Independence Pale Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale
BA SCORE
44.1%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 127 ratings
Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Pegasus on 10-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,898
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
127
Liked:
56
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
13.09%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of fizzgig
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very clear medium amber. Virtually no head with aggressive pour what little there was dissapeared fast.

S: Some lightly pungent hops, faintly resembling an IPA. Diminished after a while.

T: Some resiny hop flavors, tasted a bit like chalk or a bitter medicine. Lingers unpleasantly.

M: Mild carbonation, watery, doesn't want to stick around.

O: I call cheaply and carelessly made hoppy beer like this hop water. It's like they say "let's just throw something together to compete in the $8-9 6 pack market, nobody knows what they're buying anyway". Couldn't finish it after smoked chicken was gone. Too bad, was pulling for a local beer.

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Photo of bboven
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is cloudy apple cider with a huge head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very cloudy.

The smell is overrun by fruity yeast and green apple. The hops are barely there and the malt isn't at all.

Taste is very yeasty, again that fruity, belgian-like yeast flavor is in there all over. Nice bittering at the end but also a little wet cardboard.

The huge overzealous head at the beginning sucks all the life out of the beer and leaves it very undercarbonated and watery.

This is just not a well-made beer. AS a homebrew, it would be drinkable, but this was a $9 six pack. Will not buy again, will actually tell other people not to waste their money. Very disappointing.

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Photo of JDV
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear amber pour with lasting white head. Smell is caramelly sweet hops at 1st, then grassy, acidic smelling hops. Taste was VERY watery and very bland for a pale ale. A hint of bitter hops in the finish, but by FAR the blandest pale I've ever had. Very low flavor and was what I'd expect a light pale ale would be if it existed. Looking back, I feel I was probably generous with the scores too...

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Photo of TheBCrew
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours light amber color with 2 fingers of white head that sticks around. Aroma is grassy and harsh. Tastes like grass clippings with malt nowhere to be found. Acidic finish. The mouthfeel was watery and thin. I did not have a second one. Not recommended.

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Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of jbphoto88
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing beverage. It pours real thin with a thick head that fades real fast and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Thats the best part of this beer. The smell is nothing special, it is slightly fruity (kind of like apples) with a slight carmel twinge and a subtle hops scent. The taste is poor, it makes me think this beer should be aged a little more before it leaves the brewery. Again there is apples and mild nice malt but it all fades fast and you are left with a plastic, watered down beer taste. This one reminds me of the first time I tried to homebrew. I didn't know what I was doing and I ended up with mediocre ale that hadn't matured. Independence needs a little more patience with this one, it has a good start but needs to be fine tuned and tweaked to higher standard especially when its in the stores for $8-9 a sixer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Good looking copper color, pretty clear. Thin white head disappears immediately, even when poured aggressively.

Some sweet caramel malt aroma, grainy, earthy and grassy hop notes as well.

A bit of malty flavor, with a mixed bag of fruity flavors. The beer moves into an earthy, astringent, mineral flavor, that is not very good. Harsh earthyness lingers on the palate.

Light body, and seems to be lacking enough carbonation. Disappointing. This got a bit better once it warmed.

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Photo of Junichi
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gbar
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of garyford
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Pesci
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz brown twisty, label gives 12 oz., Pale Ale, Address of the brewery and a website. Pretty much the “Name, rank, serial number” approach.

Aroma: Malty nose with a hint of grassy hops; very mild overall smell with a hint of brown sugar.

Appearance: Amber brown glass with a light tan head that gives a fair cover that gave very nice lace and tide marks. It seems a bit dark for style.

Flavor: Hop flavors come through nicely, but still backed by a lot of malt for a Pale Ale. Hops are floral and a little citric. Overall it’s very balanced, but I am left wishing for a little more hop flavors. Finish is at the edge of cloying. Deeper in I found a few more citric notes in the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with an edge of chew, again, a bit heavy for style. Firm carbonation level, slowly drying finish.

Overall Impression: English Pale Ale maybe? I was expecting a little more West Coast, bring the alpha acid, pump up da flava attitude. This is more refined, balanced, and frankly English (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Color is a little dark but the lace is very impressive. Flavor is just a bit sweet, almost under-attenuated.
I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It’s a decent beer, it could make a summer quencher, but it’s a bit heavy for a lawn mower. I’ll check back after the brewery gets a few more batches out the door.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of MUSHROOMCLOUD.

Pours a hazy light brown orange, looks like fresh brewed iced tea. Has a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Very light aroma of piney hops and a slight yeastiness.

Little malt flavor, with a slight piney hop taste and a mild bitterness. There is a yeasty taste at the end that lingers.

Light body, creamy texture.

This is a very average APA. It is completely drinkable, but fails to do anything to try and set itself apart.

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Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper orange color. A small white head forms and recedes to nothing in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and piny hops. Pale malts and a light sweetness. Not much else, mostly neutral.
T: Soapy and piny hops again. A grapefruit bitterness. Light butter diacetyl. Pale malts and some sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soapy and oily, but crisp. Not hard to drink but I really don't care to have another.

Bland and inoffensive for the most part. Typical of Independence. Not something I would recommend, but really nothing all that bad either.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is light yellowish amber. 2 finger foam that dissipated slowly. lacing on glass.
Aroma is floral hops, bready. Pretty subtle, though.
Taste: Surprisingly bitter.
Mouthfeel: pretty good, silky mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.
Drinkability: Above average.

One of the better Independence brews I've had.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pour is golden orange and delicate lace. a nose of bread and glue... and some citrus. very mild citrus. palate is that exactly. a palate that is a bit sharp on the tongue. pepper dry with hair protein quality. a bit bitter finish. the fruit doesn't seem to do much. very one dimensional. had a nice volume that went away somewhat quick. this beer is complete average in quality otherwise. not much character or latitude.

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Photo of geomedic
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Draft in a chilled "Pounder" pint glass.

A: Clear, golden. Minimal head (< 1cm) dissipates quickly and completely without lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity.

T: Earthy hops predominate but do not overpower. Bitter aftertaste. Sweet, malty and fruity undertones.

M: Very light for a pale ale. Carbonation is light as well but certainly not "flat."

D: The lightness of the mouthfeel and the relatively low-key hoppiness give this beer a high gulpability. Probably best if served colder than I typically like my pale ales. Bitter aftertaste somewhat limits drinkability.

O: Potable. I prefer piney or floral hops to the earthy, bitter hops flavor of this beer.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with lasting creamy white head. Grassy/flowery aroma. Not overly hoppy yet not very malty, beer seemed to be indecisve as to which would be the predominant flavor.

Bottom line: The beer was average. I would try it again, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of pweis909
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is right for a pale. Not much head retention. Smell is lacking aromatic hoppyness. The most memorable aspect of the taste is a crisp bitter finish. This is a good thirst quencher for those who don't mind the bitter, but the lack of strong malt character and hop aroma makes this one less interesting to me.

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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 44.1% out of 100 with 127 ratings
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