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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

330 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 330
Hads: 900
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 24
Gots: 155 | 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: 330 | Hads: 900
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)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber, but looks flat. Some head, but very little. Some lace, somehow. Smells a bit better than a typical English IPA! Tastes and feels like an English IPA, which isn't my usual choice, but this worked well! Overall, not bad. Not great, but not bad. (263 characters)

Photo of BeerHo
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at the Hitching Post Restaurant in Bern Township PA and was impressed with the golden amber color. Good foam head but the bubbles dissipated quickly. The lacing was thick with good retention on the glass. The bouqet was lacking for my taste with just a very faint smell of citrus but not enough to distinguish anything in particular. The flavor is very good with a good hop presence on the front and a malty almost biscuity lingering bitter tangerine finish on the back. The carbonation is a bit too much for me. It filled me up quickly. Overall a decent IPA but I couldn't n see myself drinking more than 2. Good summer IPA. (648 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yards India pale ale - served on tap at Publick House in Chester NJ.

Medium amber with heavy foam. Sticky. Active bubbles. Bready caramel nose. The beer nicely balances hop with subtle malt sweetness. Juicy. Hint of pine. Really good ipa. 4 4 425 425 425 (256 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-sweet bread, pine, citrus, slight floral

T-sweet caramel malt, citrus, pine, orange, hint of floral, mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent IPA, a little sweeter than I prefer and not as hoppy (324 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared an orange-ish color, slightly hazy, with a nice thick, white head that was decently retained. Citrus hops and slight bready aroma. The beer, for an English IPA is too hoppy, in my opinion. I expected it to be more balanced with the hops more muted. Nonetheless, citrus and earthy hops with some pale malts. The beer had a moderate feel and was easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer. (400 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Slight haze, light copper color. Served to me with two fingers of long lasting, sticky, latte froth.

s: Biscuity malts, herbal noble hops, and a hint of medicinal alcohol.

t: A little bit of sugar cookie sweetness to go along with the biscuit note. Floral hops with lingering aspirin bitterness.

m: Creamy with spot-on gentle cask carbonation.

o: A very nice beer with definite English character. Very glad to find this on the hand pump. (444 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear and light amber colour with a nice full lasting and creamy yellow/ tan head that leaves a beautiful and sticky cracked desert pattern on the glass. NOICE!

The aroma comes off to me as a mix of citrusy hops and sweet malts with a hint of white bread to it and a very faint floral note.

The tastes comes off from the beginning as well balanced between sweet pale malts and mild citrus/ earthy hops and as it moves towards the back of the tongue some more of the bittering hops come through in an earthy way and then leaving citrusy and floral once again. The finish is only mildy dry and peppery. This is an excellently balanced beer!

The mouthfeel is lightly sweet and mildly dry with a moderate body being exactly what I would look for in an IPA. The carbonation is once again middle of the road and perfectly done.

I'm an IPA rookie having only tasted a total of 12 to 16 different varieties, but this has to be amoungst one of my favorites. I don't know if I would call it world class as that may be reserved for an imperial IPA like Yards' Cape of Good Hope IPA, but this one is definitely refreshing and not overly hoppy at all. I find it very drinkable and capable of satisfying a hop connoisseur (hop head) as well. I'm giving this a strong 4.4 out of 5! Cheers Yards! (1,302 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber beer. A nice showing of thick lace from a mere inch of head that would allow from the overpour. Needless to say, some very good retention.

Herbal hops, some citrus and some pine, but otherwise very mild in the aroma. A light touch of the floral. The malts are odorously toasty.

Pine, herbal hops, a taste reminiscent of how paint thinner smells. Harsh, but it subsides as you enjoy the beer. Notes of bitter orange and unripe peach.

Drinks at a good pace, some ethanol fumes here and there chasing me. Describable as medium-bodied, carb just a notch below that. This is good, because any more aggressive and the beer would be harsher than it is.

