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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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543 Ratings

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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 gkatsoris
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey in color. Not murky at all. A very thin head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: Honey and grapefruit. Tangerine. Smells like dough that is rising. Bready. Pineapple. Some apple too.

T: Bready and pineapple. Citrus on the back with a good amount of bitterness with it. Tangerine rind, grapefruit rind. Hay.

M: Very balanced. It's not terribly thick & chewy, but not thin at all.

O: A good solid brew. Thanks Redliner8!

Photo of jeffmart22
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a orange/amber color with hardly any head forming. The beer appears to be carbonated well and has some light lacing.

A - Slight hop and caramel malt. Nice smell but not extremely aromatic. Kinda one note hop character.

T - Slight hop bitterness is balanced nicely with some sweet malt.
Good tasting beer.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium in body.

O - Nice beer but not outstanding. Good session beer.

Photo of zapahoppa
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a nice and frothy looking off-white colored head; about one finger in size; holds very well; body has a dark amber/copper colored body and is well carbonated; slightly below average lacing, not very sticky

S - Caramel malt nose, very strong; touch of pine and grass; creamy caramel goodness; touch of fruit, almost like cherry; apricot; pleasant citrus notes

T - Beer flavor loses much of the caramel goodness; starts somewhat malty, but quickly changes into a bitter, pale ale, packed with dry hopped flavor; has a watery flavor at the front of the sip; where's the malt?; strong grapefruit and citrus sourness; grass and pine water

M - Tastes thin, looks viscous, weird combo; extremely bitter feel on the tongue; lingering bitter aftertaste and wash over the back of the tongue, leaves nothing on the front, no flavor - kind of watery

D - This beer makes an easy drink for all IPA lovers, but really needs to have a stronger malt flavor profile at the beginning of the sip to help enhance the drinking experience; almost like the brewers focused so much on the hops and left it to chance with the malt taste, kind of a let down after taking a couple of really good caramel scents

Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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.

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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BelgianDip
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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...

Photo of russwbeck
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.

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of n2185
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.

Photo of u2carew
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.

Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.