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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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
1.94/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 12oz can to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11
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A: Rustic amber. 1.25 finger head on a standard pour. Minimal lacing.

S: Rust Belt barley and grain. Cheap grain at that. Some earthy hop notes shine through, but it's not looking good.

T: Blech - what a dissapointment. It's one note bitter, masking the low cost grain bill that's all over this mistake. It's feels like they dry hopped the shit out of this to cover the use of garbage wort. This lacks anything resembling balance. Dissapointment in a can.

M: Meh. It's a bit too bubbly and thin for my liking.

O: The people at Good People have done the good folks of Alabama a disservice, as they are presenting them with a sub-par product. They must assume that the local craft nuts will drink local, so who cares if we use quality ingredients, and actually promote flavor and complexity? Look, for all I know this could cost more to make then most barrel aged so-and-so's, though I highly doubt it. One taste of this (so-called) IPA and you too will realize that this bastardization is nothing more then a "crafty" cash grab.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear gold with white head. Smell is generic with bitter hops that are quite faint. The taste is meh. Some grassy hop character, stale malts, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. This drinks like a macro with a tinge of hops. Not a fan.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light clear amber with a massive foamy 3 finger head even without an aggressive pour.

Really struggling to pick up much on the nose at all. Maybe a bit of citrus, bit of pine.

Starts off with a bit of herbal hop flavor. A little breadiness in the middle and finishes with an unpleasant astringent earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a touch light for the style especially considering the deep color. Carbonation level is medium-high.

Mediocre beer, but it does come in a can so that's a plus! This kind of tastes like some of my early uneducated homebrew experiments. Not much aroma, very one dimensional un-complex beer with astringency.

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Photo of Crass3000
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

notes from 12/29/2011

4/5 Pours out a nice dark orange with a great white, two-finger head with great retention.

2/5 Smell is really malty upfront. Way more malt in the nose than hops yet the malt isn't very sweet - just a little. In the back there is a little piny hops but its hard to find.

2.5/5 Taste is also very malty upfront and definately sweet caramel. However the sweetness is offset pretty well with some pine from the hops. Basically no citrus, lot's of sweet malt, and quite a bit of piny bitterness which balances to some degree. Not a great beer but not too bad either.

3.5/4 Mouthfeel is medium and nice for the style.

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Photo of NODAK
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma here has a resinous, grassy, perhaps pine tree hoppiness to it, with a small sweet malt smell poking through after it has opened up.

The taste has an initial good punch of herbal hops, perhaps a bit grassy....with a caramel backbone that is certainly present in the middle part of the swallow. Bitterness is quite medicinal and lingering on the backend and puckers my tongue a bit...not sure if I'd classify that as pleasant.

American IPA is one of the most crowded styles in craft beer, so one like this just isn't one I'm going to fall back on very often. I didn't find the hop character or finish to be to my liking.

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Photo of Shmota
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I traded for this beer at Dark Lord Day 2011. I was actually a little disappointed since I thought that its overall rating was higher than my actual opinion of it.
It poured a very dark orangish brown with a wonderful thick head that laced the glass all the way down.
Smell was a little pine but did not really stand out like most IPA's
Taste was also very mild for an IPA Not bad, just Mild for its category.
Good mouthfeel

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Photo of Reaper16
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a orange-copper color. 1.5 fingers of eggshell colored head. It looks like an IPA is supposed to look. No flaws, but nothing exceptional.

Good People IPA has a nose dominated by green, bitter hops. It smells grassy and vegetal on the whole. There's some citrus here -- orange mostly -- but the hops are not the lush American kind that I prefer. There's probably some Cascade here, even though it isn't that grapefruity. The malts are sweet biscuit in nature. Pretty average stuff.

The flavor is also average, though it might be a stretch to call this an American IPA. This is something of an aggressive English IPA. It's malt profile and the flavor of the hops strike me as having much more in common with English IPAs than American ones. This isn't packed full of crystal malts, for one. And the hops just aren't the fruity kind you expect from an American hoppy beer. Good People IPA is all oily, bitter, and green as far as its hop bill goes. With nominal malt sweetness that doesn't counteract the bitterness (which is somewhat unfortunate, in this case). It's like an extreme English IPA, but not as balanced or tasty as, say, Three Floyds Blackbeard.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light sweetness. Again, pretty standard-issue. Overall, this is a perfectly average IPA. I don't know why Good People is making this a year-round canned beer and not their far-superior Hitchhiker IPA. Too underwhelming to excite beer nerds, but too bitter and green to convert many newbies to the world of IPAs.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Reaper16 for the extra!

