Hitchhiker | Good People Brewing Company

HitchhikerHitchhiker
BA SCORE
92.2%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 102 ratings
HitchhikerHitchhiker
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:
#1,321
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
102
Liked:
94
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
8.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of argock
3.44/5  rDev -20.7%
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 chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -20%
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T_Hass
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Draft House in Auburn. I have to say for being a top 5 Alabama beer I was not very impressed. The beer looked and smelled like a typical IPA. The taste was nothing but bitter and these days that doesn't go very far. Perhaps it was an old keg. I'll give it another try at some point.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of radius129
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of zonker17
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Beerbom
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtgreynolds
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
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 CraigTravor
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpmclaug
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at J Clyde's in Birmingham on September 4th. Enjoyed it while watching the first Alabama game of the year with my dad. I typed up these notes and e-mailed them to myself so I could post this. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - orange body with a bit of haze. White head. Good deal of lacing

S - hints of citrus hops with a bit of sweetness

T - grapefruit bomb. Big citrus hop flavor with a solid malt backbone in the finish

M - medium bodied with a light carbonation.

D - pretty drinkable. I could see someone who likes two hearted to also like this one. Solid IPA. Not what id expect to find in Alabama.

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Photo of Mojo
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of concordhijinx
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.2% out of 100 with 102 ratings
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