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Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Pegasus on 10-17-2004

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 125
Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of fizzgig
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very clear medium amber. Virtually no head with aggressive pour what little there was dissapeared fast.

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.

O: I call cheaply and carelessly made hoppy beer like this hop water. It's like they say "let's just throw something together to compete in the $8-9 6 pack market, nobody knows what they're buying anyway". Couldn't finish it after smoked chicken was gone. Too bad, was pulling for a local beer.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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,

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Photo of ad5os
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: thanks to tjkinate for sending me this bottle.

appearance: orange yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: caramel, biscuit, hops, malts

taste: crisp clean pale ale, not to hoppy, caramel, biscuit, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a decent pale ale. nothing over the top. but a good drinkable beer.


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Photo of tjkinate
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Local beer night!

Poured this pale yellow, partly cloud, brew into a standard pint glass which created a 1 fingered, bright white, soapy head. Did display decent retention and good lacing. Smell was fairly pungent and full of hops and grains. The taste mirrors the the smell, but leaves you feeling slightly cheated and wanting more. Mouthful was light and slightly flat. Overall, not a bad beer, just to straight forward IMO. Not the best I've had from this local brewery.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.


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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

It is light golden and hazy with a thin filmy white head. The smell is mostly toffee and butter with some grapefruit and pine hops. The taste is bitter at first with citrus hops, that flavor soon gets washed away by sweet, bready malt, the aftertaste has a hint of pine. Feels light/ medium bodied with low carbontaion. This is a solid pale ale, nothing out of the ordinary but a good example of the style.

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Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Gabe's San Antonio, enjoyed 4.20.11.

Two fingers billowing white head, medium slow dissipation with significant lacing. A bit of floral sweetness in the nose, bready malts for balance, smells more like a Pilsener than a APA. Taste mirrors nose, no caramel or crystal malts to speak of, bit of floral bitterness on backend. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence. I liked this better than the Real Ale Rio Blanco, much crisper and cleaner taste profile.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper orange color. A small white head forms and recedes to nothing in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and piny hops. Pale malts and a light sweetness. Not much else, mostly neutral.
T: Soapy and piny hops again. A grapefruit bitterness. Light butter diacetyl. Pale malts and some sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soapy and oily, but crisp. Not hard to drink but I really don't care to have another.

Bland and inoffensive for the most part. Typical of Independence. Not something I would recommend, but really nothing all that bad either.

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Photo of vdread
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pour is golden orange and delicate lace. a nose of bread and glue... and some citrus. very mild citrus. palate is that exactly. a palate that is a bit sharp on the tongue. pepper dry with hair protein quality. a bit bitter finish. the fruit doesn't seem to do much. very one dimensional. had a nice volume that went away somewhat quick. this beer is complete average in quality otherwise. not much character or latitude.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought me a few from Independence and Real Ale out of Texas... thanks Phil! I poured this one into a regular pint glass, nice head on it... had to let it settle to top it off. The beer itself is an amber-golden color... lots of bubbles from the pour and some nice cloudiness. Rich creamy white head... looks like a fantastic beer!

This one has a maltier smell than the Real Ale Pale Ale... maybe even a little towards the malt side of the malt/hops balance for this one. The caramel comes through first and then some of the slight fruity hoppiness. I like it.

The taste is more hoppy than malty, unlike the smell... grapefruit dominated and not as much malt presence as the aroma. It's good but I was hoping that balance would carry through.

All in all a solid APA... a little bit better than the Real Ale version I think, but it's close.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 8/9/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a somewhat opaque burnt orange colored body, with a big creamy off-white color head, lasting. Hoppy aroma, some citrus like orange, and some spice too. Some maltiness there, biscuitiness. Hoppy taste, sweet malty aftertaste. Some biscuit malt and a bitterness on the end, some pine. Tasty, reminds me of a sam adams or fat tire. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze and a moderate amount of carbonation. Dense white, small bubble head and sticky lace. Strawberries and honey aroma with a hint of hops. On the hoppy side for the typical pale ale. Unfortunately, they flavor iis a bit nondescript. Medium mouthfeel and bitter finish.

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Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a large 1 inch head. Light spots of lace on the glass.

S - Dominant aroma of hops, followed by a very noticeable malt presence.

T - Citrusy hops attack the palate, but are quickly smoothed over by an almost equal amount of malt. Very buttery in the finish. Not as much of a harsh hop finish, due to the large amount of malt in the taste.

M - Medium bodied. Good mouthfeel.

D - Nice flavor and an easy drinker. Well enough balanced between the hops and the malt, although I prefer my pale ales to be a but stronger on the hops side. Not a bad beer by any means, and one I'm sure I'll have in the future.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

An aggressive pour unleashes a clear, golden-straw yellow body with a sluggish carbonation level. Attractive manila head, with a few globs of big bubbles floating amidst a sea of smaller ones; some sticky lacing, too. Aroma is a highlight of this brew, as a solid biscuit and caramel malt note balances well with a light dusting of floral hops. Notes of apricot, kiwi, and white grapes linger in the background.

Interesting flavor...starts out with a subtle spice and biscuit malt note before quickly shifting to a bitter, peppery, piny hoppiness. Where did the fruitiness go? The finish is almost harshly bitter, but the medium body is well-carbonated and refreshing. Not sure what the original bitterness was expected to be when Independence brewed this Pale Ale, but the IBU's are a bit overwhelming for the style. Still, it's a fairly tasty beer that easily trumps their Stash IPA (hoppier, too!).

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, vibrant yellow. Active carbonation, mild lacing, and a smallish yet fluffy head that clings a bit.

Aroma is buscuits over fruity hops. Can make out some floral notes, mild butterscotch, pepper and sourdough.

Quite crisp on the palate, bready malt and sweet caramel initiate the experience. Sour and mild citrus hops round out and leave the mouth dry and moderately tart. Piney after taste.

A very enjoyable and crisp Pale Ale. If I lived down here I would certainly put a few of these back; on tap would be a nice try as well. A solid hot weather pale.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of geomedic
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Draft in a chilled "Pounder" pint glass.

A: Clear, golden. Minimal head (< 1cm) dissipates quickly and completely without lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity.

T: Earthy hops predominate but do not overpower. Bitter aftertaste. Sweet, malty and fruity undertones.

M: Very light for a pale ale. Carbonation is light as well but certainly not "flat."

D: The lightness of the mouthfeel and the relatively low-key hoppiness give this beer a high gulpability. Probably best if served colder than I typically like my pale ales. Bitter aftertaste somewhat limits drinkability.

O: Potable. I prefer piney or floral hops to the earthy, bitter hops flavor of this beer.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper brown. Despite seemingly good carbonation, there isn't much in the way of head. White, medium sized bubble, dissipate pretty quick, as well.

Fruity, sweet nose. Malty, but not without some floral and citrusy hops. Caramel and maple.

Strong malt base, maple. Finishes with surprising bittering. Grassy hops, not without a hint of spice. Some resin sticks around.

Crisp, somewhat prickly carbonation. Upon warming there is a certain syrupiness, aided by the resin, but it isn't too bad. Pretty easy drinking.

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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.