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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 BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Smoker's Den in Bennington.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. No freshness date.

Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange hue with a two finger off-white head that slowly falls to a pretty chunky layer of foamy goodness. A good amount of lacing holds on to the sides of the glass. Smell consists of citrus hops, toasted grains, and a metallic undertone. Herbal notes, lemongrass, and hearty bread in the nose as well. Pretty decent aroma overall. Taste begins grassy with some pine and sour orange. Midway metallic flavors emerge with some pale malts and sweet grains. Aftertaste is pretty bland and watery with honey and faint grapefruit. Light fluffy body with a soft feel and dry carbonation. Not really a fan of this beer. The flavors are pretty plain and one dimensional with a body that's lacking.

BeerTruth, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky, foamy head atop a hazy light orange. Lots of carbonation. Head is stubborn. Color changes with light and depth/thickness.

Nice floral and citrusy hops in the smell. Malts are dry and bready. Citrus and mild pine needles. Sweet, perfumey, floral; outstanding.

Hops first, a little chlorine in the taste. Malts are pale and bready. A bitter IPA, which would use more of a balance. Definitely solid, could be a bit more malty.

The feel is thick and creamy. Fizzy. It's a really nice, fragrant IPA. Could have more malts in the taste. Solid, unbalanced.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy orangish color with a larger sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of floral green hoppiness, citrus, pine, and earthy. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and earthy. All around 'skunky' hoppiness.

Notes from: 12/11/07

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of kingjames1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey hue, with some bottle funk in the mix. Not an impressive head, but some strings of lacing stick around. Says its "bottle-conditioned". Interesting. Smell is fairly weak - but then that could be my nose. I detect citrus (of course), orange blossoms, fuji apples, and some pine notes. Taste is definitely domintated by orange citrus, with flowery elements and a unique sour finish. I feel that characteristic bite on the tongue from the IPA's hop profile. It's good, but somehow falls flat a bit. I would venture to guess that it may have some age on it, and the hops have calmed down quite a bit. Good mouthfeel, but the drinkability is slightly off as the beer isn't very satisfying as an IPA.

kingjames1, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: burnt copper with a billowy 2+ finger off white head that's in for the long haul. Cisco makes some brews with fantastic appearances

S: great aroma. grapefruity and floral up front with some caramel malt providing nice balance

T: right in line with the aroma- citrus and malt in fine balance

M: moderate in body and carbonation. crisp and a little dry

D: highly drinkable - a trait I'm finding in many Cisco offerings

Rainintheface, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with corey0212. Thanks for the Hopportunity buddy :)

Appearance: Cloudy auburn to burnt umber body with a creamy off white 3 finger foam head. Lots of retention and lacing. I gave it a 4.0 although if the body wasn't so murky it would deserve a 4.5.

Smell: Oh baby does this smell amazingly inviting. Strong hop presence and an equally strong malt presence. Really a wonderful melding of those two.

Taste: Very similar to the nose but a tad less impressive. Caramel sweet malt backbone balances out the strong pine hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation to help this one from getting too sticky.

Drinkability: The extremely well balanced nature of this brew makes it pretty easy to kick back considering the style isn't sessionable for all drinkers.

koopa, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-copper color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Lots of floral/citrus hop aroma upfront followed by a malt profile full of breadiness.

Taste starts out with a floral/citrus bitterness followed by breadiness and just a bit of alcohol heat. A second sip confirms the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full of hop bitterness and the breadiness of the malt. A bit dry.

A good example of an IPA. I feel that it's a bit rough in regards to the bitterness. Aroma is very good though. Still highly drinkable and worth a try.

Brad007, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Logan Airport. 22oz glass.

A-white head that rings the glass perfect, brown topaz body
S-great earthy, citrusy smell, almost juicy
T-great hop bite, roasted malt and nutty flavor
D-Absolutely a great beer. Worth trying to seek out and find.

jneiswender, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at the Cisco Bar at Logan airport. I have always wanted to try this place and finally arrived home on a flight where it made sense.

It is a very good beer.

Light amber color with orange tones. The head was one finger thick and faded quickly. Very translucent with no visible carbonation. Some very light lacing remained.

Aroma was very nice. Perfume, floral

Flavor was great. Well balanced with a fresh hop bite. Interesting malt flavors, nice and fruity with big pine notes. Great hop bite and lingering effect.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and bold due to the hop bite.

Very drinkable. I'll pick up a bottle of this at some point.

Try this one.

Reagan1984, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange amber with lots of off white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Well balanced with a substantial sweet maltiness and a citric hop note with a hint of pineapple.

T-Grapefruit hops in the front with a very nice balancing malt in the finish.