A- Slightly hazy amber body with a thick fluffy off-white head.

S- Hops are noticeable, but not dominate. Pine, some citrus, along with a bready malt aroma.

T- Hops do not stand out, malt is very noticeable and the alcohol comes through way too much for a 7% beer.

M- Has a sharp bite, along with high carbonation levels.

O- I appreciate both hop-forward and balanced IPAs, but this one does not really fit into either. Not a good IPA.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from burg. Thanks for the Bama tick! Pours hazy copper colored with a one finger white head. Aroma is orange peel, mango, grapefruit, big caramel malts. Flavor is lots of orange notes, some bitter grapefruit finish, big bready malts. Hops seem a little stale here. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Below average IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, a bit of citrus. Taste is plenty hoppy, a bit to much so for my liking, not much in the way of balance. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth. Overall not a bad beer, but a bit hop heavy for me.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 12oz can.

A - Pours a nice strong hazy dark orange color with some slight amber hints. a nice frothy and soapy head is present with some nice sticky lacing to it.

S - Nice dank and sticky pine notes as well as some slight citrus notes. SOme nice grapefruit rind mixed in with the resin. There is some nice biscuit malt present in the nose as well. There is some nice fresh grassy notes to the nose. Quite delicious.

T & M - Taste starts out with some fresh dank pine notes. Some slight fresh pine notes and a bit of a stickiness to it. There is some good bitterness to the beer from the initial boil. There is some slight bready notes to the beer but its a bit one dimensional. Not my favorite IPA. Could be a bit more well rounded.

O - This beer was a nice solid try and I do love canned beers. Especially IPAs but this beer lacked a little bit of character.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap.

S: Grains, citrus and some tropical fruit

T: Has a light grapefruit, orange peel upfront followed by a grassy and hop bitterness that dominates the rest of the beer. Bready malts, hints of caramel.

M: Easy drinking but the flavor lacks as the hops take over and the mouthfeel is a bit thin

O: Good to average but not one I would go seeking by any means.

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Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color capped by a two-fingered head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Toffee dominates the aroma, with herbal and grassy hops in the background

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a growing toffee sweetness; by mid-palate, the piney, resinious hops add another dimension, though the malt grows sweeter in the process; vegetal flavors, including chives, linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad IPA and I will say that the flavor profile is distinctive - just not what I am seeking when I feel like an IPA

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Photo of t420o
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Janderson91 for sending me this one as an extra. Cool extra! I've never had an Alabama beer.

A- aggressive pour from can yields a two finger, frothy off white head that sticks around for a few minutes leaving. Beer is hazy and golden in color.

S- Nice grapefruit smell, orange zest, some tropical scents like mango and sweet pineapple. Some caramel malt scent also. Very subtle aromas

T- The beer follows the nose with a nice grapefruit taste upfront. Some tropical hints as well. A cereal grain taste as well. Nothing really takes the stage and wows me here, but it is still a good beer. The beer gets better as it warms for sure. Then again don't most of them?

M- a bit thin. Good carbonation

O- This is a good beer that I would definitly have again if it were locally available to me. It seems like it would be a great beer for a BBQ or to take with when fishing. Better than many IPA's yet not near the top of it's class

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks the same as every other IPA
Bready with a little citrus juice smell
Very woody and bready taste, a little pine, malt, a little corn, some citrus
Light and clean feel
Not much flavor, but what is there is pleasant enough. Drinks like a light beer which is surprising at this ABV

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep shade of tarnished gold with a huge frothy alabaster head that recedes slowly and leaves chunky lace in its wake. Smells of citrus and a hint of pine, slightly earthy and a weird hint of menthol. Biscuit and toffee provide the malt backbone. Taste is citrus and earthy with an earthy herbal edge to it. Sweet caramel and biscuit play against the hops nicely without being asked. Medium body and level of carbonation, resinous sweet mouthfeel. Decent IPA, certainly not world class, but certainly easy enough to enjoy.

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Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dirty orange brown. Some small brownish yeast chunks settle on the bottom of the glass. Forms a large rocky yellowish tan tinted head with very good retention. Some nice lacing.

S: Smell is intensely herbal. Very green smelling, like fresh cut grass with a little pine in the mix. Borderline soapy.

T: Starts off with an astringent bitterness. Luckily it fades quickly. Then biscuit malts and a little caramel. More herbaceous hops (wtf hops did they use in this?), some pine, and a little resin. Some alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Strong, but fleeting, bitterness. A little alcoholic heat on the tongue.

