Pied Piper IPA - The People's Pint

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Pied Piper IPAPied Piper IPA

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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The People's Pint visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Reviews by waughbrew:
Photo of waughbrew
2.12/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Happy to see PP brews in bottles! Found it at Liquor World in Porter Sq. Cambridge, a bomber for 4.45. I am digging the shiny cartoon-like labels. I am not digging, however, the unnotched date code on the side of it. If you've got it, flaunt it, or at least use it. Label says 5.2%alc, which differs significantly from the 6.4 listed here on BA.
The beer pours a very flat, very hazy peach. Miniscule head is kicked up with a vigorous pour and it doesn't stay around for long. That ain't gonna cut it for an IPA. Smells decent - doughy caramel with some peanuts and a thin pinynous protruding. Not enough hop aroma in this, and what is there doesn't smell too fresh. Smells like a Titan IPA that has been open for a week. Flavor isn't bad, but is very bland caramel. Pretty boring, finishes lifelessly.

Overall just not good. Ferment down further, use more hops, especially more dry hops, up the carbonation, and check to see if some oxygen is getting in at bottling time.

Too bad, I have been to PP and enjoyed a few of their offerings. Perhaps they just need some time to get used to bottling. I will drink the brown ale I bought, and no matter what give them another chance in a few months. Good to see another MA brewpub bottling, but you guys can do better than this!

More User Reviews:
Photo of ddean
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'm currently working on a bottle, though I've had this beer more often on tap at the People's Pint. My review matches both forms for the most part.

Amber/copper, hazy. Bottles have some sediment on the bottom, but tap is relatively free of this. Very little foam.

A pleasant hops nose, along with sweet maltiness, but subtle.

Sweet maltiness is the strongest feature. I get a lot of malt and not enough hops for how I think of an American IPA, which tend to be my favorite beers. However, a really interesting feature of the Pipa is the tea flavor others mention: I taste those English black teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast. A little lemon peel, and a rather bitter aftertaste that seems out of place given the relative lack of hops elsewhere.

Velvety smooth. The bitterness lingers long after. Not enough carbonation for my taste.

All these beer snob critiques laid out, this beer goes down very easy, and I find I order a pint or two of it every time I drop by the restaurant and enjoy it each and every time. That tea flavor is particularly nice--It actually works really well with a jar of salty pretzels and Dijon mustard. (Something about salt or a sharp taste like mustard mellow out the bitter aftertaste, I suppose.) I just want more hoppy sharpness, more aroma, citrus, spruce, and less bitterness in my IPAs.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, with "brewed in June '06 " dating on the label, pours typical dark honey almond amber, with a tan head, clear, moderate csrbonation, w/o bubbles rising, minor lacing. Nose is slightly of pine. Malty early with honey, and light caramel, hops are moderate, piney mostly with some resiny qualities. So so IPA, more of just a Pale ale really, lacking much of a hop crunch to add more interest, easy drinking, decent sessioner. Nothing too exciting but worth a try.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro, DesignatedDriver for this surprise...not sure why this one is retired...and why the pic is of their Farmer Brown...oh well, less thinking and more drinking.
Pours a dark, hazy worn copper color w/ a full finger of off-white head...no lacing to be had.
Aroma is very slight...some floral hops w/ just a slight twinge of alcohol. Some malt in there, but not overly sweet...not a bad thing IMO.
Taste is enjoyable...a nice dose of hops, but the malt sweetness wins over the bitterness. If this was just a bit more bitter, it would be a very enjoyable English style IPA...either way, I can find enough positive things about it to make this bomber very easy to imbibe. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is where I enjoy this style.
Looking forward to trying this one on tap Saturday...that is if it is available.

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I'm a bit shocked to see the scores so low for this fine beer. I've only had it once but I was pretty impressed.

It pours an amber color with a generous head. The aroma was very of an East Coast IPA. Living now in Southern California, I'm used to the hop bombs the area is known for. This was not one of those. This had a plenty of malt in the backbone. The balance was quick even. Tastewise too. In a way, this was very refreshing. I drank the whole 22oz. quite easily. It's not terribly complex and it's not terribly creative, but this is a fine East Coast IPA.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a deep, murky amber color with a small, off-white head that is lacy and very sticky.

smells of wet grass, clovers, tangy herbs, mildly meaty, very herbalized with spiciness down deep.

The flavor is very herbal and semi-bitter leafy hops balanced with a mildly sweet, but tangy citric malt flavor. mostly herbal flavor's dominate...no fruitiness, no flower's...mostly green earth.

This is very crisp, light to medium feel, sharp at first, smooth later on.

"angel delight"

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is light orange,m on-tap at the brewpub. C-hop in the aroma. Light orange, there is lots of lace yet its watery. The bitterness of cascade is there, but does not come through boldly. Some sticky malts. Like an IPA of yore, its more like an APA. Hopheads may not get their fix.

Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber for $5 while in Boston and think this is better than a B-. Sure, the beer is undercarbonation and has no head, but it's pretty tasty overall. The hops bring a big, smooth mix of floral and citrus rind flavors and aromas. There's a hint of a nutty malt backbone and a dry bitter finish (though the finish does fall a bit flat. It's not the biggest or most bitter IPA, but it's a fine beer to drink a bomber of solo. It's a little juicy, a little earthy, and all good. Sort of reminds me of a lighter version of Victory Hop Devil.

Photo of Kegatron
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The intial pour is fairly soapy looking. A somewhat clear (although there are some yeasty chunks floating around) coppery amber with a finger of smooth looking off-white head. Retains with a thin, yet frothy look, leaving back some decent lace that sticks a bit. The aroma is fairly light in the nose for an American IPA, being floral and a bit herbal, with a touch of citrus and some thicker sweet malty accents underneath.

The taste is herbal and dirty feeling in the mouth, with a harsh bitterness to it, and a malt presence that just isn't getting the job done. The finish is just really unpleasant, with a astringent and bitter feel to it. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a watery feel in spots, and an overall flat carbonation that doesn't do the flavors any favors.

I'm not sure what happened here (the reviews for this are just all over the place) but this for me, was definitely one of the poorer Craft IPAs that I've had in a while. An unimpressive nose, a muddled and harsh taste, and a weak body made for a tough time getting through the bottle. Not impressed.

Photo of inandon
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - auburn red with a half inch foamy top with a tint of yellow.

Smell - light caramel smell with a bready aroma

Taste - very little hops but lacking the extra kick of flavor. it is medium bodied beer with a malty feel.

Overall it is not a bad beer per say, but it is not anything like what an IPA should taste like. I definitely thought it would be hoppier because the label even says "climb it if you dare".

Photo of edchicma
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with vaery little head..aromatic hops presnt. Smell is citrus, leaning toward grapefruit. Solid hops throughout, nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but flavor throughout makes it very nice. Drinkability is excellent due to lightness and smoothness throughout.

Photo of fitzy84
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Appearance is a murky dark amber-orange with some lacing on the sides and a thin head. Aromas are somewhat weak but has some decent hops and spices. Taste lacks a solid punch and has a somewhat nagging dull, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty good for an IPA, allowing it to have a good carbonation. Overall, not too bad but could have been stronger.

Photo of Sensaray
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark orange almost brown color. Didn't get much of a head but it was off white with big bubbles.

Smells hoppy, like pine and citrus. Bit of caramel sweetness.

Nice spice leads into some tropical and citrus flavors which leads to a crisp bitter close. Some grain flavors in there. Grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and drinkable. The carbonation is iffy here, it kinda throws the whole beer off for me.

Overall, it's a decent ipa.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a recent trade. I had been wanting to try some of the different wares from the brewery so this one suited me just fine. Taken straight out of the fridge and served in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/06/2008.

The pour was decent, light golden amber, with a decent amount of haze added into it. A nice head of about two inches came across the top and settled down reluctantly into a nice pillow of white maybe a quarter inch in height. Some nice carbonation coming up from the bottom and rich side glass lace was apparent.

The aroma was rather light. Some light piney hops were a definite influence here, but rather it was the malt that was the dominant force to be honest. Some bready tones, hints of biscuit and wheat all coming through, but it was rather light and unbalanced to be honest. The flavor was more of the same, it actually started out nice with a good touch of pine resin and some decent notes running through the middle of a nice bready malt. As it warmed though the profile turned south. As it warmed most of the hop flavor faded and left behind a rather dull, malt driven flavor that was just a touch off. Nothing really spectacular here at all. Nice body on it, with a good carbonation profile and a decent amount of feel to it. Easily session able, though the overall flavor was a touch off.

Overall about average for me. There was nothing really standing out about this one to make me say it was really good, but it was not really that bad either. A decent effort, but nothing I would care to repeat.

Photo of jfunkk79
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Cambridge Common.

A: Clear amber, copper.

S: Slightly sweet, citrus hop scent.

T: Not too impressed here, kinda grainy not real balanced on the hop side.

M: Decent mouthfeel making it an easy drinker.

D: Meh, just lacking anything real memorable, not bad overall though.

