Indie Pale Ale
Cisco Brewers Inc.

Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,049
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,070
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
669
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Cisco Brewers Inc.
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale
Notes: Finally an American IPA from us. This beautiful red-orange ale has a full malty body balanced by a fruity apricot/grapefruit nose. Mounds of dank Summit hops in the whirlpool and dry-hop additions provide a delicious finish to this East meets West-coast ale.

66 IBU
Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 669 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by keith40:
Photo of keith40
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Ounce bottle stamped Apr. 26 2017. Good color and head with a slightly citrus aroma. Some malt in the taste along with a well balanced hop grapefruit character. Refreshing and easy drinking. Purchased at Luke's in Brewster.

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Photo of cervezango
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

you can tastes the hops is it red hot? this is a white labeled beaut. the bottle looks cool and its nice and dry and fuckin crisp. its even got a little salt in the after birth. splitting this delight between two adventureers after a 430 smoke mesh is best. taste is I'm proved by drinking from a coffee mug. since you don't need to see what it looks like ins the the label on says what it looks like when in glass glassware. its good . this maybe should b a PSA for not writing beer reviews when your stoned. but maybe its the best thing to do on right now. ok i gotta go my room mate is playing the harry potter theme on his martini. good beer though.

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Photo of digboy
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a 1 finger bright white head. Not much aroma, vaguely citrus and pine notes. Taste is light malt up front with a nice warm, slightly sweet flavor. Hops are light but present, mostly pine accented by the medium bitterness.. crisp not sticky.

Has bad ratings and i think its a bit unfair. Before the neipa craze this would have been a well balanced, tasty ipa. Deserves better.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cisco Brew Pub in Logan Terminal B.

Pours a clear, copper color, and is topped by a sudsy, off-white head that's fed by large bubbles. The head thins to a film leaving nice lace. The aroma is mildly toasty, but any maltiness is overshadowed by a huge hop aroma: grapefruit, apricot and a bit of resin.

Toasty and bready malts are evident upfront, but are well attenuated with only a mild sweetness that mellows towards the center, and is overtaken by hop flavors: apricot, citus and resin, The finish is a nice lingering hop-bitterness. Medium-bodied, a tad oily with restrained carbonation.

A damn tasty IPA. This is only the second beer from Cisco that I've had, which is surprising given how frequently I've seen their beers. I'll definitely have to pick up some of their other beers.

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Photo of minnemts
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jofat
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber purchased at Westy's.

A: The IPA poured with a huge head that encompassed three full fingers within the glass. The result is a thick wall of lacing all around the top 1/2 of the glass. The IPA's body is an orange marmalade color, rather brilliant (unlike marmalade), with no hint of sediment.

S: The aroma is very inviting, showcasing a big citrus blast. The grapefruit scents are toned down by a caramel maltiness.

T: The first sip reveals a strong, malt-focused body that losses the hops that were so prevalent in the nose. The malt is caramel-based with a biscuity bready finish. Hops appear throughout the sip, mostly to add bitterness. They are most noticeable after a sip is gone. There they flick at the tastebuds with a grapefruit bitterness. As the ale warms, herbal flavors emerge and the taste continues to evolve. Let the beer warm up a touch for better enjoyment.

M: The mouthfeel is very run-of-the-mill. Even as it warms, there is nothing to stand out in an already crowded field.

D: The ale is decent, the kind that you could sit and down a few of, but it's nothin' to get overly excited about. If the hops were a touch stronger, I'd be much happier.

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Photo of jal30
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice looking amber beer with a bit of head to it. Strong nose with some citrusy hops to it, but also a definite caramel aroma. Good, creamy mouthfeel, but I didn't care much for the taste--much more malty than I like my IPAs with hops seeming to take a back seat. On the bright side, the strong malt character along with the hops help hide the 7.5% abv. I would have guessed it was closer to 6%; you could definitely have a few of these in a night. That being said, it was a decent beer, but I'll probably never pick it up again as there are many IPAs around that I find preferable to this one.

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Photo of Dag48
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of masshlx
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of russwbeck
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The head foams up as soon as I pop the cap off, wasn't expecting that. Afterwards, a hazy yellow brown beer pours out, with a large white head. Retention is ok, but the lacing is great.

S: Citrus hops with hints of pine start it off, but are followed by a distinct bready maltiness. The two smells really blend strangely.