O: Having lived in Birmingham many years ago, I'm glad to have tried this one. Would have been great if it was around back them, but so be it. Overall, this is a decent IPA, though I found it a bit rough around the edges. I like the aggressive hopping, but found the result to be overly herbaceous and mildly astringent.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a snifter a cloudy orangish copper color with an off white head that lingered and laced nicely. Smell is more piney and floral with ample bitterness. Not so much on the citrus side in this one. Taste is similar with pine leading the charge of a pretty balanced taste. Feel has a good carbonation and body with a slightly dry finish. Overall a good IPA and a beer that has become one of my favorites from the area.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alabama beer on a hot summer day. Love it. My first offering from Good People, really excited about this one. No bottled on or freshness date can be found.

A - Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pretty cloudy amber color, darker than expected. A careful pour still yields a three finger white head that takes forever to dissipate. Leaves little patches of lacing as I drink.

S - A nice hoppy aroma with a sweet malt compliment. Citrus, piney resin hops are the star. I like the aroma, I just wish it were a little more potent.

T - Similar to the nose. Initially this IPA has a nice malt sweetness with just a little hop bite. Then towards the end, you really get slammed with hop bitterness. Citrus and grapefruit hop flavors are left on the tongue.

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Medium creaminess with lively carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a solid IPA. Doesn't compete with the Union Jacks and Stone IPAs of the world but I'll seek it out again because it's from Alabama. Support your local brewery!

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Photo of dcloeren
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunset orange with 2 fingers of soapy cream colored head. Excellent retention and solid lacing.

Getting some nice earthy hop notes but I'm also getting some soapy notes as well... its kind of off putting but doesn't wreck the beer.

Nice floral and earthy hop notes take the lead on this brew. Not a whole lot else going on... pretty one dimensional but still pretty tasty.

Medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. It kind of makes this beer work by enhancing the hop experience with the pine needle effect happening on my tongue with each sip. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall, this was a nice IPA. Pretty one dimensional but definitely still a tasty brew. It has a nice resinating pine finish on it once it starts to warm up and it is leaving me with some hop dragon breath... Definitely a nice extra in my most recent trade.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can into an ale glass.

A: Slightly cloudy, copper/amber. A full inch of solid head. Very nice.

S: Muted hops and malts. Nothing huge in the smell department.

T: Pretty malty, with a bready character to it. Quite a bit of hop bitterness although the hops seem somewhat one dimensional. Not bad.

M: Decent, thick mouthfeel.

O: I hadn't had this one before so I grabbed a six-pack. Not my favorite IPA but this will do in a pinch.

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Photo of corby112
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PALEMJ1 for sending this.

Pours a dark burnt orange color with golden apricot edges and a 2.5 finger yellowish, off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Really good retention with large chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Nice looking IPA.

Earthy, grassy aroma with resinous pine and oily hops countered by a subtle citrus character and sweet malt presence. Floral and slightly onion-y with some grass, pine needle and soil followed by some grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet malt backbone with caramel toffee and biscuit. Very earthy with soil/dirt and a stronger onion like quality than I expected.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a dry, bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Dank and earthy with lots of grass, dank buds, pine needle and spruce tip followed by subtle grapefruit and citrus peel before finishing with a sweet malt backbone. The onion character is again noticeable, but it's nowhere near as strong as it was in the nose. Very dank and bitter with a decent amount of malt sweetness for balance. Hints of biscuit, cracker, toffee, caramel and booze toward the finish. Nicely balanced IPA but could use a bit more of a tropical/citrus fruit presence to round things out.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this can.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong and is made up of bready malt with some orange citrus notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of bitter oranges with some grass and pine notes mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance; color is a cloudy amber, pours a finger of head that has average retention.

Smell- Aroma is somewhat generic. Upfront is resin, pine and mild citrus, light alcohol and caramel

Taste- hop oils, pine like earthiness, malty caramel, grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel- full body, medium carbonation, starts very juicy and finishes dry

Overall- not a disappointment but not exciting, A decent IPA, but that area is a competitive one and this one doesn't exactly shine, still well worth trying.

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Photo of joeykratz
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to a Duvel Tulip, creamy foam
head that ended in some decent lacing.
Color was a nice dark, golden amber. Led
me to believe there would be more than
there was, but nonetheless, l enjoyed it. Decent IPA glad I
finally got to try it. Will I search as hard next time,
no, but I would definitely drink again, if
I get the chance.

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