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Sergeant's IPA - Old Yale Brewing Co.

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Sergeant's IPASergeant's IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Yale Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

oldp0rt, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a straw-yellow color with a tinge of orange, looks very much like a pils in natural light. Nice frothy head made of big bubbles sticks around a good while. Very healthy carbonation too, lotsa bubbles.

The aroma is strong and seductive. Super well-balanced hops and malt play off each other, there's an apple fruitiness and up-front floral aspect to the smells coming out of my glass. And yeah, it also promises lots of hops with that fresh-cut grapefruit essence.

Unfortunately the flavor isn't as well-balanced as the aroma. Too bitter, in the wrong way. A metallic smack permeates the flavor. Feels unbalanced. There's a grassy element, but the malt and mellower hops characteristics can't get through that steely wall of bitterness. I love a huge hops bitterness, but this comes off a little one-sided and feels like they used bargain-bin hops in the recipe or something. Just sorta "off".

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and dry, like a lager or pils.

Eh, it's okay. A decent lawnmower beer, you wouldn't miss much subtlety if you drank it out of the bottle while zipping around on your tractor. Still, there are way better pale ales out there.

Metalmonk, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from Rutager in a recent trade. Thanks for the awesome box of beer man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, bubbly, white head with decent retention. Head fades to a bubbly film and ring. Hazy burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, with some light pine and floral notes. Pretty nice really, and plenty forthcoming enough.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel sweetness with some mild, bitter floral notes at the finish. Mild and drier aftertaste of floral bitterness, a touch of pine and some caramel sweetness as balance. Quite nice and enjoyable for the ABV, but a little mild for the IPA style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A touch watery perhaps; could be creamier for the style.

OVERALL: This was pretty good overall. An enjoyable beer that was impressive enough for the ABV. For the IPA style, however, it is unfortunately a little mild. Nevertheless, one I certainly enjoyed and would gladly drink again on a hot summer's afternoon. Cheers again Rutager!

Jeffo, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark gold. Head is decent and white.

S - Sweetish, fruity aroma. Some pine and lemon/citrus and a touch of butter as well.

T - Buttery. Strong pine and over-fruitiness. Lots of hops though, and that's a good thing for this beer.

M - Smooth enough and somewhat slick.

D - OK, but not great. Some nice flavours but a little rough around the edges.

allergictomacros, May 19, 2008
Photo of Druid
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Druid, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. A very new arrival in Alberta - I'd heard from somebody who had hearsay that Old Yale was no more. Colour that solid source wrong, eh?

This beer pours a clear, bright brassy amber hue, with two fingers of airy, puffy ecru head, which leaves some sudsy substrata of lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready caramel malt, lemon oil, flat citrus essences, and some leafy, grassy hops. The taste is mild overripe citrus, a somewhat creamy caramel malt, and increasingly bitter leafy, faintly pine needle-esque hops.

The bubbles are pretty idle, though not exactly performing the devil's work, the body a teetering medium weight, a mite bit clingy, but otherwise smooth. It finishes kind of muddled - some oppressed grassy, musty hops stumbling about with the thinning, souring malt.

Well, classified properly, this one is. Not much of the ol' West Coast IPA tropes to be found here - but the slight increase in ABV, old-world hops, and shifting malt is all there, making this rather easy to drink, though not all that interesting.

biboergosum, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: A nice honey-colored body with a strong 3 finger head that slowly recedes and clings to the glass.

Smell: Floral notes, orange, citrus and a kiss of honey.

Taste: Hop candy at first then a bit bready, like crackers maybe. Some cedar, orange rinds and pineapple as well.

Mouthfeel: Has a crisp clean feel overall but i find it lacks a little punch.

Overall: A good IPA but not a standout IMO. Don't know if it belongs so high on the Top 100 as there are better IPAs but it is certainly worth trying at least once.

papat444, May 01, 2012
Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another trade from ritzkiss...thanks again!

An aggressive pour doesn't yield much head. I guess your bottle was a little shaken up, ritzkiss. I poured this one pretty hard. A thin blanket of off-white head does seem to stick around a while though. Little bit of lacing. The beer is slightly-cloudy and amber in colour. Not bad looking.

