Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery
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3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-25-2014 02:58:16 | More by robear
Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.