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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 112
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: nighthawk on 06-10-2009

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
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Photo of johnnnniee
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Converge
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, semi-transparent copper color with a fizzy one finger head. A lot of floaties hanging around. Head doesn't have very much retention.

S - Surprisingly sweet upfront with a lot of earthy hops and caramel malt as well. Notes of fruit and toffee are also present.

T - Dry hops are absolutely overbearing right off the bat. Very earthy taste, with a ton of bitterness, especially in the after taste. I feel like there might be something else sweeter in here somewhere, but it's being completely buried by the hoppy bitterness.

M - The feel is extremely dry with a thick foaminess to it. Very little carbonation. Quite unenjoyable.

D - I can barely stand the dry hoppy bitterness here. Even keeping the beer style in mind, I find this brew very unenjoyable; it's more of an IPA than an APA. Maybe it's just not my style. (876 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear copper with lots of head. Tastes of bland bready malts, with a less then desired after taste. Not really picking up all that much hop character either. I was expecting a lot more from this. So its safe to say i'm disappointed with this brewery and the two offerings I have had so far. (304 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (1,228 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Big off white head with great retention. Clear amber body with a persistent supply of carbonation. Very nice lacings.

Nice aroma. Some pithy grapefruit tries to assert itself. Nice toasty malts. A touch of fruity sourness is almost buried by the other aromas but manages to reveal itself.

A little too much toasty caramel malt flavours. A touch less specialty malt or boiling or whatever would have been more to my tastes. Not sure when this was bottled, would have liked a touch more cascade presence. The amarillo seems more assertive.

Pretty nice feel, but a bit too heavy for my tastes on the crystal malt. Its fairly dry and bitter, with an almost creamy medium body. This would be much more drinkable if the crystal malts relaxed, and let me appreciate more of the base malts, glad i got to try this, thanks Miguel. (837 characters)

Photo of ghisty
3.42/5  rDev -9%
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. (2,030 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a light amber, with a thick white head of decent size. Pretty good retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is clearly hops. Citrus and a faint bit of pine. A bit of caramel malt in the background.

The caramel malt is more present in the taste than the nose, but this is still clearly a hop-centered beer. However, the hops provide more bitterness than anything else. The citrus is toned down, replaced by a woodsy flavour. Aftertaste is all bitterness.

Beer is overly carbonated for my liking. Rather irritating. Medium body otherwise feels fine.

This one was a disappointment for me. Not a bad beer, but I find the bitterness somewhat one-dimensional. (658 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 6 pack at the LCBO- Hazy blood orange, pours a one inch foam of white head with some soapy lace. Resiny aroma carries carries citrus, perfume, and caramel. Lots of bitterness here with only mild sweetness. My kind of pale. Medium bodied, very creamy, soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Great effort. (321 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled with pride on July 5, 2011. Surprisingly fresh for being found in an LCBO.

Pours a really nice honey-amber colour with a sizable tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thick film with a collar, but leaves little lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, orange peel, wet flowers and ripened cherry and black pepper come through as it warms.

Starts with an almost salty bitterness. A brown bread-like tone comes through on the tongue. Has an unsweetened grapefruit juice flavour in the finish.

A bit thin in the mouthfeel, but has a creaminess on the tongue thanks to the collar and a medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is clean and very dry.

Really solid beer that I'll be sure to try again. Far more in common with an AIPA than an APA or EPA, but the dry hopping is subtle and the beer is balanced well. Very drinkable, would be a great burger and fries beer. (868 characters)

Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a small cream head. The nose is very sweet. I get a real candy apple carmelized sugar scent that is quite appealing or makes me hungry? The taste is not sweet however and I get lightly roasted malts, honey and a soft clover. A slight sourness and a real bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Interesting. The hop variety used seems to be more for bitterness than flavour. The mouthfeel is dry and the retention is not bad. Overall a good beer but with a bit too prominent of a honey note for my taste. Thanks to my friend in NewBrunswick for sending me a taste of the Maritimes. Cheers! (633 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again Ludachris for bringing this one from Halifax for me.

Appearance: The body boasts a hazy orange/bronze color with good signs of carbonation. The pour produced a solid thumb of head that retained quite well and did a very good job of lacing.

Smell: Well the name say it all, it smells of a mixture of fresh hops. Floral and citrus hops dominate the notes with a light undertone of pine. It's strong but not excessively so, all in all good stuff.

Taste: Unsurprisingly high in hops, but somewhat reigned in my an unknown herbal presence. Starts with a very light might and floral hop taste that shifts over to an almost creamy taste with a light dash of pine in the background and ends with a bitter kick of diverse, citrus hops. I'd say this would be the utmost limit of hops that I would like in a beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, as it thankfully brings out the creamier elements and not the hoppier elements. My mouth isn't left as dry as I'd expect, in fact it's nice. Biggest qualm though is the grapefruit rind bitterness lingers on the back of your tongue for far too long.

Drinkability: As I said, this would be the limit for me as far as hops are concerned. Any more and I'd have issues getting it down. It's good on the gut although not exactly refreshing. However for the most part, it went down alright. Pretty average I suppose.

Final Thoughts: If this beer wasn't named Hop Yard, I probably would have scored it lower. You do get a very good variety of hops in this offering, and it thankfully doesn't have the hop presence of an IPA. Solid and certainly worth a try, and maybe a six during the summer or spring. (1,646 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  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. (464 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Been meaning to try this since the release a few weeks ago, but haven't had the chance... until now.

Poured into a mug, resulting in a translucent orange color, with one finger of head.

