IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
64 IBU

Copper in color with herbal and earthy hops being most prevalent. Light caramel flavors balance out this unique ale. Hop lovers will enjoy this unfiltered, dry-hopped IPA.

Added by Bonhoeffer on 09-03-2008

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Photo of sepharious
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To can or not to can? That is indeed no question when it comes to Good People. The long awaited debut of GP in cans has been met with solid enthusiasm from the public; and with good reason. As any of you beer geeks know, modern cans offer a fantastic medium for beer transmission. Good People have utilized this to great effect for their IPA and Brown Ale beers. This can delivers crisp, clean, hoppy awesomeness with every sip. Recently I suffered a horrendous kitchen accident and spent hours in the ER getting stitched up. Upon my exit, the first stop I made on the way home was a six-pack of IPA goodness to sooth my jangled nerves. Soaking in a luxurious bath, I enjoyed a cool (NOT COLD!) IPA, which possessed better bubbles than the water I was in. The hoppy aromatherapy was just the ticket to shake the trauma from my mind. The citrusy, fruity taste danced on my tongue with the well-balanced malty sugars and then departed quickly leaving a pleasant memory where they had been. I suggest this beer for anyone, whether having a bad day or not, as a means of mental stabilization. Enjoy, beer drinkers. :)

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Photo of dcstish
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a very tasty brew from the local area I grew up in. Very proud of these Alabama boys and the progress they have made. It has a very smoothe hoppy flavor. The packaging is 100% recyclable which is a bonus and unusual to see. Definitely stands out on the shelf, and in the fridge. Great flavor, great appearance, great packaging, great everything.

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Photo of nashvillefil
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA! From Alabama? Who ever heard of a good beer from Alabama? Only from Good People brewery!

Reminds me of sweetwater ipa, very happy but not a crazy 8% alcohol.

Smells great, tastes great, suggested by the bartender who makes a living on tips. Give it a try.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a good tasting beer. It smells great and has a hearty bitterness that feels perfect.
I had heard an interview with Good People reps on the Beer Guys Radio show and ran out to Ale Yeah Decatur as soon as I had found out some of their product had landed here in Atlanta. It lives up to the expectations.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I finally got a crack at this beer after my friends from TN and AL have been bragging on this beer for months. You would have thought this was the best thing since sliced bread. Did it live up to the hype? Drumroll, please.

Copper reddish color. Thick, creamy, chunky head. Lacing. Oh the lacing!

Smells dreamy. Malty, pine, yeast, fruits. Everything quite balanced.

Tastes like it smells. So no surprises. But that wasn't a bad thing. In fact, it was good. Very good.

Feel was darn near perfect for an American IPA. Medium bodied.

Overall, yes, it lived up to the hype. It was a very good experience. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite IPA so far. Pair it with anything or pair it with nothing. Always good! It has a bittersweet smell and a very bitter taste. You can really taste the hops! Whatever they do to make this beer, its working! The sweet forward flavor and the biiter bite of an aftertaste are great!

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Photo of McMatt
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is very green with a slight citrus.

It’s green on the front with that piney, grassy presence and a nice grapefruit/citrus mix in there as well to give it just a slight sweetness under all that green forwardness. The malty balance brings a dryness but you still get the full force of the hops on the backside. It's not an overly bitter finish, but it's there with the malts.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Very smooth to drink.

Overall I really like this IPA, I feel it's one of the better IPAs from Alabama breweries. It leans to the green side of IPAs, which I prefer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at Good People Brewing. Great people! Great beer. The appearance is an orange copper color, with a medium sized white head. The aroma was of hops and pine in the beginning and ending with some citrus. The flavor matched the aroma.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can gifted from co-worker and his wife. Thanks E & N!.

Poured into a stein, formed a 3/4" orangey beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fizzes away at a reasonable pace, with leggy but minimal lace. Aroma is pretty intense citrus and pine.

Taste is sweet to start, juicy citrus in the middle, pine bitter bite through the close, with lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. Happy with this first offering tried from Good People.

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Photo of BenSelf
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reviewed this beer before, after having it on tap. I think it holds up remarkably well in the can, especially since it's been neither filtered nor pasteurized. Carbonation level is solid; it's not very hard to coax a creamy, beige head from the pour. Keeping a beer in primo condition from canning line to the shelf can be dicey considering all the different temperatures it sees on the way there. However, I don't detect any oxidized hops in the can I pulled off of a room temp shelf. It's still as spicy and dank as ever.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with a white head, lots of carbonation.

S: Lots of mango, peach and fresh orange in the nose.

