Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale AleIsland Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale
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3.62/5
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30 Ratings
Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale AleIsland Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by silentjay on 10-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
30
pDev:
17.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown color. Appears clear. Large frothy head that leaves plenty of chunky ring lace.

Huge grapefruit hop smell. Prickly.

This is a very hoppy beer. My only complaint is the thin body. The carbonation is appropriate. Very little malt base, what is there is a toasted, slightly burnt, flavor. The rest is bittering hop with a lot of citrus zest and white pepper.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours “Very Brown”. Cream colored head matches the creamy consistency. Head does not leave much lacing, but it does retains very well.

S-Lighter grassy hoppiness. Some darker maltiness too. A bit grainy. Maybe even a bit nutty as well. The hops are mostly leafy/grassy and floral.

T-Interesting taste. Quite clean and dry. The dark caramel and even a bit of chocolate and nuts mix pleasantly with the crisp grassy hops. Decently bitter and dry. Flavor is definitely unique. I am amused by how light the flavor seems at some points and how potent it hits the palate at others.

M-Lighter bodied. Pretty assertive carbonation. Bitterness lasts and has a drying element. The feel is light enough to warrant several sips in a short period of time.

O/D-This one is pretty perplexing. I would say that I am an overall fan of this brew. It’s lighter in flavor (aside from the bitterness). The hops are a bit one sided. But I do like it because it seems to me to be the median between a regular IPA and a Black IPA. At around $9.50 for a 750ml, the price is nothing to boast about. But I am glad I tried it out. Local too. Appreciate the effort.

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Photo of silentjay
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very brown is right. almost black, with a huge khaki head that lasts forever and laces well.

tobacco, chocolate, woody hops. kind of a faint aroma.

wow. that tasted like marijuana. I haven't smoked in well over a decade, but thats what it tasted like in my memory. smokiness, leafy wet hops, and sweetish malts.

smooth bottle-conditioned feel is velvety and softly bubbled on a medium body with a bit of cocoa and tobacco that lingers

It's not quite what I expected. Was thinking of something like Dogfish's Indian Brown, but this ends up being utterly unique and interesting. Just don't think of a traditional IPA when you are drinking it. It's markedly different.

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Island Reserve: Wet Hopped Very Brown India Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 30 ratings