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Slippery Slope - The People's Pint

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 27
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-03-2004

A special blend of 1/2 cider, 1/4 malt and 1/4 honey then delicately spiced with ginger.
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter in not complete with out a braggot. Mmmm ... cider, barley and honey then spiced with ginger. Some active carbonation, good lacing for a braggot ... not really a trait that matters. Some chill haze off of the weathered darkened straw color. Nose full of ginger to start with a slowly cradling honey sweetness in the nose. Big on creaminess, smoothness follows within the full body. The fresh ginger crack a whip of dominance with the first sip but then moves forward meekly with a leveled flavor and heat. Honey wraps around the palate with a infectious warmth of alcohol and mild sweetness. Yeah, there is some barley here ... a little bready in the middle. Finishes dry with a surprisingly semi-clean finish from the ginger which makes you want to take another sip quicker than the first.

Dangerously drinkable, especially if you like ginger. Peoples Pint knows what winter is all about. This one gets a "Hell Yeah!"

Photo of Aberration
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source!

Looks very appealing, hazy amber colored...maybe bordering on dark gold.

Smells like ginger and honey. Very enticing.

Tastes like a mead but drinks like a barelywine. Very tasty. Malty too! Not much hop presence but it doesn't need it at all.

Mouthfeel is good. Feels like there's a zing there that may be the alcohol or maybe the ginger. Lightly carbed, enjoyable.

I drive out to greenfield just to drink this every year. Magical. Recommended if you're in the area.

Cheers

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this beer was a really nice winter treat. A really big change up beer. This is my first braggot and I am glad that it was a memorable one.

A- Apple juice color golden liquid. Not much head going on here. No lacing either. Minimal carbonation bubbles. Looks like juice or cider, not much like beer.

S- Soury, tangy, sweet. Apples, apple cider, and a very nice hint of fresh cut ginger.

T- Very similar to the nose. Sour granny smith apples, ginger, honey, malt, spice, cider. Big fruity notes. Not for the faint at heart. Wouldn't classify ths one as a sour beer but the sour aspect cannot be dismissed. Some oaky/woody quality to this one. Fresh, local, and organic.

M- Light bodied, refreshing, and very tangy.

D- This one kicked my ass. Kept taking sip after sip without even thinking. What a treat. I should have picked up some more.

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a cloudy burnt orange, no head whatsoever and no lacing. Smells of spicy ginger predominantely, some honey, quite a bit of apple . A huge ginger flavor up front and throughout, followed by some honey sweetness. Definitely a cider acidic component present. Nice bitterness finishing fairly sweet with ginger taste turning into honey. Mouthfeel was a little thin.

A very interesting beer. I liked it for the most part, however, i feel like the ginger overwhelms the more subtle honey flavor. Not sure if i would buy again, but interesting nonetheless.

Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out with no head, a bit foggy apple cider-ish color in appearance. The smell is pretty fruity: apples and grapes mostly. Definitely some spice and malt too. Thin flavors allow it to be wicked sweet. Extra tastes include a touch of honey, citrus and definitely cider. The mouthfeel is weak but this is toward its benefit; definitely very smooth. I feel many might not be sure about this drink, but I must say, this was pretty darn good.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber shared at Southampton. Thanks to BanditBrewingCO for the oddity & the homebrew. :)

Murky, honey pour. Quarter inch of white head. Looks like farmhouse cider.

Smell is strong with ginger & rubbing alcohol. Cider & floral notes in the backdrop.

Taste is crazy potent, tangy ginger cider. Doughy malt. Sharp sweetness. Hard alcohol. Lemon. Yeasty finish. Decent carbonation, but very starchy.

Real flavors save it from a very bare bottom rate, but just way too much of everything. This is Cave Creek Chili, Dixie White Moose level dare stuff.

Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Slight white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. The "beer" is honey golden in color.

s: Hell I don't even know what a braggot is supposed to smell like, but it seems alright. Honeyed applesauce, ginger, cinnamon, and other spices with a light-moderate wave of ethanol.

m: low, smooth carbonation and a medium body

t: Hmmm, pretty wierd. A very light beer with overtones of ginger and fermented cider. Various spices. Something off here, kinda bothers me a bit, maybe needs a cleaner finish.

d: interesting, but it wears after a bit...a touch more complex in both aroma and flavor than my review would indicate (mint julep on the nose?). Must say that that ABV is well hidden. Worth a shot but I could do without another bottle.

from bjohnson for my bombing

Photo of largadeer
1.52/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear golden-amber with a huge white head that dissipates pretty quickly. This was explosively carbonated, making it less than ideal to chug from the bottle. The aroma is a horrendously sweet blend of ginger, honey and pale malt. The taste, unsurprisingly, is also disgustingly sweet and cloying, spicy ginger backed by honey, apples and sweet malt. Did I mention that this is sweet? If not, yeah, this beer is unbelievably sweet. After a night of drinking dry, tannic gueuze, the sweetness of this was intolerable. I don't think I'll be rushing out to try more braggots after this.

