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American Pale Ale - Good People Brewing Company

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: ddarden on 07-11-2008

36 IBU
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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 174
Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of estlinska
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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...

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Photo of MWilcox20
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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

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Photo of daijoobo
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of StuartCarter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever just have a big craving for beer and pizza? On business in Birmingham and looked up the closest good pizza joint that had good reviews and just HOPED they had a good beer to go along.

Lucked out. This is a solid local pale ale. Unfortunately served in a frosted mug but solid head and good lacing over a light yellow body. Light aroma of pine and grassy hops with touch of caramel malt. The flavor is true to the aroma with just enough hop bite to make it pleasant.

Overall, very happy with this beer and would have it again.

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Photo of Mojo
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can -> snifter

A - pours up a very clear medium gold with a soapy two finger head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - overwhelming pine with bready notes

T - a little out of balance with the bitter outweighing the sweet. Flavors detected are grapefruit, rye, caramel, and oranges

M - good carbonation, but a bit of a faint unpleasant aftertaste

O - not a world changer, but a solid offering, easy to drink.

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Photo of denver10
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet and juicy orange, some tea, and biscuit. Not a "big" aroma but it definitely entices me. Flavor is bready, tea, orange peal and pine. Moderate bitterness for the style. Medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice sessionable, every-day pale ale. Will drink again.

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Photo of sommersb
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-28-2013
Freshness: Canned 01-31-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Star Market, Huntsville AL

A: Nice sized head sites on a copper-colored beer that is clear and bright on the first pour and then has some haze on the final pour. Excellent head retention but not much in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas have a pale malt bready sweetness plus grassy hop smells, but are overall not very strong.

T: Pretty dry beer with the bitterness of the piney hops being the dominant flavor. The bittering seems spot-on for this American pale ale.

M: Body is medium and carbonation hits the high end of the spectrum. The finish is hoppy and dry, but the malts show up to bring about some balance.

O: Overall a no-frills and tasty pale ale from my home state.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale orange-amber body under an inch of thick, frothy off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: All hops, with a mixture of spicy, herbal, and piney notes. Simple and enjoyable.

T: More balanced here, with some lightly sweet, biscuity malt joining the spicy, piney hops. Fruitiness toward the back end, and a cleanly bitter aftertaste. Straightforward; good.

M: Fairly lively carbonation in a medium body. Pleasant.

O: Really good APA, and a nice refreshing choice to find in a can. It's not as exciting as some other GPBC beers, but it made a great companion on an Alabama disc golf course.


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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy golden orange. One finger, white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S- Light malts and some sweetness. Maybe some pilsener in there?

T- A great sessionable beer that would be great anytime but especially on a hot day.

M- Perfect carb and slightly slick.

D- Super Crushable!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The coloring is a little less coppery than the IPA and a whole lot more filtered. The head was like the meringue of a pie with an intense height and a lightly knit knit cluster of bubbles.

The aromas are appropriate with a more malt based structure. The hops tend towards to the floral but it's not particularly piney.

The flavors follow suit with a malt based taste and a light hoppiness. The hop characteristic is a little piney but it has a good hop cone earthiness. The malt is more caramel malt without the real sweetness.

The feel tends to a higher than moderate carbonation but it has little of the metallic tinnieness of some Pale Ales.

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Photo of everetends
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. Served into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow that was crystal clear. Had some decent carbonation bubbles in the beer. Poured a nice white head a little more than an inch thick, had some decent retention but no real lacing to speak of.

S: Smell was a bit floral and sweet. The hops were coming through, but there was still a sweetness from the malt that cut it just a bit. There was a touch of spice, but nothing serious.

T: Taste is about like the smell. Flowery hops and a bit of sweet malt. There is a touch of malt going on here and maybe a touch of clove spiciness. Not too bad.

M: This was light to medium body, with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Finishes pretty clean and crisp.

