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Populist | Eagle Rock Brewery

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3.79/5
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191 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States
eaglerockbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SShelly on 08-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,932
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
191
pDev:
13.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
31
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3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some pine and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of the pine, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with some honey and malt flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with a better flavor than smell in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of kojevergas
1.97/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: A great floral hop aroma. Clean pleasant malts. Hints of pine and citrus. A surprisingly appealing aroma for an IPA. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops - both bittering and floral. Entirely too bitter. Horribly balanced for an IPA. Awful stale grapefruit notes. Bad cream. Clean malts. Poorly built for an IPA. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I don't like it. Not subtle or complex; it beats you over the head with hops.

Mf: Smooth and wet. The thickness and carbonation are both off.

Dr: Hard to drink due to the badly balanced and executed flavour profile. Hides its ABV well to its credit. This beer represents precisely what I hate about IPAs. The brewers need to learn how to balance.

D-

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The usual orangey amber, but with a very substantial head and well carbonated in the mouth.

Lighter body than some of these 7 percent IPAs. Thoroughly hop-centric with some floral notes and plenty of resins. Settles into a spicy bitterness that holds on like a big-jawed dog. Some fruity notes and a modest sense of malt. Some grapefruit peel in the finish.

A very drinkable IPA. Unpretentious, simple, plenty bitter, and well made. Not much different from many others, though they do a great job on the carbonation. Bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego, 22 oz.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for this one!

A: Pours a deep orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention leaving some splotches on top. Sticky lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Just a bit of grapefruit rind and orange upfront with a nice piney aroma at the end.

T: A bit of grapefruit, orange, and citrus upfront. There is a hint of mint in the midpalate and some pine on the finish. A bit of grainy malt as well.

M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid IPA, easy drinking with a nice flavor profile. Thanks again James.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden amber with a fluffy white head.

S; Smells nice and citrusy with lots of floral and spicy hops.  A fair amount of bready malts along with some light pine and toffee sweetness. Not an overly impressive aroma, but decent.

T: The nose starts off with light citrus hop notes and a moderate caramel and toffee sweetness.  Floral hops and some spicy hop notes as well.  There is only a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

M: Both the body and carbonation are medium.

O: This is a pretty good beer, but it's not an amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a half-pint at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood and found it to be a pretty tasty IPA, on par with some of the best in the style. I always appreciate IPA's that can stand out and this had a much spicier character than most American pales. Sure, the usual citrus was there, but there was a mild herbal character that defined the beer in a delicious way. The body was a appropriately thick for the alcohol (it was a touch chewy, but still drinkable). Check this beer out if you can.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Closing it out with Populist, on-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Looks darker golden in the large snifter with a thick, billowy head on top. The head retention is long lasting and leaves lots of thick lacing around the glass. The nose is fairly clean and loaded with hoppy aromas, more specifically pine and ganga.

Taste starts off very hoppy, and while it respectably reamins so throughout, warming it up allows the overall flavor to get sweeter, which takes this beer up a notch. Hops are everywhere. Dashes of mango, tangerine, citurs, and eventually the force of honey and malt sweetness provide wholly an IPA that's tough to resist. Carbonation is gentle, mild resiny, and medium bodied describe the mouthfeel.

A classic tweener; not quite an imperial, but perhaps a little too powerful to be considred a single. Wherever it lands, the Populist is sure to grab the attention of craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a medium frothy white head, solid lace.

S: Pine and white grapefruit, classic West Coast IPA notes.

T: Pine, herbs, some grass, lemon and orange. Citrus and woody pine, a nice mix of flavours dominated by the hop flavours, malt is mild.

M: Medium-bodied, soft frothy carbonation, resiny.

O: A good well-made CA IPA. It didn't bring anything new to the game, but I enjoyed a pint of this for sure.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: A finger of fluffy head tops a pale, clear, golden beer.

S: Subdued and fruity. Not obviously hoppy.

T/M: It's alright. Soft, mellow, and creamy. The aftertaste is bitter pine, but, sadly, not much hops in the actual taste.

O: I like it okay, but it's not particularly tasty. Wouldn't have again or recommend. Too sweet and plain.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 191 ratings
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