Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-28-2010 05:07:14 | More by Sammy
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
09-09-2009 02:00:00 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
02-13-2011 00:26:48 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
12-13-2010 00:59:52 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
08-23-2012 20:57:38 | More by smcolw
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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!
08-02-2009 21:45:50 | More by biegaman
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
12 oz bottle, think Bobbyok sent this one too!
Pours a lightly hazed dark amber, orange, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick to the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, very sharp and citric hops, floral, very fruity, orange peel, caramel, quite sugary, tangerine, lots of grapefruit goodness, real nice hoppiness, slightly herbal. Taste is neat, real spicy, grapefruit bitterness, caramel, quite sugary, some biscuity malt, orange peel, eathy, really nice, sharp lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy and too high for the style. A really nice nose on this one but the taste is a little lacking on the carbonation takes away from the drinkability. Still a nice beer, thanks Bobby!
09-05-2009 01:04:25 | More by Viggo
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
08-30-2011 18:28:05 | More by liamt07
2.36/5 rDev -37.6%
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.
07-17-2014 02:42:23 | More by johnnnniee
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass
A clear copper with no bubbles at all, fast falling thumbs width of head left a single ring of lace
S some citric and earthy hops with a little toffee
T not far from the smell but with more caramels and enough malt to give it some balance, not the hop bomb I was expecting but pretty good
M medium bodied, a little creamy, rather bitter and the flavor lingers
D not bad for a session, I'd drink it again so that says something
had a few of these while in Halifax not the best from these guys but pretty good nonetheless
10-11-2010 19:03:11 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-18-2011 20:30:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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
06-24-2011 16:39:09 | More by spinrsx
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Pours a golden colour with intense carbonation. Like a hurricane. ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANEEE! Three finger fizzly, loose white head. Bright. Great head retention with a full finger but no lacing.
S - Citrusy, grassy hops and some crackery malt. Really ripe citrussy hop.
T - A decent hop profile with grassy, citrusy notes and a sweet malt note. Pine and grapefruit.
M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a slight bitterness.
O/D - High drinkability. I've sessioned this before and been happy drinking it all day. It's very tasty and the ABV plays to it's advantage. A decent Pale Ale with a good flavour to work with as a session ale.
08-05-2011 01:21:46 | More by tbeckett
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.
S - Earthy hops with pine and cedar dominating and some mild caramel on the finish.
T - The earthy hops dominated, with the cedar and pine off the top, but a bitterness comes through on the finish with a sour citrus that lingers.
M - A tad dry, but given the bitterness it's not overly offensive. Medium bodied and goes down smooth.
D - Overall a tasty offering from the east coast and a worthy ale for sure. Definitely more of a dry hopped ale, but would definitely be appreciated by any hop head.
03-12-2011 06:58:43 | More by andrenaline
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Re-review - had a fresh sixer bottled less than a month ago, and the flavour was a lot fresher, with a better hop character. It really hits the spot on a hot Summer's day, so I've adjusted the taste and drinkability scores up a notch.
Garrison's Hop Yard is brewed with hops grown by the brewery itself, so I'm confused why the brewery would not make more of a point of this on their label. It seems like a good marketing op has gone to waste.
We're off to a good start - a golden body of great clarity supports a finger of snow white head that has good retention and laces well. The nose throws me a little, because while it does have a decent hoppiness, its not as intense as I expected. There's a decent juiciness, dash of herbs, dry malt and a touch of cream. The flavour has a pleasant bitterness, with the hops manifesting in a herbal fashion (I'm guessing these are English varieties). Sweet throughout, but not cloying, its maltier than usual for a pale, with strong caramel hits. The mouthfeel is pretty average - while the medium-light body is good and appropriate, the carbonation is too short-lived to impress.
This is a strange brew. Not bad in of itself, but the question has to be asked - if you wanted to showcase the brewery's hops then why not do it in an IPA?
Cheers to moniker for the bottle.
07-02-2010 14:10:09 | More by bobsy
3.23/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
03-14-2011 02:16:00 | More by IronDjinn
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!
12oz bottle. sampled sept 4/09.
pours deep orange with a thick cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a ton of thick chunky lace behind.
aroma is good. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. floral. light alcohol.
taste is good. grapefruit and pine. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. just under medium bitterness level. light honey and caramel.
mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is nice. well balanced. decent depth. a solid apa.
09-17-2009 14:56:36 | More by grub
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-17-2011 00:13:14 | More by Rutager
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
08-23-2010 02:28:58 | More by kwjd
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-27-2011 03:14:58 | More by jrenihan
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Picked up at Premium Wine & Spirits.
A-Pours a clear golden honey with a twinge of amber. A thin white head dissipates quickly to a small ring.
S-Grassy hops with a hint of citrus and bisciut malt.
T-Nicely hopped with good grassiness, balanced by a substantial malt base. Quite tasty, on the hoppy side of pale ales.
M-Light to medium bodied, crisp and dry.
O-Very nice hoppy pale. I like this one.
09-14-2011 01:22:14 | More by sholland119
Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.