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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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502 Ratings

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | 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 CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense copper body with orange hues and lively bubbles of carbonation dance up to the off-white, creamy head that leaves a very thick lacing in its path.

The aroma primarily consists of sweet malt with only hints of pine or grassy hops.

The flavor offers generous citrus hops with grapefruit and apricot just as advertised. Hints of the malt offered in the aroma are also present as well as a touch of pine or woodiness towards the finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, this is quite refreshing.

A very fine example of the American IPA, this is just a plain good beer.

CHADMC3, May 30, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a somewhat clouded sappy amber color. The head is attractive and it slowly dies off but still leaves a layer of foam that sits throughout the entire sipping. The beer laces very well.

S-A hefty whiff of caramel along with some earthy and citrusy hops. This beer definitely has its own individual aroma. You can identify many specific scents but the overall aroma is unique. The beer smells sugary. Unique aroma but not very powerful.

T-I am a fan of the flavor. Like the nose, this beer is pretty different than most IPAs I have had. The earthy and piney hops are quite noticeable. A get an almost vegetable-like flavor too. The sugars in the nose are less prolific in the taste. The beer is decently bitter.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. A tad sappy. Pretty good carbonation too.

O/D-I would say that this beer is overall a bit underrated. It is not a top tier IPA in my opinion, but I do enjoy its individuality. Definitely has that East Coast IPA taste, with its own spin on the idea. At 7.58% the alcohol is well masked. Not bad at all.

VelvetExtract, May 18, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a translucent dark amber shade with frothy 1" or so of beige colored head that goes absolutely nowhere; excellent lacing. great looking IPA.

nose is likewise outstanding. a lot of citric hoppiness (grapefruit, apricot) with the suggestion of a malty backbone.

taste is very good, though for me doesn't quite live up to the expectations built by the aroma. i think the malt bill is a bit overdone - i like a little balance in my IPAs, but the toasted maltiness is infringing with the hops a bit. still, a tasty brew. bitter hoppiness persist through the finish.

medium bodied moutfeel with average carbonation.

hands down this is a solid brew. a few small adjustments and i think it has the potential to be a true upper eschelon IPA.

perrymarcus, May 16, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cisco Indie Pale Ale

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, unfiltered, burnt orange with soapy off white head and a nice display of webbed lacing on the pint glass. Looks pretty good.

Smell: Strong citrus aroma boasting orange, pineapple and sappy resin. They really knocked it out of the park in the smell, what an inviting and pleasing scent. Has West Coast written all over it.

Taste: Soft grapefruit, piney bitterness is at a medium to low level. Mild herbal qualities and alittle rind in there too. Pretty mellow and the tropical fruit aspect is slim to none. Hop forward and solid IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation and the feel is alittle thin.

Overall: A pretty impressive brew from cisco brewers. Alittle more attenuation in the body and we'd have a world class IPA here, still, not far from it.

Stinkypuss, May 04, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy amber with a small white head. Size and retention are pretty weak. Nice lace patches as I drink it down.

S- Caramel malt and dark fruit with a hop presence lending citrus, pine, floral and earthy notes.

T- Caramel and buttery with some fruit notes and hops in the forefront. The hops lend floral, citrus and pine notes. Melon, maple somehow.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Somewhat bitter in the finish.

Certainly not your standard IPA but it doesn't feel that balanced overall or very satisfying in a way. The buttery flavors sort of threw me off but it's not too bad, especially when it warms up.

cbutova, May 01, 2011
Photo of rdpoint
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice color, solid head that stays around for a while, medium carbonation

S-Hops are clearly come through, next citrus with a little malt to faint bread smell.

T-At first I loved this beer, now as the keg drains down I'm not so fond. A very slight metallic taste is pretty apparent. The forward taste is hoppy followed up by bitterness and faint citrus overtones. Don't misunderstand I like the beer but I wouldn't order another keg of it, by the glassful I would recommend at least sampling.

M-Surprisingly full, with a nice bit of carbonation

O-An enjoyable beer, not one that you could drink all day but worth the effort to try.

rdpoint, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, dark fruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. The followthrough on this one was quite excellent. Both the aroma and flavor were quite good and inviting on this one. This one is definitely worth seeking out for anyone out there and could be a good gateway brew for some out there with the complexity found in here. Nice job Cisco!

thagr81us, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark crimson color darker than most barleywines these days. Thick light beige head stands up tall and rises thick above the rim of the chalice. As it dwindles down it leaves behind fine speckled lacing, and I guess it's time to describe the hop nose. Bright fruity notes I'm getting apricot with herbal/earthy/floral citrus there's some definite hops in here, especially some well blended Summits because I'm not getting any vegetable/garlic/or onion thank God. As I say that about the aroma I'm getting exactly that a bunch of Summit hops provided some spicy onion/garlic like notes but it blends well with these dark fruitier malts. Without this yeast and malt combo this would be completely one sided in the worst way with Summit. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils, but carbonation works well with the spicy hops and residual hop resins sticking around. Overall experience comes off a bit too spicy for me, but I'm still liking the East Coast to West Coast tribute IPA we got going on. Just not my favorite brew ever, but solid stand up be ready for something different than the mainstream.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a few fingers of off-white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Scent is hop forward with grapefruity, floral, earthy and pine the stars, some citrus, decent lightly biscuity malt backbone, reminicent of an english brew. taste packs a full sized hop punch, grapefruit forward with equal parts floral, earthy and piney. Malt a little bigger than nose dictates, nutty and buscuity. Medium bodied, great smooth feel, lightly dry. A nice full flavored IPA which should please hop and malt heads.

