Indie Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

637 Ratings
Indie Pale AleIndie Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Imstillthegman on 12-26-2007

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Photo of cervezango
4.94/5  rDev +32.4%
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 Mounty4Life
4.82/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber and cloudy. Little white head wit decent lacing fades after a bit
Nice west coast hop with east coast malt balance, grapefruit and citrus
Different but so good, hops pop in your mouth but doesn't lack malt backbone....hides 7.5% well
Great carbonation and hoppy bubbles on tongue with tasty finish hides 7.5 well
Something to seek out, different but in good way from my typical 2hearted or stone....get it if available and like the malty ipa!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get this brew in a trade with corey0212... Thanks Corey!

L - hazy, orange/amber with a huge, fluffy beige head that stayed as puffy pillows and left globs of sticky lacing behind.

S - sweet citrus hop aroma.

T - very good balanced brew, bitter bite of citrus hops balance out well with sweet malty flavors.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - excellent!

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Photo of Fuori_fuoco
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a number one beer.
It pours a medium head. Great orange colour. Very hoppy and bitter but balanced by a good amount of malt. Loved its crispiness. Nice hoppy finish.
Will have more of it.

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Photo of corey0212
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic IPA. Deep orange/amber color, with a massive fluffy tan head. Smell is just intense juicy grapefruit. Brilliantly hoppy, lots of pine flavor. Definitely leaning towards the hoppier side, but there's also a nice sweet malty flavor....nice balance. Carbonation is way active, as seems to be the case with most Cisco beers. Just a great bitterness to this beer....this one's got bite!! Cisco continues to impress me. Check this one out.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chilled amber with orange hues around the edge. Very tightly packed, tiny bubbled, creamy head pillows up and holds well. Clings to the walls of the glass as the head dissipates. Aroma full of floral, apricot, orange juice, grapefruit zest, hints of peppery spice all balanced by a solid, carmel malt with notes of brown sugar. Taste isn't quite as strong as the nose, solid bitterness from the very floral citrus hops, never over done, always balanced by the wonderful malty back bone. Taste similar to if Southern Star built an IPA. Would love to try again.

Thanks for the opportunity Corey!

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Photo of jneiswender
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Logan Airport. 22oz glass.

A-white head that rings the glass perfect, brown topaz body
S-great earthy, citrusy smell, almost juicy
T-great hop bite, roasted malt and nutty flavor
D-Absolutely a great beer. Worth trying to seek out and find.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. no date. poured into shaped pint glass.

classic amber color, almost clear. lots of foamy head that barely ever recedes. yeast is a bit easy to disturb, but doesn't make the beer too cloudy on later pours. in fact, the lacing gets even nicer.

piney, fresh, resiny aroma. just a hint of citrus zest. whiffs of caramel and fresh toasted bread.

very fresh hop flavor, again on the piney, resinous side of the spectrum. only slight hints of grapefruit. some more citrus will show up in the sweetness, along with peach, but the sweet flavors are predominantly a nice malty, caramelized canvas on which the hop bouquet is painted. moderately bold bitterness that goes into a slightly resinous finish.

not too thin. some resinous texture. can even become chewy during the later more yeasty pours. moderate carbonation.

a very pleasant and drinkable offering from nantucket. that said, while it's "local" (or at least "in-state"), it's unfortunately not really that much cheaper (if at all) than comparable IPA's.

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Photo of LBBeer
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cisco Brew Pub of Nantucket in Boston Logan Airport.

A--Reddish-copper ale--dark for an IPA with not much head.

S--Interesting sweet hoppy nose. Lots going on here.

T--Big and roasty malts with a healthy dose of both bittering hops and finish dry hops.

M--Not a lot of carbonation here, but plenty of body. Even more of a palate wrecker than their Bailey's.

O--Another good offering. Next time through Logan I promise to try their belgian.

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Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours hazy amber to red orange under a quickly dissipating 3” off white foam cap. Produces thin curtains of lace. Smell: Spice and herbal hops with biscuit and light fruit. Taste: Starts with fruit – peach, apricot and melon – over biscuit leading to a grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body and carbonation. Overall: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of CheckMate
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's split with BA MrHurmateeowish. pours a hazy copper red with a half inch of off white head. scents of herbal hops grace the nose with some citrus, caramel and butterscotch in the background. tastes of grassy hops are extremely present, butterscotch and caramel are in the background along with some citrus. medium bodied and light carbonation. the hops are very strongly present in this beer and it's quite impressive. Two Thumbs UP!


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's split with BA Checkmate. Pours a hazy copper-red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Robust resin-y hop presence dominates the aroma, with pine, grapefruit, with notes of caramel and butterscotch. Citrussy grassy hops match the caramel and toffee malts. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. A really nice balanced tasty American IPA - one of the best I've had. Awesome.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful neutral amber color with a small amount of chill haze. Excellent lasting and rocky head that leaves ample lace after each sip.

Nice fresh hop smell, very appealing. Nearly no malt nose.

Better balance in the flavor, but hop is completely dominant after the initial sip. Dry hoppy finish that lasts a very long time. The malt does provide a solid body. Lots of complexity particularly with how the hops change flavor throughout the tasting.

This is one of the better IPA's I've had in quite some time. I will seek this out in the future.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - a bright glowing copper, 2 finger head lacing down.

Smell - Huge hops. Citrus and Pine all the way.

Taste - massive hop bite (summit hops). nice malt to balance. Drinks like a west coast ipa. pine flavors round it out.

