Pied Piper IPA | The People's Pint

Pied Piper IPAPied Piper IPA
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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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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 67
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlindros
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found this on my last beer excursion at Colonial Spirits in Acton.

A: Even forcing a very hard pours yields a small under-carbonated bubbly head. It's a semi clear reddish-orange-brown color.

N: Some light hop aromas, citrus, grapefruit, a little sweet malt, and some fruity qualities. Not much else to it.

T: Hmm, again not much to it. It has some light malts, light hop flavor, some citrus hops, touch of spicy hops, and some fruit flavors. The biggest thing that stands out is that is seems like it was watered down by a lot. It is extremely light and watery. WTF!

M: Very light watery, almost no carbonation.

F: Finishes a little bitter and spicy, some lingering hop flavors and bitterness, but still pretty light on the finish. This beer is almost as if they took a decent recipe, then brewed it with some old hops, forgot to carbonate it, then added more water to get the abv down and lose the taste. Not impressed at all! I hope the other 3 People's Pint beers are better.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and hoppy with the sweetness consisting of caramel & citrus and almost over-powering the hops.

T: The flavor starts out with caramelized malt sweetness along with a faint fruity flavor (Hey! Look! I can alliterate.) of citrus. A hops bitterness flavor follows but it's very dull. Although the label of the bottle boasts "For hop lovers out there, this is your beer," I'm really not getting the type of hops presence that would make me think this beer is anything special. The after taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth but not very crisp especially for the style, medium body, very light carbonation which is also uncharacteristic of an American IPA, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little bit tasty, goes down ok, decent kick, not filling at all, but I found it lacking in flavor for a beer of this style. I'd be interested to see how this is on-tap compared to the bottled version, but based on the bottle I just had, I don't think it's a very good beer.

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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 smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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 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 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 InspectorBob
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from the brewery for me!

Pours copper with a white, swirling thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is caramel with herbal notes - some tea. Smells like an English IPA, though it claims, on the label, to use Cascade hops.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a tea-like herbal spicing. A tangerine/citric bitterness and fruity tartness come out in the finish, though only enough to balance the sweetness.

Rather on the bland side for an American IPA. At 5.1% and being inoffensive it is drinkable. Interesting that the Cascade hop character doesn't really come out the way it should.

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Photo of Dicers
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with a one-finger head. Kind of dark for an IPA.

Aroma has a faint hint of floral hops in the nose. Seems to be dominated by malt though.

Taste is full of floral hop bitterness upfront with a bulk of malt that dominates the palates. Not too bitter. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering light hop bitterness and malt. Alcohol seems to show through more than it should.

Solid. Certainly not impressive but still drinkable enough. Reminds of something I could homebrew though.

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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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Photo of maximum12
2.11/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks to gn0sis for a recent exchange of large, crush-proof boxes filled with locals. I've taken a bit of time off from Ahabism to delve more into some unkowns & while the results aren't always breathtaking, I've found some great session beers!

Pours on the amber side of the spectrum, clear, despite the 'sediment warning' on the side. Smell is cowering puppy tame, even after several minutes of warming there's only an air kiss of grassy hops.

Pied pIPA is a clever name, but as an IPA it's right in the average range. After reading the full bottle & realizing it was made with Cascade hops, I hoped it might be the brew to set me right with this particular varietal. Didn't work out that way. The hops are of the 'dirty' variety, they taste earthy, musty, & lack that hop kick that I desire. The malts kick it up a notch, but this tastes almost more like a bock than an IPA - sweet, a bit heavy, & with only enough hops to keep the concoction from getting out of whack. The aftertaste as the beer warms becomes even more cellar-floor-like. And it gets worse. And worse.

Well, I've been on a winning streak. IPAs are my favorite style, but this is far too sweet when cold, & the hops far too subdued, & the mustiness that arrives as it warms is deeply unpleasant. After several ounces, drain pour, my first in many months.

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Photo of Resuin
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
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 Reagan1984
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of sirsteve42
2/5  rDev -40.8%

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Pied Piper IPA from The People's Pint
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