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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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:
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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Photo of philmorepunk87


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice dark orange color with a white head that fades and leaves decent lacing

S- floral, citrus smell from the hops

T- a nice hop flavor that isn't too overpowering and then fades into crisply into malt

M- nice and light

D- pretty good for 7% you have to watch out for this one or it will sneak up on you

A solid IPA that definitely deserves a shout if you run across it!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:38:43 | More by philmorepunk87
Photo of donManguno


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from my first BIF. Thanks again, acurtis.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Beautiful orange coloration, and a one-finger white foam head which subsides rather quickly to some patches on the surface.

S: Lovely floral and citrus hop aromas, not too piney, and definitely more subtle than your American style IPA. Malt backbone is detectable and pleasantly sweet.

T: Quite good. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors from the hops dominate, but the malt hasn't been neglected. Finishes crisp with a bit of a floral aftertaste.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Excellent. I could drink these

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 23:27:39 | More by donManguno
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.13/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy, brownish-orange color with no head or lace. The aroma has hints of licorice, molasses, and pine. It's flavor is mainly molasses with plum and toasted malt notes. It leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers. It's got a medium mouthfeel. Yards India Pale Ale is an average beer that could be rated higher if not for the lasting bitter aftertaste. Slightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:02:56 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of verceman

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer on draft at the Tap Room in Bethlehem, PA, and enjoyed it tremendously. I was ecstatic to find it in bottles at the liquor store near my place of employment. This review is my very first review on Beer Advocate, and was done on my second serving from the sixpack of the night.

Appearance - a beautiful amber orange, not a very substantial head

Smell - citrus is the dominant smell.

Taste - like a grapefruit dipped in hops

Mouthfeel - wonderfully acidic.

Drinkability - This is the kind of beer that you ponder, long after finish it, and wonder if it's OK for you to have another.

I've only discovered craft beers in the last 9 months or so, and my favorite is Duvel. I've tried many kinds, including doppelbocks, landbier, several IPAs, german and belgian wheat beers, and have asked employees for their recommendations. This beer is so terrific, I could not resist telling the forum about it. I think you'll agree - this IPA is fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:38:18 | More by verceman
Photo of igotmilk


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice pale orange color. Has a transparent look with a small head. Very little brussels lace. Contant carbonation from bottom of pint glass.

Smell - Very nice aroma with hints of citrus flavor. Do I smell apricots?

Taste - Initial tasting contains earthy hops followed by a slight bitterness towards the end. Very smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The higher alcohol isn't too noticable for an IPA. Definitely want the beer to rest for for a few minutes to let the carbonation settle down a bit.

Drinkability - Very tasty beer and a somewhat milder IPA. Definetely work picking up a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:33:34 | More by igotmilk
Photo of pburland23


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up two growlers full at the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods to tailgate with at the Penn State vs. Michigan last weekend. Got some cross looks from other tailgater who weren't used to seeing anything but BMC pre-game.

The beer poured a copperish-red and had a pleasing off white head.

The taste paired well with a 45 degree central Pennsylvania evening. This is definitely an English IPA and not an American hop bomb, though the citrus hops are prevalent in taste and smell.

At 7% it's a little high to be sessionable, but the drinkability is good. I certainly enjoyed a few pints before heading into the game.

All in all, Yards IPA is solid English IPA that I can see myself drinking again in the future.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2010 19:24:47 | More by pburland23
Photo of Morey


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA poured copper-orange in color with a fluffy off-white head that has now settled to a thin layer, but seems to be leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is hoppy, but it's more of an earthy/grassy hop as apposed to a citrus/pine type of one. Sweet malty aroma is also there.

Taste similar to how it smells. This is definitely more of a earthy Ipa with a pretty big malt profile. Don't get me wrong, it's hoppy, but it reminds me more of an ESB. Similar to Southern Tier's Harvest or Goose Island Harvest.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road with an earthy hop bite. Carbonation is just a touch high.

I could easily drink a sixer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good beer, and a pretty decent Ipa. That being said, it's not really cheap, and there are several Ipa's that I prefer over this one for the same or less money.

If you're a fan of ESB's or IPA's that are more on the earthy side, this might be something you want to check out.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:02:53 | More by Morey
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber color (and a little prettier on-tap). Starts off with a snappy, finger-width sudsy head, sort of pink-brown. Slightly hazy.

Real fruity/citrus aroma. Fuzzy/herby hop character - quite potent. Crystal malt background. Pulls from English malt and American hop characters.

English ale malt profile. Lively citrus zest and aftertaste - half grapefruit, half orange. Even leaves a sticky, citrus film in your mouth. Drinks frothy and moderately smooth. A little sugary sweet in the finish as well.

