Hoppy Trails IPA | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold pour with 1.5 finger pale cream head. Decent retention and moderate lace. Surprisingly clear.

Bright, hoppy nose with grapefruit and light pineapple. Really tart with fruit. Very nice.

Very bright hit and very clean. Citrus rolls over the tongue almost immediately, with a moderately aggressive hop finish with more grapefruit. I really like this one.

Feel is just right for the style and for the hops. Not overly resiny or syrupy. Works well for the relatively light alcohol.

Overall, a very easy drinking IPA that is still fairly aggressive.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is a tribute to the Appalachian Trail which runs close to the brewery in Harrisburg, PA. The warm and cask conditioned nature of this beer only adds to its complexity and vigor.
Medium amber in color, slightly cloudy with itty bitty beautiful floating yeast particles. Full bodied, with a rich sweet nature and an magnificant amount of hoppy bittness. This is very hoppy with a dry bitter finish. Only for HopHeads!!

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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As hop-head this is my beer of choice at Appalachian Brewing. The bitterness of the rich hopping fills your mouth without being overwhelming. But, a word of warning: this beer doesn't not keep its characteristics when bottled. For home drinking I choose Brooklyn Brewing IPA which costs about the same.

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4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent, hoppy brew. Wonderfully fruity aftertaste. Great for the summer barby, or just a day at the park! One of the finest IPA's I've had to date. Not "sweet" like others or a double. Can't wait to get my hands on the next case - only found on a trip to PA.

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4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orangeish-copper body is capped by a creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and leaves craggy lace throughout the glass. Sweet caramelish malt combines with floal and citrusy hops in the nose. The body is medium-full and it's fine carbonation bristles the tongue before it warms to become quite creamy. A bold bitterness backs a rich, deeply caramelized malt that's laced with yeasty fruitiness and infused with floral, piney, and citrusy hops. It finishes with some lingering sweetish malt that quickly fades, leaving behind longer lingering hop flavors and bitterness.

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4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a break in the action on 29JAN10, about 4 hours between maneuvers and a barracks party. So, Harrisburg was only 30 minutes away, and there ya go!! ;-)

First round pre-dinner was their house IPA. A small sample said "yes", and a pint followed (at $3.50 during Happy Hour). A clear, medium copper liquid filled my glass, with slow, sporadic carbo rising within. A thin, off-white head layered the bier, with excellent lacing. Toasty malts and light sweetness are healthily present in the aroma, with rindy notes as well. Oh yeah... The body here was medium, with some light prickliness accompanying the downward passage.

Flavor opens with some light sweetness, but it's only a tease. Next up are a plethora of solid hops. Citrus, some pithy, rindy characteristics, a touch of resin. Oooh... this is very nice! A good lead-off bier! Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4.5


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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today. Poured into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Nice clear amber color. 1" high fluffy white head. Long lasting. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, subtle malt, hint of caramel

Taste: Bitter from start to finish. Bitterness is smooth, not harsh. Lots of citrus character. Hint of ... spruce?

Mouthfeel: medium body. smooth

Drinkability: Oh yes. I will buy this again. Since I go to Gettysburg a lot to visit the battlefield, it will be one of my stops.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of sweet pale malts with a good deal of citrus and pine hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of sticky and resinous pine enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very aromatic IPA that delivered in the flavor department but not quite enough to make it anything more than very good. Worth a shot.

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4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 323 ratings