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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 far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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 +11.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of TommyW
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Redbones in Cambridge.

A- Cloudy (from some unsettled yeast) gold body with a white head with tones of large bubbles.

S- Big floral hop aroma with some notes of bready malt and a faint bubblegum-like note. A little weak overall.

T- Again some faint grassy malts under a big floral hop presence and some notes of bubblegum from the cask conditioning. Leaves a strong and lingering bitterness.

M- Very slick feel on the medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer to have on cask; glad I was able to try it.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've avoided the Cisco beers because I thought they were overpriced for what they were but I bought a bottle of this the other day and really enjoyed it.

Golden India Pale Ale color, good hop aroma and flavor (citrusy), a little strong for a single IPA but in general a beer I would recommend.

Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just couldn't get my motor running on this.

Just a mild, inoffensive not too hoppy, not too malty, not to strong, not too weak etc. kind of thing going on with both aroma and flavor. Nor can I find anything to complain about.

Light bready malt, mild earthy/citrus hop profile.

Medium body, and it just passed over the tongue and down the gullet without much else to say.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Brassy copper-like and crystal clear with an off-white, soapy head that dissipated quickly. Only a trace of lacing.

S-Pine and grapefruit melded witha a sort of nutty-like scent that's very nice.

T-Hops throughout; reminds me a an imperial because I can taste the sweet malts and heat from the alcohol. Has a nice sort of Band-Aid thing going on that reminds me a bit of Orval, too.

M-Nice creamy fizz.

D-Sure is.

Photo of deereless
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pencil thickness of off-white head, light copper in color, initial poor is quite clear though noticeable sediment rests on the bottom of the bottle - 3.75, S: Strong earthy and grapefruit aromas, restrained dankness and earthiness, a touch of cracker like malts and mildly metallic - 3.00, T: Significant hop bitterness, quite piney and slightly resiny especially on the tail end of the beer, I pick up just the faintest touch sourness to the beer, dry toasty malts - 3.25, M: Slight puckering or astringency, smooth mouth feel, light to medium bodied - 3.50, D: All in all a decent IPA, quite drinkable - 3.00

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy copper with some light tan head. It smelled like fresh grapefruit with some pine and a bit of honey malt. It tasted like grapefruit and pine, with a hint of malt, then quickly turned to overwhelming flavorless bitterness. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this is a super bitter IPA with a nice scent, but there was no taste to the bitter flavor. The body was good not great, but this was honestly not easy to drink. I prefer more fruity flavors in my IPAs, rather than burning the back of my tongue on raw bitterness. I recommend this beer only for hop head purists (masochists?).

Photo of jfmorey
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fro a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Good amber color with a frothy, cream head that persisted

Very good aroma, citrus and fruit

Initial taste is balanced, malt and a variety of citrus and floral hops, aftertaste brings on the dry hops, bitter but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is just above average

Drinkability is above average; but given the number of alternatives in this category I would not seek it out again.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, $4.35 from Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Poured into a chilled pint glass. My first beer from Cisco.

Crystal clear copper penny-colored brew, 1" of rocky white head with good retention. This is a nice looking brew. On the nose, pine and grass hops blend seamlessly into a rich semi-sweet malt backbone. Candied lemon rind and resiny pine dominate the taste and finish. Good and hoppy, as it should be, but a subtle sweetness keeps it from being a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation a little flat. Overall a worthy effort. No ABV info available on manufacturer's website but I'd put it at ~7%. Overall a worthy effort. I'd have it again and will seek out more from this brewery.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. The pint glass held a hazy amber beer with a tall off-white head. The beer had a sweet bready malt background with a touch of caramel. The hops are quite tasty with a deep citrus rind and grapefruit taste complimented by mellow herbal notes. The bitterness feels like it may have dulled with time, but the mouthfeel is on the lighter, more drinkable side for the style (I like that). I had no trouble finishing a bomber of this brew, but I probably wouldn't order it again.

Update 8/30/11: Enjoyed a 12 oz bottle with some chili for dinner. I really dig the malt balance. The barley character would make a great amber by itself, but that toasty toffee makes a tasty complement to the biting citrus rind hops.

Photo of mutterfudder
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date poured into a Stone IPA tulip.

A - Hazy dark copper color with a one-finger head. Nicely laced down the glass while drinking.

S - Good strong citrus. Floral and piney notes on the hops, and the malts were smokey. Really liked the nose on this one.

T - Taste follows the nose well. There is a hop flavor of lemon rind and grapefruit. Not incredibly unique but very enjoyable.

M / D - This had a really nice mouthfeel that kept my mouth wet instead of drying it out. Very drinkable.

A good IPA. Had a nice fresh hop flavor, and a neat smokiness in the mouth. I enjoyed it.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber color with fluffy light tan head. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange peel, fresh cut grass, pine sap all dominate the aroma. Some doughy and roasted grain aromas come out but are subdued.

