Hitchhiker
Good People Brewing Company

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From:
Good People Brewing Company
 
Alabama, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #47
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,633
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
96
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 14, 2022
Added:
Jul 09, 2010
Wants:
  101
Gots:
  25
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: A far cry from our original IPA, The Hitchhiker is a big floral/citrus American IPA. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and tangerines take center stage with a tad bit of caramel malt backbone to balance just a bit. A very dry finish with hops flavors lingering...this one is for the hopheads.

128 IBU
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Rated: 3.81 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by metter98 from New York

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 14, 2022
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Rated by boomerbrowning from Alabama

4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The people at Good People know how to make an IPA!
Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive two finger cap; excellent retention and clumpy lacing

Smell: The big three elements of tropical, citrus and pine tones are all here

Taste: A lot of balance here with the tropical papaya and pineapple flavors mixing with the caramel malt backbone, at the outset; some grapefruit citrus tries to make a stand, in the middle, but the pine arrives to sweep everything to a well balanced but nicely bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Neither West Coast nor East Coast (let alone New England), let's call this one a Gulf Coast IPA
Jun 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by BigMac59 from Texas

Jun 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.59 by tylerrmj

May 27, 2021
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Reviewed by WBonds from Alabama

3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
New to me in a 12 oz sixer. Yes, more distinctive than the original IPA, but not so much that I’ll seek it out. Don’t understand the “outstanding” rating. Outstanding is Sixpoint Resin and Great Divide Titan in this class. Try either as a better alternative.
Apr 23, 2020
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Rated by Coachrev from Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the best IPA I have had.
Mar 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.65 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by John1985 from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had 16 oz draft, ale came amber gold color with an inch of white head. Smell of citrus and soft pine. Full flavored balanced malt and hops, not too sweet or bitter but very complementary. Finish was refreshingly bitter, Medium bodied, no alcohol in taste. Very well made IPA and a definite re-order.
Feb 27, 2019
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Rated by Tennisballa07 from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Strong tasting IPA
Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I had this one at the brewery and liked it so much I brought a growler back to my hotel.

The beer a dark bronze with a thick tan head.

I like the aroma of pine, citrus and something that reminds me of apricot.

As expected, it is bitter but this beer is also balanced. Lots of caramel, citrus (primarily grapefruit) a bit of pine and then stone fruits. Its juicy but not overly much so.

The mouth is slick and coating in the best possible way. Carbonation is low but that’s ok with me.

The denizens of the Magic City should be happy to get this on a regular basis. I know I would be!
Jun 07, 2018
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Reviewed by MJSFS from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Soapy head and apricot opaque color. Aroma is caramel, bready malt, and pine. Taste follows the nose, but quickly disappears with no lingering bitterness or aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with prickly carbonation. Harsh and not very balanced. Overall a rather unremarkable IPA.
May 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Apr 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.62 by Trojanpony from Alabama

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by cavedave from New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Big thanks to richj1970 for another hoppy treat form Al.

Pours dark amber, cloudy, with two fingers of beige head that only slowly retreats, and leaves thick lace behind on glass.

Light but tasty aroma. It shows the caramel and hops in this baby right away. I get grapefruit pith, herbal bitter, pine, and that caramel sweet wraps through it all.

More full flavored than aroma suggests. It starts with caramel sweet that quickly is joined by deep grapefruit bitter, bitter orange, sweeter general citrus notes, righteous herbal bitter, and much less pine than expected. Sip ends with the bitter notes cresting but not to the point of overpowering the palate.

Highly viscous, med. carb., lots of hop resin linger, but it is soft on palate so it shows the hops in a gentler manner than their huge presence would indicate. Finish is long, strong, and clean.

Huge hoppy beer that manages to be refreshing and delicious while delivering a major clean blast of IPA goodness. Recommended for those who, like me, are dyed in the wool hopheads.
Apr 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by CSQ1111 from Kentucky

Mar 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Davidstan from Alabama

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great combo of malt backbone and hoppy fruity flavor. Unbelievable GP doesn’t make this a year round option
Their standard IPA is good but this one borders on great.
Mar 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.32 by PATEY89 from Alabama

Mar 16, 2018
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Reviewed by TomEfiller from Alabama

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is by far the best IPA in Birmingham. Great color with a Citrus punch that does not disappoint on taste. Well balanced carbonation that feels like a hoppy IPA is supposed to (Sculpin). Seasonal in cans is a big mistake IMO. This needs to be a Signature brew enjoyed by the masses year round.
Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by B33rcules from Alabama

Nov 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Sep 26, 2017
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Reviewed by concordhijinx from Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I usually look to Good People when I'm seeking a more hop forward IPA in Bham. Hitchhiker takes a step back from that a little and showcases a little more citrus and fruity notes while still preserving that piney hopiness. This is a quite balanced beer with good amber/apricot color. Medium carbonation and is my favorite of their IPA arsenal.
Jun 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.63 by JintheHam from Alabama

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by Beerbom from California

May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by paresis from Massachusetts

May 14, 2017
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Golden near amber draft pour to shaker, no head but good lacing. Pineapple, dank nose, a little kiwi. Full flavor that is mainly bitter, some fruit and malt notes follow. Above average body and below average carbonation.
May 12, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can with a 2017 date stamp.
Pours with hazy amber-apricot colored body topped by an off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.
Aroma: hops at a medium level for an IPA. Dank and fruity with hints of citrus and flowers.
Flavor: dank and fruity with citrus and other tropical fruit notes.
Feel: medium body with soft, medium carbonation.
Overall: decent, with a high ABV that is not apparent.
May 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by MJ64 from Mississippi

May 11, 2017
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Rated by jtgreynolds from Alabama

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big, floral nose. hoppy taste with a punch of citrus. Lingering aftertaste.
May 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

May 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zach136 from Georgia

Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by MFMB from Idaho

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a pretty good little beer that I got as a extra in a trade. Pours a golden cooper with huge white head. Nose is floral and light fresh citrus. Floral up front on taste followed by fresh cut grapefruit, light Lemmon zest, grass and caramel malts. A small bit of that sticky quality I so love. Medium body with a crisp finish
Apr 20, 2017
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. PKG 03/02/17 on bottom rim of can.

A: Honey-gold amber with 1-finger of short-lived eggshell head with a thin line of lacing around the glass.

S: Muddled and light aroma overall with a little bit of grapefruit and floral character with medium caramel malt and graininess.

T: Flavor is very resinous, especially in the finish, with some orange and grapefruit citrus finished with a fair amount of caramel malt sweetness that borders on candy like. Moderate-high bitterness.

M: Slightly tacky with medium body and carbonation.

O: I have another one to try and am hoping this was an anomalous can as it was nothing to write home about.
Apr 20, 2017
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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz can. Pours beautiful bright amber orange with thick foamy white head that just sits there, coating lace. Big tropical aroma. Tons of flavor, sweet malt is met by tropical fruit, pineapple and orange, finishes with some piney hops. Outstanding balance. Thin to medium soft feel. This is one tasty West Coast IPA.
Apr 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Mojo from Alabama

Apr 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by DerekCarruth from Georgia

Apr 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by jeffthepony from Georgia

Apr 12, 2017
Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 126 ratings