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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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682 Ratings
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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Standing firmly on the east coast end of American IPAs, our India Pale Ale emphasizes balance. An insistent malt character from traditional floor-malted English barley harmonizes with a generous amount of Chinook and Amarillo hops. Fruity and aromatic, our IPA is perfectly balanced.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2001)
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear dark gold/ copper. A thick off white frothy head that laces all the way down.

Smell: A great hoppy smell, citrus.

Taste: A nice bitter hoppy taste, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I was impressed with this IPA. Very good taste. Definitely can tell it is an IPA. Glad I bought the 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:00:37 | More by bgillespie
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pristine copper hue with excellent clarity. A moderately large cream-colored head forms upon pouring and shows signs of wonderful retention and lacing. Not the most breathtakingly aesthetic brew, but is a great example of what an IPA should look like.

S: A toasted malt character with some slight citrus from the hops. Unfortunately, in the nose here the hops seem to balance the malt and that's not what I look for at all.

T: Luckily for this, the taste doesn't follow suit with the nose. A lot of orange-pineapple citrus up front, touch of grapefruit. Malts provide a bit of a toastiness to the flavor and a hint of caramel. A bit of yeast in the finish. Aftertaste is some lightly bitter hops.

M: A bit on the lighter side, medium-bodied at most. Carbonation is a bit exaggerated, but after sitting in my glass for a few minutes it calms down a bit, and a few swirls in my glass helps to tone it down a bit as well. Feels way lighter than a brew that sits at 7%, almost more like a session brew.

O: Yards is local, so I absolutely love picking up their offerings. I've had this brew on-tap before and that seemed to be eons better than the bottle. For what it is, Yards IPA is a solid brew that feels quite sessionable. Might recommend this to those that prefer their IPAs on the less bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:23:29 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on cask in Philly. smell is all resony hops, taste has some notes of caramel bread. A lot of raw hop oils on the finish. A tasty hopped up IPA with a strong balance of caramel, grainy malts. Enjoyable, would have it again to dig a little deeper.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2014 03:02:48 | More by mick303
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3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegmans, poured chilled from the 12oz bottle into a mug.

the color is medium amber with great clarity and thick white head with fine bead. The lace clings in rings on the glass with very good retention. The smell is faintly fruity with a slight meaty smell of yeast with toast in the background, not much in the way of hop aroma. The feel is very good, moderate bitterness and carbonation mellow sweetness with semi-dry finish and low alcohol influence.

The taste is good which is a surprise based on the smell- mix of sweet caramel with a light yeast up front leads to more of an herbal hop taste with slight fruitiness which seems to blend the hop and yeast flavors with a mild spice element in the finish. Overall this is pretty drinkable, could use more hop flavor than just bitterness, but considering it is an English IPA it is better than most of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:02:18 | More by Slatetank
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District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Philadelphia area (gifted from Mark Graves, thanks!), unknown bottling date, poured into my DFH Spiegelau/IPA glass, drank on 1/21/14 over 30 minutes.

A: 3/3 - copper-brown coloration; impressive clarity (can both read and see through); frothy white head on initial pour settles into a 1/2 finger carbonation; moderate alcohol legs (as expected for 7.0% ABV)

S: 10/12: a nice British admixture of citrus, herbal/grassy and noble hop aromas; there is a nice admixture of biscuity, bready malt aroma; moderate alcohol notes

T: 17/20: on the front of the mouth, there is a mild hop bitterness that quicks develops into a subtle Marris Otter breadiness with some citrus and herbal/grassy hop flavors; little aftertaste and finishes dry

M:4/5 - appropriately moderate carbonation that pops the hop aroma/flavor; moderate alcohol body

O: 9/10 - an excellent example of a British-style IPA - an excellent amalgam of a noble hop and British malt flavors; the only American examples of English IPAs that have approached this are Berkshire's Lost Sailor and Brooklyn's EIPA; recommended for something more traditional if you're looking to get away from the big PW hop aroma/flavor

TOTAL - 44/50

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:17:44 | More by MNishCT77
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

India Pale Ale pours a bronze color with a small lacing head. There is a subtle hoppy floral aroma, with a malty backbone; very balanced. The taste is balanced, with a mild hoppy flavor, and a sweet malty backbone. Nice full body, good taste. Overall a nice solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:59:17 | More by vette2006c5r
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Nice reddish/amber color with great head and good retention - great retention for a bottle, really. Good, hoppy taste and smell, overally very full bodied and filling, if not a bit narrow. Glass emptied with full lacing. A great quality IPA that can't be much improved on.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:40:07 | More by Tingle
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2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Amber hue, clear, coppery, white head that quickly fades with no lacing left down the glass.
S: Mostly malt sweetness, caramel and not much else. A fairly assertive estery alcohol note stings the nostrils. A formidable scent.
T: Sweet malt, loads of sharp bitterness on the back of the palate that lingers.
M: Solid, but everything else leaves me pretty disinterested. It does finish drier, which is nice for a more malt-forward beer.
O:No real complexities that I could detect. Mostly crystal malt and aggressive bitterness that lingers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 04:10:56 | More by thezach
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass.
Poured a pale orange golden color with a light hazing. A half inch head, with moderate lacing.