M-Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly acidic with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Excellent flavors and seemingly moderate ABV. I would gladly have another.


sholland119, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New England special that I was able to get a hold of lately. It seems I am running myself through this entire lineup as of late! This nice twenty two ounce bomber was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a twenty four ounce pilsner glass. Consumed on 10/20/2008.

The pour was rather, shall we say vigorous? Not quite a gusher, but the foam was edging its nose out of the bottle when I popped the cap. This resulted in a head of lace that was nearly four inches in height and that never really did fade much beyond that at all. Lots of carbonation could be seen through the hazy, orange amber colored beer, which just had a really nice shade to it. Looked to be very solid.

The aroma let me down a bit, as I was expecting something big after all the nice looking start to it. Still, nice notes of orange and tangerine, with a good hint of biscuit like balance thrown into the middle of it. The flavor was more of the same, this was not one of those crisp, mouth shredding IPA's, it was much more mellow, balanced and subdued. Nice touches of pine and resin coming through on the first wave, but these quickly mellowed and were replaced by a nice and very subtle biscuit like flavor that rounded out the profile very nicely. Rich and chewy, this was about as full bodied IPA as you were going to get, though the carbonation kept it from coming across as too thick or syrup like. Nice strong finish to it, with just enough of a sharp and bitter bite to really dry out the palate in anticipation of the next sip. Easily session able, I found myself having this bottle go down quite well with dinner.

Overall a very solid effort from Cisco. While not my favorite, it has to be noted for the subtly and balance that it provided. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again anytime.

mikesgroove, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber - Pours a beautiful pale/orange with a huge and I mean huge white head. Intense smells of sweet fruity hops. First taste is hop heaven...just what an IPA should be. A nice malty backbone really balances well with this excellent American IPA.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of soccerman7
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - a bright glowing copper, 2 finger head lacing down.

Smell - Huge hops. Citrus and Pine all the way.

Taste - massive hop bite (summit hops). nice malt to balance. Drinks like a west coast ipa. pine flavors round it out.

Mouthfeel - very nice. fairly smooth for the bite it has. a dry but pleasant finish.

Drinkability - A great east coast IPA that will surely impress. Recomend trying it.

soccerman7, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has a nice cloudy amber color with a gigantic off-white head and lots of lace. The aroma brings out beautiful pine hops mellowed by earthy malt. It has a beautiful mid-plus feel with some light licorice. Smooth and unique with a crisp feel and some citrus highlights. What an impressive blend and very drinkable offering from Cisco which is beginning to impress me increasingly as I sample more of their brews of late.

Durge, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a stiff beaten egg white head that refuses to dissipate

Smell: Nice blend of caramel malt and piney hops; lots of depth

Taste: The balanced malt and hop flavors appear at the outset with the piney, somewhat floral hops, joined by the caramel backbone; the combination gets a bit resinous by mid-palate; the flavors continue to build after the swallow, but the hop flavors adds a citrusy grapefruit element; some residual sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a bit too much carbonation

Drinkability: With the exception of the mouthfeel, this is a fine IPA; clearly the best beer I have tasted from Cisco (but I have to admit my experience has been mixed with this brewery - hopefully they are getting some of their problems from years past behind them)

Thanks, ohmesohoppy, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chilled amber with orange hues around the edge. Very tightly packed, tiny bubbled, creamy head pillows up and holds well. Clings to the walls of the glass as the head dissipates. Aroma full of floral, apricot, orange juice, grapefruit zest, hints of peppery spice all balanced by a solid, carmel malt with notes of brown sugar. Taste isn't quite as strong as the nose, solid bitterness from the very floral citrus hops, never over done, always balanced by the wonderful malty back bone. Taste similar to if Southern Star built an IPA. Would love to try again.

Thanks for the opportunity Corey!

RickSawyer, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. no date. poured into shaped pint glass.

classic amber color, almost clear. lots of foamy head that barely ever recedes. yeast is a bit easy to disturb, but doesn't make the beer too cloudy on later pours. in fact, the lacing gets even nicer.

piney, fresh, resiny aroma. just a hint of citrus zest. whiffs of caramel and fresh toasted bread.

very fresh hop flavor, again on the piney, resinous side of the spectrum. only slight hints of grapefruit. some more citrus will show up in the sweetness, along with peach, but the sweet flavors are predominantly a nice malty, caramelized canvas on which the hop bouquet is painted. moderately bold bitterness that goes into a slightly resinous finish.

not too thin. some resinous texture. can even become chewy during the later more yeasty pours. moderate carbonation.

