Beer of the Week: The People’s Pint Slippery Slope

Posted on April 11th, 2011

About the beer: Longtime readers of Beeriety will recall that recently a friend and I brewed up a very unique style of beer called a braggot (pronounced “bracket”). This style of beer, which has its origins as a mead, comes from Wales, but is associated with the United Kingdom at large, as there are multiple takes on this ancient recipe across the British Isles. I had never tried a braggot before brewing one, and seldom thought I would ever get the chance. Imagine my surprise when perusing my new favorite craft beer store, the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA, I came upon the “Slippery Slope” by The People’s Pint, a small brewery located in Greenfield, MA.

“Slippery Slope” is an English style braggot that uses apple cider as a base for the wort. They then add barley malt and fresh ginger for added spice and a very curious, but full bodied mouthfeel. Of course, there’s plenty of honey in there, but this should go without saying, being a member of the mead family. Overall this combination of sugars brings this beverage to a whopping 9% ABV, but you’d never know it, given it’s sweet taste.

In a nutshell: The People’s Pint’s “Slippery Slope” is a unique spin on one of the oldest beer recipes in history and it doesn’t disappoint.

Review: “Slippery Slope” has a warm and full-bodied mouthfeel that compliments its brassy texture. There’s a unique balance of tartness and sweetness that never settles evenly as you drink it. It manages to change from one flavor to the next all in a single sip. Multiply this by an entire bottle and you have one of the most complex and satisfying brews I’ve ever tried. The 9% ABV keeps you feeling toasty, while never overwhelming you with hot flavors or an overly boozy aroma. Overall, this is the genuine article as far as braggots go, and if you’ve never treated yourself to this exceptional brew, I highly recommend you do. Unfortunately, The People’s Pint is very small, despite having been around since 1997. Their bottles are scarce, but they add new retailers to their distribution list every week. If you live outside of Massachusetts, you’re out of luck for now, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, then you should definitely keep an eye out for “Slippery Slope” in your neighborhood craft beer seller. You can thank me later.

Rating: 4 out of 5