Beer Review: ALPINE TRUCK TRAIL

Beer Review: ALPINE TRUCK TRAIL

Upon pouring Truck Trail into specialty glassware, its clear, deep golden to light amber color is immediately noticeable. The healthy off-white foam lingers for several minutes, creating an inviting visual appeal. However, the absence of an obvious canning date raises concerns about the beer’s freshness and transparency in information.

Aroma

Truck Trail’s aroma initiates with notes of fresh bread and sweetened lemon tea. Strikingly similar to the aroma of Green Flash Remix IPA, produced in the same facility, this familiarity may leave enthusiasts questioning the uniqueness of Truck Trail. The scent is pleasing but fails to deliver a distinctive olfactory experience.

Taste

The flavor profile unfolds with a dominant taste of sweetened lemon iced tea, accompanied by a building red grapefruit bitterness that surpasses the expected 31 IBUs intensity. Surprisingly sugary, the beer achieves a chewy body reminiscent of heavier styles like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale. While it leans towards bitterness, Truck Trail avoids the caramel and dark orange flavors, opting for a more refreshing combination of lemon verbena and tangerine. A subtle hint of celery adds complexity but falls short of achieving perfection.

Mouthfeel

Truck Trail’s mouthfeel challenges the norms associated with American Pale Ales, as it boasts a heavier, almost dense body. The 6 out of 10 sugar intensity contributes to a chewy texture, making it stand out in the category. Despite its weight, the beer maintains drinkability, offering a combination of flavors that is both approachable and familiar.

Overall

In assessing Truck Trail’s overall performance, it becomes evident that this beer resides within the safe boundaries of Green Flash’s core lineup. While technically proficient, it lacks the innovation and exploration expected from craft breweries. The decision to can Truck Trail, alongside other less acclaimed beers, raises questions about Green Flash’s marketing strategy. Although a commendable offering in the American Pale Ale segment, Truck Trail faces the challenge of standing out in a market where consumer interest in this category seems to be waning. The collective indifference towards APAs, as seen in the struggles of Stone and Bell’s, suggests a need for reinvention and modernization within the segment. Truck Trail, while on the right path, requires further recipe refinement to capture the attention of discerning beer enthusiasts in a market saturated with options.