Pied Piper IPA
The People's Pint

Pied Piper IPAPied Piper IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,037
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,183
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 16.72%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
120
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The People's Pint
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
79
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark copper in body with a deep tan head which hangs around for a while leaving a sticky lacing clinging to the glass that hangs out for the duration. Quite dark for an American IPA.

The hops on the aroma are secondary to tea leaves and biscuit malt. The hops that are present are parts floral, pine, or woody. It's kind of hard to tell for sure since they are so subdued.

Flavor similarly leaves a bit to be desired. I guess there are some woody and pine hops. Again there are some tea leaves and copious malt, which really isn't even totally identifiable but I guess biscuit. A bit watered down and lacking the tasty hop punch of its more representative counterparts.

Heavy in body for the style with generous carbonation.

For reasons listed above this was primarily a disappointment. I expected more as I understand they make some decent brews. Would still try a different style from the People's Pint.

Jul 21, 2014
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FFreak from Vermont

3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a non-dated bomber at the liquor store in Greenfield, MA - I think it was under $5. Pours a dark mohagany color, clear, with a fluffy light-tan head. Aroma is mostly malt, with just a hint of citrus. Taste is clean and malty, lots of caramel and not much hop taste, and very little bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good - medium-bodied, sweet and smooth, not cloying, average carbonation. Overall, I initially thought maybe the bottle was mislabeled due to the extremely dark color of the beer - I thought it was more of a brown ale - but it's a decent beer. Not really what I look for in an IPA as it's very dark and malt-heavy for the style and the ABV.

Mar 03, 2016
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is light grapefruit hops. Flavor is grapefruit hops with hints of caramel. Lingering dry, bitter finish. The label has the ABV at 5.7%. $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Sep 25, 2010
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night (16MAR06) on tap at the brewpub... quite good. (No official review, just a few thoughts...) Clear, deep copper color... thin white head...rim job... light lacing. Light sweetness with citrus hop aroma notes... Medium bodied and quite smooth... Good malt sweetness with a healthy, yet not overpowering, Cascade presence. Very tasty and quaffable... Prosit!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

On cask at NERAX (02MAY02).... Copper in color, but very little head and lace. Got a little sweetness in the nose to start, then hops take over. Medium body and great tongue-smoothness. Nice going down! I really liked the flavor in this one. A real pleasing, subtle maltiness initially, then a very easy-going, smooth hoppiness rounding things out. Found this offering quity tasty! (Original score 4.30, same as noted above).

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May 02, 2002
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased the bomber at the Hadley Whole foods. Sorry for the straight 2.5s...below what I would expect in every category, although not a horrible brew. Appearance: no head when poured, slightly murky orange brown hue. Aroma: Some maltiness, some low hoppiness, but more of a musty note than a fresh one. Taste: pretty bland, some wateriness around the edges. It's smooth, but only in the sense of the last sentence. No highs or lows, just one short bland taste. Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, but thin at the same time. Comes across as undercarbonated, both in appearance and mouthfeel. Drinkability: At first, I thought it was tastier as it warms, but I have the last 1/4 left in my pint glass, and it really hasn't improved by much. Probably won't buy a bottle again.

Jan 22, 2006
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edchicma from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with vaery little head..aromatic hops presnt. Smell is citrus, leaning toward grapefruit. Solid hops throughout, nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but flavor throughout makes it very nice. Drinkability is excellent due to lightness and smoothness throughout.

Aug 14, 2006
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Nov 01, 2013
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waughbrew from Massachusetts

2.12/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Happy to see PP brews in bottles! Found it at Liquor World in Porter Sq. Cambridge, a bomber for 4.45. I am digging the shiny cartoon-like labels. I am not digging, however, the unnotched date code on the side of it. If you've got it, flaunt it, or at least use it. Label says 5.2%alc, which differs significantly from the 6.4 listed here on BA.
The beer pours a very flat, very hazy peach. Miniscule head is kicked up with a vigorous pour and it doesn't stay around for long. That ain't gonna cut it for an IPA. Smells decent - doughy caramel with some peanuts and a thin pinynous protruding. Not enough hop aroma in this, and what is there doesn't smell too fresh. Smells like a Titan IPA that has been open for a week. Flavor isn't bad, but is very bland caramel. Pretty boring, finishes lifelessly.

