Cisco Indie Pale Ale

Cisco Indie Pale AleI wish I had taken some pictures of my escapades following last night’s beer review. Long about 9:30pm I decided it was the right time to disassemble my wife’s laptop and replace the cooling fan. I’ve been putting it off for about 6 months. Taking laptops apart is always the hardest part, especially when you’ve never done it on a specific model before. I got it apart in about an hour. This is where I wish I had pictures. It wasn’t until I had it in a thousand pieces that the “oh shit, I hope this works when I reassemble” feeling sunk in. Very similar feeling as the time I tried to replace the inner workings of the toilet…but that’s a story for a different day.

Cisco Indie Pale Ale

The laptop went back together 800 times quicker than it took to take apart and is working like a charm.

Moving on to tonight, I’m working on depleting my supply of brews from Cisco Brewery. Tonight I grabbed the Indie Pale Ale. My first question – Is it: “Indie: Pale Ale” (a Pale Ale named Indie) or “Indie Pale Ale” (An IPA with a funky spelling variation)?

Cisco Indie Pale Ale

The answer comes to me quickly before I even read the label. This is a hoppy-ass IPA. Before even tasting I can tell that this is a hop-heads delight. Smells like a grapefruit attack on my face. The aroma has something additional in there, which I can’t identify, but assume is the apricot they add to the beer.

The assault continues as I take a sip. Grapefruity bitterness up front, which fades into an abrasive piney finish. It doesn’t go away. If you’re looking for hoppy aftertaste, this beer is your friend.

I actually just had to run to the kitchen to fetch some Beer Cookies. They go really well with hoppy beer, and for someone who is more of a sweet beer kinda guy, I really need something to cut the bitter.

Note: I Googled to find the IBUs, but couldn’t dig up the details. I did locate the ABV, which is around 7.5%.

Now, I’m not giving the beer bad marks. It’s just not my bag. I will definitely finish off the bottle with the aid of my cookies though!


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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

8 thoughts on “Cisco Indie Pale Ale”

  1. Apricot is not added to the beer, it's a flavor from the hops.

    Was this the one you mentioned the floaties in? I think I remember you tweeting that or something. If so, it's because you laid the bottle on its side. Doing so prior to drinking, causes the sediment to mix in with the beer. Some people enjoy it, but most beers aren't made to have the yeast mixed in.

  2. I knew you'd call me out on the "adding" comment. I thought twice about writing it that way. Damn you Jim.

    And yeah, I mentioned later on Twitter (after I posted the review) that there were all kinds of chunks. They stayed at the bottom of the bottle and came out with the last pour, so I don't think laying the bottle on it's side for a few seconds really had much impact.

    I probably should have taken a picture of the chunks and posted a follow-up picture.


  3. This sounds like exactly the kind of IPA that my palate doesn't agree with, but that Aaron (a co-author at FIWK) loves.

    Sounds like your palate is more in line with mine, Lost. How does this stack up for you against other IPAs that maybe you did enjoy? What are some of those IPAs?

  4. That's a real tough question Royce. I've reviewed so many. :)

    I'm really not a huge fan of pine flavor, and this beer had that. If I'm having an IPA, I'd rather it had lower IBU with more balance. I like citrus hops the most, followed by floral, and finally pine.


  5. Have you tried any English-style IPA's? They tend to be lower alcohol and more in line with what I think you'd enjoy. Don't drink them expecting huge hop flavors. In fact, many American Pale Ales have more of a hop character than English IPA's. Some to try: Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Long Trail IPA, Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey, or even Berkshire's Lost Sailor.

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