Peasant King
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,063
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,138
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
131
From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  4
Gots
  27
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Peasant KingPeasant King
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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digboy from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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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metter98 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been happy to get a lot of new BBCo beers in my distribution area, and when I visited them a few months ago I noticed that their space has undergone a vast expansion... good for them! They deserve the success, honestly, considering they typically nail most styles and deviations that they attempt.

Peasant King is a big ol' 9% IPA that I guess is typically considered a "Winter seasonal" (on BA at least), but this is a pretty fresh can dated 5/8/19 (making it exactly six weeks old). The appearance is really hazy and turbid, but it has a nice glossy sheen to it as well, especially when held up to light. It doesn't look milky or dull like some beers I've had from these guys (and plenty of sub-par NEIPA examples from other breweries, natch), and the head is full-figured and enticing. Decent legs and great sticky lace top off the appearance, meaning this is quite nice looking overall and definitely has a good pour.

I was unaware of what hops were in this when I had the first few cans last week, but looking at this page it seems they use Cascade, Kohatu, and Zythos. I've personally had awesome luck with Zythos in homebrewed NEIPA-style beers, so it's good to see an under-utilized hop get some props here. It's a bit like Falconer's crossed with Simcoe in my opinion, so this naturally has a resinous and grapefruit-forward nose. Kohatu is similarly pine-forward but with a melange of tropical notes, and Cascade is floral, grassy, and lightly citrusy (as any beer nerd worth their salt already knows!). The combination of all of these hops, however, seems a little muddled in practice. Perhaps it's BBCo's rather "meh" house yeast making it all kind of blend together, but this doesn't excite me very much at all. There's some melon, light papaya aromatics, and a bit of light spice as well, but it's just... homogeneous and doesn't stand out.

The flavor profile is actually quite nice by contrast. Though it's also a bit more homogenized than I'd prefer (too yeasty for me), it has a pop of bright, almost "tart" and crisp hop-laden acidity that shocks my palate. Pine resin, grapefruit rind, melon, and tangerine with some nice notes of malty crispness (must be the Vienna!) and toastiness toward the finish that effortlessly meld with some fading resinous and almost woody/grassy undertones.

Feel is plush and well-constructed. For a 9% beer, this drinks super easily and is almost refreshing. I get almost no booziness to speak of, and the hops pop pretty well. Carbonation is dialed-in and kept unobtrusive, but it's still there and still gives each sip an invigorating sensation. I appreciate this beer for what it is, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowded NE DIPA market. That said, it's a good drink, though it will never become a go-to for me.

Jun 19, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - no canning date - poured into a stovepipe tulip at 45F

Pour: The appearance of this is the closest thing to fresh orange juice I've ever seen. I've seen some orange juice-looking beers before, but this puts them to shame. Two fingers of bone white are produced, before receding to a massive fluffy collar, leaving sticky webby lacing.

Nose: Right out of the gate, these hops are bizarre. I can usually narrow it down with at least 2 out of 3 hops. This is highly unusual. Azzaca, maybe? No. I really think there may be some Cascade, because nothing quite smells like Cascade, but I cannot for the life of me place these hops. Stone fruits, kiwi, melon, papaya, almost even a hint of watermelon, a hint of tangerine, pine, and some grassy notes. A mild acidity. It could be Ella, or some weird Galaxy, but I do not think this is your everage Citra/Mosaic/Simcoe offering. Lots of Southern Hemisphere-type aromas. The malt itself even seems slightly toasty. Not caramel malt, but something grainy with a touch of darkness. On the nose, the beer is sweet, fruity, juicy, fresh, and bright. No real earthy or dank notes.

