Indie Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

639 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: 639 |  Reviews: 215
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Chris (caguiar) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark amber hue and about a finger and a half of slight tan head.

Smell – Citrus, caramel malts, slight hops and pine.

Taste – A nice bitterness up front from the hops, grapefruit citrus, orange peel, biscuit malts, floral notes, and another somewhat off flavor I honestly can’t pick out.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, relatively creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – A decent IPA…though as I stated in the taste something is just a hint off. Still, quite quaffable.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online

Hazy, unfiltered, cloudy auburn and dark gold with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that doesn't leave much stick to the glass, surprisingly.

Sweet aroma, with a substantial amount of caramel and toffee malt character, a bit of citrus (apricot) essence, and a bit of a floral character as well.

Fairly high bitterness throughout from start to finish, along with a bit of citrus and floral hop presence, and lots of overall sweetness. Balanced, though bitter.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Slightly better than average IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a ruddy, light copper. There is an off-white head with ok retention that leaves a relatively large amount of spotty lacing. 3.5

S: The smell is all floral hops and fruit. Pine and grass cuttings dominate with citrus and grapefruit to complement. 3

T: There are similar hop flavors to the smell but vary in potency. The fruit flavors take a backseat to bitter floral hops. Grass cuttings are prominent and the citrus is mild. There is a light, caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is faintly noticeable throughout and combines with the grassy hops to form a bitter, crisp finish. 3.5

M: Thin and a little bit oily. 3.5

O: Not as big of flavors as I would have hoped. Fruit flavors take a backseat to bitter pine hops. 3.5

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice orange/amber color, and a slightly hazy body. Didn't really pour with much of a head, smallish but dense and with lacing. Aroma is hop forward with a bold citrus scent. Tangerine dominates here. On the taste I got a bold bitter hop taste first then a malty middle ending with citrusy hops. The beer drinks smooth and has a prickly bitter finish. Overall it was pretty good. I liked the tangerine nose the best it was quite refreshing and the citrusy finish in the taste was top notch. Go buy one.

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3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I love the orange color on this beer. I am a bit disappointed by the lack of head even with an aggressive pour. I didn't get much foam at all from this one.

S: It seems to be a great mix of maltiness and hops fresh off the nose.

T: A solid bitterness up front followed by the nice maltiness from the nose. I get bits an pieces of caramel but not much. Enjoyable if not a little bit average.

M: Good carbonation on this beer. It does seem a bit much for the higher alcohol but still goes down smooth.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. It would be a good lunchtime beer during a break or with a customer but it isn't a beer I'd go to first if given other options.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazey bronze color, about two fingers thick foam that recedes to a thick film. Bubbling is pretty good and the film leaves a little lacing after each sip.

Faintly toasted orange peel hop aromas mix with toasted caramel and biscuit malts. classic aroma.

Mineraly orange peel hops upfront and dissipates in its intensity as the beer flows over the tongue. The finish is dominantly bitter though. The malt is a subbued bread crust, water crackers, and biscuits. Dominant bitterness overall.

The mouthfeel is a little chalky and dry. But minus is alcohol percentage, the flavor is sessionable for sure.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Has a nice head that lingers. Color is reddish-orange and is very nice.
Odor is bright and floral. Also has some citrus to it.
Taste is of hops and some citrus and a little malt as well. This beer seems to be pretty well balanced and has a nice hops finish to it. Mouth feel is pretty good too! It stays with and and is not too heavy nor does it fade to fast.
Overall a very good American IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey in color. Not murky at all. A very thin head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: Honey and grapefruit. Tangerine. Smells like dough that is rising. Bready. Pineapple. Some apple too.

T: Bready and pineapple. Citrus on the back with a good amount of bitterness with it. Tangerine rind, grapefruit rind. Hay.

M: Very balanced. It's not terribly thick & chewy, but not thin at all.

O: A good solid brew. Thanks Redliner8!

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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a orange/amber color with hardly any head forming. The beer appears to be carbonated well and has some light lacing.

A - Slight hop and caramel malt. Nice smell but not extremely aromatic. Kinda one note hop character.

T - Slight hop bitterness is balanced nicely with some sweet malt.
Good tasting beer.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium in body.

O - Nice beer but not outstanding. Good session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a nice and frothy looking off-white colored head; about one finger in size; holds very well; body has a dark amber/copper colored body and is well carbonated; slightly below average lacing, not very sticky

S - Caramel malt nose, very strong; touch of pine and grass; creamy caramel goodness; touch of fruit, almost like cherry; apricot; pleasant citrus notes

T - Beer flavor loses much of the caramel goodness; starts somewhat malty, but quickly changes into a bitter, pale ale, packed with dry hopped flavor; has a watery flavor at the front of the sip; where's the malt?; strong grapefruit and citrus sourness; grass and pine water

M - Tastes thin, looks viscous, weird combo; extremely bitter feel on the tongue; lingering bitter aftertaste and wash over the back of the tongue, leaves nothing on the front, no flavor - kind of watery

D - This beer makes an easy drink for all IPA lovers, but really needs to have a stronger malt flavor profile at the beginning of the sip to help enhance the drinking experience; almost like the brewers focused so much on the hops and left it to chance with the malt taste, kind of a let down after taking a couple of really good caramel scents

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Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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