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Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale AleIsland Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 10-21-2011)
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-15-2011 05:46:38 | More by spycow
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2011 22:21:22 | More by jhb138
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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
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Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.