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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
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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Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 18:06:30 | More by Immortale25
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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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 15:00:09 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Omnium


3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange with half a finger of off white head no lacing.
S - Lots of caramel, slightly astringent, very herbal hop tones, some grapefruit.
T - Sweet malt, biscuity, some really abrasive bitterness, very soapy, some weird burnt wood kinda undertone.
M - Soapy slick feeling, gross bitter aftertaste.
O - Not a good American IPA at all, so soapy and bitter with too many off flavors.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 00:02:27 | More by Omnium
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A -- Beautiful. Orange-ish color. White head. Good lacing.

N -- Hop resins. Little citrus. Very nice.

T -- Nice medium-high hop taste. American style. Very good.

M -- Good carbonation. Smooth enough.

O -- Awesome. Really good IPA for when you havent had one in a while. Cheers!

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 17:59:17 | More by tkelley
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber with a tan frothy head. It leaves a nice lacing as the head dissipates. I've poured this into a tulip and a Sam Adams perfect pint. Looked great in both glasses.

S: I only pick up a faint hoppy odor.

T: Provides a nice bitter taste but doesn't burn out the palate so it should go well with food. But, for me,it is missing the pine and citrus taste that I love in an IPA.

M: Medium bodies with a nice tingle from the carbonation and the hops.

O: I really enjoyed Cisco Pale Ale, a nice English Pale, but this one is probably one I won't repeat purchase.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 12:40:15 | More by JimKal
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Damn that's a good looking IPA. Color is a bright amber brown, clear not hazy, and the head of the glass is rocky and very sticky with lacing.
S - Well it's strong enough pine and citrus hops to stand out. Must have some good malt sweetness/ balance with gram cracker and crystal malts.
T - A very herbal and pine bite of hops that linger on the palate a bit, not too bitter since it's not undrinkable. No real sweetness to speak of it truly is Indie like "old school"
M - Light to medium even though it was a hop assault it was very easy to drink. Pound able for sure.

Overall if it's still around I would consider getting more in the mix and match for 10 bucks section. Best beer I had from these guys and wish I could have had the stout.

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 04:50:59 | More by DrDemento456
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is representative of how far behind I got with regard to the all-important CANQuest (TM). I CANnot remember where it came fromwhen I acquired it, or anything else. F**sake!

From the CAN: "Finally, an Ameri[CAN] 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.

My Crack not only revealed another brimful craft CAN, but it produced a little splash, indicative of its desire to come out and play. Who would I be to deny it the opportunity? An inverted Glug and we were away and running. It not only generated some nice faux-cascading action, but also a smell of grapefruit that filled the kitchen. The dense, rocky two-plus fingers of tawny head had a great lasting power and I heard strains of Carly Simon singing "Anticipation" since it was making me wait. As it slowly fell, the sticky lacing that it left behind in its wake was a wonderment to behold. Nose was very grapefruit-y, underlain by a caramel sweetness. My mouth was watering and the first sip evidenced a medium mouthfeel and a very grapefruit-like bitterness on the tongue. I got the subtle apricot taste on the finish, although I may have glossed over it were it not for their verbiage. Finish was super-dry and gasping, just the way this hophead likes it.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 13:08:29 | More by woodychandler
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3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color, very dark for an IPA or an American IPA as the can says…nice tan colored head forms about a finger width thick and lingers long enough for me to enjoy on the first sip…(4/5)

Smell: Nice citrus and piney hops…easy on the malt, but it’s there…real non-descript smell, it’s basically what I would expect from an “American” pale ale…light, crisp, hoppy, with a touch of malt…(3.25/5)

Taste: Surprising amount of malt balance in this one…the citrus and piney hops are wonderful and there is a significant amount of malt that smoothes everything out…a touch of citrus zest in there does bring a bit of crispness…very refreshing…a bit of bitterness in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with little carbonation…nothing heavy about this brew, it leaves little resonation on the palate…even the after taste is mild and not long lasting…(3.25/5)

Overall: A nice beer…very drinkable, very tasty…I’d re-up on a sixer of this if I was about to watch our local sports franchise face off against a rival franchise from a nearby city…it’s not a mind blowing concoction, but it does do what it set out to well…not as light as some AIPA’s that I’ve seen, which is nice, the citrus is most definitely tamed down and plays a nice supporting role in the whole flavor…(3.5/5)

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 02:12:32 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of AleWatcher


2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single can to tick...
No freshness date on here...
Served in a nonic.

Dark, rusty, coppery colored body with a big fluff of head rising nearly 3 fingers but settling rather abruptly into a thin film. Some spotty chunks of lace were left behind. Too dark for my taste, though not bad looking in its own right.

So this is an American IPA? I would have guessed English...

Caramel and toffee with some toasty bready malt. Very mild hoppiness.
Very mild bitterness too.
Quite dry finish. Roasty malts dry.

Feels medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall-- I don't know if this is a mediocre beer or I got an old can... Sadly, the lack of any kind of freshness dating means that this review will stand until I try this beer again.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 02:39:47 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 03:26:06 | More by Billolick
Photo of NoLeafClover44


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Starr Hill pint glass. No freshness date, so it's a bit of a gamble.

