First, I’d like to say how thrilled I am to be able to review beers for Drink All The Beers. When Tyler asked me, all I could think was, hell yes, another reason to seek out and drink beers in what I truly believe is the golden age of craft beer. As a Birmingham native, born and raised, I selected a locally made beer because like most cities in America, Birmingham is fully embracing the beer movement and it’s an exciting time to live here.
Good People Brewing Company started as most craft breweries have, the passion of home brewing taken to the next level. They were the first on the scene in Birmingham when the laws changed to allow beers over 6% ABV and their flagship beer, Good People IPA, which proudly proclaims on the can “Legally Brewed Since 2008”, clocks in at 7.1% ABV.
Good People IPA (GP IPA) doesn’t have a fancy name, it just states the style, IPA. It’s color showcases the use of crystal malts with a nice deep golden, caramel color. Good People says they don’t filter their IPA, but it still presents good clarity and what yeast is still in suspension just adds to the beer’s body, and doesn’t affect its appearance.
The aroma is one of the more balanced IPA’s on the market. Yes, there is a pronounced hop nose, but it’s not like smelling a handful of hops alone, as some beers do. The balance with the malt is readily apparent in the nose. And it’s not all the Pacific / Northwest hops that most IPA’s rely on. Good People says they use Willamette, in addition to the usual Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe, and Citra. This combination helps give it more herbal hop notes with a touch of orange and grapefruit thrown in.
As for the taste, unlike a lot of the hop bombs out there, GP IPA has a very solid malt backbone and makes good use of a complex grain bill which relies heavily on crystal malts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very hoppy beer, but they have really created a more complex IPA than the average bear. It starts with a full flavored blast of Simcoe and Cascade, but the malts show up very quickly to balance with a malty, caramel character. It has a long hoppy finish, that lingers nicely.
This is a more full-bodied beer than most “single IPA’s”. At 7.1% ABV Good People ramped things up and it shows in the mouthfeel. While it’s definitely not chewy, you certainly feel that this is not a thin, watery beer. But overall its easy on the palate and drinks very easily.