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Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery

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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 26.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: SShelly on 08-14-2010

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 180
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.97/5  rDev -47.6%
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.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1320th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

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.

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Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Rock n' Fish, this was the recommendation for a spicy meal.
Slightly hazy, golden orange with a slightly off white head. Settles to a film, thin rings of lace.
Smell is of some pine and herbal hops.
Taste is of pine, some citrus, and herbal hops. Well balanced with some malt flavor to finish. There is a nice hoppy bitterness that hangs around between each sip.
Lower level of carbonation keeps it smooth and on the creamy side. Medium bodied . Overall, this is a good IPA with a very nice flavor, that cut the spice and was a great compliment to the meal.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a light golden amber with a fluffy white head. It's quite lacking in aromatics from the hops, except for a very subtle pine resin. The taste is no different with resiny, palate coating hops that remind me of sculpin. I don't like sculpin. The mouthfeel is a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness that thoroughly coats the palate. It's sweet, but not sweet enough to cut through the intense hoppiness. This beer just doesn't do it for me, even with the extreme WC hops it provides.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange tinged golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of clean hops with citrus and pine notes.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with pine and grapefruit that leaves a moderate bitterness. Malts come in to balance things out with a toffee sweetness and bready character accompanied by a creaminess. Finishes with a bitter note and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA worth a try, but nothing special.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Daught pour at Smith house in a shaker pint. Really impressed by the flavor and body. Good mouthfeel, appealing golden color, but wanted more nose. I'd like to try again as I enjoyed it, but would like to know the freshness and have it bottled.

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled my growler on 9/1, reviewed live from an Eagle Rock Pint Glass

The beer pours a great copper honey color, hints of orange, gold, and hay appear when held to the light, fairly clear, faint chill haze. A wonderful 2 finger white fluffy head sits atop the beer, has good retention that recedes into a nice film atop the beer after about 2 or 3 minutes and leaves behind some great sticky, webbed lacing. The aroma is nice, piney hops, lots of hop resin, very coniferous and earthy with a strong caramel malt backing. Cereal grains also come to the forefront, there is a definite balance between the hops and malt, however, the integration is a little muddled. The flavors are pleasant, earthy hops, piney hops, bitter hops, resinous hops, yes, there are hops! Well hopped for sure, nice integration, but there is certainly a lot of malt in the beer. Cereal grain, caramel malt with a bit of sweetness in the finish. The body is nice and sticky, fairly rich, dry at the finish but with a great amount of carbonation.

Verdict: A decent local IPA form Eagle Rock. Definitely has a bit of a home brew feel, but it's satisfying, amply bitter, fairly balanced and easy to drink. I'm happy to have Eagle Rock down the road, that's for sure!

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Photo of robear
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.