Indie Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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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 ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A = A burnt orange/amber. with a lingering small soapy head and some lacing on the glass.

S = Wow! Lots of hops and a strong orange oil wafting up from the glass.

T = An intriguing burnt bitterness, I think from a citrus oiliness imparted into the ale.

M = What one would expect from an IPA, leaves a bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

O = What an intriguing IPA! I like the burnt/citrus quality of it. Don't see it as particularly drinkable, but would enjoy a pint of it on occasion. I think it might even pair well with the right strong-flavored cold meats and cheese board in a pub. Nicely done!!

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Photo of theteleman
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at PW mart in Poway CA. Pours dark amber with an execellent fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and hops. The smell kind of reminds me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, pretty sure both are incorporating a dry hop method and it comes through very nicely on the nose. Mouthfeel slightly chewy, medium thickness. On the taste the hops come through nicely but the East coast influence in definitely there as well, a nice balance on this beer between hops and malts. Never saw this for sale before here in San Diego, but will be buying more when I can, a tasty IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taking me back to when the American IPA had really no authentic identity. A time when the ale more resembled an English-type IPA but made with American malt substitutions to emulate British character and using the more piquant and citrusy domestic hops for a taste of something different. -that's what this IPA reminds me of...

Cisco's Indie Pale Ale is a bronzen amber color with copper highlights. Its lightly filtered haze pays complements to its hop use while a light and sandy head billows above. Darker than the average IPA, the ale laces beautifully with intricate patterns.

Its toasty and toffee aroma is bready, biscuity, sweetly scented and pleasantly nutty and savory. A citrus scent to follows offers a whiff of orange peel, grapefruit and torn pine needles just before the sip.

Similarly, a hearty caramel sweetness transpires much like the heavy hand of kettle caramelization. Followed by pecan, bread crust and light toast, a sense of brittle comes to mind before its hoppy middle arrives. Medium citrus tones of grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, apricot give a bright taste midway through before the finish of pine, grass and ginger spice transpires.

Medium in body, the beer's inherent and richer taste gives its texture a bit more heft as well. Its toffee-laden creaminess begins to dissolve over the middle as its fleeting carbonation takes the bulk of sweetness with it, allowing for the light and spicy warmth of alcohol to dry the taste alongside of lightly resinous hops.

Not as fruity or biscuity as English IPA but not as dry or citrusy-bitter as current American versions, Indie Pale Ale toes the line where they meet- sharing the best of both but leaving us yearning for their extremities.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the smell.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4-finger head of light khaki over a cloudy body of golden orange; moderate amount of rising carbonation, decent lacing

S - fruity (apricot, citrus) and floral with a touch of malt

T - apricot and grapefruit, touch of pine, subtle notes of bready malt, hint of pepper; pretty dry all the way through with a bone-dry finish

M - medium body, high carbonation, very dry

O - a very pleasant IPA

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick behind and, surprisingly, there are tiny bits of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Sweet biscuity malt aroma with a hint of butter. Hops are there but a bit subdued. Slightly musty.

T- Again, very malty sweet, almost sugary. This is gonna sound crazy but it reminds me of a light barleywine which is actually pretty impressive since I've never encountered a beer like this before. The earthy hops give a mild bitterness and is balanced out by the hefty amount of malt.

M- Oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This one wins extra points for uniqueness. While I don't usually dig the maltier IPAs, this one really achieves the illusion of a sessionable barleywine. Crazy, I know but I recommend you judge for yourself.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: sort of a burnt Siena type of color to it. So,what hazy. Creamy off white head retains well at a half an inch and leaves webs of lacing etched into the glass.

S: Intense oily and herbal hops waft up from the glass. Judging from the nose this is going to have a hell of a bite. Earthy and dank, wet and leafy. Hints of mandarin orange come out briefly. A touch floral too, underneath it all. Malt base is very toasty with nuances of crust and dark caramel.

T: Earthy hop tastes. Resin and maybe even a bit of bark. Very oily and bitter. Bitingly bitter, actually. Lemon pulp and mandarin orange begin to emerge as the palate adjusts. Malt base lays down some fat bready and toasty flavors. Some thick chewy caramel too. As big as the malt flavors are, the hop bitterness still cuts through and finishes the stronger of the two. Toast and a heavy biting bitterness on the long finish.

M: Big boned medium body. Creamy. Bitter, biting hop oils. Astringent and enamel gripping.

O: Very east coast in style. The large malt backbone might turn off some west coast purists, but there's plenty of acute bitterness here to keep a staunch hop head happy. This beer isn't playing around, it's all about rough, oily bitterness.

