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Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews by vdread:
Photo of vdread
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

after sampling every single beer in my local liquor store, i decided to give Independence a try. locally brewed, so why not? even if it sucks, i'll still be supporting austin beer.

Independence Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent sized head.

smells of some bready-maybe crackery malt and bright citrus-dominant hops.

taste is less hoppy than the typical american pale. some bitterness and citrus (slightly floral) hoppiness comes through, but it's well balanced. some bready and caramel malt tastes.

good mouthfeel, though a tiny bit lighter than i like my beer, even pale ales.

excellent drinkability. it's an easy drinking pale ale.

well it doesn't suck. it's a pretty good pale ale, very balanced and drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Dello
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jbphoto88
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing beverage. It pours real thin with a thick head that fades real fast and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Thats the best part of this beer. The smell is nothing special, it is slightly fruity (kind of like apples) with a slight carmel twinge and a subtle hops scent. The taste is poor, it makes me think this beer should be aged a little more before it leaves the brewery. Again there is apples and mild nice malt but it all fades fast and you are left with a plastic, watered down beer taste. This one reminds me of the first time I tried to homebrew. I didn't know what I was doing and I ended up with mediocre ale that hadn't matured. Independence needs a little more patience with this one, it has a good start but needs to be fine tuned and tweaked to higher standard especially when its in the stores for $8-9 a sixer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange liquid fills the glass and gets topped with a small white head that melts quickly to a ring of white.
Aroma is fresh hops all the way...green grassy and a little piney.
Taste at first scared me into thinking there might be a lager type adjunct in here...rice or corn....but quickly I became aware that wasn't the case at all. This pale ale just happens to be full of flavor. There is nothing one dimensional about it. Slightly sweet malt followed with a tang of citrus (more orange than grapefruit) hop then a little lemon and a grassy earthiness on the dry finish.
Lots of tiny bubbles to tingle the tongue and tickle the throat on the way down.
Great refresher
Thanks assurbanipaul for this little taste of Texas.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beneath the creamy white head of Independence's pale ale lies a slightly hazy golden body. The head drops fairly quickly at first, but then holds a wide, creamy collar throughout the remainder of the glass; and some very nice lace is left behind.

The aroma offers crusty, bready malt backed by grassy, gently citrusy and floral hops with a touch of yeastiness (yeast - not yeasty fruitiness); and the flavor comes through in the same way. It's malty and bready upfront, with just a touch of biscuit and caramel before its brash bitterness cuts across the middle, drying it and leaving the grassy and floral hops to step in. It lingers after the swallow, bitter and mineralish, with smears of grassy hops strewn about.

The mouthfeel is slightly light, on the medium-light side, which adds to its drinkability in a way. And the brash bitterness is an uncommon surprise that also cuts right through leaving the palate dry and wanting of more.

It's a basic but interesting pale ale in that it doesn't follow the mainstream American pale ale cut-out.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Whole Foods. Like the Austin Amber, there's a clear diacetyl character. It just adds a mild butterscotch taste to balance the hops and malt, so it's not a bad beer. A decent Ringwood pale ale I suppose. The aroma is fruity Ringwood candy and the flavor has the same character upfront followed by a herbal lemon citrus taste. It's not a big hoppy American pale ale, but at the end of the night, the more I consider this beer, the more I realize it's is a fine session beer.

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheBCrew
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours light amber color with 2 fingers of white head that sticks around. Aroma is grassy and harsh. Tastes like grass clippings with malt nowhere to be found. Acidic finish. The mouthfeel was watery and thin. I did not have a second one. Not recommended.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The beer is an amber and cadmium orange color with a big frothy four fingers of head, much more than I was expecting. Inside the bottle sits a hazy mess of yeast sediment. A few streaks of lace sit on the side of the glass. The beer is also extremely effervescent.

Smell: The nose is a blend of light cereal grain and pale malt. To be honest there aren't a lot of hops shining through as the description on their website would have you believe, but you can tell that they're present from a bittering perspective. Only a little bit of citrus shines through.

Taste: The taste is much of the same, some pale malt and some cereal grain flavors coming in as well. Well balanced from a bittering standpoint, though more hop flavor would be nice. To be fair, this beer, aside from the carbonation, does seem to be right on par for the style. I am bias though, I do like more citrus flavor in my pale ales.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated, a little too high for my liking. I let it sit for a handful of minutes between sips to let it calm down. Thin to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Again, I think this is a great representation of the pale ale style. It doesn't have the hop profile I'd prefer, but then again the hop profile I prefer isn't a true pale ale. This is a well put together beer by Independence.

Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light honey color with a thin head even after a forced pour. Aroma is an interesting mix of toffee, toast, citrusy PNW hops and noble hops. A little bit of alcohol heat in the nostrils. Flavors of malt start off sturdy then fall way back, just washing totally off the palate with a metallic twang. Hops are nice in this one, giving off a good bit of citrus and flowers. Finishes a bit dry with lingering bitterness. I like it, but I wish the malt wouldn't have run off so quickly. Mouthfeel kind of fizzes and the body is a bit sticky. Drinkable enough.

For a somewhat locally made pale ale, I'd go with Rio Blanco Pale of Full Moon Rye by Real Ale Brewing co., but I wouldn't turn this down.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into mug.

Cloudy honey gold hue. Strong one inch egg-shell white head. It has good retention, and likewise lines the glass with lacing. Settles to a thin cap. When held up to the light, you can see the sediment floating in the beer.

Strong piney hop aromas strike first, with a malty backbone. Citrus like flavors can be detected as well. The bottle doesn't say when it was bottled, but it smells absolutely fresh.

Herb like hop flavors dominate the palate, with a malty middle. Finishes dry with plenty of lingering hop flavor. Tastes like an APA more than an EPA, going against what others have stated.

Lighter bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp feel, and a dry hoppy finish.

I enjoyed this one. It has to be a very fresh sample. The hops were lively and delicious. I recommend you to try one of these, and hopefully you will have one that tastes as fresh as this one does.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured light honey amber hue with almost no head, just a thin white ring around the brim of my wiezen glass. A small trace of laceing can also be found, and even a few columns of beading floating from the bottom.

Smell: The smell is herbal-licious. Grassy hops and some garden herbs present majority of the aromas. Also some under ripe fresh fruit rinds.

Taste: The hop character pushes the grassy herbs to the max, but not to strong just enough to let you know they are there. Mildly sweet malts can be detected but about as much as you taste the alcohol, not alot.

Mouthfeel: The feel is on the thin side with little carbonation. It has slightly bubblely finish as well.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale but by far not the worst. In other words I would recommend for a try.


Cheers2Beers

Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy orange body with a finger of off-white head that leavers decent lacing.

Aroma: Mild, citrusy and somewhat grassy hops over caramel malt. A little thin, but appetizing.

Taste: Very similar. The same hop profile (though more intense) over a solid, biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced. There's a hoppy aftertaste, stronger than I expected, that is certainly welcome.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and refreshing with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, as you'd expect from a Pale Ale.

Verdict: Independence is a very drinkable, straightforward Pale Ale. It's not going to set the world on fire, but it will work perfectly for a session. I would prefer the hops to be cranked up just a little bit, but then I'm a certified hophead, so I could say that about most beers. Mild and inoffensive, this makes a great "gateway beer" to turn someone onto craft beer.

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beertramp
4.78/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden in color with a nice amount of foam when poured into a glass. Great lacing.

Subtle hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus. Very well balanced American Pale. The hop taste doesn't overpower, but also has a nice lingering citrus/hop taste.

Overall it is a very drinkable, and nicely balanced pale ale. Good for the Texas heat.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

loudy burnt amber, with no real large head. What was there faded quickly but left a film of gooey, drippy lace skimming on the top, lots of eddys and swirls rounding about on it. Deep dripping lace down the glass, and a bit of a bubble stream coming up from the bottom. Smell was big and strong. Big citrus players here, lots of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet smell, like orange sherbert or candy. Very nice and plesing to the nose, smells like it will be a winner. Taste struck me as odd, after all the sugary itrus in the smell, none really came through in the taste. There was a strong bitter hop presence, providing lots of IBU's however it was more of a pine,resiney type of hops, rather then the sweet candy orange that came through at first. Nice and crisp, clean, very dry and long lingering finish,

Photo of Bierguy5
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Good looking copper color, pretty clear. Thin white head disappears immediately, even when poured aggressively.

Some sweet caramel malt aroma, grainy, earthy and grassy hop notes as well.

A bit of malty flavor, with a mixed bag of fruity flavors. The beer moves into an earthy, astringent, mineral flavor, that is not very good. Harsh earthyness lingers on the palate.

Light body, and seems to be lacking enough carbonation. Disappointing. This got a bit better once it warmed.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Independence Pale Ale has a very thin, egg shell head, and a clear, golden orange appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and thick lacing. The aroma gives a whiff of Orange Julius, and then mostly clean water. Taste is quite strong on bitter hops (the predominate flavor aspect), and there are underlying barley malt and pine notes. The mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Independence Pale Ale finishes mostly dry, crisp, sharp, and good. Drinkability is moderate to high. Even though it’s rather one dimensional (hops), overall, this is a very good ale.

RJT

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Robo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.