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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
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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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 71
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of ludachris
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every time I'm down here in Hali I always make a point of picking up some Garrison. Happy I was able to find their newest offering so easily.

Pours a clear light honey orange with a finger and a half bubbly white head that displays some decent retention and nice lacing. Big, bubbly carbonation aggressively moves towards the surface.

Strong smell of pine, citrus, some nice bready malt and a touch of spice.

Biscuit and sweet malts up front followed by jiuncy citrus and a dry piney bite . The hops are definately the highlight of this APA.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, smooth and medium bodied, making it quite drinkable in my books.

Overall, another great offering from Garrison. It's definately the most hoppiest APA I've had to date but that made me enjoy it that much more. Two thumbs up!

Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a voluminous, sticky white head that laces nicely and sticks around.

Smells nice and piney, citrusy, a really good dose of c-hops here. Slightly floral. A little toffee and pineapple too.

The taste is a crisp nibble of hops backed by a good amount of caramel. It's bitter without being showy. The hops seem to have a west coast USA by way of England aspect to them, being piney and herbal, slightly spicy grapefruit rind. Some good hop flavors all told, even if they seem to be all over the map.

The mouthfeel is medium and suits the style, and it's nicely crisp.

Overall not a bad little effort and a nice hoppy beer for when you want something a little more restrained than an IPA.

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of ritzkiss
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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brussels, Halifax, 1873 Granville St. Medium copper colour, half finger white head with large bubble mostly stagnant head. Nice sheet lace - looks pretty good. Smell is feint hops, taste is light and refreshing, medium body, light carbonation. Good bitterness, full flavoured with a short dry finish. This is very decent pale ale, I could dedicate part of my fridge to this on a regular basis were it available in Ontario.

Photo of KaiMiller
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of nighthawk
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.

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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
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