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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: 929
Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Brewing Company India Pale Ale

A: Medium pour yields a massive, off-white, textured head. A solid heap of rocky fluff sticks around the whole time, pretty nice. Plenty of sticky lacing. The beer itself is very clear, light amber, and with lively carbonation. 4.5

S: Earthy, floral hops and a touch of citrus in the nose. Pretty mellow, on point for an English IPA. As it warms and/or gets deeper in the glass the tropical fruits are more apparent. 3.5

T: Citrusy, juicy, and a little floral. Maybe some fuggles? Like grapefruits, pine, even some mango. Nice. 4

M: From the looks of it I thought it’d be a bit more carbonated, but what’s there is nice. The mouthfeel is rich but you couldn't say this ale is thick. The finish is refreshing and clean. I could put down a few of these. 4

O: Another good one from Yards (their pale, at least on tap, is amazing); it’s hoppy but not over the top. Don’t get me wrong, these taste buds enjoy a good walloping, but at 7% abv, this is a very sessionable beer if you want a good buzz for the sweet-sixteen... 4

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber gold with a big off white head. big citrusy hop aroma with some floral notes as well. Floral and citrus hops dominate the flavor at first before giving way to a sweet pale malt base. Some piney notes are present in the finish. medium bodied, slightly sticky with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. A nice take on the style but nothing extraordinary. I'm glad to have tried this and would drink more but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy bronze color with a nice head. Lots of bubbles in this one.

S: Hoppy. Big citrus notes with some pine in the background. Aroma is fading fast. Can't understand that one.

T: A hoppy punch that trails off leave a dry, thick finish. A bit malty.

M: Medium to heavy body that coats the mouth. A bit displeasing.

O: Smells nice but doesn't last long. Flavor doesn't match aroma. Doesn't compare well to other IPAs like Stone or Avery.

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Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yards IPA is a tremendous IPA and one of my favorites for a long time now. It pours a nice rich amber in a pint with a great off-white head. This is a very English IPA and that is what I love. Plenty of malt and rich citrusy hops with each sip. I consider a thinking man's IPA with plenty of zip but enough to contemplate and enjoy. A great beer.

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Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives with one finger of white head that retains and laces well. Bright gold in color.

S/T - Resinous pine hops assert themselves up front, with a thick caramel, bready malt content backing it up. Some fairly sweet flavors in there, but the hops assert themselves again, finishing long and very bitter. Hops are mostly pine, with some hints of orange and lemon throughout.

M - Full body, medium carb, creamy, yet prickly across the palate from hop bitterness.

O - Solid IPA, even with the 'British' designation. Even though the malts can be strong and thick at times, the resinous hops always come out on top.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into standard pint.

A - Nice clear golden orange color color. Head dies quickly but a speckled lacing paints the glass as I drink.

S - Big on the malt. I get some orange rind and slight hops. It is very strong smelling, which I consider a positive thing.

T - I get alot of citrus, maybe tart grapefruit and orange. Sweet english malt in the center, although not as prevalent as in the nose. Drying hop finish that doesn't linger. Very nice and balanced.

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied. Develops a creamier mouthfeel as it warms.

O - Very well done English IPA from yet another great eastern PA brewery. I like the combination of citrus and english malt. Very smooth and perfectly hopped.

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Photo of Brewsky29
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an light orange amber color with white head that disappeared in a few maybe two minutes. Lacing in the glass though.

This beer has a nice smell of malts and slight citrus.

This beer tastes of malt slightly boozy and not much in the way of citrus or grapefruit.

This beer has moderate carbonation and a slight tingle.

Overall this beer is just okay not much to say kind of bland, probably won't purchase due to, to many other good beers out there.

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

A: A nice golden yellow with a two finger head.

S: Not very strong but has the hops and citrus expected from an IPA. There are herbal tones as well.

T: A solid IPA. There is the bitterness that is suppose to be in an IPA but it is a little less than expected. It makes up for it with the pine, citrus, and herbal components.

M: It has good viscosity and carbonation.

