Thursday, July 15, 2010

Independence Pale Ale Review

Brewery: Independence Brewing Co. | Beer: Independence Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale | ABV: 5.5%
| IBUs: 39
Serving Method: 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Independence Pale AleIt's time to check in with Austin's Independence Brewing Company again. This time, we're trying their Independence Pale Ale. That makes its full name "Independence Independence Pale Ale", which appears to be one of those self-titled album situations.

Anyway, the beer is an American Pale Ale and was apparently inspired by the unlikely heroes of Texas, hence the beautiful label art featuring Angelina Eberly. The backbone is built from Two-Row Pale and 20° Caramel malt varieties, Horizon hops are used for bittering, Cascade and Saaz hops are used for dry-hopping, and the whole thing is brought to life by American Ale yeast.

Independence describe the finished product as "bright, bold, and hoppy [with] a distinctive citrus aroma and clean, hoppy finish." Sounds right to me, let's crack it open.

Appearance: A somewhat hazy orange body with a finger of off-white head that leavers decent lacing.

Aroma: Mild, citrusy and somewhat grassy hops over caramel malt. A little thin, but appetizing.

Taste: Very similar. The same hop profile (though more intense) over a solid, biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced. There's a hoppy aftertaste, stronger than I expected, that is certainly welcome.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and refreshing with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, as you'd expect from a Pale Ale.

Verdict: Independence is a very drinkable, straightforward Pale Ale. It's not going to set the world on fire, but it will work perfectly for a session. I would prefer the hops to be cranked up just a little bit, but then I'm a certified hophead, so I could say that about most beers. Mild and inoffensive, this makes a great "gateway beer" to turn someone onto craft beer.

Grade: B+

1 comment:

Royce said...

Hahah... "one of those self-titled album situations" is very well said.

Never heard of Independence Brewing but this sounds interesting. I don't have any problem with "won't set your world on fire" beers if they are good.

Still, based on that recommendation I probably won't go out of my way to find it. That reminds me I am going out of my way to find a pale I had in a bar the other night but lost the name... very good... if I find it I will report back forthwith.