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Independence Pale Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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Independence Pale AleIndependence Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 10-17-2004

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 64
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 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 nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.4%
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 IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange liquid fills the glass and gets topped with a small white head that melts quickly to a ring of white.
Aroma is fresh hops all the way...green grassy and a little piney.
Taste at first scared me into thinking there might be a lager type adjunct in here...rice or corn....but quickly I became aware that wasn't the case at all. This pale ale just happens to be full of flavor. There is nothing one dimensional about it. Slightly sweet malt followed with a tang of citrus (more orange than grapefruit) hop then a little lemon and a grassy earthiness on the dry finish.
Lots of tiny bubbles to tingle the tongue and tickle the throat on the way down.
Great refresher
Thanks assurbanipaul for this little taste of Texas.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into mug.

Cloudy honey gold hue. Strong one inch egg-shell white head. It has good retention, and likewise lines the glass with lacing. Settles to a thin cap. When held up to the light, you can see the sediment floating in the beer.

Strong piney hop aromas strike first, with a malty backbone. Citrus like flavors can be detected as well. The bottle doesn't say when it was bottled, but it smells absolutely fresh.

Herb like hop flavors dominate the palate, with a malty middle. Finishes dry with plenty of lingering hop flavor. Tastes like an APA more than an EPA, going against what others have stated.

Lighter bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp feel, and a dry hoppy finish.

I enjoyed this one. It has to be a very fresh sample. The hops were lively and delicious. I recommend you to try one of these, and hopefully you will have one that tastes as fresh as this one does.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured light honey amber hue with almost no head, just a thin white ring around the brim of my wiezen glass. A small trace of laceing can also be found, and even a few columns of beading floating from the bottom.

Smell: The smell is herbal-licious. Grassy hops and some garden herbs present majority of the aromas. Also some under ripe fresh fruit rinds.

Taste: The hop character pushes the grassy herbs to the max, but not to strong just enough to let you know they are there. Mildly sweet malts can be detected but about as much as you taste the alcohol, not alot.

Mouthfeel: The feel is on the thin side with little carbonation. It has slightly bubblely finish as well.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale but by far not the worst. In other words I would recommend for a try.


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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 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 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 Frozensoul327
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A darn good pale ale. Pours out to a shiny hazed golden orange color with a short lived head of foam. Medium low level of carbonation, some notes of lace. Aromas of yeasty bread, sweet grain, rich malts, fresh hops. Wow. Really nice. Taste is solid; lots of malts and hops over a raw honey grain backbone. Nice. Mouthfeel was unspectacular, yet the other aspects of this beer far make up for it. Good drinkability. They know beer in Texas. Special thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a small head.

Smell is of citrus, pine and some nutty yeasty elements. Classic pale ale aroma.

Taste is layered in creamy malt with a mild hop undercurrent. Not as much citrus in the flavor as the smell would suggest, more of a grassy, pine taste. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and full with a moderate caronation level. I like my pale ales a little more aggressive, but this is just fine.

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Photo of Higravity
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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 Dubblebock
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Independence Pale Ale is yet another interesting offering from the fine folks at Independence Brewing in Austin, Texas. It seemed to be a popular choice at the Central Market where I purchased this sixer for $7.99. There is a strong local beer following at the south Central Market, as evidenced by the almost complete sellout of most of the Texas-brewed beers.

The Pale Ale pours beautifully, with a rich, cloudy straw color and an inch-tick head of fluffy foam. The nose is hoppy and full of grapefruit vibes.

The taste is a bit of a letdown in light of the scent. There is less citrus in the body, and more focus on a heavy, almost cloying hops presence. It seemed a bit out of balance, with the malts very understated and browbeaten down by the spunky hops. Something of a woody, bitter aftertaste. There was more of a citrus feel as it warmed, and the grapefruit flavors began to come through with a little more force.

Pretty good mouthfeel, it has a nice carbonation level and goes down easy for the most part. Not highly drinkable, IMO, but decent enough. I wasn't left with the overwhelming compulsion to reach for another one. Might pair well with seafood or chicken dishes. I'll try it again in the dead of summer and see if my taste for it changes. Probably my least favorite of the bottled Independence brews, but not bad nonetheless.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to assurbanipaul for the chance to have this brew via OneBoxBIF.

Cloudy orange with a white head, falls to a bubbly island. Chalky malts and a toasted odor, interesting and unexpected. Taste is woody hops and slightly watery malts. Ashy residue in the finish with a light mouthfeel. Drinkable. Not like many APAs I've had. Maybe, I'll find this on tap during my next TX trip.

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

Somewhat hazy, golden color. Reminds me of a cloudy Bud. Small white head atop. Aroma of grass and citrus-very good hop aroma. Nice cross aroma of butter and lemons. Good malty flavor-nicely balanced with a moderate amount of hops. Decent body. One of the better US pales I have had in a while. Well done.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a smokey amber with a thin yet fluffy head. Aroma is some light citrus mixed with sweet malts.

Taste is a good blend of sweet and bitter, pale malt and mild grapefruity hops. Good standard pale ale flavors with just a touch more caramel sweetness than typical for the style. As others have noted, it leans much more towards an English rather than our American-style pale ales.

Mouthfeel is medium and soft, very drinkable. I tend to get bored with your standard APAs but I really like this one. Definitely a sessionable beer.

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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 mntlover
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a smaller white head that does leave some lace.

Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and lemon some pine hints mixed with sweet malt.

Taste is good hops flavors citrus mixed on a bready malt flavored base some caramel hints but not much. Overall nice flavor good balance some lingering bitter pine resin.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium nice carbonation good feel to it.

Drinkability is good a nice pale ale, would be worth stopping by the brewery if you were in Austin. Thanks go to TxBeer for this sample.

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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 Xadoor
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Independence Brewing has just recently began bottling their beer. Up to now, its only been available on tap in various bars and restaurants in Austin.

Pours a clear, pale amber from the bottle with a nice foamy head. Some lacing down the inside of the glass. Mild malt and hop aromas. A medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. A great balance between hop and malt flavours. A very clean and dry finish with a slight bitterness.

An excellent American Pale Ale and certainly one of my favourites. Even easier to drink now that its available in bottle. Goes great with Texas bar-b-que!

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Photo of beertramp
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden in color with a nice amount of foam when poured into a glass. Great lacing.

Subtle hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus. Very well balanced American Pale. The hop taste doesn't overpower, but also has a nice lingering citrus/hop taste.

Overall it is a very drinkable, and nicely balanced pale ale. Good for the Texas heat.

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3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden beer with a 1/2" white head full of tight bubbles. The head fell to a cap after a while and left very attractive rings of lace down the pint glass.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit let it be known that this was a well hopped pale ale.

Very nice balance between the hops and malt in this pale ale. Nice bready flavor, some citrus notes, and a light bitterness in the finish.

The beer had a nice rich mouthfeel, good carbonation and was obviously fresh and well made. Easy drinking and would make a nice session APA. I am very impressed with this new brewery and especially with Independence Pale Ale.

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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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