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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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682 Ratings
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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pours fruity, hazy orange with immense retained head, in my Sam Adams glass. Easy drinking, medium bodied, orange hoppy flavoured, with a pinch of fruit. Pretty good for the style, something I would recommend people try. Something I would keep regular in the fridge if available locally.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 01:21:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky butterscotch-orange with an amazing number of bubble streams racing up to a cream colored crown. The head is more than merely craggy, it's Matterhorn-like and is leaving stiff gobs of foam all over the glass. Lace is not a word that comes to mind when looking at the aftermath of the head's explosion and subsequent descent.

I like the nose. I expected more of an English hoppiness after noting the Union Jack on the label and reading the Yards website, but that isn't the case. The hops are definitely of the American persuasion. Citrus is the order of the day: orange-pineapple juice with a pleasant fruity muskiness.

I like the flavor as well, but that damnable carbonation is threatening to ruin things. I feel like letting the beer sit for a bit, but then it'd probably just be flat. The flavor follows the nose to some extent, but doesn't seem as bright or as citrusy.

It's strange, but English hops are now dominant, bringing a spicy, earthy fruitiness to the party. Although there's plenty of malt on hand, a little caramel and butterscotch is its only contribution to the flavor profile.

Yards IPA could be an excellent version with one simple fix. Repair the disaster that is the carbonation (bottle-conditioning) and the result could well be something worth celebrating. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 19:00:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering here that I was excited to start the night out with. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06.25.2010.

The pour was very nice, even amber color with a nice round head of white that rose up a couple inches before settling down and leaving a broken crown across the top.

Aroma was nice citrus hops, hints of buttery malts, pineapple, light grapefruit. Well balanaced. Clean, consistent and crisp flavor. Biting hops up from of course followed by a nice buttery malt. hints of grass and bready notes before the bite of orange dries the palate and leaves a nice long, dry finish.

Overall a really solid and quite sessionable IPA. Would not mind having this one again at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 18:07:48 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper color with a frothy head that fails to leave as much lacing as expected

Smell: Sweet caramel malt dominates the nose along with some rum-soaked citrus fruit

Taste: Starts out with a thick fruity apricot/grapefruit flavor that, after the swallow, continues to build in its sweetness; finally, the earthy hops kick in to complement the fruitiness; unusual combination of English and West Coast character

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly sticky with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual and interesting hybrid; just not sure the combination works very well

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 01:33:51 | More by brentk56
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific IPA here with blends of English and American influences.

A brilliantly clear copper beer shows fantastic head formation of cream colored foam, great retention as well as lacing. Really, an ideal look.

Aromas and flavors closely mimic each other and begin with a sturdy and caramelized backbone. Malty rich without becomming overly sweet; only a shadow of confection (powdered sugar) to taste but not to feel. Not to be over done are the hops that do more than just balance. A non-descript blend of pine, resin, fresh-cut grasses, and citrus rinds swirl for assertive flavor without offense. Pleasantly balanced and masterfully crafted.

Creamy and medium full up front but the beer fades nicely into a dry, hoppy finish. The procession of the beer is elegant and mature. Considering the balance that doesn't really prefer the hops as much as I expect, maybe this beer would shine even better when brewery fresh.

Thanks Bobfinkenaur!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 16:02:39 | More by BEERchitect
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate gold color with a bit of a copper tint. Good lacig and bead. Nose is pretty hoppy with some nice floral, herbal, and citrus components. Taste isn't quite as hoppy and adds in a touch of caramel. Dry and bitter; a bit resinous. Drinks quite well. Their best offering, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 22:15:55 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:32:09 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 16:53:51 | More by oberon
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange-copper color, but the fluffy white head dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is yeasty, earthy, mineral, fruity, light hop, some malt. The flavor is big fruit with a good mouthfeel, some maltiness, and an intense hoppy bitterness in the finish. Long lasting fruity/malt/bitterness but without being cloying. The alcohol is a bit too evident throughout but a good beer nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 12:24:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Over-carbonated, huge fizz, leaving me with a head that dominates 3/4 of the pint glass, very slow to settle down to size...despite that, the appearance is of a hazy orange color, enormous, yet delicate gossamer white head. I'm still waiting for it to diminish a tad...
Bright, floral, citric nose, grapefruit, but also tangerine, orange, lime...vibrant, yet a bit on the dry side.
Overwhelming fizz on the palate,too! This is a sparkler, and just a little bit sour. Not sure what I think of it, yet, but I'm not that crazy for it, so far...
Light-ish body to medium, very minor texture, beyond that bothersome sourness that floats under the extra-huge fizz. Big hops, yeah, but missing some meatiness in the body, a little malt, a little flavor, beyond the bare blitz of these soapy hops.
Decent, I guess, but wholly forgettable, a very blase' affair.
8%? For an English IPA? Something's a bit awry here.
tasty to a degree, but too strong, and too carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 03:46:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then a hearty malt character quickly follows along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:16:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent surrounded by floral aroma hops. The taste is good. It has an intense malty core which is quite tasty, but it also brags of an intense bitter hop addition; nice flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a med/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This beer came straight from the brewery so I don't think it had enough time to bottle condition. This is a different tasting IPA, but it's good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 01:17:16 | More by WesWes
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared with me by Amyliz4. Thanks. Beer is brown and mostly clear, copperish more than brown with a decent head of off white bubbles and some lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little malty with some mild noble hop aromas, mild pine as well, the malt is winning the battle.

