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Green Trail | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Don’t let the “easy-drinking” part of it’s name mislead you. Green Trail still delivers a mighty hop punch, but also has a smooth malt body that masterfully balances that famous Ithaca Beer hop intensity. Green Trail has “instant hit” potential with die-hard hop heads and new craft drinkers alike. Weighing in at 6.0% ABV, Green Trail neither overwhelms taste buds nor underwhelm palates as sessionable and approachable IPAs often can. Ithaca Beer’s lead brewer, Bill Ballweber put it best, “Green Trail is just a perfect everyday, go-to, instant-crowd-pleaser IPA.”

“What is Green Trail?” one might ask. For founder, Dan Mitchell, Green Trail is a mindset. “It’s about blazing a path that sets you apart from the norm, or that way of thinking out of the ordinary. It’s on that green trail, you often, grow, discover, experience and hopefully improve your surroundings just a little bit…we’re on the Green Trail around here (at Ithaca Beer), are you?”

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Photo of agreenman19
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - orange brown. I can barely see the other side of the glass.

S - bright, citrusy orange aroma. Lot of malt sweetness.

T - tastes like Ithaca! Green, piney lemony zest. Earthy crispness. Oddly refreshing.

F - run of the mill here. Low carb, medium body.

O - really not a bad beer. Good, pointed flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/9....pours light to dark bronze with medium paced white foam that sett;es and sits. Lighter citrus spring meadow nose. Taste is lemons, grapefruits, and a snappy bitter. Both mellow and punchy. Light bodied but loads of flavor. Rinds in there too.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap this beer is orange-amber color with a tight bubbly white head that leave decent lacing on the glass. Bitter and spicy hop aroma but not particularly fresh. Light caramel and dry cracker aroma from malt base. Taste follows aroma pretty close with a finish that is heavy to the bitter. Easy to drink overall but pretty average IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, light citrus, malts are present. Taste is balanced malts and hops, pine, a bit of citrus, not as bitter as I expect from an IPA. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer, but kind of lacking some punch.

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Photo of Beergod50
4.67/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love the Ithaca line and traveling to the brewery. This is consistently good; I just prefer Hoptical Illusion to it and usually opt to buy that instead. Still a good tasting IPA. I really enjoy it as draft if I Can find it.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This trail, green or otherwise, leads absolutely nowhere. With the craft industry being inundated with myriad session IPAs, this does nothing to separate itself or standout. An extreme lack of balance ruins any descriptive colloquy that could do justice to the brewer's intent. Pass me this or BMC, I'll consume this, yet reluctantly. Just saying.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange in the glass, one finger head that leaves lacing.

S-Rather malty, not much in the way of hops. Some citrus, but mainly malt.

T-Rather malty, but the date is good. There is a little bit of earthy and citrus notes but just not that good.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation though.

O-This beer just does not do it for me.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; deep yellow; less than 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: floral; soapy, a touch of lemon;

T: much maltier than I expected; biscuit; a bit of citrus tartness in the background that stays through the finish; not much bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; mow to moderate carbonation;

O: not quite what I want in an IPA; bit very easy to drink;

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Photo of sourd
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

16oz jar glass...be burley

bright orange...the new ipa standard

bready with a pleasant floral pine scent and a whiff of yeast

cereal grains and bread followed by pine and the floweriest hop flavor that i have tasted in maybe forever. quite unique, almost lily-like and slightly perfumy

medium bodied with a slight sweetness. the aforementioned pine and flowers linger for a bit

i picked this up (justifiably) assuming that it was a session ale, based on the only info on the bottle being "easy drinking india pale ale". i took the first sip and my ears perked, thinking that ithaca had brewed the elusive full bodied session ipa...but then i looked it up and saw that it is 6%...not a big beer, but not a sesh by definition either. i see what they are trying to accomplish, and it comes off like an older style east coast ipa but just a touch lighter in color/maltiness-sort of a hyrbrid substyle. this was quite drinkable, and i would recommend trying one, if for no other reason but to taste the somewhat rare floral hop profile.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a step below some of the Ithaca stuff I have had, especially flower power and the other hop forward ales. this one is more English, overly malt balanced and with more bitterness than hop flavor, it got a little heavy in hot weather too, but I liked it overall. the nose is copper malty with some decent hop character, but its all a bit muddled to me. fuller body and a longer finish makes it drink a little slow, and it doesn't warm up all that well. some good grassy hops to the back end, and an amber malt sort of flavor. I like the beer, but think it probably better for fall than summer, Ithaca always impresses me with originality, and this one seems more generic too me, but I like it overall. more bubbles and less body would make it a better summer sipper.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Orange/brown in color with a nice 2-finger off-white head that settles into a nice foam ring with decent lacing. Hazy in texture, but not totally opaque.

