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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

539 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Finally an American IPA from us. This beautiful red-orange ale has a full malty body balanced by a fruity apricot/grapefruit nose. Mounds of dank Summit hops in the whirlpool and dry-hop additions provide a delicious finish to this East meets West-coast ale.

66 IBU

(Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 12-26-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 539 | Reviews: 199 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MAJ85:
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3/5  rDev -18%

MAJ85, Apr 03, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial nnic a clear rich burnt orage color with a large blooming white head that left alot of scum behind as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.The label was spot in its description of the aromas,apricot and grapefruit really stand out over top of biscuit malt.The beer really went downhill from there in my opinion first with an almost watery feel in the mouth and then its lack of hop punch on the palate.Grapefruit is there but subdued with caramel malt flavors coming thru,I think the lack of body keeps the flavors silenced a little.It started out good but again it downhill after the aromas.

oberon, Sep 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Tiernan, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This hazy amber brew has a mountain of a head, rocky and dense. It has a fruity, hoppy, malty, yeasty nose, though hops do rise above. Big on smoothness. Citric rind and mint from the hops, peaches and pears from the yeast and a bit of sweetness and toasted bread from the malt are a lot to take in, but it breaks down easier as the beer warms. Its bitterness is a little prickly and the hop flavor lingers in a semi-pungent manner. The word "rustic" comes to mind when drinking this beer. It's drinkable for sure and certainly a versatile pairing beer if needed.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

BrockBill4, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of JasonA
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Im having this pint at Boston Logan Airport Cisco Brew Pub.

Cloudy light copper. Rather cloudy for the style. Solid head, lots of rentention and ample lacing.

Light malt, extensively hoppy. Im excited. Lots of bitter, citrus, some pine.

Intense grapefruit, wow. Bitter, more bitter, and some aromatic hops. Barely any malt, this is for the hop heads.

Sits well for the bitterness level. I cant believe the grapefruit i taste, maybe a bit over the top.

Not sure its the most balanced IPA. Lots of hops, but I think the grapefruit is a bit too much.

JasonA, Aug 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Joebraggot, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber, with a bit of red. A thick, off-white head resembled whipped cream. Some lacing. Mostly a citrus aroma, some sweet malt also. Grapefruit taste, with a little bit of caramel malt. Well-balanced and enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy light tea color with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some sweet (almost nutty) caramel malt with a little melon and some grassy hops.

The flavor is off to me - a little sweet caramel malt and a lot of metallic hops that leave a tarry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, it's got a good amount of bitterness, but the flavors taste very off to me.

Beaver13, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle with my wife. The beer pours amber into my Allagash tulip. As the head forms it expands and stays. A I drink the lace sticks to the glasses edge.

The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus hops the citrus stays in the nose longer but the pine is definitely apparent in the beginning.

This is an interesting taste not what I expected. The carbonation fills the mouth and tickles the edge the gums. The taste of pine hops is the most prevalent taste a slight sweetness from the malt come through and as the carbonation subsides a lingering hop bitter remains. This is a fresh brew with a lot going on but not my favorite taste in an IPA.

bishopdc0, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A = A burnt orange/amber. with a lingering small soapy head and some lacing on the glass.

S = Wow! Lots of hops and a strong orange oil wafting up from the glass.

T = An intriguing burnt bitterness, I think from a citrus oiliness imparted into the ale.

M = What one would expect from an IPA, leaves a bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

O = What an intriguing IPA! I like the burnt/citrus quality of it. Don't see it as particularly drinkable, but would enjoy a pint of it on occasion. I think it might even pair well with the right strong-flavored cold meats and cheese board in a pub. Nicely done!!

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JakerLou, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can

Pours murky darker amber with a dark copper hue. Large tan head, stays and stays, and leaves some thick sheeting and webs of thick lace.

Malty nose, noticeably lacking in hops.

On the palate, hops are present but mostly with a resinous quality. Lacking in aromatic interest. Seems at the same time to be lacking in body, stale and over carbonated. Diactyle comes to mind. Not my favorite take on the style Just seems to be off and not all that enjoyable.

Billolick, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mctizzz, May 12, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nose that seems typical of many microbrewery IPAs, being medium-heavy on hops, with a strong malt background that adds a nice balancing round of darker sugars.

On the tongue, however, the hops come out in forces far stronger than the nose would imply, literally engulfing the tongue and nasal cavities with grapefruity bitterness. The label notes that the ale was brewed with "mounds of dank Summit hops...and dry-hop additions," and while I couldn't find an IBU listing anywhere, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that it's not far off from three digits. So strong are these hops that, literally a full two minutes after swallowing the first mouthful, I can still taste them. In many brews this bitterness is slightly tempered by the rosewater quality that hops can also provide, but here it's just bitterness. There is a fairly strong sugary backbone to the beer (it has to be strong for me to taste it through the hops), but it doesn't come anywhere near quelling the IBUs.

Overall, I can't honestly recommend this brew to anyone who is not a serious hop-lover. Personally, I think it's good, but I also recognize that it's seriously out of balance, and would prove an instant turnoff for most.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online
Thanks, www.archerliquors.com!

Hazy, unfiltered, cloudy auburn and dark gold with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that doesn't leave much stick to the glass, surprisingly.

Sweet aroma, with a substantial amount of caramel and toffee malt character, a bit of citrus (apricot) essence, and a bit of a floral character as well.

Fairly high bitterness throughout from start to finish, along with a bit of citrus and floral hop presence, and lots of overall sweetness. Balanced, though bitter.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Slightly better than average IPA.

ehammond1, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed deep honey amber with an inch-high head that lingers very long and leaves dimples and oily rings around the insides of the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, ripe fruit, cinnamon and grapefruit.

Flavor initially of honey malt, some alcohol vapor, grapefruit pith, some grassiness, touch of mint, and some woody notes, almost a hint of smoke. Not much hop brightness. ABV seems to detract from the flavor a bit.

Full and rich mouthfeel, some carbonation tingle, and some warming of the cheek and tongue. Decent beer, but alcohol could be toned down and hops turned up for my tastes.

far333, Aug 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey hue, with some bottle funk in the mix. Not an impressive head, but some strings of lacing stick around. Says its "bottle-conditioned". Interesting. Smell is fairly weak - but then that could be my nose. I detect citrus (of course), orange blossoms, fuji apples, and some pine notes. Taste is definitely domintated by orange citrus, with flowery elements and a unique sour finish. I feel that characteristic bite on the tongue from the IPA's hop profile. It's good, but somehow falls flat a bit. I would venture to guess that it may have some age on it, and the hops have calmed down quite a bit. Good mouthfeel, but the drinkability is slightly off as the beer isn't very satisfying as an IPA.

kingjames1, Jan 01, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark crimson color darker than most barleywines these days. Thick light beige head stands up tall and rises thick above the rim of the chalice. As it dwindles down it leaves behind fine speckled lacing, and I guess it's time to describe the hop nose. Bright fruity notes I'm getting apricot with herbal/earthy/floral citrus there's some definite hops in here, especially some well blended Summits because I'm not getting any vegetable/garlic/or onion thank God. As I say that about the aroma I'm getting exactly that a bunch of Summit hops provided some spicy onion/garlic like notes but it blends well with these dark fruitier malts. Without this yeast and malt combo this would be completely one sided in the worst way with Summit. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils, but carbonation works well with the spicy hops and residual hop resins sticking around. Overall experience comes off a bit too spicy for me, but I'm still liking the East Coast to West Coast tribute IPA we got going on. Just not my favorite brew ever, but solid stand up be ready for something different than the mainstream.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2011
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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.