Island Reserve: Double India Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Double India Pale Ale
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Archemedies on 04-23-2013

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Smell: light grain nose, bread, grass, resin, faint citrus.Taste: Full on creamy fruit, orange, plum, some citrus rind. Well developed herbal flavors from the hops engage in interesting interactions with the fruity esters over a background of light grains. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, luscious texture with very fine soft carbonation. Medium body to a little above. Overall: A very drinkable and enjoyable DIPA.They need to bring this out of retirement.

Photo of sethmeister
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A huge frothy off-white head billows atop a hazy straw gold body. Bubbly sudsy lace slides down the sides of the glass.

Very fragrant - fruity, citrus, pink grapefruit. Pine and oranges. I could smell it even before I poured.

Taste is similar. Orange, grapefruit and pine on a crackery malt base. Hint of froot loops. Dry finish.

Mouth is slightly chalky but manages a dry puckering finish. A little too much fizzy carbonation.

On the light side for a DIPA at 7.7% yet the alcohol is noticeable both in the taste and in the throat. Overall a pleasant brew but not among my favorites for the style.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange-copper coloring with suspension sediment giving it an opacity. A frothy, thin, low profile, bright white head crowns this brew. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, with floral highlights and an effervescence that gives the beer a fresh and crisp feel. Some piney, resiny highlights on the nose, too. Flavors of rich biscuit and caramel sweetness support the tangy citrus blast and resiny hops presence that attack the forward tongue. Very well blended, and the carbonation keeps the body light and crisp. Citrus and piney blend on the aftertaste, with a bitter and slightly dry mouthfeel. Clean, crisp, dry finish. This beer is damn tasty!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Beautifully sculpted, the taste and texture of IPA manifests in a full bodied pale taste but a step off of what's typical of Imperial ale. Its resulting taste is incredibly smooth and bitter, but without the threat of strong inebriation or viscous character of more highly charged IPA. Straddling the fence seems to work out well for Cisco brewers!

Its heavy hazy pour depicts the beer's unfiltered and unfettered character as it pours with a viscous fruit juice character. And once those juicy hop flavors hit the nose, the senses relax and the citrus and fruit medley layer on the taste with a beautiful weave of citrus fruit, tropical fruit and botanical herb.

With the gravity of middle palate hitting its stride, its fructose, caramel and honey character intertwine for a fully ingrained taste to promote hops but to also show a slim and sensible balance that's careful not to interfere with the hoppy display.

Finishing both juicy and dry, its schizophrenic taste retains its fruit and its associated sweetness fades with ease, allowing a dry and slightly warming body to command its waning moments. With wafts of citrus and herbal aftertastes pulsing onward, the beer is not a quick memory.

Photo of Archemedies
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

A- Hazy amber in color with a 1 finger head.

S- Hops, malt, pink grapefruit, citrus

T- Taste similar to the smell. Hops up front with a nice malty and juicy finish.

M- Medium carbonation.

O- Overall a really nice double ipa by Cisco. It is good to see them keep experimenting.

Photo of Lledd
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z served into pint glass.

A: Light pale amber color, but slightly hazy up to light. Lots of fizzy carbonation. Thick, 1+ finger head with some lacing. <4>

S: Smelled great right when the cap came off. Slightly piney, citrus comes through pleasantly with aromas of orange and mango. A subtle malt sweetness that gets me excited. <4.25>

T: This brew is VERY balanced. Almost to a fault for the style...almost. The DIPA flavor is more on the backend. The bitterness of the hops is tamed and sits just above the (subtle) citrus notes hiding in the malt sweetness. This isn't what I expect or look for in a DIPA but it's really good. Honestly, everything is SO balanced, it's difficult to pick out what I am tasting. It's one, complex, multidimensional flavor. <4.25>

M: A nice creamy texture. A very wet finish. <4>

O: Balance is the word here. This is very malty for a DIPA. The hop characteristics are there but they are in the malt. If you want a hop bomb this isn't it. This beer isn't juicy or super citrusy or piney. It's a little thicker than other DIPAs. This is definitely worth a taste if you're looking for a DIPA thats ISN'T a hop bomb. Weird huh? <4.5>

Photo of jimmah120
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml(?) Bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip

Look is a cloudy orange IPA color, long lasting creamy film. Smell is dank tropical fruits and pine. Sweet malt in the background. Taste has the fruits and pine of the nose, with fruity and peppery yeast, some dark fruit, and a dry powdery finish. Lots of candied fruits as it warms.


Photo of Resuin
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2014 version. I don't see a more specific bottle date unfortunately.

Appearance: Pours a mango-like, honey amber and leaves a couple fingers of sticky white head, that linger around for a while.

Smell: Big tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, floral qualities, citrus (grapefruit, orange, clementines), hint of bready malts, mild spices. Really nice, full aroma dominated by the lovely hops.

Taste: Matches the smell well. Big mango and pineapple followed by sweet grapefruit and bready malts. The finish is full of big juicy grapefruit.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation with a medium, slightly juicy, slick body. Nice feel.

Overall: This is an impressive IPA. Big citrus and tropical hops lead the way in both the smell and taste. It tastes fresh. Better than 99% of bottled IPA's I've had - this is a wonderful brew, caught me by surprise.

Photo of lousahr
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this at the brewery and had six months later…delicious!

Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; gold colored; 1 finger white head that recede quickly to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: a lot of fruit and a little pine;

T: very juicy - orange and grapefruit are most prevalent; grapefruit build as you near the finish; well balanced - the malt sweetness is readily apparent; almost no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very complex flavors;

Island Reserve: Double India Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.