Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery
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1.9/5 rDev -49.7%
22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: A great floral hop aroma. Clean pleasant malts. Hints of pine and citrus. A surprisingly appealing aroma for an IPA. A mild strength aroma.
T: Hops - both bittering and floral. Entirely too bitter. Horribly balanced for an IPA. Awful stale grapefruit notes. Bad cream. Clean malts. Poorly built for an IPA. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I don't like it. Not subtle or complex; it beats you over the head with hops.
Mf: Smooth and wet. The thickness and carbonation are both off.
Dr: Hard to drink due to the badly balanced and executed flavour profile. Hides its ABV well to its credit. This beer represents precisely what I hate about IPAs. The brewers need to learn how to balance.
04-22-2012 07:15:55 | More by kojevergas
2.93/5 rDev -22.5%
Eagle Rock Populist west coast IPA
A- pour priduces a nice 2 finger off white/light tan head resting on a deep gold colored body that is hazy and has some light brown hues. Great head retention and nice lacing. Looks great but the greatness ends right there. 4.5
S- some floral hops, sweet malt, light alcohol, lightly bitter. Smell is a little faint and doesn't have that juicy citrus hop smell I expect from "west coast IPA's" 3
T- taste is too malty for a west coast ipa. Caramel malt dominates at the beginning allowing some bitter hop taste and floral hops to come tbrough a bit. Again no real citrus or resiny flavor. Too sweet but not bad. Definitely no west coast IPA, that's for sure. 3
M- good carbonation. Body is slightly thick for the style. 3.5
O- a good beer but a fail for the style and a disappointment for me because I was craving a real hoppy IPA and normally a west coast IPA would do the trick. My first offering from EAgle Rock brewing. Let's hope it gets better from here. Drinkability is ok, but I'm going to detract based on a style comparison. 2
05-15-2012 02:11:24 | More by t420o
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.
A: A finger of fluffy head tops a pale, clear, golden beer.
S: Subdued and fruity. Not obviously hoppy.
T/M: It's alright. Soft, mellow, and creamy. The aftertaste is bitter pine, but, sadly, not much hops in the actual taste.
O: I like it okay, but it's not particularly tasty. Wouldn't have again or recommend. Too sweet and plain.
03-06-2013 05:32:59 | More by AgentMunky
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
A - Honey, amber color with a thick three finger white head. Head retention is amazing. The lacing around the glass is some of the thickest I've ever seen. Really nice looking poured right out of the bottle.
S - Very muted hops. A little bit of biscuity malts and toffee. Not a whole lot going for the nose of this IPA.
T - Tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, some pineapple. Not picking up much in the line of the bitter fruits. Pretty sweet, but very easy to drink. If you don't like the real bitter IPAs this may be the choice for you. After taste is pretty similar to my initial impression.
M - A little oily. Nice body with little carbonation to show for.
O - Pretty standard IPA that would be amazing if it had some bitterness thrown in.
10-06-2012 22:17:40 | More by ThePaleRider
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
The usual orangey amber, but with a very substantial head and well carbonated in the mouth.
Lighter body than some of these 7 percent IPAs. Thoroughly hop-centric with some floral notes and plenty of resins. Settles into a spicy bitterness that holds on like a big-jawed dog. Some fruity notes and a modest sense of malt. Some grapefruit peel in the finish.
A very drinkable IPA. Unpretentious, simple, plenty bitter, and well made. Not much different from many others, though they do a great job on the carbonation. Bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego, 22 oz.
05-09-2012 04:56:38 | More by mactrail
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Big thanks to Mister_Joshy for sending this my way!
A: light golden to straw with a nice head that stays from the hefty carbonation. Faintly cloudy. Great lacing.
S: hops smell is not super intense, but there's enough citrus and pine mixed in with a bit of malt.
T: well balanced between bitterness of the hops, malt, and some small hop flavors. Nothing is intense, but it works.
M: medium body with excellent carbonation
O: the beer just isn't a hop bomb like I would expect from something with "West Coast IPA" on the label. Decent, but not a world beater by any means. Knee Deep, Alpine, etc all do great stuff in the region, and this is fairly run of the mill. Grab a sierra nevada first.
12-21-2012 00:08:24 | More by Holland
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours a cloudy orange classic ipa look. Thin white head.
Smells of some spices up front...can not qute pick these out..maybe sage,pepper? No classic ipa smells of pine oils or fruits and flowers. Nice bitter kick up front! Orange, pineapple, and many other sweets abound! The bitterness wins. Nicely carbonated. A bit of an oil slick, and over the top bitterness linger on and on. Good DIPA!
12-21-2012 04:40:08 | More by Trueant1
Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.