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 UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a craggy head on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops along with some alcohol aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, and a malty finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip that quickly fades. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA but I am enjoying the taste more than the aroma.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was sent to me by Bulbman, so a big thanks to him for grabbing this one for me. The beer poured out as a nice copper color with a subtle haziness to it. The head is cream colored with a pretty good retention and sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer at first gave off some big citrus notes reminding me of oranges. The taste is more earthy, it's got a pretty good malt and hop balance to it. The mouthfeel is decent, good carbonation to it with an almost medium body. Overall this beer is pretty nice, I'm looking forward to trying the imperial IPA sometime.

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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 oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy, off white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: Sweet malt with a nice hop punch up front. Citrus peel bitterness along with a citrus juice note. I'm getting some mild apricot.

Taste: A strong citrus peel hop bitterness with a good amount of malt sweetness to balance things out. The finish is very bitter. Overall I would say that this one is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was good but not very exciting. I might have another one, but I wouldn't search it out.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came to the table in a standard pint a slight hazed deep burnt orange with a nice looking one finger creamy/frothy head that nver really leaves,I really liked the creamy texture of the head.Aromas were of herbal and grassy hops along with somewhat sweet bready malts,not a big citric resiny bomb.Flavors are alot like the nose with grassy and leafy hops giving off their flavor profile but not in your face,a camel maltiness hits quite hard as well.Not a big hopped up IPA but there is nice herbal hop notes.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the its aluminum container a delicately hazed, golden-orange body with a sizable, whitish, sudsy head.

Smell: Pale malts, with middling bready, grainy characteristics and a sweet-scented element to it a bit like caramel or toffee. Lightly floral, adequately citrusy hops, with some grassy hints to it all.

Taste: Bready pale malts, somewhat grainy in taste, with a caramelized sugar sweetness. Floral, lightly grassy, citrusy hops (lemon, orange) with a moderate degree of bitterness delivered.

Mouthfeel: This one falls just shy of medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. It has some nice flavors and an easy-going body to keep things mobile.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a very large foamy head, tan in color. Great retention with the foam dissolving very slowly, but not as much lacing as I was expecting based on the head formation.

S: Tons of orange and orange peel right away. A little bit of pine and some heavy caramelized malt.

T: More orange, but not as much as the aroma. A little bit of grapefruit and some pine, but they are cut by a bunch of caramelized malt which brings with it a lot of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Overall, it was ok. If the beer had tasted like aroma I would have been a bit happier, but not a bad showing. The flavor profile was a bit malty imo.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap in Nashville. I found it to be fairly well balanced with a bit of woody hops. This drank fairly easy with a so-so nose. I wouldn't say no to another one, but wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Superior head and lace (a blanket on the glass). Orange amber color and cloudy.

Starts with a floral hop nose.

Good malt/hop blend flavor. Rich body with a diminished carbonation. Long aftertaste with a peppery hop.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for giving me a can of this one. My very first Alabama beer.

A - Pours murky orange with a huge three finger tall off white head leaving thin webs of lace down the glass. Nice pour.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, grapefruit and mango puree, light caramel sweetness, and some sticky pine resin. This one is a tiny bit old but still very nice.

T - Starts off with a sizeable citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of tropical fruits; mostly mango and grapefruit; growing caramel sweetness, and some sticky pine resin that clings to the pallet. I like the balance of hop to fruit in this one, it was pretty easy to drink and had plenty of flavor.

M - Smooth body and strong flavor with moderate carbonation. The mix of hop bitterness and sweet fruit is a great combo.

O - This one was really nice. It had a ton of hops and the fruit was still fairly fresh. The resins started to wear on me by the end of the glass but I could have another no problem.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good person sent me some Good People in CANs in support of The CANQuest (TM)! It stands to remind me that I need to renew my FTH membership. Dang it, I had meant to review this right after their Brown Ale and then the Kvass Kick got in the way. My apologies for a lack of CANtinuity.

From the CAN: "Legally brewed since 2008". Ha!

This was also a foamer following the Crack, but nowhere near the scale of the Brown Ale. It settled rather quickly revealing yet another craft CAN that was nearly brim-full. The Glug produced two-plus fingers' worth of thick, tawny head with great retention. Color was a very hazy orangish-amber. A CANditioned beer, perhaps? Nose was redolent with pine hops, like standing in a pine grove and inhaling deeply. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was full, not quite thick nor as abrasive as their brown, with a really pine-y hops presence on the tongue. Any time that I CAN have an AIPA in a CAN, I feel like a rock star! This was plenty good, maybe a little heavy on the hops, but I like that sort of thing. Finish lingered with a big pine flavor, which I CANtempated as I looked at all of the nice, sticky lacing. This would definitely be cooler-worthy, IMHO.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can gifted by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is orange / amber hued. with a thick, cumulus cloud head. The head has lasting retention and coats the pint glass in lacing.

