Broken Heels IPA
New Trail Brewing Company

Broken Heels IPABroken Heels IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,601
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,906
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
79
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New Trail Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
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Broken Heels IPABroken Heels IPA
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden with a thinning white head, this brew looks decent. Sweet, tropical and citrus based nose, again still going good. Really balanced flavor leaves you dry and just slightly bitter, wanting for more. A bit less carbonated rounds it out. Pretty decent beer here. Could be closer to a 4.25.

Sep 16, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recommended to me and happy to try. This is a tasty hazy. Bursting with citrus scent and taste. Pours very hazy yellow with thin head. It is a true New England IPA but from central Pennsylvania. Enjoying a 16 oz can on a summer night. If you like hazy this is one to seek out.

Sep 07, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Al's of Hamden n Harrisburg, enjoyed at Dad and Mom's. A perfectly delightful hazy IPA. Just perfectly balanced in aroma and taste. What's not to love! Slight sweet softness to balance the hop. Nice alcohol warmth.

Jul 26, 2020
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was in Pennsylvania for a lark, and I went to a local beer store and asked for a localish beer. I cam away with a 4-pack of this, and I think, solely by the taste, this is my favorite beer. I enjoyed two pints from the can. I'm unsure of the color, and I couldn't say I noticed the smell though the top of the can. However, the taste is absolutely exceptional. It's somehow predominantly fruity, with apricot and peach flavors, and the the bittersweet flavor of the hops is perfectly balanced. I wish I could get it near me!

Jul 11, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, over-ripe yellow in color with an opaque, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Sweet fruity and lemonheads candy aromas, with a light dankness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Lightly creamy feel upfront followed by expanding warmth through the finish. Sweet, mellow lemon and pineapple flavors with a solid malty backbone. Medium, lazy hop bitterness through the middle that slowly tapers to the end. Fruity and notes on the backend that transition to a finish of mellow piney hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Nice hop character and aromas, with a bit of a traditional bitter hop punch at the finish. Well balanced, nice creamy feel, a tasty IPA.

Jun 06, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First, there's a very cloudy amber pour and although there's abundant carbonation,
there's surprisingly little head nor lacing. I smell juicy hop goodness over the glass. Wonderful mouth feel and aftertaste. Consistant from beginning to end. Soft bitterness is its claim and it delivers. Were there a bit more hoppy presence among all the other qualities, this would rank even higher, but that's not what it's about.

Apr 22, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Keep cold, drink fresh sez the can. No freshness info to be found, this'll be my only purchase. I was craving mosaic so I made an exception.

Moderately vibrant lemon and grapefruit with a little tropical fruit up front, pretty nice. The brings some muddled citrus rind and moderate bitterness. This feels heavy for 7%.

Apr 20, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger's worth of lush lop-sided bone white colored head... The color is a pale hazy lemony yellow... The nose is of sweet tropical fruits... A strong malt base emerges on the palate to balance the hop profile... Medium bodied and dense... Solid NE IPA that is true the style and quite enjoyable...

Apr 19, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am homebound (sort of) today due to the local school district's closing today for a "deep scrubbing". 8=( No work = no pay, so I am kinda laying low. I plan to go out for a late Dinner/early Supper later at BJ's, but that's about it. In the meantime, you may remember that The CANQuest (tm) has been singing the praises of New Trail BC in Bill Town (Williamsport, PA) & they just keep pumping out new CANs! I have actually had this one before, but not at home to do a review. Field reviews are generally passé at this point in the game.

From the CAN: "Hazy IPA (India Pale Ale)"; "Keep Cold[,] Drink Fresh".

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent to start a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. Once I realized that any hope of clarity was hopeless, I amped up to a steady pour. This resulted in the formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with excellent retention, slowly falling away & leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). The nose was citrusy, but not in the usual way. Here, it was grapefruit & pineapple, in CANbundance! Yum. Mouthfeel was medium, but very slick on the tongue. The taste straddled that new line between Southern Hemisphere tropical fruitiness & PNW grapefruit & pine, giving it the bitterness that I have missed for so long while retaining a tropical quality that many still seem to enjoy. Finish was semi-dry to dry. I was satiated after one, but that was not a bad thing. YMMV.

Mar 14, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass at Bonnie & Clyde's in Lehighton Pa this afternoon. Initially had on tap, but had to be returned due to a vinegar taste. Canned 6/19, so 5 months old.

Looks good in the glass, hazy pale orange/straw body with a decent white head which persists in some form throughout leaving some okay lacing.

Light aroma of citrus fruit.

Upon tasting, even after 5 months in the can, it's still a good tasting beer. Light hop bite, a little citrus, soft and billowy.