Decent. Gets better as you drink. Not prototypical in the way that it should be more malty. Or that the maltiness would have that certain signature. (805 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Clear dark amber with a fluffy white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Earthy, grassy hops and toasty, biscuit like malts. Balanced and pleasant.

T - Light citrus, sweet toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops. Finish is bready and somewhat bitter with a lingering graininess. I'm getting a pronounced nuttiness as well, which I assume is part of the English IPA style, very nice.

M - Soft, chewy, medium-bodied. Dry finish. A hint of warming alcohol.

O - Very enjoyable, easy going IPA. It's definitely on the sweet side, but the fruity hops come in and lend nice balance, making this a tasty, drinkable beer. (640 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Yards.

Darkish copper orange on the pour, white head retains at about a finger, nice and bubbly with good lace.

The scent brings herbal+earthy hops, toffee, bread, mineral-y malts. Good strength.

Taste I'd say is a slight improvement over the smell, quite hoppy for an English while still maintaining a nice malt presence. Very earthy, herbal with some light fruit. Malt is complex and nice, caramel, toffee, buttery, nutty, with a big bready finish.

Full mouthfeel with highish carbonation. No complaints here.

Distinctly English IPA flavors but with a bit more oomph. A little strong on the earthiness I think but pretty solid overall. (657 characters)

Photo of Act25
2.31/5  rDev -39.7%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back on my most recent trip to Philly.

A- English-style IPA poured from the bottle and into my pint glass with a slightly hazy orange-amber body. A white head about one-finger in height forms with average retention. A ring with creamy, small bubbles stays around leaving some nice patches of lace.

S- Really not the most aromatic IPA by any means. Some nutty and caramel malts come off the top with some dark fruits. Some herbal, spicy and floral hops but not a whole ton.

T-Yeast seems to offer a bit more here than in the nose. A definite dose dark fruits, spice and some bread notes. Malts are deep and give off some caramel sweets, nutty hints and a slight bit of a toasted feel. Hops round it off with herbal, floral and spicy fruit notes.

MF- Creamy overall feel to the body which is moderately thick. Carbonation has a silky feel and is at a medium level. Slight bitterness in the finish on the palate.

You can certainly taste an influence from the English/Euro yeast strain that must be used here, dark fruits and spices. Full flavored and well-rounded. (1,074 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear dark golden yellow with one-and-a-half-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and caramel malt. Nice.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Butter and toasted caramel malt and citrus hops. English style.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm going down.

O: I feel like this is a pretty good example of the English IPA. Drinkable and refreshing. (470 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown copper color with a half inch cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Bitter orange, grapefruit, and bready caramel malt form the aroma. Floral hop notes emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals bready, grainy toasted malt, with underpinnings of sour orange and grapefruit. The finish is fairly bitter. More citrus character than expected, which is uncharacteristic of an English ipa.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and light astringency and alcohol warmth.

Citrus flavoring hops and bitterness dominate. No real off flavors, but bitterness lingers a but much for my taste. Floral notes and earthiness are present, but are overridden by citrus. (710 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour with active carbonation. Hight soapy foam, and decent lacing.

S - Citrus smell of oranges with a slight bitter smell of oily hops.

T - Actually enjoyed that this wasn't over the top bitter. Tart citrus gives way to a earthy hop finish. Malty profile in this one gives it a robust flavor.

M - Very drinkable IPA that is a bit heavy but more mellow with flavor. Heavy feel with moderate carbonation.

O - I'd have this again. A nice IPA for the non hopheads. (475 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

A- a light copper color. half finger head that dissipates quite rapidly. A decent lacing on the pint but looks foamy.

S- pine hops and orange peel aroma. hints of caramel malts as well.

F- pine resin and orange peel flavor comes out more in the mouth. Simple yet tasty.

M- crisp and not as dry as an IPA. It has some creamy feel to it but the pine resonates in the mouth longer.

