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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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 119
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 chinacat
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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 HamdenHector
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: slightly hazy; bronze colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a minimal head that receded in seconds to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: grassy, floral hops;

T: restrained; what was there was earthy and woody; no bitterness;

M: a little thin; light carbonation;

O: very little hop presence; almost flat; this is my first experience with this highly rated brewery; a major disappointment, but I'll try a different beer and hopefully get a better measure of what they're about;

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Photo of CHADMC3
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of RichKent
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on tap at the People's Pint in Greenfield, MA.

Appearance: Clear filtered and a bit dark for an IPA. Minimal head that left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: More malty than hoppy, but also floral and a bit like tea.

Taste: Much like it smells. It's too floral for me. I don't mind a bit floral, but this tastes like it had flowers and/or tea soaking in the beer before it was served. After that, there's malt and it finishes bitter like an IPA should. There's very little citrus - maybe a hint of pine, but I couldn't get past how floral it tasted. It's also not the best balanced IPA, as I could taste the alcohol even though it's a low ABV IPA.

Mouthfeel: Fine. Not too syrupy, the carbonation is good, but it was hard for me to get past the taste.

The Pint has some great food, and I do like a couple of their beers, but their IPA could use reworking in my opinion.

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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 MikeyBadnews
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hippy pale ale with condescending quips about being environmentally friendly on the 22 ounce bottle. I can support the cause but don't be a dick about it. Drank this brew out of a frosted 16 oz pint glass, poured limp and lacking in effervescents to a cloudy, amber color. Terrific notes of burnt caramel, resin and mild grapefruit . Taste is a pleasant and uncommon blend of tangy grapefruit, caramel and a hint of dark tea. The 5.5% abv is weak for an IPA and I could probably down a few of these. Not a solid beer for a chilly late fall day but ideal for porch drinking outside in the waning days of august summer. As a standard IPA you'd be disappointed , as a quality session style beer it's incredibly drinkable and rewarding.

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Photo of Omnium
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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 DIM
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No freshness info anywhere on the bottle.

a: Slightly hazy golden copper; poured with a small, fizzy head.

s: Plenty of caramel, lesser amounts of citrus rind, and a little pine. Not very aromatic overall.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. The citrus comes on a little stronger and the sugary caramel isn't as potent.

m: Relatively light in body and carbonation.

o: Not bad, but there are too many better ipa's with easy to read freshness info to make this worth buying.

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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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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 LtCracker20
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy brownish/amber body with a thin 1-finger head that doesn't last too long. Some decent lace though.

S- Sweet caramel, biscuity, bready, some black pepper, and a sweet citrusy aroma.

T- Peppery, biscuity, and caramel malts right away. A little spicy flavor as well. Not really too much in the way of hoppy flavors. A little of a candied sugar/Belgian yeast flavor(though I know there's none in there).

MF- A little on the lighter side, but still almost a moderate body, not too bad.

O- Not a bad beer at all, but not very good for the style. Very little hop flavor or aroma and all the maltiness make it almost more of an amber ale.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle found at Table and Vine (West Springfield) in the local section. In that case I would like to think this is fresh.

I drank this in between cold and room temperature
(it sat out for 20-25 minutes)

This beer looks very average light amber. There seemed to be some sediment in mine which settled the bottom of the glass.
smell average, aroma of a slight malt and a typical IPA.

Not too strong bitterness but I can taste the fresh hops for sure.Good IPA, but nothing that special.

Nice local beer, I would recommend it to anyone passing through Western Mass.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours tawny orange, and thick looking, with some good bubbles and a beige head. Some retention and lacing.

Pine and citric notes with some toasted malt in the nose. Not super strong.

Nice hop flavor, with some citric distinction. The toast malt has some sweetness and a little fruit. Hops come back and give a nice bitter kick to the finish. Could use a little more malt development, but still pretty good.

Medium bodied, some good chew to it.

I liked this one. Good hoppiness with enough malt balance. Price is right. Worth trying.

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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 woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of WhiteDevil
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Somewhat dark, and red tinge with very little head (less than a pinky breadth) which dissipated very quickly to nothing.

S: Aroma is mild, with some citrus upon straining, and perhaps a slightly bready smell.

T: Lots of bitters, but lacking in any real individual character. Malt is balanced well with the hops, but after swallowing the lingering bitterness will not subside (not in a good way, sort of feels like dandelions).

M: The beer has a satisfying smoothness to it that finishes cleanly (as far as tactile senses are concerned), and a good level of carbonation. The feel is easily the best aspect of this beer. Very well done.

O: Overall, not bad. The level of bitterness is good and well balanced with the malt for the style, but it lacks any real sort of nuance or delicacy playing in the background. It is relatively satisfying to drink, but leaves an unpleasant, lingering taste on the palate. Definitely not their best beer, but respectable nonetheless.

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Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy amber/copper with a nice sized cloudy white head that quickly recedes while leaving average lacing.

citrus and a bit of pine on top of some buttery crackers, as well as some tea leaves.

Crackery and caramelized malts with some citrus and piney hops behind them. A touch of bitterness, but nothing crazy. a bit of a peppery aftertaste.

pretty smooth medium bodied with prickly yet soft carbonation.

overall, its ok. nothing I haven't had before, and nothing I'd go out of my way to seek out again. good, but not memorable in the least. too bitter for the mainstream, but not bitter or flavorful enough for the hopheads.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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 sbauer
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Light, cloudy orange amber.

S: Bland grapefruit, weak aroma.

T: Grapefruit, orange peel, light hops, bitter finish.

M: Weak lace. Medium-light mouth-feel.

D: Light and drinkable. Too bitter for a session beer, but light enough to have a few.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.5/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.48/5  rDev +32.5%
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 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 DrJay
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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