Beer is medium in body and mildly hoppy on the midpalate region. The hoppiness gives way ultimately to a heavy finish with a strong malt...sweetness?...that's not the right word. It's heavier on the back half than the front half. Overall it's a decent EIPA, but I doubt I'd drink too much of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:47:12 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a murky amber color. It is lightly carbonated and topped by, an initially one-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma strikes me as being weighted a bit more towards the malt side of the spectrum than one would expect from a typical IPA. I get notes of caramel malts, toffee, toasted grain and some lightly herbal hop notes. Actually this smells like a malt accented amber ale.

The taste is initially sweet, but then starts to pick up some biting hop notes almost immediately. It finishes with a lightly herbal, lightly astringent, hoppy bitterness that lingers on for some time on the tongue. Perhaps the hop character is a bit grassy as well, but only just. Barring the initial sweetness, the malt character is actually quite dry. It leans towards the toasted grain side of the spectrum, with notes of biscuit malt, and perhaps even some notes of stale malt extract. Besides the bitterness, which seems spot on for an IPA, this beer seems to be missing quite a bit of hop character; choose either English hop character or American, but add something here to balance the bitterness and malt notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 20:05:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at a small local brew fest. I made the mistake of having it right after having a double IPA right before it. However I must say that despite that I though the brew was pretty impressive. This brew poured out as a light golden amber color with a pretty decent looking head on top. The smell of the beer has a pretty nice balance between malts and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer had some good caramel flavors in it and a crisp hop bite also. The mouthfeel of the beer is easy going. Overall I think this IPA is a good social brew where someone can have several of them and still have their taste buds to try other things if need be.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:18:25 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with nice clarity. A thin off-white head tops it off while leaving some lacing.

There is a citrusy, earthy aroma.

There is a dominating chewy hop taste. The hops have a nice blend of citrus and bready earthiness. A balancing, subtle malt backbone gives it body and depth. The malt is there, but does not interfere with the aggressive hop character. Sharp alcohol notes are present, but not overly powerful, especially considering the 8% abv.

The feel is chewy, yet creamy medium to full-bodiedness. There is just enough carbonation to make it smooth.

This is a good example of a traditional English-style IPA. Certainly one to try if you are a fan of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:29:03 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy amber gold that is pretty dark on the brownish side. Nose is a touch of orange and very slight hops. Flavor is very thick and robust. Subdued, but still firm hops abound. Woody aftertaste. Feel is thick on the liquid from ingredients. Overall very drinkable. Very steady with it's hearty attributes, it delivers a good drinking experience. I really like this beer a lot and would love to try it on cask.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:58:35 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 14:23:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's.

Looks a bit hazy in my pint glass, but it's cleared up by the time I'm about finished with the beer. Otherwise its a old-amber with a thin white head. The aroma is far too sweet, like table sugar has been dumped in, along with a grassy hops note.

The flavor, again, is overly sweet at first with tangerine and Clementine fruit before citrus rind hops with an earthy edge to them wash over. The real saving grace for this beer is that it's very drinkable with well-hidden alcohol, and there's a nice long hops aftertaste.

There seem to be some flaws here, and if Yards dated their bottles I would know if it were too old. Alas, I have to take this beer at what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:01:29 | More by tempest
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with guinnessfan.

A: The ale is an orange-red, trending more towards orange, with a thick 1 finger head that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The aroma is a very grainy one, thin and cereally with mere hints of earthy hop bitterness.

T: The first flavors to register are slightly bitter, earthy hops. Unfortunately their bite is immediately diminished by a thin grainy body that wants to be biscuity but can't quite manage it. The ale ends on an undefined bitterness that is somewhat harsh without any big redeeming quality.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy and thin, showiing of hints of promising hop bitterness but never sustaining it.

D: I'd like to try this on tap to see if the freshness adds more depth. If it doesn't, I'd stick to some of Yards' other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 23:19:07 | More by akorsak
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from a sampler case

A pretty standard offering; nothing you haven't seen or tasted before, but it's still Yards, and still good. Pours a golden yellow, notably carbonation and slightly hazy, with a fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma and taste are pretty hand-in-hand: a sweet caramel base, generously overlaid with citrusy and piney hops. Medium body, a bit filmy, but generally drinkable, and a fairly good example of the style, despite being outside the country of origin.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 00:23:39 | More by Rifugium
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 00:42:19 | More by Billolick
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 22:46:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2002 22:18:02 | More by Jason
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

A chill hazed dark orange colored beer with an off-white colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

This is a quite aromatic IPA, no need to get to close to smell the hop perfume. Quite complex scent, tea, wood, brown sugar, and finally hops. Citrus elements are minimal here and this is almost completely herbal and woody in scent.

The flavor begins a little sweet and quite woody on the tongue. Mildly sweet and quite woody with a bit of leather and herbs added. Big buttery toffee flavor that lets you know that this is an English beer style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Extremely drinkable ale here and I do like it. Only spot on it would be the big butter flavor, you will either love or hate.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 04:51:51 | More by Zorro
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