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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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 315
Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Near white pinkie thick head initially, then settles to a thin lace layer. Some nice lace is left. Decent looks.

Brew smells of sweet earthy floral hops, maybe a bit of pine. Good malts in the nose as well. Some citrus notes come out as well maybe. Good nose.

Good body; sweet crisp hops upfront, leading to a mellow smooth nice bitter finish. Has a nice sticky finish in the aftertaste. Good floral and fruity hops here. Nice malts balance things out here. A good session brew.

Not a hop bomb, but not every IPA has to be. An interesting and clean easy drinking IPA here. A good solid IPA that is local. My first try for ABC brewing and it is good stuff.

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Photo of dickroop
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the label on this beer - blue and green, busy but scenic. (This beer is brewed in Harrisburg, PA, and there's a nice little picture of the Pennsylvania RR bridge that crosses the Susquehanna River, just north of the city - it's a great nostalgia trip to see this bridge pictured here!!) The beer is pale golden amber with not much head or lacing. Aroma is faint citrus with earthy background and a little caramel malt. This is one of those beers where you wanna get some nose so bad that you end up dipping the tip of your nose into the brew, and there's just not that much to be had :-(

Taste is a burst of citrus hops, not much malt evident, but some floral elements. There's a long bitter finish that has muskiness and/or metalic side notes - not sure how much I like that. Mouthfeel is generally good - solid and satisfying with some hop oiliness and chewey maltiness. It's a rather one-dimensional hop blast, which would be OK if they hit the flavor better.

I will keep drinking this, with pleasure, but wishing it tasted as good as the samples I had when they had a tasting where I bought the sixer. I'm pretty sure it's fresh enough, and it's better than many IPAs, but it doesn't rate as high as I remembered on first taste. Goes down easy, and it's a worthwhile IPA.

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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 CliffBrake
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly bright orange color with a small head that leaves minimal lacing.

Light orange citrus aroma. Citrus and pine hops flavor lead to a spicy, slightly peppery bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation and a pleasant lingering bitterness. Tasty. A nice drinking IPA.

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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 Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of emericanchaos
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
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 rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 thain709
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Served with a glowing, yellow-orange body that had some clout to it...a dense, thick, two finger white head stood about one and a half fingers...it never left completely and left a sheet of lace

S - A little on the sweeter side for an IPA but it's not coming from caramel...I'm getting more sweet fruit (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) in this one...not much bitterness to the nose

T - Things reverse themselves a little on the palate...there is still a sweeter note to the beer but this is where the malts come through...a brief breadiness is apparent in the middle of the beer...the fruit sticks around and adds their level of juicy sweetness towards the end of the beer...it finishes rather grassy and fruity rather than bitter

M - Medium bodied...slightly smooth...I wanted more bitterness from this

O - I've had the single hop and dry hopped versions of this but never had the "real" thing...more fruit in the nose than I was expecting and more caramel in the flavor than one would expect...it was really missing the hop bite

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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 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 psuKinger
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the brewery. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: pours a rather clear golden color with a moderate white head that disipated quickly but left good lacing. 3.5

S: a bit maltier-sweet in the nose than I'd like, but the presence of some grapefruit hops is detectable. 3.5

T: this IPA is "par" for me: traditional malt sweetness at the start balanced out by a fair amount of hop bitterness and just a touch of grapefruit reward. A decent beer, even "good" by East Coast standards. 3.5

M: light with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes dry and bitter. 3.5

D: a strong point for this beer, I'd gladly have another back-to-back. A fine showing from ABC. 4.0

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Photo of sturner26
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Camp Hill Brewpub:

A: Clear amber color with one to two fingers of fluffy white head. Long lasting head retention and nice lacing as well.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus, subtle malt, and a hint of caramel?

T: Bitter from start to finish as expected from an IPA. Bitterness is smooth, and not overly harsh. Lots of citrus character and well as a decent malt presence.

M: Medium body, crisper than expected and rather smooth.

D: Good. I find most of ABC's stuff "acceptable" but not outstanding. This one fits the bill, but is better than most of what they offer.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6/pk as a V-Day gift from my fiance.
Purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Cost: $9.99
Bottled in January 2011

A - Pours a slightly hazy, orange/amber color. Pours with a one finger head that doesn't last for more than a few minutes. A beige/light cream colored head barely remains after the beer settles for a few minutes. A rather high amount of lacing is left on the sides of the glass throughout the sampling.

S - After letting the beer warm up, a classic IPA smell of citrus and pine are noticeable. A slightly sweet smell also is present.

T - A slightly tangy taste mixed with a bitter hoppiness. A grapefruit/citrus flavor is present but not as much as some IPAs I've had. A decent malt backbone also. A bit more bitter and unbalanced than some IPAs I've had.

M - A rather high amount of carbonation gives a sharp tanginess to each sip.

D - A good but not great IPA. I really enjoyed drinking a Pennsylvania brewed IPA but I've had better ones. The rather low ABV lends itself to enjoying several of these without a problem. A quality beer but just a bit "off". I will have no problem finishing my 6/pk but I don't know if I'd seek this out again.

Overall: A decent, if not "wowing" example of an East Coast IPA. DFH 60 has this beat since with the same ABV I'd rank this in the same league. That being said, I did enjoy this beer but others are better IMO.


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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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 prdstmnky
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: 11/28/10

Pours a very clear, light amber color with a finger of frothy white head and sticky lacing. There's not a whole lot going on with the nose, some faint grassy / floral hops and sweet caramel malts is all im picking up. Malty sweetness upfront, along with some citrus notes, with a floral bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and somewhat dry.

This is actually a re-review...my notes represented a much more malty IPA than I recall from multiple pours from the brewpub. So, I threw a bottle that was semi fresh in a mixed sixer to give it my best possible review. It didn't improve much, slightly more hops on the tongue and not nearly as sweet, but thats about it. Certainly a mess after a few months, but nothing all the special when really fresh either.

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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 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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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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