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India Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2001

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Reviews: 334 | Ratings: 933
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 40.42/case of 12 ozers ($ 0.14/oz) at Save On Beer, Mars, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of citrus and caramel malt
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to a five mm frothy ring and a frothy heaped partial layer
Lacing fair – mostly drag marks from the receding ring, small to medium bubbles, lasts the entire glass
Body gold, clear
Flavor a good combination of citrusy hops and caramel malt, very much like an English IPA without quite the Kent hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a can glass.

a: Peachy orange with a slight haze. Bubbly white 2 finger head.

s: Toasty malts and a bit of sweetness.

t: Toasted malt, an estery, fruitiness, floral, citrus, mild spice and bitter finish.

mf: A very pleasant beer with a medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

o: Drinkable and balanced. Hides the 7% well. Hanging out and want a couple about the "session" line? Grab a few.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear pale orange with a small white head. The aroma is a really good blend of hops and citrus. The flavor is a knockout. Big hop flavor with a nice citrus blend. Really good IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a vendor over at Spruce Street Park. Served in a plastic cup. The beer had a clear amber appearance with some patchy lacing on the sides and thin retention. The aromas included spicy hops and a little bit of citrus and honey. Great overall taste with some malty flavors, grapefruit, a sweetness that tasted like honey flavors, and hops. Good, solid body with a great carbonation. Overall, a great IPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, picked this one up in Delaware. Definitely an English IPA for sure. Much more malt forward here, fruity, with some earthy hops in the background that make the beer finish bitter. Overall not bad, but I'm looking for more.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once again, Yards Brewing Company delivers a nice brew, but let’s take a look at this 7.00% ABV real quick.

Look-It pours a clear golden amber color that reminds me of the best looking reddish brown leaves in the autumn. But it has like a light goldish tinge to it. The head comes in foamy and yeasty with a vigorous pour.

Smell-It smells hoppy with some malts. I think the malts are caramel or toasted oats, very nice. Then the hops come through as an earthy citrus aroma.

Taste-It tastes of citrus like tangerine and orange from the hops. The malts come and go quickly at the beginning. There is a spiciness to it at the end accompanied by the citrus hops. The alcohol bites the malts making for a slightly bitter brew, but nothing like a DIPA so no worries.

Mouthfeel-The carbonation cuts the hops off short and the malts are overshadowed (but not overpowered) by the hops. The beer has an overall medium-bodied mouthfeel and I think it works well.

Overall-This beer was refreshing and slightly more (pleasantly) hoppy than I had anticipated. You should give it a try, too! Cheers!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is two fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good, as is the texture. Also, a ton of lacing sticks to the glass - all of them combine to offer a beautiful beer. (4.25)

Smell: The hops here smell 'dank'. I pick up lots of pine, grass, and more grass (the OTHER grass) at first, before it gains some slight lemon, mango, and melon as well. Caramel malts, though prevalent, strike a great balance between the hops. There are even some hints of ale esters that also prop it up some, especially once it opens up. Malts that are utilized well...a varied, complex hop profile...some esters to boot...yeah, this smells really appetizing. (4)

Taste: Amarillo shines first and foremost, bringing a huge lemon flavor to start it off. After that, it stumbles a bit. I pick up some nice ale esters (peach, apricot, and pineapple) along with a bit of tropical fruit flavor, before it finishes with a one-two combination of biscuity malt and faint bitterness. The whole thing strikes me as being muddled, but it's far from bad. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This is where the real letdown comes into play - it's a syrupy, slimy beer that lingers on the palate far too heavily. It's not overly thick in texture, it just feels that way. Carbonation seems a little low, maybe that's why. Drinkability, though, isn't terrible by any stretch. (2.75)

Overall: This smelled a lot better than it tasted. At the end of the day, it's merely a decent IPA that struggles to stand out in a world of great IPAs. Worth drinking again, but not one that will become a repeat purchase for yours truly. (3.25)

3.44/5: Mildly disappointing coming from Yards

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Look: A deep amber, almost reddish. Head not too impressive, maybe a cm, and diminishing quickly.