O- It really doesnt have too much of an English IPA feel....but the malts on the backend give it that. A nice beer to watch football with though. (536 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear sunrise orange with white head and loads of lace. Good bit of head sticks around.

Smell is pine forward with elements of grapefruit and orange peel. Edging on tropical aromas.

Good IPA.. solid malt upfront, citrus flavors and wash over pretty quickly, clean bitterness to finish.

Finish is very clean..dry.

Enjoyed this...Always impressed with Yards. (360 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, dated 6/1/12, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a three finger off-white head.

S- Sweet malts and piney hops, n ot too much going on here.

T- Good balance between hops and malts, finish is fairly bitter, earthy/piney, and fruity sweetness, somewhat apricot like. Also getting some toasted malts.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A really nice beer that has very nice balance. I am really enjoying this beer and will pick it up again. I have not had many English IPAs and ESBs but the kind of falls some where between the few beers that I have tried in those styles and I really like it! (624 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick and billowy just off white head. The head has great retention, but fades slowly over time to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of hop and malt. There is a lighter sweet malt base of bread and caramel. Mixed with these are hop notes of pine and a lighter citrus (orange and lemon) as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and caramel base mixed with notes of a citrus hop flavor. While the hop starts out mainly of citrus orange and grapefruit in nature notes pine come more to the tongue. The pine gets stronger and begins to bitter the taste as it advances further. Toward the end there is an earthy hop flavor that when mixed with the bready base and the pine leave a more bitter and dry flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with the carbonation level being quite average. The body of the beer is quite nice and allows all the bitter hop flavors to soak into the tongue.

Overall –A pretty good more on the bitter side IPA. Good but nothing extraordinary. (1,160 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards India Pale Ale pours a glowing, clear amber color with a medium sized, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is muted but has nice orange citrus, a touch of light fruit and a hint of malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with pale & caramel malt and tropical fruit (mango). In the middle the hops kick in with orange citrus and a little pine. It finishes slightly bitter and dry. Once gone the sweet fruit flavor and orange citrus linger on the palate.

This is a very well balanced beer that's easy to drink and would be great to keep in the fridge year round. (694 characters)

Photo of jifigz
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass

A: The appearance is an orange-ish colored beer with a nice head that lingers for quite a while. The beer also left great lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is a nice and mild citrus hoppiness that is quite appealing.

T: The taste is an excellent balance of malt with a very nice coating of citrus and floral hop flavors dancing across the top. The hops are crisp on the tongue and taste slightly of apricots and other fruits.

M: The brew is medium bodied and nice and refreshing.

O: I much prefer American IPA's over English styled ones , but this is probably the best English style IPA i have ever had. THis is an excellent beer and very tasty and well balanced for an IPA. (727 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2012. Dark copper orange in color with a yellow hue and good clarity. Poured with a short, rocky, off-white foam with good staying power. The foam slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aroma with orange, ripe pineapple and grapefruit. A light caramel and biscuit maltiness manages to show through as well. Medium-bodied with lazy, but rich, full carbonation. Pungent mix of ripe citrus and floral hop flavors right up front and through the middle. Hop flavors abruptly drop away leaving only bitterness through the middle to the end, although the citrusy aromas linger throughout. Finishes dry with a lightly sweet caramel maltiness and tapering hop bitterness. Lots of character and very drinkable. (776 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a solid copper color with a 2.5 finger head which lasts until near the end and lacing which is pretty thick on the glass until the end.

The smell is of floral hops, orange, grapefruit, pears and maybe honey.

The taste starts with bitter hops, moves to malt then various fruit tastes, (mostly orange and grapefruit,) then floral hops on the back end. There might be a little honey in there as well. There is also a slight pine taste. Floral hop oils remain on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is think and bready.

Overall this beer is mostly hops and the associated floral hop taste. There is a good mix of bitter and floral hops as well as a few malts as well. (690 characters)

India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.