Overall just not good. Ferment down further, use more hops, especially more dry hops, up the carbonation, and check to see if some oxygen is getting in at bottling time.

Too bad, I have been to PP and enjoyed a few of their offerings. Perhaps they just need some time to get used to bottling. I will drink the brown ale I bought, and no matter what give them another chance in a few months. Good to see another MA brewpub bottling, but you guys can do better than this!

Mar 20, 2007
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SteveP from England

1.68/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Gravity cask, GBBF. Sweet vomit into a plastic bag of hops. This is foul. This is disgusting. This is the pits. This is totally undrinkable. Full of dog biscuits and damp cereal. Cascade hops and a thick damp nasty oily vile malt body. There is nothing pleasant about this.

Oct 10, 2004
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed dark amber. couldn't coax too much of a head out of it, but what i did get was just shy of white.
it's got a sort of plastic-y briny aroma, with a little piny hopiness, not as nasty as it sounds, but i was looking for a little more here.
the flavor is citrusy and piney, subtly so. underneath that is some caramel and some lightly fruity honey, then finishing fairly bitter.
a little thin in the mouth and dry, but it suits this fairly subtle beer, making it smooth and drinkable.
a little weak for me personally, but not a bad beer. a little bit of a funky nose though. let this warm up a good deal, at low temperatures, it's a little odd.

Dec 05, 2006
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CRJMellor from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +10%

Apr 07, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is light orange,m on-tap at the brewpub. C-hop in the aroma. Light orange, there is lots of lace yet its watery. The bitterness of cascade is there, but does not come through boldly. Some sticky malts. Like an IPA of yore, its more like an APA. Hopheads may not get their fix.

Jul 16, 2007
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Billolick from New York

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, with "brewed in June '06 " dating on the label, pours typical dark honey almond amber, with a tan head, clear, moderate csrbonation, w/o bubbles rising, minor lacing. Nose is slightly of pine. Malty early with honey, and light caramel, hops are moderate, piney mostly with some resiny qualities. So so IPA, more of just a Pale ale really, lacking much of a hop crunch to add more interest, easy drinking, decent sessioner. Nothing too exciting but worth a try.

Jul 21, 2006
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" dense beige head over the orangey amber brew. Vigorous carbonation rejuvenates the head for awhile, with nice frothy lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and citrusy hops, although a little on the sedate side. Taste is discernable malt sweetness, coupled with a substantial and lingering citrus hops character, that reminds you even after you swallow that you've just sipped an IPA, but in a nice way. A tap on the shoulder, not a punch in the head, so to speak. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and a bit overcarbonated, but still very pleasing. Drinkability is good as well. An enjoyable IPA, and although probably not as hoppy as some would like, it works for me. Your milage may vary.

Aug 01, 2005
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks a lot like a homebrew--decent large-bubbled head, lots of haziness, dark amber with a little orange in color. Some lace after each sip

Yeast aromas behind the strong floral hop smells.

Initial sip suggests a very smooth beer with an amount of malt that gives balance to this predominately hoppy beer. Long bitter aftertaste. Full body with a judicious amount of carbonation.

I am enjoying this beer; it is full of flavor and complexity. It is very smooth yet the hop flavors are fresh and spicy.

Jun 03, 2007
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the Spirit Haus a week ago. If I see this one again I will need to give it a second shot or better yet if it is on-tap at the brewpub. Poured a murkey brown that had a slight orange tint to it. Not much of a head. Very flat in appearance and in feel. Medium body. Nose reminds me of my grandfather's bait bucket but with hops thrown in. Flavor is at first malty followed by the hop but the hops are lifeless. They are there but as if they were put in Alcatraz's hold for six week. No spirit to them. Gonna be tough to make my way through the glass.

Nov 30, 2005
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twelvsies from Maine

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reviewed the new bottled version of this beer (see http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/rate_results/231/3545/latest/0/twelvsies/ ) but i wanted to point out that it's much better from the cask at the brew pub. It's really worth going to check it out. This beer isn't even my favorite of thiers, but there are usually 2 or 3 cask beers that are all fantastic. It produces a really smooth yet creamy mouthfeel that makes for a super drinkable brew. Go...

