Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of CoreyJKelly
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of Cris4545
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Converge
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Photo of WeedKing4
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of demcorhip
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Jeffry-Mazerolle
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Foudebiere
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheHammer
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

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.

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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.