Boils down to an overall English ale base with a thoroughly invigorating jolt of zingy, citrusy hops. Every time I have this, it's so damn difficult not to down it with authority. Consistently very tasty. Alcohol is vaguely present at the end, but it doesn't come close to interfering with the flavor - only your sobriety. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 20:14:35 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of head that fades quick to a bubbly layer of lace, hazy honey gold color.

s- earthy, zippy hops, little bready, light citrus.

t- earthy hop, malt upfront, only minimal bitterness here that doesn't linger too long.

s- medium to light.

d- okay, not a wonderful ipa, but it's drinkable. i would choose many other ipas over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 19:35:11 | More by thecarster1
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Have had this brew in bottles many times and always dug it. Tonight had on draft while enjoying a sheppards pie. Fantastic! Delicious! Sweet tropical fruit and killer hop nose. Taste follows suit. Fresh on tap-- this is a killer brew. I'll be back at same bar tomorrow for more!! Really, a terrific IPA that falls more toward American vs. English. Go find a tap!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 01:56:44 | More by DJED69
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12 oz. bottle from a mix bought at the brewery on Saturday, 9/11. Poured to a tumbler-ish glass at the hotel.

A: Glowing golden, tinted 'butterscotch'. As with most of the Yards I sampled, refined clarity. Bubbles are rather scarce, but lace/head are terrific: a finger of foam fades to sticky sheets, bright and eggshell white.

S: Mmmm, a noseful of grass clippings, lemony/peppery herbs. Strong and lasting, grows a touch sweeter over time, but maintains a nose-twitching herbal scent to the end.

T: Spicy hops and a lengthy squeeze of lemon. Piney resin grows, but never quite repeals the caramel malt that develops alongside.

M: Good carbonation, a busy roil in the mouth and medium body. Smoothes i late in the pour and grows a little sticky.

D: All too drinkable, a wonderfully well-balanced IPA. That Union Jack on the label should leave no confusion as to its stylings, but the generic 'IPA' might lead one to expect an even more powerful dose of hops, more like we Yanks are used to. In that regard, this performs well: amply hopped and full of citrus...7% hides very nicely, too. Sure, I'd love to have more...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 04:17:03 | More by msubulldog25
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Look of a great IPA,with a great copper color, and 3/4 inch foamy cap of tan topping it off.

S: Floral hops, and light bubble gum.

T: Yes, floral hop front side with a backside of peppery bublegum.

M: Light akrylic, and nice lacing on glass. Medium bodied.

D: Could always drink this very nice IPA from Philly.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:27:47 | More by nukem5
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce glass into a standard pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a 2 finger white head. It smells more like an American IPA, than and English. It has big tangy citrus on the nose. The flavor has lots of herbal and citrus notes and a nice long bitter finish. It is medium in body and well carbonated. A very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:03:04 | More by bonkers
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to the NB Globe Glass. Big thanks to Vince for this!

Appearance - Pours a golden yellow with hints of orange, just a bit. Pours super translucent, crystal clear. Pours with a 1 finger white frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell - Mostly getting a very clean herbal hop scent with traces of pine and citrus. Some nice biscuity malt can be picked out along with some caramel sweetness. Nice earthy tones throughout. A bit weak on the nose otherwise.

Taste - This has some really great qualities on the tongue, a good amount of hops and a great balance by the malt. Not your typical english IPA, pretty hop forward. Nice spicy and earthy hops meet a tiny bit of citrus and pine right up front, chased by what I could smell, some great caramel malt with biscuit qualities. A nice bitter bite finishes it off.

Mouthfeel - Feels great, very smooth, I like the feel of this beer. The carbonation is just right and the body is where it should be, medium to light, weighted towards medium. Despite how smooth, still has a bit of sticky and biting hops, great.

Drinkability - I would have no problem drinking a 6 pack of these. The 7% is nowhere to be found, I was surprised it was that high, seemed more like 4.5% to me. Great beer I could enjoy at any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:46:20 | More by cvaypai
Photo of droomyster


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a generously sized frumpy head with excellent retention. The head gradually settles in bubbly clumps like islands in a sea. The nose is very hoppy, wtih strong (and appealing) tropical fruity notes and orange zest dominating the aromas; sweet, caramelly malt aromas bring up the rear. Not a whiff of alcohol, despite the high abv. Smell is very enticing. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tastes is good, if somewhat simple. Citrus zest hits the front palate before sweet caramelly malts dominate the middle. The finish lingers long with flavors like mandarins and butterscotch. All in all, this is one of my very favorite everyday IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:29:10 | More by droomyster
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2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

the beer is a nice clear copper color, with a thin white head that remains most the way through drinking. while the head is smallish, it leaves nice lacing. aroma is piney hops, bitter. that carries into the taste, as loads of hops is the main flavor. but really the only flavor I detect. the carbonation is moderate, the body average for the style. unfortunately too unbalanced for me to drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:28:31 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Milestone221


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Amber/brown and cloudy. Brown 1" head with dissipates quickly. Some carbonation. Very good. Good lacing as well.

