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Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 176
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Eagle Rock Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SShelly on 08-14-2010

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Photo of OldSchoolBrewer
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap @ the Mendocino Farms Sandwich Shop. Light honey colored with a thick head that adhered to my glass as the tasting progressed. Lots of piney hop flavor up front then a slight alcohol/malt background followed by a clean finish. This is a solid American IPA that is worth a try. (284 characters)

Photo of SShelly
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewhouse.

Aroma hits me when the glass is two feet away, citrus and fruit, a slight catty edge.

Pours is a medium to light amber with a big poofy light head. Fair amount of upfront bitterness with an enjoyable blend of fruit an citrus hops, lightly catty with a touch of bubblegum as well, the hop flavors combine in interesting ways.

Interested to try this in a month and see how the hops are blending. Damn fine beer. (445 characters)

Photo of RexF
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

California style IPA delivered with everything you could ask for, but could use a little more body, and the one I had at the brewery was a little murky.

I love the smell and the flavor, and i think I may have gotten a bottom of the keg pour, because from reading other reviews, people like the way this looks and I can't say I did.

No question I would order it again. In fact next time i'm at the brewery, this is probably what I'll fill the growler with. (457 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. swing top growler filled 2 days ago.

Beautiful light hazy apricot gold body. Tall, meringue-like, bright beige-white head. Excellent lacing. Sumptuous hop aroma with notes of pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, and pine needles. Some sugary malt in there as well.

Toasted malt and intensely herbal bitterness up front. Tongue quickly numbs up a little as the bitterness crescendos and the hop flavors unfurl themselves. Herbal, spicy, piny at first. Citrus shows up near the end. Sugary, candyish malt body provides some balance, but ends up taking a backseat in the finish, which dries out some. Medium-full body with a creamy smooth feel. A very solid California style IPA. (686 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank.

A full-to-the-brim pint, just like I like it. A thin sheet of white lace caps off this transparent golden-orange brew. The aroma is so sweet and floral, it takes effort to pull my nose out of this one. Big citrus overtones. Love it. The mouthfeel is crisp, yet filling. A really rich velvety finish. The hops on this one don't shy away from bitter, but there is a really nice sweet balance to them as well. Sweet candy-like finish. Lot's of citrus pervades this one - orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Really lush flavorful hops were used in this one, and the brewers did a standout job putting this one together. (665 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Closing it out with Populist, on-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Looks darker golden in the large snifter with a thick, billowy head on top. The head retention is long lasting and leaves lots of thick lacing around the glass. The nose is fairly clean and loaded with hoppy aromas, more specifically pine and ganga.

Taste starts off very hoppy, and while it respectably reamins so throughout, warming it up allows the overall flavor to get sweeter, which takes this beer up a notch. Hops are everywhere. Dashes of mango, tangerine, citurs, and eventually the force of honey and malt sweetness provide wholly an IPA that's tough to resist. Carbonation is gentle, mild resiny, and medium bodied describe the mouthfeel.

A classic tweener; not quite an imperial, but perhaps a little too powerful to be considred a single. Wherever it lands, the Populist is sure to grab the attention of craft beer drinkers. (911 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1320th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

No bottle date
Purchased for $5.99 @ Walnut Liquorette

App- A dark orange with a yellow bottom. Only a 1 finger white fluffy bubbly head.

Smell-  A creamy hoppy aroma with a nice pine undertone. Not overpowering at all. Nice fruit flavors with a bit of orange vs. tropical

Taste- A really nice beer. Has a ton of layers behind it. A small hoppy beer with a good creamy citrus flavor. No sign of the 7%. Nice balance. Ill have to find more.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium carbonation. A creamy hoppy flavor with only a small malty bitter.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. Especially with a nice grilled ribeye to accompany it. I would like another one. (705 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, orange, other citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel malts and a bit of breadiness.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more bitterness alongside a bit of bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile and bitterness and good overall balance. (762 characters)

Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Eagle Rock Brewery

Poured a light yellow color into pint glass. The smell of citrus and hops are present. A nice hoppy taste of citrus on the first sip. Good mouthfeel as the IPA isn't as hoppy as I expected. A nice light taste with a good abv backend. A very good IPA from Eagle Rock Brewery. This is the one I always drink when I come visiting there! (363 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a half-pint at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood and found it to be a pretty tasty IPA, on par with some of the best in the style. I always appreciate IPA's that can stand out and this had a much spicier character than most American pales. Sure, the usual citrus was there, but there was a mild herbal character that defined the beer in a delicious way. The body was a appropriately thick for the alcohol (it was a touch chewy, but still drinkable). Check this beer out if you can. (486 characters)

Photo of felipe2toes
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a growler filled a few weeks ago at the brewery. This review is from my notes.

