Hoppy Trails IPA | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Hoppy Trails IPAHoppy Trails IPA

Brewed by:
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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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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 +20.2%
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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Photo of prodgerm
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of ckbailey97
4.32/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of Bierman9
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of gestyr
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of haines710
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of cdizinno
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Harrisburg ABC and got this growler to go... Okay, I may have waited too long to open the growler as it has been over two weeks, but let's see...

A: Orange amber color with a mild haziness. Minimal off-white head and decent lacing.

S: Not much of a smell as I do remember the same directly off the tap. Some floral and citrus hops along with some mild malt sweetness.

T&M: Actually it is tastier than I remembered. Medium bodied. Nice malty backbone that follows and floral and citrus hop flavor through to the end. Semi-dry finish with residual some hop oils.

Very good IPA.

M: Smooth and crisp...

D: Not a bad beer at all, a good one for people looking for some hops, although this is not bitter at all.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is a highly transparent light orange

S- This beer has a powerful hoppy aroma. There is a huge hint of citrus, specifically grapefruit

T- Grapefruit! There is a burst of grapefruit in every sip. Starts off bitter and ends bitter. It has more of an aromatic bitterness than anything

M- Very carbonated and light bodied. Not what I expect for an IPA. However, it works well this this aromatic beer.

D- The bitter is pretty bitter, but not as bitter as most IPAs. I could probably drink 3 - 4 beers before the bitterness makes it unbearable.

I really enjoyed this beers flavor and aroma. There was a huge hint of grapefruit making it delicious. Overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale partly translucent orange with some brown hues and gold when backlit. The head is on finger of thick froth. Some spotty lacing is pasted to the walls of my glass sporadically.

Smell: Slight hints of bitterness and grain with a citrus element just out of reach to really put my finger on.

Taste: The flavor offers more vibrance than the nose did. The bitterness is dry and astringent and lacks the freshness and the sweet malt backbone that my favorite IPAs have. This one is bitter without a doubt but it is quite simple. The bitterness is made up of a earthy floral attribute and pine mixed with a grain dryness that leads to orange-rind and black pepper astringent bitter flavors and long lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The grapefruit aftertaste is quite dry and leave my mouth feeling like the Sahara desert. It becomes a bit of a workout for the cheeks but it forces each sip to come quickly after the last. The well carbonated bitey beer goes down quickly.

Drinkability: Exceptional. This is not my favorite IPA but it sure goes down easy. Bitter and dry, a bit light weight but boy does it go down quick. Maybe I was just thirsty =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After making the 2 hour journey to this brewery, I was very impressed with all of their brews and the variety amongst them. The IPA is one of the best I have tried. It is very hoppy from first whiff to the bitter finish. It is not the "hoppiest" that I have ever had (I think that is Weyerbacher Hops Infusion), but it is extremely good.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass at the brewery. One of the better IPAs I have ever had. Amber in color, starts out with a lot of head, however, it goes down to about a half inch on top of the body. You can taste all the different flavors put into it. Very hoppy (as one might tell by the name). This is probably the best beer at ABC; perhaps, one of the better IPAs.

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Photo of Maestro
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my favorite from Appalachian. Maybe someday they will bottle this baby. An orange colored brew. The nose is my favorite part. It is very fruity, almost a passionfruit smell. Very tropical. The hops are a nice combination. The taste is good too. The fruity subtlely stays with the beer until the end. The hops are very present but not drying until the finish of the beer. The mouthfeel is very refreshing and the fruitiness makes it pleasant to swish around a little. As far as drinkability, I would like to have it many more times. Excellent example of an American IPA.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a honey color and clear with a slightly off white to ivory head. The head hangs around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing.

S: large hop presence throughout with orange leading the way. Biscuity and malty with more dark citrus towards the end.

T: tangy hop bitterness and lighter on the hop flavor than I would have expected. A little bit of grapefruit tart and noticeable malt/bread.

MF: noticeable as an ipa but not overpowering. With out a lot of other off flavors to balance the hops and malt it is a introductory hop head kind of beer with a nice crisp feeling in the mouth.

D: a quick buy again this beer was of outstanding flavor at a great price. I will soon refill a growler with this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is dry hopped with Northern Brewer hops and hand-pumped near room temperature..

A: The ale has an amber orange color, very clear, with a thick 2 finger billowy head. The beer, as consumed, leaves extensive layers of lace in the glass.

S: The aroma is a citrusy hop scent with a drier subtle character that comes from dry-hopping.

T: The taste continues with the subtle hop character. The dry hopping has imparted an earthy, citrus hop flavor that really kicks in as the beer moves to the back of the mouth. The additional hops provide a big citrus hop flavor that finishes nicely.

M: The ale's hoppy character is both subtle and spicy.

D: The dry-hopping has added a nice element to the ale, giving it an added depth and flavor that the regular draught version often misses.

Previous Reviews:
12-Jul-06, Cask [Cascade and Willamette], 4.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, 3.90

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citric hop and a soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a full balmy citrus hop and a full sweet crystal malt. Sweet orange at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very good IPA. Full bodied.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a honey golden color body with a 1"white creamy head on top. The smell is hopy and some some fruit. The taste is very fresh and pungent of hops. On the finish i get a little citrus fruit taste. It has a nice mouth feel, goes down nice. Overall this is a great and drinkable IPA with a kick.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine got this for me from the brewery and I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: A light amber body with a white fluffy head. Fine retention and beautiful retention.
Smell: Nice and hoppy, citrus.
Taste: Wonderful grapefruit taste, lacking any noticeable malt.
Mouthfeel: Thin but not lacking, rigid.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of BCMan
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a clear amber with a big, frothy, white head. A nice big hop aroma is evident from the pour. The nose is very much in line with the name of this brew. A nice crisp hop flavor is very good on this warm day. The taste is clean and refreshing. The best I've had from this brewery. I would definetly recommrnd this beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a dark-orange, hazy, ruddy, hue with an impressive foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Rich aroma bursting with fresh, wet hops, citrus, and spices...
Flavorful, non-cloying taste replete with hops, citrus, lemons, and a robust earthiness...
Good mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability to match...
First-ever beer from this brewery, and overall I was pretty impressed...
Recommended as a great depiction of an American IPA...

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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