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Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery

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85
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eagle Rock Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SShelly on 08-14-2010)
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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

09-25-2012 22:44:51 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:40:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden amber with a fluffy white head.

S; Smells nice and citrusy with lots of floral and spicy hops.  A fair amount of bready malts along with some light pine and toffee sweetness. Not an overly impressive aroma, but decent.

T: The nose starts off with light citrus hop notes and a moderate caramel and toffee sweetness.  Floral hops and some spicy hop notes as well.  There is only a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

M: Both the body and carbonation are medium.

O: This is a pretty good beer, but it's not an amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 17:14:54 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-06-2012 18:28:37 | More by GRG1313
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-12-2014 15:12:11 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:56:38 | More by mactrail
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-25-2013 00:55:16 | More by XmnwildX12
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a medium frothy white head, solid lace.

S: Pine and white grapefruit, classic West Coast IPA notes.

T: Pine, herbs, some grass, lemon and orange. Citrus and woody pine, a nice mix of flavours dominated by the hop flavours, malt is mild.

M: Medium-bodied, soft frothy carbonation, resiny.

O: A good well-made CA IPA. It didn't bring anything new to the game, but I enjoyed a pint of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:18:36 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

1.9/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

D-

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 07:15:55 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-08-2014 05:13:59 | More by GClarkage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 00:49:53 | More by tempest
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 05:03:49 | More by DoubleJ
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-20-2014 06:42:16 | More by drewone
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:30:14 | More by mdaschaf
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-10-2013 03:03:22 | More by dmorgan310
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FosterJM

California

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 22:30:10 | More by FosterJM
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2012 00:29:13 | More by alexgash
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-02-2012 10:56:27 | More by Reagan1984
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-06-2013 02:12:50 | More by bpfrush
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Holland

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:08:24 | More by Holland
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AgentMunky

California

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 05:32:59 | More by AgentMunky
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 05:10:26 | More by ngeunit1
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2011 15:57:21 | More by GbVDave
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-29-2013 00:39:37 | More by jenray
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-31-2013 02:03:21 | More by ste5venla
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Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.