Peasant King
Burlington Beer Co.

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Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #1,461
Ranked #5,092
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Jun 24, 2022
Jan 11, 2015
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Notes: Peasant King is an Imperial IPA brewed with Kohatu, Zythos, and Cascade. The blend of hops provide a range of flavors and aromas; papaya, clementine, and honeydew melon. The hops sit atop a royal grain bill of Weyermann Barke™ Pilsner and Vienna malts for a complex assortment of lightly toasted flavors.
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It's a nice pour from a pint can to empty it easily into a clear Imperial pint glass. Thankfully, there's only a modest head atop and this pour was at room temperature. The color of the brew is orange-amber and it's opaque. There's some good earthy hops for the nose, as well as some malt or other starch backing. There's much the nose and the taste buds agree upon here. The hops are much more sharply biting than the nose could ever detect. That bite might be assisted by the 9% ABV, which is otherwise undetected. There's not much sweetness added to the overall taste by the malt, but it's there and it provides a decent body. But, this is a hoppy standout. They start out earthy, then transition to sharply piney and finish bitter, clean and dry. This is an excellent Imperial IPA, even without any glass lacing.
Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Casterbridge from Connecticut

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy dark orange with a small persistent head and moderate lacing.

Smells of floral, lightly piney hops along with some citrus, sweet fruit and yeast.

Tastes of slightly tart grapefruit and orange. Melon tastes come out as the glass warms. There is a slightly bitter, warm boozy finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Brut mouthfeel.

This brew is pretty well balanced between bitter/tart and sweet tastes. Neither overpowers. This a dangerously drinkable brew.
Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 3 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by Bitburger from Vermont

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Traded for this at the end of last week as a friend of mine made a run up to Vermont recently. Although I haven't been the biggest fan of the other Burlington beers that I had, this was a nice New England IPA with a less-than-common array of hops that turned out to be a nice take on the style in the end!

The pour to this was golden, hazy, and subtly radiant as the head was level, steady, and settled quickly. A good amount of lacing was left behind starting with a thin ring near the top of my pint glass and a massively thick one at the middle and bleeding much of the rest of the way down. Lots of Pilsner and Vienna Malt in the nose along with white grape, melon, starfruit, and urine (yeah, I said it) as the taste evenly followed suit. The clementine was felt more in the mouthfeel than the taste as this was quite dank, exotic, and full-bodied as the malts gave the edginess an opposing familiarity that helped me enjoy this down to the last sip. Not a lot of carbonation but there was enough to keep this as light as possible, given the hops...

Indeed, those were different s the Kohatu and Zythos were like Idaho 7 or Wai-iti on the familiarity scale as they were not my normal cup of tea although this easily left me wanting for more. No date was written on the bottom of the can or on the label but this was as fresh as could be with as it *felt* like a session beer due to it's recessed alcoholic presence. Easily the best offering that I've had from Burlington!
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a hazy but brilliant orange with a two finger head; excellent retention and shards of lacing

Smell: Clementine orange, for sure, with papaya, pineapple and melon tones supporting; the unusual malt bill is also detectable

Taste: The hops take center stage, with the Clementine, papaya, pineapple and melon flavors building but careful attention to taste will also show the clean Pilsner as well as the hint of caramel from the Vienna; moderate bitterness appears, in the middle, but there is also some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: My favorite of the Burlington IPAs I have tried and it isn't even close
Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by DruC4 from Michigan

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Mar 30, 2021
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16 oz can.

Very delicious albeit very strong. Pours golden yellow with initial decent white foam, though rapidly recedes. Good lacing. Sweet with subtle hops; slightly boozy at 9% but very good. Tastes more like a NEIPA. Definitely worth seeking out.
Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by cdpowers from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Looks and smell like Dole pineapple orange juice. Kinda tastes like it too, albeit with a lot of botanical color and waaaay less sugar. Surprised by the slightly bitter finish based on the nose but it's still inoffensive compared to most DIPA's I've had,. Nose also has that phantom salinous, dogwood flower quality I've detected in BBC's other beers. Good price point, nice beer to sit with for a while.
Feb 24, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 1/15/21. Opened and reviewed on: 2/8/21

Classic thick milky haze in the golden liquid. Bubbly, thick and white cap dissipated a bit quick, decent cover and lace.

A rich and robust aroma of dense fruits, mango, papaya, starfruit and of course, clementine. Big hoppy nose with a very milky, lightly toaster soft malty grains in the golden realm.

