Hitchhiker - Good People Brewing Company
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: growler
03-24-2012 20:56:53 | More by Reaper16
4.03/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-16-2010 15:37:25 | More by jpmclaug
4.89/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Served on tap into a plastic cup (!) at the taproom on 5/5/13. Despite the plastic cup, this beer looked very pretty. It was a deep brassy orange like a ripe cantaloupe. There was 3cm of thick off-white, frothy head that left thick cob-webs of lacing all over the cup. The nose on this thing really was a highlight of the beer. The smell was bright and effervescent with tons of citrus and tropical fruits highlighted by the ever-present grapefruit along with orange, tangerine, and maybe some touch of pineapple. There was a slight smell of caramel malt in the background as well, but this is definitely not a beer with a hefty malt profile. The taste was pure west coast IPA with tons of citrus hops. The malt side was very muted, but there with some caramel sweetness. This beer was a big, gorgeous buffet of grapefruit, lemon oil, and some tropical notes; maybe the pineapple again, but it was very hard to pin down on my palate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and quite dry with pretty much no alcohol burn. The bitterness was very smooth and not overly astringent or abrasive. This was a very well done beer. The bartender told me that it was a freshly tapped keg, and I think the freshness of the beer really made it such a good beer. There really is something to say about a beer that is well done and very fresh.
Serving type: on-tap
05-09-2013 14:34:23 | More by estlinska
Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.