This IPA has a really different smell to it; I can't quite put my finger on what it is. I think this could smell amazing if there was a lot more strength to the smell but it's pretty weak. Hops mixed with fresh whole wheat bread, butter and custard...strange but not bad.

Tastes pretty much like is smells. Hops are dominant with undertones of whole wheat bread and a buttery quality. A little low on malt, making it feel a bit hop heavy (not completely balanced) though not a bad brew. Just a slight alcohol presence while it's in your mouth. The aftertaste is a little on the bitter side for my liking.

Nice medium body and a balanced, moderate carbonation. A little creamy. I'd have to say the feel is the most impressive element of this beer.

This IPA smells and tastes a bit too weak for me. I prefer to taste more malt and maybe even a little more hops. In my experience with IPAs, I definitely prefer American and Belgian styles to the English style found here. English IPAs always remind me of a cross between an IPA and a bitter, and I'm not a big fan of bitters. Goes down easy enough but not one I'll be seeking out in the future.

eat, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear amber-gold with a thin white head that actually lasts a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell. Lemons, limes and oranges with a little fresh red berries and some caramel malts.

Taste. Caramel malts and grain, bitter grassy hops, a little citrus, a little bit earthy.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A good ipa. Kind of a english with west coast influence. I'd drink it again.

Rutager, May 07, 2012
Photo of pugdogbeer
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average IPA with excellent drinkability but nothing out of the ordinary.

When poured out of the bottle, always gives a big fluffy head, heavy on the lacing on the glass on the way down.

A very mellow scent, typical of IPAs with a tropical, citrusy smell. Taste is rather disappointing in comparison but still a good IPA.

Could not taste alchohol but could get a definite malt taste that worked well.

pugdogbeer, May 02, 2010
Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint of this on tap at Cultus Lake yesterday evening. Quite enjoyable, but not outstanding.

A: clear amber.
S: tropical fruit, especially citrus. a bit floral, a bit grassy. not strong.
T: follows the scent. decently bitter, some citrus balanced with malts.
F: no complaints.

This one's pretty good, but since we're in BC, I think I'll stick to the West Coast style IPAs.

souvenirs, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

KStark, May 28, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, big white head forms, laces nicely. Smell is really pineapply, citrus and pine, some caramel and coconut. Taste is heavy and malty, lots of caramel and grains, and citrus/pineapple/pine hops finishing it off, not a lot of bitterness, but quite dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, not great, but a solid IPA.

Viggo, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some grapefruit notes. Taste is dominated by some bitter notes with some hoppy notes of citrus and grapefruit with some limited malt characteristics. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Definitely better then expected but a bigger malt profile would have increase its score even more.

Phyl21ca, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of 49degrees
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting IPA that goes to great lengths to preserve the original IPA concept with subtle twists. Produced solely from barley, hops, water, and yeast, the Old Yale "Sergeant's IPA" doesn't fall into the trap that so many brews of this style do whereby they try to make it more commercially appealing that palette appealing. But they do add a certain malty (caramel) twist to the picture that generally isn't found in the style.

Unfiltered (or perhaps just intentionally murky), Sergeant's has an intriguing amount of suspended particulate on the pour. It presents a very thick and rocky head which never really gives way after time. The glass also has considerable lacing.

Visually the beer is a deep gold/copper color and is accented with plenty of carbination that brings out the perfumy bitterness and a surprisingly aroma of sweet caramel. As an IPA its hoppiness is its most prevelant characteristic, but it has a complex maltiness and fruity punch that serves it well.

Taste wise, it offers pretty much everything that one would looks for in an IPA. A robust flavor and a striking aftertaste -- and I say that with praise. I tend to enjoy many IPAs served on the colder side of things, but in this case, this one really comes to life when you let it heat up just a tad bit (about 15 minutes from the fridge). Cracking this one straight from the fridge will set off a somewhat sharp aftertaste, but if you give this one its deserved settling time, it really takes on a life of its own.

A regional oddity, its has minimal exposure in the local scene depsite being situated a mere 45 minutes from Vancouver. Its stocked in the specialty BC Liquour Stores in standard 650ml bottles and is more than worthy of a closer look if/when you get the chance.

