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Hopyard Pale - Garrison Brewing Company

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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 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.

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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden colour with intense carbonation. Like a hurricane. ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANEEE! Three finger fizzly, loose white head. Bright. Great head retention with a full finger but no lacing.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops and some crackery malt. Really ripe citrussy hop.

T - A decent hop profile with grassy, citrusy notes and a sweet malt note. Pine and grapefruit.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a slight bitterness.

O/D - High drinkability. I've sessioned this before and been happy drinking it all day. It's very tasty and the ABV plays to it's advantage. A decent Pale Ale with a good flavour to work with as a session ale.

Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled with pride on July 5, 2011. Surprisingly fresh for being found in an LCBO.

Pours a really nice honey-amber colour with a sizable tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thick film with a collar, but leaves little lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, orange peel, wet flowers and ripened cherry and black pepper come through as it warms.

Starts with an almost salty bitterness. A brown bread-like tone comes through on the tongue. Has an unsweetened grapefruit juice flavour in the finish.

A bit thin in the mouthfeel, but has a creaminess on the tongue thanks to the collar and a medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is clean and very dry.

Really solid beer that I'll be sure to try again. Far more in common with an AIPA than an APA or EPA, but the dry hopping is subtle and the beer is balanced well. Very drinkable, would be a great burger and fries beer.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a thick white head that lasts for a while.

Not much going on in the aroma except for some floral hops and toasty grains.

Some malty sweetness upfront with a strong dose of citrusy hops. A tad bit of grapefruit, nice and bitter. Very nice pale ale, this fits right in line with the style, more of an English pale ale though.

Overall it's a nice refreshing, hoppy pale ale, nothing unique or interesting, just a plain old pale ale!

Photo of Stocean1
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger white head into a medium wine glass - decent retention - fine patchy sticky lacing - an orange tinted amber hue

S - lots of floral hops with grapefruit and some malt

T - similar to the nose with a nice bitterness throughout that was somewhat spicy - the hops dominates but it is still malty enough to be well balanced - could not call it a 4 but the 3.5 I gave it does not do justice.

M - really enjoyed this aspect of the brew - a relatively bitter tang throughout but still smooth - the body is medium with a nice amount of carbonation

O - my first offering from Garrison is a definite thumbs up - this is one well balanced APA

Photo of mintjellie
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange colour, slight haze, off-white head. Head has lots of volume and decent retention. Not much lacing going on. Tropical and floral hop aromas are underpinned by a mild doughy malt character. Hop forward with bright tangerine flavour. Lightly toasted bread in the background. Grapefruit pith bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. Medium bitterness. Medium bodied with low, soft carbonation. Feels creamy. Resinous and oily between sips. Love the way it feels. A good, simple, easy drinking APA.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear brass with a couple meandering bubbles. The frothy head lasts forever and coats the glass in lace swathes. Resinous hops and a sweet doughy malt fill my nostrils on the first sniff. The pleasant aroma is followed by an equally hoppy taste. Some grapefruit and pine notes in there, but a more overall fruity hop character than the west coast APAs. The bready malt balast is never lost in the mix. The medium bodied mouthfeel leads to a long bitter finish.

Plenty of hop heft and lots of complexity. Im going to be actively seeking this one out. It covers all the bases for me.

Photo of mrnobody
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick white head; good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells of a bit of citrus and piney hops; a bit weak.

T: All I can taste is the bitter hop finish: very one dimensional.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good carbonation level.

D: This is a decent APA but nothing special.

A couple things I need to get off my chest about this beer:

1. This was bottled two months ago. I'm sure this is entirely the lcbo's fault, but I can't help but feel this beer might have been better when fresh.

2. Stop using twist off caps! I took a bottle camping before I realized they were twist off and tried to open it with my swiss army knife. It broke the top of the bottle off. Today I made sure to twist the cap off but it took a herculean effort. Really, really lousy bottling guys!

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, hops, grapefruits, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads and a decent amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well (tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit) but its more of a dry woody type of hopped pale ale. It finishes with a malty dry bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - There is actually quite a bit of hop bitterness going on with this beer. It almost comes across as more of an IPA. I enjoyed the beer more as it warmed up in my glass. Thanks Swedes21

Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 6 pack at the LCBO- Hazy blood orange, pours a one inch foam of white head with some soapy lace. Resiny aroma carries carries citrus, perfume, and caramel. Lots of bitterness here with only mild sweetness. My kind of pale. Medium bodied, very creamy, soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Great effort.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of WeedKing4
2.95/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of peensteen
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Converge
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.