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Photo of boditogordito
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a pretty good IPA. Not Hoppy enough for my taste. I thought appearance is nice with a color of copper. A light head that dissolves upon pouring into the glass. It has hints of caramel and grapefruit in the smell. The taste to me is bit too malty and sweet. I would almost consider this a pale ale. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not bready at all. Easy to drink if you want to hang out with your buddies but not an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of shivtim
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint glass. Slightly hazy copper. Thin off-white head, with some lacing.

Nose is super sweet. Sugar and hops. Ethanol.

Taste is not great. Un-balanced hops. Grains and metal. Kind of artificial and chemically tasting.

Can't recommend this one.

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Photo of dtivp
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear copper orange with a one finger off-white head, good retention and medium lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and hints of caramel.

Taste light malt and grain, citrus, pine a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body with light carbonation, crisp and well balanced.

Overall a good beer, very drinkable but a mediocre AIPA

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for the brew.

A- a hazy orange color with a 2 finger head. mountainous and peaky head. Lacing is like whipped cream on the pint. Gorgeous, great appearance!

S- rye, biscuit malts and floral hops. bittersweet.

F- a fruit yet floral hops hits the palate. This is unique, for me anyways. rye on the backend as well.

M- a more of a fruity/floral feel that isn't as hoppy as an IPA. At first I didn't like it but as I drank more my mind was changed. The flavors come out stronger with the hop taste as well.

D- very good IPA. this would have to be a top 12 IPA for me. I could drink a case of this in a week.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice red orange and smelled strongly of citrus or orange peel. Not much carbonation, with a very thin head. Hops, malt, rye, and citrus are the major flavors of this beer. For an IPA the malt flavor is more pronounced than normal. It leaves a slight smokey flavor on your tongue that is quite nice. If your looking for an IPA with a twist, you might like this, but if your a IPA purist you'll think it's a good beer. I'll definitely be drinking the rest of the ones that came in my beer of the month pack.

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Photo of bvj
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint glass.

A: poured well just shy a 2-finger head that held nicely with an attractive, relaxed orange/amber body.

S: pleasant herbal, caramel aroma

T: light hoppy with an unambiguous IPA quality and slightly fruity bounce

M: surprisingly light all things considered.

Probably one of the better empty smelling glasses I've noticed over the years. I like the beer; I'd definitely buy it again. It's a functional, yet flavorful IPA that is thankfully not overtaken by the sweeter craft qualities found in other IPAs.

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Photo of Omnium
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange with half a finger of off white head no lacing.
S - Lots of caramel, slightly astringent, very herbal hop tones, some grapefruit.
T - Sweet malt, biscuity, some really abrasive bitterness, very soapy, some weird burnt wood kinda undertone.
M - Soapy slick feeling, gross bitter aftertaste.
O - Not a good American IPA at all, so soapy and bitter with too many off flavors.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is better in whole than in its parts. The appearance is OK for the style. A little dark and nothing exceptional on the head or lace. The aroma, similarly, is not exceptional, but not really foul or anything either - a little metallic. The taste is nice an hoppy like the style demands. It tastes stronger than it is. The darkish hops overpower every other nuance.

The aftertaste is also not exceptional. It works, and you could drink several and be OK. So it's a decent brew, but even at a popular price I am not going to rush out and get a bunch.

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Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark orange, really veering well into red territory when held to the light, in a body that looks hazy but shows itself to be clear when that light comes through. A good, solid, nearly medium brown head is steady and constant. Lacing clings well to the glass from top to bottom.
There's lots going on in the nose. This beer takes an almost rustic, fresh, hoppy but well-balanced approach to the style with a complex conglomeration of nut, earth, herb, leaf, and citrus zest backed by a bit of fruits and a strong yeast element.
The taste starts off bitter and threatens to get chalky before malts kick in and balance it out. Then it's big, fresh raw grapefruit. It's just as green as the aroma, big leaf coming through all the way though it's evened out just enough by malts with a heavily earthy tone and a sort of semi-sweetness.
A sort of herbal and leafy feel keeps this beer's medium body dry but still smooth as crispness stays strong.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Red-orange in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Good whiff of fruity hops
Taste-Fruity hops abound balanced nicely with a toasted malt background. A palate-pleasing tasty effort!

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Photo of morimech
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Label says best before date printed on bottle. Be damn if I can find any date on the bottles of the six pack I purchased.

Pours a dark orange amber with some sediment stirring in the beer. A nice head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left down the glass.

First impression of the aroma tells me this is an old IPA with too much caramel/crystal malt. Not picking up any hop aromas.

