Truck Trail
Alpine Beer Company

Truck TrailTruck Trail
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,575
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,480
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
90
From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
Truck TrailTruck Trail
Notes: Truck Trail is named for the Anderson Truck Trail in Alpine, CA and is a tribute to rural American back roads where locals go for off-roading and other shenanigans. This American Pale Ale features a balanced blend of Cascade and Centennial hops. It pours a golden yellow with an eggshell colored beer foam and its bold hop-bitterness is perfectly balanced by a mellow, malty sweetness. Dominant notes of fresh pine needles and zesty citrus rind make this a classic example of the style.

ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 31

AVAILABILITY:
Year Round, 12oz. Cans & Draft
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 90 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beergoot from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic honey yellow body; dense, creamy head with lots of sticky foam inside the glass. Nice tropical fruit aroma with some toasted malt buried deep. Esters present if the flavor yet mostly malty (like an English-styled IPA); mild hop bitterness.
Medium-heavy body; velvety with some gentle residual sugars; a bit dry and lightly sweet.

A damn fine IPA, not to hoppy or bitter, doesn't overdo the fruit notes, and has a nice, proportional malt backbone. Very tasty.

Jan 30, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz can:

Floral. Slightly oily, a bit resinous. Pale malts.

Generic for a pale ale in 2018. Leave it to Green Flash...what a shame.

C / AVERAGE

Nov 09, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper and hazy with lots of champagne carbonation, and topped with 2 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of caramel malts, biscuit, and much like a German pils.

The taste follows the nose. Slightly sweet, much like an old world pilsener.

Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Oct 26th, 2018.

Oct 27, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Jun 22, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truck Trail pours a copper color, with a long lasting and lacing head. Earthy aroma, hints of metal. Flavor is first crisp and sweet, very mellow, then a harsh bitter. Hints of earth and darker hops. Good body and flavor. Overall, not the best. Stronger flavors, the sweet then bitter makes it hard to stomach.

Apr 02, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Yellow, with 2 full fingers of head and lots of lace left all over the glass

S - Fairly thin aroma, bitter hops and bready malts

T - Bready and bitter hops, bitter aftertaste.

F - Thin body and well carbonated. Slick

O - A decent pale ale, but a little below the typical Alpine standards of excellence

Mar 16, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear light amber brew that has plenty of white froth atop. Light fruits, straw and faint pine in the aroma. Tastes a good mix of caramel, light fruits and lingering pine bitterness. A bit floral in places as well. A light, dry and quite satisfying example of a classic style.

Feb 19, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with a ever-so slight chill-haze & 3 fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Grainy, cereal notes, a little bready sweetness once warm

T: Follows the nose, some crackery notes, grassyness, a touch of grapefruit & pomelo. Leafy hops mix with a little lime as this warms, along with much dryness & a slight grainyness. Finishes dry, a little grainy with orange peel & lime, but with a little off-putting astringency

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, pretty good balance

A decent APA, but used to have much higher expectations from this brewery, Not going to mince words: I believe they have gone down hill since being acquired by Green Flash

Dec 31, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can.

A clear orange with a dense, offwhite head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is fruity with orange tang, a bit of dough, honey and biscuit. Mildly floral as well. The palate opens mildly sweet with orange, tangerine and a mild floral how character before a mild biscuit note takes over. Bitterness is mild with a little bit of orange oil. Mildly chalky on the finish, a touch gritty. Decent.

Dec 31, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dull seashell white head sits with a foamy consistency with an uneven surface texture that is frumpy and patchy. Bright orange coloring has a neat clarity, with a fine print readability, shows a medium dense rate of macro-bubbles rising at an even pace. A full and thick band encircles the vessel.

S: Touch of sour fruitiness, melon and pilsner malts along with some wet lemons. Damp basement and damp oranges shadow a subdued hoppiness that was light in strength and short lived in duration.

T: Toasted bready malts and crackers show a good backing, lightly dry, against some dried orange peel that showcased a medium high rate of flowery bitterness of dry citrus, dry grass and flowery hop grinds. Tart sour orange appears on the finish. Some earthy dry leaves and toasted grain and parching lemon moments leaves a dry lingering hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied, frothy feel on the hold with a lasting carbonation texture. The finish off the tongue I found a bit thin and weak, with little hop reminder.

O: Bittering with an almost sour fruity appeal, musky with toasted grains and sour citrus/lemon more so then a traditional hoppiness. Solid good, but didn't live up to my expectations of previous examples (Hoppy b-day, and Duet). Alpine is well known for their very refined hoppy beers that are exceptionally clean with beautifully toned flavors, this was a step down and more middle of the road. Light lingering finish with a thin slide off the tongue doesn't live up to their legacy.

Dec 27, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark golden color with plenty of white foam in the chalice. Brewery says this is made with Cascade and Centennial hops. Somehow the aromatics are lacking, but there is a pleasant fruity and piney nose after each sip. Then there is serious resiny bitterness that lingers and lingers.

