Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by Brenden:
4.05/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer is dark orange, really veering well into red territory when held to the light, in a body that looks hazy but shows itself to be clear when that light comes through. A good, solid, nearly medium brown head is steady and constant. Lacing clings well to the glass from top to bottom.
There's lots going on in the nose. This beer takes an almost rustic, fresh, hoppy but well-balanced approach to the style with a complex conglomeration of nut, earth, herb, leaf, and citrus zest backed by a bit of fruits and a strong yeast element.
The taste starts off bitter and threatens to get chalky before malts kick in and balance it out. Then it's big, fresh raw grapefruit. It's just as green as the aroma, big leaf coming through all the way though it's evened out just enough by malts with a heavily earthy tone and a sort of semi-sweetness.
A sort of herbal and leafy feel keeps this beer's medium body dry but still smooth as crispness stays strong.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 17:44:43 | More by Brenden
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin off-white head.
S: Delicate aromas of biscuit, caramel, cream, and crackers are met by scents of herbs, grass, lemon rind, lime zest, kumquats, bitter orange, pine, spruce, and cedar.
T: Notes of lemon rind, lime zest, bitter orange, kumquats, pungent herbs, grass, pine, spruce, cedar, and minerals are subtly supported by cream, cracker, biscuit, and caramel notes. The finish is shorter than expected, displaying a clear balance of caramel, biscuit, cracker, cedar, herb, and bitter citrus flavors.
M: On the heavier side of medium, oddly dry, and more than a bit chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is incredibly forceful and never really seems to calm no matter how long the beer is held in the mouth. A bit of a challenge to polish off this bottle.
O: This is an interesting IPA, but I am not sure I can be moved to call it a good example of the style. It kind of straddles the fence between English and American versions of the style, and though it is not bad, it does not really capture the best aspects of either.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 19:12:00 | More by mrfrancis
Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.