Pours an amber orange out of the growler with a thick head.

Plenty of citrus on the nose, but also a good amount of piney aroma.

Citrus and pine on the palate as well, but a decent amount of dry malt to balance things out.

Nice carbonation on this, even out of the growler. A clean, yet bitter finish as well.

Very enjoyable beer (417 characters)

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden-copper color with a foamy off white head, that was partly the result of a slightly rough pouring from a full growler and only having 2 hands. Growler was filled today 1/30/11 at the brewery.

Citrus heavy aroma, honestly I get a fair amount of lemon out of it as well as some grapefruit, and a clean white sugary hint of sweetness.

Quite dry, only as small amount of sugar cookie sweetness is noticed, otherwise it is all about the hops- piney, grapefruit heavy taste with a pleasant amount of bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol. Clearly a West Coast IPA, no overbearing caramel taste, and fulfills my expectations for the style.

Well carbonated, medium bodied and not syrupy at all.

Very easy to sit back and drink, I will definitely be returning to the brewery to refill this growler and most likely I'll be getting more of this IPA. Very well done West Coast IPA, a showcase for American hops, it checks in at 7% ABV, and was brewed a few miles away. I've been following Eagle Rock Brewing since before they opened their doors and brewed their first batch, today was the my first actual visit to their facility. And I am eager to see what they will do, especially with those sour beers they're aging in wine barrels... (1,251 characters)

Photo of BRANDY818
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like it on nitro even better than normal.

Looks really nice with the thick cascading ntro head and gradients of yellow to white from glass bottom to top.

Nice American hope aromas but not too aromatic, maybe that's the nitro affect, not sure.

Hop forward and hop dominated flavor with a nice lightly cereal underscore.

Love the rich smooth nitro mouthfeel.

Great Socal IPA (379 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey golden color. Pours with a 1-inch head, but dissipates quickly.

S: Sent of pine and flowery hops. No citrus smell at all. The pine smell dominates.

T: Big pine and floral taste, limited malt flavor, all hop presence.

M: Good carbonation, decent mouth feel for a single IPA

D: Very drinkable. I could drink it all day! (333 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz swingtop Eagle Rock growler into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for sending this home from LA!

A: Pours a clear and bright honey-gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy and pillow-y off white head on top. Retention was excellent and some gorgeous lace patterns were left to decorate the inside of the glass. Carbonation was perfect!

S: Interesting Noble hop aroma when first poured. Spicy and dry (if that's something you can smell). As it warms, the hops take on a fruity, almost gummy bear-like juicy fruitiness. Pretty neat.

T: See above. Juicy fruit hops that pick up some toasty caramel malt and honey.

M: Dry and spicy with a full-on peppery prickliness that lingers for days.

O: A very strong effort. By the end of the growler we were hoping for a bit of pine for balance, but realized that that probably wasn't what the brewer was going for. An exceedingly well made IPA that held quite well considering its' voyage through the USPS and a few days in the fridge. (1,011 characters)

Photo of CA_brewster
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of mjmadden
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, the beer poured a tan/yellow (almost a copper color) with a solid two fingers of fluffy off-white foam. The aroma is interesting and pleasantly surprising (only because I had never heard of this brewery before purchasing the bottle) a nice blend of lemon, grapefruit (slight), orange, light malts, and pine. The taste was also presently surprising, the flavor were a lot strong than they were in the aroma. A lot of lemon zest, grapefruit, and orange mixed with a grassy and malt base topped off with a nice dank hoppy flavor. Very well balance west coast IPA, not overly bitter or chewy and kept a consistent flavor profile and mouth feel the entire way through the beer. Overall the was an exciting find for me as it was a brewery that I have never heard of (being an east coaster) and realizing they are located very near where I am staying for the next 6 weeks while in LA (will definitely be paying them a visit). (963 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured today at the brewery.

Pours a deep orange, with a nice thick white head. Head has good retention on the glass. Light easily seeps through the orange haze of the body of the beer.

Citrus - primarily grapefruit - abounds in the aroma, permeating out even before your nose gets close to the Stone IPA pint glass.

Citrus abounds in the flavor as well. Pure hoppy goodness here with little or no malt flavor around. This certainly is your west coast IPA.

Decent crispness, good hop bitterness. Enjoyable to be sure, but it seems like MAYBE, just maybe, it could have a slightly higher carbonation level.