First sip: Juicy and then very smooth, lush New England style feels all the way.

Flavor wise: hoppy with lots of sweet and citrus style fruits, tropical and citric kick goes a long way. Deep fruity hop flavor's with a myriad of soft golden grains, pilsner.. wheat style and other field delight's I'm sure. Great complexity in both hop and malt aspects.

A slightly dry, bitter hop and grains punch happens in both aftertaste and mouthfeel. Sour papaya is the only thing except a hot hit of boozines in the finish.

Take good care and enjoy!
Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by AD17 from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by DudMan from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Jo_Renish from Vermont

Jan 07, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Bluesfolk19 from Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 16 oz. can acquired and sampled on Dec 19, 2020.

Oh my, this is sure hazy. Milky, opaque and hazy orange-yellow pour under a lasting foamy white head.

The aroma is a juice bomb with fruit and citrus leading the way and an under current of cereal grains and white bread.

Smooth, medium to full body.

The taste is at first sweet then a juicy fruit bomb that ends with a smooth lingering citrus and fruit character. A spot on NEIPA.
Dec 19, 2020
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Rated by The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Juicy and very boozy tasting. Great NE IPA though.
Dec 17, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Pentastar from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Murky dark orange with white foam head.
Smell: Sweet with oranges and apricots.
Taste: Hops come through with papaya and orange, some bitterness. Subtle malt in the background.
Feel: Creamy and effervescent, good carbonation.
Overall: Pretty good stuff.
Nov 18, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 18, 2020
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Reviewed by digboy from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours bright orange gold with a fizzy one finger head that settles to a film rather quickly. The nose is rather pungent with melon and honey and maybe a touch of tropical fruit. The flavor is strong up front with pleasantly semi-sweet tangerine and some melon notes. This is very hop-forward and the flavors are a bit unusual but go together well. The mouthfeel is soft and seltzery, so it cuts a little into the heavy sweet thickness of typical NEIPAs. There is also a noticeable stickiness on the lips after, further suggesting honey in there somewhere.

This is a very pleasant offering from BBC - fantastic flavor and feel with maybe a knock for the oddity of honey on the nose - it comes across a little musty to me. Otherwise this is great and I will look for it again no doubt.
May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that left a webbing of white bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tangerines are present in the nose along with notes of honeydew melon.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that flavors of melon seem to stand out in front of those of the tangerines. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I particularly liked the flavors of honeydew melon in this beer, which is something that you don't normally see.

Serving type: can
May 06, 2020
Rated: 4.81 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

May 02, 2020
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Rated by rktrat from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fantastic single, grabbed on a road trip needed to get out from isolation!!!
Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a 16 oz Deciduous Snulip not sure when it was canned. Pours as hazy as any beer ever, orange yellow like 3 quarters OJ and a Quarter pineapple juice, with a 2 finger off white head, that leaves crazy thick streaks of lace with excellent retention. 4.5

Smell apricot, honey, vanilla, tangerine, and bold ripe grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste is even sharper apricot, vanilla, blueberry, honey, and a rather bold these days shot of grapefruit that lingers while you wait for your next snoot full. 4.25

Mouthfeel is really BIG, soft carbonation, sticky as heck, but not dry, and at 9% easy going down but may drink closer to 10%. 4.5

Overall I always dig what this place does, I think they may have used oats again to get that giant almost gritty mouthfeel. Yes I recommend. 4.25
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by BradMaurer

Dec 31, 2019
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Super cloudy dark orange with a finger-and-a-half of sandy-colored head. Solid retention and soapy lacing.

Peppery aroma with some creamy orange and papaya.

Nice measured fruit sweetness cut by some grassy bitterness. Otherwise, similar flavors from the nose.

Medium bodied and creamy with tight carbonation.

Well balanced. One of the more enjoyable beverages I’ve had from this brewer.
Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Boccu from New York

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Dec 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque fuzzy-ripe-peach color with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is peach, apricot, orange, mandarin orange, lemon and grassy hops. There is just a tiny dash of hop bite at the finish, but nothing harsh. Flavor profile is apricot, orange, mandarin orange, grassy and lemony hops. Bready, doughy yeast comes on towards the finish, mingling with a bit of hop bite. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a soft, velvety texture. Overall, fluid and smooth from the start, just getting a tad rocky via the hop bite at the finish. Not as clean finishing as other NE IPAs.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.
Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by cozmo from New York

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 4 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2019
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