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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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539 Ratings

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

verdict603, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy/fluffy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An excellent-looking beer.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, with some fruit and malt as well.

T: As it was with the smell, the hops dominated the flavor. Very bitter and very forceful. There were also traces of malt, caramel, citrus (grapefruit), and a little yeast. A solid, very lively flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent, well made, and slightly unusual IPA. Very drinkable.

avalon07, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Sweaty, musty hop aromas with a bit of pine and lots of caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Sweet malt up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some pine and citrus hop flavors come out in the middle and blend nicely with the sweet malt. The beer finishes with lost of sugar and dark bread as well as moderate bitterness to balance.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a sweet, malty "east coast" IPA that reminds me in many ways of DFH 90min. The malt is just as prominent as the hop character, though things come out pretty balanced in the finish.

nickfl, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +9.3%

11millsown113, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +9.3%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed grapefruit orange color with a voluminous head resting on top. Tons of layered lacing all over the glass while drinking - retains pretty well with a coating of film on top.

Pretty bitter on the nose, grapefruit and pithy rind notes. Some cracker-like malts with a touch of fruity sweetness. Light alcohol as well.

Spicy and hoppy up front. Extremely dry grapefruit notes with some sweeter orange pith tones. Soft malt backbone with a crackerish consistency and faint caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and very dry with a touch of heat.

Medium body, higher carbonation, a little prickly and rough on the tongue. This is alright, but nothing to go seek out...felt somewhat one-note, but not exactly in a good way.

xnicknj, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BelgianDip
4/5  rDev +9.3%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Always good to see a new brewery come to the area. (Though I've already had a couple o' these guys, thanks to my time in NoVa...) This "first impression" pours a hazy sunset goldenrod topped by over a finger of very lightly off-white foam. The nose is initially a blast of slightly dank onions, followed by a wave of musty wheat, then one of light lemon zest and sweetgrass. Hoofah, this stuff does not treat my 'strils well at all. The taste tones the onions down a notch, but not enough for it to matter all that much. The wheat and citrus are still there as well, slightly stronger, but they can't quite balance out the onion. Damn shame, really. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, I was not at all a fan of this brew. ...That's all I've got...

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The head foams up as soon as I pop the cap off, wasn't expecting that. Afterwards, a hazy yellow brown beer pours out, with a large white head. Retention is ok, but the lacing is great.

S: Citrus hops with hints of pine start it off, but are followed by a distinct bready maltiness. The two smells really blend strangely.

T: The hops take a more front and center role in the taste. Citrus, pineapple, fruity, a bit of piney and bitterness on the back of the tongue. The maltiness provides balance, but still a bit strange. Thinking this one had something turn in it. It just smells and tastes...off.

MF: Light and carbonated well. Dry, strange aftertaste.

O: Would really like to try a bottle from a different 6pack, this tasted wrong.

russwbeck, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with a one finger head. Dissipates to a nice lacing with a light cap.

S - Grass and pine from the hops overwhelms the nose. Possible citrus faintly in the background.

T - Little sweet at first, a bit of brown sugar. Pine and bitterness heavily comes afterwards. The hop bitterness lingers for quite a while after sipping.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

O - A decent IPA, though it would benefit from a bit more depth to the flavor beyond the piney hops. However, I bet this would go very well with some food to balance the harshness.

JustinAniello, Oct 20, 2011
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2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from a $12 sixer, what a mistake. I liked the cisco bombers I had so I took a chance. Dark orange color, good head and lace. Smells a little hoppy but mostly breast malts. Flavor is very bitter but almost metallic and the alcohol is noticeable. Overall I did nit care for this and one day I will learn not to buy east coast IPA's, they suck.

ArrogantB, Sep 28, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial nnic a clear rich burnt orage color with a large blooming white head that left alot of scum behind as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.The label was spot in its description of the aromas,apricot and grapefruit really stand out over top of biscuit malt.The beer really went downhill from there in my opinion first with an almost watery feel in the mouth and then its lack of hop punch on the palate.Grapefruit is there but subdued with caramel malt flavors coming thru,I think the lack of body keeps the flavors silenced a little.It started out good but again it downhill after the aromas.

oberon, Sep 25, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark, burnt orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Some grassy aromas at first followed by sweet citrus and pineapple. Dry piny aromas along with some more grassy smells bring up the finish.

T: The taste is mostly dominated by resiny pine hop flavors. There are some strong grassy notes with a touch of the onion/weed-like flavors from the summit hops. Very earthy.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a slightly oily feel to go with the resiny hop characteristics.

O: An alright IPA. Nothing to write home about, but not bad, either. I'd like a bit more depth and citrus to the flavor.

n2185, Sep 20, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head - tight and creamy. Hazy body with some visible sediment. Rust colored. Head settles leaving a sticky lacing.
S) Citrus fruit - pungent and earthy. Notes of grapefruit and orange.
T) A fairly even flavor profile with the hops pushing ahead of the malt just a bit. Toasted, buttery notes. Green and earthy in the finish. Subtle hop bite lingers in the finish.
M) Medium body. Gritty. Some lingering tannin in the finish. Overall quite clean mouthfeel.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another one.

u2carew, Sep 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy, mahogany color, dense head with good retention

the nose is piney, with slight esthers and alcohol notes

taste wise, there is a nice bite from the hops, but well balanced, and a slightly metallic aftertaste, which I like

carbonation is moderate but the on the tongue is slightly creamy, a great combination of textures

very drinkable IPA, not overbearing with hops and quite balanced. I look forward to buying more!

gregalobeer, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy copper/orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with visible particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, leaving thick rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefuit hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and pine resin hops as well as apricots. There is a moderate amount of bitterness—which particularly stands out and lingers through the aftertaste. There are hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The grapefruit hops contribute nice aromas and flavors to the taste; however, these could be better balanced through the use of more hops.

metter98, Aug 20, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nose that seems typical of many microbrewery IPAs, being medium-heavy on hops, with a strong malt background that adds a nice balancing round of darker sugars.

On the tongue, however, the hops come out in forces far stronger than the nose would imply, literally engulfing the tongue and nasal cavities with grapefruity bitterness. The label notes that the ale was brewed with "mounds of dank Summit hops...and dry-hop additions," and while I couldn't find an IBU listing anywhere, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that it's not far off from three digits. So strong are these hops that, literally a full two minutes after swallowing the first mouthful, I can still taste them. In many brews this bitterness is slightly tempered by the rosewater quality that hops can also provide, but here it's just bitterness. There is a fairly strong sugary backbone to the beer (it has to be strong for me to taste it through the hops), but it doesn't come anywhere near quelling the IBUs.

Overall, I can't honestly recommend this brew to anyone who is not a serious hop-lover. Personally, I think it's good, but I also recognize that it's seriously out of balance, and would prove an instant turnoff for most.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer is red and mildly haze with a white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing but low carbonation.

Aroma is malty, like a barleywine...booo!!!!

Beer is thick and sweet with a mildly bitter finish but an insanely malty midpalate...what am I going to have to drink to wash this malt bomb out of my mouth now? It is cloying for an IPA, very heavy, very sweet, not a nice beer.

drabmuh, Aug 05, 2011
Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.