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Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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82
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
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 weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for this...
Appears a light-medium gold with a small white cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing were left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel malt and citrus hops.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild step down from the smell.
Mouthfeel seems a bit overly bitter and in need of more malt to make it a bit more substantial and balanced.

weeare138, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained by courtesy of Houston-based BA Steve (Xadoor), brought over when visiting London last month. No freshness info. printed on the bottle. Served light-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a slightly hazy, dark orangey amber hue; the beer head comes effervescent, mushrooming to a 2cm thick foamy white sponge, sustaining well and leaving semi-tight lacing along the way; the carbonation is quite lively, but not fierce, ejecting constant streams of microscopic fizz from the bottom~~
S: deeply flowery (Cascade?), balanced with a tinge of honey-drink, ripe lychee-fruits, a little citric-fruitiness and a very soft, semi-sweet sugary malts; a light touch of resins and yeastiness adds to the overall complexity, making a moderately aromatic nose--nice!
T: quite sharply fizzy on the texture upfront; the flavour is dryish-yeasty (wood-sprigs and peppery) and full of sour-bitter, citric/orange zestiness with an assertive tannic edge of tangy hops, while a faintly sweet maltiness plays the second fiddle as a balancer against the hops; the lingering bitterness also comes with a tannic edge, almost like crushed grape-seeds+rubbed dry tea-leaves, resulting in a somewhat "stimulating" mouthfeel b/w the teeth and deeply down the sides of the tongue. As the texture and fizziness soften, a better balance b/w fruitiness and bitterness is reached, making a rather soothing after-mouthfeel (rather than after-taste).
M&D: medium-bodied, very refreshing on the mouthfeel due to lively carbonation, and turning softer bit by bit; overall, a very quaffable and dry-ish pale ale. I'm not experienced enough to judge it fairly "within the style", but this one tastes much drier and less malty in terms of overall balance than most other APAs I've tried. A good depth is rendered by the bulk amount of hops used, for sure, and I suspect a better pour without so much yeast-sediments could've made a more fruity sample?! Gratitude goes to Steve, for sharing this fine ale with me.

wl0307, Jun 05, 2006
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 sinistermadman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a small head.

Smell is of citrus, pine and some nutty yeasty elements. Classic pale ale aroma.

Taste is layered in creamy malt with a mild hop undercurrent. Not as much citrus in the flavor as the smell would suggest, more of a grassy, pine taste. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and full with a moderate caronation level. I like my pale ales a little more aggressive, but this is just fine.

sinistermadman, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul.
A good golden orange color with a slight white head that gives some lacing. Smell is muted but there is a good citrus hop character with a malty wiff. Taste is nice middle of the road drinking all day kind of pale ale, it finds a nice balance tilted a little towards the hops. This bottle was a little under carbonated but otherwise pretty good and if I ever find myself in Texas I wouldn't hesistate to buy me a sixer.

Higravity, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of MUSHROOMCLOUD.

Pours a hazy light brown orange, looks like fresh brewed iced tea. Has a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Very light aroma of piney hops and a slight yeastiness.

Little malt flavor, with a slight piney hop taste and a mild bitterness. There is a yeasty taste at the end that lingers.

Light body, creamy texture.

This is a very average APA. It is completely drinkable, but fails to do anything to try and set itself apart.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Dubblebock
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.

Dubblebock, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to assurbanipaul for the chance to have this brew via OneBoxBIF.

Cloudy orange with a white head, falls to a bubbly island. Chalky malts and a toasted odor, interesting and unexpected. Taste is woody hops and slightly watery malts. Ashy residue in the finish with a light mouthfeel. Drinkable. Not like many APAs I've had. Maybe, I'll find this on tap during my next TX trip.

pentathlete, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy, golden color. Reminds me of a cloudy Bud. Small white head atop. Aroma of grass and citrus-very good hop aroma. Nice cross aroma of butter and lemons. Good malty flavor-nicely balanced with a moderate amount of hops. Decent body. One of the better US pales I have had in a while. Well done.

lackenhauser, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a smokey amber with a thin yet fluffy head. Aroma is some light citrus mixed with sweet malts.

Taste is a good blend of sweet and bitter, pale malt and mild grapefruity hops. Good standard pale ale flavors with just a touch more caramel sweetness than typical for the style. As others have noted, it leans much more towards an English rather than our American-style pale ales.

Mouthfeel is medium and soft, very drinkable. I tend to get bored with your standard APAs but I really like this one. Definitely a sessionable beer.

assurbanipaul, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz brown twisty, label gives 12 oz., Pale Ale, Address of the brewery and a website. Pretty much the “Name, rank, serial number” approach.

Aroma: Malty nose with a hint of grassy hops; very mild overall smell with a hint of brown sugar.

Appearance: Amber brown glass with a light tan head that gives a fair cover that gave very nice lace and tide marks. It seems a bit dark for style.

Flavor: Hop flavors come through nicely, but still backed by a lot of malt for a Pale Ale. Hops are floral and a little citric. Overall it’s very balanced, but I am left wishing for a little more hop flavors. Finish is at the edge of cloying. Deeper in I found a few more citric notes in the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with an edge of chew, again, a bit heavy for style. Firm carbonation level, slowly drying finish.

Overall Impression: English Pale Ale maybe? I was expecting a little more West Coast, bring the alpha acid, pump up da flava attitude. This is more refined, balanced, and frankly English (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Color is a little dark but the lace is very impressive. Flavor is just a bit sweet, almost under-attenuated.
I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It’s a decent beer, it could make a summer quencher, but it’s a bit heavy for a lawn mower. I’ll check back after the brewery gets a few more batches out the door.

HardTarget, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a smaller white head that does leave some lace.

Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and lemon some pine hints mixed with sweet malt.

Taste is good hops flavors citrus mixed on a bready malt flavored base some caramel hints but not much. Overall nice flavor good balance some lingering bitter pine resin.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium nice carbonation good feel to it.

Drinkability is good a nice pale ale, would be worth stopping by the brewery if you were in Austin. Thanks go to TxBeer for this sample.

mntlover, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is light copper with a small bubbly head. The aroma is a combination of citrissy hops and sweet malt. Not bad, but could be a bit stronger or fresher. A sip starts with a good citris hop flavor, but soon the taste is consumed by English caramel malt. This seems like an EPA crafted with American hop varities. Not bad, I'd prefer a slightly stronger hop flavor, but the malts are full-flavored enough to keep me interested.

Gagnonsux, Aug 31, 2005
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden beer with a 1/2" white head full of tight bubbles. The head fell to a cap after a while and left very attractive rings of lace down the pint glass.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit let it be known that this was a well hopped pale ale.

Very nice balance between the hops and malt in this pale ale. Nice bready flavor, some citrus notes, and a light bitterness in the finish.

The beer had a nice rich mouthfeel, good carbonation and was obviously fresh and well made. Easy drinking and would make a nice session APA. I am very impressed with this new brewery and especially with Independence Pale Ale.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 07, 2005
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 Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color with a small off-white head, moderate lacing and mild carbonation. It was mentioned at the brewery that the future production of this beer would be filtered.

Aroma: Prominent citrus and mild pine tar hops with an underlying backbone of pale malt, quite pleasant.

Taste: Light pale malt is overlaid with dominating grapefruit hops, which carry throughout the taste. There is a mild lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, pleasant, and full, excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A very good pale ale, clearly demonstrates that Independence Brewing understands their market, pale ales are very popular in Texas, with Sierra Nevada being ubiquitous.

Sampled on tap at the Independence Brewery during the grand opening celebration on October 9, 2004.

Pegasus, Oct 17, 2004
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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.