Pale Ale
Good People Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,249
Ranked #40,750
3.68 | pDev: 11.14%
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: 36 IBU
Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 237 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/4/19...pours medium gold clear with heavy white foam. Faint fruity nose. Light malt. Opening bitter, heavy at times. Gritty malt below the surface. Very natural. Balanced.

Mar 28, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very attractive gold color of a deeper shade with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt covered in piney, spicy hops.

Flavor is straight up malt forward with a polishing of bright, citrusy, resiney, shining hops. The hop flavor complements the malt and contributes to moving the whole flavor bundle forward. Not a complex group of flavors buy tasty. Finishes clean with a bit of hop firmness lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A very likable ale of the Pale sort with a bit (read noticeable) more malt than I usually get from bog standard IPAs and I think this beer is the better for it.

Jul 05, 2018
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CaveDweller24 from Alabama

4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Usually not a fan of pale ales, but this one changed my mind. I’m a local to the brewery and went to an even and had quite a few of the pale ales. Had a nice head. The hops was good but not over powering. Strong enough to taste even after having a few but not so bitter it was not enjoyable. Highly recommend if you have been displeased with other pale ales but want to give it another shot. Held a good head throughout the entire beer. Medium darkness in color. Medium hoppy with some sweetness.

Jun 05, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, grainy, a touch of white grape

T: Sweet breadyness, grassyness, grainy bitterness up front. More sweet breadyness, a little lemon as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes dry, a little grassy & lemony

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, pretty good balance

Pretty easy to drink, not a great PA, but solid

Mar 28, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can served in a Tervis.
The body is hazy, pale amber. It's topped with a durable, creamy white head that leaves excellent lacing.
Slightly dank and grassy, but more herbal mix of hops. Above average hoppiness for style.

Nov 03, 2017
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L-Typical amber colored beer with a nice hearty head.
S-Sweet citrus and biscuit aromas. Bitterness follows.
T-Hoppy bitterness with an ever so slight sweetness that follows.
F-Thin, crisp mouthfeel thats has a slickness to it.
O-Decent beer from an overall great brewery.

Mar 20, 2017
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good enough APA. Has a little more honey color than most pale ales, so I expected a bolder flavor, but it's a good session beer. Mild in most respects. I rank it in the middle of a Brew Hub flight.

Jan 19, 2017
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jkrich from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 12 oz. can: hazy orange-honey hue with a sizeable, fully white head (perhaps a little too foamy and fluffy as the ale gushed out when opening the can.

The aroma was somewhat muted citrus.

This is a middle of the road pale ale with some fruity hop bitterness mixed with a nice malt backbone; no flavor really stands out, and I don't know the age of this ale to determine if it is bruised with age. The mouthfeel is clean and slick with some faint bitterness lingering on the palate.

The ale is good enough to warrant trying again later, it just does not really stand out in a crowded market of pales ales and IPAs.

Dec 18, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale (obviously) and crystal clear like golden yellow with active bubbles stemming from the bottom of the glass and a finger of bubbly foam.

Freshly toasted grains, a bit of citrus pith, and a slightly corny sweetness.

Citrus fruits of orange and lemon play about, but are held in check by the slight corn sweetness and biscuity malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, balanced, easy drinking.

Overall, I just happened to get this on draft while on a road trip through the Southeast US and while I'm not the biggest fan, it was certainly a well balanced and easy (too easy) drinking beer. This would be a fantastic beer for a day of fishing.

Nov 25, 2016
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head, warm amber gold color unremarkable
S: sweet biscuit notes with hints of citrus
T: biscuit and citrus (orange), the citrus is more prominent here, a subtle bitterness manifests as the beer opens up as well as touches of lemon
M: sticky
O: a decent beer, pleasant, the biscuit and orange works better than one would expect

Aug 17, 2016
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in draft at Mellow Mushroom Knoxville. A solid APA. Nice aroma, good flavor. It is certainly more fruity and floral than citrus or pine. Nice balance of hops and malt. Pretty clean finish and a very easy drinker. My first taste of good people and it's good stuff.

Jun 08, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is a light malt flavor with some citrus. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Dec 30, 2015
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josephandbrown from Oregon

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Draft pour into what appears to be a type of Pilsner glass.

Good People's pale pours pretty cloudy, with a kind of muddy golden color. It has a pretty weak aroma, with just a hint of the malt and hop character. Fortunately, the taste and feel are much better than the look and smell. There are some really nice citrus notes and a subtle malt that shows mostly in the aftertaste. It has what I consider a perfect level of carbonation for the style, and leaves a nice flavor in my mouth. Overall, a solid pale that could be strengthened with some filtering and a little more aroma hops.

Dec 29, 2015
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy golden orange. One finger, white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S- Light malts and some sweetness. Maybe some pilsener in there?

T- A great sessionable beer that would be great anytime but especially on a hot day.

M- Perfect carb and slightly slick.

D- Super Crushable!

Nov 17, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always like to try local beers when I’m traveling and I’m glad to see so many new choices in Alabama.

I had this one at World of Beer in Birmingham. As with most ‘standard’ beers at this bar, it is served in a shaker. The beer is a light copper with dense off white head.

It has an aroma of milled grains, a bit of ripe Apple and floral hops.

