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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Photo of Soonami
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appalachian Brewing Company Hoppy Trails IPA is a weird beer. The beer is a slightly hazy, bright orange with just a flurry of white head that fades quickly. The aroma is very heavy in grainy malts with a distinct smell of DMS and only a hint of woodsy hops. The beer tastes very odd. It is at first very caramel sweet with an orange flavor that makes it taste almost soda-like. Then the bitter comes in, it's blunt, astringent and lingers for a second before disappearing. This beer is lacking the hop layering and complexity that one expects from American IPA's. The carbonation is fine, but the tannic hop flavor leaves a grainy feeliing in my mouth. I found this drinkable (not a drain pour) but would not get this again.

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Photo of mjc410
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A beautiful pour yields a very lasting, small bubbled white head. The body is slightly hazy, and just on the edge of transparency. Color is a bright yellow-gold. I can smell the hops from a foot away! An incredible lemon scent, backed by a bit of slightly sweet caramel malt. The taste, however, is not up to snuff. The beer was served almost at room temp, too warm even for cask. Full of bitter lemon, very light, and almost soapy. There's no malt presence here, and thus no balance. The mouthfeel is very light, with low carbonation, and is thus very smooth. Could use a bit more thickness. I would like to try this again in the future, perhaps bottled. Altough I would imagine having it at the brewery (which I did) would be the best experience. Still, after being unable to finish this, I was given a freebie, which helped some.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with a total lack of head. Only a thin film of white bubble formed but then quickly receded. The beer is a hazy light caramel or honey color. Held to the light it is fairly cloudy.

Aroma was of roasted malt and only a slight citrus aroma. This is very sweet smelling. Certainly, does not smell like many quality IPA's I've encountered,

Strange flavor profile for an IPA. A burst of sweet malt up front and some matching hops, then the flavor faded to almost nothing. There is really no finish on this IPA.

I get a caramel flavor in the malt that is balanced with some hops, but I don't get that sense of fresh hops that I find in the superior IPA's. The aftertaste is almost a burnt flavor vs. a hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is a little on the light side for an IPA but not horrible.

Only slightly drinkable as I am not really enjoying the flavor.

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Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Harrisburg location served in a mug. This brew appears a clear copper to light orange color with a finger of silky white head. The cap holds fairly well and as it recedes leaves some patches of leggy lace and a line of lacing with every sip.

The smell of this brew is grassy and herbal hops mixed with some mineral quality and some sulfur notes. It is mildly reminiscent of some sort of cleanin agent mixed with some malty sweetness that is lightly bready and biscuit-like.

The taste is bready/biscuit malt with modest herbal bitterness that is mostly grassy in flavor mixed with minerals and sulfur just like the aroma suggested. It lingers with a grassy to herbal bitterness that lasts inside the mouth coupled with mineral character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation and decent drinkability but not a good representation of the style. I guess I have had worse but this beer just leaves me wanting more out of it. I don't think there is ever a time or style of beer where minerals should be the leading character in your beer...especilally an IPA. The name of this beer must be a reference to Easter time?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish yellow with a white head. Aromas of a hoppy malt, and just a hint of citrus/ grapefruit. In the taste, a small grapefruity bitterness and a sweet malt. A clean hop mouthfeel and a decent bitter aftertaste. Mellow, and nice hops, but not that big, kind of light for an IPA.

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Photo of
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle. Poured a clear dark gold with an off white head. Aroma was all hops, with pine and grapefruit coming through. Taste was quite bitter at first, allthough this moderated some as the beer warmed up. I am a fan of hops, but did not care for this one much. Seemed like the hops only contributed bitterness, rather than a bitter flavor, if that makes any sense. Not sure if it is the answer, but the beer seemed to be lacking in balance. Moving on...The body was light to medium, carbonation was fairly high, and it was quite drying. Overall not that great of a beer because of the bitterness. For perspective, I consider Hop Ottin, Stone IPA and Lagunitas IPA to be delicious.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass around 40 degrees.

Poured a clear golden color with a decent head. Smell is overpowering of hops with some spice in the distance. It's definitely as hoppy as it smelled..it didn't go down very well, though; the normal hoppy bitterness you'd expect from an IPA wasn't well balanced, and it was tough to swallow. Felt great in my mouth, and coupled with the hoppy aroma, I expected more on the way down.

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Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, piney, very bitter, no malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall for me it just seems a bit unbalanced, to much on the bitter side for my taste.

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Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber/golden color with a half finger of fluffy almost white head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: There is a light malt sweetness up front with some citrus peel hops in the background.

Taste: More hop forward than the smell. Citrus peel hops with a sweet malt backbone. Just a slight floral character. The hop bitterness it a little bit boring.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side for the style with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Nothing delicate about this beer. Not terrible, but it's missing any wow factor.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of a friend.

Poured into my Tyranena British pint glass.

Smells a bit of wet dog, nothing overly anticipatory on the nose.

Hop profile is spicy and vegetative. Not my favorite style of IPA.

Mouthfeel is fine. Drinkabiity ditto.

A run off the mill IPA. Nothing special here.

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Photo of pvsob
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Crystal clear, light amber with a decent head that fades quickly leaving some lacing.

S- Slight toffee, floral, some pine, and citrus (oranges).

T- Sweet orange starts things off, but this is destroyed by a very raw bitterness that dominates the rest of the tasting experience. The malt tries to keep balance, but it ultimately fails.

M- Lower end of medium feel with very little carbonation.

D/O- Not horrible, but certainly not great either. A little more hop in the aroma and a little more malt in the flavor would make this a easily quaff-able IPA. Definitely not one of my favorite offerings from ABC. There are better examples available. Look elsewhere my friends. Have a good one.