rfgetz, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a copperish red with a beautiful 1.5 finger head

S - really nice aroma on this - a healthy dose of very sweet grapefruit and some juicy fruit gum flavors with some nice caramel and grain malt

T - the taste is way more malt forward than the nose led me to believe. Started off with some toasted malts that is pushed aside by an extremely bitter grass and pine. There is also some acidic grapefruit peel in the mix. This fades back to the toasted malt and a bit of soap. Not bad, but I was hoping for a bit more.

M - really nice carbonation on this medium bodied ale

D - pretty decent IPA here. I think freshness might have been an issue with this or it was just really malt forward and bitter. Worth a shot but I don't know if I would seek this guy out again. Cheers to LArryG for the hookup on this!

birchstick, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of LBBeer
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cisco Brew Pub of Nantucket in Boston Logan Airport.

A--Reddish-copper ale--dark for an IPA with not much head.

S--Interesting sweet hoppy nose. Lots going on here.

T--Big and roasty malts with a healthy dose of both bittering hops and finish dry hops.

M--Not a lot of carbonation here, but plenty of body. Even more of a palate wrecker than their Bailey's.

O--Another good offering. Next time through Logan I promise to try their belgian.

LBBeer, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this while at Julio's for EBF weekend.

Appearance: An easy pour into my Short's pint glass, the beer is a clear, rich, slightly reddish mahogany color. Not much head, maybe a half inch or so.

Smell: Some moderate citrusy hops balanced with some bready maltiness.

Taste: A nice, clean, slightly citrus sort of bitterness with a toasted sort of malt quality. Very well balanced, however nothing really mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing medium body, good carbonation.

Overall (Drinkability): An easy drinking, refreshing, highly drinkable IPA. It's not the hoppiest IPA by far, but it's decent enough that I would certainly have another...though I wouldn't order order one if there were other IPA's being offered.

krisandajt, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As soon as the cap was off the bottle, it started foaming up. Immediately pouring into the glass, I ended up with a nice pint glass full of head. Maybe one finger's worth of beer, and the rest was all foamy head. The beer itself is a nice hazy amber color.

S: Musty is a good word here, there's some citrus, hops and caramel. Finishes with some earthy tones and malt.

T: Citrus and pine hops similar to the nose which is somewhat balanced by a nice malt character during the duration of the taste.

M: Bitterness abounds. Medium amount of carbonation for a surprisingly medium-large bodied beer.

O: Overall quite good on the taste and aroma, but I'm somewhat disappointed with the massive amount of head produced by this beer. However, having to wait a little bit to enjoy it doesn't make it any less tasty.

Daktyls, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to LarryG for this one - having arrived cold at my doorstep a couple hours ago, this one is in my glass now.

poured cold to a dogfish head shaped pint a crisp and semi-translucent copper with a thin off-white, short lasting head leaving quickly receding lace after each sip.

great big aroma of tropical hops, followed in the wayback by a distinct hint of marijuana buds.

tropical hops forward, big tropical hops. crisp, clean, refreshing, subtle bitter followed by sweet mangos and malt.

big carbonation, light bodied, smooth, subtle bitter.

drinkable - yep.

robwestcott, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Tartarus
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A&S: A dark opaque amber with two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing along the glass. Little carbonation to be seen. Smell is strong of citrus hops.

T&M: Taste is of tons of bitter citrus hops with a bit of malt backup. Goes down crisp and dry, there is a lot of flavor in this IPA. The beer is medium bodied and you can taste a little bit of the carbonation.

D: Might be a good start of end of the night, but it's hard to imagine drinking too many of these bad boys given the heavy flavor and the highish abv (7.58).

Tartarus, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, xmas gift. served in a small tulip

A - pours with a generous almost inch of forthy, dark tan colored foam which recedes and leaves a thin layer of wet lace around most of the glass. the beer is fairly cloudy, dark amber in color.

S - slightly musty, sweet caramel. hops coming through a bit piney with a hint of candied citrus fruits.

T - begins with a flash of citrusy, fruity hops...mango and oranges notably. turns more towards pine, and earthy mint. fairly bitter though considerably balanced with caramel malt.

M - medium bodied with nice, moderate yet slightly tingly carbonation. sticky body, lingers with assertive piney bitterness for awhile. ever so slight alcohol burn cleans up a bit.

D - not bad, and a bit distinctive in its own right. well balanced yet still bitter enough to be correctly styled as an IPA. mostly drinkable at 7.5%. nice.

Stigs, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at My Place in Newtown, Conn.

