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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Hopyard PaleHopyard Pale

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Foudebiere
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Cris4545
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sasky7777
3.76/5  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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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

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.


Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.