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Indie Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

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561 Ratings

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | 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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Ratings: 561 | Reviews: 205
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of DJED69
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a bomber of this a few months ago, and should have consumed it earlier while it was still fresh. I've been fortunate to have it fresh, however, and my review is based more on that to be fair. Still, even though it's better fresh, it was still very enjoyable last night.

A: This is a real beauty. Pours a very deep, hazy, orangish amber. Huge, thick, fluffy white head fills a big portion of the glass, and takes forever to dissipate. Even once it deflates, in never completely disappears. The color is gorgeous, but the head really does it--one of the best I've ever seen.

S: Pine resin and grapefruit lead this big, floral, clean grapefruit smell that finishes with just a touch of hops.

T: Taste follows the nose for the most part. Begins with a beautiful grapefruit hop flavor, briefly departs to malt balance, and finishes a lingering, bitter hop ending that is only the least bit astringent. The flavor is big, dry, clean and biting, dominated by the grapefruit hop notes and reasonably well balanced by the malts. A slightly better balance would reduce the slightly unpleasant bite, but that is really a minor flaw that is easily overlooked and possibly not existent when fresh.

M: Medium to full-bodied, but lighter than I had expected. Nice, smooth and only slightly sticky.

D: This is a very nice, hoppy IPA that is particularly dry in a good way. Everything makes me want another, but the dryness is such that this one definitely invites companion of water and would leave possibly ordering a less hoppy follow-up for balance.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprsingly light colour with lots of white head. Pine resin aromas. Initially good hop flavour, then a little astringent finish. Leaves one a bit unsatisfied, even a 7.6% abv. Drinkable nonetheless. Average or even above average mouthfeel, but still missing balance and very good hop flavour.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"ooh baby I like it raw." - Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP)

Clear amber with a thin white head. Retains a few frothy swatches which leave lacey splatters strewn about.

Aroma is peach fuzz, lightly toasted malt and "dank" bitter. I don't often quote bottles but dank seems about right. Taste is similarly peach fuzz and grapefruit-ish bitter. More pure, unrestrained bitter than hop character. Full biscuit malt compliment. Mouthfeel has resin enough to satisfy.

A raw IPA with ample malt backing.

Photo of Sam21
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh from the brewery.

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Rusty orange body with a light haze. Big thick white head that clings to everything in sight. Looks the part.

Smell - Huge tropical fruit nose. Mounds of mango, pineapple, orange, and a little grapefruit. You can tell that this beer is going to pack a flavorful punch. Wouldn't mind a little more maltiness to kick the complexity up even more.

Taste - Right on the nose. You get those citrus and tropical fruits up front adding loads of flavors that mix well with a very subtle bready malt. Leads into a long drawn out finish with the fruitiness transforming into a wall of bitterness with a light malt balance. Again, more malt balance could ramp up the complexity and deliciousness even more.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with very creamy carbonation. Really slick mouthfeel that seems to coat to just about everything.

Drinkability - I find it very difficult not to quaff this beer down. Very big flavor profile with the perfect amount of malt backing to allow the complex hop flavors and aromas to drive forward. Cisco has done a great job at creating a very hop forward IPA with buckets of flavor and controlled bitterness. Right up there with Smuttynose Finestkind for my favorite (so-far) IPAs, although a little expensive at $10.99 a six-pack.

Photo of cpanossian
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque amber color. Very strong hop aroma. Very bitter tasting and not very well balanced. Doesn't get better as it warms - gets flat and kind of chalky. Modestly strong alcohol content and very strong bitter taste might go well with fish (salmon maybe).

Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

One of a 6 pack served in a pint glass, refrigerator temperature. Beer appears to be on the brown side of orange, with a good haze from the unfiltered grain and a thin off-white head. Big malty orange/grapefruit IPA aroma, akin to stone or 60 minute. Flavor too is big and decidedly American IPA.

The comparison to dogfish head is somewhat telling: this beer combines the unrefined hop onslaught of dogfish 60 (or stone IPA or Ruination) with the pumped up alcohol of the dogfish 90.

In short, this is another over the top American IPA. And I'm sure many IPA fans will love it for that. I however do not. It's good, not great. One bit to its credit: it's not another "all cascade all the time" IPA -- the label cites Summit hops for wet and dry hopping.

Photo of silentjay
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a slightly hazy reddish orange beer forms a huge head that causes me to do a three-staged pour. the lacing and retention are good, as well.

aroma is very piney and grassy with some citrus, peppery spice and toasted malts.

the earthy hops bring a peppery spice to the forefront in the taste with the piney and grassy hops falling to the background. malt is pushed back even further, but still adds some toast flavors to balance things out a bit. pretty damn good.

medium bodied with ample prickly carbonation and lots of hop resin left on the tongue and a bitter and spicy aftertaste.

goes down surprisingly well. alcohol well integrated, though can be detected a bit. I didn't really have extremely high hopes on this one, and though the flavor profile may be off-putting for some, it works quite well for me. I will revisit this again, and again.

