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Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Pegasus on 10-17-2004)
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Dubblebock

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Independence Pale Ale is yet another interesting offering from the fine folks at Independence Brewing in Austin, Texas. It seemed to be a popular choice at the Central Market where I purchased this sixer for $7.99. There is a strong local beer following at the south Central Market, as evidenced by the almost complete sellout of most of the Texas-brewed beers.

The Pale Ale pours beautifully, with a rich, cloudy straw color and an inch-tick head of fluffy foam. The nose is hoppy and full of grapefruit vibes.

The taste is a bit of a letdown in light of the scent. There is less citrus in the body, and more focus on a heavy, almost cloying hops presence. It seemed a bit out of balance, with the malts very understated and browbeaten down by the spunky hops. Something of a woody, bitter aftertaste. There was more of a citrus feel as it warmed, and the grapefruit flavors began to come through with a little more force.

Pretty good mouthfeel, it has a nice carbonation level and goes down easy for the most part. Not highly drinkable, IMO, but decent enough. I wasn't left with the overwhelming compulsion to reach for another one. Might pair well with seafood or chicken dishes. I'll try it again in the dead of summer and see if my taste for it changes. Probably my least favorite of the bottled Independence brews, but not bad nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:30:37 | More by Dubblebock
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Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an impressively sturdy head that leaves quite a few shards behind

Smell: Bready, almost biscuity, with a woodsy, slightly resinous aspect

Taste: Surprisingly sweet (but light) with a real biscuity character; in the middle, there is a Juicy Fruit element that joins with a slightly resinous hop flavor; the sweetness lingers on the palate, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite different from the typical APA, with a little bit of an English character; I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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S: Some lightly pungent hops, faintly resembling an IPA. Diminished after a while.

T: Some resiny hop flavors, tasted a bit like chalk or a bitter medicine. Lingers unpleasantly.

M: Mild carbonation, watery, doesn't want to stick around.

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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.