Hoppin' Mad Trout Ale - Trout River Brewing Company

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Hoppin' Mad Trout AleHoppin' Mad Trout Ale

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93 Ratings

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 19.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our English Style Pale Ale has toasted malt flavors dominated by hops. A fragrant, flowery aroma complements the clean, dry finish.

A fantastic lighter-style ale for the warmer weather!
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by B967ierhunter177:
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear orange with a copious head and lasting lace. It's aroma is of banana with hints of orange and dough. The flavor is citrus with banana and orange notes with a hint of vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Trout River Hoppin Mad Trout Ale is a decent beer, a curious cross between a witbier and a hefeweizen. Slightly recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. The sediment on the bottom of the bottle does not stay and flows into the glass at about tow thirds the way.

Appearance: Completely hazed with tiny particles of yeast floating around. Good think off white lace.

Smell: Yeasty and steely malt aroma, some woody and earthy notes from the hops and yeast also. A bit to raw in the nose IMO.

Taste: The body is a little stodgy with a rich and flowing smoothness, flavours of fresh malt and raw grain come to mind first. Fruitiness lays in with some apple with a lemony back. The grain shows a faint steely character middle to end. Heavy hand of yeast falls to the usual nutty and earthy flavours. Hops are mild and give up a balancing bitterness with woody flavours. Finishes slightly sweet with a lingering yeast flavour.

Notes: A solid ale in the raw, the name threw me off thinking it was going to be a hoppy ale. It turned out to just be a balanced unfiltered ale that only hardcore ale drinkers would appreciate. As for a hophead looking for a hoppy American Pale Ale they will be sorely disappointed.

Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, amber body with a smallish, offwhite head that quickly drops to film. Patch lace is very minimal. Aroma has some biscuity, pale malt, and the ultimate in herbal hops. Allspice and nutmeg are definitely a major part of the aroma, whether from the yeast, hops, or malt. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a spicy twang. The taste is complex, with a nice pale malt and spicy hop combo. I'm really curious about the hops used in this ale. It's definitely not the "hoopin' mad" profile I was expecting. Still, it's a nicely crafted Vermont ale that is satisfying and refreshing. This is my first Trout River brew, and it's certainly somewhat offebeat.

Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, pours heavily clouded apricot amber. Supports an off white head, thats a quick fader, that goes to a tiny bubble film and thin collar, minor fine lacing.

Faint nose of flowery hops.

Middle of the road ale, barely makes it up to IPA specs, easy drinking and pleasant enough but nothing real special going on here. Would work as a sessioner in a pinch...

Photo of far333
2.99/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange color with particles suspended and swirling. Light beige head that dissipates immediately. The aroma is fruity like apricot, a bit sweet. Some sweet malt also. Why is this called Hoppin' Mad? I'm mad that there's no hop smell or flavor. Flavor is light flowery, sweet malt, morphing to tingly citrus or pine. Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation. Aftertaste is a tingly bitter. Is that the hops? Too faint to tell. Average drinkability since it is so tame and middle of the road. Good session beer, but easy to get bored with.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes 2/6/11.

A: Slightly hazy light orange color with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves small bits of lace.

S: Some wheat and farmhouse funk. A little bit of an earthy aroma.

T: Seemed a bit watered down, very very weak on the hops. Much heavier on the malt, with some caramel and fruit.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation and good crispness. Overall, not very good and certainly a disappointment.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.55/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy pale golden amber. Tiny, thin head that was history fast.

Smelled of SLIGHT hops, wheat,spice, and banana peel.

Taste of thin hop, wheat, and some minor spice and banana effect. A bit more thin and watery than I expected.

Mouthfeel is thin and light but crisp and well carbonated. Light body and a light impact on the tastebud's as well.

Easy to drink, but not interesting enough to have another. IMHO

Photo of willabys
2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Jumped on this one during a tour of New Hampshire.
Pours a bit murky with bits of white floating around, bubbly whie head faded in seconds, makes me wonder if it is going off.
Barely any smell
Taste is weird, I get some character, just have a hard time describing this, not horrible, but nothing I care to experience again. Glad I only got two, four more and I'd have to drop off the unwanted puppies at the local thrift store.
I loves me some hops, the more the better, it is just disappointing when a label pops Hop, but fails to deliver big.

Photo of puboflyons
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no noticeable lot code or expiration/bottling date. Sampled on November 8, 2009. It pours an amber-orange tone with a thick, puffy white head. It is a bit hazy. The aroma leans toward malts and bread more than hops as may be expected for an IPA. The mouthfeel is on the medium side. The hops are a lot weaker than one would expect from an IPA. They are virtually invisible quite frankly. The taste is more bready with citrus undertones. Despit all this it was reasonably easy to drink but had a hard time believing it to be an IPA.

