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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 118
Photo of hopheadjuice
4.89/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in Growler form yesterday. I really think the bottling process is different compared to the bomber version of this ale. better mouthfeel, better taste, and better smell.

I love this beer it is amazing! If you live in mass and like IPAs i highly recommend this brew.


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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.48/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was genuinely surprised to see others were kind of tough on this beer. Maybe the brewer stepped up their game over time, or maybe I got my sample much fresher since I'm in their state. Or maybe as "hopheadjuice" tells below there might be something wrong in their bottling department - too many big hits and big misses all on the same product.

Poured pretty dark for an IPA, kind of an ice tea brown, but there are some other darker IPAs out there where that fact is considered part of their novelty.

1" head gradually dissipated to lace.

The bouquet and taste both are a bold pine, making this one of the stronger hopped IPAs I've tried this year. Moderately rich. Long finish which stays with you, in fact I was still tasting it a half hour after the glass was empty.

Throw in the fact this was pretty affordable ($6ish) for a bottle pint and actually bolder and more flavorful than IPAs next to it on the rack fo $10+ and I'd say this is a great find - IF you're truly an IPA lover.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
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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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
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...

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Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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 chinacat
4/5  rDev +18.7%

As far as British Style IPA goes this is a pretty damn good beer. Nice hop / malt balance with hints of fruitiness and biscuit balanced by a deceptively present hop finish. copper color, medium body. Very enjoyable on tap at the brew pub. (Pretty friendly bar to hang out at helped too)
If you are expecting big hop forward American Style IPA this is not that nor should it be considering they state it is brewed with English Ale yeast and English malts. Try their Double IPA instead.
Reviewers would do well to read the actual beer descriptions that most brewers post at their pubs since several posters here have called this an American IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 0z. bottle was poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Ahhh, can you say super crazy head. Waiting for the head to reduce so I can pour more beer into my glass. Holy smokes. Finally, the head has reduced, but very slowly. Can't wait to take a sip. The beer is a nice hazy orange color with a decent amount of carbonation. Lots of clumpy lacing too.

Smell: Nice aroma of citrus and grapefruit which is followed by sweet caramel malts. Also picked up some hints of pine too.

Taste: Same as smell. Fits the style very well and citrus and grapefruit was kept in mind. Bitterness from the hops is followed by hints of caramel malts. This beer tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate and smooth. Decently catbonated and easy drinkng.

Overall: I am very impressed with this western Mass IPA. Will be purchasing another on draft or bottle sometime soon in the near future. Looks like I will be taking another trip to Craft Beer Cellar to pick up another bottle. Highly recommended for anybody that can get a hold of it in the New England area.

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Photo of rousee
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of inandon
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
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 ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No visible dating information and this brewery is unlisted on Dating Beer.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Appealing clear copper with orange highlights when seen through light, a finger thick white head rose belatedly and receded quickly to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild indeterminate fruit, and some pine.

t: Considerable hop bite over an unusual fruit and grassy vegetal combination. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. The grassy notes become more prominent as it warms. May be from bottle conditioning, but it sure tastes like an unusually strong wet hop IPA. Big hop bite tends to mislead that it has a higher ABV than it does.

m: Medium,

o: A uniquely flavored IPA in my experience. Surprisingly enjoyable. Blindfolded I might even believe this was a double IPA, the hops are that strong. And while "grassy" and "vegetal" may not sound that appealing, they dominate this beer's flavor in a good way that makes you want to keep sipping, and be sad when it's all gone.

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Photo of edchicma
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
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 ddean
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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 tempest
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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 nanertak
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22oz to pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger head which faded quickly, deep clear amber. Looks like low carbonation.

Smell: Casdade. Citrus, toasty malt backbone, some pine.

Taste: Bitter hop pop followed by a malty sweetness, which recedes into a gentle hop bitterness which lingers. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Little less carbonation that I'd like. More fizz would make the hops have some more grapefruit bite to them. Medium body, coats the mouth well, maybe a little too well. Again, wish there was a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: Not enough fizz for summer, but great flavors. Not the most aggressive IPA, but a pretty good one.

Overall: I like it. Needs a small amount of fine tuning to be a great beer. Until then, pretty good.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +10.7%
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 laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another shout out to my mate Charlie from Vermont for the share of this one.

Pours a burnt orange colour with large cloudy haze and a lot of streaming bubbles. Head is voluminous, beige, sinks unevenly on top, made up of small but visible bubbles. Large clumps of lace around the glass. Excellent-looking IPA.

Nose is very pungent, quite intense with a lot of high-AA hops being given off. Lots of citric character, bitter like lemon zest, but so lemony fresh it's like sniffing detergent. A bit lacking in malt, it's just hopped to the max. It's alright, I like a good citric hop character, it's just overly simple I think.

Taste is also extremely hoppy to the max. A hint of nutty caramel malt on the front descends very quickly into a huge hop party with tangy lemon zest flavour, some pine resin, white pepper and a hint of pineapple on the back. It's almost like a cascade single hop but I don't know if they've also used cascade for bittering and if so, if it really works all that well, it's very gravelly on the bitter finish. I can get past that though as it's really just a hop bomb, and a decent one at that.

Feels a bit overcarbonated - foamy on the back and sizzling on the mid. Good body but yeah, too much bubbling.

Overall quite a tasty drop but needs some mellowing. Tempering of the hops could really make this a good session ale.

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Photo of corey0212
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly-clear reddish/amber color, loosely-formed beige head settles slowly, and leaves small patches of lacing. Very timid smelling for an IPA...nice balance of malt & citrus hop aromas, but nothing really jumping out of the glass at me. Taste is nice, some sweet, juicy grapefruit, a touch of bitter grassy hops, and some rich caramel malt. Mouthfeel is odd for me...very lightly carbonated, to the point that it's reminding me of an IPA I had on cask...not necessarily a bad thing, just pretty unexpected. Some nice lingering bitterness. I'd have this again. It's a solid IPA, and something you could pair with all kinds of different dishes.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy nice copper color with an off white two finger head to it. Head retention was decent, and a fair amount of lacing remains on the glass. Nose is mostly of floral hops with some slight sweet malts lingering in the background. Taste is... well, I tried this at a tasting at first, and then a bottle when I got home and there is a somewhat soapy taste to it both at the tasting and at home so it wasn't my glass. Sweet caramel malts then move it. The middle to end is all floral hops that give a real bite to the end. Medium body, low carbonation, sticky feel and finish to it. It's nice to support a local brewer and not a bad offering from them.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear orange-amber color with a finger of slightly frothy white head. The head reduces fairly quickly to a ring and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of a lot of citrus (grapefruit) hops with some piney/grassy hops also mixed in. Also some lemon zest in the background.

T - Starts with a light citrus flavor with some nice grassy hops. Just a touch of malt at the start. Some bitterness comes through in the middle. The finish has some nice citrus flavor mixed with some very nice bitterness and a bit floral notes. Overall, very nicely balanced.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Feels a bit too watery and thin. The finish has a bit of a dry kick which is kinda nice.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and crisp overall. However, it is missing a little bit of substance both in that the taste could use a bit of a kick and the mouthfeel feels a bit thin. However, the balance of the taste is actually very good.

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Photo of Omnium
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours an amber color 1 finger of white sudsy head, little lacing.
S - Grapefruit juice, some pine, hop resin, caramel malts.
T - Follows the aroma pretty close, but its more malty on the end, in front you get some citrus hop traits.
M - Fades fast and somewhat watery.
O - Just an average IPA, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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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