Friday, September 12, 2014

Green Trail IPA (Review)

For my second review this week I’ve gone back to Ithaca Beer Co. With a name like "Green Trail," I simply could not pass up the six pack of IPA staring at me from behind the glass in the cooler at a local store earlier this afternoon. I went in for a slice of pizza, came out with a little bit of refreshment for my Friday afternoon. I never did get the slice of Pizza.

What does Ithaca Beer Co. have to say about this product?

"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?”
MALT: 2-Row, Pale Crystal, Caramalt, wheat
HOPS: Columbus, Cascade
ABV: 6.0%"
For me the first mouthful was a hopped up punch in the face, but after the initial hop-shock to the taste buds you realize Green Trail is also quite mellow. If you can describe a beer as having “space,” you might say that Green Trail is wide open; hop flavor up front, but without 50 million other flavors, of questionable value, competing for your mouth’s attention, with none of them actually shining through. 

I’m thinking Green Trail would be just about perfect for finish line tail gating after a warm weather race, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.

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