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Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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82
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
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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Photo of Xadoor
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Independence Brewing has just recently began bottling their beer. Up to now, its only been available on tap in various bars and restaurants in Austin.

Pours a clear, pale amber from the bottle with a nice foamy head. Some lacing down the inside of the glass. Mild malt and hop aromas. A medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. A great balance between hop and malt flavours. A very clean and dry finish with a slight bitterness.

An excellent American Pale Ale and certainly one of my favourites. Even easier to drink now that its available in bottle. Goes great with Texas bar-b-que!

Xadoor, Aug 14, 2005
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.

beertramp, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of thugherman
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

thugherman, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of DamYankee
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although I am a big fan of darker beers, Independence Pale is my new favorite. I have been drinking it since Independence opened in the fall of 2004, but this is the first time I've had it in the bottle. The quality is surprisingly close to the on-tap version. Being a hophead from wayback, I really appreciate the wonderful hoppy aroma the dry hopping has had on the beer.

Drinkability is very high, the bottle being empty before I realize it. DEFINITELY an easy drinking session beer with a bright, crisp, hoppiness that can stand up to the flavors of Texas cooking.

DamYankee, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of xare
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as a clear orange-yellow beer with a massive foamy white head and non-stop carbonation. Head actually lasts all the way down, probably because of the carbonation (along with drinking it fast because it's delicious). Doesn't lace very well, but appearance is so inviting.

Aroma is of cascade hops and smells very clean and citrusy.

Taste is citrus-pine and has a very nice hop profile blended in such a way that you feel like you're drinking water until you hit the bitterness from the hops. Rather absent of any other flavor though, which made me drop it a bit.

Mouthfeel is excellent for a pale ale. Crisp, carbonated very well, creamy, has the bittering hop kick... which immediately disappears when you swallow, leaving a clean finish. Truly a dream to drink.

Drinkability is outstanding. I wish I had brought back more than the single bottle I had of this. If you live in Austin, Texas - start buying cases of this stuff to drink! Man, I'm going to have to start finding excuses and a method to ship myself a case of this beer. Easy to drink, enjoyable to drink, sessionable, and the only blemish is that it's not easily acquirable by me. But that's not enough for me to mark this below perfection. I wish I had caseloads of this beer to drink.

xare, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good one. This pours a pale yellow-orange color. Great hop aroma—floral, piney, and grassy. Wonderful flavor, with those grassy and piney hops there, but in moderation. Nice body, with a chew and resin that gives it heft and a good, slightly tacky finish. I’d drink another.

elNopalero, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of pwsoldier
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear orange-copper with a decent white head that dissipates slowly. Lacing was scant, but there.

S - Floral hop aromas with a hint of pine and saltwater taffee.

T - Very solid malt backbone that balances the hops nicely. The sweetness and bitterness come through simultaneously, which gives this beer a nice complexity for a pale ale.

M - Medium-bodied, dry finish, goes down very smooth with a slight bitterness left on the tongue.

D - This is a very solid and enjoyable pale ale. I'll definitely be having this one again.

pwsoldier, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

barbellsNbeers, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A darn good pale ale. Pours out to a shiny hazed golden orange color with a short lived head of foam. Medium low level of carbonation, some notes of lace. Aromas of yeasty bread, sweet grain, rich malts, fresh hops. Wow. Really nice. Taste is solid; lots of malts and hops over a raw honey grain backbone. Nice. Mouthfeel was unspectacular, yet the other aspects of this beer far make up for it. Good drinkability. They know beer in Texas. Special thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample. Recommended drinking.

Frozensoul327, Apr 25, 2006
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.

BeerSox, Oct 03, 2006
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.

IntriqKen, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jheezee, Dec 08, 2011
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.

BeanBone, Apr 02, 2009
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

RonaldTheriot, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Robo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Robo, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Listers, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of ad5os
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pale ale with decent smell and body. Served in a glass and poured properly gave a nice inch of head and still remained fizzy. It is fairly hoppy but not overwhelming. Very high quality and the price was very low at whole foods in Houston, best deal in the store $6.99.

ad5os, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of dustyonbass
4/5  rDev +11.1%

dustyonbass, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of bentwookie
4/5  rDev +11.1%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jik18
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jik18, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Stevotex
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Stevotex, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of dehjosh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

dehjosh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date 1.15.12

Look- Crystal clear pale amber with a finger and a half of off-white suds. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell- Very faint. Swirling brings out a hint of candied banana, lime, graham cracker, and spice. Sweet, but as faint as it is it isn't overdone.

Taste- Banana again, though closer to banana-raisin muffins than the powdery fruit flavor of a Belgian. Moderate hop bitterness washes after the initial sweetness, otherwise the flavors don't really develop, but overtake one another in turns. The barest hints of black tea and tangerine are present in the aftertaste. Balanced leaning towards bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, moderate carbonation comes out on the sip. It's got some heft and stick to it. Drinks like double-brewed herbal tea with lemon.

Overall- Nice. Not too much going on after the initial flavors come out, but what's there is interesting and refreshing. Worth trying, and I'll pick up a fresher bottle the next time I see one.

Lawl3ss, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +11.1%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.