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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Hopyard PaleHopyard Pale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

beerforpresident, Aug 05, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Snooty Fox.
Pours a golden amber color with a huge off white head that persists for a while. The aroma is filled with butterscotch and popcorn. I find it hard to get passed the butter, but the bartender assures me that this is a west coast style IPA. The flavor follows the aroma Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. I couldn't get past the butter but other people tell me this is great.

johnnnniee, Jul 17, 2014
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krome, Jun 17, 2014
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DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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KeeganRohovich, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

deonreds, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

schnarr84, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of ghisty
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

appearance:
orangey gold, expected something a bit earthy in tone, slightly lighter than i had expected, hence, "pale", still isnt pale by any distortion of the mind.
one finger head. short retention, disspates afetr two drinks, leaves small lacing.

smell:
earthy, the hops shine thru in the nose, citral, bright, but still musky,
the resins in the hops are obvious, but not overdone.

taste:
surprsingly not as bitter as the nose had promised, seems a bit reserved for
a dry hopped "craft" beer. which isnt a bad thing, makes it more drinkable,
it tastes of citrus fruits , the usual grapefruit hops, some other earthy hops,
hollertauer hops maybe, not very yeasty, and leaves a slight bitter almost smokey
after taste.

mouth:
starts sharp and bright, as the carb dies down a touch it levels to a reasonably bitter
and hoppy dryness, not overdone, as I think they wanted to appeal to more of a "drinkers market" , rather then the super dry bitter loving hophead crowd.

overall:
although in the past I've found many offerings from this brewer to be somewhat mild,
understated, or just maybe even slightly boring, they claim large things on the packaging and often havent delivered, at least as far as ive drank. overall, this dry hopped beer is very good, its not overly bitter, and still has a dry texture, keeps me wanting more of it, its slightly too heavy for a session, but I do enjoy it for a complex one to sit back and watch some WRC with.
If you enjoy dry hopped beers, you could do alot worse, my only real complaint is that as usual with garrison's offerings, I was expecting something a bit more. but nonetheless this is very good quality nicely hopped beer, and the only real downside is having to buy 6 of them. it'd sell better if it were in tall cans and ble to mixed up with the singles. craft beer is better understood in short doses..and too much of a good thing can ruin someone from enjoying the subtle joys of a dry hopped ale.
no reason not to try it.. itd just be easier to enjoy (for me) in tall cans.

ghisty, Apr 02, 2014
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lgmol, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Jeffry-Mazerolle, Feb 27, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL bottle

A- Pours a clear, orange/golden colour with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S- Citrus, Floral notes. Quite enticing to say the least.

T- Dark and earthy hops are major players in this brew. This bitterness is wonderfully balanced with a hint of citrus that also made its presence known in the nose.

M- Low/medium carbonation. Very silky and smooth.

O- Hopyard pale ale has to be one of the more enjoyable APA's that I've had in the past. I would definitely recommend this brew to anyone who enjoys Pale Ale's and has the opportunity to pick some up.

PorterPro125, Feb 09, 2014
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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.