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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

812 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 89 | 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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Ratings: 812 | Reviews: 324 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

korene84, Apr 04, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

Sovietfox, Aug 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

malfunxion, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.13/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy, brownish-orange color with no head or lace. The aroma has hints of licorice, molasses, and pine. It's flavor is mainly molasses with plum and toasted malt notes. It leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers. It's got a medium mouthfeel. Yards India Pale Ale is an average beer that could be rated higher if not for the lasting bitter aftertaste. Slightly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of RBorsato
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

YET ANOTHER BAD OVERCARBONATED YARDS BOTTLE CONDITIONED MESS ... OH WHY DID I BOTHER BUYING ALL OF THESE AT THE SAME TIME ... ? LESSON LEARNED.

Hazy peach color with a full pillowy beige head from sewrious overcarbonation and possible infection. Took 10 minutes to pour. Fairly decent fruity citrusy hop aroma considering the condition of the beer. Infected aroma and taste.... Like the Revolutionary Ales just plain bad ! Light and airy due to overcarbonation/infection.

Label States: 70 IBU & "Bottle Conditioned"

Best Before: 04/29/06 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 01/20/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Jan 26, 2005
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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

jamisonspitzer, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Act25
2.3/5  rDev -39%
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.

Act25, Jan 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear as day golden straw color with a huge white headed foamy pour. Big soapy and grassy hop aroma. Head is slowly but surely snailing away. Very sticky lace. Flavor has some semi-sweet grainy malt on the front end with a big herbal and grassy presence. Pretty well balanced. Sweetness is subtle and so is the hop bitterness. Pretty nice yet subdued for an IPA.

jtierney89, Dec 15, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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2.6/5  rDev -31%

mhbach97, Thursday at 01:56 AM
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2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a rather clear light copper color with a 2 finger of off white creamy head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves spotted chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is spicy, peppery hop scent, plus a good deal of floral hops, and a caramel malt presence.

Taste: At first, an extremely bold, overpowering floral, almost soapy flavoring (glass was already used once and rinsed). AS it warms, the soapy taste lightens slightly, and a more peppery, spiciness comes out. Extreme caramel malt hop presence comes through. Malt really holds through the finish with a hint of citrus hop flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy at first with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes down ok, sorta tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, but not a very good representation of style. Oddly balanced and the hop was just... off. I would pass on this in the future.

Jayli, Dec 24, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

waddellc2, Jan 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Smurf2055, Aug 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

envinoveri, Sep 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Yeroc, Nov 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

tom91281, Mar 24, 2013
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2.76/5  rDev -26.8%

Lookingloo2, Aug 17, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

MayorOfMayfair, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of thezach
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

thezach, Sep 11, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

With the news that the principle figures of Yards are splitting up and going their separate ways, I thought it was an appropriate time to open up a Yards IPA. Who knows how available or in what form it will be in the future.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy light amber with a solid white cap that settles to some heavy patchwork foam and a very hearty collar. Looks great!

SMELL: Aromas are just a bit subdued with citrusy resinous hops being the most prominent. Pale and caramel malt lurks in the background, but only slightly.

TASTE: The taste is all hops, but more piny and floral this time and much less resinous. Malt sweetness is very strangely nowhere to be found. It's quite literally ALL hops. The finish is more hops that become a bit pungent.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light bodied but feels a bit watery. The carbonation is low, as well.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down easy enough, but the mouthfeel hurts it a lot. And don't let it warm up any, because it doesn't improve.

I've certainly had better Yards. They have a whole lot of hits. This one is just a miss.

jmalex, Jul 26, 2007
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2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A few things jump out at me with this beer....#1-The nose is fruity more so than citrusy...bubble gum like with notes of mango and kiwi...#2-The body is very thick and heavy for an IPA...this has some substance as the 8% alcohol would lead you to believe...#3-The 8% alcohol really seems hidden for the most part although there is some spiciness on the finish...

Overall, this is an English style IPA I'm glad I tried but would not seek out again...I don't care for the "bubblegum" nose...and it finishes on a bit of a sour note...to me there is no real hop bite to it that I expect in an IPA...but as I mentioned this is a substnatial brew...maybe it's just not my type....real tart taste and finish...like raspberries...just not my bag of tea...definitely worth one try at least though..

ZAP, May 21, 2003
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2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

the beer is a nice clear copper color, with a thin white head that remains most the way through drinking. while the head is smallish, it leaves nice lacing. aroma is piney hops, bitter. that carries into the taste, as loads of hops is the main flavor. but really the only flavor I detect. the carbonation is moderate, the body average for the style. unfortunately too unbalanced for me to drink more than one at a time.

jmdrpi, Aug 21, 2010
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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.
85 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.