a very pleasant and drinkable offering from nantucket. that said, while it's "local" (or at least "in-state"), it's unfortunately not really that much cheaper (if at all) than comparable IPA's.

tai4ji2x, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is starts out malty with a smoky caramel sweetness and some citrus in the background. Then a grassy hops bitterness comes in and creates a good balance, especially after the beer warms a bit. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer and the smokiness makes for a nice twist added to the typical IPA, however there are several other IPA's that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of albern
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cisco is my favorite NE brewery at this point. They also distill spirits and ferment wine. I have to get to Nantucket for an on-site visit. I had the Indie on tap at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston in June 2008. The beer is not as good as the Whale's tale, in that I very much appreciate the creamy texture that is characteristic of this brew house. The Indie is less creamy, the hops are a bit more tea like, a bit more biting, although there is plenty of hop oiliness underneath. The beer is dry hopped so the aroma is there. This beer is not as balanced as some of their others, but anything from Cisco is a real treat. I will seek this out in bottle form to re-review in a more contemplative setting.

albern, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect amber color, good clarity and a billowing two plus inches of light khaki head. Head is pretty dense and fluffy, and retains a thick lace on top although it doesn't leave much stick on the sides.

Smells of fresh hops, oranges, grapefruit, some pine. Quite the juicy nose with only the slightest hint of some grain.

Taste isn't quite as fruity, although there is a good amount of citrus again, plus maybe some peaches and pineapple. More pine hop flavor here than there was in the nose. Good dose of hop bitterness is quite herbal in flavor, somewhat earthy even, and there is some grain in there too. Not a whole lot of caramel malt or sweetness here to balance, but it doesn't taste unbalanced. Pretty smooth and well put together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry into the finish. Maybe not quite as oily smooth and creamy as I like in an IPA.

This is a very solid IPA and quite tasty. Pick it up and give it a shot.

number1bum, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get this brew in a trade with corey0212... Thanks Corey!

L - hazy, orange/amber with a huge, fluffy beige head that stayed as puffy pillows and left globs of sticky lacing behind.

S - sweet citrus hop aroma.

T - very good balanced brew, bitter bite of citrus hops balance out well with sweet malty flavors.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - excellent!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Hazy auburn in color with noticeable carbonation. Dense, white foam with a rocky formation that barely budges. Frothy, ringed lacing with tremendous strength around the entire tumbler.

Bright grapefruit, pear, green apple; swarming hop oils with a light rum aroma. Spicy pine and spruce; slightly slick toasted malts with a hint of diacetyl.

Slick, toasted malts with a bland, lemon flavor with a slightly metallic taste. Rough floral hops with earthen pine notes that meld well with the light citrus and grapefruit flavors. A bright bitterness is followed by a citrus filled, buttery toasted malt aftertaste.

Medium in body; slightly rough, but relatively smooth due to the moderate, toasted malt base.

A pretty flavorful IPA, with a distinct, almost slick malt base. Full flavors, but not over the top.

NEhophead, May 08, 2008
Photo of dashirey
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - clear with a color that lands somewhere in a mix of orange, copper, and amber. Huge thick fluffy cream colored head which left lacing at the very top of the pint glass, but left more lacing as I drank the pint down.

S - A sweet smells come through. I detect pineapple over all other fruits.

T - A lot of different things in the taste, but nothing that that really sticks out as great. Malty up front, but missing the hops I believed would be there from the nose. Don't get me wrong there is some hops and bitterness i nthe end and after the swallow, just not as much as I expected.

M - A little too much carbonation, in my opinion. Medium bodied with some hop oils left on the tongue afterwards.

D - Pretty solid and drinkable IPA. I could have a couple of these in a sitting. Not the best or the worst ever, but definitely above average.

dashirey, May 04, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic IPA. Deep orange/amber color, with a massive fluffy tan head. Smell is just intense juicy grapefruit. Brilliantly hoppy, lots of pine flavor. Definitely leaning towards the hoppier side, but there's also a nice sweet malty flavor....nice balance. Carbonation is way active, as seems to be the case with most Cisco beers. Just a great bitterness to this beer....this one's got bite!! Cisco continues to impress me. Check this one out.

corey0212, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful neutral amber color with a small amount of chill haze. Excellent lasting and rocky head that leaves ample lace after each sip.

Nice fresh hop smell, very appealing. Nearly no malt nose.

Better balance in the flavor, but hop is completely dominant after the initial sip. Dry hoppy finish that lasts a very long time. The malt does provide a solid body. Lots of complexity particularly with how the hops change flavor throughout the tasting.

This is one of the better IPA's I've had in quite some time. I will seek this out in the future.

smcolw, Mar 29, 2008
Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.