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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

856 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2001

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.
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Ratings: 856 | Reviews: 327
Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper/orange color with medium head that left some decent lacing,smell was pretty balanced nutty malt with a herbal hp note.taste is pretty rough around the edges there is some zesty grapefruit-like hop hit ya first with a nice malty lingering taste.Pretty thick I think for the style,with a few tune ups this could become a really good brew.

Photo of igotmilk
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice pale orange color. Has a transparent look with a small head. Very little brussels lace. Contant carbonation from bottom of pint glass.

Smell - Very nice aroma with hints of citrus flavor. Do I smell apricots?

Taste - Initial tasting contains earthy hops followed by a slight bitterness towards the end. Very smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The higher alcohol isn't too noticable for an IPA. Definitely want the beer to rest for for a few minutes to let the carbonation settle down a bit.

Drinkability - Very tasty beer and a somewhat milder IPA. Definetely work picking up a six pack.

Photo of shapudding
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy, orangey golden. Creamy white head that left quickly leaving only a little thick creamy ring and slight cloudy spray in the center. I pointed out to my beerbud how the light foam had a strange circular ring cracking about 1/2 inch inward, the Blitheringidiot let me know that it is because the hops get so sticky... so I learned a bit during this one....
Not much aroma until it warms... hoppy, honey and lemon...
Great hoppy bite, peppery and flavorful, grapefruity and rindy. Such great flavor and feel with the perfect amount of carbination and body. Easy drinking good IA. Yummers.

Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yards IPA is a tremendous IPA and one of my favorites for a long time now. It pours a nice rich amber in a pint with a great off-white head. This is a very English IPA and that is what I love. Plenty of malt and rich citrusy hops with each sip. I consider a thinking man's IPA with plenty of zip but enough to contemplate and enjoy. A great beer.

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, layer of sediment is noticeable and seems tightly packed. On the label it states that this beer is bottle conditioned.

Appearance: Cloudy sunset orange with a semi aggressive carbonation to bring forth a multi-bubbled off white lace.

Smell: Rounded toasted malt, quite estery with a softening fruitiness of mango an pears. Faint solvent with a sweet and spicy alcohol to boot. Yeast is in the aroma also.

Taste: Full bodied with a complex and creamy lightly chewy malt mouth feel. Level carbonation is just enough to hold the malt together. Fruity and estery blushing flavours of peaches and mango. Hop bitterness flushes middle to end with a earthy, citric and subdued floral flavour. Fumes from the alcohol escapes from the nose and mouth and the alcohol leaves a warming feeling throughout. Touch of yeast towards the end, a relatively sweet brew with some drying in the finish.

Notes: A really really good replica of the lost style, alcohol is quite noticeable from both warmth and ester. An IPA in the raw.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper amber body with a tightknit, offwhite, head that retains well at two centimeters before leaving some attractive, patchy lace.
Orange and grapefruit lead the aroma profile, with pine resin and biscuity malt in the background. Surprising, based on the 70 IBUs stated on the label.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with even carbonation and a medium body.
Taste mirrors the nose, with bittersweet orange and grapefruit in the lead. Hops are rarely bitter, in spite of the IBU rating. Malt profile seems understated for an English style IPA, but this is a tasty brew from start to finish. The finish has a slight bitterness, that is more citrusrind than pine, and contributes to a good drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating, English flag on label, so we know what kind of IPA this is supposed to be. pours orange light amber, cloudy, excellent head retention, extensive lacing. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Soft malty nose. Balance in the British style is what we have going on here. Malt/Hops in balance. Well done, British style IPA. Hop cravers will feel slighted, but balanced beer lovers will rejoice. Tasty stuff, well worth a try.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to froggyfrog and Money3 for dropping off some random PA brews...this was one of them...thanks boys.
Light copper in color...lighter than I was anticipating with a full finger of off-white head. Disappears quickly with very little lacing behind.
Sweet caramel malt hits the nose first, with some floral hop to back it up...no alcohol detected.
The taste is very good...a true session IPA except for that whole abv thing...not tasting any alcohol either. Biscuit maltiness with even more hops bittering this one up...bitter thru the finish and even lingers on the pallet at room temperature.
Mouthfeel is where I expect to see it and the carbonation is spot on.
Maybe my first Yard's brew...the perfect style to try for this hop freak.
Quite good...I'll snag a case of this one the next time I visit Shangy's for sure.

