Indie Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

644 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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Ratings: 644 |  Reviews: 217
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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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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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.73 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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