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Hopyard IPA - Rockyard Brewing

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Hopyard IPAHopyard IPA

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rockyard Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-20-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

nmickels13, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear and filtered looking. Light off white head formation, breaks down to a film quickly.

S - Light citrus hop aroma, just a bit of sweetness in the background.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly malty, a hint of some graininess. Turns balanced with some hopping coming in, more resinous and dark vs. fruity and citrus. Finishes clean and smooth.

M - Moderate to thin body, a little behind the matching carbonation. No alcohol warmth detected. No oily hop texture in the finish.

O./D - A decent but not really all that exciting IPA. Almost a sessionable version of the style which doesn't seem to be around that much lately. Not overly filling.

katan, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

kind of a strange ipa. pours hazy and bright ragweed color, with a frothy white head of about an inch. the nose is real yeast, tart and a little lemony, but overtaken by really bitter hops and ulra light malt, possibly some wheat in here. flavor starts bitter and it doesnt relent. a little viniferous at times, acidic somehow, tart from the yeast. whatever the yeast is, its uncommon in an ipa. i dont dislike it, but this one is in need of some refining. it seems to come together a little sloppy, but i love the pungent bitterness of the hops. long lasting finish, piney and lemony both, and dry too. good carbonation, less than medium body, drinkable enough, overall maybe somewhere near a B-, but there is more potential than that here. under 9 bucks a 6pack, no regrets there.

StonedTrippin, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

poppyjohn, Nov 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

kylemckinnis, Nov 15, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really big foam-up, but amazingly long-lasting whipped cream head.

Rather rich and flavorful. It starts out promisingly with each sip. A good dose of malt followed by some fruity flavors. Green apples and a hint of under ripe pineapple. But the hops rule. Thoroughly bitter and that pretty much dominates the taste. Unpleasant vegetable aftertaste with the unrelieved bitterness. Not quite the grapefruit peel of our San Diego fanatics, but a shot of medicine. Still, it gives you a friendly nudge with each new sip. "Buy me a drink, sailor?"

I give it a little credit for a flavorful lower-alcohol IPA. From the 12 oz bottle.

mactrail, Jul 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden with a good white head that leaves nice lacing

S- Good floral hop on the nose, some grain as well

T- Strong floral hop at the beginning, mellows to the backing malts of white bread and grain, concurrently the bitterness picks up, lingering dry bitterness on the finish

M- Moderate carbonation adds a good crispness, lingers a little on the tongue

O- Hop-forward IPA, not much body to back up the hops for my taste, decent though and would have again.

stampfler07, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Dru, Mar 30, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark gold with a white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves some thin lacing. Nose is citrusy hops and not much else. Taste follows the nose with lots of citrus, also some resiny notes and a faint grain backbone. A bit of a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall not a bad beer, but not great either. Kinda one dementional, not a lot of complexity here, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for an IPA, just not my preference.

alli4051, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

crobinso, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

claytong, Jan 02, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seemingly out of 1992 microbrewery culture, Rockyard's IPA has an underwhelming quality of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. But with stressed yeast character becomes the major flaws of the beer.

Pouring a medium golden hue with light amber highlights, the beer has some fine particulates that float about. A firm and froathy ivory-colored head tops the beer with good staying power but light on lace. A standard appearance for the style.

Lighter-than-average aromas of grassy and citrusy hops ride along side of fruity components of over-rippened red apples, peaches, and stale bread and yeast. Light caramel gives a glimpse into the malt profile, along with a light biscuity English-like scent.

Flavors of mild caramel and fruity esters of apple, peach, and appricot set an early flavor impression of malt and yeast. Grassy, woody, and moderate citrus rind flavors origiante from hops and have an overall woody flavor. Stale grain, bread, and yeasty dough begins weave into a bruised apple flavor at mid palte and chases the beer into the grassy, bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied for an IPA, the early carbonation allows for a soft and understated creamy texture that seems of English Ales. A semi-dry finish is aided by hop resins and alcohol warmth, but the beer retains a moderate amount of bready sweetness that prevents total crispness, dryness, and thus refreshment.

Hopyard is a fine IPA that seems much like many homebrewed versions that I come across. Yeasty acedaldehyde and an overall stale character shows a tempermental yeast issue along with shelf stability. All this leaves this beer a tad below average for me.

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden pour, clean and clear. Normal head, nothing spectacular, but sure not bad by any means.

Aroma starts with a lightly toasted bread then moves to hops; piny at first and then some citrus.

the flavors are the same. Light toast up front and throughout. Hops are piny at first, perhaps some spruce in the very quick middle, then a citrusy finish. None are calling out for extra attention. This is a good "I ain't gonna think, Imma goin to drink" IPA. Crisp finish, nothing much lingers.
solid beer

Mebuzzard, Jun 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Some citrus orange taste, but overall a somewhat harsh IPA with the mouthfeel of aggressive carbonation and minerally,all like pilsner, as if Saaz used. Thanks Jason Bach from the Colorado variety back, I still found this drinkable although I did not finish the bottle. Decent beer, with hop aromas, and lasting half inch of white foam head, though not competitive as an IPA.

Sammy, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is orange hops and bready malt. The flavor is pretty bitter. I get notes of reiny hops, bready malts and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but the bitterness is what stands out, not the hop flavor.

Mora2000, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden bronze color with just a little bit of off-white foam. Not a whole lot going on aroma-wise here, some light maltiness and just a hint of hops. Flavor follows along with the nose. No bitterness and not much hoppiness does not a good IPA make.

emmasdad, May 25, 2010
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Hopyard IPA from Rockyard Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.