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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Hopyard PaleHopyard Pale

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deep golden, medium bodied & nicely bitter, Hopyard Pale is exceptional in the West Coast style. Generous hopping in the boil & further dry-hopping produce a fruity/floral aroma & refreshingly bitter finish. A true thirst-quencher!

40 IBU

(Beer added by: nighthawk on 06-10-2009)
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Reviews by Swedes21:
Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a gorgeous coper/ale colour very clear and lots of carbonation present. the head pours a good 2-3 fingers and has some good lasting power. very foamy and full bodied too.

Smell - can really pick up the pine, followed by some malts and hops. there is also some base earthy tones (grass and breads) in there as well. as it warmed, i was able to pick up some caramels and citrus base as well.

Taste - very nice tasting and smooth beer. found the malts where smooth followed by the citrus and hops and finishes with the caramel. nice lasting taste, nothing overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation brings a little more bitterness to the beer, there is some nicer hops and pine present. some decent volumes of carbonation added as well.

Overall - Glad i was able to land the 6 pack at the LCBO. This is another good one i am happy to have a few more to drink. very smooth and decent, good session beer for sure.

Swedes21, Jun 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +5.8%

cam477, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

beerhunter13, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up during a trip to Halifax. The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the flowery hops, along with some grass and biscuit malt. The flavor has hop aspects that are flowery, earthy and grassy. I also get some biscuit malt and a flavor that is reminiscent of iced tea. There is not much bitterness, but there is quite a bit of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing too terribly special.

Mora2000, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, another from the recent, and welcome variety pack from this East Coast brewer, now available at your finer booze purveyors of Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three bulbous fingers of billowy, densely foamy, and eventually caked off-white head, which leaves a random vista of sudsy stratus cloud lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of mildly bitter citrus pith, resinous pine oil, a bit of fleshy drupe fruitiness, soft biscuity caramel malt, and further leafy, floral, and earthy hops. The taste still leans to the bitter, tending toward acrid hoppy side - astringent pine needles and generic orange rind, muddled orchard stone fruit, mostly, but balanced in a somewhat wobbly manner by some, at times, outmatched toffee/caramel malt.

The carbonation is average, with just a tame carbonic upswing at random intervals, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth, which speaks more to the nature of the heretofore pushy hops. It finishes dry, with some persistently zingy leafy, citrusy, and piney bitterness, and a mere suggestion of boozy warmth.

I know there's been too much crossover in the IPA/PA side of things of late, but I still must confess that I like my APAs hoppy rather than not, so kudos to Garrison for feeding and indulging my habit here, almost to the point of malt irrelevance. Maybe not quite a yard's worth of hops, but something in the ballpark, that's for sure.

biboergosum, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange colour, slight haze, off-white head. Head has lots of volume and decent retention. Not much lacing going on. Tropical and floral hop aromas are underpinned by a mild doughy malt character. Hop forward with bright tangerine flavour. Lightly toasted bread in the background. Grapefruit pith bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. Medium bitterness. Medium bodied with low, soft carbonation. Feels creamy. Resinous and oily between sips. Love the way it feels. A good, simple, easy drinking APA.

mintjellie, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle at Bar Volo. Pours auburn with a big creamy topping head. Many lace dots follow. A big mouthfeel and a high bitterness, this is bitter, still a good drinkability. A little sour in the sediment.A tongue shredder roughness to it. Hoppy aroma.

Sammy, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of socon67
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Go figure that a pretty good APA is made in Halifax. This beer, when poured into a pint glass is gold to copper in color. There is a smell of sweetness and some earthy hops. The taste is kind of strange. Sweet at first but then oddly bitter. Somehow I found it worked well and was quite enjoyable. Carbonation is noticable but it is still drinkable. I was suprised that I liked this as much as I did.