T: The hops take a more front and center role in the taste. Citrus, pineapple, fruity, a bit of piney and bitterness on the back of the tongue. The maltiness provides balance, but still a bit strange. Thinking this one had something turn in it. It just smells and tastes...off.

MF: Light and carbonated well. Dry, strange aftertaste.

O: Would really like to try a bottle from a different 6pack, this tasted wrong.

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Photo of RyanKappler
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy light tea color with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some sweet (almost nutty) caramel malt with a little melon and some grassy hops.

The flavor is off to me - a little sweet caramel malt and a lot of metallic hops that leave a tarry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, it's got a good amount of bitterness, but the flavors taste very off to me.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin off-white head.

S: Delicate aromas of biscuit, caramel, cream, and crackers are met by scents of herbs, grass, lemon rind, lime zest, kumquats, bitter orange, pine, spruce, and cedar.

T: Notes of lemon rind, lime zest, bitter orange, kumquats, pungent herbs, grass, pine, spruce, cedar, and minerals are subtly supported by cream, cracker, biscuit, and caramel notes. The finish is shorter than expected, displaying a clear balance of caramel, biscuit, cracker, cedar, herb, and bitter citrus flavors.

M: On the heavier side of medium, oddly dry, and more than a bit chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is incredibly forceful and never really seems to calm no matter how long the beer is held in the mouth. A bit of a challenge to polish off this bottle.

O: This is an interesting IPA, but I am not sure I can be moved to call it a good example of the style. It kind of straddles the fence between English and American versions of the style, and though it is not bad, it does not really capture the best aspects of either.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprsingly light colour with lots of white head. Pine resin aromas. Initially good hop flavour, then a little astringent finish. Leaves one a bit unsatisfied, even a 7.6% abv. Drinkable nonetheless. Average or even above average mouthfeel, but still missing balance and very good hop flavour.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a big, foamy, off white head that has good retention

S - bread, candy sugar, sweet, caramel, citrusy

T - caramel, sugar, dark bread, citrus, alcohol

M - warm, almost boozy, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is an intense IPA. It definitely comes close to DIPA if not Barleywine Jr. It's intensely malty and sugary, but very hoppy and citrusy. The balance is nice. My only complaint is that the alcohol is a little over done. Other than that this was a nicely done IPA.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Not an earth-shattering hoppy IPA, but relatively nice beer here. Moderate hop aroma of tropical fruit with a hint of tartness detected.

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Photo of Billolick
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can

Pours murky darker amber with a dark copper hue. Large tan head, stays and stays, and leaves some thick sheeting and webs of thick lace.

Malty nose, noticeably lacking in hops.

On the palate, hops are present but mostly with a resinous quality. Lacking in aromatic interest. Seems at the same time to be lacking in body, stale and over carbonated. Diactyle comes to mind. Not my favorite take on the style Just seems to be off and not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of sunofneurot
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of tastybeer
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-auburn hazy color topped by a tight bubbled, beige head. Occasional lace strings stick as the head fades to a quarter inch. Aroma is packed with grassy hops and smells of dry wood, leaves, lemon lemon pulp, and hidden malts underneath. The smell has a chalky feel to it. Taste is extra bitter and somewhat malty. Not a lot of distinct, or even discernible, hop flavors. This tastes like there's a giant amount of bitter hops, and barely any aroma/flavor hops. Taste seems like its missing a lot once you get through the bitterness. The texture on the other hand is refreshing. Medium body, semi-frothy yet liquid feel, and nice carbonation. Even though important parts of the flavor seem to be missing, this is still easily consumable.

OK, though not sure I'll get it again if I come across it.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of GNH3
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of wedge
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed amber with a small yet thick and creamy off-white head. Smells hoppy...juicy citrus, apricot, and grass mostly. Maybe a little too green in the aroma. Flavors of citrus and more "green" hops balanced somewhat by a malty sweetness. Hints of a real tasty IPA shine through initially, but the bitter, almost earthy, grassy flavors (maybe the result of dry hopping) are distracting...particularly in the finish when the malt is just starting to emerge. A bit yeasty too, despite my best efforts to keep it in the bottle. Medium-bodied.

This one has potential, I think. As it is, I wouldn't be tempted to get a second...

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 669 ratings