Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Deep ruby brown color. Appears clear. Large frothy head that leaves plenty of chunky ring lace.
Huge grapefruit hop smell. Prickly.
This is a very hoppy beer. My only complaint is the thin body. The carbonation is appropriate. Very little malt base, what is there is a toasted, slightly burnt, flavor. The rest is bittering hop with a lot of citrus zest and white pepper.
10-23-2011 23:15:50 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
A-Pours “Very Brown”. Cream colored head matches the creamy consistency. Head does not leave much lacing, but it does retains very well.
S-Lighter grassy hoppiness. Some darker maltiness too. A bit grainy. Maybe even a bit nutty as well. The hops are mostly leafy/grassy and floral.
T-Interesting taste. Quite clean and dry. The dark caramel and even a bit of chocolate and nuts mix pleasantly with the crisp grassy hops. Decently bitter and dry. Flavor is definitely unique. I am amused by how light the flavor seems at some points and how potent it hits the palate at others.
M-Lighter bodied. Pretty assertive carbonation. Bitterness lasts and has a drying element. The feel is light enough to warrant several sips in a short period of time.
O/D-This one is pretty perplexing. I would say that I am an overall fan of this brew. It’s lighter in flavor (aside from the bitterness). The hops are a bit one sided. But I do like it because it seems to me to be the median between a regular IPA and a Black IPA. At around $9.50 for a 750ml, the price is nothing to boast about. But I am glad I tried it out. Local too. Appreciate the effort.
10-21-2011 23:02:56 | More by VelvetExtract
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
very brown is right. almost black, with a huge khaki head that lasts forever and laces well.
tobacco, chocolate, woody hops. kind of a faint aroma.
wow. that tasted like marijuana. I haven't smoked in well over a decade, but thats what it tasted like in my memory. smokiness, leafy wet hops, and sweetish malts.
smooth bottle-conditioned feel is velvety and softly bubbled on a medium body with a bit of cocoa and tobacco that lingers
It's not quite what I expected. Was thinking of something like Dogfish's Indian Brown, but this ends up being utterly unique and interesting. Just don't think of a traditional IPA when you are drinking it. It's markedly different.
10-21-2011 04:22:17 | More by silentjay
Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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