Palate: That lightly toasty grain hits first, with a healthy, but not distracting sweetness, immediately followed by mango, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, melon, and again, a bitter, woody, floral, pine sap note I only get from Cascade hops. Think of a beer that isn't called Sienna Navarro Submarine Missile, or even their lesser Pail Ale (brands redacted for respect). That Casacde thing. There is definitely a bright, juicy acidity akin to a glass of homemade orange juice. There is hardly a whisper of bitterness until you get to the finish, where it kind of just whispers at you, before all the juiciness slowly fades, leaving a slightly piney, slight pithy resinous flavour that lingers along with the shadow of mango and papaya. It is important to add that this beer is 9% ABV, and in terms of flavour, it is completely invisible. It's certainly saturated with flavour, but there's no boozy taste or signs of anything more than 6.5 to 7%. Not sure how fresh this is, as Bbco doesn't seem to date their cans, but it tastes lively, saturated, and clean. It's either quite fresh, or these hops hold up very well.

Mouthfeel/Body: At 9% ABV, the beer is very light on its toes. Not a light, thin, or watery beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not a 9% booze bomb. The body is medium-full, with a softness about it that rounds it out, but doesn't leave the beer feeling fluffy or plush. It's supple. Not syrupy at all, and for its weight, it is surprisingly crisp. This is just the kind of beer that could get someone in trouble. 2 of these, and you're close to a 6 pack of Mud Light. Effervescence is adequate, surprisingly lively, even, and fine in nature. No substantial drying, not even in the finish.

Overall: I'll get right to it. This is a fantastic beer. In a market dominated by NEIPA drinkers (I sell beer for a living, when asked for suggestions, I always hear, "Is that a hazy? I only drink the hazies), it's hard to stand out. Personally, I think it's in a bubble. Admittedly, I do enjoy a good New England IPA if it happens to be exceptional. This one I believe is exceptional. It's a big, bold, double (let's be honest, 9% is nearly a triple) IPA, which has a delightfully clean, crisp, tasty malt base, densely saturated hop flavour, and either due to some exotic hops, or a genius new hopping method, it tastes fresh, exotic, and exciting, while retaining great ease in being able to just drink it. It is not a game changing beer, and it isn't going to take the market by storm, but it's a damn good hoppy beer, and it stands strong amongst many lesser NEIPAs.

Jun 12, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 5/8/19.

Pours turbid gold with a short-lived head of white. Minimal retention or lacing. Candied citrus in the nose with pear, melon, grapefruit, and banana peel. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Ripe tropicals on the palate with zero malt and a firm bitterness. Peach, pear, melon, and grapefruit. Finishes dry with lingering citrus juice.

Jun 06, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on April 30, 2019. Double IPA brewed with Kohatu, Zythos and Cascade hops. Notes of papaya, clementine and honeydew melon. A grain bill of Weyermann Barke™ Pilsner and Vienna malts for an array of slightly toasted flavors.

May 14, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can. Muddy. Pretty turbid. Opaque with those little alien flying saucers zipping around the beer. Chunks. Mild head. Aroma is damp and fruity. Like a smoothie left out too long and the milk is rising. Flavor is like biting into an obscure tropical fruit. You get the whole flavor experience. The bitter rind and skin, the juicy fruit, the vertebrae. This is sure to please anyone looking for a raw, unrefined New England beer. Hasn't shaved, rough around the edges. Pretty much every brewery around me is trying to do this but kinda sucks at it. Burlington Beer Co. does it and nobody seems to notice. Lame.

Mar 22, 2019
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albern from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice NEIPA. It looks the part with the polluted looking dirty water, hazy orange copper color. The nose is really nice and I'm getting nice peach aromas, maybe some apricot, and some vague fruitiness. This is a fairly full bodied beer that has a slightly acerbic grapefruit bitterness throughout, perhaps a bit of peach nectar. There isn't much sweetness so if there is dextrose it is limited. It isn't terribly complex but it hits all the right notes. It is strong at 9 ABV but not boozy. I would come back to this one.

Mar 10, 2019
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap into a tulip glass at Brewer’s Fork, Charlestown, MA.

