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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

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Beer added by: Pegasus on 10-17-2004

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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!).

Photo of jdoncbus
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of geomedic
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of TheMistler
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of JonathanL7890
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of lonestar1836
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of xare
4.56/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of beersheppard
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of TheBCrew
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of JDV
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
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...

Photo of jbphoto88
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of bboven
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of pweis909
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.