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Populist - Eagle Rock Brewery

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very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
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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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

alexgash, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

Onenote81, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of leodarko
3/5  rDev -20.6%

leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +5.8%

John11486, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of agaloco9
4.5/5  rDev +19%

agaloco9, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

SpeedwayJim, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of RexF
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

RexF, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of crib
4/5  rDev +5.8%

crib, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Buick222
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Buick222, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

GbVDave, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of mjr2377
5/5  rDev +32.3%

mjr2377, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

Westsidebuddha, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

womencantsail, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

DoubleJ, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of KMDouds
3.63/5  rDev -4%

Enjoyed a Populist IPA in addition to 4 of Eagle Rock Brewery's other offerings on draft at The Factory. The Factory, a small neighborhood Gastrobar in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA is attempting to arrange periodic rendezvous- a meet the Brewer arrangement where a representative of the Brewery- in this case Steve Raub, the owner of ERB, interfaces with the clientele and make himself available for Q & A, etc., while the bar features the Brewer's beers. A wonderful idea that I hope sticks, and in fact gains momentum.

On it's own Populist stands as a very enjoyable and drinkable IPA, suffering only from the intensely competitive style that it shares with other excellent beers, as well as the fact that the West Coast IPA style remains this writer's favorite. Populist has a beautiful appearance- a clear and rich copper color, that is regrettably a bit off set by an only average fragrance.

With good to average ratings in the all other categories, and a 3.5 overall grading by this writer, this American IPA is good but not overwhelmingly distinct despite a receiving a strong 4.0 in the taste category. Having said all this, I will be strongly rooting for the success of the Populist brew, and Eagle Rock Brewery itself, especially after hearing some of the narrative, and story behind the story of this family business- bravo to the Raubs, bravo to The Factory!

KMDouds, May 13, 2011
Photo of MrTopher
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

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!

MrTopher, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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...

DoesntMatter46, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of felipe2toes
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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

felipe2toes, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of route66pubs
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

route66pubs, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at Eagle Rock Brewery. Amarillo, Citra, Summit, and Centennial hops, are used in this brew.

Spicy herbal nose.

Bitter, long finish; moderately astringent.

Medium carbonation and body; creamy.

This brew is much better as it warms up. Low to moderate sweetness with some grapefruit citrus, slightly floral, average hop character for the style. Finishes a little harsh but a pleasant beer nonetheless.

TheJollyHop, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

tempest, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

SShelly, Aug 14, 2010
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Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.