T: Sweet toffee and fresh bread from roasted malt get overwhelmed with a fresh wave of grassy and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange peel dominate.

M: Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

D: A very fresh tasting IPA with no real flaws but nothing to make it really stand above the competition. It is a well made beer and certainly worth drinking.

Photo of bminor7
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Blanchard's in Hyannis, MA.

Foam starts overflowing the bottle as soon as it's opened. The color is a turbid caramel-brown, and the head is very sticky, rich and stable. Even though this beer could be almost a year old, the spicy hop aroma is still fresh. There is a deep sweetness accompanying the hop bite that makes this a well-rounded beer, almost like a DIPA. The excessive carbonation unfortunately lends a bit of soapiness to the taste. If the overall flavor profile was enhanced only a little, this could be a very solid offering from Cisco. Their best that I've sampled thus far, and that's saying a lot. The brewery's summertime offerings are well worth checking out.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber, with a bit of red. A thick, off-white head resembled whipped cream. Some lacing. Mostly a citrus aroma, some sweet malt also. Grapefruit taste, with a little bit of caramel malt. Well-balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of CheckMate
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's split with BA MrHurmateeowish. pours a hazy copper red with a half inch of off white head. scents of herbal hops grace the nose with some citrus, caramel and butterscotch in the background. tastes of grassy hops are extremely present, butterscotch and caramel are in the background along with some citrus. medium bodied and light carbonation. the hops are very strongly present in this beer and it's quite impressive. Two Thumbs UP!


Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's split with BA Checkmate. Pours a hazy copper-red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Robust resin-y hop presence dominates the aroma, with pine, grapefruit, with notes of caramel and butterscotch. Citrussy grassy hops match the caramel and toffee malts. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. A really nice balanced tasty American IPA - one of the best I've had. Awesome.

Photo of rpstevens
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. The beer is a dark orange with an almost ruby red center. It is cloudy and hazy, with a thick soap white head that fades to a fizzy tight ring.

The smell is very malt forward, lots of sweet graham cracker and caramel up front. There is also a healthy dose of grapefruit, lemon zest and bitter pine, but it has to fight for attention with all the malt.

The grapefruit, orange peel and lemon zest come to the front of the flavor, and they are very balanced by a huge malt body. Lost of sweet caramel in the flavor. The finish is unexpectedly very bitter pine.

The beer is well carbonated, has a nice medium mouthfeel and despite it's balance is nice and bitter. The label advertises this brew as an "east meets west" style IPA and I think that is pretty accurate. The malt backbone is very present, but the bitter finish really reminds you that you're drinking a citrusy, hoppy, american ipa. Good, especially at $4 a bomber.

Photo of markskar
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but not a great representation of the AIPA style. Still, it was a bargain at $3.50 for a 22oz and is quite enjoyable. Perhaps it's just mis-labeled--seems more befitting of a standard pale ale, or maybe a hopped up bock, than an IPA. The label looks like something you might see on a world-class American IPA, but looks are often deceiving...

A - Pours clear, amber with decent carbonation, but there is absolutely NO head at all. Definitely NOT a gusher, as previous reviewers indicated. The appearance is the most disappointing aspect here, as the hops in an IPA should aid in head retention--but there is nothing to be retained here. First impressions matter, and so far I am not very impressed...

S - The label claims that is has an apricot/grapefruit nose, but I'm not getting that at all. The aroma of sweet roasted malts is overpowering the mild hop presence. The aroma is pleasant, but it's more nutty & malty than hoppy.

T - Tastes like an English pale ale, not an American IPA. The flavor is well-balanced and enjoyable, but the flavor is just too neutral for an IPA.

D - Goes down smoothly, very drinkable. A nicely balanced ale with a mild hop presence that goes down easily.

This isn't a bad beer, it's just not a great IPA. I could drink this all night and be happy, but not if it weren't such a bargain and not if I were expecting solid AIPA traits. Maybe it's just miscatagorized...

Photo of wenkalman
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Very hazy unfiltered golden color. Slightly off white head. The head didn't disappear quickly which was sad because this beer was way over carbonated. Even after a full pour into a glass, the head was still coming up the bottle and overflowing. A lot of lost beer before i realized what was happening.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit is what i notice first. I do catch the apricot which is mentioned on the label. Has a sweet smell to it.

Taste - Though smelled sweet, it has the bitter taste of an IPA. Good pine notes with the citrus back end. Very good balance.

Mouthfeel - Way too much carbonation. Even after it had off gassed spilling over the glass and the bottle, it still had huge amounts of carbonation.

Drinkability - Wasn't bad at all. The first impression with the pour kind of ruined it for me, but the taste made up for it nicely.

I would recommend this to IPA fans as something worth trying. I am hoping I got a bad, shaken bottle. It has a lot of flavor and good balance.

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