Hazy deep yellow color. Strong tropical fruit on the nose: papaya, mango, orange. Taste was super juicy- mango, pineapple, with a nice little bite from the hops, but nothing too bitter. Couldn’t even tell it was 9+% ABV because it was really thick and juicy. Super smooth and balanced flavors with a lot of complexity. Chewy mouthfeel.

Overall, a really impressive hazy NEIPA from my home state. Glad I tried it and would recommend it to others. Nice example of the style. Nothing over the top or bombastic but really coaxes out a lot of tropical flavors from the hops. Would definitely have another if I could.

Feb 28, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into IPA glass. No date on bottom but looks like 2/7/19 stamped on side
Look is dark orange haze. Smell is citrus orange mango and apricot. Taste follows nose and has grapefruit lemon at the end. Feel is Light to medium and dry. Overall a very interesting beer. Lots of things going on with this beer. Changes as it warms. Would definitely drink again.

Feb 27, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a taster glass via draft @ BBCO

color is a deep orange

smell is grapefruit and mangos

taste follows the nose mostly with some lemon zest added in

medium carbonation and mouthfeel

soild

Jan 23, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I immediately get strong citrus and tropical aromas as I pour the beer. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour on the beer produced a one finger head. The head has fair retention that left a little lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold color with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The beer looks like it is an unfiltered IPA. Despite the weak head, the beer looks beautiful.

The initial aromas of the beer are a biscuit, toasted malt, pineapple, and oranges. Next, I get grapefruit, pine, malt sweetness, and yeast.

The flavors of the beer are a biscuit, toasted malts, malt sweetness, pineapple, mango, herbal, oranges, lemons, grass, pine a touch of grapefruit, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a long finish.

The beer is boozy and hoppy. The beer is a New England style probably a double IPA. Good beer strong backbone and strong hops. I enjoyed drinking this beer.

Jan 10, 2019
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WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pinkish Orange - medium cloudiness. roughly 1 inch of head. Nice long lasting lacing.

S: Fantastic sweet citrus aroma - orange, papaya, mango, bubblegum. Even some melon/cantaloupe. You can smell this one the moment you pour it.

T: Rounded hoppy taste. Definitely notice the sweet components, but it is also a bit dry at the end. Others have noted that this is 9% and you can definitely taste that this is stronger than other NEIPAs at 7 or 8.

F: Medium-high levels of carbonation, but very smooth feel. This will definitely wash over your tongue and leave a bit of a veneer.

O: A strong IPA from BBCo. Aroma is fantastic and really sets the stage. Again, at 9% (I think older offerings were even as high as 9.5%), the alcohol taste is somewhat noticeable, so this may not be for you if you aren't looking for something quite as potent. For instance, BBCo makes Beekeeper, which is now around 9% but is definitely sweeter if you like that style. Worth a try if you happen upon it!

Jan 10, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is orange juice and rind, tangerine, and cracker. Really well balanced beer. Medium-heavy bodied, medium-low carbonation, slightly bitter. Juicy. Really great smooth treat. Well worth seeking out. Delicious NEIPA. Will get this again.

Nov 03, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can in an IPA glass.

Thick cloudy morning juice colored liquid. The white cap starts a better than a finger's worth then quickly drops to a thick film. There's little lacing, some spots and a wisp. Some sediment settles at the bottom of the glass, looking like dirt.

Nice fresh hop aroma while pouring. There are orange and grapefruit citrus aromas and some caramelized malt. Some alcohol soaked yeast and rind, not too boozed up or sugary.

Grapefruit, sugared and malted. Some tangerine and tropical notes provide a pleasant aftertaste.

Full body with hoppy bite. Not too bitter or sweet.

A nice surprise. Sure, it's strong and slightly sweet, but it's no boozed up sugar bomb like so many other 9.0% abv DIPAs that I've had.

Oct 10, 2018
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PSanger from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very boozy double from one of my favorite breweries. Usually with BBC the taste and smell explode once you even get the glass near your mout and nose. Not this one. Surprising especially for the ALC. this is a phenomenal brewery better off trying one of there many other gems.

