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 zahara15
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of brentblack1
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of luvbier
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 trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ahbaggins
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of standardcherry
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of musicsherlock
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.5/5  rDev -26%

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 oline73
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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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Pied Piper IPA from The People's Pint
Beer rating: 26.1% out of 100 with 119 ratings
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