Green Trail - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: unclejazz on 02-27-2014

Don’t let the “easy-drinking” part of it’s name mislead you. Green Trail still delivers a mighty hop punch, but also has a smooth malt body that masterfully balances that famous Ithaca Beer hop intensity. Green Trail has “instant hit” potential with die-hard hop heads and new craft drinkers alike. Weighing in at 6.0% ABV, Green Trail neither overwhelms taste buds nor underwhelm palates as sessionable and approachable IPAs often can. Ithaca Beer’s lead brewer, Bill Ballweber put it best, “Green Trail is just a perfect everyday, go-to, instant-crowd-pleaser IPA.”

“What is Green Trail?” one might ask. For founder, Dan Mitchell, Green Trail is a mindset. “It’s about blazing a path that sets you apart from the norm, or that way of thinking out of the ordinary. It’s on that green trail, you often, grow, discover, experience and hopefully improve your surroundings just a little bit…we’re on the Green Trail around here (at Ithaca Beer), are you?”
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Reviews by BurgeoningBrewhead:
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into IPA glass; translucent orange-gold with a moderate fluffy white head that fades very slowly leaving tons of rings of great, tight lacing.
Smells very floral; sweet tangerine and hints of more tropical fruits as well.
Taste is relatively simple; lots of floral and citrus rind bitterness, with crackery malt and some herbal undertones supporting.
Mouthfeel is light, well-carbonated and wet.
Overall, I guess by the line "easy-drinking IPA" that this is Ithaca's entry into the whole "session IPA" fad, but the %abv seems high for that type of beer. Then again, I've never met any actual person who requires that any beer they want to drink more than one of be 3%abv, so this one is still very sessionable by my standards.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weiserr
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This trail, green or otherwise, leads absolutely nowhere. With the craft industry being inundated with myriad session IPAs, this does nothing to separate itself or standout. An extreme lack of balance ruins any descriptive colloquy that could do justice to the brewer's intent. Pass me this or BMC, I'll consume this, yet reluctantly. Just saying.

Photo of rdilauro
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly golden amber with that slight orange hue associated with bigger IPAs.
The head was cloud like, white and long lasting.

The bouquet was all IPA, but not a powerful grapefruit/citrus/pine nose. Subtle, but completely evident

The initial taste was clean, crisp, dry and light It had that nice 'sting' on your tongue as I learned to love with hoppy IPAs. The finish was fairly long and very dry

I have been trying to figure out if I would add this to my list of session beers. The 6% abv might be slightly higher, but this one goes down so smoothly.

To me, its the baby cousin to Itasca's Flower Power

Photo of sourd
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

16oz jar burley

bright orange...the new ipa standard

bready with a pleasant floral pine scent and a whiff of yeast

cereal grains and bread followed by pine and the floweriest hop flavor that i have tasted in maybe forever. quite unique, almost lily-like and slightly perfumy

medium bodied with a slight sweetness. the aforementioned pine and flowers linger for a bit

i picked this up (justifiably) assuming that it was a session ale, based on the only info on the bottle being "easy drinking india pale ale". i took the first sip and my ears perked, thinking that ithaca had brewed the elusive full bodied session ipa...but then i looked it up and saw that it is 6%...not a big beer, but not a sesh by definition either. i see what they are trying to accomplish, and it comes off like an older style east coast ipa but just a touch lighter in color/maltiness-sort of a hyrbrid substyle. this was quite drinkable, and i would recommend trying one, if for no other reason but to taste the somewhat rare floral hop profile.

Photo of Grugalug
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a gold straw-like color with a really nice two finger head. Carbonation bubbles are coming to the top and some nice and sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S- The aroma on this beer is very reserved. Some subtle earthy and pine qualities that are very pleasant. Just a bit of citrus fruit and a very slight hint of malt. Understated but nice.

T- The earthy and pine characteristics dominate throughout. The little bit of citrus fruit that is present in the head is not present here, although there is just a bit more malt here. Low but reasonable and appropriate hop bitterness for this IPA.

M- A fair amount of tingling carbonation. Not thick by any means but has a pleasant amount of body and goes down impressively smoothly. Incredible easy-drinking and refreshing IPA.

O- An incredibly accessible American IPA that certainly lives up to the "Easy-Drinking" claim on the label. Certainly not the most flavorful IPA and one that hop heads will probably be disappointed with. However, this should appeal to the masses and could convert many a beer drinker that has sworn of IPAs.

Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange brew, little head.

Yeast and citrus aroma, not unlike a tripel or a citrusy wheat beer.

Bitter, citrus, a hint of banana yeast, and a dry hay-like flavor. Tastes like a decent white or Belgian IPA.

Lively with moderate sting; very dry.

This is a decent, refreshing IPA. It's not outstanding, but it's a little different.

