Hitchhiker | Good People Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bonhoeffer on 07-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,299
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
113
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of MJSFS
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Amb3do
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trojanpony
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cavedave
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of CSQ1111
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davidstan
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PATEY89
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomEfiller
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of B33rcules
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of concordhijinx
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of JintheHam
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
3.81/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of MJ64
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtgreynolds
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, floral nose. hoppy taste with a punch of citrus. Lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MFMB
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of argock
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 113 ratings