Photo of Emnmarko
2.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Orangish and clear. Tons of active carbonation. Huge head. Smells weird. Funky. Sour. No date on the bottle. Maybe old or mistreated? Hop profile seems tainted. (I hope, cause it sucks). This brew seems more like a pilsner. A poor one. Underwhelming, not enjoyable. Damn. Its been a bad beer tasting night, I need a Two Hearted to wash this one down.

Photo of goz
3.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is mid-amber, medium white head that quickly diminishes, but leaves decent lacing. Aroma is malty, with light chocolate being the main standout. Flavor is mixed with light chocolate and other various mild malt flavors, ends with minimal hop presence. Body is medium. Not all the impressive to me.

Photo of BuckSpin
2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

Poured loose, a little snap to it, some energy. Faintly tart, it has an odd Granny Smith apple sweetness to it, just like other Trout River beers I've had. This has to be a yeast thing. Perhaps a hint of some summer corn, grassy fields. Ugh...as it warms it gets an faint moldy aspect. The pencil's worth of very loose & softly hissin' pearl white foam faded rather quickly to a thin sheeting with an edge ring that laced in isolated splotches. Its definitely unfiltered - the sediment suspending almost "Matrix" like in the hazy, slightly clouded honey colored body is a testament to that.

Crisp, on the arid side of semi-dry, thick in mouth-feel (no surprise there from the aforementioned floaties), the contrast between thick, rounded malts and that crisp, bad cider-like dryness is actually quite nice and provides some balance. However, a faint metallic quality aside that unmistakable Trout River sourness rains on that parade in a hurry...too bad.

It grows more cohesive on the palate, yet is still primarily semi-sour. Getting drier & lighter, it finishes crisp and tight with a subtle tart aftertaste.

This was just on the bad side of average, that part of town somewhere near the corner of Tolerable Blvd & Could Do Much Better Drive. There are many, many examples that are much better. I'm just not into this sour quality that Trout River has. A sub-par APA and beer in general. I would be tempted to drink ice cold macro lager over this & a number of other Trout River beers. If you feel the need to go slumming around that street corner I mentioned earlier, go ahead, but be careful.

Photo of plaid75
2.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper hue with a thin line of lacy foam.

The smell was very yeasty. Mild hinys of grass and strawbery was detected as well.

The taste was was a bit on the acidic side, but by all indication, this was done on purpose. Biscuity and mildly citrusy as well. Could use more hops.

The mouthfeel was light and very dry.

A unique ale. A bit on the weak side for an APA.

Photo of board45
2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a strong hoppy flavor from start to finish w/ this beer. Very disapointed. More malt than anything else. not much of a flavor at all. Week, my tastes must have changed, I used to love this beer. After about five years of not having it, i wasnt impressed at all.

Photo of mtbbaboon
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been to the Trout River Brewery many times and enjoy all of the draft beers they have to offer, not to mention their pizza is awesome. That said, I picked up a six pack of Hopping Mad Trout and somewhere things went wrong. I poured a bottle into a pint glass. It pours more like a darker pilsner than an ale that is supposed to be loaded with hops. It smelled of light hopiness with a hint of fruit, and somewhere in there something smelled odd. Feels light in the mouth and was very carbonated. The taste was very mild and not very hoppy for something called "Hoppin Mad." It went down easy but left a little bit of a funky aftertaste. I was very disappointed. I thought the overall experience of this one was just "ok."

Photo of donkeyrunner
1.81/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From the "Northeast Kingdom Vermont."Bottle art beats out Weyerbacher but not much else. Cloudy, unfiltered, golden mess with yeast bits swimming in my beer despite a very careful poor. 1 finger white head that settles into solid horseshoe retention. One lacey gasp.

Aroma is vegetable hop character and steamed corn with allspice? WTF? As weird as that sounds the taste is similar but with a pharmaceutical undertone thinly veiled in under pancake batter-esque malt.

I'm sorry but this is terrible. You couldn't even play beer pong with this because it's too raw. If it was in a can maybe it could be brought to the beach? Glad I bought one or I too would be "hoppin mad (ha!)."

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.16/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of pale hops & light malts but there’s an odd pungent smell in there that I just can’t place.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. The hops presence is mild for the style and doesn’t provide the type of balance that you look for in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style, I would definitely not recommend this beer.

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer from a mixed 6-pack from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a relatively uninspiring 1/8" head, and even that didn't last long. Laces rather ordinarily over this dark golden/light amber hued brew. Aroma is slightly of pale malts and hops. Taste is pale malts upfront, with a crisp citrus parting as it goes down the hatch. Not bad, but nothing earth-shattering. Mouthfeel are ok, but more of a summer session/lawnmowing type of beer, nothing I would go out of my way for taste.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy tan body with brown chunks of yeast in the bottom. Huge, very frothy off-white head.

