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Jun 11, 2013 05:23 PM

Eagle Rock Brewery "Populist IPA" (on Nitro)


Do yourselves a favor and find Eagle Rock Brewery's "Populist IPA" on tap with nitrogen. I would describe it as "Boddington's on steroids," a very creamy yellow-gold English style ale. It is some of the best beer I've had in a long while.

I had it a few weeks ago at 326 Beer & Wine at Farmer's Market, but they are now out of it. Eagle Rock's website shows that they serve their beer in a lot of places in LA, but one of its representatives say they "rotate taps a lot" so it's a hit or miss.

But if you've got a good local beer bar you frequent, demand this stuff!

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  1. Is this just there regular Populist IPA or a special edition? Because I have had their Populist IPA and it is solid, but not something I would seek out.

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

      I assume it's the regular Populist IPA, but special because it was served on tap and had nitrogen introduced that way. I think it's one of those beers, like Guinness and Boddington's, that is dramatically different on tap vs. bottle.

      If you've had it on tap and it took the bartender about five minutes to pour, then you had what I've had - on tap + nitro.

    2. Populist isn't an english style ale. It's a West Coast style IPA so any similarities with Boddingtons is coming from the Nitro Tap not from the beer itself. The Nitro tap will lend a greater creaminess while also potentially muting the hop flavors of an IPA.

      If you can't find the Populist on a nitro tap, you might just look for other beers on nitro tap.

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      1. re: bg90027

        Why would you mute the hop flavors? So essentially you are downgrading to like a pale ale with nitro?

        1. re: A5 KOBE

          I'm not sure why that bar would chose to put Populist on a nitro tap. Its much more common to find Stouts or Porters on a nitro tap than IPAs.

        2. re: bg90027

          Yes, you're right about the nitro giving the extreme creaminess which reminds me of Boddington's. I was surprised to find it was an IPA.

          1. re: EarlyBird

            I wonder if this is what you had instead? The names of the ERB beers are confusingly similar and I have known people to get the handels mixed up. I have see Solidarity their english style ale on nitro tap around town (often at The York) but never seen the Populist IPA on anything but a reg tap. The Populist is pretty hoppy and a great balanced IPA.

            1. re: MissBubbles

              "English style ale" made me think of Solidarity at first too, but then described as pretty dark in color. The stuff I had was very golden/yellow. The Eagle Rock guy I spoke with believed I was describing Populist on nitrogen tap.