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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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501 Ratings

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | 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:
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 Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Tap: Poured a brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of floral hops notes with limited notes of bitterness with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some caramelized malt with some floral hoppy notes with a light bitter finish. Body was a bit thin for the style with average carbonation. Lacking a bit of character for the style.

Phyl21ca, May 09, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GeoffreyM, May 08, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

TasteTester, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Archemedies, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange to copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces but leaves a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of grapefruit hops dominate the smell of this beer. There is a slight hint of bitterness in the smell.

T: The beer starts with a light caramel malt sweetness which is quickly replaced by the hop flavor. There is a great flavor of grapefruit hop with a slight hint of apricot. This beer is moderately bitter with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a good beer and an enjoyable beer. Thus far I have been impressed with everything that I have tried from this brewery and glad that I was able to find the bottle of this in NYC (prior to this I had pretty much only drank these beers at Boston Logan Airport where there is a Cisco pub). I like this beer and would likely get it again.

dbrauneis, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of muletrane
3.25/5  rDev -11%

muletrane, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

redfox405, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Gem clear, auburn with a three inch frothy head that quickly turns to a one-inch pillow that sticks around, leaving dense rings alternating with a patchy web of lace. The last ounce from the bottle adds a murky cloud.

Prominent pepper and pine tar with undertones of cinnamon. Caraway and rye bread come out with warmth.

Some orange rind with lots of pepper and eastern spices. Not quite what one would expect from an American IPA, but certainly an enjoyable beer. The finish is long, subtle and bitter. Warming brings out caramel and earthy notes.

A light body with scant carbonation and a nice bite. Alcohol is present though not prominent and there are some metallic notes.

Had this my second night on Nantucket and was pleasantly surprised. That was a crisp foggy night in September. This review is on a severe, clear day that is cold and dry. While the sun added warmth, I quickly went inside to enjoy this while remembering the tranquility of that night in Sconset. This is definitely an Autumn IPA.

SLeffler27, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BlackFitzwilliam
2.03/5  rDev -44.4%

In all fairness to Cisco, I had one of these after 2 of my favorate double IPAs, so my taste buds may have been numbed. I found Cisco's Indie Pale Ale very carbonated, gassy, dry and relatively flavorless. It has the characteristic bitterness of an IPA, but not the fullness of body and flavor.

BlackFitzwilliam, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of nicholas527
3/5  rDev -17.8%

nicholas527, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

pjs234, Mar 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

SHCC, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

cornucopia, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Mounty4Life
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%

Dark amber and cloudy. Little white head wit decent lacing fades after a bit
Nice west coast hop with east coast malt balance, grapefruit and citrus
Different but so good, hops pop in your mouth but doesn't lack malt backbone....hides 7.5% well
Great carbonation and hoppy bubbles on tongue with tasty finish hides 7.5 well
Something to seek out, different but in good way from my typical 2hearted or stone....get it if available and like the malty ipa!

Mounty4Life, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +9.6%

A big thanks to Chris (caguiar) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark amber hue and about a finger and a half of slight tan head.

Smell – Citrus, caramel malts, slight hops and pine.

Taste – A nice bitterness up front from the hops, grapefruit citrus, orange peel, biscuit malts, floral notes, and another somewhat off flavor I honestly can’t pick out.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, relatively creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – A decent IPA…though as I stated in the taste something is just a hint off. Still, quite quaffable.

SpdKilz, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Mark5252, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

mds1101, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online
Thanks, www.archerliquors.com!

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.

ehammond1, Feb 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

deapokid, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -17.8%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a ruddy, light copper. There is an off-white head with ok retention that leaves a relatively large amount of spotty lacing. 3.5

S: The smell is all floral hops and fruit. Pine and grass cuttings dominate with citrus and grapefruit to complement. 3

T: There are similar hop flavors to the smell but vary in potency. The fruit flavors take a backseat to bitter floral hops. Grass cuttings are prominent and the citrus is mild. There is a light, caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is faintly noticeable throughout and combines with the grassy hops to form a bitter, crisp finish. 3.5

M: Thin and a little bit oily. 3.5

O: Not as big of flavors as I would have hoped. Fruit flavors take a backseat to bitter pine hops. 3.5

WankelEngine, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

jk3, Feb 05, 2012
Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.