most experts would agree. It's balanced, flavorful, smooth yet sharp. It's a perfect blend in my opinion. My favorite for the time being, and I only live a few miles from the brewery!

10-16-2010 03:06:20 | More by CrestwoodG
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immobileman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-10-2013 15:53:45 | More by immobileman
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Plonk

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

05-29-2013 17:38:05 | More by Plonk
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%

Had this beer at J Clyde's in Birmingham on September 4th. Enjoyed it while watching the first Alabama game of the year with my dad. I typed up these notes and e-mailed them to myself so I could post this. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - orange body with a bit of haze. White head. Good deal of lacing

S - hints of citrus hops with a bit of sweetness

T - grapefruit bomb. Big citrus hop flavor with a solid malt backbone in the finish

M - medium bodied with a light carbonation.

D - pretty drinkable. I could see someone who likes two hearted to also like this one. Solid IPA. Not what id expect to find in Alabama.

10-16-2010 15:37:25 | More by jpmclaug
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jczn

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-06-2013 19:38:12 | More by jczn
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

08-19-2012 16:16:41 | More by slowdaddy
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

04-12-2014 10:35:16 | More by BeerBucks
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djkrause

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-06-2013 00:24:41 | More by djkrause
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

5/5  rDev +12.4%

01-22-2014 23:34:42 | More by Justinbshelton
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-21-2014 01:58:43 | More by zookerman182
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

06-15-2014 19:43:35 | More by thatoneguymike
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -17.3%

served from a growler into a chalice type thingy

Pours a darker-than-expected color like an orange that's been slightly shaded burnt sienna. Decently hazy body. 3/4 of a finger of eggshell colored foam stops in to say 'hi' before quickly departing; at least it leaves behind some lacing.

Tropical fruit aromas right off the bat. Hitchhiker has that papaya-meets-guava South American thing going on, which is exciting. Lots of resin, too. It smells as if it will be pretty bitter. A more-than-decent amount of husky malt aroma, too. I was hoping that this would be less malty than their Snake Handler IIPA; it is, but not by that much.

Hitchhiker is a solid American IPA. It might be quite good if that papaya flavor had carried over to the tongue more strongly. As is though, Hitchhiker is mostly resiny and oily. It's dank, but not in any unique or particularly complex way. The malt flavor is not-insignificant, but it works pretty well as a sweet foil to the bitterness that so dominates the beer's flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is around medium-bodied, which is fine but not ideal for me. It's a sweet mouthfeel whose sweetness gets sapped out quickly by all the bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I don't understand all the A+ ratings from Alabamian reviewers. It seems like homerism to me.

03-24-2012 20:56:53 | More by Reaper16
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Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.