NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at People’s. Pours an attractive orangey-amber with an off white head that persists. Nose is strongly citrusy, a bit dank and clean. Faint caramel notes come through as well. Floral. On tasting, big bitterness with pungent, fresh hops. The caramel is present but manages to stay restrained. Really clean and balanced. Quite a nice IPA.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at End of the Line, Indy. Another pretty nice local IPA, this one with a very potent, dry nose atop a handsome cloudy orange body. Flavor had a bunch more fruit, with a serious orange peel and bubble gum quality that I enjoyed very much. Not as good as Alpine but a similar corner of the flavor world.
drfabulous (5523) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Tomilson Tap Room. Light caramel and light malt build. Nice bittering to the taste and really good hop aroma with flora and pine. Tasty.
kylevester (11) - - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pushes the limits on the IPA style guidelines. Probably too dark. But this is a tasty brew and one I get a lot around town.
Pours a nice copper with a white head. Good lacing.
Aroma isn’t huge, but noticeable. Has the distinct Lafayette, IN water character in the background.
Flavor is pretty well balanced with a distinct and clean bitterness mixed with malt flavor. The Lafayette water is again noticeable (we have lots of sulfur, hardness, and alkalinity).
Overall this is a very good brew with a noticeable local flavor that we get from the water here.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber with a frothy brown/tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma is semi-dank with floral hops and sweet malt. Taste of caramel, floral hops, moderate bitterness and a touch of warming.
burg326 (5019) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pours a rich copper color with a creamy frothy head, aromas of pine, grapefruit juice, and a touch of malt. Flavors are the same as aromas, little sweetness at end to cut the bitteerness.
574deadzone (1320) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper-amber pour with a toffee colored head. Nose is rich caramel, some pine, herbs and flowers, with a little grapefruit. Taste is a lot of bitter with a fair amount of sweet that grows with warmth. Palate is medium bodied, kind of oily with a lengthy finish. Really nice IPA, one to savor rather than plow through. Nice.
patrick767 (3824) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours lightly hazy copper with a small, off-white head. There’s a big grapefruit hop aroma as well as a big hop flavor with similar grapefruit. and a tasty malt balance. Very good IPA.
Patrickctenchi (5430) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber-red.....thin white head that took a pretty hard pour to get.
Scent is malt, slight sweet bread.
Taste isHop bitter behind sweet...grapefruit....
Pretty good, fairly subtle little IPA.
jbrickell (2) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full disclosure - I really like People’s and I live in Lafayette. I’ve enjoyed many a tasty pint at their taproom and if you’re around that area I really suggest you stop in and try a pint or two.
This beer is one of their flagships and one of three that they bottle (the other two being the Pilsner and most recently Mr Brown.) A fairly aggressive pour yields a decent head. Color is a light copper. Head dissipates fairly quickly (more on that later..)
Aroma is of citrusy, floral hops and caramelly bready malt. Smells pretty darn balanced - definitely not hopwater.
Taste starts off with some pretty sharp hop flavors, followed immediately by a nice hit of caramel malt. The finish is unfortunately a rather jarring mineral tang thanks to the lovely tap water we have here.
Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing, chiefly due to the under carbonation. As previously mentioned, I love People’s, but I find most of their beers to be on the flat side, especially in bottles. This would be in the 4.5 range if the carbonation was right.
Overall, a tasty brew, with a lot of room for improvement. That said - I will keep on coming back to People’s for this and their other tasty brews.