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Hitchhiker - Good People Brewing Company

Hitchhiker
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%


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 Bonhoeffer:
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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are too many IPAs on the market. In my opinion. And the problem is that many of them seem like they were phoned in. Throw some crystal malt in the mash, some Cascade in the kettle, hit 7ish ABV and 50ish IBU and call it a day. I've lost track of how many IPAs seem to be brewed like that. Why bother?

Hippie IPA is the antidote to the blah phoned-in IPAs that seem to be everywhere these days, and it exemplifies what is great about Good People Brewing. This is Malone's third IPA in just over 2 years of operation. And he hasn't even started bottling or canning yet.

A good American IPA should be outrageously excessive with hops. It should be so heavy on very late hop additions that the hop oils coat every square millimeter of your mouth and cling to your tastebuds, barely cleaned off by the alcohol. Sure it should have sufficient bitterness to achieve balance with a generous malt backbone, but the hops' greatest work should not be in the form of bitterness, but intense, palate-destroying flavor (and aroma). You should be overwhelmed with grapefruit, tangerine, peach, and other citrus notes.

That is Hippie. The aroma bowls you over and you instantly know no holds were barred on late hop additions and dry hops. And the flavor lives up to the aroma, exploding with the previously-mentioned spectrum of Greatest Hits of American citrus hop flavor. I've heard Columbus and Simcoe are the dominant hops.

The late hop flavor here contributes a perceived sweetness, but there is plenty of underlying bitterness to keep anything from getting cloying. ABV is just about ideal for a good IPA at around 7 1/2 percent, making the flavors pop but not getting too hot.

This is without question one of the top IPAs in the country now. It blows Two Hearted out of the water. It at least deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Pliny the Elder, although I'd need to have them side by side to really judge the superior beer. Never had the Younger myself, so couldn't comment on that one.

And I've heard we can expect this in cans once their canning line arrives later this year. Mmmm.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 16:02:52 | More by Bonhoeffer
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Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.