Mouth a solid medium, finish a bittersweet wash.

Overall, good solid NE IPA, happy to have got to try it.

Nov 18, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with a modest off-white head. Initial impression is juicy orange, grapefruit, melon, and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Light carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter, but perfectly in keeping with the overall character. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and quite drinkable NEIPA.

Sep 16, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, but this is one pretty brew. Gorgeous hazy orange with a firm whit head that dissipates to about a quarter inch after a couple minutes. In appearance, aroma and taste, this reminds me a lot of Alien Church by Tired Hands. Not quite as much grapefruit notes as AC, and not quite the same mouth feel, but a truly great NEIPA.

Jul 10, 2019
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BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's something about this beer that makes it quite desirable. I'm not sure if it's the soothing peach note in the beginning or the citrusy orange note at the end that gets me. Regardless, this beer is a great NE style IPA option for a great price. As long as it stays ~$12 a 4 pack, it will always have a spot in my fridge. Well done New Trail!

May 22, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale lemon pour sits a hazy and dank o.j. coloring in the vessel. A white, bready textured head is sticky with a firm consistency, lasting well into the drink. A high concentration of macro-bubbles cling to the vessel walls. Beautiful coloring, hazy and dank appearance scores well here.

S: Really fresh peaches and green melon fruitiness. Dripping wet citrus and lime, honeydew with a hint of semi-dry sliced pineapple that was lightly tart. Green citrus, nice level.

T: Whole orange slices, semi-dry and tart hoppiness has a bittering edge of citrus and tropical nature to it. Semi-dry pineapple follows the nose, with some honeydew and fresh peaches from the yeast. Dank tropical adds flavor with a fade of tart flowery orange-pineapple grind.

M: Soft and creamy mouthful, almost wheat/lactose feel. Deep and lush, slippery and smooth feel has a bit of oily hop resins lingering about. The carbonation is very light.

O: Has a pretty good bite of dank citrus-tropical hops. While my first impression was only of modest content, I found this beer to finish strong and started appreciating it deeper into the experience. The 7.0% abv makes for easy consumption.

Mar 12, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Typical turbid, murky look...has a tinge of vanilla to it which I actually liked. Beyond that it has a soft melon / tropical flavor...not fully formed but an easy drinker

Jan 25, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Hazed-out, cloudy gold. 1/2 finger of loose white head.

Nose
Oats, grapefruit, lemon, Fruity Pebbles, tangerine, and blueberry.

Taste
Fruity Pebbles, lemon zest, and grapefruit juice. Tangerine zest, pine needle, and blueberry. Oaty maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, oily, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Light, flavorful, and overall fun.

Dec 05, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.187/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/5/18.
Can stamped “10/22/18” on bottom. In cooler at distributor. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dirty yellow, hazy. When held to the light, the top centimeter becomes translucent.
Head – Small (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, short retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and thin partial layer.
Lacing – Poor. Very narrow partial ring of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Light dirty yellow, hazy.
Aroma – 3.25 – Initially strong citrus aroma with some mold. Both rapidly fade away.
Flavor – 3.5 – A bit of generic citrus and not much else. Bitterness is very slight, more in line with a lager than an IPA. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.25 – I’m probably rating this a bit high (above average) but I haven’t consumed enough good NEIPAs to set the bar very high. I don’t mind the haziness, but the general appearance of dirtiness is unsettling, as is the initial aroma of Aspergillus/Penicillium with the citrus. The flavor is weak and not very IPA-ish, but at least is not off-putting. Overall, a mediocre brew that, at least, is appropriately priced.

Dec 05, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus... dank and fruity.

T/F: Classic NEIPA juice bomb. Great grapefruit flavor, citrus rind, and lighter tropical fruits. Pineapple and melon. Modest bitterness.... balanced and delicious.

O: A very well made NEIPA from a new (to me at least) local-ish brewery. Can't wait to try more of their stuff.

Sep 13, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is murky, dense straw gold, head is bright white and dense with fine bubbles. Good looking head. I've adjusted my rating to match the NEIPA style and suggested a move to that category.

Smell is heavy citrus fruit with more grapefruit than the last time I tried this ale, pineapple has subdued some in this more recent version.

Taste follows with a solid grapefruit rind flavor, then bitter pith and light melon and pineapple.

Mouthfeel is a bit too bitter to me or the pithiness from the hops is just lingering; it does subside some but there is lingering presence on the tongue, not quite soft.

Overall: this brew has improved over the past 5 months but there is still a strong bitter like mouthfeel persisting well after drinking.

Apr 21, 2018
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