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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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209 Reviews

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 602
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 22.85%
Wants: 19
Gots: 92 | 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: 209 | Hads: 602
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of boditogordito
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of bvj
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint glass.

A: poured well just shy a 2-finger head that held nicely with an attractive, relaxed orange/amber body.

S: pleasant herbal, caramel aroma

T: light hoppy with an unambiguous IPA quality and slightly fruity bounce

M: surprisingly light all things considered.

Probably one of the better empty smelling glasses I've noticed over the years. I like the beer; I'd definitely buy it again. It's a functional, yet flavorful IPA that is thankfully not overtaken by the sweeter craft qualities found in other IPAs.

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Photo of Omnium
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is better in whole than in its parts. The appearance is OK for the style. A little dark and nothing exceptional on the head or lace. The aroma, similarly, is not exceptional, but not really foul or anything either - a little metallic. The taste is nice an hoppy like the style demands. It tastes stronger than it is. The darkish hops overpower every other nuance.

The aftertaste is also not exceptional. It works, and you could drink several and be OK. So it's a decent brew, but even at a popular price I am not going to rush out and get a bunch.

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Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Red-orange in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Good whiff of fruity hops
Taste-Fruity hops abound balanced nicely with a toasted malt background. A palate-pleasing tasty effort!

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Photo of morimech
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Label says best before date printed on bottle. Be damn if I can find any date on the bottles of the six pack I purchased.

Pours a dark orange amber with some sediment stirring in the beer. A nice head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left down the glass.

First impression of the aroma tells me this is an old IPA with too much caramel/crystal malt. Not picking up any hop aromas.

Definitely old. Cisco just appeared on my local store shelves so I assumed it was fresh. Also shame on Cisco for not making sure their bottles are properly dated before they left the brewery. That is why I am going to review it and give it the score this example deserves. Kind of tastes like a beginner homebrew. The bitterness is there, but none of the hop flavor payoff. Too much caramel malt as well. A little alcohol is noticed in the finish.

Good carbonation and the body feels substantial. Nice soft texture. Too bad this could not be paired with a better beer.

Will be the last Cisco beer I buy. Send fresher product to your new markets and make sure your bottles are dated. If it was dated and I bought old product, then shame on me and the retailer.

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Photo of tkelley
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear amber, inch and a half off white head receded slowly

s: Fragrant floral.

t: Prominent hops over pleasant floral and pine notes. The malt base seems lighter than might be anticipated by the darker color. Refreshing with a fairly clean finish.

m: Moderate, but again, slightly lighter than expected from the appearance.

o: Liked this better than their relatively bland flagship Whales Tale Ale. An exceptional IPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on August 1, 2015. Look is reddish orange, medium head, some thin lacing. Smell is light caramel sweetness, bitter citrus fruit, and piney hops. Taste reflects the nose in every way. Feel is a little flat and syrupy.

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Photo of JimKal
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 20-oz pour into a frosted weizen glass (I was pretty upset to see the frosted glass). Poured deep amber hue with a three-finger whitish head that disappeared quickly. Some lacing stuck along the edges of the glass in its wake.

Smell: Some citrus and fruity notes to this, with some grassy qualities as well. I get a bit of grapefruit and orange predominately.

Taste: I definitely taste the grapefruit and citrus aromas that were present in the nose. This is not very bitter for an American IPA, but you can taste some piney notes. Not as much of an IPA character as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy and very easy drinking. There is not too much bitterness here as stated and this is actually quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

Overall: This is a good, but not great east coast twist on the American IPA. I would like more bitterness here but this is easy drinking and certainly refreshing. I won't go out of my way to have it again, but this is definitely at least a somewhat above average beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brownish orange. Translucent. Not much head. Some lacing. Looks like a healthy amount of sediment hanging out in there. Looks pretty good

Smell: Dank sticky sweet smelling hop aroma. Apricots definitely. The bottle says grapefruit aroma but I'm not getting that. Toasty oak. Interesting. I've had barleywines that smell similar. Intriguing

Taste: Definitely tastes more European than American which isn't a bad thing. Semi sweet apricots and roasted malts start things off. Some tart grapefruit before the wet hops kick in. Not very bitter considering. Mostly grassy flavors. Some oily pine notes but the hop profile is surprisingly understated. Not a great IPA but different and it gets some points from me for not just being a hop overload. Finish is crisp and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Resiny stickyness. Some sharp crispness in there. Refreshing

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. Granted I'm not an all the time IPA drinker but this one kinda threw me for a loop. Not unpleasant. Not something I would run out for again but good enough in its own right. Not something I would recommend to a hophead but it is worth trying

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

S: Bready & fruitty

T: Woody hops, pears, leafy & grassy hops, seems more English to me... Faint figs, woodyness, pears as this warms. Finishes fruitty, woody, dry & restrained

MF: Medium bodied & creamy, nice balance all things considered

Mediocre AIPA, slightly better EIPA, Cisco, you are underwhelming me so far, although decently drinkable

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Photo of jera1350
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lovely look to this one. Bright orange color with a rocky head of foam that has terrific staying power. Some nice gobs of lacing.

Floral, dank and soapy hop nose. A bit light overall.

Very light on the sweetness and quite strong on the bitterness. Apricot, grapefruit, flowers, earthiness. Plenty of bitterness at the end and into the aftertaste. Lingering grapefruit and floral notes at the end.

Quite dry feeling, about medium bodied.

Very high on the bitterness scale if you are into that. Takes the drinkability down a notch for me. A good IPA that has some interesting flavor characteristics. Glad to have tried it, but could live without it again also.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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)

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Photo of zeff80
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one finger off-white head of foam. Sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled of piney/resiney notes. Some fruit aromas.

T - Pine, citrus and burnt toast maltiness. Sweet caramel, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA.

O - Another good brew from Cisco. Glad they showed up in MN.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. The label says "best before date printed on bottle" but I can't seem to find the date just some codes. Anyway, the bottle tastes and smells fresh. Taste is crisp and bitter with a slight malt sweetness in the background, but certainly dominated by the bitterness of the hops. My only complaint about the beer is that the aftertaste is just a bit chalky. Not the most hop forward beer in the world but a tasty interpretation of the style.

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.