Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Pegasus on 10-17-2004

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is light yellowish amber. 2 finger foam that dissipated slowly. lacing on glass.
Aroma is floral hops, bready. Pretty subtle, though.
Taste: Surprisingly bitter.
Mouthfeel: pretty good, silky mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.
Drinkability: Above average.

One of the better Independence brews I've had. (305 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a decent amount of white bubbly foam. Retention is ok as is the lacing.

Smell is piney hops and some earthy malts, reminds me of some freshly peeled cedar bark. The nose is decent, if not a bit faint.

High level of hop bitterness and a decent amount of caramely malt backing make this the most enjoyable Independence brew I have tasted. The hops are grassy in flavor and provide a fairly clean finish with a resinous tailing left on the tongue. Carbonation levels are fairly high, but not over the top. I don't know, it drinks well enough, but doesn't make me want to go out and buy a sixer of it. (638 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big, fluffy off-white head resting on top of a very cloudy dark orange color. Hints of brown in the color as wel. The head has decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Slightly weak aroma of some toasted bread, biscuity malt and an interetsing combo of floral and tropical hop aromas. Pick up some pineapple and mango along with the smell of some fresh picked flowers.

T - Very bready sweetness initially before an interetsing hop profile comes in with a bitter punch to the tongue. Very sweet bitterness with hints of trtopical fruits and citrus fruits mixed together. Still getting some pineapple but there is some tangerine and grapefruit mixed in as well.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking APA for sure. (749 characters)

Photo of lonestar1836
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearence: pours golden yellow w/medium white head.
smell: sweet light hoppy aroma.
taste: not too light not too heavy, the sweet and bitter flavors mix well, nice hoppy aftertaste
mouthfeel: smooth, not too foamy
drinkability: i've had better, but this is a nice ale for a warm ealy fall afternoon (299 characters)

Photo of xare
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of pwsoldier
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of beersheppard
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with lasting creamy white head. Grassy/flowery aroma. Not overly hoppy yet not very malty, beer seemed to be indecisve as to which would be the predominant flavor.

Bottom line: The beer was average. I would try it again, but not anytime soon. (262 characters)

Photo of TheBCrew
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.57/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear amber pour with lasting white head. Smell is caramelly sweet hops at 1st, then grassy, acidic smelling hops. Taste was VERY watery and very bland for a pale ale. A hint of bitter hops in the finish, but by FAR the blandest pale I've ever had. Very low flavor and was what I'd expect a light pale ale would be if it existed. Looking back, I feel I was probably generous with the scores too... (397 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of bboven
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is cloudy apple cider with a huge head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very cloudy.

The smell is overrun by fruity yeast and green apple. The hops are barely there and the malt isn't at all.

Taste is very yeasty, again that fruity, belgian-like yeast flavor is in there all over. Nice bittering at the end but also a little wet cardboard.

The huge overzealous head at the beginning sucks all the life out of the beer and leaves it very undercarbonated and watery.

This is just not a well-made beer. AS a homebrew, it would be drinkable, but this was a $9 six pack. Will not buy again, will actually tell other people not to waste their money. Very disappointing. (674 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is right for a pale. Not much head retention. Smell is lacking aromatic hoppyness. The most memorable aspect of the taste is a crisp bitter finish. This is a good thirst quencher for those who don't mind the bitter, but the lack of strong malt character and hop aroma makes this one less interesting to me. (312 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came my way as part of "The Little Guy BIF" and MushRoomCloud. This beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a clear light coppery coloration. The head is a finger and a half high biege color. The head has pretty good staying power. The beer leaves rings of lacing behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer delivers alot of grassy, pine herb hops. The beer has a bit of fruityness to the smell.

Taste: The beer delivers a bit of caramel maltyness and earthy grassy hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is just shy of medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. This beer is not the greatest IPA available; however, I would not turn this beer down.

Big thanks to MushRoomCloud for sending this beer my way. (751 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of cheers2beers
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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 (833 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to culdeus for this one

A: Pours a dull cloudy apricot colored brew with a fine off white head. Copius amounts of little bubbles make their way up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fairly yeasty actually with some citrus, banana, fresh cut grass and pine cone.

T: Begins sort of grassy with some celery salt flavors (with out the salt). Light lymon flavors mix with a contained bitterness. Finishes earthy with some dirty hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with a hard consistency. Seems flat for the amount of carbonation.

D: Nothing undesirable about this beer, very drinkable. (604 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orange-amber color with little foam. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, in a grapefruit-citrus sort of way. Very nice mix of light malty sweetness and a burst of citrusy bitterness, ending with a lingering dryness. Slightly chalky, tannic mouthfeel.

Quite a nice beer, the best of the Independence line-up. (318 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,990 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of sinistermadman
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (444 characters)

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