Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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576 Ratings

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 16
Gots: 74 | 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:
Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 12-26-2007

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
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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 213
Reviews by ThisLadyLovesBeer:
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of JasonA
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours hazy amber to red orange under a quickly dissipating 3” off white foam cap. Produces thin curtains of lace. Smell: Spice and herbal hops with biscuit and light fruit. Taste: Starts with fruit – peach, apricot and melon – over biscuit leading to a grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body and carbonation. Overall: Refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online

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.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of kingjames1
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Bingja18
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good pale ale for those looking to make the leap to Pale Ales and IPAs. The hops are definitely there but not as prominent as in other beers of the same style. Distinct grapefruit that takes some of the bitterness away.

Overall a nice little IPA that can serve as a gateway for beer drinkers who are developing their palate.

Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bomber into a pint glass. No date.

A-Rich cloudy amber wih a thick eggshell head that laces nicely.

S-Huge malt backbone dominates the nose, with pungent C-hops in the background. Very nice.

T-Initial astringent pine and citrus hop bitterness is well balanced by healthy caramel malts which continue the balance through to a long bittersweet finish. Well done.

M-On the slighly heavier side of medium. Somewhat oily with well balance carbonation.

D-Very drinkable IPA approaching a DIPA. I call it an IPA and a quarter. Very nice New England brew that I would not hesitate to buy again.

Photo of dashirey
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - clear with a color that lands somewhere in a mix of orange, copper, and amber. Huge thick fluffy cream colored head which left lacing at the very top of the pint glass, but left more lacing as I drank the pint down.

S - A sweet smells come through. I detect pineapple over all other fruits.

T - A lot of different things in the taste, but nothing that that really sticks out as great. Malty up front, but missing the hops I believed would be there from the nose. Don't get me wrong there is some hops and bitterness i nthe end and after the swallow, just not as much as I expected.

M - A little too much carbonation, in my opinion. Medium bodied with some hop oils left on the tongue afterwards.

D - Pretty solid and drinkable IPA. I could have a couple of these in a sitting. Not the best or the worst ever, but definitely above average.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gamanly for this one!

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color. Small head, but chunky foam. Dissipates to a ring of foam around the top. Decent lacing.

S: More on the malty/caramel side for an IPA. Still, there is a good bit of citrus, grapefruit, and some lemon, but less so than most IPAs I have had.

T: The citrus is upfront on the flavor profile and is balanced with a heavy dose of malts. Tons of sweet caramel. Has a bitter piney finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but seemed to be lacking in carbonation a little. Overall, not bad. A little maltier than I like for an IPA, but something I would drink again.

Photo of tastybeer
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-auburn hazy color topped by a tight bubbled, beige head. Occasional lace strings stick as the head fades to a quarter inch. Aroma is packed with grassy hops and smells of dry wood, leaves, lemon lemon pulp, and hidden malts underneath. The smell has a chalky feel to it. Taste is extra bitter and somewhat malty. Not a lot of distinct, or even discernible, hop flavors. This tastes like there's a giant amount of bitter hops, and barely any aroma/flavor hops. Taste seems like its missing a lot once you get through the bitterness. The texture on the other hand is refreshing. Medium body, semi-frothy yet liquid feel, and nice carbonation. Even though important parts of the flavor seem to be missing, this is still easily consumable.

OK, though not sure I'll get it again if I come across it.

Photo of mutterfudder
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date poured into a Stone IPA tulip.

A - Hazy dark copper color with a one-finger head. Nicely laced down the glass while drinking.

S - Good strong citrus. Floral and piney notes on the hops, and the malts were smokey. Really liked the nose on this one.

T - Taste follows the nose well. There is a hop flavor of lemon rind and grapefruit. Not incredibly unique but very enjoyable.

M / D - This had a really nice mouthfeel that kept my mouth wet instead of drying it out. Very drinkable.

A good IPA. Had a nice fresh hop flavor, and a neat smokiness in the mouth. I enjoyed it.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Indie has a golden copper color with better than average clarity for the style. The head is short and short-lived but leaves some lacing as it settles.

Aroma is very hoppy with some nice sweet citrus, pineapple, and floral notes.

Flavor is big, even for an IPA, and pushes the boundary in a way that reminds me of Torpedo. Lots of citrus and pine hop character that is barely balanced by the malt body. Speaking of malts, caramel and toffee sweetness comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a little higher than normal for a standard IPA but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the beer.

Overall a very solid IPA and one worth picking up if it's available in your area. They just came to Colorado and I'm interested in trying some of their other offerings.

Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, xmas gift. served in a small tulip

A - pours with a generous almost inch of forthy, dark tan colored foam which recedes and leaves a thin layer of wet lace around most of the glass. the beer is fairly cloudy, dark amber in color.

S - slightly musty, sweet caramel. hops coming through a bit piney with a hint of candied citrus fruits.

T - begins with a flash of citrusy, fruity and oranges notably. turns more towards pine, and earthy mint. fairly bitter though considerably balanced with caramel malt.

M - medium bodied with nice, moderate yet slightly tingly carbonation. sticky body, lingers with assertive piney bitterness for awhile. ever so slight alcohol burn cleans up a bit.

D - not bad, and a bit distinctive in its own right. well balanced yet still bitter enough to be correctly styled as an IPA. mostly drinkable at 7.5%. nice.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprsingly light colour with lots of white head. Pine resin aromas. Initially good hop flavour, then a little astringent finish. Leaves one a bit unsatisfied, even a 7.6% abv. Drinkable nonetheless. Average or even above average mouthfeel, but still missing balance and very good hop flavour.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a big, foamy, off white head that has good retention

S - bread, candy sugar, sweet, caramel, citrusy

T - caramel, sugar, dark bread, citrus, alcohol

M - warm, almost boozy, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is an intense IPA. It definitely comes close to DIPA if not Barleywine Jr. It's intensely malty and sugary, but very hoppy and citrusy. The balance is nice. My only complaint is that the alcohol is a little over done. Other than that this was a nicely done IPA.

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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