This certainly goes down well, and that 7% is not even noticeable, for better or worse. This is definitely an easy-drinking West Coast IPA. (758 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean copper tone with a finger of white head leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. smells of pine, grass notes, caramel, light oak. a mildly bitter up front flavor with lots of bready malt hitting the taste buds. give it a minute and your mouth is hit by all the hop bitterness, begging you for more. medium body with great carbonation, sticky and resinous mouthfeel.
a really good ipa. tastes pretty fresh with the hops but is sitll nicely balanced with the malt profile. (478 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#45

Bottled Date: None

A: Golden orange with that expected off white head of foam. This brew has minimal, if any, haziness, and the head slowly fades to a thin sheet of white which sticks around for the duration.

S: Mostly earth, stone, and bread. There is hint of sweetness along with some flowers, lemon rind, and dried leaves.

T: Strong malt presence for a West Coast IPA: caramel syrup sweetness, oven baked bread, grain, and sugar. The malt is paired with dried leaves, flowers, grass and a citrus presence that is mostly of lemon with hints of grapefruit. There are hints of pineapple that comes through the moderate hop bitterness and the finish is dry with a clove bite.

M: The feel is medium with good linger and activating carbonation which is all on par for the style.

O: An interesting concoction that is bright, balanced, and unique. This IPA is both surprising and memorable and is evidence that Eagle Rock is fast becoming one of the elite LA microbreweries. (1,005 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for this one!

A: Pours a deep orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention leaving some splotches on top. Sticky lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Just a bit of grapefruit rind and orange upfront with a nice piney aroma at the end.

T: A bit of grapefruit, orange, and citrus upfront. There is a hint of mint in the midpalate and some pine on the finish. A bit of grainy malt as well.

M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid IPA, easy drinking with a nice flavor profile. Thanks again James. (584 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on July 29, 2012 (picked it up for $5.99 at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012). 2-3 fingers of head. Light pale color. Frothy, foamy white head. Decent retention all around.

Smelled citrus hops first (seemed to be grapefruit leading), really could smell a great deal of bitterness. Also caramel, light chocolate, spices (maybe pepper). Not too overwhelming overall. Decided on a 3.5 over a 4.0.

Nice balance on the tongue. Still bitter though. Caramel, light chocolate, citrus hops - lime, lemon, slight pine. Still that pepper spice.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Never heard of this, but enjoyed it after picking it up at KnB Wine Cellars. I’d give it and Eagle Rock another try. (817 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman for this one. 32oz. growler into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange-gold. Lacing is thick and layered with really good cling. Considering the serving type, the appearance and carbonation are fantastic.

Nose is burnt rubber and grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness. Sweet and moderately aromatic but awkward.

Opens exceptionally sweet. Cane sugar, honey, boozy sugar, and vanilla. Hop bitterness expresses itself towards the middle and end. Malt backbone is very prominent. Finishes citrus and hop bite with a sweet, filmy aftertaste. Delicious!

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and refreshingly crisp going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Again, considering the serving style, this is exceptional.

A real big surprise here. This is one of the most solid IPAs I've come across in a long time. Good balance that leans toward the malt profile. Very drinkable with robust, full flavor. Could easily finish a growler in one sitting! (1,118 characters)

Photo of Blackwolf
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle to Pint Glass.

A- A nice hazy golden tone, a tad more than a fingers width head that settled after a few minutes to leave a little cap on the beer. Great lacing, stuck to the glass well. It looks very inviting.

S- Maybe I grabbed an older bottle but the smell wasn't there too much for me. Kinda bready, grapefruit citrus slightly aggressive bitter hop smell on top of it all.

T- Grapefruit from beginning to end. Not too malty, not too bitter and a lemon grassy hop balance to it. Some caramel/toffee notes are revealing themselves here and there if you look for it. All the flavor bottoms out too fast for me, but the citrus lingers on your tongue for a short while.

MF- Medium thick body, light syrup feel. Dry spice to it as well. Just okay for an IPA.

O- This is a decent IPA. Very subtle but it grabs you with its mild flavor just enough. If you are looking for something with high IBU try a different beer, if you're new to IPAs also try another... This is something you can appreciate if you like your indians but something I don't think you should go out of your way for. Luckily I work at a craft beer store and get 20% off :) It's good though, and I had to finally try Eagle Rock Brewery since they are the local boys and I lived VERY close to them. I definitely been spoiled to aggressive ales though so this is just par for me. ;) (1,369 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some pine and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of the pine, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with some honey and malt flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with a better flavor than smell in my opinion. (575 characters)

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Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.