The taste is slightly fruity and floral. Caramel malts and riper Apple in the finish. There is something a bit metallic mid glass.

The mouth is a bit light but works for a hot weather Pale Ale.

Sep 23, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a dash of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam; not too bad!

Smell: grainy malt with a dash of sweetness and a bit of hop character. It's OK.

Taste: like the aroma, quite grainy with a bit of sweet malt and a light dose of earthy, perhaps noble hops. Bitterness starts off slow but grows on the palate. It's decent, but doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: the cumulative bitterness is a bit harsh on this one, which negatively impacts drinkability. That said, if that type of thing doesn't bother you, then this might be a perfectly decent pale ale for you.

Aug 16, 2015
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet and juicy orange, some tea, and biscuit. Not a "big" aroma but it definitely entices me. Flavor is bready, tea, orange peal and pine. Moderate bitterness for the style. Medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice sessionable, every-day pale ale. Will drink again.

Jun 01, 2015
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HoppySailor from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a short whiskey glass, which was the only glass offered in the Birmingham airport this day. No date visible anywhere on the can.

A- Pours a bright copper, slightly hazy with a nice, off white head that fell off quickly leaving thick lacing. Just a topping of head sticks around. Otherwise looks like I poured a Bud.

S- Faint smell of malt, no hop nose. Almost smells like an empty American lager can.

T- Biting bitterness one would normally assign to an IPA. Very tender, almost not discernible malt profile on this finish. The finish kicks in with more hoppy bitterness that lingers between swallows. If this thing had any aroma at all it would be a home run in the IPA world, but as it is, I find it an over-bitter APA with no pleasing malt finish.

M- Almost perfect body. Soft carb burn persists through the swallow and is immediately replaced by silky oil on the tongue. This is the best trait of this brew.

Overall- Alabama isn't known for great beer brewing, but the industry is starting to make some headway, especially in Birmingham. I think the folks at GoodPeople Brewing have the right idea, but, at least on this one, have some confusion about which styles should have which features. It's a tasty brew with great a terrific hop profile, and it is gorgeous in the glass. But it's not really an American Pale Ale, in the true sense of that style. I'd buy it again, but I'd really like for these folks to use this as a base for a future DIPA. Above average for Alabama, just below par anywhere else.

Sep 22, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Pale Ale from Good People is a good beer. It poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is faint, not much happening. The taste is mostly bitter from start to finish. There is slight malt presence and perhaps some bitter citrus. The m outhfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable beverage.

Aug 05, 2014
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MWilcox20 from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale ales are always hit or miss for me, but I thought this one was hit out if the park! It provides the perfect amount of hops to be pleasurable and tasty but still remains true to the apa style.

Appearance: Hazy/Unfiltered, Golden Corn

Nose: Good waft of hops and a hint of citrus

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation

Taste: Enough hops to remain pleasurable to the hop heads while still remaining true to the style

Overall: One of the best apas Ive ever had. Good People does it right

Jun 27, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No can date, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden color with some orange hue, creamy one-finger white head that has great retention long after the pour

S- earthy hop with a touch of pine, slightly metallic aroma

T- moderate piney hops up front with some flowery notes, toasted malt with a hint of bready flavor mid-palate, leading to a dry finish with more pine in he linger

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry and crisp finish, good drinkability

O- easy drinking and non-offensive, good pale

Jun 18, 2014
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FanofHefe from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever just have a big craving for beer and pizza? On business in Birmingham and looked up the closest good pizza joint that had good reviews and just HOPED they had a good beer to go along.

Lucked out. This is a solid local pale ale. Unfortunately served in a frosted mug but solid head and good lacing over a light yellow body. Light aroma of pine and grassy hops with touch of caramel malt. The flavor is true to the aroma with just enough hop bite to make it pleasant.

Overall, very happy with this beer and would have it again.

May 22, 2014
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Goosehunter75 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden color with a 2 finger bubbly head. This beer is bubbly!

S - Nice hoppy aroma. Lots of pine sap and grass. Actually smells more like an IPA to me! There is a very faint citrus aroma as well

T - Not nearly as hoppy as the aroma. It has a good solid malty backbone. The hops are the same as the aroma. Mainly pine sap and grass

M - Very slick in the mouth. It finishes dry with a very slight burn

O - Good solid pale ale.Nothing special but very drinkable

Apr 25, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Sweet, finally can check Alabama off of my states.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice barely hazy darker gold hue with a half finger white head that faded to leave a thin white blanket and a fluffier halo.

S - Aromas are rather adjunct like. I get a lot of stale bread on the nose. Like, taking a deep whiff of a thing of unseasoned bread crumbs. Really biscuity with super, super faint hops.

T - Taste is thankfully better than the nose. The super bready factors are still there , but atleast there is some nice lightly piney mostly grapefruit hops on the finish which is clean and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated though slightly watery.

O - Overall, I've had much, much better APAs. Its actually not that bad if you ignore how poor the nose was.

Jan 16, 2014
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AUGRAD06 from Alabama

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my favorite Pale Ales on the market. I love Good People and I've had this beer in cans and on tap. It's good in the can and great on tap. Wonderful light color with light flavor. A great beer on a hot day when you want something to bring your taste buds to life.

Jan 13, 2014
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