India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

328 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 328
Hads: 884
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 148 | 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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Reviews: 328 | Hads: 884
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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 (1,717 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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! (628 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of MTLDOG
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%

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) (562 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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. (580 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (828 characters)

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. (582 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
4.06/5  rDev +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. (383 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,354 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (888 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (1,229 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Tingle
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of thezach
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Mumps
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (674 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,564 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (721 characters)

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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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