Smell: Not too strong, but a nice smell of hops. Not overpowering.

Taste: This is what won me over- I normally am not at all a fan of IPA, but even I enjoyed this. The hops are there without being overwhelming, and there's a sweet, slightly spiced taste up front too. Actually a very pleasant drinking experience!

Feel: Not too bitter, and carbonation is just right.

Overall:A fantastic beer, even for someone who normally hates IPAs! a must try! Yards is a great brewery, and this shines through in every one of their brews!

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Photo of chrisjws
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Alesmith snifter from a 12oz bottle

A: Medium-dark orange color, see through. Lots of carbonation. Finger and a half of head, laced the glass nicely throughout the session.
S: Bready malts, that distinct "chinookian" aroma, oranges, faint tropical fruit, sweetness in the background
T: Bittersweet malts upfront, some citrus character, grapefruit and rind in the middle and ending. Chinook hops all over the finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation in the mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
O: Good english IPA, its a bit of a changeup for an American used to getting punched in the face with hops. Very tasty, would drink again.

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Photo of MTLDOG
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
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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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served to me on tap in a standard pint glass. Poured a very dark copper with nearly no head and minimal lacing. faint hops aroma with s gentle, mildly hoppy taste. Mouthfeel was adequate, and that's overall what I consider this IPA to be: an adequate, drinkable beer, about on par with Sam Adams Rebel.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%

A: Light golden amber. Half finger cream of mousse-like head. Fair lacing (3.75/5)

S: Heavy malting, good dose of tropical fruits. Caramel is predominant and sweetens the hop aroma. Very juicy, orange grove with spicy musk. Some pine notes linger, deep herbal juniper. (4/5)

M: Quite dry and crisp overall. Light bodied, even a little watery. (3.25/5)

T: Has a very rustic malt character and low diacetyl. Alcoholic butterscotches, but with really no sweetness. Estery, fruity, chewy biscuit. Grapefruit pith and citrus, and slightly astringent pine. (2.75/5)

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A: A nice copper hue that has a head come in rather quickly, about one finger off white, leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Slight citrus but very strong malt character throughout, a nice roast of a nose comes about from this brew.

T: Taste is very citrusy lots of grapefruit and sweet floral notes as well, the backbone is a little malt roast and slight bitterness from the hops.

M: A nice medium to light body, lots of carbonation from what I got, no slickness.

O: This was a good simple IPA, nothing extravagant, it was pretty balanced and had some good flavors.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold color with a small off white head that faded quickly and left good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, biscuit, lemon zest, floral hops, grains and some citrus fruit. Pretty basic nose, but very well balanced and better than normal for an English style IPA. Tastes like it smells, with malt, caramel, biscuit, lemon zest, floral hops, grains, orange peel, toffee, mild spices and some citrus fruit like orange juice or some citrus hops. It's sweet but the malt and hops taste is evenly divided for great balance and drinkability. Tasted much better than it smelled. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that was a little chewy, and a malty aftertaste that was sweet with nice citrus accents. Overall this was a nice English style IPA that would make for a fine session beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, light citrus, herbal, and grassy hops.

Taste: Definitely malt forward with the hops and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, fruity, chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice take on an EIPA. Next time in Philly, 'I'll check these guys out and this beer too.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear amber with a creamy white head that lingers and leaves big lacing. The aroma is good, with some light fruit, a little hops and a bit of bread. The taste is pretty much the same but it doesn't have a huge amount of the depth of an English IPA. It does have a nice weight to the body and a good silky feeling. A solid English IPA.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous head and even lacing. Clear copper color. Aroma is whole leaf noble and PNW hops and crystal malt. Flavor is strong and balanced, a more British interpretation of IPA. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Overall a fine brew that satisfies without extremes.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Tingle
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.