49degrees, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze, soft peachy hue, effusive carbonation, thick, fluffy head, with delicate lace...marred only by occasional brown flecks on the foam, and floating around the brew.
Aroma: oily, fragrant and fruity,pineapple, tangerine, banana, lemon, a little spicy, too.
Taste: big, bitter hops up front, grabbing hold of the palate and spilling the slick hop oils all over the mouth. Big mouthfeel, bold bitterness..can't deny ...however, the body is too thin, and it feels imbalanced. The flavor, however, gets juicier and fruity as we go in, and that nearly makes up for it. Almost.
But all in all, a nice, enjoyable, tasty IPA, quite a welcome surprise from Canada.

feloniousmonk, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of wesbray
4/5  rDev +0.5%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +0.5%

schopenhauerale, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Goldorak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought me back a bottle from a trip to BC, and it's been in my fridge forever. I've had this many times before, my local Beer store smuggled cases of these back in the day.

Appearance: Peachy orange, opaque with sediment depositing on the bottom of my Maudite snifter. The head is behemothic! And it's cakey and thick, it's beyond meringue, it's almost marzipan! Nice, nice stuff.

Smell: The fresh samples I had were extremely floral and honey sweet, this older bottle had an awesome citrus eruption up my nostrils.

Taste: Vivacious carbonation, malt is finely balanced, the bitterness is pleasing and finishes dry, but the aftertaste lasts just long enough for you take your next casual sip. It's really a shame that I don't have access to this Beer anymore...

Goldorak, May 07, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My father has been a faithful of this beer for years, but I've never really tried it until recently. This is a great IPA, that pours a nice caramel-amber colour with a good, pervasive head.

The smell is a good balance of malts and hops, typical of other IPAs I've had. This is a good, well-blended flavour, with a bit more emphasis on the hops so that this does not come off as a standard pale ale as opposed to an IPA.

This has a bit of fizz, again in line with other IPAs I've had. Despite the big bottle, this is a well-blended IPA that leaves you wanting a second (or a third!).

--

10-23-2005

Paired with Indian food (tikka masala) this hoppy brew packs quite a tingly, tongue numbing punch. After sampling a number of domestic and foreign IPAs, this is among the best I've had!

BDTyre, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of chickenm
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Really nice aroma of citrusy hops with some floral notes, and bready malt. The taste is dominated by the hops with a grapefruit flavor. There is some malty sweetness in there too. The flavors really came out after this warmed up a bit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Dry finish and leaves a lasting bitter aftertaste. This is a really good IPA.

chickenm, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of leaddog
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light copper with a finger width of foamy bubbly white head.

Smell - Slight earthy hops, citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malts.

Taste - Nice balance of the earthy hops and citrus flavours followed by caramel malts. Light bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and dry finish.

Overall - A well-crafted EIPA by Old Yale. Stays true to the style by staying well balanced in malts and hops.

leaddog, May 14, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass nov3 2009

A slightly hazy light golden color with a two finger head that just sits there and coats my glass with lace the whole way down. also worth mentioning is the slow rising bubbles starting from all depths

S loads of bread, caramel and hops with some citrus, all blend well together for a nice mix

T as it smells but with a more caramel and toffee and the sweetness that go's with it. the sweet malt's go very well with the hops forming a good balance where neither is overwhelmed

M creamy and thick with a good amount of bitterness

D I nearly poured this down my trout my only problem is not finding it east of BC

I had a bit of an eyeopener this weekend in BC, and that would be that I should move there and drink IPA's. after drinking Red Racer and this beauty I'm thinking a move may be in order. both great in their own ways and much better then I expected. I did not realize Red Racer was that high on the Canadian top 25 and this beer will be joining soon. worth looking for and trying whenever you can

wordemupg, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With East Kent Golding hops, I think this is more of an English IPA than American.

A: Gold in colour, quite clear, with a white, creamy head. Some retention, pretty lace.

S: HOPS! (EKG). Very strong, but of a smooth, noble nature.

T: Nice hop flavour, citrousy up front, more earthy in the finish. A little bready malt in the background, well balanced with hop bitterness. Has a crisp, dry finish. I'm REALLY tempted to give the taste a '5'. It's that good!

M: Body is a little lighter than moderate, slightly oily. It's carbonation is a little higher than average. Pleasant feel, but perhaps a little light for the style.

D: A little bold for the newbie, but quite nice. I'm liking this a lot!

Derek, Jan 02, 2006
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Sergeant's IPA from Old Yale Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.