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hippy pale ale with condescending quips about being environmentally friendly on the 22 ounce bottle. I can support the cause but don't be a dick about it. Drank this brew out of a frosted 16 oz pint glass, poured limp and lacking in effervescents to a cloudy, amber color. Terrific notes of burnt caramel, resin and mild grapefruit . Taste is a pleasant and uncommon blend of tangy grapefruit, caramel and a hint of dark tea. The 5.5% abv is weak for an IPA and I could probably down a few of these. Not a solid beer for a chilly late fall day but ideal for porch drinking outside in the waning days of august summer. As a standard IPA you'd be disappointed , as a quality session style beer it's incredibly drinkable and rewarding.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and hoppy with the sweetness consisting of caramel & citrus and almost over-powering the hops.

T: The flavor starts out with caramelized malt sweetness along with a faint fruity flavor (Hey! Look! I can alliterate.) of citrus. A hops bitterness flavor follows but it's very dull. Although the label of the bottle boasts "For hop lovers out there, this is your beer," I'm really not getting the type of hops presence that would make me think this beer is anything special. The after taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth but not very crisp especially for the style, medium body, very light carbonation which is also uncharacteristic of an American IPA, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little bit tasty, goes down ok, decent kick, not filling at all, but I found it lacking in flavor for a beer of this style. I'd be interested to see how this is on-tap compared to the bottled version, but based on the bottle I just had, I don't think it's a very good beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours copper with a white, swirling thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is caramel with herbal notes - some tea. Smells like an English IPA, though it claims, on the label, to use Cascade hops.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a tea-like herbal spicing. A tangerine/citric bitterness and fruity tartness come out in the finish, though only enough to balance the sweetness.

Rather on the bland side for an American IPA. At 5.1% and being inoffensive it is drinkable. Interesting that the Cascade hop character doesn't really come out the way it should.

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" dense beige head over the orangey amber brew. Vigorous carbonation rejuvenates the head for awhile, with nice frothy lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and citrusy hops, although a little on the sedate side. Taste is discernable malt sweetness, coupled with a substantial and lingering citrus hops character, that reminds you even after you swallow that you've just sipped an IPA, but in a nice way. A tap on the shoulder, not a punch in the head, so to speak. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and a bit overcarbonated, but still very pleasing. Drinkability is good as well. An enjoyable IPA, and although probably not as hoppy as some would like, it works for me. Your milage may vary.

Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reviewed the new bottled version of this beer (see http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/rate_results/231/3545/latest/0/twelvsies/ ) but i wanted to point out that it's much better from the cask at the brew pub. It's really worth going to check it out. This beer isn't even my favorite of thiers, but there are usually 2 or 3 cask beers that are all fantastic. It produces a really smooth yet creamy mouthfeel that makes for a super drinkable brew. Go...

Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed dark amber. couldn't coax too much of a head out of it, but what i did get was just shy of white.
it's got a sort of plastic-y briny aroma, with a little piny hopiness, not as nasty as it sounds, but i was looking for a little more here.
the flavor is citrusy and piney, subtly so. underneath that is some caramel and some lightly fruity honey, then finishing fairly bitter.
a little thin in the mouth and dry, but it suits this fairly subtle beer, making it smooth and drinkable.
a little weak for me personally, but not a bad beer. a little bit of a funky nose though. let this warm up a good deal, at low temperatures, it's a little odd.

Photo of sbauer
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Light, cloudy orange amber.

S: Bland grapefruit, weak aroma.

T: Grapefruit, orange peel, light hops, bitter finish.

M: Weak lace. Medium-light mouth-feel.

D: Light and drinkable. Too bitter for a session beer, but light enough to have a few.

Photo of jlindros
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found this on my last beer excursion at Colonial Spirits in Acton.

A: Even forcing a very hard pours yields a small under-carbonated bubbly head. It's a semi clear reddish-orange-brown color.

N: Some light hop aromas, citrus, grapefruit, a little sweet malt, and some fruity qualities. Not much else to it.

T: Hmm, again not much to it. It has some light malts, light hop flavor, some citrus hops, touch of spicy hops, and some fruit flavors. The biggest thing that stands out is that is seems like it was watered down by a lot. It is extremely light and watery. WTF!

M: Very light watery, almost no carbonation.

F: Finishes a little bitter and spicy, some lingering hop flavors and bitterness, but still pretty light on the finish. This beer is almost as if they took a decent recipe, then brewed it with some old hops, forgot to carbonate it, then added more water to get the abv down and lose the taste. Not impressed at all! I hope the other 3 People's Pint beers are better.

Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from undated notes.

I did not get much more than a finger of soapy ecru head with low retention from my pour. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very piney and even the label mentioned "... brew[ed] with a wall of fresh Cascade hops". Mouthfeel was medium with a decent hops bite on the tongue. Finish was likewise pleasantly hoppy, but nothing to get wildly excited about.

Photo of jdhilt
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is light grapefruit hops. Flavor is grapefruit hops with hints of caramel. Lingering dry, bitter finish. The label has the ABV at 5.7%. $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Pied Piper IPA from The People's Pint
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