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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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424 Ratings

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%

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)
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Reviews by pinotboy007:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Brassy copper-like and crystal clear with an off-white, soapy head that dissipated quickly. Only a trace of lacing.

S-Pine and grapefruit melded witha a sort of nutty-like scent that's very nice.

T-Hops throughout; reminds me a an imperial because I can taste the sweet malts and heat from the alcohol. Has a nice sort of Band-Aid thing going on that reminds me a bit of Orval, too.

M-Nice creamy fizz.

D-Sure is.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 20:40:25 | More by pinotboy007
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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!!

Serving type: bottle

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4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at PW mart in Poway CA. Pours dark amber with an execellent fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and hops. The smell kind of reminds me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, pretty sure both are incorporating a dry hop method and it comes through very nicely on the nose. Mouthfeel slightly chewy, medium thickness. On the taste the hops come through nicely but the East coast influence in definitely there as well, a nice balance on this beer between hops and malts. Never saw this for sale before here in San Diego, but will be buying more when I can, a tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:02:53 | More by theteleman
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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taking me back to when the American IPA had really no authentic identity. A time when the ale more resembled an English-type IPA but made with American malt substitutions to emulate British character and using the more piquant and citrusy domestic hops for a taste of something different. -that's what this IPA reminds me of...

Cisco's Indie Pale Ale is a bronzen amber color with copper highlights. Its lightly filtered haze pays complements to its hop use while a light and sandy head billows above. Darker than the average IPA, the ale laces beautifully with intricate patterns.

Its toasty and toffee aroma is bready, biscuity, sweetly scented and pleasantly nutty and savory. A citrus scent to follows offers a whiff of orange peel, grapefruit and torn pine needles just before the sip.

Similarly, a hearty caramel sweetness transpires much like the heavy hand of kettle caramelization. Followed by pecan, bread crust and light toast, a sense of brittle comes to mind before its hoppy middle arrives. Medium citrus tones of grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, apricot give a bright taste midway through before the finish of pine, grass and ginger spice transpires.

Medium in body, the beer's inherent and richer taste gives its texture a bit more heft as well. Its toffee-laden creaminess begins to dissolve over the middle as its fleeting carbonation takes the bulk of sweetness with it, allowing for the light and spicy warmth of alcohol to dry the taste alongside of lightly resinous hops.

Not as fruity or biscuity as English IPA but not as dry or citrusy-bitter as current American versions, Indie Pale Ale toes the line where they meet- sharing the best of both but leaving us yearning for their extremities.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 05:16:16 | More by BEERchitect
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the smell.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4-finger head of light khaki over a cloudy body of golden orange; moderate amount of rising carbonation, decent lacing

S - fruity (apricot, citrus) and floral with a touch of malt

T - apricot and grapefruit, touch of pine, subtle notes of bready malt, hint of pepper; pretty dry all the way through with a bone-dry finish

M - medium body, high carbonation, very dry

O - a very pleasant IPA

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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick behind and, surprisingly, there are tiny bits of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Sweet biscuity malt aroma with a hint of butter. Hops are there but a bit subdued. Slightly musty.

T- Again, very malty sweet, almost sugary. This is gonna sound crazy but it reminds me of a light barleywine which is actually pretty impressive since I've never encountered a beer like this before. The earthy hops give a mild bitterness and is balanced out by the hefty amount of malt.

M- Oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This one wins extra points for uniqueness. While I don't usually dig the maltier IPAs, this one really achieves the illusion of a sessionable barleywine. Crazy, I know but I recommend you judge for yourself.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: sort of a burnt Siena type of color to it. So,what hazy. Creamy off white head retains well at a half an inch and leaves webs of lacing etched into the glass.

S: Intense oily and herbal hops waft up from the glass. Judging from the nose this is going to have a hell of a bite. Earthy and dank, wet and leafy. Hints of mandarin orange come out briefly. A touch floral too, underneath it all. Malt base is very toasty with nuances of crust and dark caramel.

T: Earthy hop tastes. Resin and maybe even a bit of bark. Very oily and bitter. Bitingly bitter, actually. Lemon pulp and mandarin orange begin to emerge as the palate adjusts. Malt base lays down some fat bready and toasty flavors. Some thick chewy caramel too. As big as the malt flavors are, the hop bitterness still cuts through and finishes the stronger of the two. Toast and a heavy biting bitterness on the long finish.

M: Big boned medium body. Creamy. Bitter, biting hop oils. Astringent and enamel gripping.

O: Very east coast in style. The large malt backbone might turn off some west coast purists, but there's plenty of acute bitterness here to keep a staunch hop head happy. This beer isn't playing around, it's all about rough, oily bitterness.

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.