Hoppy Trails IPA
Appalachian Brewing Company

Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,614
Ranked #41,487
3.65 | pDev: 12.05%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a small head and moderate lacing. The aroma is citrusy and fresh. The taste is bitter and fruity. I do not detect the taste of hops at all. It has a rather unpleasant aftertaste. The bitterness lingers. Overall, a mediocre IPA.

Jul 29, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok and balanced. Nothing terribly special about this one, but it's good enough to try again. The sweetness level is a bit up there on this over, and not quite but enough for me.

Jul 01, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance had a slight amber to yellow body with a thin white head that died after a good fifteen seconds. Some really light lacing was left. The smell had some piney hops up front with the typical earthy malts backing up a normal English IPA as it should be. The taste was basically the same adding a bit of biscuity fullness to the finish and adding a nice sweet aftertaste to it. The palate was about a medium with a dry feel on my tongue, and a nice sessionability to it. Overall, this is good for its style and for me.

Jun 29, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from local grocery near Wilmington, Delaware. Poured into a pint glass for dinner with pizza. This IPA had a decent head after pouring and smelled slightly fruity. Taste was but bitter and pretty average. Fit the bill for dinner but nothing spectacular. This was my first beer from this brewery and I hope to try more.

Mar 25, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a custom shaped pint glass: color is copper, a little hazy, head is brighter white.

Smell is bready/biscuit, toast, maybe a touch caramel, moderate hops with earthy character, lightly floral.

Taste is less bready, less malty, but moderate presence and stronger hop bitterness - floral, earthy, drying.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, drying and sharp on the tongue.

Overall a moderately malty and sharply bitter ipa, the crisp mouthfeel seems a little overcarbonated and a bit dry.

Jan 18, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a decent IPA. Drinkable and not overly hoppy, lacking something here to truly make this a memorable IPA. Bottled from a grocer in King of Prussia.

Apr 01, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: November 15, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint.. OCCASION: recovering from the family football game--I threw three INTs!--and a much less enjoyable Browns loss... APPEARANCE: rather light. bronze/copper body that shows reasonable effervescence; nearly clear; slight, fuzzy off-white head that holds to a swampy halo ... AROMA: resinous first impression; pear, wheat grass, some citrus, and melon; very little malts to speak of.... PALATE: fizzy, light and lively at the teeth; short at the finish, with a muted, astringent mouthfeel; medium-bodied and drinkable... TASTE: the resin is clear, mingling with citrus like grapefruit and orange peel...the maltiness presents itself more in the taste than in the nostril or palate; a reasonable sourness ensues... OVERALL: aptly named, ably fulfilling its hoppy promise, with a serviceable 6.2 ABV and a pleasant if not unmemorable profile...

Nov 15, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/5...brewery draft. Pours copper colored, ring foam. Mostly see through. Grassy pine nose, but light. Bready toffee taste with a tasty bitter tilted in between. Medium finish with a little bitter remaining afterwards. really drinkable and tasty.

Nov 15, 2015
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sharp cheddar and blue cheese on the side with peanuts and pretzels. Hoppy Trails has a red-amber color with two finger head. Nice lacing down the glass. The aroma has mostly bitter pine, almost no malt. Taste is pine-citrus up front, strong malt, and strong bitterness. Slightly heavy in body but a clean bitter finish. Very good IPA, definitely worth a try. I wish they would be more available, they are never at any bars in the area.

Oct 21, 2015
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as crazy about this IPA as I am about the Outta Focus. It's hoppier than I tend to like and it's kind of bitter on the aftertaste, but it's not awful.

Jul 27, 2015
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very clear amber color with a finger of foam that fades away rather quickly. Aroma is faintly bitter, with some vegetal hops. Doesn't spell particularly appetizing.

First sip is firmly bitter, with an aspirin like bitter finish. This is certainly more of an English-style IPA, with minimal hop flavor coming through. This seems to be overloaded with bittering hops, but the malt backbone isn't quite sweet enough to support the bitterness.

This beer is pretty disappointing to me. It is one-dimensional, and that dimension is harsh bitterness.

Dec 27, 2014
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BWED from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Copper body. Just off white head, hangs at an eighth inch. A bit of lacing.

S- Toasty malt, with a slight caramel sweetness. Earthy, piney hop character.

T- Malt is bready, and just a faint sweetness. Earthy and piney hop.

M- Medium body. Slight sweetness, but a nice dull bitterness to keep it in check. Finish is dry.

O- BA claims this is an American IPA, but ABC claims its an English IPA. For an English IPA, this is pretty solid. More balanced, and the hop character is earthy, and has that dull bitterness.

Oct 17, 2014
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RTitus from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Solid average IPA. Small head and okay lacing. Light copper color.
Nose gets pine and floral mostly. Nice bite with a sweet taste behind the hops. Not really bready but almost wine like. Carbonation is a little above average.
Nothing unique here except the grape undertone. Good solid choice and my first beer from this brewery.

Sep 14, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%


Pours a clear golden with a white film for a head.

Floral and piney hop aroma with some grassy malt underneath.

Flavor is of pine hop, honey malts, and a grassy finish.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fairly average IPA, drinks easy enough and tastes fine, but not outstanding in any way. If you are dying for an IPA, this will do, but it's not going to rival your favorites in the style in all likelihood.

Sep 04, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation, a finger of white head.

S: Tropical fruit, sweet, light pine, canned peaches, light onion.

T: Pine, Pinesol, vitamin c chewable tablet, children’s aspirin, light sweetness, canned fruit cocktail.

M: Medium chewy body, with lots of fine bubbled carbonation. Resinous finish.

O: Very pleasant, fruity and drinkable. Really enjoying this one. Bought in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Jul 03, 2014
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Thezapper from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Filled up a growler with this beer.