Nose is sour malt, spice, definite funk.

Flavor is not at all like an APA. I get spice and sweetness characteristics that are more like a Belgian. There is no hint of the hops that I would expect in an APA. The malt backbone has a definite sweet wheatiness component to it. This is a weird hybrid of a brew.

Mouthfeel is thin and very highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This is such an odd blend of flavors that I do not really want another one, at least not right now...

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a small one finger head, completely white, it only hung around for a minute, now it's gone. The body is pretty cloudy, golden, maybe even apple juice color. Not really sure what to expect here, the look is....average? I mean the color is very interesting, but that head is just pathetic, oh well. Wow, that smell is weird, it smells like malts and fruit mixed together, it almost remind me of apple juice, it has that watery smell with a faint flavor to it. I mean it does smell super unique and pretty refreshing, but as for flavor, it doesn't appear like there will be much. On top of all of that, the hops are only discovered among many sniffs, so does it smells like a pale ale? Not at all. It smells just interesting though, so I have to give it some credit for that, and it by no means smells bad, it just smells weak. Man, this is a weird tasting beer, I mean it doesn't taste horrible, and it doesn't taste completely watered down, but...it tastes like half watered down and half like they used stale hops and malts or something, and then a little bit of fruit or apples or something mixed in too. I means it's just freaking weird, is it the absolute worst beer I've ever had? No, but it's probably the worst pale ale I've ever had. It's not undrinkable, but it's not a good flavor, that's for sure. The mouthfeel is god awful, so thin and watery it's not even funny. As for drinkability, it's light and easy to put away, but since it doesn't taste too great I have a hard time (morally) saying that it is easily drinkable. Overall, pretty lame beer here, not impressed, very unimpressed!

Photo of jimixr
2.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: A hazy light orange color with a small amount of white head that falls to a small ring. no lacing to speak of.

S: An earthy aroma and a small amount of hops. Nothing special here and actually disappointing.

T: Heavy on the caramel malt flavor. Seems very watered down with no hop presence at all. Very disappointed in the taste of this one.

M: Light bodied and good carbonation. Dry finish with a refreshing crispness.

O: A big disappointment. I received this as an extra in a trade and really didn't have high expectations, but even then I was completely disappointed. For sure wont be seeking this one out.

Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good coating from the lace, ranging from blanketing to webby. Modest head. Dark gold color with a some cloudiness.

Sweet sugary smell with a dash of cinnamon. The aroma reminds me of some high-spiced homebrew experiments. It does not smell like an APA, but it isn't bad.

Okay, I detect all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper. I do not note any typical hop spice. The usual malt flavors are largely covered up by the spiciness. Good body from the slightly sweet taste.

In summary, this is a very unusual beer--it's not bad, but it does strike me as more of an herbed beer.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' Mad Trout Ale pours a clear, light copper color with a small creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a fair amount of lace on the glass. I found the very faint aroma of toasted malt and bread to be interesting, since I thought it would have a hoppy smell.

Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor is more malty than I thought it would be. There's a fair amount of pale malt with a touch of caramel mixed in. It finishes somewhat sweet with some fruity notes of banana and bubblegum and a hint of nutmeg.

I'm a bit confused by the name Hoppin' Mad since I couldn't detect hops in this beer. Are they mad at hops so none were added to the brew? I do have to say that this beer is refreshing and quite drinkable.

Photo of davisdandrew
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a tumbler glass. Low carbonation and fairly hazy. leaves some noticeable sediment in the bottle.

A light toasty malt aroma no hint of hops

bready and toasty malt flavors with hardly noticable bitterness.

dry finish with medium body and mouthfeel .

overall a decent beer but definitely not an American pale ale, nor is it advertised as such so I would argue that it rates lower than it should because of this. much more like a english bitter.

Photo of WayneRooneyFan
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Trout River Hoppin' Mad Trout Ale in West Dover, Vermont, thinking I was getting something possibly exotic and unknown...paying top dollar for what I thought would be a new experience...what a disappointment.

After opening the bottle and smelling the ale, I got the sense that if I saw its appearance, I would not have bothered to go any further...however, I poured in a glass and still was not impressed.

There were no hops, no body, no taste...nothing at all...exceedingly ordinary...definitely not an American Pale Ale.

That being said, you can drink quite a bit of it...and manage to avoid the mass-produced beers.

I should have known that I was making a mistake when the individual in front of me at the cash register bought $75 worth of craft beers and no Trout River product was among the treasure.

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Hoppin' Mad Trout Ale from Trout River Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.