Mouthfeel - very nice. fairly smooth for the bite it has. a dry but pleasant finish.

Drinkability - A great east coast IPA that will surely impress. Recomend trying it.

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Photo of bminor7
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Blanchard's in Hyannis, MA.

Foam starts overflowing the bottle as soon as it's opened. The color is a turbid caramel-brown, and the head is very sticky, rich and stable. Even though this beer could be almost a year old, the spicy hop aroma is still fresh. There is a deep sweetness accompanying the hop bite that makes this a well-rounded beer, almost like a DIPA. The excessive carbonation unfortunately lends a bit of soapiness to the taste. If the overall flavor profile was enhanced only a little, this could be a very solid offering from Cisco. Their best that I've sampled thus far, and that's saying a lot. The brewery's summertime offerings are well worth checking out.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a few fingers of off-white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Scent is hop forward with grapefruity, floral, earthy and pine the stars, some citrus, decent lightly biscuity malt backbone, reminicent of an english brew. taste packs a full sized hop punch, grapefruit forward with equal parts floral, earthy and piney. Malt a little bigger than nose dictates, nutty and buscuity. Medium bodied, great smooth feel, lightly dry. A nice full flavored IPA which should please hop and malt heads.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Amber Orange/Carmel Color, Moderate 1/2 inch Beige Foamy Head that Fades after the first sip, Minimal Lacing that Dissipates Quickly

SMELL: Medium Body Biscuit Malt Aromas that mix well with the Fruity Scents

TASTE: Excellent Body, Equal Parts of Dryness, Fruitiness and Bitterness. Very well Balanced Flavors....Could have used just a touch more Hops.

FEEL: Smooth Refreshing and the Perfect amount of Carbonation.

OVERALL: Almost EVERYTHING you want in an IPA....Would have ranked even higher if it had a BIGGER Longer lasting Head and Better Lacing but whatever...I had to choose one of the "Big Five" to be lacking in..."LOOK" would be the one.... Awesome tasting IPA that will be near the TOP of my of my Favorites List....WELL DONE Cisco!!!!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, dark fruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. The followthrough on this one was quite excellent. Both the aroma and flavor were quite good and inviting on this one. This one is definitely worth seeking out for anyone out there and could be a good gateway brew for some out there with the complexity found in here. Nice job Cisco!

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper-orange color. Big, dense off-white head. Lots of thick, sticky lacing. This one looks good.

Nose is full of grapefruit hops, Lighter caramel malts linger in the background, but the fruity hops and main stars here.

The flavor is very nicely balanced...not overly hoppy or too sweet. Malts are more of player than they were in the aroma. Bitter up front, sweet at the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Medium body with active carbonation. Slightly drying finish. Very enjoyable new offering from Cisco Brewers. This is one I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of gregalobeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy, mahogany color, dense head with good retention

the nose is piney, with slight esthers and alcohol notes

taste wise, there is a nice bite from the hops, but well balanced, and a slightly metallic aftertaste, which I like

carbonation is moderate but the on the tongue is slightly creamy, a great combination of textures

very drinkable IPA, not overbearing with hops and quite balanced. I look forward to buying more!

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Photo of Chicowdy
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my kind of IPA. Light in color, medium in body with the right combo of hops. A little citrus, a little pine, a little grass and just a hint of malts to hold everything together.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper orange body with a dense cream colored head. Fluffy sticky panels of lace on the glass. Lots of particulates. Looks great.

Scent is oranges and grapefruit with a hint of pine. Spicy.

Taste is citrus. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel. Apricot. Even some tropical fruit. Pine resin comes in to follow. Spicy and earthy. Dank oniony notes from the summit hops. There's some burnt crust and yeasty bread underneath but the hops are clearly on display here.

Mouth is juicy and oily with a nicely astringent quenching finish.

Drinkability very good. HIts the spot.

This is a really good American IPA. Will buy again.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap. Two-finger head disappeared relatively quickly. Very nice lacing as glass was drained. Nice bittery taste Of citrus and grapefruit. Very nice

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Photo of threeviews
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a short-stemmed tulip glass.

A-Pours a clear, rusty-orange color with a full 1" fluffy white head possessing strong retention (over 1 minute)

S-Complex nose...apricot, bread, pine and hints of citrus are all in play here. Nothing is overpowering and all in balance.

T-Slick and malty turns to tacky and bitter where hints of pine and grapefruit burgeon on the tongue. As it warms the booziness makes itself known, but when served cold, it is hardly apparent.

M-Excellent. Strong carbonation (as evidence by the head) and strong malt presence makes for a wonderful, refreshing experience. As for the hop, your taste-buds continue to buzz, even after a minute or two since your last sip.

O-An excellent, complex IPA with lots to offer. Although there is no 'Best By:' date on the bottle, this is one brew (as with most IPA's) that I feel needs to be consumed fairly quickly after bottling, as it might turn into the proverbial 'Malt Bomb' if left on the shelf for too long. (I was lucky to have purchased this one the same day it arrived from the distributor) I look forward to investigating other offerings from Cisco.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this IPA pours a hazy ruddy red with a finger of frothy off white/tan head fed by moderate carbonation

S - mellowed or balanced hops in the nose, the citrine, pine, floral hops aromas are pitted against some sugary sweetness. This hop profile leans toward the pine side

T - the taste mirrors the aroms, strong hop profile that tends towards the pine side, the hops don't fade even though some sweetness comes out

M&D - hop bombs away, a fine brewed puckering brew that appeased the hop head in you with out costing an arm and a leg.
long live canned IPA's!

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