Golden amber color with bright white head and lacing that fades quickly.

Not a whole lot in the nose of this beer, some piney citrus and a touch of tropical fruit.

You get the hops right away but not as much as you would think. It's balanced by a decent amount of malt and has a lingering dry and bitter taste.

It's a decent enough IPA, and a convenient purchase for me since the brewpub is within walking distance. I would drink this again but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer.
Appalachian has a few decent brews but I find most of them are lacking just a little bit in what I want from each style. And this is a good example.

Nov 14, 2013
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The-Sud-Truth from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Notable lacing and Ideal head. Murky golden color.

Smell: Scents of a good IPA...Pine, Citrus...sweet ( ? )

Taste: Well blended with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Typical for this type.

Mouthfeel: Full. Fizzy. I feel a push outward from within my mouth. Slight numbing even after it is consumed. Nice finish for this style.

Overall: I live about 20 minutes from this brewery but this is the first time I have purchased a case of any of their offerings. I have been to their local brew pubs and have enjoyed their scratch and non Year-round brews. That said, this is not a disappointing IPA and I would buy another. I would much rather track down a case of their seasonal Major Hopps but that seems to have little distribution or supply to the local distributors. Hoppy Trails stands on its own and I admire it above many of the mid-Atlantic regional efforts. In sum: This is an honest representation of an IPA but has room for improvement.

Sep 05, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A somewhat cloudy body, very pale amber and lemon dark yellow in color. Good slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and manages two fingers tall, with a little bit of a creamy character while forming. Settles to a slow 4mm tall puck and soapy collar.

Subtle brown sugar and caramel like malts, with a little bit of toasty quality. Hop angle is present but it's very tiny with the malts dominating. Slight spicy, faint citrus possibly with a sweetness quite noticeable.

Palate fills with a good pine like quick bitterness. Aftertaste leaves some good hop aromatics with a nice coating but quite fleeting also. Good malt backbone and brown sugar like sweetness matching with the pine and somewhat resin like bitterness. Mouthefeel is slightly weak, but nothing that doesn't let the flavor coat or get out of control. Not boozy. Pine action gets quite noticeable and larger as the beer gets consumed.

Overall nothing earth shattering here, but a decent enough IPA that is enjoyable to drink.

Jun 14, 2013
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear golden color. It was served to me with a small, fizzy head.

s: Bready malts with a little honey and caramel. Hop aromas are grassy and herbal with a hint of citrus rind

t: Very much hop forward. A little biscuity malt with light sweetness quickly over powered by leafy, grassy hops that are quite bitter.

m: Slick and a little sticky.

o: For my money, maybe the best everyday beer on the board. Broad Steet Barleywine excepted.

May 23, 2013
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mpcrump from Indiana

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: More yellow than amber. Very light shade. Thin white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing left. .

S: Piney earthy hops and biscuit malts. A very slight hint of citrus.

T: Biscuit malts up front with a little bit of citrus. The hops bring a bit of bitterness at the end.

M: Right in the middle - medium body and carbonation. Dry with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Definitely a beer I would drink again. Doesn't top my list of top IPA's but this is a good beer.

May 16, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Weathered orange coloring with a slight mist and healthy dose of effervesce. A cream-buff colored head is rigid and foamy, fairly sturdy at a finger high while leaving a generous amount of foam lace lashes.

S: Sticky pine and white grapefruit grind for aroma. Decent at first but doesnt hold long. average strength.

T: Sweet toasted grains upfront for flavor, wet lemony-pine, with a kiss of hops and a strong flowery dry finish. Nice dry hopping lingers on while a toasty warm malt base backs up.

M: Nice presence of carbonation, light to medium maltiness with a lingering dry hop finish off the tongue.

O: Overall starts out wet and fresh, finishes with a lingering dry hoppiness. Nice quaffer, aside from a weak nose the dry hoppiness stays with you a bit after the swallow making amends.

Apr 19, 2013
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DmanGTR from New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes while at the brewery.

Poured lightly hazy apricot amber, frothy white head that kept well and left islands of lace. Aromas of biscuit, warm bread, light caramel, and honey are fronted by well balanced tones of earth, grass, grapefruit peels, and herb. The flavors show themselves like that of the aromas. Perhaps a bit of pear or apricot thrown in as well. Very nicely carbonated, drinks fairly well. A well made IPA for everyday imbibing.

Jan 07, 2013
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Billolick from New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another IPA transported by a friend from Stateline Beverage on the MD/DE border.

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours clouded dull light apricot. The lite tan head is long lasting and fine. Very slowly goes to a high clinging collar, nice lite sheeting and an equally quality looking webs and spots of lace.

Faint nose of grapefruit.

Nicely hopped up IPA. Citrus level is way up, bitterness is way down. Fruity, crisp, fresh tasting, light and enjoyable.

Hoppy Trails indeed. Nicely done, sessionable and worth tracking down IPA.

Jan 04, 2013
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a standard shaker pint glass at the Collegeville location.

appears bright golden in color, with white head. Big hoppy aroma of citrus, pine, and earthy notes. Taste has similar flavors,hop dominated. Medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - a nice IPA, not over the top

Dec 06, 2012
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nimrod979 from Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. poured into a pint glass. Packaged date is undistinguishable.

Appearance: Pours a lighter shade of yellow than most IPA's. Thin. White head. Retention wasn't great. No lacing.

Aroma: Decent balance of some piney earthy hops and biscuity malts. Faint hints of citrus.

Taste: A little more impressive than the aroma. Similar in description though. Dry biscity malts are prominent. Light notes of citrus rind and a nice piney bitterness that brings up the back end through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodided. Medium carbonation. Dry. Bitter finish. Not bad. Nothing knocking my socks off either.

Oct 19, 2012
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