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: 107 | Ratings: 317
Photo of Soonami
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
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 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 BeerConnoiseur
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Gettysburg ABC and enjoyed it so much I bought a six pack to bring home.

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

S: Light hops with some floral and citrus notes along with some mild malt sweetness, a nice combination.

T&M: Medium bodied. Nice malty backbone that follows and floral and citrus hop flavor through to the end. Semi-dry finish with residual hop flavor. It has a great combo between the hops and malts.

This is an impressive IPA. My recommendation is to have one on tap with one of their burgers or a steak, it just hit the spot after walking the battlefields and touring the college.

M:I am very picky about the mouth feel, usually preferring German Pilsner freshness, but this IPA was smooth and crisp, it ranks up there as one of the best I have had.

D: This is a great beer for anyone looking for hops, without the high alcohol or bitter aftertaste of hops. This is not bitter at all.

Definitely worth a try!!


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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 Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- ABC Brewery

A- a golden wheat type of color. A one finger head that paints a nice lacing on my pint. Quite clear as well.

S- some nice pine hops are more present than anything else. Some sweet citrus and mlats complement that pine very nicely.

T- The pine hops are very sweet. This is a decent IPA flavor. There is also some grapefruit that hits the palate as well.

M- dry andhoppy just how you like the IPA's. Crisp and refrehsing

D- overall, a very decent and light ipa. I have had much hoppier ipas but ABC did a nice touch on this one. It goes down with ease.

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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 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 Axic10
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Copper color with about a half an inch of head that slowly faded over time.

Smell: Floral and pine. Not over powering.

Taste: Bitter, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I was pretty impressed with this beer. I definitely see myself drinking this in the summer or while tailgating. Very enjoyable beer.

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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 JamesS
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice darkish copper color with some nice head and lacing. Good scent, quite hoppy with noticable citrus and slight floral hints to it. Nice taste, mostly hoppy with wonderful American hops (citrus, then floral, no pine), but with enough nice malts to keep it from being unbalanced. Goes down excellent.

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

Thanks to psycohops for throwing a few bottles of this my way after a visit to their Gettysburg location. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about two fingers of fluffy bone white foam. Not much lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of grassy hops, lightly toasted grains, earthy with a touch of orange, a bit of caramel. Just about medium in both body and carbonation. I'd drink it again in a pinch.

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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 jculler82
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler from the Gettysburg location to 12 oz. pint.

After a hard pour there was barely any head, a little less than one finger. The beer was very a clear light orange, seemed very light for the style IMO.

Smelled very nice. It was almost like the hops (grapefruit rind & some pine) and the malt (bready) were battling it out, with the hops just barely winning out. Very balanced in the nose.

Taste was just what you'd expect from the smell. Actually the malts stand up quite well to the hops resulting in a very balanced beer. There is good hop flavor of grapefruit, pine, etc., but not much bitterness to speak of. Finishes very clean and leaves you ready for another sip. My only complaint is that while all the tastes are good, nothing really stands out. The beer is a little weak and its almost as if the flavors are hiding in there. Wasn't nearly as flavor packed as the "standard" IPA's that come to mind when you mention the style.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall, this isn't a hop head's IPA. I've had hoppier pale ales truthfully. But it is still worth trying, there is not really anything bad about it, just nothing amazing either.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 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 krisandajt
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and the Mrs. were driving up from Baltimore, and I figured since we had to pass through Harrisburg, why not stop and pick up a growler...

Appearance: Rich copper color, maintained a steady inch + of head, good retention.

Smell: Citrusy and hoppy...just how I like it!

Taste: Personally, I like my IPA's to stand up and punch me in the face. I always enjoy the look on my wife's face when she takes a sip haha. THis one, however, was mild in comparison to some of the other IPA's I've had. It still maintained a smooth bitterness throughout, with a taste of grapefruit in every sip. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, just enough tingle on the lips.

Drinkability: I will certainly be making a return trip in the future to have some more of this tastey brew. Very drinkable.

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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 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 tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from JCW.

Poured copper color with a large off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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

I had this one on tap.

Poured a clear (see through) medium amber color with a small sized lightly off white head. Aromas of mainly citrus (oranges) with some earthiness. Tastes of the same citrus and earthy. Medium to light bitterness with a lightly sweet balance.

Notes from 5/13/05

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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 maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep tangerine colored beer with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.

Smell has some nice notes of citrusy hops.

Taste also has the hops in the forefront, with not enough malt to back it up.

Leaves a nice dry sensation in the mouth.

A good beer, but not quite great.

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Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Reagan1984
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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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Hoppy Trails IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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