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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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 maximum12
2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
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 jlindros
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
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 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 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 portia99
2.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle provided by nonstick. Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark amber with a half finger of cream colored head that hangs around for a little while, before dropping down to a thin layer of bubbles. Darker in appearance than I expect to see in an IPA.

S - Not much aroma here...a dirt-like earthiness. Minor malty aroma, and a little bit of fruity hops.

T - IPA? Tastes more like an English bitter or mild ale. Hop character is minimal...marginally bitter, fruity and earthy flavors. Caramel malt dominates the flavor profile here.

M - Somewhat thin, lighter carbonation. A dirty bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Not entirely pleasant.

D - This is a one and done for me. Not at all what I expect in an IPA. If I was expecting an English bitter, it might be ok, but this is the furthest thing from an American IPA that I've had.

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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 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 Kegatron
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
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 callmescraps
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this IPA from a pretty solid brewery.

Appearance - Deep copper. Half an inch of head. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Looks fine.

Smell - A little caramel malt. A little sweet. Definitely some hops. Not a whole lot of depth. Sort of a pine, with a hint of grapefruit. Nothing special.

Taste - Follows the smell. Very one-note. Comes sweet and malty, with that hopback. But then it's over. No real lingering, no great taste. Very bitter, but nothing interesting to balance it out.

Mouthfeel -Fine. A touch thin, but pretty decent. A little more carbonation would be good.

Drinkability - Not bad, but kind of forgettable.

This is a beer. Totally fine, but nothing special. I'll probably drink it again by accident, just because it's not at all memorable. So it goes.

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Photo of albern
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a drinkable, but slightly disappointing, IPA from a brewhouse I know very little about, other than they have lots of 750 ml bottles in the cooler to choose from. The beer is bottle conditioned, quite hazy, and has that dirty water brown color. There aren't yeasty bits floating about, but at the bottom of the glass, you will find some fine residue. The nose is better than the taste. There are some bready grains underneath, and some nice sweet malts to welcome you.

The taste is another matter. This beer is quite flat, not much head or retention. This beer is also quite watery. There is some leafy hop, and maybe a touch of the oily and estery characteristics, but not much. I found this to be a pale imitation of anything approaching good for the style. It was too light bodied, too watery, too leafy hopped, and just didn't have enough mid section to entice me to finish the 750 ml bottle. Kind of disappointing in my estimation. The ABV is wrong too, as listed by BA. This beer is closer to 5.2%, and definitely not above 6.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 breyton490
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Copper color, slight haze, but not cloudy.

S: I smell English hops not sure type, but definitely not an American C hop, nice aroma, fragrant

T: Tea flavor, slightly sweet, not really what I expected from an American brewery IPA. Strong tea flavor lingering

M: Medium body. Not bad, not great

D: Not really impressed. If I were going for an IPA, English or American, this would not be my first choice. Would not have another.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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 jfunkk79
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a clear orange with a thin white head.

S-Aroma is very light, really the only disappointment with this beer.

T-Malty sweet throughout with an earthy hop finish and a moderate bite. A little underhopped even if this is supposed to be an English style IPA.

M-Light to medium bodied with rather low carbonation.

D-For its flaws as an IPA, this is a very pleasant, drinkable beer.


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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 ckeegan04
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy reddish brown color with a ridiculous huge foamy head...way too much carbonation here but it gives good head at least. Big chunks of foam left on the glass as the head slowly recedes.

S - Citrus/tropical aroma. Hints of pineapple and grapefuit primarily. Dont really pick up any malty sweetness underneath. Gloriously unbalanced in the direction I love.

T - Wow...big letdown here. A dirty tasting maltiness up front but not really sweet. The hops come through rather strongly, but it still tastes like there is dirt mixed into this one. Finishes with a very bitter astringency that just isnt enjoyable. The smell gave hints of a juicy hoppy IPA but the taste just does not come through.

M/D - Medium bodied and very lively carbonation, verging on too much. The taste just brings this beer down a lot of notches on the drinkability.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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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Photo of fitzy84
3/5  rDev -11%
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 chinabeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into shaped pint glass

very slightly hazy, with dull brownish amber color. some head, but still not much even though i tried to pour hard. fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

some faintly piney hops and maybe some yeast in the aroma. but only a little. even at cellar temp.

flavor is slightly better, with more hops coming through, some faint caramel flavors too. moderate bitterness with semi-dry finish that has hint of resin.

feel is somewhat smooth, not too thin. carbonation is moderately low and not too fizzy.


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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 waughbrew
2.12/5  rDev -37.1%
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!

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