Indie Pale Ale

Indie Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA.  Being a fan of indie music, and just about anything indie, I was drawn to this American IPA when I spotted it in the build your own 6-pack at Binny’s.  I can hardly describe it better than the label itself.  “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 deliciously quenching finish to this East meets West-coast ale”.  I’ll add my own take.  Indie Pale Ale (6.5% ABV) is amber colored, displays a light haze and a big, globby head.  Rings of lace remain as the level drops in the glass.  Be sure to use a tallish, thin-walled glass so that the beer can warm sufficiently to release all of its intriguing scents and flavors.  Indie Pale Ale’s hoppy, malty bouquet highlights some apricot and doughy notes, but dry and earthy notes are first to appear upon tasting.  Plenty of astringent hops and a good dose of sweetness greet the tongue, but mainly it’s about the hops, with a very dry finish and a lingering bitterness.  Although I am a fan of the dryness, the bitterness is a little too pronounced.  I will say this one gets better as it warms and you become accustomed to it.

79/100

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