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 oline73
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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 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 Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at ABC Harrisburg, served cask temp in a standard pint.

A - A hazy golden amber w/ thick 1 inch creamy band of white

S - slightly dank hops w/ mildly citrus aroma and subtle floral notes

M - A smooth malt w/ mild bitterness w/ a creamy texture and slightly resinous feel

T - Mild citrus tastte w/ subtle acidity and gentle sweetness from the malt w/ has grainy flavor the slighly bitey bitterness carries an amarillo citrus taste w/ more of an orangey taste than grapefruit, but it certainly falls in the American style w/ a more semi-dry finish. The flavor is slightly maltier from cask conditioning

D - A tasty American IPA, I liked the cask treatment and would probably order this again. I remember patronizing ABC the first year they opened and this was an Anniversary recipe. It seems strange to review this all these years later, but it is drinkable even if tame in the current market.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 25 Sept 2010.

It was listed on the board as " Hoppy Trails Amarillo", suggesting that they were perhaps doing this beer as a single-hop varietal, but I am not going to clog up the database by adding this variation as a new beer.

It was still cascading (no pun intended, for once) from the hand pull when it was set before me and it settled into just better than a finger of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a hazy honey-yellow, like raw honey, actually. The nose was slightly hoppy, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and the hops were 1968 mellow, man. I dig hops, but they need not come like a sledgehammer to the face. As I drank, a beautiful sticky lacing began to appear. The finish was pleasantly hoppy, leaving me satiated, but not waxed. This is how to do some maintenance drinking. Groovy!

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Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
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 smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Harrisburg brewpub.

Appearance: clear orange in color. 1" fluffy head lasts a while. Some mild lacing develops. Carbonation seems low.

Smell: hints of grapefruit are all the nose can pick up.

Taste: decent malt backbone with a mild piney bitterness, along with some grapefruit slices. Basic and straight forward.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The aftertaste is very short as the mild bitterness and grapefruit leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking. Won't blow you away, but can be a session brew here.

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Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian Hoppy Trails IPA @ the Harrisburg brewpub

Pours a light golden color, with a white foam cap and lacing down the glass. Aroma is citrusy and floral, with a mild bready malt backbone. In the flavor, more hops, but not excessively so. Mild grapefruit, rind and earthy flavor. Malt body is light with an English ale type of base. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated but alittle thin. Overall, not a bad IPA here. Easy drinking.

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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 beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

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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 rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color, thin cap of white head, some sticky lacing. Scent is balanced notes of citrus and pine along with a notable presence of sweet caramel malts. Taste is firmly bitter with piney hops and fruity citrus, backbone of more than mildly sweet malts, faint caramel. Medium bodied, a notch high in carbonation. A full flavored IPA in all aspects.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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 jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden-orange color with a huge white head. The head fades rather slowly as it is quite thick and leaves a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is heaviest of a biscuit and pine nature. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a citrus and earthy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready base with a nice dose of citrus hop flavor. Initially it is also sweetened with some lighter fruit flavors up front. As the taste advances it dries out some with more hop flavors come to the tongue. At the end, some heavier notes (but not too heavy) of a pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue, leaving a slightly bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side; decent creaminess with a light chewiness. The carbonation is on the average side as well. Fairly nice for the hop flavors but maintaining a good drinkability.

Overall – A decent IPA with some nice pine flavors.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra but I forgot who sent it. It pours a medium copper, maybe a shade darker than medium, with a couple fingers of white foam. It smells hoppy in a balanced way, with evident caramel malts adding a sweetness to the aroma. Thankfully the hops take the lead flavor-wise, pine needle and mild bitterness offset the malt. Average body, nice enough but really pretty much an average IPA.

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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 Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pine and grapefruit zest, with some floral hops and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like bitter pine and resin, with some floral and citrus zest and a bit of sweet honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Very thin body.
D: This was not a bad IPA, but not great either. The scent and taste were hoppy and bitter, but not delicious. The body was weak too. Not difficult to drink, but not recommended either.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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 KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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