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. There is a wispy white head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of a bready malt with hints of toffee. Slightly toasted. The hop aroma appears to be tropical with perhaps some apricot. It has an English IPA type of aroma.

The taste is malty sweet. The malt is quite bready and has a slight toffee flavor. The hop flavor ranges from grass to pineapple to pine. Some pepper spiciness.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with an earthy bitterness that lingers a bit.

This is an ok IPA. It is labeled as an easy drinking IPA but at 6% it wouldn't be a session IPA. I think the malt is too heavy for a session anyways. Not a huge fan of the hop profile. Meh, just buy a flower power.

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 745-746/140331. Sampled on May 30, 3014.

The pour is a milky golden pale yellow with a white foamy head that builds up quickly and fades away slowly.

The aroma has a nice nose of pine, resin, citrus, grass, and a touch of roasted malts.

The body is in the medium range but smooth.

Pretty easy to drink session IPA with a forward grassy and citrus hop flavor balanced somewhat evenly with the roasted malts.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased as part of a mix-six at Wegmans.

Pours a hazy dark orange, with a long lasting half inch head, and sticky lacing.

Smells floral and fruity, with some pine as well.

Tastes like a weaker, not as good Flower Power. Very floral, slightly fruity and citrusy, a little bit of pine. The malt bill is stronger than a typical session IPA, with some crackery dry malt.

Light to medium bodied, typical of session IPAs. There is a lingering bitterness at the end of each sip, otherwise very drinkable.

Session IPAs are not my favorite style, but this one worked decently well.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a patch of large bubbles in the center, and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with hints of caramel malts. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter body nature of this beer—presumably due to the presence of wheat malts—makes this beer very easy to drink and quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking a whole six pack of this if I wanted something light but had a little bite from the hops.

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange in the glass, one finger head that leaves lacing.

S-Rather malty, not much in the way of hops. Some citrus, but mainly malt.

T-Rather malty, but the date is good. There is a little bit of earthy and citrus notes but just not that good.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation though.

O-This beer just does not do it for me.

Photo of jjd315
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical IPA, but very solid and easy drinking

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Red's Place, Seneca Falls, NY.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured grassy hops and a round sweetness.

The taste offered a lingering grassy hop, smooth sweetness and touch of dactyl.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced APA.

Photo of BB1313
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Labeled 3/11/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are pretty plain and subtle. Caramel malts are there with lots of grass. The aromas are pretty lackluster, I'm not going to lie. The flavors come alive, but they still aren't that impressive. I must say there's a solid bitterness going on though. Very earthy. More caramel. Subtle hints of pine. Very subtle hints of citrus. Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's ultimately smooth and refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's a clean beer, but really lacks anything that grabs the attention.

I'm a big fan of Ithaca, but this just doesn't work for me. I guess I expected a little more since they've always been able to do great stuff with hops. This is an easy drinking IPA like they suggest, it's just boring and forgettable for the most part.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%

On-tap 3/16/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of citrus and caramel sweetness that is followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of gabedivision
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy burnt orange, 1 finger fluffy white head

S- lemon zest, light melon citrus, a touch of grapefruit rind

T- sweet malt up front, lots of melon in this, a bit of lemon citrus, finishs bitter

M- light bodied, nice carbonation, sweet bitter & dry

O- it's not too bad, its has all the parts of a classic american pale ale, the hops shine more as the pallette relaxes and the brew warms up

Photo of TangTKE402
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Orange/brown in color with a nice 2-finger off-white head that settles into a nice foam ring with decent lacing. Hazy in texture, but not totally opaque.

S: Sweeter up-front that you would think, with some strong malt notes and just a hint of hops. Light overall, with aromas of berries, caramel malt, fresh oat nut bread, a touch of lemon, and some cut grass.

T: Bread and malts mix up-front with a nice hop backbone and distinct hop bitterness on the swallow. Notes of lemon peel, bright caramel malts and a toasty flavor account for most of the in-mouth taste. Hops dance around the periphery with a lemony, dry air and a bitter aftertaste. Everything about this tastes light, which is what they were going for when they created the "session IPA" style, but with this beer the lightness tends to blur flavors together, with nothing standing out particularly well. It is the type of flavor you can have a lot of without killing your palate.

M: Light-bodied, with an airy, bready feel in-mouth and a hollow dry afterfeel. A bit chewy and sticky, but gentle enough to have a few. A definite session-feeling IPA.

