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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

781 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 72 | 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:
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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Reviews by SFNC:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SFNC, Aug 17, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

oberon, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of DavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DavyJones, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of igotmilk
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

igotmilk, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of shapudding
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

shapudding, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +6.1%

nstroup, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TimoP, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Fcip78, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

megamass, May 22, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  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.

Jason, Mar 03, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

merlin48, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Billolick, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  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.

warriorsoul, Aug 17, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of jakester
4.33/5  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.

jakester, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

jcdiflorio, May 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mjtiernan, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ccurrid
3/5  rDev -20.4%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

far333, Oct 23, 2004
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

andholio, Jun 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Soonami, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 06, 2003
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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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