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Green Trail - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 40 | Hads: 277
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very hazy and very dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing, only the occasional spot left behind.

Floral hop aroma with some grassy pine and earthy resins countered by faint citrus fruit and a pale malt backbone. The hop presence is surprisingly weak with a mild soil-like character along with some pine needle and subtle grapefruit sweetness. Pale malt backbone with hints of bread, biscuit, caramel and toffee. The aroma isn't bad, it's just kind of bland which is really disappointing for an IPA.

On the lighter end of medium body with a flavor profile that's similar to the aroma. A little more hop forward than expected with some dry bitterness and sticky oils followed by tropical/citrus fruit and a sweet malt backbone. Some earthy pine needle, spruce tip and soil up front followed by some grapefruit and orange peel sweetness. Malt backbone is a little stronger than I prefer with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and cracker. Not the most complex beer but it's well balanced and easy to drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheIPAHunter
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.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Franko
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Brundell88
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

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Photo of sourd
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

16oz jar glass...be 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Green Trail from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.