S- Intense hops and malts. Caramel and slight roasted nuts too, but malts overpower.

T- Bitter at first and quite strong but slowly calm down, making hops present. Straightforward but good for the foreign style. Better when sipped.

M- Leaves unappetizing initial aftertaste which betters over time. Medium in the mouth feel but still bitter. Heavy.

D- Sessionable with a lower APV. Definitely a different taste for an IPA, but welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:58:08 | More by Milestone221
Photo of stonelis


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber cloudy color. Thin head. Not as hoppy as I'm used to for an IPA. British malts stand out. some initial sweetness. maybe some apricot or grapefruit notes. Crisp with subtle carbonation. I'm not a big fan of english IPA's but this was OK.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:12:15 | More by stonelis
Photo of Xul


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to G311 for the extra!

A: Pours an effervescent, slightly hazy orange with some golden highlights, capped by a finger of frothy, eggshell head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Hops are more assertive than I expected from an English IPA, good citrus character right up front along with some moderate pine resin. The malt character balanced the hops well, with grainy bread, accented by a nutty quality.

T: Starts out some what sweet with a strong bready and nutty malt base, before opening up into some restrained piney hops in the mid-palate. The nuttiness is remarkably strong - and enjoyable - all the way through the finish, where it's joined by some light hop resin. Very balanced.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, has a great smooth feel as it glides across the tongue.

D: Extremely balanced and goes down deceptively easy for a 7% ABV. I'll readily admit that I'm a big fan of West Coast IPAs, but this is a great change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 04:27:34 | More by Xul
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New Jersey

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

Poured into an American pint glass; cloudy amber with one finger of white, and good lacing. Smelled of pine, bitter herbs, and grass. Tasted initially of pine and bitter herbs, then dissolved to apple and citrus, finishing on a sweet'ish note. Very nice and surprising flavor progression. Medium bodied; not overly carbonated. Well hidden alcohol content has you thinking that this is a great session ipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:33:55 | More by donniecuffs
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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.85.

A: Burnished orange-amber with soft, 2-finger beige head with good retention and lacing.

S: One of the most unique aroma profiles with orange citrus, butterscotch, and musky herbal, earthy hops creating a huge sensory blast of woody, nutty, and sweet maltiness mixed deliciously with orange, herbal citrus.

T: The muskiness in the aroma translates to a woody, nutty, herbal flavor that permeates the orange citrus hoppiness. Tea-like flavors come through in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and slick feel.

D: Overall this brew hits an interesting spot between English and American IPA with the musky, malty aroma saturated in orange, herbal hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 03:53:09 | More by argock


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled on 4/19/10 and sampled on 6/3/10.

A: A two and a half finger heads puffs up over the rim of the glass. Creamy/frothy and very light tan. Excellent retention. The body is a hazy amber/golden orange. Transparency is low but boatloads of bubbles can be seen rushing through to the top. The head is still going strong, laying down patches of lace at colder temperatures, but now in sheets as the beer has warmed quite a bit by now.

S: Malts of caramel, grain and bread plus nutty. Malt intensity is as high as one would expect from an east coast english style IPA. The hops are big yet approachable. Fresh orange plus a clean resiny pine aroma. Touch of wood and grass.

T: Light to moderately sweet with less than average bitterness. Respectable flavor duration. In the background, flavors of peach and white pepper. Slightly dusty.

M: Medium full, thick and creamy with a tame yet fizzy carbonation. Semi-chalky.

D: If you have an appreciation for the English IPA, this Yards is an excellent, highly drinkable choice. The hops and malts are both big, and they are balanced well. I'm surprised by my own ratings here, but this is one solid brew, and I stand by them.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 17:52:54 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A very dark gold with a thin, however noticeable head topping off the beer.

S: The smell of the Yards IPA is very woody, Cedar I believe. There is also very present malt and hop aromas.

T: The wood flavor comes through pretty thick, hops coming in second. The malt taste enters as an aftertaste.

M: Very smooth, although full bodied.

D: You definitely should grab a friend to share a 6 pack with, because drinking one by yourself might seem more like a chore than a pleasure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 16:24:30 | More by gboy515duo
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