Power & Light Pale Ale
Independence Brewing Co.

Power & Light Pale AlePower & Light Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,801
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,525
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 13.95%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
84
From:
Independence Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
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Reviews by tracycramer:
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tracycramer from Texas

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

Resiny.

Apr 14, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

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

Aug 31, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

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

Mar 27, 2015
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Vinegarroon from Texas

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.

Oct 21, 2015
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Todd from California

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).

Jan 17, 2016
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jan 09, 2015
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Mortarforker from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nov 04, 2015
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bccocx from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Oct 16, 2014
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jan 01, 2015
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mjurney from Texas

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.

Jul 29, 2018
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valkyre65 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 08, 2016
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PhatAtUT from Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Sep 17, 2014
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PhilsPils from Texas

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.

Nov 06, 2016
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gtermi from Texas

3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aug 14, 2015
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bundy462 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 31, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

Oct 25, 2014
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mscroggi from Texas

1.91/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poor thin harsh

Nov 21, 2015
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cdwil from Texas

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 22, 2014
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archero from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 17, 2015
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jheezee from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +7%

Sep 13, 2014
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jdhasse from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weak look and aroma, but nice flavor, lighter body and a very drinkable brew.

Feb 17, 2015
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greenspointexas from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Sep 02, 2014
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%

Aug 30, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Apr 25, 2016
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acbe from Texas

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

May 18, 2015
Power & Light Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 84 ratings