Independence Pale Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

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
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
127
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
18.28%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 127
Photo of fizzgig
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
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 -35.5%
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 -28.8%
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 -26.3%
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 jbphoto88
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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 -18.3%
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 HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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 -15.5%
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 -15.5%
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 -14.1%
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 -14.1%
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 -12.5%
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 -12.5%
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 -11.9%
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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to culdeus for this one

A: Pours a dull cloudy apricot colored brew with a fine off white head. Copius amounts of little bubbles make their way up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fairly yeasty actually with some citrus, banana, fresh cut grass and pine cone.

T: Begins sort of grassy with some celery salt flavors (with out the salt). Light lymon flavors mix with a contained bitterness. Finishes earthy with some dirty hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with a hard consistency. Seems flat for the amount of carbonation.

D: Nothing undesirable about this beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: thanks to tjkinate for sending me this bottle.

appearance: orange yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: caramel, biscuit, hops, malts

taste: crisp clean pale ale, not to hoppy, caramel, biscuit, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a decent pale ale. nothing over the top. but a good drinkable beer.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of Higravity
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul.
A good golden orange color with a slight white head that gives some lacing. Smell is muted but there is a good citrus hop character with a malty wiff. Taste is nice middle of the road drinking all day kind of pale ale, it finds a nice balance tilted a little towards the hops. This bottle was a little under carbonated but otherwise pretty good and if I ever find myself in Texas I wouldn't hesistate to buy me a sixer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a decent amount of white bubbly foam. Retention is ok as is the lacing.

Smell is piney hops and some earthy malts, reminds me of some freshly peeled cedar bark. The nose is decent, if not a bit faint.

High level of hop bitterness and a decent amount of caramely malt backing make this the most enjoyable Independence brew I have tasted. The hops are grassy in flavor and provide a fairly clean finish with a resinous tailing left on the tongue. Carbonation levels are fairly high, but not over the top. I don't know, it drinks well enough, but doesn't make me want to go out and buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color with a small off-white head, moderate lacing and mild carbonation. It was mentioned at the brewery that the future production of this beer would be filtered.

Aroma: Prominent citrus and mild pine tar hops with an underlying backbone of pale malt, quite pleasant.

Taste: Light pale malt is overlaid with dominating grapefruit hops, which carry throughout the taste. There is a mild lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, pleasant, and full, excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A very good pale ale, clearly demonstrates that Independence Brewing understands their market, pale ales are very popular in Texas, with Sierra Nevada being ubiquitous.

Sampled on tap at the Independence Brewery during the grand opening celebration on October 9, 2004.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

An aggressive pour unleashes a clear, golden-straw yellow body with a sluggish carbonation level. Attractive manila head, with a few globs of big bubbles floating amidst a sea of smaller ones; some sticky lacing, too. Aroma is a highlight of this brew, as a solid biscuit and caramel malt note balances well with a light dusting of floral hops. Notes of apricot, kiwi, and white grapes linger in the background.

Interesting flavor...starts out with a subtle spice and biscuit malt note before quickly shifting to a bitter, peppery, piny hoppiness. Where did the fruitiness go? The finish is almost harshly bitter, but the medium body is well-carbonated and refreshing. Not sure what the original bitterness was expected to be when Independence brewed this Pale Ale, but the IBU's are a bit overwhelming for the style. Still, it's a fairly tasty beer that easily trumps their Stash IPA (hoppier, too!).

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Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came my way as part of "The Little Guy BIF" and MushRoomCloud. This beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a clear light coppery coloration. The head is a finger and a half high biege color. The head has pretty good staying power. The beer leaves rings of lacing behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer delivers alot of grassy, pine herb hops. The beer has a bit of fruityness to the smell.

Taste: The beer delivers a bit of caramel maltyness and earthy grassy hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is just shy of medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. This beer is not the greatest IPA available; however, I would not turn this beer down.

Big thanks to MushRoomCloud for sending this beer my way.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light honey color with a thin head even after a forced pour. Aroma is an interesting mix of toffee, toast, citrusy PNW hops and noble hops. A little bit of alcohol heat in the nostrils. Flavors of malt start off sturdy then fall way back, just washing totally off the palate with a metallic twang. Hops are nice in this one, giving off a good bit of citrus and flowers. Finishes a bit dry with lingering bitterness. I like it, but I wish the malt wouldn't have run off so quickly. Mouthfeel kind of fizzes and the body is a bit sticky. Drinkable enough.

For a somewhat locally made pale ale, I'd go with Rio Blanco Pale of Full Moon Rye by Real Ale Brewing co., but I wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for this...
Appears a light-medium gold with a small white cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing were left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel malt and citrus hops.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild step down from the smell.
Mouthfeel seems a bit overly bitter and in need of more malt to make it a bit more substantial and balanced.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Local beer night!

Poured this pale yellow, partly cloud, brew into a standard pint glass which created a 1 fingered, bright white, soapy head. Did display decent retention and good lacing. Smell was fairly pungent and full of hops and grains. The taste mirrors the the smell, but leaves you feeling slightly cheated and wanting more. Mouthful was light and slightly flat. Overall, not a bad beer, just to straight forward IMO. Not the best I've had from this local brewery.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 8/9/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a somewhat opaque burnt orange colored body, with a big creamy off-white color head, lasting. Hoppy aroma, some citrus like orange, and some spice too. Some maltiness there, biscuitiness. Hoppy taste, sweet malty aftertaste. Some biscuit malt and a bitterness on the end, some pine. Tasty, reminds me of a sam adams or fat tire. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

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