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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Hopyard PaleHopyard Pale

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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 Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of graybayou
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

graybayou, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

CurtisD, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Foudebiere
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Foudebiere, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

smcolw, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Cris4545
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Cris4545, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

sliverX, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

leaddog, May 09, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

schopenhauerale, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of sasky7777
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark gold beer poured a frothy white head. I didn't get much hop aroma even though it was served on the warm side around 50F. Hop biterness dominates, with enough malt to balance. The taste is resiny at first and then it reminds me of eating the pith of a grapefruit.

A sessionable and very enjoyable beer.

sasky7777, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light amber with a thin white head. Crisp, hoppy smell with a nice malt profile. Yeast, biscuits and a bit of caramel. The hoppiness eases a bit as this warms.

Sharp hop profile on the taste, good bitterness. Nice bready flavours, and a bit of fruitiness. A little bit of sugariness to this.

A bit heavy-handed on the carbonation, but otherwise not bad. Definitely worth repeating.

BDTyre, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

benbou17, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of CoreyJKelly
2/5  rDev -47.1%

CoreyJKelly, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a sample at Beerfest, finally got around to getting a 6 pack, and enjoy a full bottle.
Poured clear, golden-copper color with lots of big carbonation bubbles. Foam shrinks to a thin floating cap, leaving some thin strings of lace. Lots of citrus, pink grapefruit smells, fresh hops. Same, bold upfront hoppiness - as much hop flavor as many IPAs I have tried. Lots of bitterness, yet still balanced by some malt character. The aftertaste has the familiar citrus hop finish. The carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth, medium bodied. A nice hoppy pale ale. I have enjoyed all of Garrison's beers so far, and this is another good one.

BigBry, Jan 11, 2012
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.

ChrisCage, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +32.3%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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

mikereaser, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


sholland119, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

liamt07, Aug 30, 2011
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.

jrenihan, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decently flavourful APA for the relatively restrained 5.3% ABV.

A bright (almost luminescent?) amber with good carbonation, head and some lacing. Aroma contains both malts and hops, along with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. These same elements are present in the flavour. Although this beer is lacking the "west-coast" or "c-hop" explosion for which I'd hoped, it is still pleasantly multi-layered and complex with a decent bitterness to the finish.

Well balanced malts and hops. Definitely a sessionable ale.

hopsolutely, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of BBP
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

BBP, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of eat
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body with a light cover of bright white head. Some lacing.

Nice hop blend on the nose: tropical fruit, citrus and light pine. Typically one of those three characteristics is featured but here they're represented equally, which is nice. Minerals and an understated, sweet malt join in.

The hop flavour is quite different from the profile found in the nose, dropping the tropical and citrus fruits and replacing them with earthy and grassy notes. Bitterness is substantial for a pale ale (with IBUs approaching IPA territory) though it's not backed by quite enough malt, which remains understated here as well. A slight bit of alcohol shows. Resiny pine and grapefruit pith linger on the finish.

The body is on the light side for my taste. Carbonation is appropriately on the low side of things.

Similar in character to their double IPA, if I remember correctly, though less intense of course. I would definitely buy more of this one if it were around. I'd prefer it with a touch more malt but as is, it's a very decent pale ale and well-worth checking out.

eat, Aug 05, 2011
Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.