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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 dustyonbass
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date 1.15.12

Look- Crystal clear pale amber with a finger and a half of off-white suds. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell- Very faint. Swirling brings out a hint of candied banana, lime, graham cracker, and spice. Sweet, but as faint as it is it isn't overdone.

Taste- Banana again, though closer to banana-raisin muffins than the powdery fruit flavor of a Belgian. Moderate hop bitterness washes after the initial sweetness, otherwise the flavors don't really develop, but overtake one another in turns. The barest hints of black tea and tangerine are present in the aftertaste. Balanced leaning towards bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, moderate carbonation comes out on the sip. It's got some heft and stick to it. Drinks like double-brewed herbal tea with lemon.

Overall- Nice. Not too much going on after the initial flavors come out, but what's there is interesting and refreshing. Worth trying, and I'll pick up a fresher bottle the next time I see one.

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Photo of TonyT013
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Robo
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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 Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ad5os
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pale ale with decent smell and body. Served in a glass and poured properly gave a nice inch of head and still remained fizzy. It is fairly hoppy but not overwhelming. Very high quality and the price was very low at whole foods in Houston, best deal in the store $6.99.

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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.


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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 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.


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

I drank this from a pint glass...

It is light golden and hazy with a thin filmy white head. The smell is mostly toffee and butter with some grapefruit and pine hops. The taste is bitter at first with citrus hops, that flavor soon gets washed away by sweet, bready malt, the aftertaste has a hint of pine. Feels light/ medium bodied with low carbontaion. This is a solid pale ale, nothing out of the ordinary but a good example of the style.

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

12 oz. bottle from Gabe's San Antonio, enjoyed 4.20.11.

Two fingers billowing white head, medium slow dissipation with significant lacing. A bit of floral sweetness in the nose, bready malts for balance, smells more like a Pilsener than a APA. Taste mirrors nose, no caramel or crystal malts to speak of, bit of floral bitterness on backend. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence. I liked this better than the Real Ale Rio Blanco, much crisper and cleaner taste profile.

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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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Independence Pale Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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