Power & Light Pale Ale
Independence Brewing Co.

Power & Light Pale AlePower & Light Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,716
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,173
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 13.66%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
83
From:
Independence Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
Power & Light Pale AlePower & Light Pale Ale
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 83
Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Deep gold, hazy. Moderate-high carbonation rising. Thick bright white head, good retain, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma:
Bright hops, citrus, resin, some sweetness, crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop forward, citrus, lemony, resin, just a little tangerine. Pale malts that balance beer well. Finish is crisp and bitter. Medium-light bodie, tangy, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's a good simple American Pale Ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Alright head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy

T: Follows the nose, some orange as well ;plus dryness up front. More orange, dryness & a touch of grassyness as this warms. Finishes orangey with a little dryness

MF: Light/medium body, restrained carbonation, pretty nice balance

Easy drinking PA, not very memorable, however

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Photo of TP1200
1.42/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Sadly, everything in this profile reeks of low quality ingredients. The malts (caramel and graham cracker) don't stand a chance of holding on in the aftertaste. The hops add so little flavor you forget this is a pale ale. The worst part is the beat-you-over-the-head use of apples, which, when you focus on the taste of them, prove to be apple juice-like and not true to form.
With the carbonation being off and the apple juice being overbearing, this cider-pale tasting brew tastes almost white wine-ish. Not a good representation of a pale ale here.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A clean ale, golden color, short white head, some lacing. Nose is quiet hop, pine and spice, which shows up in the flavor, also, with a mild fruitiness and a strong bitter bite in the close. Malts are present, cracker, but in the background. Decent for a beer with dinner, but pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the Klan,
Most of us hate anything that we don't understand". K. Kristofferson, Jesus Was A Capricorn
I would submit that those of you who are haters on this beer just don't understand it. It is a beautiful, well-made, understated, totally sublime example of AMERICAN Pale Ale. Yes, there is none of that caramelly, toffee-ish malt character that ruins so many pale ales for me. Oskar Blues was on the right track with Dales Pale but it has too much bittering hops for the malt that is present. This is just right...crisp but not puckering. Color description seems to vary quite a bit. Mine poured a cloudy pale yellow with a nice, pillowy white heads. It cleared a bit in the glass as it warmed so I guess there was some chill haze. Nice citrusy nose with just a hint of pine. Very clean tasting without a lot of yeast contributing to the flavor. Just a totally enjoyable beer to drink. If you like the malty Pale Ales, you'll find plenty of them out there. But if you want a clean palette for your hops palate, give this one a try.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Gold (6) with tight, white, thick pillow of foam; long lasting cap; heavy clinging lace; excellent clarity. Lite citrus and floral hop nose. Lite lemon and floral hop taste. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am surprised folks havent liked this more than it seems like they have on here. especially with all the super generic weighty overly hopped american pale ales out there. this is a great contrast to the norm, and a really pretty well made beer, even if it is impossibly mild for the style, i still like it being so different. golden, immaculately clear, and pristine radiant in the glass, with almost a whole inch of thick slinky patient white foam. its lovely. smells tame for the style, definitely less of the high alpha hops than most of these have, but also less grain heft, just a more drinkable and delicate take on it. tastes almost like a cream ale from a malt perspective, simple and clean, pils and pale malts combined i would imagine, soft and easy. fresh but benign. the hops arent very highly dosed either, but there is a hint of lemon to it, and then a european sort of grassy complexion, although its so light that making a guess at the varietals used would be futile. as much a hoppy blonde as an american pale ale in terms of style, but its flavorful enough and fresh, nicely carbonated, dry on the back end, and something a little different, which i think we can all get behind. one of my first from these guys, i think it deserves more credit than its getting here on BA. summery and real easy.

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Photo of Todd
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apple, Hoppy, Crisp, Dry

Pours from the can bright and golden with a thick and creamy head. Very appealing. Some apple and huskiness in the nose, which follows through into the taste. Crisp and lively on the palate with an uplifting fruitiness and a watery, rindy, grassy hop character that complements the malt bill. he green apple note (possibly acetaldehyde) however, is perceived as sourness and astringency and throws things off a bit. Finishes pithy and bone dry. Otherwise, Power & Light is a decent Pale Ale.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #105 (October 2015).

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Photo of Vinegarroon
1.88/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This ale is very disappointing. It has all the characteristics of any of the traditional "domestic" lagers. It's crisp and fizzy but has very little aroma or flavor, with the exception of some weak hops. It might make a good "gateway beer" to feed to your favorite light beer drinker in hopes of slowly converting them. I bet it'd be alright for boiling bratwurst too.

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Photo of blastoderm55
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Struggled to get through this one. With so many pales borrowing from the fruity, citrusy notes of IPAs, my expectations I suppose have changed. Very dry, unpleasant bitter finish. Picked it up at a grocer not known for craft, so I'm not sure of the freshness and the can date is not decipherable. Good smell, but that's about it. Perhaps better on draft as a freshie and not as a turd.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with white head. Light citrus and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, decent carbonation, but would have liked a little more. Finishes clean.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very truncated review:

4 finger wide head of white colour. Decent complexion and an even consistency. Retention is good (maybe 7 minutes). The body is clear and clean, with no evidence of yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Aroma is very light in terms of intensity. I pick up on some sticky grassy malts (probably Noble?) and some graham cracker-y pale malt sweetness but that's it. Has no yeast character or booziness.

Taste: Graham cracker malt notes, pale malts, a dab of caramalt, Munich malts, and floral & grassy hop notes. Balanced but mundane. Balance is decent, as is its depth of flaovur and relative intricacy. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Texture: Smooth, wet, oddly medium to full-bodied, unrefreshing, overly thick, and overly hefty on the palate. Overcarbonated.

Not a great companion to the taste, but not horrible.

Overall: A mediocre pale ale with a strangely grassy hop profile and above average drinkability. Far from Independence's best work, and not a brew I'd get again, but enjoyable for what it is.

High C

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Photo of Kaiyotee
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale, clear, some white foam
Smell: Sweet and grassy
Taste: Grassy, somewhat sour but not necessarily citrusy
Feel: Medium carbonation; smooth, yet creamy

This is a good, out-on-the-deck, sitting by the pool, summer beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a one-finger white head and light carbonation. Has a good floral hop aroma. Light and crisp flavor with a slightly sweet edge. Can taste bread, biscuit and grass flavors. Also has a light bit of sugary lemon. Nice on a hot day.

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Power & Light Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 83 ratings