S: Sweeter up-front that you would think, with some strong malt notes and just a hint of hops. Light overall, with aromas of berries, caramel malt, fresh oat nut bread, a touch of lemon, and some cut grass.

T: Bread and malts mix up-front with a nice hop backbone and distinct hop bitterness on the swallow. Notes of lemon peel, bright caramel malts and a toasty flavor account for most of the in-mouth taste. Hops dance around the periphery with a lemony, dry air and a bitter aftertaste. Everything about this tastes light, which is what they were going for when they created the "session IPA" style, but with this beer the lightness tends to blur flavors together, with nothing standing out particularly well. It is the type of flavor you can have a lot of without killing your palate.

M: Light-bodied, with an airy, bready feel in-mouth and a hollow dry afterfeel. A bit chewy and sticky, but gentle enough to have a few. A definite session-feeling IPA.

O: Good for sipping a couple, and it might even hit the spot on a warm afternoon after doing some yard work. Of the recent crop of "session IPA" offerings, this one sits firmly in the middle of the pack; not too much of anything.

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Photo of GarrettWelson
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A smooth, mild beer that is very refreshing on hot summer days. Don't expect a particularly complex, or even hoppy taste. It's very inoffensive, and would be a good IPA for people who don't love the bitterness and hoppyness of some IPAs. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange brew, little head.

Yeast and citrus aroma, not unlike a tripel or a citrusy wheat beer.

Bitter, citrus, a hint of banana yeast, and a dry hay-like flavor. Tastes like a decent white or Belgian IPA.

Lively with moderate sting; very dry.

This is a decent, refreshing IPA. It's not outstanding, but it's a little different.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Pin's. Saw it side-by-side with Flower Power, and decided to try something new. Guess I should've stuck with the FP.

Poured into a handy bell tulip, a hazy golden-orange color, with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Unfortunate hints of a malt-bomb right away in the aroma, sugary sweetness, floral notes, somewhat medicinal. In the taste, dry bready malts, corn sugar, citrus juice, with a low-intensity earthy hops, and something of a medicinal off-flavor. Light-medium body, lower than average carbonation. Overall not very enjoyable. Would not get again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely cloudy with an orange-dirty gold color. Small head but great lace on the glass.

Fresh citrus-like hop nose. Light malt far in the background.

Smooth flavor, especially up front. Slightly sweet, pale malt flavor initially. The hop is actually subtle until the swallow where it is dominant but not dominating. The aftertaste is balanced. The body and bubbles are typical for the style.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a gold straw-like color with a really nice two finger head. Carbonation bubbles are coming to the top and some nice and sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S- The aroma on this beer is very reserved. Some subtle earthy and pine qualities that are very pleasant. Just a bit of citrus fruit and a very slight hint of malt. Understated but nice.

T- The earthy and pine characteristics dominate throughout. The little bit of citrus fruit that is present in the head is not present here, although there is just a bit more malt here. Low but reasonable and appropriate hop bitterness for this IPA.

M- A fair amount of tingling carbonation. Not thick by any means but has a pleasant amount of body and goes down impressively smoothly. Incredible easy-drinking and refreshing IPA.

O- An incredibly accessible American IPA that certainly lives up to the "Easy-Drinking" claim on the label. Certainly not the most flavorful IPA and one that hop heads will probably be disappointed with. However, this should appeal to the masses and could convert many a beer drinker that has sworn of IPAs.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Red's Place, Seneca Falls, NY.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured grassy hops and a round sweetness.

