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American Pale Ale - Good People Brewing Company

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
36 IBU

(Beer added by: ddarden on 07-11-2008)
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Photo of misscritta
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of mbacon3227
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of markjarema11
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer served on tap at J. Clyde.

Pours a dark yellow with a touch of amber. Nice head with plenty of lacing.

Smell is hop dominant....citrus and floral.

Taste is hoppy of center with citrus esters. Not overly dry but nothing sweet about the finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for style.

Very drinkable APA. Hoppier than some but and easily sessionable beer.

Nice APA.

Photo of Slater_Mounts
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of estlinska
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at J. Alexander's in Birmingham, AL on 5/1/13 into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a burnt orange with good bright color to it. There is some slight chill haze that does not completely clear before the beer is consumed. Head is about 1cm with a nice bright white color and leave fair lacing on the glass. The haze reduces the light penetration, but overall it is good. The smell is quite bready, but has some good, bright citrus notes of oranges as well as some nice flower notes as well to give the hops a good presence in the beer. The taste is clean, smooth and well balanced. There is a pronounced bitterness that does a good job of balancing a sweet malt. The malt is sweet, featuring some caramel malt flavors as well as bread and biscuit flavors. The hops are definitely full on orange citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a very well done pale ale. The hops are pretty heavy, but balanced very well with the malts of the beer.

Photo of MWilcox20
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale ales are always hit or miss for me, but I thought this one was hit out if the park! It provides the perfect amount of hops to be pleasurable and tasty but still remains true to the apa style.

Appearance: Hazy/Unfiltered, Golden Corn

Nose: Good waft of hops and a hint of citrus

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation

Taste: Enough hops to remain pleasurable to the hop heads while still remaining true to the style

Overall: One of the best apas Ive ever had. Good People does it right

Photo of GPHarris
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - nice, clear amber body with good head retention.
s - very citrusy and spicey.
t - very hoppy for a pale ale, which i like. overwhelming taste is grapefruit.
m - nice and thick, really coats the tongue.
d - great sipper, i could drink a few of these...

Photo of daijoobo
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass at home.
Light Amber colour, crisp & clean looking
Smell reminded me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Taste was clean & crisp and a lighter version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale only smoother and not as bitter.
Rolled it throughout my mouth to let ALL the tastebuds get an opinion, and they were quite HaPpY with the results. Not over-powering, yet still satisfying.
Not the greatest Pale ale, but it is hard to find faults. This makes a great session ale to sip on while working on Quantum Physics!

Photo of immobileman
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Zachariah1978
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE -- After posting the comments below i had a chance to express some of my thoughts to Jason via email. Here is is reply (directly quoting GP's brewmaster):

"Exciting beers are in the works but we are having to build up our inventory to support the accounts we've "signed up" before I can dedicate the tank space. Let me explain.... The City of Birmingham and DOH really put us behind the 8-Ball in keeping us out of business for 3.5 months. The Business Plan was for us to have 1.5 months to brew and build up inventory before "hitting the market." Based on their demands and lack of sense of urgency, once we received their "blessing" that part of the business plan just wasn't available to us anymore. We are literally operating on "just in time inventory" right now and it will be 2-3 weeks before I have enough packaged to feel comfortable trying some of the other beers that excite me...and others.

A GPBC IPA is, and always has been, in the near-term future."

So, an IPA will be hitting the market as soon as it is feasible for them to devote some tank space to it. PHEW.

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A very solid offering. Nicely hopped with a good malty backbone. Extremely drinkable, and i intend to buy it and/or whatever other Good People offerings i can find anytime i'm out at a bar or restaurant because i DESPERATELY want local beer to succeed in Birmingham.

But i must agree with my friend Darden. The market is flooded with drinkable pale ales. There are so many around here it will make your head spin. I'm eventually going to get tired of this beer. Good People needs to stand out above the masses with exciting beers, rather than "normal" stuff that 1000 other breweries are churning out. I am nervous when i hear talk of an amber and a hefe in addition to the existing brown and pale. Nervous.

Jason Malone, hear me now and believe me later. Brew an IPA. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE brew an IPA. A damn fine IPA with copious late hop additions and some dry hopping to boot. This cursed state has not one world class IPA. ABC has stolen the only good ones from us in the past year or so, namely Sweetwater IPA and Flying Dog Snake Dog.

I need a steady supply of IPA or i get a little crazy. Somebody throw me a bone here.

Photo of ESchweers
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of boz7787
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of kevinmaher
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color and a pillowy cap that leaves lots of clumpy stickage

Smell: Biscuity malt with more than a hint of grapefruit

Taste: Opens biscuity but the grapefruit and toffee flavors arrive quickly and dominate after the swalllow; somewhat sweet on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft, creamy carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice though slightly sweet APA

Photo of dnrobert24
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this new and only Birmingham-brewed beer on tap at the J Clyde. Aroma was floral, as opposed to citrus, making me think British hops. The bitterness perfectly balanced the biscuity malt. The caramel color played tricks on my mind because I couldn't really taste and caramel, it was more of a white-bread toast flavor. The mouthfeel was a bit off seeing as there was verrry little carbonation. I suppose the appearance was hurt a little by that as well. Overall, it was quite sessionable and a solid example of the style. This is beer that Birmingham can be proud of.

Photo of Rhymkeeper
4/5  rDev +9%

Solid pale ale. It's now my go to fridge beer. As an aside, makes a great turbo shandy w/mikes Harder lemonade for a change of pace.

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AUGRAD06
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my favorite Pale Ales on the market. I love Good People and I've had this beer in cans and on tap. It's good in the can and great on tap. Wonderful light color with light flavor. A great beer on a hot day when you want something to bring your taste buds to life.

Photo of StuartCarter
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some on draft at both the J Clyde and the 5 Points Grill. The pint at the J Clyde was not nearly as good as at the 5 Points Grill, due to problems with the carbonation system at the JC. When you have the Pale Ale properly carbonated it is a very tasty beverage indeed - enough to convince me, someone who is not a fan of the style, to have several pints of this in one sitting :)

Smells sweetly floral, hops are the dominant but not dominating flavour, very well balanced taste.

Photo of macon337
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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American Pale Ale from Good People Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.