A - Pours a very cloudy auburn color with a solid two fingers of off-white head. As the foam dies, it leaves behind a sticky lacing. A thin layer remains for the duration.

S - Smells of grapefruit peel, dank hops, and bready malt. The malt reminds me more of a British IPA than an American one. Still, it maintains great spicy hop character.

T - Lemon on the front, followed by a bitter citrus hop bite. Malts are constantly kept in check by the hops, grapefruit, and tropicals. Slightly dry finish with a little bit of white pepper and pine on the aftertaste.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium body. Smooth with a dry finish.

O - A very good beer by one of my favorite brewers. Just as good as I remember it being on tap at the brewery. Very good citrus and hop presence without too much malt. I took a gamble with no freshness date, but I am very pleased with the results.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 01:20:40 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of Bendurgin


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This pours a light brown with two fingers of beige head. Lots of sticky lace.

Resinous aroma with some hints of candied fruit and some pine bitterness in the background. A touch of sweet malt lingers. Citrus on the pallet with grassy hops in the background. Lots of great citrus here with a slightly lackluster hop bittering.

The body is light with rough carbonation. Overall this one is serviceable. Enjoyable enough; I'm sure I'll grab this again for some outdoor occasions.

Serving type: can

08-11-2012 15:20:18 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured semicool in small glass.

A: dark copper, medium carbonation, buoyant head, very head with good lacing
S: aggressive hop aroma, long-lasting
T: stale, cloying; hops are overbalanced against malt
M: thin

Not that great an ipa; perhaps it had to be chilled more, maybe not

Serving type: can

07-30-2012 23:17:31 | More by Arithmeticus
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange, it actually resembles the color of new motor oil. A nice white, finger width head that clings nicely to the side of the glass.

S: The aroma is resiny and citrusy, but very subtle compared to most other IPAs.

T: This has a very surprising taste. It first has a lack luster taste, but develops a nice complexity that I was not expecting. It still does not quite have the hop kick I was expecting for an American IPA, but definitely does well to surprise with a nice balance mix of hop dominance and a noticeable malt back bone.

M: A very smooth feel with a good deal of carbonation. Quite sticky with the hop after taste, as well as a malt touch in the front of the mouth.

O: This is a very nice brew that gives a unique twist to the style. It came across very subtle, but ends in a nice hoppy explosion. Unfortunately, I found that this lacked the true hop taste of an American IPA, but still a decent version of the style.

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 23:32:27 | More by turnerk3
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this IPA pours a hazy ruddy red with a finger of frothy off white/tan head fed by moderate carbonation

S - mellowed or balanced hops in the nose, the citrine, pine, floral hops aromas are pitted against some sugary sweetness. This hop profile leans toward the pine side

T - the taste mirrors the aroms, strong hop profile that tends towards the pine side, the hops don't fade even though some sweetness comes out

M&D - hop bombs away, a fine brewed puckering brew that appeased the hop head in you with out costing an arm and a leg.
long live canned IPA's!

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 21:25:59 | More by sinstaineddemon
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New Hampshire

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

04-17-2014 21:08:26 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
Photo of theteleman


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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:50:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of lwillitz


3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 23:31:18 | More by lwillitz
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New York

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:14:33 | More by boditogordito
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2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint glass. Slightly hazy copper. Thin off-white head, with some lacing.

Nose is super sweet. Sugar and hops. Ethanol.

Taste is not great. Un-balanced hops. Grains and metal. Kind of artificial and chemically tasting.

Can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:38:17 | More by shivtim
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West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear copper orange with a one finger off-white head, good retention and medium lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and hints of caramel.

Taste light malt and grain, citrus, pine a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body with light carbonation, crisp and well balanced.

Overall a good beer, very drinkable but a mediocre AIPA

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:30:54 | More by dtivp
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for the brew.

A- a hazy orange color with a 2 finger head. mountainous and peaky head. Lacing is like whipped cream on the pint. Gorgeous, great appearance!

S- rye, biscuit malts and floral hops. bittersweet.

F- a fruit yet floral hops hits the palate. This is unique, for me anyways. rye on the backend as well.

M- a more of a fruity/floral feel that isn't as hoppy as an IPA. At first I didn't like it but as I drank more my mind was changed. The flavors come out stronger with the hop taste as well.

D- very good IPA. this would have to be a top 12 IPA for me. I could drink a case of this in a week.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:33:16 | More by Dodo2step
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice red orange and smelled strongly of citrus or orange peel. Not much carbonation, with a very thin head. Hops, malt, rye, and citrus are the major flavors of this beer. For an IPA the malt flavor is more pronounced than normal. It leaves a slight smokey flavor on your tongue that is quite nice. If your looking for an IPA with a twist, you might like this, but if your a IPA purist you'll think it's a good beer. I'll definitely be drinking the rest of the ones that came in my beer of the month pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:51:20 | More by AUGRAD06
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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.