The taste offered a lingering grassy hop, smooth sweetness and touch of dactyl.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced APA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange hue with a thick, doughy slab of creamy foam. Head dies away slowly leaving lots of cloudy lacing marks.

S-Citrus candy and some cooked grain. Musty grapefruit peel hops. A little grass as well. Light, ghostly sweet malt.

T-Flavor is noticeably citrusy. Oranges and grapefruit. It's pretty much all citrus here. The malt is hard to define besides of its very mild pale and ultra light caramel sweetness.

M-When I bought a single of this I thought it was a Session IPA but it turns out this in both ABV and body is bigger than expected. The bitterness is rather low, however. Medium bodied, softer carbonation.

O-A very generic IPA. I'd prefer more complexity, specifically from the hops. Aside from that, Green Trail is a run of the mill IPA that is tasty but doesn't set itself apart.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a patch of large bubbles in the center, and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with hints of caramel malts. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter body nature of this beer—presumably due to the presence of wheat malts—makes this beer very easy to drink and quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking a whole six pack of this if I wanted something light but had a little bite from the hops.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into IPA glass; translucent orange-gold with a moderate fluffy white head that fades very slowly leaving tons of rings of great, tight lacing.
Smells very floral; sweet tangerine and hints of more tropical fruits as well.
Taste is relatively simple; lots of floral and citrus rind bitterness, with crackery malt and some herbal undertones supporting.
Mouthfeel is light, well-carbonated and wet.
Overall, I guess by the line "easy-drinking IPA" that this is Ithaca's entry into the whole "session IPA" fad, but the %abv seems high for that type of beer. Then again, I've never met any actual person who requires that any beer they want to drink more than one of be 3%abv, so this one is still very sessionable by my standards.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with an inch of frothy head. Good amount of lacing. The nose is a bit muted. Light citrus and pine hops with some floral notes. Fair amount of malts. The taste is orange with some dankness and piney hops. Finishes floral with some more citrus and melon. Hint of lemon at the finish. Pretty malty, surprisingly. Lots of carbonation but a mouthfeel that is a bit on the lighter side. This is supposed to be billed as a Session IPA but the 6% ABV is higher than just about all the others. Still, on it's own it is a fairly good IPA and I wouldn't have any issue drinking a few of these in one sitting. Overall, I'd grab this every once in a while.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 745-746/140331. Sampled on May 30, 3014.

The pour is a milky golden pale yellow with a white foamy head that builds up quickly and fades away slowly.

The aroma has a nice nose of pine, resin, citrus, grass, and a touch of roasted malts.

The body is in the medium range but smooth.

Pretty easy to drink session IPA with a forward grassy and citrus hop flavor balanced somewhat evenly with the roasted malts.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 1/2 growler of this to share with my dad who does not like heavier brews. I thought it was a pale, but it did have a lot going on, so apparently it was mislabeled on the board at Save-on.

The brew has a pale ale kind of darker look (dirty). The head was decent. The aroma is a nice mix of malts and hops.

The taste comes off pretty sweet for an AIPA or a pale of any kind. It is nice and easy drinking. Refreshing, but malty and intense. It held up well with ribs, corn and rice.

I am a little miffed by the labeling, but otherwise this was another fine brew experience from Ithaca.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy burnt orange, 1 finger fluffy white head

S- lemon zest, light melon citrus, a touch of grapefruit rind

T- sweet malt up front, lots of melon in this, a bit of lemon citrus, finishs bitter

M- light bodied, nice carbonation, sweet bitter & dry

O- it's not too bad, its has all the parts of a classic american pale ale, the hops shine more as the pallette relaxes and the brew warms up

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Photo of cavedave
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold, half finger off white head, some serious sheets of fine bubble lace.

Nice citrus and melon aroma, neutral sweet, merest hint of herbal bitter.

Light/med. strength taste follows aroma exactly, with a semi juicy, semi bitter, completely clean end of sip.

Light body, yet viscous, refreshing, nicely med. carb., and decent finish.

Another sessionable IPA that is a bit thin in the mouth, but perfect for a nice after exercise beer fersure. Drinking it now after a day of work and 5 hours in the woods mushrooming and it is hitting the spot. Decent, and for price can't go wrong here.

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Green Trail from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.
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