Smell was hoppy and floral, but not the overpowering hop smell that some IPA's have. Bright and balanced.

Taste was a good IPA hoppy, but very well balanced. Citrus taste with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel was almost perfect (for lack of a better word). Had a good body to it, with out too much carbonation.

Overall this is a brew I will continue to buy, and likely to try more from the brewer. Balanced would be the word I use to best describe this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:44:04 | More by Mumps
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper with golden edges. The two fingers of head stays around for some time and leave nice lacing in its wake. The nose is distinctly fresh hops. The flavor profile blends mild malts with a pleasant, but slightly too mild hop finish. There is also a hint of malt sweetness on the finish. This is a good representation of the English-style IPA, but it is likely too mild to appeal to the advanced hop-head.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 03:43:11 | More by 57md
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - off to a great start a very clear orange brown with a 1/2 inch of offwhite head that sticks around forever guaranteeing a sticky lacing!
S - Smells of herbal and floral hops, not the hoppiest but smells balanced with tea leaves and caramel malts.
T - Has a nice hop bite that doesn't get hop cone bitter. Sweeter malts and tea leaf taste usually found in English pales ales are balanced throughout but never forgotten. Great!
M - Light to medium in body but smooth enough to session a few without worry.

This beer is great its pretty much on par with their DIPA which I love but the lower ABV would make this more session able. Regardless Yards impresses me every time!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:01:32 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange amber and clear with a few lazy bubbles coming up to the top. Sported a scant off white head that fell fast to a thin ring and a film o'er top. Not too much lace but good enough.

Nose is strong hops character. Earthy, herbal and scented with ripe fruit and fruit musk. Have you ever smelled a bushel of ripe fruit? That's where you can observe fruit musk. It's clean and has some pine on the nose. The malt smells caramel sweet and breaddy. Buttery rich and full even on the nose. The fruits are orange and a little tart grapefruit, and some peach and mango for tropical notes. There is some fresh grass & earthy spice that I find really pleasant as usually spice is lost to heavy pine scents in a lot of ipa's.

Taste is terrific hops character. This beer has an assertive hop bitter that starts at the mid palate and realizes itself fully at the back of the throat with all the earth and herbal from the nose plus that spice, making a wonderful combination. The malt is full and flows easily and effortlessly and is a tad chewy. The ripe fruit carries a subtle sweetness that isn't a blast of this or that fruit but a sweetly pleasing quality. Toasted grain and biscuit.

This is a very pleasant blend of english and american ipa styles that is easy to drink and has plenty of hop character without an excessive bitter. Friendly yet firm, this is a beer I could go for again and again. I am going to go out on the limb and call it sessionable because it doesn't wreck the palate and because it has a very casual flavor that I really like.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 17:29:09 | More by utopiajane
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and pine resin hops as well as caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and has a light amount of hop bitterness along with the faintest hints of sweetness from the caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has an excellent balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:32:09 | More by metter98
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber, but looks flat. Some head, but very little. Some lace, somehow. Smells a bit better than a typical English IPA! Tastes and feels like an English IPA, which isn't my usual choice, but this worked well! Overall, not bad. Not great, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 17:35:05 | More by DenverHopHead
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at the Hitching Post Restaurant in Bern Township PA and was impressed with the golden amber color. Good foam head but the bubbles dissipated quickly. The lacing was thick with good retention on the glass. The bouqet was lacking for my taste with just a very faint smell of citrus but not enough to distinguish anything in particular. The flavor is very good with a good hop presence on the front and a malty almost biscuity lingering bitter tangerine finish on the back. The carbonation is a bit too much for me. It filled me up quickly. Overall a decent IPA but I couldn't n see myself drinking more than 2. Good summer IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 16:43:09 | More by BeerHo
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New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yards India pale ale - served on tap at Publick House in Chester NJ.

Medium amber with heavy foam. Sticky. Active bubbles. Bready caramel nose. The beer nicely balances hop with subtle malt sweetness. Juicy. Hint of pine. Really good ipa. 4 4 425 425 425

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 14:28:45 | More by KTCamm
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-sweet bread, pine, citrus, slight floral

T-sweet caramel malt, citrus, pine, orange, hint of floral, mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent IPA, a little sweeter than I prefer and not as hoppy

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 12:00:52 | More by MDDMD
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared an orange-ish color, slightly hazy, with a nice thick, white head that was decently retained. Citrus hops and slight bready aroma. The beer, for an English IPA is too hoppy, in my opinion. I expected it to be more balanced with the hops more muted. Nonetheless, citrus and earthy hops with some pale malts. The beer had a moderate feel and was easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 01:28:37 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Slight haze, light copper color. Served to me with two fingers of long lasting, sticky, latte froth.

s: Biscuity malts, herbal noble hops, and a hint of medicinal alcohol.

t: A little bit of sugar cookie sweetness to go along with the biscuit note. Floral hops with lingering aspirin bitterness.

m: Creamy with spot-on gentle cask carbonation.

o: A very nice beer with definite English character. Very glad to find this on the hand pump.

