Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cisco Brewers - Indie Pale Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, says "3/4 pint", poured into a pint glass

The new Indie Pale Ale from Cisco pours a striking ruby-orange-tinted full amber body with a hazy and deeply colorful complexion. The head is a massive, frothy light tan foam with a slightly yellowed edge. The head retention is stellar and the beer produces a moderate, but flowing, lace on the glass. The huge hop nose is not exactly piercing, but to call it pungent may be an understatement. The hops are fruity, sweet, and aromatic with a clear edge of grapefruit.

The coarse graininess of the beer gives the mouthfeel some texture. Full-bodied grains are toasty with a caramel sweetness that tones down the beer's hops a bit. The hopping is big and dry with moderate citrus notes. A slight resinous pine component adds an extra layer of complexity to the bittering. The hops are quite strong, but are never overbearing. This is a clear East Coast take on a West Coast-style American IPA.

Final Verdict: A-

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