socon67, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear copper golden, tall head with solid retention and random lacing
S - citrus and herbal with toasty grain and a fruity note
T - woody herbal and crisp citrus hop character, solid grainy malt backbone, with light fruitiness coming through on the finish
M - refreshing carbonation kick, pleasant dry bitterness with just a little breadiness to balance
D - a very sessionable beer for a hop lover, it has enough balance to keep it interesting, but the dry hopping allows the hops to come through aggressively

joemcgrath27, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a large bubbly off white head. Nose is an abundance of citrus and pine hops, resiny from the dry hopping. Some pale buiscuit malt and grain too. Taste is much of the same, a well balanced but sharply bitter pale. It's really crisp and easy to drink. Malt bill comes out in the finish. Medium bodied with a wet mouthfeel. Overall this is another decent Canadian pale ale. Vigorously hopped - though still falls short of the greats like Sierra Nevadas. Even so, worth grabbing a 6 pack of this summer and supporting more micros here in Ontario.

heebes, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-amber, orange and just a bit hazy, with a thick and creamy off-white head that has good staying power and leaves thick lacing. Smell is hoppy, certainly, but not overwhelmingly so, and there is a definite note of biscuity malt. Herbal hops character, with a bit of pine and a note of light caramel as well. Flavour is bitter and sharp, rather grassy and with obvious malt in the middle. The dry-hopping is obvious, but more from the herbal notes than from a west-coast style wallop of citrus. Mouthfeel is very highly carbonated, but crisp nonetheless, and drinkability is very good. This was my go-to beer for hot days all summer, and, though it's not stellar by any means, it's a solid effort from Garrison.

Mandrake, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of eat
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body with a light cover of bright white head. Some lacing.

Nice hop blend on the nose: tropical fruit, citrus and light pine. Typically one of those three characteristics is featured but here they're represented equally, which is nice. Minerals and an understated, sweet malt join in.

The hop flavour is quite different from the profile found in the nose, dropping the tropical and citrus fruits and replacing them with earthy and grassy notes. Bitterness is substantial for a pale ale (with IBUs approaching IPA territory) though it's not backed by quite enough malt, which remains understated here as well. A slight bit of alcohol shows. Resiny pine and grapefruit pith linger on the finish.

The body is on the light side for my taste. Carbonation is appropriately on the low side of things.

Similar in character to their double IPA, if I remember correctly, though less intense of course. I would definitely buy more of this one if it were around. I'd prefer it with a touch more malt but as is, it's a very decent pale ale and well-worth checking out.

eat, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden/coppery color that is very clear, and there appears to be big bristly carbonation rising to the top. The head starts off really fizzy and reduced quickly, eventually settling to a nice looking film. The lacing is modestly sticky on the glass, as it does slowly crawl back into the brew.

S- This has a citrus-dominated aroma, and I find this to have a sweet blend of apples and malt sugar. The finish has some fresh hop notes but I don't find it to be strong.

T- Okay, the hop character really took me by surprise....to me it borders on IPA territory as far as hops go. After getting by this bitterness, there is some malt sweetness and more citrus rind. The aftertaste shows more bitterness that lingers I find...not what I expected and too much bitterness...not enough balance!

M- The carbonation actually mellows out nicely in this medium bodied beer. It's creamy on the palate and I actually like the fact that a yeasty aspect develops as it warms up.

O- I'd really like this better if it was more balanced....just to many hops are used here in my opinion, which takes away from the overall flavor. Aside from this, I don't think it's a bad beer in the other categories, but do think it needs work.

ChrisCage, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger white head into a medium wine glass - decent retention - fine patchy sticky lacing - an orange tinted amber hue

S - lots of floral hops with grapefruit and some malt

T - similar to the nose with a nice bitterness throughout that was somewhat spicy - the hops dominates but it is still malty enough to be well balanced - could not call it a 4 but the 3.5 I gave it does not do justice.

M - really enjoyed this aspect of the brew - a relatively bitter tang throughout but still smooth - the body is medium with a nice amount of carbonation

O - my first offering from Garrison is a definite thumbs up - this is one well balanced APA

Stocean1, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, gold-amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Caramel and light toasted grains. Some pears, honey and grassy hops.