Apr 07, 2005
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from undated notes.

I did not get much more than a finger of soapy ecru head with low retention from my pour. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very piney and even the label mentioned "... brew[ed] with a wall of fresh Cascade hops". Mouthfeel was medium with a decent hops bite on the tongue. Finish was likewise pleasantly hoppy, but nothing to get wildly excited about.

Jun 13, 2011
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured a deep copper color with a finger of head that fell to a patchy coat. Nose was very nice. Big citrusy hop balanced over a very clean crystal malt base. The balance was remarkable. The flavor was a different story. Not forceful enough. It had citrusy sweet hop and a nice backbone, just not bold enough at all. The feel was moderate wit ha light to moderate carbonation. A touch more body would be nice. Overall, a refreshing beer. I'd like bigger flavor and body. Still a brew I would have again.

Sep 28, 2005
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DrJay from Texas

3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Deep coppery orange, slightly hazed, with a short light beige cap. Though not much of a head developed during the pour, what was there stuck around for quite a while. Spotty lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit and oranges with a bit of spice, plus some caramel malt. Overall the aroma was a little muddy. Moderate bitterness for an IPA, caramel maltiness, resin and grapefruit. Lingering bitterness and spicy hops. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Easy going down, nothing over the top or harsh. Decent, but the hop character didn't really pop in the aroma or flavour.

Jun 26, 2010
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

purchased in a bomber from spirit haus

dark reddish orange with large amounts of suspended sediment. practically no froth, almost looks like a cask pour. aroma is very strong with hop bitterness. powerful. very smoky and malty in its hops flavor.. not to refresh but to overwhelm. like a light american barleywine. notes of adjunct sweetness in the finish which disappoints immensely. bitterness lingers though, which helps despite its lack of substance. an incomplete IPA at best, probably better on tap at the place. one of the worst IPAs ive had to date.

May 17, 2005
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warriorsoul from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro, DesignatedDriver for this surprise...not sure why this one is retired...and why the pic is of their Farmer Brown...oh well, less thinking and more drinking.
Pours a dark, hazy worn copper color w/ a full finger of off-white head...no lacing to be had.
Aroma is very slight...some floral hops w/ just a slight twinge of alcohol. Some malt in there, but not overly sweet...not a bad thing IMO.
Taste is enjoyable...a nice dose of hops, but the malt sweetness wins over the bitterness. If this was just a bit more bitter, it would be a very enjoyable English style IPA...either way, I can find enough positive things about it to make this bomber very easy to imbibe. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is where I enjoy this style.
Looking forward to trying this one on tap Saturday...that is if it is available.

Sep 08, 2005
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jfunkk79 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Cambridge Common.

A: Clear amber, copper.

S: Slightly sweet, citrus hop scent.

T: Not too impressed here, kinda grainy not real balanced on the hop side.

M: Decent mouthfeel making it an easy drinker.

D: Meh, just lacking anything real memorable, not bad overall though.

Apr 11, 2009
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rousee from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber color. Darker in the top part of the glass and more translucent at the bottom. Forms a 2mm head which holds pretty well.

Smell is woody and malty with some saltwater like character.
Taste is more like a regular pale ale than an IPA. Not real hoppy but enough to at least make it taste like a pale ale. There is some toffee or caramel present also some sappiness in the mouthfeel on the finish. I like this beer though. It is very smooth and easy to drink. Would be versatile for matching up with a lot of food also.

Sep 16, 2006
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sloejams from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I'm a bit shocked to see the scores so low for this fine beer. I've only had it once but I was pretty impressed.

It pours an amber color with a generous head. The aroma was very of an East Coast IPA. Living now in Southern California, I'm used to the hop bombs the area is known for. This was not one of those. This had a plenty of malt in the backbone. The balance was quick even. Tastewise too. In a way, this was very refreshing. I drank the whole 22oz. quite easily. It's not terribly complex and it's not terribly creative, but this is a fine East Coast IPA.

Oct 25, 2006
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