Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 112
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 112
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (653 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a gorgeous coper/ale colour very clear and lots of carbonation present. the head pours a good 2-3 fingers and has some good lasting power. very foamy and full bodied too.

Smell - can really pick up the pine, followed by some malts and hops. there is also some base earthy tones (grass and breads) in there as well. as it warmed, i was able to pick up some caramels and citrus base as well.

Taste - very nice tasting and smooth beer. found the malts where smooth followed by the citrus and hops and finishes with the caramel. nice lasting taste, nothing overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation brings a little more bitterness to the beer, there is some nicer hops and pine present. some decent volumes of carbonation added as well.

Overall - Glad i was able to land the 6 pack at the LCBO. This is another good one i am happy to have a few more to drink. very smooth and decent, good session beer for sure. (933 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON.

Pours a hazed amber orange with two fingers of cream-coloured froth, some bubbly carbonation in the body, and strands of sticky lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is apricot, mango, nectarine, faint butterscotch and metallic notes, bread dough, biscuit, jujube candy, and citrusy orange rind.

Taste is fruity, citric, and spicy hops upfront, clean and oily hop profile imparts peachy-orange flavours, a slight grassiness, and some earthy, mineral-like qualities with more apricot and mango on the cough. Malts are almost undetectable - they merely balance this beer with tiny traces of caramel, biscuit, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied, oily middle, solid bitterness precedes a quick flash of juicy astringency followed by a bone dry lingering finish.

Overall, this tasty no frills pale delivers on its name. A great session beer that can satisfy a hop fix. Glad to see this in the Ontario market - I'll be buying many more sixers. Cheers to Cass of Bar Towel for getting this over here! (1,098 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale amber-orange colour, one finger of white head, light lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus, mango and grapefruit, nice hoppy nose, chewy malt and buttery toffee. Taste is dry and hoppy up front, malt rolls in, nice bitterness throughout, citrus and pine, grapefruit, light earthy notes, a little too dry for my taste. Medium body, medium carbonation, lots of oily hop resin leaving a nice slick feel. Solid hoppy pale ale, the dryness makes this feel a little off balance but still very good. (511 characters)

Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a large bubbly off white head. Nose is an abundance of citrus and pine hops, resiny from the dry hopping. Some pale buiscuit malt and grain too. Taste is much of the same, a well balanced but sharply bitter pale. It's really crisp and easy to drink. Malt bill comes out in the finish. Medium bodied with a wet mouthfeel. Overall this is another decent Canadian pale ale. Vigorously hopped - though still falls short of the greats like Sierra Nevadas. Even so, worth grabbing a 6 pack of this summer and supporting more micros here in Ontario. (574 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (392 characters)

Photo of Converge
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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! (633 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (610 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear copper golden, tall head with solid retention and random lacing
S - citrus and herbal with toasty grain and a fruity note
T - woody herbal and crisp citrus hop character, solid grainy malt backbone, with light fruitiness coming through on the finish
M - refreshing carbonation kick, pleasant dry bitterness with just a little breadiness to balance
D - a very sessionable beer for a hop lover, it has enough balance to keep it interesting, but the dry hopping allows the hops to come through aggressively (521 characters)

Photo of spree92
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan.26th, 2011

Poured a slightly hazy reddish-copper ale. A really good dirty white head that stuck around for most of the beer. One first smell, I couldn't figure out what it was, then it hit me. A nice sweet candied apple (crisp, toffee, fruity) and a gentle bitter hop character. It just smells like a creamy drink. The taste is great. The malts are first, same as on the nose, and the bitterness is second. Not sure, but would guess around 60 IBUs. The leveling of this is really quite nice. My rating for mouth feel is 3.5 'cause I feel like the hops linger a bit to long. But it is so drinkable. Garrison is climbing the Atlantic Canadian ladder of quality beers. (681 characters)

Photo of Shadman
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New to Trackside Liquor in Good Old Medicine Hat. At least there's one place in town to get decent beer.

NIce clear slightly copper orange color. Decent head retention, amazing lacing. All the way down the sides of the glass.

Nice toasted crytal malts give off that sweet caramel aroma. Generous use of slightly spicy, slightl ypiney hop. I can see where some hop heads could be disappointed. I'm thinking balanced though.

Nice nice balance. Maybe miscast as an APA. Roots are far more British. Pales Malts match nicely with a withering hop bitterness.

Smooth. Not much else I can add. Carbonation is bang on for my palate and this style.

Great session beer. AS mentioned, probably more an EPA than APA. I might have to contact the brewery and ask them myself. (767 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  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. (464 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle: Decants a hazed orangey-amber ale with a 2 finger creamy cap that lasts. Moderate carbonation, Great lacing.

Medium bodied, fruity floral character, chewy mouth feel.

Front side has good balance between amerillo hops and crystal malt,....mid palate some complexity of malt blend plus fruity tastes (pear/apricot) ....long drying bittering finish, goes clean and has a bite.

Nothing unique bur a good boiler plate US styled micro plale...possibly a tad dryer....well made, flavorful, drinks well. (509 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (563 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Go figure that a pretty good APA is made in Halifax. This beer, when poured into a pint glass is gold to copper in color. There is a smell of sweetness and some earthy hops. The taste is kind of strange. Sweet at first but then oddly bitter. Somehow I found it worked well and was quite enjoyable. Carbonation is noticable but it is still drinkable. I was suprised that I liked this as much as I did. (400 characters)

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foggy amber / honey beer with a finger or two of fast-dropping head. A bit of nice, light lacing as it goes down.

I expected some tropical smells, given the style and hop-based name, but it was a little nice than I thought it would be. For whatever reason, I thought that west-coast IPA's would have the beat on this. This competes fairly well, though. A fresh smell of grapefruit, papaya, and mandarin oranges.

The taste isn't quite as good as the smell. It's got the bitterness of other favourite hop-strong beers, and the feel, but not quite the taste. It's pretty close, though. I think it's fairly subtle. As soon as you sip, you get the nice flavours from the smell, but they're gone with the gulp, just leaving the bitter aftertaste. As an APA, I was expecting a little more of that malt flavour. I think the Acme California IPA I just had had more of that character than this.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth, a little viscous, with a dry, bitter finish. I could lose a bit of the bitterness since the flavour fades somewhat.

A very drinkable beer. It's nice to see a good hop-strong beer brewed locally. (1,125 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (417 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of Lukecook
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Golden in color, nice frothy white head, small amount of lacing.

S- Hops.

T- Hops with a mild sweet taste, finishes bitter.

M- Medium body, crisp, good carbonation.

D- Another great offering from Garrisons, best pale ale I have had this side of the border. (297 characters)

Photo of Evocatus
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Aroma was there with some sour fruitiness and hops. Taste was nice. Had a mix of hops, wheat, and a slight fruitness to it. Good and crisp, well carbonated. Would definitely get another next time I'm in Nova Scotia. (256 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (837 characters)

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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.