A: Deep, medium amber color with a two-finger head of creamy, off-white foam which left some decent lacing and retained fairly well. Carbonation is adequate and clarity is good as well.

S: Musty, citrus and herbal hop aromas. Lots of grapefruit and earthy hops combined with a bit of bready, malt sweetness.

T: Semisweet and bitter fruity malt flavor up front soon collides with a wall of sweet, citrus hops which blend in quite nicely. Mid-palate is formed by bready, sweet malt flavors which rush to a slightly bitter, funky hop and yeast finish with a bit of lingering, tangerine bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied pale ale with a full-bodied malt mouthfeel and some nice drying, citrus and herbal hosp to round out the finish.

D: Pretty darn drinkable at over 7.5% ABV, Cisco Indie Pale Ale is a good alternative brew for those who like the malt balance of an APA with a little over the top hop bitterness to boot. I would recommend it to a hop head or someone in search of an American pale ale with a bit more west-coast flair.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a bright gold and orange color with a good white head.

Aromas are nice, orange citrus, earthy pine, and caramel malts.

Taste is pretty bitter. Mineral like, ground aspirin, and grapefruit. Not a lot of malts, slight cream, and faint caramel sweetness. But this is pretty hop forward, and overly bitter. Tastes pretty good, but could use some balance though.

Mouthfeel is decent, but on the thinner side.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially if you like pretty straight forward bitter IPAs. I just think this could use some more sweet maltiness to balance this out though. Still a tasty beer that's worth trying.

flexabull, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Indie has a golden copper color with better than average clarity for the style. The head is short and short-lived but leaves some lacing as it settles.

Aroma is very hoppy with some nice sweet citrus, pineapple, and floral notes.

Flavor is big, even for an IPA, and pushes the boundary in a way that reminds me of Torpedo. Lots of citrus and pine hop character that is barely balanced by the malt body. Speaking of malts, caramel and toffee sweetness comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a little higher than normal for a standard IPA but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the beer.

Overall a very solid IPA and one worth picking up if it's available in your area. They just came to Colorado and I'm interested in trying some of their other offerings.

GilGarp, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This hazy amber brew has a mountain of a head, rocky and dense. It has a fruity, hoppy, malty, yeasty nose, though hops do rise above. Big on smoothness. Citric rind and mint from the hops, peaches and pears from the yeast and a bit of sweetness and toasted bread from the malt are a lot to take in, but it breaks down easier as the beer warms. Its bitterness is a little prickly and the hop flavor lingers in a semi-pungent manner. The word "rustic" comes to mind when drinking this beer. It's drinkable for sure and certainly a versatile pairing beer if needed.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - thoroughly hazy dark orange with sunburst-looking highlights. Half a finger of white head with good retention & some lacing, but not a huge amount. No visible bubbling action.

S - Citrus & Pine. All hops, virtually no malt present in the smell.

T - Very hoppy but mild. Citrus, pine, some bready malt. I'd say the citrus hops are the dominant component of the flavor. It's very refreshing and a lot of clean, pure bitterness on the finish that lingers and lingers.

M & D - Perfectly balanced mouthfeel for the flavor. Not a lot of carbonation, I definitely didn't feel any bubbling action. A good thickness without being syrupy, and a little stickiness around the edges of the palate. It's a very clean finishing and refreshing beer. The bitterness might be a little much for some non-hopheads, given that it's not tempered by any more complexity on the finish.

TJBAIHWL, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a slightly hazy blondish/orange hue, with a small head, minor lacing and a light effervescence.

S: Light on the hop but still there - earthy and mossy,with a ton of malt, sweet honey and toasted grains. Smells nice, but more like a pale ale.

T: Good amount of hop - earthy and resinous, bitter grapefruit bight that is balanced well with all the sweet toasty grains that were so prevalent in the smell. Still, this one comes across as a good pale ale and not a well hopped IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated for the style, smooth with a nice lingering bitterness from the hop.

D: These are too easy - all night drinker for sure.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gamanly for this one!

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color. Small head, but chunky foam. Dissipates to a ring of foam around the top. Decent lacing.

S: More on the malty/caramel side for an IPA. Still, there is a good bit of citrus, grapefruit, and some lemon, but less so than most IPAs I have had.

T: The citrus is upfront on the flavor profile and is balanced with a heavy dose of malts. Tons of sweet caramel. Has a bitter piney finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but seemed to be lacking in carbonation a little. Overall, not bad. A little maltier than I like for an IPA, but something I would drink again.

mdaschaf, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which took a while to dissipate to 1/2". Clear raw sienna mixed with orange ochre in color with nice effervescence. Strong clean hops smell. Taste is again hoppy and bitter but actually a little less than the smell had me expecting. Overall this is exactly what I think of in an IPA, a beer insisting on getting noticed but not overdone. Good job.

MoreThanWine, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bitter. Not for the faint of heart. Reminds me of a bigger version of Smutty Finestkind. This one is a bit coarse and unpolished. Big tasting with a strong bitter hop finish. Have only tried bomber bottles. Would love to try a draft. Will say, Cisco bombers seem very fresh tasting.

DJED69, Oct 29, 2010
Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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