T: Lots of fresh orange, some mango, peach. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: A delicious IPA. I wish they distributed to California, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is solid across the board. Most world-class IPAs are at least a little over 6% ABV, meaning we don't get them in AL. Thus we are limited to a very tiny selection of IPAs here, many of them exceedingly average or worse.

So i enthusiastically welcome the release of Good People IPA. It's only been available for about a week now, at a tiny handful of establishments. But it's absolutely worth seeking out. It's packed with hoppy goodness. I've been told the most prominent hop in this one is Willamette, with at least one other not being mentioned.

It's a beautiful copper color with a thick creamy head. The smell is a somewhat restrained floral hoppyness. And the taste follows through with a very potent floral punch, backed by a light caramel maltiness. This contrasts markedly with many American IPAs which are so heavy with pine and citrus notes. Honestly, in many ways this reminds me of an English IPA in terms of flavor characteristics, but with much more (typically American) intensity. Much more bitter and in your face, which is exactly what i look for in an IPA, my favorite style.

Wouldn't score high on drinkability with many Alabama residents who have little to no exposure to great American IPAs, but i had two of these and could easily have kept going.

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Photo of Ducttape
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer while traveling through Alabama. Who would've thought it, this is an oustanding beer. I was really impressed with the balance on this beer. Poured a slightly opaque orange to amber. Willamette hops really shine in this beer. Also really like the retro feel of the can. Can't wait to try other Good People offerings in the future.

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Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An easy drinking brew. Great for a hot summer day in 'Bama. A solid IPA. Love the cans.

Pours a nice deep amber with full, white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving some good sticky lacing.

Good pine, grassy notes in the nose. Slight biscuit undertones. Alcohol well-incorporated.

Nice pine and floral hop presence. Good bitterness in the finish. This is definitely an IPA. Strong enough malt presence to really balance out the beer nicely. Good carbonation. Nice and crisp.

This hopster leaves your mouth nice and dry and ready for more. A solid medium body.

This is my go to brew for anything to be done outside. Delicious and refreshing. Handy in a can.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange and slightly hazy. Minimum carbonation. Small head but a strong one with some lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops and piney resin. Some caramel malt. Honey. Not a huge aroma coming from it but it smells good.

T: Very refreshing taste. Very crisp and well balanced. One of the less resiny/bitter American IPAs I’ve tried but it is delicious. Fair amount of caramel toasted malt and honey comes through. No bad aftertaste.

M: Light body but not watery. I was expecting to want more carbonation but it was a great amount and gave the beer a very refreshing character.

O: Very drinkable. A session beer.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised this wasn't higher - this was the hidden gem I didn't expect during a recent golf trip to 'Bama.
L - clear amber with a solid head that dissipates just a tad faster than I'd want. But if you're drinking it out of the can - that's kind of irrelevant, which I did 3 of the 5 times I had this.
S - Flora, pine and a bit of citrus
T - same as the smell, but it's got a muted bitterness that I really like
F - loved the mouthfeel - the right level of thickness
O - great beer, glad I had it 5 times on my trip!

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Photo of bramsdell
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can to an imperial pint glass.

A: Look good. I shook the can a bit removing it from the 6er, and so the head was enormous. However, as that huge head receded, the retention was amazing. Honestly, I have never seen a regular IPA hold the sides of the glass like this. I wish I could upload a picture.

S: Rather prominent hop notes in the nose. A lot of hoppiness and bitterness to the smell of this beer. Smells like the average decent IPA.

T: Dang, this is tasty. I tend to dig more well-balanced IPAs, and this surely is one. Yes, the hops are immediately present. A spicy and piney flavor is the first to hit. However, the who palate is satisfied, as there is a big malt back to this beer. If you are looking for a pure hop-bomb, this might not be it, but it is most certainly a great, drinkable, well-balanced IPA. I've had it out of the can, as well, and can say that the taste is a bit muted (as to be expected), but still great.

M: Feels much bigger than it should, in the best way possible. If you let it sit in the mouth, the beer is full and rich. However, this brew is also extremely drinkable, and is much lighter in body than the initial taste would suggest.

O: A great beer. Truly a great beer. First, it comes in cans, which is a nice change of pace. Second, it is so well balanced that it can be enjoyed from the can or a large glass. Thirdly, this could very easily become an everyday beer. Fourth, it's local to me, which only makes it better.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a lumpy butter cream heat that last and sticks to the glass. There is a big carbonation of bubbles that pop off the bottom and push to the surface.

S- The green slightly dank citrus hops are juicy with a woody character coming through as it opens. There are some caramel malt smells coming through as the beer opens in the finish.

