Hitchhiker | Good People Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

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

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by STKPICR0720:
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love GPBC's approach at this american IPA with a west coast push. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. I love the citrusy, pineapple hints and the bitterness. I thought the brew was refreshing and at the same time had enough piney notes that went well with the smoothness. Not much malt backbone which I also liked. Most definitely worth seeking out.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of bjwilson
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this again for the second time. The first time I was a little underwhelmed, but this is truly a work of art for this brewery. The hop flavor is full frontal and brutal and absolutely deliciously punishing. I really feel like I am in IPA heaven drinking this one. I really hope they start canning this so more people can experience it.

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4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 3/3/17, poured to Yeti on 3/29/17.
L: Beautiful orange with creamy off white amber shaded head.
S: Initial aroma was awesome; tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
T: Great flavor, have to let it warm up a bit, but plenty of hoppy tropical fruitiness with a piney bitterness bite that works well together.
F: Refreshing and crisp. Thinner than I prefer but I have to remind myself this is not a DIPA.
O: Bham's best IPA? Maybe. Wish the Hitch Hiker weren't seasonal... This is Snake Handler's little brother. A solid west coast styled IPA with a great tropical citrusy flavor.

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Photo of richj1970
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at local pizza place.

A: Clear light yellow. Small one finger head that dissipated quickly but left plenty of lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T: Tons of big hops with a combination of floral and earthy notes. Balanced extremely well with malt backbone. Probably the easiest drinking 120+ IBU beer I've tried.

M: Light body with a very crisp dry finish.

O: Hop head delight. Tons of big hops but an approachable IPA.

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Photo of Maddmartagan
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good IPA. It was complex, tasty, and dry. But mostly it was hoppy. This was a hop head's dream. Citrusy and dank. There were all kinds of hops in this one. The chalkboard at the taproom just said 100+. My kind of beer.

The smell was almost overwhelming. Tons of fruity, citrusy aroma balanced not with malty sweetness, but with more hoppy dankness.

The flavor was very similar. The citrus orange and pineapple flavor hit your tongue first and then give way some earthy dankness. Very little malt backbone, just enough. This is definitely a showcase of hops.

It's nice and dry on the tongue, making you want another.

I really enjoyed this beer. But if you don't love hops, be warned

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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 Reaper16
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a growler into a chalice type thingy

Pours a darker-than-expected color like an orange that's been slightly shaded burnt sienna. Decently hazy body. 3/4 of a finger of eggshell colored foam stops in to say 'hi' before quickly departing; at least it leaves behind some lacing.

Tropical fruit aromas right off the bat. Hitchhiker has that papaya-meets-guava South American thing going on, which is exciting. Lots of resin, too. It smells as if it will be pretty bitter. A more-than-decent amount of husky malt aroma, too. I was hoping that this would be less malty than their Snake Handler IIPA; it is, but not by that much.

Hitchhiker is a solid American IPA. It might be quite good if that papaya flavor had carried over to the tongue more strongly. As is though, Hitchhiker is mostly resiny and oily. It's dank, but not in any unique or particularly complex way. The malt flavor is not-insignificant, but it works pretty well as a sweet foil to the bitterness that so dominates the beer's flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is around medium-bodied, which is fine but not ideal for me. It's a sweet mouthfeel whose sweetness gets sapped out quickly by all the bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I don't understand all the A+ ratings from Alabamian reviewers. It seems like homerism to me.

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Photo of estlinska
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap into a plastic cup (!) at the taproom on 5/5/13. Despite the plastic cup, this beer looked very pretty. It was a deep brassy orange like a ripe cantaloupe. There was 3cm of thick off-white, frothy head that left thick cob-webs of lacing all over the cup. The nose on this thing really was a highlight of the beer. The smell was bright and effervescent with tons of citrus and tropical fruits highlighted by the ever-present grapefruit along with orange, tangerine, and maybe some touch of pineapple. There was a slight smell of caramel malt in the background as well, but this is definitely not a beer with a hefty malt profile. The taste was pure west coast IPA with tons of citrus hops. The malt side was very muted, but there with some caramel sweetness. This beer was a big, gorgeous buffet of grapefruit, lemon oil, and some tropical notes; maybe the pineapple again, but it was very hard to pin down on my palate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and quite dry with pretty much no alcohol burn. The bitterness was very smooth and not overly astringent or abrasive. This was a very well done beer. The bartender told me that it was a freshly tapped keg, and I think the freshness of the beer really made it such a good beer. There really is something to say about a beer that is well done and very fresh.

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Photo of BenSelf
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listen up hopsters, Zarathustra thus spake

We gotta new brew and it’s meaner than Snake

It’s  chewy and dank, and you’re gonna remember us

Grab an umbrella, it’s a humulo-nimbus


It’s wreckin’ yo palette and it’s dripping with oil,

We call in the harvest when we’re ready to boil

But Hitch is a beast, and we’ll need a plantation

Al Gore’ll be bitchin’ bout the deforestation


Don’t come talkin’ to me bout a hoppy aroma

The fumes off of Hitch put yo ass in a coma

I’m two pints in, it’s gettin’ harder to breathe

Tangerines and pineapple are rottin’ my teeth


Don’t know what to do with all the flowers and funk

Fiddy-leven IBUs, I think I’ll be in my bunk

All the hombrewers, haters, and the sucker MCs

Comin’ to the bar, sayin’ “Hitchhiker, please”

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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 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 jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can dated 3/3/17. The beer pours a beautiful orange color with a nice full white head that left very little lacing.

The smell is very fresh pine needles, lemon and dank weed.

The taste is very fresh. There is a ton of pine and citrus with a nice malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a thin/medium texture.

Overall this is a great beer with a nice balance of several flavors.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As far as balanced IPA'S go....this is the closest thing to Jai Alai I've ever had. Honestly I think this one might better. At least it is for my taste.

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Photo of Fractalized
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 B-rad024
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dub12588
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Photo of rworkman
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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

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 xxcarpxx
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of TJK
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 114 ratings