O: A very good beer. Try it.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Has a wonderful hop aroma with citrus tones, right amount of strength. Great taste with a perfect balance of hops and flavors from the malt. Goes down great and has a good carbonation. This beer is a great IPA. Definitely one that I could drink all night.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack given to me for Xmas from baby sis. Pours a translucent tan capped by a off white head with good retention. Light bubbling carbonation rounds the picture. Nose is full of flower and light caramel. Taste is balanced, almost malt centric with cracker sweetness, add caramel, dash of flower hops. Add undertones of peach. medium bodied. Thanks sis.

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Photo of korguy123
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. No freshness date. Thanks to biglobo8971 for this.

A- Hazy dark peach colored pour. Half finger sticky eggshell head that sheets the glass in lace.

S- Faint citrusy hop, mild floral hop with a sweet malt backing and orange rind. Very pleasant and refreshing.

T- Subtle sweet malts up front with floral and bittering hops. Lemon juice taste on the tongue. Not as hoppy as I expected.

M- Thin body with a quick juicy start and a dry finish.

O- Solid English IPA, was expecting a little more bitterness, but an unknown freshness can be more the culprit.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three-finger tanish white head. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops, mainly lemon and orange. Sweet, mild malts.

Taste: The front is very grapefruit-hoppy, with a bit of mild malts and a bitter finish that doesn't linger very long, no alcohol taste, it's good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation, it's crisp, but a sipper to me.

Overall: A nice beer that I would definitely try again, it reminds me of a more malty version of their Philadelphia Pale Ale.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid take on an English IPA, this beer pours a clear, golden color with an inch-high cap of white foam that sinks ever-so-slowly and leaves clingy lace in its wake. The aroma and flavor were both extremely balanced, falling right down the center between biscuity maltiness and bitter, grassy hops. As you sip, the malt, with its sweet, toasty character, emerges first, finishing with the hops, which linger in the mouth bitterly for a good while. Not a lot of hop nuance here; the bitter aspect somewhat conceals the simple grass and floral taste.

Carbonation is on the medium-low side; body is kind of average, but there is an appealing creaminess here. Very much in the British mold; this is an anti-West Coast IPA. The brewery's Philadelphia Pale Ale is markedly hoppier and more contemporary in both style and taste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of balzern
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper appearance - pretty clear.
Moderate head retention, great lacing down the glass
Strong citrus scent
Taste - doesn't really taste like an IPA but I guess if it is going for a traditional English IPA type it hits the mark. Good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
At 7% and hopped up with citrus flavors, I'm not sure what makes this IPA English rather than American. Maybe English malts? Regardless of classification, this is a delicious and well crafted ale. The big, sticky head and full, fluid body complement the balanced palate and hoppy nose perfectly. A worthy IPA.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large off white head is produced, very foamy but seems to have a lot of staying power and retention. Body color is a very dark orange/brown amber. Clear body, with next to no visible rising carbonation. Head make a nice big thick cap and some small scattered clumpy lacing is left as well.

Nose is a very mushy citrus hop angle with lots of toasty bread and malts. Fruit sense is very over ripe smelling, almost marmalade and jam.

On the palate and nice small fruit chew, the citrus angle comes out first. It seems a little unexpected as it seems to hint of an American style ipa. However on the swallow is a great tannic lingering herbal tea like sensation. Sweet rosehip tea comes through with a good black oolong tea like finish. Nice sweet malt tastes come out with more sips.

Overall, really great tasting beer, rather liking this one and a nice take on the style. Very enjoyable would have again no problem.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Smelled of mild hops, citrus, other light fruits and malt.

T: Tasted of malt (more than I expected), some hops, citrus, and tropical fruits. Maybe it was just me, but the flavor here seemed a little on the thin side, especially in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry, somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some good qualities, it falls short in some key areas.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Clear orange yellow in color with a frothy white head that stuck around for a while. Smell bready and citrusy, oily. Taste dry bitter hops then going to more citrusy oily, balanced out with some malt sweetness backbone, dry bitter finish. Simple enough to be drinkable but complex enough to be interesting. Reminds me of a beefier Sam Smith India Ale. Very good beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rust orange body, finger khaki head,
fantastic lacing

S: mild lemon grass, earthy malt

T: light pine, lemon grass, malt, mild
bitter dry finish

M: med body, semi-dry finish

O: My 1st Yards offering and it was
not bad, guess I have been spoiled
with tons of other IPA. I'm willing
to give them another go.


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