D: Not bad to tell you the truth. For an upstart brewery, pretty good. No real bitterness to speak of but still a solid APA because it doesn't need crazy hop presence to stand as an APA. If they bottled it, I would drink it. Great summer session for sure. The carbonation problems previous reviews mentioned were not present in my pour and I think it may have been a problem with the facility that had been rectified.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Pale Ale from Good People is a good beer. It poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is faint, not much happening. The taste is mostly bitter from start to finish. There is slight malt presence and perhaps some bitter citrus. The m outhfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable beverage.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No can date, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden color with some orange hue, creamy one-finger white head that has great retention long after the pour

S- earthy hop with a touch of pine, slightly metallic aroma

T- moderate piney hops up front with some flowery notes, toasted malt with a hint of bready flavor mid-palate, leading to a dry finish with more pine in he linger

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry and crisp finish, good drinkability

O- easy drinking and non-offensive, good pale

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Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a dash of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam; not too bad!

Smell: grainy malt with a dash of sweetness and a bit of hop character. It's OK.

Taste: like the aroma, quite grainy with a bit of sweet malt and a light dose of earthy, perhaps noble hops. Bitterness starts off slow but grows on the palate. It's decent, but doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: the cumulative bitterness is a bit harsh on this one, which negatively impacts drinkability. That said, if that type of thing doesn't bother you, then this might be a perfectly decent pale ale for you.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always like to try local beers when I’m traveling and I’m glad to see so many new choices in Alabama.

I had this one at World of Beer in Birmingham. As with most ‘standard’ beers at this bar, it is served in a shaker. The beer is a light copper with dense off white head.

It has an aroma of milled grains, a bit of ripe Apple and floral hops.

The taste is slightly fruity and floral. Caramel malts and riper Apple in the finish. There is something a bit metallic mid glass.

The mouth is a bit light but works for a hot weather Pale Ale.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden color with a 2 finger bubbly head. This beer is bubbly!

S - Nice hoppy aroma. Lots of pine sap and grass. Actually smells more like an IPA to me! There is a very faint citrus aroma as well

T - Not nearly as hoppy as the aroma. It has a good solid malty backbone. The hops are the same as the aroma. Mainly pine sap and grass

M - Very slick in the mouth. It finishes dry with a very slight burn

O - Good solid pale ale.Nothing special but very drinkable

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a short whiskey glass, which was the only glass offered in the Birmingham airport this day. No date visible anywhere on the can.

A- Pours a bright copper, slightly hazy with a nice, off white head that fell off quickly leaving thick lacing. Just a topping of head sticks around. Otherwise looks like I poured a Bud.

S- Faint smell of malt, no hop nose. Almost smells like an empty American lager can.

T- Biting bitterness one would normally assign to an IPA. Very tender, almost not discernible malt profile on this finish. The finish kicks in with more hoppy bitterness that lingers between swallows. If this thing had any aroma at all it would be a home run in the IPA world, but as it is, I find it an over-bitter APA with no pleasing malt finish.

M- Almost perfect body. Soft carb burn persists through the swallow and is immediately replaced by silky oil on the tongue. This is the best trait of this brew.

Overall- Alabama isn't known for great beer brewing, but the industry is starting to make some headway, especially in Birmingham. I think the folks at GoodPeople Brewing have the right idea, but, at least on this one, have some confusion about which styles should have which features. It's a tasty brew with great a terrific hop profile, and it is gorgeous in the glass. But it's not really an American Pale Ale, in the true sense of that style. I'd buy it again, but I'd really like for these folks to use this as a base for a future DIPA. Above average for Alabama, just below par anywhere else.

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Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I'd never heard of that I tried in Birmingham. Definitely a solid pale ale. Nice slightly hazy yellow straw color, with fluffy white head. Smell is floral hops. Taste is more floral hops, a bit of spiciness, maybe some pine. Pleasant. Average or slightly better mouthfeel. Overall nice beer.

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American Pale Ale from Good People Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.