There is a brief flicker of malt and a hint of sweetness, even a taste of honey. The bitterness takes over before the pleasure sinks in. Overall this is thin and harsh without much payoff. Mouthfeel is sprightly and not as acidic as many hoppy brews. From the 12 oz can purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

Dec 21, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a tarnished gold with a smallish head. The aroma features caramel and toasted almond malts, with guava, pineapple, and orange peel. The flavor starts off with sweet caramel malts and a piquant bitterness, with hints of butterscotch, birch, broad pine, orange peel, roast banana, and guava. The mouthfeel is quite light with gentle foaming carbonation. Overall this is a nice little beer - light and enjoyable, but with a slightly odd blend of flavors. Something does not quite mesh fully here.

Dec 19, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange/gold with large foamy head

Smells of citrus rind, pine, and malt

Tastes of cracker, bitter pine, a little lemon.

Above average carbonation, sharp astringent hops

Solid pale ale....similar in style to SNPA, but a less refined version

Dec 18, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, mostly clear. Thin, bubbly head with streak lacing. Aroma is biscuit malt and orange peel. Flavor is faint grapefruit and orange zest with some pine and bread-like sweetness from the malt. All fairly subdued by the hops bitterness. Watery finish and thick mouthfeel. My least favorite from Alpine thus far.

Nov 04, 2017
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MrRB from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid APA with some pedigree. Dry and linear due to the straightforward Cascade-Centennial hop combination. The malt is noticeable but in balance. Just not exciting enough to stand out. [12 oz. can into goblet glass]

Nov 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-glossy burnt yellow to copper/orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some lace ran here and there.
The aroma played with some stiff bitter citrus rind-like qualities with a biscuity to bready malt bill trying to make a decent effort to blend.
The flavor was moderately bitter with a drying sweetness coming about decently. Aftertaste was dried citrus rind.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. It's pretty dry along my tongue. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Dry semi-sweet citrusy finish.
Overall, for an APA, it's alright, but I have to admit, it's pretty darn dry all around.

Oct 21, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear honey gold with a good sized white head. Smells of lots of citrus, pine, hops, and some malt. Tastes of heavy bitter hops, grapefruit zest, pine, and some slightly sweet malt. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall it's an ok APA, but it's nothing special.

Oct 18, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer and wonder what they can do in a basic apa. Hoppy to see in cans.
A) Pours crystal clear, dark golden amber body with white, one finger head that films and dots lace.

S) - Aroma & taste like Sierra Nevada PA with suitable pine notes and citrus, flowers, and malty sweetness.

T) - Piney with sharp citrus notes on top of a sweet and bready malt base. Finishes with a spice bite and more pine. Fresh and sharp, better as it warms.

F) Light-to medium body, creamy in mid flight, and nice bitey, dry finish. Good appetizer or food beer. Upgraded as I contemplated. As good as any APA.

O) As another BA wrote, it's a SNPA clone, but more expensive.

Oct 15, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear with a deep golden color. Lasting, but modest head. A few spots for lace.

Malty smell overall. Light floral hop nose.

The flavor is far more hoppy, but the malt base is solid. Lots of effervescence, but the body is moderate to creamy. The malt is brief, overwhelmed by the strong black pepper bite. Very dry, particularly in the swallow. Long bitter aftertaste. Overall, a predictable, if bitter, APA.

Oct 09, 2017
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice billowy 2 finger head with great retention. Great carbonation as well in the body. Smell is light floral, fruity with grainy/grassy notes. Taste is that of a well crafted old-school American Pale Ale. Nicely hopped with a nice malt body to balance with some grain flavors. Very much in the vein of SNPA. If you like that one, you should like Truck Trail. Not sure why so many people are bashing this beer in their ratings.

Sep 26, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, pint glass.

Clear amber appearance with medium head. Pretty light all around. Nothing too special on the flavor. It is mildly bitter at the end. Only positive is that it's easy to drink, but there are many better options that are easy to drink with much more flavor and similar abv.

Sep 17, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Virginia.
Clear dark amber body with a decent head.
Moderate strength aroma but strong bold hoppy flavor with a relatively bitter aftertaste.
Overall: offers a well crafted and powerful hop hit.

Sep 16, 2017
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YoavLS from Israel

4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it straight from the tap. Wonderful goldenish color, good flavour (citrus and hoppy but not too hoppy). Brilliant aftertaste, enjoyed it even an hour after the last sip

Sep 10, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear orange with a bright white head, good amount of lacing and head retention.

A: Subtle aromas of citrus peel, lemon, and pine, good amount of pale malt on the backend, aftertaste has lingering notes of lemon peel and pine.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation, light on the palate.

O: A solid APA, doesn't pack much of a punch on the aroma or taste but it's a balanced APA, I probably wouldn't seek this out again but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

Sep 08, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some citrus and malts. Taste is pine, malts, citrus, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and easy drinking beer, but not packing a lot of punch.

Aug 28, 2017
Truck Trail from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 90 ratings