Oct 07, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brix in Rutland

L -- Hazy amber-orange body with a finger of solid white head. Some retention and lacing
S -- Orange pith, new sneakers, unripe pineapple, green mango
T -- Orange rind, red grapefruit flesh, pine sap, caramel malt, booze
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Some resinous character in the back, but the bitterness mostly drops out on the finish

Oct 02, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a opaque straw yelllw with a bright white frothy head. Nose is fruity, orange sherbet like. Notes of grapefruit peel and mango as well. First taste is a citrus blast. Orang and grapefruit mixed with notes of sweet dough and melon. I do however pick up a bit of that onion like flavor at points in this. It is ever so subtle tho. Maybe it’s just me but if a beer has that onion like/gym locker taste/smell I usually find it. Note: I haven’t tasted a gym locker yet ;) and was more meaning taste like it smells sort of thing. Still high marks on the taste as the juicyness is very pleasant. Creamy smooth body with a dose of hoppyness at the end.

Aug 06, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/29/18

A: Golden tangerine - very hazy, moderately turbid - pours with a medium size off-white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: Bright citrus juice and tropical notes - tangerine and orange juice, with some bright grapefruit - floral citrus - some herbal and leafy green hops - some dank notes as well, some pine - lots of fruit, with melon, cantaloupe, mango, and some pineapple - some sweetness, but not as much as I would guess for nearly 10% ABV

T: As the aroma suggests, lots of fruit - in many ways reminiscent of orange juice - bright orange and tangerine, with some grapefruit zest, floral grapefruit - herbal and leafy hops, and some sharp, some resinous pine - medium amount of bitterness - some melon, mango, passionfruit, apricot, pineapple - mostly neutral, pale malts, but some notes of bread dough - hint of oats - booze is only apparent in the finish, but it is mostly masked

M: Medium body, smooth and chewy, carbonation on the low side

O: A pleasant king

Peasant King has a nice blend of hops on a solid base. I've had a number of IPAs from Burlington Beer Co, but only a couple of DIPAs. This is nicely aggressive, with some bitterness, but also mellow and chewy. I wish I had bought more than this one can.

Jul 29, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is grapefruit juice in color with about a thumb of head. On break there is a nice collar, and generous lacing.

Smell is citrus all up in your nose. Tropicals also appear and there is a sweet scent that finishes things off.

Taste is similar to the nose, however, I find the tropicals more prominent. Pineapple especially comes through. Nice hoppy flavor on the end.

Feel is medium or better weight, with firm but not overbearing carbonation. Finish is quick and leaves that nice bitter hops.

Well, a damn fine beer. This is something that I would keep going back to were I closer to Burlington VT.

Jul 12, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 02/21/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a thoroughly opaque, murky, pale orange-yellow with a finger-and-a-half of super-soft, lathery head. Retention is very good, leaving a solid curtain of soapy lacing in its wake.

A sharp, yeasty nose of grapefruit and pineapple with a wafting layer of jungle flowers and vanilla.

Taste very much follows the nose - the full boat of tropical fruits, especially the grapefruit and pineapple, with citrus oils and vanilla sugar cookies. Earthy and flowery, medium-high bitterness to the style with just a bit of the dank. Finishes with tingly citrusy hop oils coating the tongue.

Feel is soft and doughy, juicy, medium-plus bodied and brightly carbonated. A slight warmth in the gullet but, otherwise, no sign of the stated 9.5% abv.

Overall, an outstanding NEDIPA. Burlington can be hit or miss for me but Peasant King is decidedly a hit. Thick, juicy, doughy and delicious. I would definitely pick this one up again.

Mar 08, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a cloudy pale yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy floral undertones with some light tropical fruits with some light dry bitter notes. Taste is a mix of citrusy floral undertones with some light tropical notes, some residual sugar with quite a dry bitter finish. Body is full with good carbonation. A lot more bitter then style usually call for.

Dec 11, 2017
Peasant King from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 131 ratings