Pied Piper IPA | The People's Pint

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Pied Piper IPAPied Piper IPA

Brewed by:
The People's Pint
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by neophilus:
Photo of neophilus
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark gold to light brownish colored beer. Light white head on top with some lacing.

Lots of caramel malt aroma up front with some medicinal/citrus hop aroma underneath. Sugary sweet smell continues, almost like chocolate.

Caramel malt flavors lead the way with the first sip. Medium hop bitterness backs it up. Slick, oily medicinal hop flavors round out the taste.

Medium body, good mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

More caramel forward than I prefer in an IPA. This leans a little heavily towards malt and away from hops. The bitterness is nice and the aftertaste is clean. An easy drinker but could use a bigger punch from the hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FFreak
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ddean
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'm currently working on a bottle, though I've had this beer more often on tap at the People's Pint. My review matches both forms for the most part.

Amber/copper, hazy. Bottles have some sediment on the bottom, but tap is relatively free of this. Very little foam.

A pleasant hops nose, along with sweet maltiness, but subtle.

Sweet maltiness is the strongest feature. I get a lot of malt and not enough hops for how I think of an American IPA, which tend to be my favorite beers. However, a really interesting feature of the Pipa is the tea flavor others mention: I taste those English black teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast. A little lemon peel, and a rather bitter aftertaste that seems out of place given the relative lack of hops elsewhere.

Velvety smooth. The bitterness lingers long after. Not enough carbonation for my taste.

All these beer snob critiques laid out, this beer goes down very easy, and I find I order a pint or two of it every time I drop by the restaurant and enjoy it each and every time. That tea flavor is particularly nice--It actually works really well with a jar of salty pretzels and Dijon mustard. (Something about salt or a sharp taste like mustard mellow out the bitter aftertaste, I suppose.) I just want more hoppy sharpness, more aroma, citrus, spruce, and less bitterness in my IPAs.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of DrewBest
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a deep, murky amber color with a small, off-white head that is lacy and very sticky.

smells of wet grass, clovers, tangy herbs, mildly meaty, very herbalized with spiciness down deep.

The flavor is very herbal and semi-bitter leafy hops balanced with a mildly sweet, but tangy citric malt flavor. mostly herbal flavor's dominate...no fruitiness, no flower's...mostly green earth.

This is very crisp, light to medium feel, sharp at first, smooth later on.

"angel delight"

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber for $5 while in Boston and think this is better than a B-. Sure, the beer is undercarbonation and has no head, but it's pretty tasty overall. The hops bring a big, smooth mix of floral and citrus rind flavors and aromas. There's a hint of a nutty malt backbone and a dry bitter finish (though the finish does fall a bit flat. It's not the biggest or most bitter IPA, but it's a fine beer to drink a bomber of solo. It's a little juicy, a little earthy, and all good. Sort of reminds me of a lighter version of Victory Hop Devil.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The intial pour is fairly soapy looking. A somewhat clear (although there are some yeasty chunks floating around) coppery amber with a finger of smooth looking off-white head. Retains with a thin, yet frothy look, leaving back some decent lace that sticks a bit. The aroma is fairly light in the nose for an American IPA, being floral and a bit herbal, with a touch of citrus and some thicker sweet malty accents underneath.

The taste is herbal and dirty feeling in the mouth, with a harsh bitterness to it, and a malt presence that just isn't getting the job done. The finish is just really unpleasant, with a astringent and bitter feel to it. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a watery feel in spots, and an overall flat carbonation that doesn't do the flavors any favors.

I'm not sure what happened here (the reviews for this are just all over the place) but this for me, was definitely one of the poorer Craft IPAs that I've had in a while. An unimpressive nose, a muddled and harsh taste, and a weak body made for a tough time getting through the bottle. Not impressed.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of inandon
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - auburn red with a half inch foamy top with a tint of yellow.

Smell - light caramel smell with a bready aroma

Taste - very little hops but lacking the extra kick of flavor. it is medium bodied beer with a malty feel.

Overall it is not a bad beer per say, but it is not anything like what an IPA should taste like. I definitely thought it would be hoppier because the label even says "climb it if you dare".

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Photo of edchicma
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fitzy84
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Appearance is a murky dark amber-orange with some lacing on the sides and a thin head. Aromas are somewhat weak but has some decent hops and spices. Taste lacks a solid punch and has a somewhat nagging dull, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty good for an IPA, allowing it to have a good carbonation. Overall, not too bad but could have been stronger.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sensaray
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark orange almost brown color. Didn't get much of a head but it was off white with big bubbles.

Smells hoppy, like pine and citrus. Bit of caramel sweetness.

Nice spice leads into some tropical and citrus flavors which leads to a crisp bitter close. Some grain flavors in there. Grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and drinkable. The carbonation is iffy here, it kinda throws the whole beer off for me.

Overall, it's a decent ipa.

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Photo of mlefebvre7
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a recent trade. I had been wanting to try some of the different wares from the brewery so this one suited me just fine. Taken straight out of the fridge and served in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/06/2008.

The pour was decent, light golden amber, with a decent amount of haze added into it. A nice head of about two inches came across the top and settled down reluctantly into a nice pillow of white maybe a quarter inch in height. Some nice carbonation coming up from the bottom and rich side glass lace was apparent.

The aroma was rather light. Some light piney hops were a definite influence here, but rather it was the malt that was the dominant force to be honest. Some bready tones, hints of biscuit and wheat all coming through, but it was rather light and unbalanced to be honest. The flavor was more of the same, it actually started out nice with a good touch of pine resin and some decent notes running through the middle of a nice bready malt. As it warmed though the profile turned south. As it warmed most of the hop flavor faded and left behind a rather dull, malt driven flavor that was just a touch off. Nothing really spectacular here at all. Nice body on it, with a good carbonation profile and a decent amount of feel to it. Easily session able, though the overall flavor was a touch off.

Overall about average for me. There was nothing really standing out about this one to make me say it was really good, but it was not really that bad either. A decent effort, but nothing I would care to repeat.

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Photo of d_brommer_nh
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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