The aroma brings pine and hops, with a bit of malt, earth, and alcohol as well.

The flavor is pretty decent, and fairly balanced between hops and malts, with hops slightly in the lead. Plenty of pine in there as well, with a lasting piny bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. I do wish the beer was a bit bolder in terms of pine, floral, and/or citrus flavors, with less of a malt bill.

The feel is medium bodied, and more robust than is customary for a 6% IPA. Carbonation level is fine.

Overall, a solid brew, but nothing extraordinary.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I finally get to try something from Good People.

Clouded amber brown with a thick head that leaves a lot of lacing. Hops galore on the flavor profile. Chewy piney hops with salty resin tones. Thick and meaty. Smooth feel with a bit of a biting carbonation. I like it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am trying the IPA after trying the Brown Ale...so I dont know if the taste is being affected at all...nevertheless....The appearance is great....from a can...no less. The clear nice copper color with frothy white head that is lacing quite nice. The smell good spice and apricot citrus. The taste is bitter from teh citrus grapefruit/apricot tones. There is some malt present but it is not balancing all that well. The mouthfeel is affected byut the bad balance and I would not receommend this. Brown is better than IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can provided by GPHarris in a trade, drank on National Beer Day 2011. Bring on the government shut down, I'll use my unplanned paid vacation for brewing awesome beers. Another state, another IPA review. Beer served in a Good people shaker pint glass because I am capable of doing such things (thanks Gabe).

Beer is amber with a HUGE head, this beer may be over carbonated. Head has retention, leaving stiff peaks in this monster head for at least 20 minutes. Beer is mostly clear and heavily carbonated.

Aroma is piny and earthy, malt comes through too. Could be a little more aggressive in the nose but it smells fine.

Beer is thick and the carbonation doesn't do much to thin it out, the finish is not dry. The bitterness is moderate and decent, mostly piny hops on the midpalate and some lead off sweetness. Overall a decent little AIPA, I'd have it again, on draft especially. I'd like to see some freshness dates on these too.

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Photo of tempest
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid canned IPA from Good People. Herbal pine and grapefruit aroma. Smooth citrus fruity bitterness that turns a little earthy in the finish. It's clean and drinkable for the strength. I'd have another.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Flying Saucer in Nashville.

A - Hazy medium orange with one finger of thick, foamy dirty cream coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, pine, orange peel and a slight honey malt sweetness

T - Good bitterness up front. Pine, orange zest, grapefruit and herbal notes.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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

Pours a slightly hazy amber with an excellent head and some very nice lacing. Very tightly beaded and off-white. Smells citrusy and grassy, with some grainy malt. Fairly soft in the nose, but quite pleasant. A bit more assertive in the mouth, with some added layers of bitter citrus peel and a touch of pine, but ultimately quite soft and a bit grainy. It all works, though, and this is quite a tasty beer. Much better than the canned brown in my opinion. I have to say, all the best beers I've had from Alabama so far are IPAs- a trend?

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. My first Alabama beer!

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty good!

Smell: dank and resiny hops with a little bit of a floral character. Not bad, I guess.

Taste: similar to the aroma; hops are kind of dank in character. Reminds me of a wet-hopped ale. Not terrible, but not really to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: a relatively easy-drinkin' beer, but one whose hop character doesn't strongly appeal to me.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, it’s another nice IPA in a can, and from Alabama to boot. Reviewed from notes, thanks to Hotmetal1.

Pours hazy, dark gold; kind of a weird, sudsy, fizzy head that doesn’t look particularly appetizing. Retention is so-so; decent lacing on the glass. Aroma lets you know right away this beer has a strong malt presence; the hops are definitely there, with herbal, piney, and citrus notes, but the malt is robust, bready, and sweet smelling and a faint hit of booze can be detected. The flavor nicely balances this malty caramel sweetness, assertive, bitter, pine-and grapefruit hops, and surprising but pleasant boozy notes.

Medium-full body for style; smooth, low-medium carbonation, solid mouthfeel. In many respects this beer drinks bigger than it really is; more like a DIPA in taste and feel, with nearly the alcohol to match. Solid but unspectacular, just slightly heavy-handed. If I lived in Alabama I’d be happy to have at least one local IPA of this quality that’s easy accessible though.

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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 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
*From notes

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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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