Definitely old. Cisco just appeared on my local store shelves so I assumed it was fresh. Also shame on Cisco for not making sure their bottles are properly dated before they left the brewery. That is why I am going to review it and give it the score this example deserves. Kind of tastes like a beginner homebrew. The bitterness is there, but none of the hop flavor payoff. Too much caramel malt as well. A little alcohol is noticed in the finish.

Good carbonation and the body feels substantial. Nice soft texture. Too bad this could not be paired with a better beer.

Will be the last Cisco beer I buy. Send fresher product to your new markets and make sure your bottles are dated. If it was dated and I bought old product, then shame on me and the retailer.

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Photo of tkelley
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A -- Beautiful. Orange-ish color. White head. Good lacing.

N -- Hop resins. Little citrus. Very nice.

T -- Nice medium-high hop taste. American style. Very good.

M -- Good carbonation. Smooth enough.

O -- Awesome. Really good IPA for when you havent had one in a while. Cheers!

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear amber, inch and a half off white head receded slowly

s: Fragrant floral.

t: Prominent hops over pleasant floral and pine notes. The malt base seems lighter than might be anticipated by the darker color. Refreshing with a fairly clean finish.

m: Moderate, but again, slightly lighter than expected from the appearance.

o: Liked this better than their relatively bland flagship Whales Tale Ale. An exceptional IPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on August 1, 2015. Look is reddish orange, medium head, some thin lacing. Smell is light caramel sweetness, bitter citrus fruit, and piney hops. Taste reflects the nose in every way. Feel is a little flat and syrupy.

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Photo of JimKal
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber with a tan frothy head. It leaves a nice lacing as the head dissipates. I've poured this into a tulip and a Sam Adams perfect pint. Looked great in both glasses.

S: I only pick up a faint hoppy odor.

T: Provides a nice bitter taste but doesn't burn out the palate so it should go well with food. But, for me,it is missing the pine and citrus taste that I love in an IPA.

M: Medium bodies with a nice tingle from the carbonation and the hops.

O: I really enjoyed Cisco Pale Ale, a nice English Pale, but this one is probably one I won't repeat purchase.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Damn that's a good looking IPA. Color is a bright amber brown, clear not hazy, and the head of the glass is rocky and very sticky with lacing.
S - Well it's strong enough pine and citrus hops to stand out. Must have some good malt sweetness/ balance with gram cracker and crystal malts.
T - A very herbal and pine bite of hops that linger on the palate a bit, not too bitter since it's not undrinkable. No real sweetness to speak of it truly is Indie like "old school"
M - Light to medium even though it was a hop assault it was very easy to drink. Pound able for sure.

Overall if it's still around I would consider getting more in the mix and match for 10 bucks section. Best beer I had from these guys and wish I could have had the stout.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 20-oz pour into a frosted weizen glass (I was pretty upset to see the frosted glass). Poured deep amber hue with a three-finger whitish head that disappeared quickly. Some lacing stuck along the edges of the glass in its wake.

Smell: Some citrus and fruity notes to this, with some grassy qualities as well. I get a bit of grapefruit and orange predominately.

Taste: I definitely taste the grapefruit and citrus aromas that were present in the nose. This is not very bitter for an American IPA, but you can taste some piney notes. Not as much of an IPA character as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy and very easy drinking. There is not too much bitterness here as stated and this is actually quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

Overall: This is a good, but not great east coast twist on the American IPA. I would like more bitterness here but this is easy drinking and certainly refreshing. I won't go out of my way to have it again, but this is definitely at least a somewhat above average beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is representative of how far behind I got with regard to the all-important CANQuest (TM). I CANnot remember where it came fromwhen I acquired it, or anything else. F**sake!

From the CAN: "Finally, an Ameri[CAN] 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.

My Crack not only revealed another brimful craft CAN, but it produced a little splash, indicative of its desire to come out and play. Who would I be to deny it the opportunity? An inverted Glug and we were away and running. It not only generated some nice faux-cascading action, but also a smell of grapefruit that filled the kitchen. The dense, rocky two-plus fingers of tawny head had a great lasting power and I heard strains of Carly Simon singing "Anticipation" since it was making me wait. As it slowly fell, the sticky lacing that it left behind in its wake was a wonderment to behold. Nose was very grapefruit-y, underlain by a caramel sweetness. My mouth was watering and the first sip evidenced a medium mouthfeel and a very grapefruit-like bitterness on the tongue. I got the subtle apricot taste on the finish, although I may have glossed over it were it not for their verbiage. Finish was super-dry and gasping, just the way this hophead likes it.

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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