Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery
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4.01/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Hazy yellowish copper color with not much of a head. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy but quite mild. I was expecting more. Taste is piney, slightly citrusy and has some definite hop bitterness.
I like that the malt backbone of this beer is subtle as this is perfect for showcasing a blend of hops and delivering a broad spectrum of delicious hoppy characteristics. That being said there is not enough depth to the hoppy characteristics of this particular beer to merit this and as a result the beer is somewhat bland. It's lacking particularly in flavor but also in aroma. Overall this is no masterpiece of a beer but it is an entirely drinkable brew, even quite enjoyable if it's a nice, fresh bottle. I will buy it again to support an LA brewery.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 23:39:09 | More by CA_brewster
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3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bottle into double walled glass.
Appearance: Straw gold with slight haze. Two fingers of head dissipates to one finger and then none after a few sips. Quickly swirls up again.
Smell: Sweet haystacks, tangerine, pineapple. Pale malts not completely over powered.
Taste: Excellent balance between hops and malt. Mostly fruit (papaya?) with a hint of pine that might be more prevalent when fresh. Good malt finish gives the palate something to think about before the next sip.
Mouthfeel: Effervescent. At 7% it feels heavier than other beers at this abv. I don't mind that, but it does coat the mouth a little- might have something to do with the haze. They were going for "breadiness" and it comes through most in the mouthfeel.
Overall: I was expecting a forgettable experience based on most other 80-85 BA beers I've had. This bottles is 2 months old and still holds up really well. Not only do I think this is a very good example of a malty West Coast IPA, I think it ranks up above Green Flash West Coast, probably because it takes malts a bit more seriously. If you like hoppy IPA's but want a bit more body, this is a good beer to try.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 02:58:16 | More by robear
Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.