Photo of jwc215
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from the brewery!

Pours clouded orange amber with a thin white, creamy, lasting head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of perfume, honey, strong ginger and sour apple. It has a floral touch. I don't care much for the nose.

The taste is sweet - honey - with tart lemon and sour apples and grapes. It is too perfumy for me to really enjoy. The ginger is quite strong. It has some tropical fruitiness that I didn't quite catch much of in the nose. Alcohol shows in the finish.

The feel is a bit thin. Carbonation is light, but not flat.

The drinkability is fine considering I didn't much for the beer as a whole. It's a different braggot, but one that just didn't sit too well with me.

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer, a gift from a friend for computer services rendered. As if he needed to repay, but who am I to refuse offered beverages?

First imperial pint glass pours with a smallish 1/4" short-lived off-white head, which quickly dissipated, fading to a slightly bubbled film. Some lacing over this almost perfectly copper-hued brew. Very fruity aroma, similar to a wine or cider. Taste is of good cider, but not as softened by the honey as I would expect for a braggot, would expect the honey to be more upfront. Mouthfeel gets a bit of a knock for not much carbonation (which maybe more of a style issue, rather than just this brew), and also for the slight lacking of what I would want for honey feel. Don't get me wrong, still very drinkable, just seems like my ideal, which I rate against in my mind would have some more honey character.

<edit> I have upgraded my inital rating a bit, as the brew warms toward room temp, the honey flavor and smoothness becomes more and more apparent. Since this why I dinged it a bit in a couple of categories, I felt the need for an adjustment.

Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Wow, completely flat, just a few bubbles floating on the top probably from the air mixed in on the pour. Super clear golden yellowish brown apple juice color.

N: Some toasty aromas, like baked crust, lots of spices and pumpkin aromas, reminds me alot of some of the pumpkin pie beers of the fall. Cinnamon, nutmeg, nuts, a little sweet honey, apple i think.

T: Bleh, not so great. It's pretty sweet, with some honey flavors. A little bit of syrupy taste. Then sour apple, the not so tasty kind. Lots more spices, a ton of cinnamon, little nutmeg, a bunch of candied ginger, macintosh apple, a slight boozy taste, spicy as in boozy spicy, some acidity, no real malts, hops, or beer like tastes in general to speak of. I knew it was a braggot, and has some mead, apple, ginger, etc, but I was expecting at least some beer form, and some nice tasting mead. If all the flavors were much more subtle, or removed some of them, let them shine their own way, it might be nicer, but all those harsh flavors contrasting each other, just thrown together is not my thing.

M: Medium body with a little thinness, no carbonation to speak of, a Tomme'd bottle.

F: Dries off quite a bit, with the help of the fermented honey. Lingering spices and ginger just dominate the finish for a long time. Some spiciness and the booze makes my tongue feel like I just used mouthwash... for 5 minutes. A bitterness that comes from the ginger I think. Might be nice to have with sushi, but otherwise not my cup of tea.

Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pours a one finger white head that goes quickly to a ring leaving a little lace. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear amber color. Nose is apple cider. Flavor is honey and cider, very smooth, high ABV is hidden, hops in the background. Nice beer but not the usual braggot - not enough body and not as sweet. $6.30 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. Label has ABV at 9.8%.

Photo of eheff
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. We have had a bottle of Slippery Slope in the fridge for a while now, just waiting for a good time to appreciate it, and it was worth the wait! It pours a very interesting color--it is almost rose-colored, and it smells amazing. It actually smells like a ginger-apple crisp that I made last Thanksgiving--sweet, but with a little kick of gingery-spice. The taste is really interesting--it's sweet, but it has enough of a kick to offer some balance. It also has a bit of an alcohol-y aftertaste. It has a really unique taste--it's not like the other braggots I have tried. I would say that it's drinkable--I look forward to having more!

