Peasant King
Burlington Beer Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #948
Ranked #4,122
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
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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 Barkeā„¢ Pilsner and Vienna malts for a complex assortment of lightly toasted flavors.
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 121
Reviews by SierraNevallagash:
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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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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.

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Photo of calamato
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ichorNet
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of albern
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.

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Photo of GratefulNole
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zahara15
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of cp29
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of clake
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkermitj
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Original rating from 1/15/15:

Today's review from 7/21/17:
Vigorous pour from 16 oz. can yields a one inch white head over a murky yellow body with some sticky lacing that dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring. Nose of pine and citrus. Taste follows aromas with a bitter grapefruit pith-like finish. Feel is okay and overall, not bad and not their best. Cheers!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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Peasant King from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 121 ratings