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Photo of mgironta
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured with a one finger head that left some lacing on the glass. The body is an orange-yellow with medium carbonation. On the nose, there are mild hops and grapefruit, which I would expect. On the taste, there were some hops and pine to it, but definitely not what I would want or expect from an IPA (after looking, I found that it was 45 IBUs, pretty low for the IPAs I’m used to). There’s really just not much to this beer. It was also a bit thin. The finish is quick and unremarkable. I just was not a fan of this brew. It needed to be a bit hoppier. This was just a mediocre beer. I wouldn’t seek this out again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a near white head.

S - Some slight citrus, not much here.

T - Mild citrus, wheaty.

D - Thin body and light all-around.

O - Very mild and thin. Not much of an IPA, more of an APA.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy orange color with a decent head that settles fast but has decent enough lacing. The aroma is malty with a slight citrus hop aroma - not as much as expected for an IPA though. The flavor is strongly malty with a hoppy profile, but not very bitter. Most of the bitterness is on the finish - but leaves me wanting a little more. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent enough American IPA. It has a full hop flavor, but I usually prefer something with a little more IBUs to balance out the malt a bit more (it's a little sweet for my tastes).

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Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on cask at the Gettsburg Appalachian Brewing Company around 8/30/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

On cask, "Hoppy Trails" poured a bright and hazy gold hue. No golden lemon or orange, gold! Sitting on top of this golden brew was a creamy 1 inch head of white foam. It had pretty good retention that left behind a small creamy white film and one big streak of lace around the glass. The aroma was mildly hopped with citrus hops, a hint of grapefruit, a dash of sweet sugar, a pinch of pine at the end. The taste was also mildly hoppy. But unlike the aroma, the taste was all about the citrus hops and the grapefruit. No malts, sugar, or pine, just the hops and grapefruit. It was a light bodied beer with an aftertaste that echoed the initial taste, nothing but citrus hops and grapefruit. The only things I can about this beer was that it was an average IPA and that was fun to try on cask.

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Photo of FickleBeast
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A clear orange body with little to no bubbles and a hearty two finger off-white cap. Good retention and some minor lacing left behind.

A cereal-like graininess lays the malt foundation here while grapefruit hops do their best to stand tall.

The malt is definitely holding its own while a grapefruit and pine needle bitterness tries to knock it back. The finish is clean and mildly bitter.

Crisp, easy drinking. A light-medium body with a smooth feel.

Overall this is a pretty basic and straightforward IPA.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a clear, light amber color with fluffy one finger head.

S: The smell was mostly malts with some citrus.

T: Mostly some dry roasty malts, it is a little bitter.

M: Pretty smooth feel with lots of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and fairly light, overall this is a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Trails IPA

Poured into a pint glass reveals a decent golden color, minimal head results though although there is decent carbonation. Hoppy aroma as expected, decent amount of it I'd say. Taste is hoppy but not much of a kick, certaintly subdued flavor-wise yet for some reason the beer feels heavy going down. Nothing bad just different. At 6 percent abv its normal in the alcohol department. Not a bad version sufficiently hopped just lacking a kick that I like, but still a well-made if subdued version.

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Photo of nimrod979
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 11/17/08. Served in an ABC shaker pint glass.

A - Clear amber/yellow-ish body with 1/2-finger creamy white head that quickly thinned out into a film. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation darting to the top of the glass. Nice thick, ornate lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Primarily citrus hops with emphasis on grapefruit and some sweet caramel malt. Pretty straightforward, but nicely balanced.

T - Starts off with a tangy citrus bite that eases into a bit of sweetness and finishes with a pleasantly crisp, bready and somewhat grainy malt finish.

M - Pretty thin, watery mouthfeel with more than ample carbonation. Bitter, somewhat metallic finish that lingers on the tastebuds for quite a while.

D - I've had so many of these in the past, but ABC beers aren't quite as consistent as some other PA micros. Good timing on the review, I guess, because I enjoyed it. The crisp bready and grainy malt aspect really came through in the end... something that I wasn't expecting. The body was a bit thin, though, as many ABC beers are. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. It didn't blow me away, but it was certainly drinkable and pretty tasty as well.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 pack from the brewery.

A: Pours a light amber, golden body with a one finger thick head with ok retention and lacing.

S: An earthy, Cascade hoppy smell with a slight grapefruit undertones.

T: A fairly bitter, Cascade hop taste with a smooth, earthy aftertaste with some citrus notes evident as well.

M: A pretty smooth, full bodied mouthfeel that was very pleasant on the palette.

D: A nice, mouthfeel and taste combination. A decent, hoppy taste, but could have used a bit more of a malty background to balance the Cascade hops. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Clear golden-orange pour, bubbly carbonation, and a small white head that left dabs of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of tame citrusy hops and biscuity malts. Basic humdrum IPA taste, with a decent balance of citrus/pine hops and biscuity pale malts, toasted grains. Nothing too daring going on. Light-medium body and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
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...

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to pieper for letting me try this extra!

Pours a pale slightly hazed golden yellow. A bit of a gusher initially, the fluffy off white head holds on nicely and leaves some attractive lace.

Nose isn't overly strong, with some faint fresh juicy hops, light resin, and a grainy full light malt middle. Some delicate floral notes really add appeal as it warms.

Taste is refreshing and light, but offers little more than the nose puts forth. Grainy and mild throughout, a little fruity hop enters toward the finish with an unassuming bitterness and light resin flavor. Overall a fairly understated IPA, missing some strength, but very pleasant in overall taste.

Feel is again a bit light, with appropriate carbonation, firming up a touch at the finish with a mild stickiness.

Drinkability is surprisingly nice, as it grows on me the more I drink. Pretty straightforward hopped up grains batch of brew, this IPA boasts little standout character but is pleasant to drink. I wouldn't turn it down if I came across it again.

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