O: Good for sipping a couple, and it might even hit the spot on a warm afternoon after doing some yard work. Of the recent crop of "session IPA" offerings, this one sits firmly in the middle of the pack; not too much of anything.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with an inch of frothy head. Good amount of lacing. The nose is a bit muted. Light citrus and pine hops with some floral notes. Fair amount of malts. The taste is orange with some dankness and piney hops. Finishes floral with some more citrus and melon. Hint of lemon at the finish. Pretty malty, surprisingly. Lots of carbonation but a mouthfeel that is a bit on the lighter side. This is supposed to be billed as a Session IPA but the 6% ABV is higher than just about all the others. Still, on it's own it is a fairly good IPA and I wouldn't have any issue drinking a few of these in one sitting. Overall, I'd grab this every once in a while.

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 02/20/14, hard to read the smudge date print but it's there.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that at least sticks around a bit, bit of soapy lacing, hazy light peach colored beer.

Nose, mild fruity hops, hint of grapefruit and orange peel, mild floral hops, hint of a stone fruit, and mild sweet malt, the fruits get fairly juicy over time esp the grapefruit, but fairly light overall.

Taste starts with more hops, grapefruit juice with nice bitterness, little rind and pithy, little citrusy orange like but mild. It has a decent light malty flavor, little creamy, mild pale malt but light. Fair bitterness, little rind bitterness and pithy. Finish is dry and fairly bitter, actually increases bitterness with nice grapefruit and rind lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb but lighter.

overall not bad, very quenchable but pretty light at the same time, decent hops with nice bitterness, but no real malt to back it up, so mixed bag but decent taste.

Photo of Rifugium
2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Pin's. Saw it side-by-side with Flower Power, and decided to try something new. Guess I should've stuck with the FP.

Poured into a handy bell tulip, a hazy golden-orange color, with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Unfortunate hints of a malt-bomb right away in the aroma, sugary sweetness, floral notes, somewhat medicinal. In the taste, dry bready malts, corn sugar, citrus juice, with a low-intensity earthy hops, and something of a medicinal off-flavor. Light-medium body, lower than average carbonation. Overall not very enjoyable. Would not get again.

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely cloudy with an orange-dirty gold color. Small head but great lace on the glass.

Fresh citrus-like hop nose. Light malt far in the background.

Smooth flavor, especially up front. Slightly sweet, pale malt flavor initially. The hop is actually subtle until the swallow where it is dominant but not dominating. The aftertaste is balanced. The body and bubbles are typical for the style.

Photo of Beergod50
4.67/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love the Ithaca line and traveling to the brewery. This is consistently good; I just prefer Hoptical Illusion to it and usually opt to buy that instead. Still a good tasting IPA. I really enjoy it as draft if I Can find it.

Photo of unclejazz
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pour yields a 1 1/2 finger thin white head that settles after a few minutes. The body is a gold hue with ample carbonation and a slight haze. The nose leads with pine resin followed by grapefruit and breads malts. The first taste start with hoppy resin and a touch of soap. Dry biscuit notes follow with bitterness on the back end. There is very little if any sweetness and the mouthfeel is medium, solid for the style, and has a slight tang from the carbonation. Overall, this is a serviceable IPA, but I would not consider it on the level of Ithaca’s Flower Power. The beer that comes to mind when considering a comparable beer is Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.

Photo of T-34-85
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting new beer from Ithaca Beer Co.

Pours a clear light amber color with 1/2 to 1 finger head.

The aroma is relatively mild without any overly present hoppiness that you might anticipate from an IPA.

The taste has an initial hop bitterness that is moderate and not overpowering. A light malt sweetness is also present, along with a light flavor of hops.

I would actually sum this beer up as being a heavier version of an ESB (extra special bitter) with a bit more hoppiness and malt body than that style commonly exudes. Overall it is a nice beer, but not that impressive for the IPA style that it is claimed to fit into. I think this would be a good beer in the summer or after finishing a nice long run, but it does not wow with it's aroma like its running mate, Flower Power.

Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy sunshine yellow color with a fat head of off white foam and a slight orange blush on the beer. There is a stream of bubbles making their way to the top and the head falls rocky and leaves plenty of lace.

Nose is subtle but juicy with bright citrus. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind and some earthy pith. lemon and sweet lemon peel. Sweet herbal and a touch of woody twigs with a faint pine and a bit of fainter mint. Taste follows the nose. There is a spectacular west coast IPA mouthfeel to this one. Juicy, light, fruity and really no tropical notes. This one is all citrus. The malt is almost invisible expect for a bit of silk on the mouthfeel while the citrus takes the flavor. The malt is sweeter than you might realize until you do taste that the fruits are mostly tart so that soft sweetness that is just underneath must be this shy malt. The malt becomes cracker like as ti warms. No heavy resin, just a light stickiness. It finishes with a slight bitter.

This beer is a welcome change from all the hop bombs. It is intensely hoppy without being intensely bitter. It has a drinkable character that would be easy to handle in a session and in the summertime. Plenty of flavor.

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