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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
36 IBU

Added by ddarden on 07-11-2008

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 194
Photo of AgentMunky
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass that looks suspiciously smaller than a pint.

A: Murky amber-orange. Hazy, with no head or lacing.

S: Faint hops. Some citrus. Very subdued.

T: Watery-bitter with an attempt at a hoppy character. The hops are weak, but I suspect intentionally so. The aftertaste is grainy with a bitter kick. I don't really like it.

M: Carbonated with an understated hop astringency. Nice.

D: An okay beer, but too weak/underdeveloped for my taste. Recommended with spicy food.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served on-tap at The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a light sunshine yellow sort of color, a pretty typical shade for an APA. Less head than I was expecting, though that is likely the fault of the bartender. One finger of blinding white head, adequate lacing. This looks pretty indistinguishable from most other APAs.

The aroma, too, is average for the style. Some grapefruit hops, a kiss of pine, and some dominant sweet malt. Think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, only with more malt sweetness. The same goes for the taste. That almost honey-sweet malt profile really stands out despite what I'd say is an amount of hops that is above average for the style. It's not a bad thing, this malt flavor, but it isn't a good thing either.

The mouthfeel on Good People Pale Ale is its best quality. A just-right level of carbonation makes the beer refreshing, while retaining a certain degree of hop slickness. Overall, this is a very average APA. It's certainly drinkable and it's nothing to scoff at. A fine introductory-level craft beer from a brewery capable of making beers that score in the A range (Snakehandler and COS, namely).

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Photo of rudzud
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ddarden
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had my first pint of Good People's new Pale Ale that just hit the market. I believe it is going to be strickly a draft offering and it will be year round. I have high hopes for this new and only brewery in Birmingham. It appearance is golden and had a white head that fell very quickly. The carbonation was very low, but I am not sure if that was due to the draft system or the beer itself. I guess the beer is very fresh because this just arrived on the market 5 days prior. The smell was not overwhelming. It had a wisp of cascade hopes, but not very floral or much citrus. A small amount of malt came through. The beer itself tasted like a very average pale ale. I was a little disappointed that did not shine in any of the malt or hop areas. Just average. The mouthfell was not great due to the low carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer due to it's average profile.

I would love to see Good People kick this beer up a notch because the market it flooded with decent pale ales. I believe for them to suceed, they will need to create something a little more unique and creative. I will continue to drink their beer to give them support. I am looking forward to the Brown Ale and hopefully rotating seasonals.

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Photo of hangh
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber beer that has a very fine head that clings very well to the glass. The had dissapates a little too quickly but it is a nice looking beer
S- The smell is somewhat mixed fruit. I couldn't pin it down but there were several smells at work there. It was pleasant but not remarkable.
T- The beer had a nice taste to it. There were definitely many fruity tastes in it with a dominant citrus flavor. Bitter aftertaste that has some spice flavor
MF- a lightly carbonated beer with a spicy aftertaste. Very crisp though
D- Decent drinkability, a little hoppy for my taste but still a good beer

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Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I'd never heard of that I tried in Birmingham. Definitely a solid pale ale. Nice slightly hazy yellow straw color, with fluffy white head. Smell is floral hops. Taste is more floral hops, a bit of spiciness, maybe some pine. Pleasant. Average or slightly better mouthfeel. Overall nice beer.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So excited to see some Good People beers in the Nashville market

A - Perfect lacy head. Clear amber hue

S - Yeast, flint, peppery, vegetal but not earthy

T - Mineraly acridness. Good hop/yeast/malt balane, but the bitterness is a little toothpaste like or carbolic.

M - Nice and active carbonation, light body, very drinkable and refreshing

I think this is a solid example of a session, and can't wait to grab some and head to the fuckin lake!

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

Had this on tap at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. Served into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow that was crystal clear. Had some decent carbonation bubbles in the beer. Poured a nice white head a little more than an inch thick, had some decent retention but no real lacing to speak of.

S: Smell was a bit floral and sweet. The hops were coming through, but there was still a sweetness from the malt that cut it just a bit. There was a touch of spice, but nothing serious.

T: Taste is about like the smell. Flowery hops and a bit of sweet malt. There is a touch of malt going on here and maybe a touch of clove spiciness. Not too bad.

M: This was light to medium body, with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Finishes pretty clean and crisp.

D: Not bad to tell you the truth. For an upstart brewery, pretty good. No real bitterness to speak of but still a solid APA because it doesn't need crazy hop presence to stand as an APA. If they bottled it, I would drink it. Great summer session for sure. The carbonation problems previous reviews mentioned were not present in my pour and I think it may have been a problem with the facility that had been rectified.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The coloring is a little less coppery than the IPA and a whole lot more filtered. The head was like the meringue of a pie with an intense height and a lightly knit knit cluster of bubbles.

The aromas are appropriate with a more malt based structure. The hops tend towards to the floral but it's not particularly piney.

The flavors follow suit with a malt based taste and a light hoppiness. The hop characteristic is a little piney but it has a good hop cone earthiness. The malt is more caramel malt without the real sweetness.

The feel tends to a higher than moderate carbonation but it has little of the metallic tinnieness of some Pale Ales.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale orange-amber body under an inch of thick, frothy off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: All hops, with a mixture of spicy, herbal, and piney notes. Simple and enjoyable.

T: More balanced here, with some lightly sweet, biscuity malt joining the spicy, piney hops. Fruitiness toward the back end, and a cleanly bitter aftertaste. Straightforward; good.

M: Fairly lively carbonation in a medium body. Pleasant.

O: Really good APA, and a nice refreshing choice to find in a can. It's not as exciting as some other GPBC beers, but it made a great companion on an Alabama disc golf course.


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Photo of sommersb
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-28-2013
Freshness: Canned 01-31-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Star Market, Huntsville AL

A: Nice sized head sites on a copper-colored beer that is clear and bright on the first pour and then has some haze on the final pour. Excellent head retention but not much in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas have a pale malt bready sweetness plus grassy hop smells, but are overall not very strong.

T: Pretty dry beer with the bitterness of the piney hops being the dominant flavor. The bittering seems spot-on for this American pale ale.

M: Body is medium and carbonation hits the high end of the spectrum. The finish is hoppy and dry, but the malts show up to bring about some balance.

O: Overall a no-frills and tasty pale ale from my home state.

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Photo of denver10
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can -> snifter

A - pours up a very clear medium gold with a soapy two finger head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - overwhelming pine with bready notes

T - a little out of balance with the bitter outweighing the sweet. Flavors detected are grapefruit, rye, caramel, and oranges

M - good carbonation, but a bit of a faint unpleasant aftertaste

O - not a world changer, but a solid offering, easy to drink.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

Had some on draft at both the J Clyde and the 5 Points Grill. The pint at the J Clyde was not nearly as good as at the 5 Points Grill, due to problems with the carbonation system at the JC. When you have the Pale Ale properly carbonated it is a very tasty beverage indeed - enough to convince me, someone who is not a fan of the style, to have several pints of this in one sitting :)

Smells sweetly floral, hops are the dominant but not dominating flavour, very well balanced taste.

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