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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

792 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 78 | 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 smakawhat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

smakawhat, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -20.4%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +6.1%

touchmeimsac, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +6.1%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.1%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

stingrayvr6, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.


BeerLover99, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at home into my perfect pint glass. Keg is super fresh dated two weeks ago.

A: A medium amber orange color with a two finger white fluffy head. Glass lacing is full and sticky.

S: Nice floral and herbal hops coupled with caramel sweetness and some bread notes.

T: The hops and sweetness seem to mix together at the front of the beer. Large notes of floral and herbal hops, some grassy notes, lemon, slight orange and a pretty hefty caramel and toffee sweetness. Some buttery and fresh baked bread notes are present until the more earthy and bitter hops finish out. This is not a super bitter beer, but it does create a nice crisp dry finish. This is a really balanced beer.

M: Medium, slightly bitter, creamy but clean on the finish. Not much alcohol shows.

O: Funny how you start tasting the brewery's yeast flavors in different beers. This and the Philly Pale both share a similar yeast flavor. This is an English style so it's not in you face hoppy, but it still has a nice hoppy flavor to it. Good beer that is a bit different than the rest.

I have been slacking in not reviewing this before, so I figured now that I had it on tap at home it is time to review it. A very nice IPA that is really, really drinkable and won't pound your mouth with hops. Nice.

Kadonny, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a pretty light tan head that subsides quickly and leaves a modest amount of lacing. Orange amber color with modest clarity.

Not hugely aromatic, but a bit of herbs and sweet grass on the nose. Floral and orange hop notes on the palate are well balanced by a caramel sweetness that resolves into a pleasantly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriate to the style. A tasty brew - I would try it again, especially if I can find it fresh on tap.

CliffBrake, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Rifugium, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks Bill! Review from notes taken 06/14/2011.

Pours a hazy orange/gold color with about a centimeter of white head that fades fast. Smells of grapefruit, pine, orange and lemon peels, and hops. Tastes similar, with an initial emphasis on grapefruit and other citrus flavors, followed by a weird, almost soapy middle. Ends with a delicious hoppy, bitter finish. Mouth is bitter and dry. Overall, a good IPA.

eclipse54, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in trade from Centennial. Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange and golden color. Thick two inch head with great lacing.

S: Some citrus notes. Good malt background.

T: No bottle dating, but because it's an English IPA I know it's not meant to be overly hoppy or bitter.Very flavorful even though it is not too hoppy. Excellent sweet caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied. Very carbonated. Smooth.

O: I could definitely throw back a few of these. I thought this was a solid brew.

avaldivia, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a (Surly power of the pint)pint glass.

A- Pours a two finger bubbly head, decent lacing, clear yellow orange bronze color, well carbonated.
S- Slight pine, citrus, grapefruit, nice malt backbone, nutty/bready notes.
T- Easy drinking, refreshing beer, citrus, grapefruit, big malt presence but does not take away from the beer, I usually dislike the malt forward nutty smelling/tasting IPAs but it works for this beer, really enjoyable.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- Easy drinking solid beer, enjoyed it after work today while sitting on my deck, perfect for a nice sunny day.

Chriscrundwell12, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Crabbicuss for another one! No freshness info. Enjoyed on 08/21/11.

A - Pours a clear, good looking copper color with a one finger white head. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Citrusy hops and pale caramel malts. Classic English IPA, not overly bitter. Well done.

A - Similar to the nose. Caramel sweetness is present throughout. Toward the back, a nice citrusy bitterness comes through. Finishes very clean with a good mild sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, this is a well done EIPA. Very balanced, drinkable, and enjoyable.

Janderson91, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Wtbrooks
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice good head with good lacing. Dark copper in color
Hoppy and citrus smell
Really good taste. Sweet buttery and plenty of hops. Good balance. Slight pine and lemon.
Decent mouth feel. Good carbonation smooth over the tounge.
Overall a really good ipa.

Wtbrooks, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of mjw06
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color with a rich, soft head that leaves nice sticky scum on the glass. The smell isn't rich, however it is sharp and clean floral with no imperfections or unpleasant notes. Very mouthwatering.

The taste mimicks the smell with a very clean and mild hoppiness (relative to style). Floral? Kind of, but very indistinct. Malt character plays the background with a sharp but mildly sweet astringent barley. Fairly simple presentation, little to no character which is where it loses with me. I really enjoyed the feel of it though and wish more IPA felt like this. Some great sustenance, but not so much that it left too much residual on the tongue.

I like this. I think their pale ale is much better with a lot more character however.

mjw06, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of MrOH
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, some haze, single finger of white head. Spotty lace.

Piney, earthy hops, hint of citrus, some biscuity malt, touch of alcohol.

Yeast fruity, plum, spicy hops, nice caramel backbone. Earthy and herbal. An easy drinker.

Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Clean, though.

I'm not all that well versed on English IPAs, but I enjoy this quite a bit.

MrOH, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of bigalcole44
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not bad at all the first time i tried it. not overly hoppy. decent texture and smoothness to it. normal appearance for an IPA. Not he best IPA but far from the worst. Having it by the shore in Wildwood, NJ helped though. good paired with a sloppy cheeseburger.

bigalcole44, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards is always a safe bet, with the exception of perhaps the bawler (which I really don't understand). Their pale ale is one of my all-time favorites.

This English style IPA pours a golden brown color, a tad on the darker side than your run of the mill IPA and features a nice amount of head.

Smell is very malty, mixed with a nice amount of hops.

Taste is orange and bitter, perfectly reminiscent of English style brews. Overall, a nice balance of malt and hops. If there's one complaint, there could maybe be a tad more hoppiness to it.

devinoconnor, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also very hoppy, some citrus notes, not much balance, finishes dry and bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange ale with a frothy white 2-finger head after a violent pour that dissipates and quickly and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma dominates this beer with ever sniff. Maybe a mild aroma of citus and buttery malts.

T: Great IPA hoppy flavor rolls across the tongue. Decent buttery malt background with hints of grass and bready notes followed by a bite of orange on the palate and leaves a nice long, dry finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Very good IPA – very hoppy and decent amount of alcohol present just to make things interesting. Would grab for this again.

ckollias, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle traded to me from user G311. thanks vince! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a hazy amber/copper colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head is pretty quick to fade, leaving behind small rings of lacing.

S- the nose begins with earthy/leafy hops. there are also small notes of pine. after that i get some caramel and toffee malts which add a nice balance to the hops, as well as some sweetness.

T- the taste begins with a nice level of malts. sweet caramel and toffee lead the way before moving onto floral, earthy, and leafy hops. nicely balanced, as the style should be.

M- a solid medium body here with a rather subdued level of carbonation.

O- a well balanced IPA, just like english IPAs should be. id try this again if i had the chance. another good experience form a Yards brew.

jwinship83, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber and clear with plenty of head and fair amount of lace. Aroma is citrus and earthy. Medium carbonation and light body. Taste leans toward the dry side with lots of bitterness on the finish. Malty start and middle. A very high hopped English IPA.

LittleDon, Jun 07, 2011
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.