People’s Porter by Foothills Brewing has a label that looks even more like a political propaganda poster than Hoppyum’s. Putting rays of light behind anything gives it a weird, brain-washy vibe. Take that away, and this dude is just a regular hipster inspecting the visual qualities of a craft beer. As soon as you add the rays back… BAM! Communist! So what have we learned today? The sun is bad. Stay inside and drink porter (get your friends to wave flags behind you while you do it).
The People’s Porter pours a dark, brownish ruby with a thin beige head that disappears quickly like fleeting smoke. The aroma is predominantly caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. The dark malty aromas are surrounded by a halo of floral hops that add just enough contrast. So far, everything is in character for a traditional porter.
The flavor begins with a strong malty presence of espresso and toffee. Hoppy citrus and spice dance between alternating coffee and chocolate notes before fading into a light puff of smoke that leaves a cigar-like impression on the palate. These flavors are carried on the shoulders of a smooth, light body that makes this porter very drinkable.
Whether communist or hipster, the People’s Porter is well executed within its designated style. A robust flavor profile combined with a sessionable lightness make this an ideal grilling beer. On the other hand, its outright deliciousness makes it a great sitting on the couch and ordering pizza beer. You decide! Power to the people! Spoiler alert: I’m probably going to choose the couch and pizza thing.
- Appearance: Dark, brownish ruby
- Aroma: Caramel, floral hops, dark fruit, chocolate
- Flavor: Espresso, toffee, citrus, hop spice, baker’s chocolate, light tobacco
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 5.8%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $8-$10
- Score: 86