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Think soured Kool-Aid with an alcoholic kick. This will be a difficult beer to evaluate since it doesn't follow the usual rules. First, there isn't much head and subsequently no lace.

The smell is fruity with some sourness. There are many smells I associate with fermented honey and cider. The flavors match this aroma exactly.

If you enjoy cysers or other mead-like beverages, this is a great entry. For something truly different in the beer world, this is an awesome treat. I could not drink this regularly, but its wonderful as a change of pace.

Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy copper and orange color with a wisp of a head. The head falls to a swirling looking surface foam.

Smell: loads of ginger and honey sweetness.

Taste: big ginger flavors, with honey, green grapes, ripe apples, yeast, and candy sweetness. Hints of alcohol bleed through the sweetness. Very different brew here.

Mouthfeel: smooth and a bit oily at the start, smooth and lightly syrupy towards the finish. Long aftertaste of apples, honey, ginger, and alcohol.

Drinkability: this was a bit too sweet for my liking. Interesting flavor components keeps it intreaging for a while. Definitely worth giving this a try since it is a unique style.

Photo of currysage1
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man O' man, wasn't sure what to expect from this one.

From a 22 into a stein, no head what so ever, no lacing, just a faint ring of bubbles.

Smell is interesting, very fruit forward with tons of ginger in there. Definately reminded me and my girlfriend of a hot toddy.

Taste is that of a slightly fizzy hot toddy, black tea, apple cider, honey and ginger.

Although I rated this beer with the Braggot style in mind I did not like it at all. Of course I don't like a hot toddy either. But my girlfriend who loves them also hated this brew. With that in mind I wanted to convey this to everyone, this is a good beer based on the style but obviously I won't be buying this again.

Photo of mikeys01
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber was a 2003 bottle. The intriguing malt/honey/cider beverage known as Slippery Slope pours out a nearly clear amber hue, with no visible head at all and only mild carbonation evident. The aroma is boozy and sweet, with some dark sugary fruit playing in as well. Body is pleasingly medium, no unnecessary weight to this one.

Taste develops and blossoms at it warms towards room temp, tart at first and building to a spicy malt mélange. Sweet honey is present in the finish, as well as a full, tantalizing brandy character. Lots of fruity complexity flows throughout, along with alcoholic warmth to bring you to a land of plum, raisin, bruised apple, and late harvest grapes. Very well constructed and creative “braggot” from the People’s Pint.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, 2003 vintage, aged in barrels for 1 yr

cloudy reddish hazy pour with orange highlights. no head, no lace. pure murk. boozy port nose infused with ginger, body odor and rummy fruitcake. strangely reminiscent of margaritas in the nose. taste surpasses these obstacles and presents a buttery, vanilla bomb. sweet cream ice cream with bourbon sauce topped with the best honey available to man. great dessert flavor finishing tart in a supremely lactic fashion. crazy and wonderful. a good sipper, but very drinkable due to the lack of alcohol sting or thick body. a bizarre concoction for sure, and one with way too many directions, but enjoyable nonetheless. the best thing i've had from the people's pint for sure.

Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know this was a Braggot when I had it, so I am rating it as a Braggot even though I didn't quite like it...

Poured cloudy honey-orange colored with some light foamy head. Nose is spicy and you can tell it's tangy as well. Taste is like apple cider without the appliness, but the slight sweetness, definitive tang, and some ginger dominate. But, I would have expected some stronger flavors. If you're expecting a different style you will be sorely disappointed (but, I suppose, that is true about any beer). Interesting braggot, just not my style.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first braggot. Thanks(?) Shane

Clear amber pour with a thin white head with no retention or lacing. Head recedes to a ring rapidly. Clarity is great.

The nose is pretty much all ginger with some apple cider and honey. A little alcohol heat is apparent as well, and the apple cider character reminds me of a calvados, but good god, the ginger character is just too much.

The palate opens with a ton of ginger, just way too much, and it overpowers the apple cider and honey character. Like a mulled apple cider where someone tripled the ginger needed. While the ginger character is killer, it's just too much and for that reason, i can't give it too high a score.

Decent body, low carbonation and a decent finish, this isn't particularly memorable. Drinkability? Forget about it, I could drink maybe a couple of oz, the rest went down the drain.

Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8 at Bauer. 22oz. bomber from that small brewpub to the west.

Pours a darker amber color, almost that of a dark honeycomb, with an initial half finger white fizzy white head. Dissipation is rather quick but holds nicely around the edges of the glass. Floral hop notes with a distinct spicyness. Excellent honey aromas that are quite subtle with more of a floral characteristic than anything else. Slight hint of mint with cider and apple peel notes as well.