Photo of MA08
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Pours a deep orange color with a pillowly tan head with great retention. Strong an pungent hop aromas mixed with a little soap and citrus. Virtually no malt presence noted. Tastes of extremly strong piney and citrus hops with little balance from the malt. Mouthfeel is good, with hops lingering long after. While the hop presence is tastey, it can be a bit overbearing, as it lacks the balance of the malt to keep it in check. Nevertheless, a great beer for the hophead.

Photo of Greenlabel
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this product available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles on Cape Cod. Never having tried it before, I nonetheless took the chance and (fortunately) bought a 6'er.

Poured into my pint glass with a reddish brown coloring - nice lasting head. It was plain from the first taste that Indie had plenty of both malt and hops - but the hops predominated. Very pleasant lingering hoppy aftertaste. Definitely not an English style IPA but also not quite as blatantly hoppy as some of the West Coast IPA's I've tried. Overall, a refreshing and tasty product for one who enjoys hoppy brews.

I liked it enough to head back later in the week to purchase another 6'er but both of my favorite beer stores were temporarily out of it. Next time I'll get 2 6-packs.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed deep honey amber with an inch-high head that lingers very long and leaves dimples and oily rings around the insides of the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, ripe fruit, cinnamon and grapefruit.

Flavor initially of honey malt, some alcohol vapor, grapefruit pith, some grassiness, touch of mint, and some woody notes, almost a hint of smoke. Not much hop brightness. ABV seems to detract from the flavor a bit.

Full and rich mouthfeel, some carbonation tingle, and some warming of the cheek and tongue. Decent beer, but alcohol could be toned down and hops turned up for my tastes.

Photo of dasenebler
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this IPA pours a murky medium amber with a fizzy head. Good retention.

Nose is quite pleasant with a big citric note of grapefruit and orange; woody spice as well.

Bitter grapefruit rind with a twist of tree bark and toasted twigs. Remarkably dry. Finishes bitter with a hint of toasty caramel maltiness. Quenching. Very reminiscent of a solid English IPA, actually. Mouthfeel is medium with nice, smooth carbonation.

Nothing spectacular here, just a dry, drinkin' man's ale. Audacious American hops meets the wit of an English IPA.

Photo of JasonA
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Im having this pint at Boston Logan Airport Cisco Brew Pub.

Cloudy light copper. Rather cloudy for the style. Solid head, lots of rentention and ample lacing.

Light malt, extensively hoppy. Im excited. Lots of bitter, citrus, some pine.

Intense grapefruit, wow. Bitter, more bitter, and some aromatic hops. Barely any malt, this is for the hop heads.

Sits well for the bitterness level. I cant believe the grapefruit i taste, maybe a bit over the top.

Not sure its the most balanced IPA. Lots of hops, but I think the grapefruit is a bit too much.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber in color with good froth that leaves behind good lacing

aroma features blackcurrant and lemon; freshly mown grass; nuttiness

hop flavor is strong and woody--tongue arresting hop bombardment. grassy/apricotty

too sticky in the mouthfeel for an IPA. i might allow such levels in a DIPA, but not here

Photo of jal30
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice looking amber beer with a bit of head to it. Strong nose with some citrusy hops to it, but also a definite caramel aroma. Good, creamy mouthfeel, but I didn't care much for the taste--much more malty than I like my IPAs with hops seeming to take a back seat. On the bright side, the strong malt character along with the hops help hide the 7.5% abv. I would have guessed it was closer to 6%; you could definitely have a few of these in a night. That being said, it was a decent beer, but I'll probably never pick it up again as there are many IPAs around that I find preferable to this one.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Lord Hobo, pint glass. Lately I've really been liking the Cisco beers, so the IPA is a natural choice, especially as it was on cask.

The beer was a light orange shade of copper, clear, with some thick and choppy looking wet suds on top. The aroma was big on citrus, mainly grapefruit, nicely matched by toasty malts so it wasn't one dimensional. It tasted a little more malty than expected, still it's the hops that win in this beer's identity, especially in the long after-taste. The malts were definitely added large, I guess evidenced by the ABV but also by the nice bready flavors and the low bitterness.

No complaints about the body, perfect cask quality, creamy with low carbonation, just completely good. On cask this is easy to choose anytime, but I'd like to look for a bottle or tap sometime to compare.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd file this one under an ESB category. The bitterness overrides any other flavors that may or may not be in this one.

Appearance: Orange and cloudy with minimal head

Smell: Hoppy with a strong malt back

Taste: Some hops and malt but quite faint

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout

Drinkability: Tone down the bitter and there may be a servicable IPA in there somewhere

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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