Green Trail India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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?”

Added by unclejazz on 02-27-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
291
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
10%
 
 
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1
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Photo of braican
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bigfoot
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am continuing my latest horizontal as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody with this one, followed by four more Ithaca offerings.

From the bottle: Nada. I am not a fan of their no longer putting the ABV on the labels. I dig the minimalist look of the new labels, but less is not always more.

At long last, an IPA! I am a self-described, self-avowed & I am really starting to jones. The Pop! of the cap could not happen quickly enough, nor could a hard pour. Gimme dem hops! First though, I had to make my way through the two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that was set up like a phalanx. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Croeus, Midas & Mammon to jump up off of my couch & come running into the kitchen for a taste. We are watching the Pixburgh Penguins on teevee & they are fans of Black & (especially) Gold. Nose was riotous in terms of its hops, including pine, grapefruit, orange/tangerine and some cattiness. Mmmm. My mouth was watering uncontrollably in anticipation of the first sip. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very citrusy, loads of grapefruit and orange/tangerine, followed by a pine resinousness and all underlain by a biscuit maltiness. Mmm. Finish was dry and hoppy and it was good to be back in lupulinville.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Comes in a clear golden orange hue, with lots of bubbles and light suspended sediment. The moderately aggressive pour produced a finger and a half of fluffy, off white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: The nose offers piney, resinous dankness. A stinky, cat pee, wet basil, rotten pine needles aroma. Beneath it there's some grapefruit, orange pith, and biscuit malt sweetness. The aroma is similar to Smuttynose Finest Kind.

T: The taste is more citrus-forward. Grapefruit pith and orange zest. Dried orange peel. There's a sugary sweet malt sweetness underlying it. Towards the finish the dankness comes back in, with notes of pine needles, basil, wet leaves, marijuana. The aftertaste is lightly bitter with some dank flavors, but doesn't linger long.

F: Mouthfeel is medium-light, bordering on light, but with enough fullness and slickness to satisfy. There is a distinct oil hop character that greases the palate, like their flagship IPA Flower Power, but with enough dryness on the finish.

O: Not a bad session IPA, though 6% is a little strong for the range of "session IPA". An easy drinker, though I wish the palate was a little more potent.

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Photo of Morockm
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tdva82
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AD17
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wortman1998
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agreenman19
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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 FrankShirley
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sulty
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GFD400
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbaker67
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wafers
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -3.6%
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 5EKF
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bootdown21
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Green Trail India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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