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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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 108
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a typical, cloudy tangerine/orange with two fingers of off white head leaving excellent lacing and solid retention.

Nose has lots of grapefruit, pine, and other various citrus notes.

Taste follows suit with the grapefruit, pine plus a lingering bitterness on the end palate. Very fresh and clean. Solid balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

A very solid east coast IPA and something I'd definitely enjoy again. Recommended.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a recommendation of a stranger I shared a pint with one evening waiting for some take out food...

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy pillow-like slightly off-white colored head comprised of large bubbles... Modest retention gives way to a splotchy lacing with an uber thick collar... The color is a vibrant orange amber with a distinctive glow... There is a moderate haziness... Light moderate paced carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass along the sides...

S - Clean and hoppy - we're off to a good start... A very nice balance of pine and citrus that take part in a tag of war back and forth... In the end the citrus wins out ever so slightly... There is a moderate malt base reminiscent of graham crackers...

T - The hops dominate the palette throughout... Very little citrus, much more of a pungent piney presence... The malt base is present but takes a distant make seat and just balances things out ever so slightly... A pungency of the hops lingers and lingers and lingers...

M - Light to medium bodied... The pungency of the hops is saliva producing... A bit of lushness... Slightly juicy to start and slightly dry to finish...

D - A very solid very respectable American IPA... Solid in ever facet, but just a notch below great... I'm happy this one was recommended to me... Worthy of consideration for any hop lover...

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of emericanchaos
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with slight orangey hue. Carbonation seems very flat as i'm not getting much large bubble and only a touch of small ones. Head doesn't form on the first pour but will produce a finger to a finger and a half on subsequent pours into the same glass.

Smells of pineapple with a touch of grapefruit. Citrus rolls into a piney hoppiness. Maybe a touch of doughy sweetness in the nose suggesting maybe pineapple bread.

Hops are center stage when it comes to flavor. Papery dryness puckers the palate. Not as aggressive as some but still quite drying. Bready sweet grapefruit/pineapple are revealed from the bitter veil.

Feels a tad prickly. Very gentle on the palate. I appreciate the lack of bubble in this respect.

Overall my impression of this beer is that it's an aggressive pale ale. The balance is very much in the vein of an IPA but there's not much malt presence here which makes the hop stand out more than it normally would. Calling this an IPA would mean Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues is more an IPA. They seem pretty similar in balance, with the ABC hoppy trails only slightly more aggressive.

Good beer to drink if you're a hophead at ABC. Looking for a nice IPA to add to the stable? Move along, nothing to see here. This one goes down easily but that's mostly due to it's timidness.

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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 321 ratings.
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