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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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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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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.

ritzkiss, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

ThatWineGuy, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of KaiMiller
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

KaiMiller, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.58/5  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.

Seanstoppable, Jun 29, 2009
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.

nighthawk, Jun 10, 2009
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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.