Island Reserve: Double India Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Archemedies on 04-23-2013

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by sethmeister:
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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A huge frothy off-white head billows atop a hazy straw gold body. Bubbly sudsy lace slides down the sides of the glass.

Very fragrant - fruity, citrus, pink grapefruit. Pine and oranges. I could smell it even before I poured.

Taste is similar. Orange, grapefruit and pine on a crackery malt base. Hint of froot loops. Dry finish.

Mouth is slightly chalky but manages a dry puckering finish. A little too much fizzy carbonation.

On the light side for a DIPA at 7.7% yet the alcohol is noticeable both in the taste and in the throat. Overall a pleasant brew but not among my favorites for the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Smell: light grain nose, bread, grass, resin, faint citrus.Taste: Full on creamy fruit, orange, plum, some citrus rind. Well developed herbal flavors from the hops engage in interesting interactions with the fruity esters over a background of light grains. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, luscious texture with very fine soft carbonation. Medium body to a little above. Overall: A very drinkable and enjoyable DIPA.They need to bring this out of retirement.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BigBoochDaddy
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MASSHLE
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Beeahluvah
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Halluxone
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of safiske
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Userme59
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbaraniak
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DuxburyIPA
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jbar920
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange-copper coloring with suspension sediment giving it an opacity. A frothy, thin, low profile, bright white head crowns this brew. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, with floral highlights and an effervescence that gives the beer a fresh and crisp feel. Some piney, resiny highlights on the nose, too. Flavors of rich biscuit and caramel sweetness support the tangy citrus blast and resiny hops presence that attack the forward tongue. Very well blended, and the carbonation keeps the body light and crisp. Citrus and piney blend on the aftertaste, with a bitter and slightly dry mouthfeel. Clean, crisp, dry finish. This beer is damn tasty!

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
2.91/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter after picking up the 2015 edition at the brewery a few weeks prior. An interesting deep orange-golden color that is completely opaque, relatively small head that dissipates rather quickly and almost entirely disappears after about 5 minutes. Throughout this review you'll hear this a lot...I was very surprised by how apparent the alcohol was is almost every aspect of this beer experience.

The 2015 edition of this brew is advertised as being 8.8 ABV, even still I was taken aback by the taste and mouthfeel. The smell is somewhat fruity, mixed with some pine that is slightly overshadowed by the smell of alcohol. Same with the taste. the mouthfeel is one that is dominated by malt rather than hops. Again, during the aftertaste the alcohol is ever so in your face. I've had many DIPA at this ABV and beyond, I never experienced such a lingering unpleasant mouthfeel. I'd like to think that somehow I got a bad batch or this is an older bottle but there is no date so I can't be sure.

Trying to put the lingering mouthfeel aside, having a DIPA which is very malty rather than hoppy is an interesting experience.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Beautifully sculpted, the taste and texture of IPA manifests in a full bodied pale taste but a step off of what's typical of Imperial ale. Its resulting taste is incredibly smooth and bitter, but without the threat of strong inebriation or viscous character of more highly charged IPA. Straddling the fence seems to work out well for Cisco brewers!

Its heavy hazy pour depicts the beer's unfiltered and unfettered character as it pours with a viscous fruit juice character. And once those juicy hop flavors hit the nose, the senses relax and the citrus and fruit medley layer on the taste with a beautiful weave of citrus fruit, tropical fruit and botanical herb.

With the gravity of middle palate hitting its stride, its fructose, caramel and honey character intertwine for a fully ingrained taste to promote hops but to also show a slim and sensible balance that's careful not to interfere with the hoppy display.

Finishing both juicy and dry, its schizophrenic taste retains its fruit and its associated sweetness fades with ease, allowing a dry and slightly warming body to command its waning moments. With wafts of citrus and herbal aftertastes pulsing onward, the beer is not a quick memory.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Island Reserve: Double India Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 69 ratings