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Independence Pale Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 64
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4.32/5  rDev +20%
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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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,

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.


Photo of tjkinate
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.


Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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 champ103
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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 rtepiak
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
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