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 SerialHiker
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color, very dark for an IPA or an American IPA as the can says…nice tan colored head forms about a finger width thick and lingers long enough for me to enjoy on the first sip…(4/5)

Smell: Nice citrus and piney hops…easy on the malt, but it’s there…real non-descript smell, it’s basically what I would expect from an “American” pale ale…light, crisp, hoppy, with a touch of malt…(3.25/5)

Taste: Surprising amount of malt balance in this one…the citrus and piney hops are wonderful and there is a significant amount of malt that smoothes everything out…a touch of citrus zest in there does bring a bit of crispness…very refreshing…a bit of bitterness in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with little carbonation…nothing heavy about this brew, it leaves little resonation on the palate…even the after taste is mild and not long lasting…(3.25/5)

Overall: A nice beer…very drinkable, very tasty…I’d re-up on a sixer of this if I was about to watch our local sports franchise face off against a rival franchise from a nearby city…it’s not a mind blowing concoction, but it does do what it set out to well…not as light as some AIPA’s that I’ve seen, which is nice, the citrus is most definitely tamed down and plays a nice supporting role in the whole flavor…(3.5/5)

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Photo of zeff80
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one finger off-white head of foam. Sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled of piney/resiney notes. Some fruit aromas.

T - Pine, citrus and burnt toast maltiness. Sweet caramel, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA.

O - Another good brew from Cisco. Glad they showed up in MN.

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Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. The label says "best before date printed on bottle" but I can't seem to find the date just some codes. Anyway, the bottle tastes and smells fresh. Taste is crisp and bitter with a slight malt sweetness in the background, but certainly dominated by the bitterness of the hops. My only complaint about the beer is that the aftertaste is just a bit chalky. Not the most hop forward beer in the world but a tasty interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Penbeatssword
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bluetrevian
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of fitz284
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Morockm
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerNacho
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of robmoak
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of IPAfreak01
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single can to tick...
No freshness date on here...
Served in a nonic.

Dark, rusty, coppery colored body with a big fluff of head rising nearly 3 fingers but settling rather abruptly into a thin film. Some spotty chunks of lace were left behind. Too dark for my taste, though not bad looking in its own right.

So this is an American IPA? I would have guessed English...

Caramel and toffee with some toasty bready malt. Very mild hoppiness.
Very mild bitterness too.
Quite dry finish. Roasty malts dry.

Feels medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall-- I don't know if this is a mediocre beer or I got an old can... Sadly, the lack of any kind of freshness dating means that this review will stand until I try this beer again.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 rodlavers
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Founders Pint Glass. Huge, frothy, off-white head, literally looks like foam from the ocean, which I think is pretty cool. Tons of lacing on the glass. Head does not go away, rather, it recedes from about 3-4 fingers down to maybe one finger, but stays around. I suppose the head is more of a light tan color. Beer is a super hazy dark orange color with hints of brown and red, almost like an apple cider, but brighter. I have to say it looks very interesting overall. Smell is bready with light citrus hops present as well, with a bit malt. Taste is decent, similar to smell, with the citrus lingering for a bit, not as "bitter" as rind, but that's the idea. Mouthfeel is average, nothing special but not too bad. I think I kind of like this beer, but not enough to go out and purchase in quantities. Decent beer to have around for guests, or maybe a starter one night.

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Photo of emerge077
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle code 1152, guessing a Julian code of April 2012. Odd that the Bailey's Blonde from the same shop had a clear printed bottling date.

Dark amber color with orange red highlights, good clarity, and a fluffy head of foam that rises in a convex dome above the rim of the glass. Tons of lacing, flecks all arounf the glass, all the way down. Looks great.

Nondescript aroma, muted and faded, sadly very little to go on. A few swirls pulls out vague specialty malt and something vaguely citric. No hint of Summit dry hopping that the label mentions, but aroma is usually the first to go over time.

Mellow and flat in flavor. Nothing much to go on here too, though some bitterness and astringency are present. Light alcohol presence too, seems out of place... Feel is smooth though, in general, though the astringency gets unpleasant after awhile. Dumped the last half, will try another fresher sample if Lush puts out fresh stock on these... Sucks they're pushing old beer though.

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Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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