Photo of jakester
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yards sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Born on date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger head of just off-white foam. Carbonation looks medium. The head falls to islands, with good lacing.

Aroma is citrus/grassy hops, with a great caramel candy from malt. Light fruits, like pears and dates, and a touch of vanilla thrown in. This has a very nice aroma, which lingers for the duration.

Flavor is really clean, big pale malt, followed by lemony citrus hops. Hop bitterness is pretty damn high. I'm surprised to read this is an English IPA. Fruits like above, well balanced and yummy. Aftertaste is bitter, citrusy, and dries out at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tongue puckering bitterness. Medium level of carbonation, and a nice cleansing dryness.

This is a damn fine IPA, although it might be big for an English. Delicious and very well made. Hoppy, fruity, bitter, malty, and alcohol well hidden. Highly recommended.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a flaired tulip from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Mirky,reddish/orange color with a 1"creamy white head dissapating quickly to a slight coating,sparse amount of bubbles rising

Clean aroma,citrusy with some grapefruit notes on the faint side for an IPA. Some fruittyness with some light carmell malt aromas in the background.

Grassy/dried hay like tastes with citrusy/grapefruity hop notes. Light malt tastes a pleasing sugaryness throughout. Clean mid-tastes,finishes with a clean,crisp citrus rind/grapefruit bite.

Light mouthfeel,tangy with a juicy feel. Easy drinking would be a good summer IPA with the light feel. Good English IPA not outstanding,but enjoyable and worth a try.

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apricot-honey colored, with an off-white weak head that settles unevenly. Aroma is low, and about equally malty as it is hoppy. Flavor is big hops, right upfront. Not big like a double IPA, but a good size serving of citrus hops right on the front of the tongue, and then it rolls nicely down the back and sides of the tongue, leaving a nice tingle at the back corners. Some malt rides beneath it, and an orange peel bitter lingers. The best I've had from Yards so far.

Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-fuzzy warm orange with a fluffy chunky head

S- caramel and bready malt, with fruity esters

T- Very malty, juicy and sweet with flavors of peach and ripe tropical fruit from the yeast. There was enough hop bitterness to balance the beer but not take away from the character of the beer

M- Chewy and smooth, good carbonation, great mouthfeel

D- Could've had many more, good balance and a great complement to spicy italian hoagies that I was having with this beer

Served at the perfect temperature, just below room temperature, it allowed the fruit and malt flavors of this beer to bloom and express

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very interesting to say the least, when I cracked the bottle the aroma is what captivated me. I just never smelled anything like this before, it's different. Pours a very nice copper amber tone with an off white nice full head, and it leaves nice even rings of lace down the glass. The aroma is a sharp astringent nut sweetness with a discombobulated hop aroma that has me scratching my head, and there is also a meanstreak of metallic offness. Very unique IPA, not what I was expecting but it's not horrible or amazing, it lies somewhere in the middle of the road. The taste is full of bitterness, but it has a light almond astringency to it. The sweetness comes in a very quick sprint that rapidly turns to a dryness of bitterness on the tongue. I am not loving this bottle, but it is alright. Can't drink this stuff, just to unbalanced between hops, metal?, nut flavors, and malt.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yards IPA pours a crisp and dark orange-amber in a traditional pint glass. Nice lacking and good aroma of hops. A social IPA, not a hop-punch, but certainly enough to remind you that this is a IPA. Good finish in the back of the throat.

For the novice: This is a good IPA for those who are not looking for the pungent hoppy beer; great introduction to the style for lager drinkers.

Personally: This is my kind of IPA; I believer that because Yards understand the brewing of bitters and are students of history - they pay careful attention to brew a IPA that it is a complex tasting hoppy beverage, as opposed to a one-note citrus blast to your tastebuds.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a clear deep orange body with a creamy oatmeal beige head that last and is supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The pineapple weed pungent hops give way to a citrus finish and a green cinnamon hop quality that grows as the beer warms.
T- The big pine hops has a woody skunk note but in a good fresh hops way not a light struck flavor. The hops taste just like fresh hop pellets and the pungent green bite lingers into the after taste. There is a a light malt sweetness with a faint biscuit note underneath that really supports the hops nicely.
M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a crisp finish.
D- This beer ha a big glorious full hops flavor with good depth and layers of hops, making this a nice sipping IPA.

Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit/orange juicy color. Short head on the pour without much retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: A bit of hops, herby and maybe a bit grassy. Faint citrus... odd. Lightly sweet malts.

T/M: A bit weak in the bitterness from an IPA. More of the herby and grassy hops but with a definitely splash of citrus. The sweetness of the malts compliments the citrus well. Body is medium with nice carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and crisp.

D: 7% is definitely a surprise. Drinks pretty easy and is pretty tasty, even if it really isn't to the EIPA style.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from 5/26

It's a dark one, almost a brown-orange-red with a fiery flare in the recesses and a brighter amber gleam outside. The head is an off-white cap just shorter than half a finger, but it keeps up well and leaves behind pretty good lace.
It has a sort of hybrid tone to it, seeming to incorporate the earthy, spicy, woody/leafy bitterness with brighter citrus and not-quite-dank notes along with lots of yeasty esters giving off dark fruits as well as almost tropical under the danker/earthier stuff. There's also just a twinge of alcohol noted with every sniff and sip, but nothing too heavily ethanolic to enjoy the overall very much.
There's a sort of earthy dankness that even translates to the feel, though it doesn't weigh down the medium body or take away from the brightness that also translates. Crispness comes out strong on the palate from front to back, as does smoothness in the semi-dry feel.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at low temperate into a glass. Nice foamy head. Clear amber color, great for an IPA. Distinctly hoppy taste. Sweet smell, sweet taste, not as bitter as most IPAs on the market.

Local brew from Philadelphia ale, India Pale Ale style.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for this one. Review from notes 1/22/11.

A: Clear orange with a fluffy head that settles quickly to a layer of small bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of hops, but more grassy. Nice toasted malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Very nice light malt flavor. The hops come through as slightly fruity, but much more earthy than anything else.

M/D: Medium bodied. A nice english IPA. Once in a while, it is refreshing not to drink a hop bomb, and this one fits the bill nicely. That 7% is a bit sneaky too.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yards IPA

Appearance- hazy orange with a sticky white head.
Smell- strong floral hops with a hint of cherry.
Taste- floral and citric. slight caramel malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth with very little dryness. No alcohol detected.

Overall- an amazingly easy IPA to gulp down! 1 of the better IPA's I've ever had. Yards hasn't disappointed me yet!

Photo of jmz62565
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish amber with a large foamy tan head. The smell has a real hop aroma. This smells just like grapefruit juice, cascade hops run rampant. A nice aromatic treat. The taste, like the smell, is a hop overload. The cascade hops make this a citrus marvel. This is very refreshing and delicious. The m/f is light and crisp with a well balanced flavor,but it could use some more body. This is a very good beer,but I could see were the citrus flavor could get a bit overwhelming.

Photo of thefireman
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Amber with a solid white head that laces all the way down.

Smell: Citrus. Lots of citrus. Even a little banana type of aroma. Can't wait to taste.

Taste: The hops hit you in the face and at the end. In between is a slight malt, lots of citrus, and a bite of alcohol. More American than a British taste due to the selection of hops. Again, a little bit of banana.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat astringent and a bit of alcohol. A bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A word of caution, though. At 7.0% ABV, this beer can sneak up on you. I think I'll have another. :D

Conclusion: I've been drinking this beer for years. As IPA's go, this is still a solid choice that I always keep in the fridge. Cheers!

Photo of emsroth
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Chunky 2 finger head. Dark amber. Great joke about how it will "survive the journey from your fridge to you couch"

Smell: Dank fruity hops. Much like the smell of over-ripened fruit. Faint whiffs of alcohol make themselves known.

Taste: A firm but nondescript malt backbone. Next comes the fruity hops reminiscent of delicate summer fruits; over-ripened strawberries come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness to which a roasted malt flavor contributes, but it's dominated by the hops.

Full bodied and delicious. I'm so sad this is the last one in the case.

Photo of MTLDOG
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear golden/bronze color. Less than a finger of head that disappears and has some light lacing. Smells hoppy and almost a little soapy. Taste is Bol and hoppy. A little sour but in a good way. Some grapefruit rind and maybe a little coriander. Dry after taste but very hoppy finish, almost too hoppy. The after taste is a bit too assertive. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation. Solid beer, doesn't move the needle too much though.

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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.