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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 TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
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 bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber almost copper color with an initial one finger bubbly white head. Dissipates a bit too quick leaving a film on top and a slight rim around the edges. Nice lacing on this beer.
S: Nice fruity hop base with a good level of malt. Malt profile emanates caramel and biscuits. Smells a tad buttery.
T/M: Fruity hop notes blend well with a good level of caramel malt. Nice balance between the two. Starts off pretty smooth and a tad buttery but it seems to evaporate quickly leaving a nice dry finish. Good level of bitterness--almost palate smacking. A bit too buttery for my palate. Good body with a nice level of carbonation.
D: I was left a bit dissappointed and wanting more from this brew. I know TPP put's out pretty good stuff, but this was a bit too buttery and off for me this go around. Beginning to bottle comes with some ups and downs, so hopefully they'll tweak and come up with something a bit better. Not bad, just not amazing.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed dark amber. couldn't coax too much of a head out of it, but what i did get was just shy of white.
it's got a sort of plastic-y briny aroma, with a little piny hopiness, not as nasty as it sounds, but i was looking for a little more here.
the flavor is citrusy and piney, subtly so. underneath that is some caramel and some lightly fruity honey, then finishing fairly bitter.
a little thin in the mouth and dry, but it suits this fairly subtle beer, making it smooth and drinkable.
a little weak for me personally, but not a bad beer. a little bit of a funky nose though. let this warm up a good deal, at low temperatures, it's a little odd.

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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 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 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 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 Litterbean
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber-orange with a slight head to it. Carbonation disappears pretty quickly and it appears flat after a while.

Sweet, sugary, candy-like smell with some dried fruit notes. Somewhat citrusy, with a touch of pumpkin.

Well balanced, not a hop monster, but hoppy enough. The malts are sweet while the hops provide a good bitterness. A little spicy at the finish.

A good all-around beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased the bomber at the Hadley Whole foods. Sorry for the straight 2.5s...below what I would expect in every category, although not a horrible brew. Appearance: no head when poured, slightly murky orange brown hue. Aroma: Some maltiness, some low hoppiness, but more of a musty note than a fresh one. Taste: pretty bland, some wateriness around the edges. It's smooth, but only in the sense of the last sentence. No highs or lows, just one short bland taste. Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, but thin at the same time. Comes across as undercarbonated, both in appearance and mouthfeel. Drinkability: At first, I thought it was tastier as it warms, but I have the last 1/4 left in my pint glass, and it really hasn't improved by much. Probably won't buy a bottle again.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the Spirit Haus a week ago. If I see this one again I will need to give it a second shot or better yet if it is on-tap at the brewpub. Poured a murkey brown that had a slight orange tint to it. Not much of a head. Very flat in appearance and in feel. Medium body. Nose reminds me of my grandfather's bait bucket but with hops thrown in. Flavor is at first malty followed by the hop but the hops are lifeless. They are there but as if they were put in Alcatraz's hold for six week. No spirit to them. Gonna be tough to make my way through the glass.

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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 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 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 goodbyeohio
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

purchased in a bomber from spirit haus

dark reddish orange with large amounts of suspended sediment. practically no froth, almost looks like a cask pour. aroma is very strong with hop bitterness. powerful. very smoky and malty in its hops flavor.. not to refresh but to overwhelm. like a light american barleywine. notes of adjunct sweetness in the finish which disappoints immensely. bitterness lingers though, which helps despite its lack of substance. an incomplete IPA at best, probably better on tap at the place. one of the worst IPAs ive had to date.

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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 SteveP
1.68/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Gravity cask, GBBF. Sweet vomit into a plastic bag of hops. This is foul. This is disgusting. This is the pits. This is totally undrinkable. Full of dog biscuits and damp cereal. Cascade hops and a thick damp nasty oily vile malt body. There is nothing pleasant about this.

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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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