Very refreshing flavors right from the start. Apple cider notes give the beer a subtle but excellent sweetness. Apple peel adds to the body of the cider notes. Leafy mint flavors on the tongue give create a fresh flavor that cleanses the palate. Cider notes are revived in the aftertaste leaving a starchiness on the palate with an apple peel dryness. Honey flavors are present but are definitely undertones and play a nice supporting role to the rest of the notes. Toasted grain notes also play a secondary role and are apparent in the aftertaste. A pretty light bodied braggot that doesn't sport a huge mouthfeel thickness. Very nice and extremely drinkable braggot with a higher abv that goes completely unnoticed. Get this if you can--it's almost too drinkable.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-oz bomber into my Birra Morretti chalice.

A: Poured with 2 fingers of light beige head. Beer itself is a clear and sparkling light amber.

S: The smell of apples and ginger are strong in this one, to the point that it's a bit harsh, even right out of the fridge. If you took a sniff of this you could almost swear it was floor polish. Yikes.

T: Very dry and tart with sharp, champagne-like qualities. Bitter and pungent. Tartness hits the tongue first followed by granny smith apple and an odd medicinal/cleanser sort of a taste with a rocket of ginger and a touch of lingering bitterness.

Gets sweeter and a little less astringent as it warms, but the sweetness is somewhat cloying. Tastes a little like potpourri as it approaches room temp, and the ginger gets a little less rough.

M: Light and very dry. Again, champagne-like.

O: I can't picture this passing muster at a black mass. If you're going to drink it anywhere, do not do it at any satanic ceremonies or goat-based rituals. Might be good when paired with a nice meal, and it becomes more palatable as it warms and the sweetness comes out, but it still isn't something I could see drinking all by its lonesome. Too harsh without something to distract the palate, like the sudden appearance of the man-goat.

This is my first go with a braggot. The cider and ginger overwhelm any other characteristics. Not sure if this is a bad thing or not, but there you are.

(Insert kicking rad pipe organ solo here.)

Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had too many braggot type beers, and this one at 9.8% ABV, is very deceiving. The beer has an orange amber color with an ever so slight bit of haze to it. The nose is sweet malts, honey, and ginger, which is pretty much what you will find in the taste. There is just a bit of a head on the beer, some carbontation, not much lacing.

The beer is a hybrid of sorts, according to the brewer who was pouring at the Menotomy Beer tasting in Arlington, MA this past Sunday. The beer has a definite honeyed sweetness, a slight vinous quality, lots of ginger, but it isn't over the top. The beer has a bit of apple cider and maybe a touch of barley wine. Combine these elements and you have the Slippery Slope Braggot. There is a slight spritzy flavor, maybe a touch of lemon in the body, but I'm convinced that the slight acerbicness of lemon is more the interplay of the honey and the ginger. The beer is fairly light on the tongue and has a very modest aftertaste. This is a change up type of beer and not one I would visit with any regularity.

Photo of HopHead84
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on 11/6/2009 with largadeer and dyan. Largadeer grew tired of small talk so he popped the cap and downed numerous gulps of this Braggot. When he removed the bottle from his mouth, foam shot out of his mouth, his nose, and the bottle. It's safe to say the beer was very carbonated. Masterful opening! It appears dark orange with a 2 finger head. The nose is ginger...ginger...ginger? It reminds me a bit of a ginger cider with nose of Granny Smith apples and a bit of honey. The flavor is sweet honey segueing into an aggressive blast of spicy ginger palate abuse. Eh...too much ginger...and way too much carbonation.

Photo of gfreed
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is certainly an interesting Thing, but also an acquired taste. Attractive, shiny amber color with a hint of haze and bubbles galore. Very little in terms of head. Big blast-- and I mean big-- of ginger and molasses and oranges and ginger in the nose. And more ginger. The body is a bit thicker than I expected given the beer's clarity, and the taste is overwhelmed by ginger. There might have been some oranges in there somewhere, but if so they were pounded into the rafters by the ginger. Like ginger ale? You'll love this. It's fizzy and sweet and... uh... gingery.

The 9+% ABV is quite well hidden. I split a bomber with a friend and so wasn't too wobbly afterwards. If you're attacking this beer solo, drink slowly even though you'll want to suck it back like soda. Otherwise you might be a little Weebly afterwards. I enjoyed it once but I probably won't seek it out again.

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