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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
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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New Brunswick (Canada)

5/5  rDev +32.3%

05-18-2014 08:53:01 | More by DreamDeath
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-28-2011 05:10:39 | More by bigox420
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

11-21-2013 00:54:17 | More by StomachUlcers
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good bar-pour head. Leaves plenty of interconnecting spots on the glass. Golden amber and nearly clear.

Attractive floral hop nose. Slightly sweet but not in a cloy way.

If blindfolded, I'd swear I was drinking an IPA. There's lots of bitterness with a solid pale malt base. The aftertaste is long lasting with a hop bite that falls short of sucking a hop pellet. Full bodied with low-ish level of carbonation.

Simply put, a well-balanced, leaning to the bitter, well-made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 20:57:38 | More by smcolw
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear brass with a couple meandering bubbles. The frothy head lasts forever and coats the glass in lace swathes. Resinous hops and a sweet doughy malt fill my nostrils on the first sniff. The pleasant aroma is followed by an equally hoppy taste. Some grapefruit and pine notes in there, but a more overall fruity hop character than the west coast APAs. The bready malt balast is never lost in the mix. The medium bodied mouthfeel leads to a long bitter finish.

Plenty of hop heft and lots of complexity. Im going to be actively seeking this one out. It covers all the bases for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 01:45:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Who doesn't love a well made APA, especially when it's made in Canada :)

Pours a bronze color with golden highlights, lightly opaque with a large poofy, wheatish head that leaves gobs of lace down the side of the glass. The head remains thick right to the bottom. Wonderful stuff.

The smell is nice. Some hops, earth a vanilla scent that I just can't get enough of. The taste is a really good blend of sweet malts, fruitiness and perfect hop balance. This thing kicks ass.

Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and refreshing. Drinkability is high.. I can down one of these faster than any beer I've had before, plus I can session them without getting sick of the taste.

Well done Garrison!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 15:47:50 | More by Ralphus
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-31-2012 01:58:08 | More by mmurphy525
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-13-2012 04:25:59 | More by Idrankthat
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bcrocker

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-06-2012 20:00:42 | More by bcrocker
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan.26th, 2011

Poured a slightly hazy reddish-copper ale. A really good dirty white head that stuck around for most of the beer. One first smell, I couldn't figure out what it was, then it hit me. A nice sweet candied apple (crisp, toffee, fruity) and a gentle bitter hop character. It just smells like a creamy drink. The taste is great. The malts are first, same as on the nose, and the bitterness is second. Not sure, but would guess around 60 IBUs. The leveling of this is really quite nice. My rating for mouth feel is 3.5 'cause I feel like the hops linger a bit to long. But it is so drinkable. Garrison is climbing the Atlantic Canadian ladder of quality beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 23:24:27 | More by spree92
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle, poured into pint glass. Bottled-on date is on 6-pack box, but not on bottle.

Pours a barely hazy orange with a one-finger cap that is cream coloured and retains beautifully until the bitter end. Lots of sticky lacing is left in circles as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is most notably hoppy, with a grapefruit citrus smell, and hints of grassiness and pine, but it also seems to be contained within a slightly bready odour.

Taste is again assertive with the hops, but balanced by some gentle malt flavours. A grapefruity flavour is tasted throughout, turning to grassy and spicy pine near the finish, and turning from slightly sweet to bitter. A mild sweet bread with a touch of yeast provides some contrast and balance to the flavour profile, but remains in the background.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with just a mild tingle from the carbonation. Feels refreshingly light in the mouth. Finish is semi-dry with a pleasant, lingering bitterness that doesn't feel overpowering.

Drinkability is sky-high on this one. I find it quite refreshing, fairly light, and easy-drinking. A real pleasure; it finds a balance between hops and malt, while letting the hops shine through. As a celebratory and marketing tool for Garrison's experimental hop yard, I think it's a success.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 16:41:26 | More by nighthawk
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New to Trackside Liquor in Good Old Medicine Hat. At least there's one place in town to get decent beer.

NIce clear slightly copper orange color. Decent head retention, amazing lacing. All the way down the sides of the glass.

Nice toasted crytal malts give off that sweet caramel aroma. Generous use of slightly spicy, slightl ypiney hop. I can see where some hop heads could be disappointed. I'm thinking balanced though.

Nice nice balance. Maybe miscast as an APA. Roots are far more British. Pales Malts match nicely with a withering hop bitterness.

Smooth. Not much else I can add. Carbonation is bang on for my palate and this style.

Great session beer. AS mentioned, probably more an EPA than APA. I might have to contact the brewery and ask them myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 04:08:18 | More by Shadman
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 19:11:31 | More by Mandrake
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:16:19 | More by ritzkiss
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle: Decants a hazed orangey-amber ale with a 2 finger creamy cap that lasts. Moderate carbonation, Great lacing.

Medium bodied, fruity floral character, chewy mouth feel.

Front side has good balance between amerillo hops and crystal malt,....mid palate some complexity of malt blend plus fruity tastes (pear/apricot) ....long drying bittering finish, goes clean and has a bite.

Nothing unique bur a good boiler plate US styled micro plale...possibly a tad dryer....well made, flavorful, drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:18:41 | More by pootz
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Volo. Pours a golden-orange colour with great head and retention. Smells of citrus hops and some caramel sweet malt. Taste has a great hit of bitterness, but still sweet from the malt. Very balanced. I really like this APA, and it almost verges on being an IPA. I think their Imperial is half way between an IPA and a double IPA, so that makes sense. I want to try more from Garrison because this is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:28:58 | More by kwjd
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:30:52 | More by joemcgrath27
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KaiMiller

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-golden with coarse beige head, fairly clear. Citrusy, hempy, floral hops in the aroma, caramel and citrusy hops in the flavour, not quite dry but with a lingering bitterness and slight hop astringency. Perfect crisp refreshing beer, absolutely delicious, though perhaps not quite dry enough for serious sessioning. Nonetheless, my current go-to six pack, and a great little brother to the IPA. I'm really happy to have this in town - Halifax was hurting for a really good APA, and this is it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:06:01 | More by KaiMiller
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-12-2013 12:59:22 | More by cam477
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:35:48 | More by mintjellie
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 20:30:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 21:04:58 | More by Lukecook
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-26-2012 13:18:03 | More by CurtisD
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-21-2011 01:05:31 | More by RedAleMan
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-09-2014 01:46:30 | More by KeeganRohovich
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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.