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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: 64
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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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Llamameister, Jan 02, 2014
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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.

Reaper16, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

rworkman, Mar 27, 2014
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GratefulEdd, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

ari32, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

CraigTravor, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Chrash16, Aug 19, 2013
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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.

jpmclaug, Oct 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

markjarema11, Mar 30, 2014
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jczn, May 06, 2013
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slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
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CrookedStill, Mar 28, 2013
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AlexFields, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

jaj270, Jul 05, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

Hitch (as the kids call it) is a fun departure from the lands of GP IPA. If you could cut Hitch it would bleed hops. It brings a heady plethora of citrus-y American hops with it on the nose and mouth to the battlefield of your palate and it doesn't apologize. Those of you with "alternative tastes" will recognize a distinctive "dankness" to this brew. Its hoppy forthrightness gives way to a pleasing malt backbone that balances the show, much like a McMahon to a Johnny. If you like the hoppier beverages then Hitch is a destination for you.

sepharious, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

TJK, Nov 14, 2013
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immobileman, Sep 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

zookerman182, Apr 21, 2014
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Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.