T- The big green citrus orange hops have a gentle sweetness to it with the hops grown all the way to the finish. There is a nice pungency hop flavor that lingers with just a bit of bitterness, and some biscuit malt hints come through in the after taste aswell. As the beer warms there is a fresh pale malt flavor with some chalk notes under the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a big full bodied IPA that has nice depth and some good malt support pushing through as the beer opens. It is very drinkable and thanks to coldchill for sending this to me.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a BBQ place. Light bodied without being watery and a very nice, fresh hops flavor with distinct citrus notes. A little light on the hopping to qualify as an IPA for me - more of a well-hopped pale ale, but overall a very enjoyable brew. Well crafted.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time to have this one from a can. Six pack purchased at Whole Foods.

A - an oily looking orange/copper color. Generous white fluffy head that thins out and leaves solid lacing down my tulip glass.

S - smells fresh. Pine dominates but citrus aromas are pleasantly there as well.

T - a hop forward beer with slight caramel malt flavors providing a bit of balance. Pine, citrus, earthy hop flavors are present in big numbers.

M - nice prickling carbonation and an appropriately bodied IPA. Not too thin yet not too big.

O - very nice to drink. Could session any time.

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Photo of Brackh
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange pour with a good head. Piney and citrus smell. Good and bitter all the way through. Very simple. Nice for what it is. A solid drinking IPA.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey-orange color with two fingers of head that fades to a wispy white lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus and sweet malts. Very citrusy orange grapefruit, almost tropical, with a piney bitterness in the finish. well balanced by the chewy malts.
I really like this, very drinkable. i like this almost as much as some of my favorites, including IPAs from Surly, Ska, and Lawsons.

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aaah, the long-awaited can of GPBC IPA. This beer doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. No over-the-top hops. No massive citrus flavors. No crazy IBU, ABV, or fancy name. Just "IPA." I love that.
The beer pours auburn with a fluffy white head. Initially, I get a whiff of oranges that hides for the rest of my session. Where the citrus disappears, I get post-rain pine forest aromas. There is something else in there too, like banana peels. The hops play nicely against the alcohol, which agrees to play nicely with you. . . for the time being.
Once in your mouth the hops are less friendly. They are herbal up front and linger with a nice bitterness that hangs around, reminding you to take another sip. If I were to use one word to describe this beer it would be balance. Again, I find that refreshing. While Willamette might not be my first choice for a flagship IPA, GPBC certainly maximized the drinkability with this one. A perfect choice for the can. I wouldn't hesitate to grab a sixer for a day at the pool, beach, or anywhere else a beer is appreciated but a bottle is not.

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Photo of Briarscratch
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this IPA at the Brooers Festival Tent at Bonnaroo. I didn't take notes or anything just picked it up out of curiosity and it was DELICIOUS. The craft beers were 6 and 7 dollars so I couldn't afford to try very many but from what I can rememeber this IPA had a very crisp piney hop flavor and a lingering finsish with a strong sticky head. And it was very cold and refreshing on that warm bonnaroo evening. I believe I drank it while gettin down to Galactic. Good times. Oh and I got a sticker from Good People.

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Photo of TapeDeck
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer after 2011 Dark Lord. Pestering people to trade Chicago locals for anything we don't get, I took this extremely generic looking can gladly. It was memorable.

Fast forward almost a year, and I'm contacted by a BA looking to get some Daisy Cutter, and I find myself flush with Good People beer.

This can was stored briefly in the 55-60 degree range.
Transferred to the fridge for an hour.
Cracked, and poured into a large tulip.

My experience of Good People IPA and Snake Handler has been that the beer is borderline over-carbed. Not o the extent that there's something wrong, but that it produces more than 3 fingers of stiff, retentive foam. Drinking slowly through an hour long tv program, my glass is covered in suds, and the top of the small amount left in the glass is itself completely shrouded in lacing.
The beer itself looks like most IPA options. Perhaps a little more amber than some.

Bearing in mind that this is a traditional American IPA, it's not intensely aromatic. You can smell it without lifting your glass, but it's not like any of the more extreme DIPA or IIPA options out there.
A floral hoppy aroma, not the intense pine needles and cat pee we all love, but it has it where it counts. Totally appropriate for the style.

The taste is fantastic and refreshing. This is worth having. Don't look past the generic can! It's plenty hoppy, but a little different. I'm told it's primarily Willamette as a bittering hop, which isn't entirely usual for the style. A bit of extra malty caramel taste, but not particularly sweet.

It's a smooth mouthfeel, a little boozy, and the beer holds its carbonation just fine.

Overall, I'd suggest this as a totally worthy IPA. Remember, if you're after an extreme beer, go get an extreme beer. Keeping intents in mind while drinking, this is quite good, andi will seek out more when I run out.

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