illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 I finished up a long work day on foot. What do you know, Independence was 30 feet from my last site. I thought I’d pop in for my second visit and order an IPA. Pours amber orange with a pillowy white head. The place is dark, so I’ll give it a 4 for benefit of a doubt. The aroma is very citrusy, and smells like its going to be good. Then I take a sip, and it’s downhill from there. Lots of citrus in the flavor, and dominates what malt flavors are there. Slight watery mouthfeel. Weak bitter finish has distracting off flavors that I can’ t pinpoint. I remember this being better a year ago. Then again, maybe my palate has changed. Well, I did not stay for another. This was NOT WORTH $4 for a 12oz pour. Arayaga2 (2198) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
One of IBP’s better products, but still an example of a poorly crafted IPA. It has a nice reddish color, but a sweet minimally hopped lack of flavor. A tourist beer. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2006
faint floral aroma. golden amber with thin head. something quite off in the flavor, pez. tastes like pez. chalky, sweet, floral-citrus hop, pepto bismol, sugar sweets. keeps making me think of pez, not in a good way. kinda bad. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Had this at the brew pub on draft. Honestly thought this was one of the worst IPAs I have ever had. I am not sure if it was a bad batch or it simply just sucks, but I certainly didnt enjoy it. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Golden body with a receding, cottony white head. Aroma of popcorn butter, fruit and some mild floral hops. Flavor suggests malt syrup and medium diacetyl with moderate bitterness. A sad IPA.
JFGrind (2050) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Not a well concieved IPA from Independence. The slightest aroma, medium bitterness, with citrus the dominating flavor. My guess is the minimal amount of hops were used to qualify this as an IPA. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 On tap at the brew pub. Poured a clear and medium golden color (no where near the copper color as mentioned in the description) with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of oranges with some flowers. Tastes of oranges and very light grapefruit. Very lightly bitter with a very light honey sweetness.
Sammy (12212) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
Re-rate on 2/18/07. This one poured darker than the 1st rate I did - a medium and clear amber color. Still getting the citric oranges. Medium sweet with a very light bitterness (not your american style IPA hop bomb).
Very drinkable, cascade hops, floral and grapefuit aroma. Creamy smooth with significant grapefruit notes, bitter hop aftertaste. Medium bodied, I can stay with this all night. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Nice citrus aroma on this IPA, has a similar but well balanced flavor. Pours a nice copper/orange color and went down smooth. I would say get this or the Stout when visiting. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 2, 2004
after a couple of weeks on the west coast it was a bit of a shock to taste what passes for an ipa in these parts. pretty light in flavour. some light lychee in aroma and a little extra kick but nothing else to separate it from a blond ale