Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

206 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 580
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 78 | 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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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 580
Photo of smanson56
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at the Pickle Jar in downtown Falmouth, Ma. It poured a pale yellow orange with a slight hoppy nose with some floral hints. Nothing really jumps out in the first taste a nice blend of the hops and the malt. A smooth drinking IPA. I'd probably order it again. (276 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a mostly clear golden color with white head. Pine, grass, and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a slight hop bite. (160 characters)

Photo of Fuori_fuoco
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a number one beer.
It pours a medium head. Great orange colour. Very hoppy and bitter but balanced by a good amount of malt. Loved its crispiness. Nice hoppy finish.
Will have more of it. (195 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Served in a goblet. The beer poured with a medium head and patchy lacing on the sides. The drink has a murky gold-orange appearance. Really zesty citrus smells with earthy/grassy tones. Bittersweet aftertaste with a mixture of lemon and orange flavors. Really good carbonation and a dry finish. Pretty good IPA. (372 characters)

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great IPA for this brewery. Luckily for me I grew up in RI and traveled in MV and Nantucket a lot since 2000. I first came across this place and come whenever I return. What a combo of beautiful island with great beaches and great beer. (239 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, light citrus. Taste is lemony, medium hop bitterness, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but just feels a bit off and no up to the standard of this style. (297 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden, and tons of carbonation.
S: Lemon citrus and peel, maybe some honey
T: Huge lemon and orange citrus flavors. Some malty and bready sweetness.
F: The cabonation bubbles are noticeable on the swallow. Pithy biterness from peel. Sticky, sweet, and slightly warming.
O: Not overly complex but still solid. Super fresh and flavorful. (346 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
2.14/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Had at Boston Logan in a bottle at Cisco pub. It was damned near awful. It was really disappointing. Just some musty muted hop flavor with no depth or balance from the malt bill. The nose was similar, not much going on, and what was going on struck me as stale. Shoulda had the Lagunitas at the other bar. I did not enjoy it and will not have it again.

This is mostly a reminder to myself to avoid Cisco if I see them again. I had been in another pub of theirs once and I recall it being very average, and I am all about supporting local beer everywhere if is is decent. This supposed IPA they gave me today was not decent. I can only hope that it was somehow degraded from what it was supposed to be. (702 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Amber Orange/Carmel Color, Moderate 1/2 inch Beige Foamy Head that Fades after the first sip, Minimal Lacing that Dissipates Quickly

SMELL: Medium Body Biscuit Malt Aromas that mix well with the Fruity Scents

TASTE: Excellent Body, Equal Parts of Dryness, Fruitiness and Bitterness. Very well Balanced Flavors....Could have used just a touch more Hops.

FEEL: Smooth Refreshing and the Perfect amount of Carbonation.

OVERALL: Almost EVERYTHING you want in an IPA....Would have ranked even higher if it had a BIGGER Longer lasting Head and Better Lacing but whatever...I had to choose one of the "Big Five" to be lacking in..."LOOK" would be the one.... Awesome tasting IPA that will be near the TOP of my of my Favorites List....WELL DONE Cisco!!!! (769 characters)

Photo of Bingja18
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle poured into an antique pilsner glass

Clear, golden yellow orange liquid with a stead stream of carbonation. First pour creates a one finger foam lid with great lacings.

A lot of great floral hop notes off of the aroma

Good rush of floral hoppiness. Floral hops on the tip and middle of the tongue. Bitter after taste.

Moderate carbonation on the sip. Smooth .

Very nice east coast styled west coast iPa (417 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Appearance- Copperish-amber colored, very thin head

Smell- Earthy, vegetal

Taste- Bitter, very metallic coppery taste

Mouthfeel- Overcabonated, prickly and astringent. Really not good.

Overall- Not at all what I look for in an IPA. Pretty much the opposite of what I think the style should be. Poorly done. (310 characters)

Photo of LarryV
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it's the summit hops, but I just don't like the taste of this brew. Dank is a good description for the hops. Not a lot going on here besides the grapefruit like bitterness. I bought a 12 pack and it's a bit of a chore to drink. Suffice to say, a 12 pack is enough to satisfy my curiosity of the brew. (306 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep and dark orange with a small head
S - Grapefruit and citrus and a little dank
T - A balance of the hops and malt. Fruit
M - Medium body with a bit of thickness.
O - This is a solid IPA its not a hop bomb or a malty one. Middle of the road. (259 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a very clean crisp appearance with a reddish orange color and an off white head of nice cloudy foam.

The nose is full on malt scents of tea leaf and barley grain. Bitter fruits of lemon, grapefruit and apricot come in as the scent finishes.

The flavors are near identical to the nose and the profile runs in the same order. The malt is full and the hops fruity but the bitterness is a little stronger by than my liking.

The feel is very easy and crisp but that bitter vein runs straight to the finish.

Overall this is a solid IPA with good complexity but it has a bitter theme that just dampens the experience. (623 characters)

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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!! (604 characters)

Photo of theteleman
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,723 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of boditogordito
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a pretty good IPA. Not Hoppy enough for my taste. I thought appearance is nice with a color of copper. A light head that dissolves upon pouring into the glass. It has hints of caramel and grapefruit in the smell. The taste to me is bit too malty and sweet. I would almost consider this a pale ale. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not bready at all. Easy to drink if you want to hang out with your buddies but not an outstanding IPA. (439 characters)

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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