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Independence Pale Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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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:
#37,054
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
127
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an impressively sturdy head that leaves quite a few shards behind

Smell: Bready, almost biscuity, with a woodsy, slightly resinous aspect

Taste: Surprisingly sweet (but light) with a real biscuity character; in the middle, there is a Juicy Fruit element that joins with a slightly resinous hop flavor; the sweetness lingers on the palate, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite different from the typical APA, with a little bit of an English character; I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beneath the creamy white head of Independence's pale ale lies a slightly hazy golden body. The head drops fairly quickly at first, but then holds a wide, creamy collar throughout the remainder of the glass; and some very nice lace is left behind.

The aroma offers crusty, bready malt backed by grassy, gently citrusy and floral hops with a touch of yeastiness (yeast - not yeasty fruitiness); and the flavor comes through in the same way. It's malty and bready upfront, with just a touch of biscuit and caramel before its brash bitterness cuts across the middle, drying it and leaving the grassy and floral hops to step in. It lingers after the swallow, bitter and mineralish, with smears of grassy hops strewn about.

The mouthfeel is slightly light, on the medium-light side, which adds to its drinkability in a way. And the brash bitterness is an uncommon surprise that also cuts right through leaving the palate dry and wanting of more.

It's a basic but interesting pale ale in that it doesn't follow the mainstream American pale ale cut-out.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is light copper with a small bubbly head. The aroma is a combination of citrissy hops and sweet malt. Not bad, but could be a bit stronger or fresher. A sip starts with a good citris hop flavor, but soon the taste is consumed by English caramel malt. This seems like an EPA crafted with American hop varities. Not bad, I'd prefer a slightly stronger hop flavor, but the malts are full-flavored enough to keep me interested.

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

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

loudy burnt amber, with no real large head. What was there faded quickly but left a film of gooey, drippy lace skimming on the top, lots of eddys and swirls rounding about on it. Deep dripping lace down the glass, and a bit of a bubble stream coming up from the bottom. Smell was big and strong. Big citrus players here, lots of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet smell, like orange sherbert or candy. Very nice and plesing to the nose, smells like it will be a winner. Taste struck me as odd, after all the sugary itrus in the smell, none really came through in the taste. There was a strong bitter hop presence, providing lots of IBU's however it was more of a pine,resiney type of hops, rather then the sweet candy orange that came through at first. Nice and crisp, clean, very dry and long lingering finish,

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Whole Foods. Like the Austin Amber, there's a clear diacetyl character. It just adds a mild butterscotch taste to balance the hops and malt, so it's not a bad beer. A decent Ringwood pale ale I suppose. The aroma is fruity Ringwood candy and the flavor has the same character upfront followed by a herbal lemon citrus taste. It's not a big hoppy American pale ale, but at the end of the night, the more I consider this beer, the more I realize it's is a fine session beer.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained by courtesy of Houston-based BA Steve (Xadoor), brought over when visiting London last month. No freshness info. printed on the bottle. Served light-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a slightly hazy, dark orangey amber hue; the beer head comes effervescent, mushrooming to a 2cm thick foamy white sponge, sustaining well and leaving semi-tight lacing along the way; the carbonation is quite lively, but not fierce, ejecting constant streams of microscopic fizz from the bottom~~
S: deeply flowery (Cascade?), balanced with a tinge of honey-drink, ripe lychee-fruits, a little citric-fruitiness and a very soft, semi-sweet sugary malts; a light touch of resins and yeastiness adds to the overall complexity, making a moderately aromatic nose--nice!
T: quite sharply fizzy on the texture upfront; the flavour is dryish-yeasty (wood-sprigs and peppery) and full of sour-bitter, citric/orange zestiness with an assertive tannic edge of tangy hops, while a faintly sweet maltiness plays the second fiddle as a balancer against the hops; the lingering bitterness also comes with a tannic edge, almost like crushed grape-seeds+rubbed dry tea-leaves, resulting in a somewhat "stimulating" mouthfeel b/w the teeth and deeply down the sides of the tongue. As the texture and fizziness soften, a better balance b/w fruitiness and bitterness is reached, making a rather soothing after-mouthfeel (rather than after-taste).
M&D: medium-bodied, very refreshing on the mouthfeel due to lively carbonation, and turning softer bit by bit; overall, a very quaffable and dry-ish pale ale. I'm not experienced enough to judge it fairly "within the style", but this one tastes much drier and less malty in terms of overall balance than most other APAs I've tried. A good depth is rendered by the bulk amount of hops used, for sure, and I suspect a better pour without so much yeast-sediments could've made a more fruity sample?! Gratitude goes to Steve, for sharing this fine ale with me.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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 twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BdM
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Independence Pale Ale has a very thin, egg shell head, and a clear, golden orange appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and thick lacing. The aroma gives a whiff of Orange Julius, and then mostly clean water. Taste is quite strong on bitter hops (the predominate flavor aspect), and there are underlying barley malt and pine notes. The mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Independence Pale Ale finishes mostly dry, crisp, sharp, and good. Drinkability is moderate to high. Even though it’s rather one dimensional (hops), overall, this is a very good ale.

RJT

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good one. This pours a pale yellow-orange color. Great hop aroma—floral, piney, and grassy. Wonderful flavor, with those grassy and piney hops there, but in moderation. Nice body, with a chew and resin that gives it heft and a good, slightly tacky finish. I’d drink another.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orange-amber color with little foam. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, in a grapefruit-citrus sort of way. Very nice mix of light malty sweetness and a burst of citrusy bitterness, ending with a lingering dryness. Slightly chalky, tannic mouthfeel.

Quite a nice beer, the best of the Independence line-up.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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