Head evaporated slowly, and left plenty of lacing.

Scent is non-surprisingly hoppy, with maybe some faint citrussy smells as well.

Taste is definitely filled with hop bitterness and something that reminds me somewhat of fresh mowed grass.

Finish is dry, and there is a bit of bitter aftertaste left in your cheeks.

All in all, very good beer for the summer season. The full hoppy flavor doesn't lend itself to sustained drinking, however. after two or three of these I find myself ready to switch to something else. (712 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a bright orange amber with a finger width of foamy white head. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Dominated by earthy hops, along with aromas of sweet apple and fresh citrus.

Taste - Bitter, earthy hops are the ruling flavour in this brew, followed by sweet fruitiness as detected in the initial smell (from the malts).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice creaminess in texture.

Overall - An enjoyable APA by Garrison Brewing. I enjoyed the hop profile in this brew, however I felt the malt elements were lacking for the style. Despite that, still a worthy beer to try. (600 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber as is most common in IPAs, although in a APA, it's all that more exciting. Moderate head tops the drink and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S- Floral, grassy, and bittering drinks take place in the aroma. A shred of sweetness appears to come from the hint of caramel. It hints at a fair representation of hops, especially for the style.

T- The taste is a bit of a disappointment after the smell. Hops are detectable, but seem hidden or muted. There's bitterness there, and some washed out hop flavor, so it could seem like only bittering hops were used.

The aftertaste is a bit more impressive, with some pine taste lingering. It actually does a fair job of coating itself and holding on. The aftertaste also leaves a bit of biscuit flavor in the malt. Overall, it comes across as an above average APA, which isn't going to offend people much or impress them much either.

M- Medium light in body. Carbonation is steadfast, and doesn't seem to go away even in your mouth. Swishing it around is like flouride at the dentist. Not entirely pleasant. The solution is not to swish it around, but I found that an interesting observation. This one finishes pretty dry.

O- Overall, I was expecting more from Garrison brewing after trying their DIPA. I don't think I was let down hard, but I was hoping for a bit more. All in all, this is a satisfying brew, but not much of a hop fix, and not one of the best American Pale Ales out there. (1,480 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Botle form a 6-pack, picked up from the LCBO. Bottled July 5, and consumed July 20, 2011. Reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass.

Poured a golden orange, transient offwhite head. Some big bubbles are produced but those fade quite quickly. Minimal retention and lace. Nose has some lemon, grapefruit and some orange notes. Pale malts, light graininess and some sweeter caramelized notes. Taste has some grainy and toasty pale malt notes, orange and other assorted citrus notes with a medium bitterness imparted by these. Light caramel notes. Fairly lengthy finish with a light body that almost borders on watery. A drinkable pale ale; thirst-quenching but brings nothing new to the table. (695 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given to me by my parents

A - Pours a clear copper orange with a half inch of soapy foam that quickly faded leaving some decent lacing
S - biscuity with lots of grassy hops with just a hint of citrus
T - very malty biscuity flavor balanced with alot of grassy hops, there is alot of hoppy bitterness that leaves you tasting grass, nice flavor overall
M - crisp carbonation, bready biscuity mouthfeel, a nice bite in the finish, medium bodied
D - not bad at all. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable (497 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale amber-orange colour, one finger of white head, light lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus, mango and grapefruit, nice hoppy nose, chewy malt and buttery toffee. Taste is dry and hoppy up front, malt rolls in, nice bitterness throughout, citrus and pine, grapefruit, light earthy notes, a little too dry for my taste. Medium body, medium carbonation, lots of oily hop resin leaving a nice slick feel. Solid hoppy pale ale, the dryness makes this feel a little off balance but still very good. (511 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (786 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A broiled caramel colour whose toasty golden-brown tones makes for a lovely looking appearance. They make for a flashy one too; the beer's edges shimmer and if held into the light the entire body becomes impressively aglow. Bubbles make for visual entertainment while a foamy white bumper stays roped around the contour.

Appreciating the fact that this is a pale ale and wasn't intended to compete as an IPA, I won't be too disappointed my nose wasn't met with the blistering citrus and sappy resins of West coast hops (even though the beer was brewed and dry-hopped with them). There is a slight tinge of very minty, lightly pithy zest but its presence demands frequent stirring. I'll leave the score where is but it's dangerously close to being set a little lower.

Ya, I definitely would not agree with the brewery in considering Hop Yard "exceptional in the West Coast style". (Despite the dry-hopping effort this hoppiness falls far, far short of what's customary on the West coast.) Nugget, Amarillo and Cascade do fit the bill for a beer of that mold; unfortunately, the resulting ale doesn't taste enormously Amarillo-y or Cascade-y; there is a touch of pink grapefruit but it's disappointingly minor.

In the absence of intended hoppy zest, Pale and Crystal malt leave much flavour to be desired. But the beer is salvageable - that 40 IBU mark is about the threshold for a proper mouthfeel in hoppy pale ales and IPA's. Given the medium-light body and that faint bite of hop resins, this should disappear mighty fast. Boy, I hate feeling unsatisfied after a beer, even if the dissatisfaction comes from not having another bottle!

Apparently the hops used in this beer were grown in partnership with a local and functioning historic agricultural museum, the end goal being "a brew made with 100 percent local ingredients." That's a fantastic endeavor and Hop Yard Pale is a promising sign of things yet to come. My only suggestion would be to use more of these local hops for future batches, which I will undoubtedly be looking forward to. Thanks ThatWineGuy! (2,073 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (856 characters)

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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.