Serving type: cask

06-06-2013 17:33:31 | More by DIM
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4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear and light amber colour with a nice full lasting and creamy yellow/ tan head that leaves a beautiful and sticky cracked desert pattern on the glass. NOICE!

The aroma comes off to me as a mix of citrusy hops and sweet malts with a hint of white bread to it and a very faint floral note.

The tastes comes off from the beginning as well balanced between sweet pale malts and mild citrus/ earthy hops and as it moves towards the back of the tongue some more of the bittering hops come through in an earthy way and then leaving citrusy and floral once again. The finish is only mildy dry and peppery. This is an excellently balanced beer!

The mouthfeel is lightly sweet and mildly dry with a moderate body being exactly what I would look for in an IPA. The carbonation is once again middle of the road and perfectly done.

I'm an IPA rookie having only tasted a total of 12 to 16 different varieties, but this has to be amoungst one of my favorites. I don't know if I would call it world class as that may be reserved for an imperial IPA like Yards' Cape of Good Hope IPA, but this one is definitely refreshing and not overly hoppy at all. I find it very drinkable and capable of satisfying a hop connoisseur (hop head) as well. I'm giving this a strong 4.4 out of 5! Cheers Yards!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:52:22 | More by WissBrauSean
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber beer. A nice showing of thick lace from a mere inch of head that would allow from the overpour. Needless to say, some very good retention.

Herbal hops, some citrus and some pine, but otherwise very mild in the aroma. A light touch of the floral. The malts are odorously toasty.

Pine, herbal hops, a taste reminiscent of how paint thinner smells. Harsh, but it subsides as you enjoy the beer. Notes of bitter orange and unripe peach.

Drinks at a good pace, some ethanol fumes here and there chasing me. Describable as medium-bodied, carb just a notch below that. This is good, because any more aggressive and the beer would be harsher than it is.

Decent. Gets better as you drink. Not prototypical in the way that it should be more malty. Or that the maltiness would have that certain signature.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 05:02:35 | More by thecheapies
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Clear dark amber with a fluffy white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Earthy, grassy hops and toasty, biscuit like malts. Balanced and pleasant.

T - Light citrus, sweet toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops. Finish is bready and somewhat bitter with a lingering graininess. I'm getting a pronounced nuttiness as well, which I assume is part of the English IPA style, very nice.

M - Soft, chewy, medium-bodied. Dry finish. A hint of warming alcohol.

O - Very enjoyable, easy going IPA. It's definitely on the sweet side, but the fruity hops come in and lend nice balance, making this a tasty, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:43:28 | More by mooseo
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3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Yards.

Darkish copper orange on the pour, white head retains at about a finger, nice and bubbly with good lace.

The scent brings herbal+earthy hops, toffee, bread, mineral-y malts. Good strength.

Taste I'd say is a slight improvement over the smell, quite hoppy for an English while still maintaining a nice malt presence. Very earthy, herbal with some light fruit. Malt is complex and nice, caramel, toffee, buttery, nutty, with a big bready finish.

Full mouthfeel with highish carbonation. No complaints here.

Distinctly English IPA flavors but with a bit more oomph. A little strong on the earthiness I think but pretty solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 15:59:06 | More by Chico1985
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New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not for me. Perhaps it's this 6 pack, which has a freshness date of < 60 days.

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle. Why a union jack on the city that started our independence?

Appearance: Orange, cloudy. Weak and failing head and lacing.

Smell: too estery, solvent, spicy alcohol. Also a little stale.

Taste: Full bodied chewy malt mouth feel. stale sweetness.

Notes: Not for me, old, stale, musty, frat- like aftertaste.

I liked this on draft, but I'd not buy this bottled again, due to a stale, edgy, sharp off taste that reminds me of the morning after frat basement.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 01:11:32 | More by Act25
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back on my most recent trip to Philly.

A- English-style IPA poured from the bottle and into my pint glass with a slightly hazy orange-amber body. A white head about one-finger in height forms with average retention. A ring with creamy, small bubbles stays around leaving some nice patches of lace.

S- Really not the most aromatic IPA by any means. Some nutty and caramel malts come off the top with some dark fruits. Some herbal, spicy and floral hops but not a whole ton.

T-Yeast seems to offer a bit more here than in the nose. A definite dose dark fruits, spice and some bread notes. Malts are deep and give off some caramel sweets, nutty hints and a slight bit of a toasted feel. Hops round it off with herbal, floral and spicy fruit notes.

MF- Creamy overall feel to the body which is moderately thick. Carbonation has a silky feel and is at a medium level. Slight bitterness in the finish on the palate.

You can certainly taste an influence from the English/Euro yeast strain that must be used here, dark fruits and spices. Full flavored and well-rounded.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:56:14 | More by cbutova
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