Taste. Herby, grassy hops, lightly toasted grains, orange rind. A little cedar-pine wood in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Great hoppy east coast pale ale. Would love another if I had one.

Rutager, May 17, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some caramel malt with light residual sugar and some bitter hops at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

Phyl21ca, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 6/11/11
12 oz bottle from the LCBO poured in to pint glass. Bottled on date of 4/24/11.

A - Poured a light to medium orange/yellow colour with half a finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Bitter floral and piney hops up front with some bready malt and sweet caramel notes.

T - Bitter hop bite up front with pine, herbal and floral notes and some sweet caramel and grainy/bready malts in the background.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent pale ale. Not the typical hop profile of a beer that I really like but this one was great. I would buy this all the time if it was available.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Moniker for making this one available for me.

The beer is copper looking color. It is lightly cloudy. The head is creamy and sticks well to the glass. The aroma is citrusy hops with some caramel notes (malts). The taste is dry and the bitterness is very good for an American Pale Ale. There is definitely more caramel in the taste than in the aroma. The taste is not very hoppy... maybe more floral hops in the taste. Medium body and easy to drink. Overall, this beer is a good American Pale Ale.

ZorPrime, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

mmurphy525, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Lukecook
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Golden in color, nice frothy white head, small amount of lacing.

S- Hops.

T- Hops with a mild sweet taste, finishes bitter.

M- Medium body, crisp, good carbonation.

D- Another great offering from Garrisons, best pale ale I have had this side of the border.

Lukecook, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a variety 6-pack, in a 341 ml brown bottle. Tall foamy white head on the pour with good retention, the body is a slightly hazed light copper hue.

Sweet mandarin and hints of pink grapefruit on the nose, piney and herbal as well, with faint grainy malt in the background.

Dry grainy malt in the flavour accompanied by spicy, grassy, dry herbal hops. Dry character overall.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy texture, mild carbonation yet gets brisk on the finish.

The aroma suggests an APA yet the flavour belies more of an English variety. A fairly easy drinker that rests on the dry side of things.

IronDjinn, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

CurtisD, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mrnobody
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick white head; good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells of a bit of citrus and piney hops; a bit weak.

T: All I can taste is the bitter hop finish: very one dimensional.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good carbonation level.

D: This is a decent APA but nothing special.

A couple things I need to get off my chest about this beer:

1. This was bottled two months ago. I'm sure this is entirely the lcbo's fault, but I can't help but feel this beer might have been better when fresh.

2. Stop using twist off caps! I took a bottle camping before I realized they were twist off and tried to open it with my swiss army knife. It broke the top of the bottle off. Today I made sure to twist the cap off but it took a herculean effort. Really, really lousy bottling guys!

mrnobody, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Fresh bottle reveals a pleasant grassy and citrus hop, still a touch malt heavy but extremely drinkable and fresh. Very nice. Edited up slightly.

Extra in a trade from BBrianBoogie - thanks man!

Pours a lovely golden orange with a hint of copper almost, a finger of bubbly head that too quickly departs. Not perfectly clear.

Nose is pineapple, hints of citrus and pine but the hops aren't too bold and mesh with the hints of malt in the nose.

While this is no hop bomb this is probably one of the more hopped APAs Canada has to offer. Bitter English style hops mingle with hints of a more citrus hop and a faint herbal/grassiness. A strong malt presence for an APA but not too much so. Bold but not overpowering carb, a slightly too light body.

Pretty drinkable stuff. It's not IPA but that's not what you're expecting from an APA. Balanced, drinkable, good hop profile - what's not to like. Thanks again Brian!

Edit: okay, perhaps a little too malty as we progress here. Just not melding as well as one would hope with the hops. Still a solid brew though.

ritzkiss, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, hops, grapefruits, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads and a decent amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well (tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit) but its more of a dry woody type of hopped pale ale. It finishes with a malty dry bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - There is actually quite a bit of hop bitterness going on with this beer. It almost comes across as more of an IPA. I enjoyed the beer more as it warmed up in my glass. Thanks Swedes21

spinrsx, Jun 24, 2011
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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.