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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 53 | 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 cvaypai


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
Photo of jmdrpi


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
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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
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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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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a lightly cloudy copper orange color with large white creamy head and fair lacing. straw like malt flavor. citrus fruity hop smell,taste is the same plus some piney perfume hints. light body, thin slick texture and lively carbonation. slight bitter finish with a short flavor duration. could throw this beer back all night long.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 12:34:00 | More by berpwillie
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light copper orange. Has a Huge thick off white head. Has very nice lace and a chunk lace island. Sticky, good looking brew.

Brew smells big citrus hops (almost earthy too); malty, yeasts. Some fruit as well.

The brew is crisp initially and finishes bitter. Has a creamy smooth mouthfeel as well as you drink. The brew is hoppy with a bitter finish, but not a heavy bitter brew. Has a fruit citrus hop flavor. Has a nice malt character as well. Almost has a earthy taste as well. Complex and tasty with almost no alcohol detected.

This is a very good brew, the first of many I will enjoy from this local brewery. Very good to session.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 00:57:45 | More by magine
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poiurs a hazy coppery color witha nice two finger head. The smell and taste are dominated by a nice citrusy hoppy flavor. Very smoothe beer for 7% ABV. This would be a beer which you could very easily have too many. I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 17:16:04 | More by lionking
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a pint. Appears a hazy golden orange color with less than a finger of slightly yellowish stained fluffy foam for a head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass and minor powers of retension. Aroma of this beer is a pleasant mixture of citrus hops that lean slightly towards almost an orange-like fruit character and a bit of malt candy-like sweetness backing in the nose. Mixed in there is a bit of yeast character as well. Taste is pleasantly bitter with a good amount of hop flavors that again present themselves with a bit of bitter orange rind type of taste. Flavors also included are a bit of citrus and grass. Medium to light feel with a modest amount of carbonation. Fair amount of malt sweetness compliments the bitterness nicely. This is an overall nicely well rounded beer. The hops linger in the mouth with their bitterness being slightly exaggerated by the alcohol warmth that is present.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 21:45:12 | More by stakem
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, hazy burnt orange color. The tall head is dense and thickly frothy, with a pale orange tint. Retention is very firm, and loads of sticky lace clings to the glass.

S: Some light caramel and sugar cookie notes from the malt. Quite fruity, with a juicy orange and tropical character. A bit of mineral aroma as well.

T: Some sweet sugar cookie malt flavor with a kiss of crystal malt sweetness. Vibrantly fruity hop flavor, with orange juice and a tropical melange. Bitterness is not over the top, but it is present in appreciable quantities.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is supple and lends a creamy mouthfeel. A flash of alcoholic dryness accompanies the finish.

D: This won't jump on you right away, but this is a very well-brewed IPA. Flavorful and hoppy without an intense bitterness. Definitely recommended - a really pleasant drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:59:03 | More by Clydesdale
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. The ale is a deep gold in color with a bone white head and tons of lacing.

Smell: Floral and hoppy for sure, a nice aroma.

Taste: Lightly bitter hops with a pale malt backing. Lemony citrus notes coupled with an earthy bitterness and some pine notes. Malt is just there for balance and overall the beer is creamy and smooth for an IPA.

Drinkability: An excellent beer and easy to drink much of it. Good pairing with spicy foods. Another fine pale ale from Yards

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 19:24:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the hoppy, citrusy aroma is fair warning from the sky that storm may be coming... an ominous sign for the British imperialists.

The color is a very pretty honey. If I were to draw a beer, I'd draw it this color. The thick off white head clings to the glass through the entire session.

The taste is slightly bitter and well balanced. This balance adds to it's drinkability. And leaves a good heavy mouthfeel.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:33:42 | More by klkatz
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark gold with moderate off-white head. It smelled like pine and grapefruit and orange zest, with a bit of honey malt and peppercorn. It tasted like pine and grapefruit and orange zest, with a little light caramel malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a good but simple flavor, although it got a bit dirty in the lingering aftertaste. It had a nice body and was easy enough to drink. An enjoyable IPA, but ultimately mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 18:10:50 | More by Pencible
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle from a variety case into a mug.

A: Pours a hazy copper, slightly amber color. Particles are present in the mug after the pour - likely either yeast or hop residue. I don't mind one bit. Good carbonation.

S: Strong hop aroma. Very pleasant smell of citrus & floral hops. Doesn't completely mask the malts as they just barely peek through.

T: Bitter hop taste, but pleasant. Refreshing & hoppy. I really like this. Malt profile a bit hidden. Could be slightly better balanced. Would like to see a little more malt character.

M: Good carbonation and a nice even, refreshing taste.

D: I could drink a lot of these, although the hops might get a little too much for me after quite a few. A very good beer to enjoy a few of.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 22:50:58 | More by jwhancher
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a huge foamy white head. The head settled down to a thin spotty covering but left some excellent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice bright floral and fruity hop smell to it. It has some peach and pineapple with a little bit of a spicy pine flavor to help round it out.

The taste has some of the same tropical fruit flavors found in the nose. It also has a moderate piny bitterness in the finish. It's a very nice hoppy IPA with a good mix of hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice tasting and drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:17:05 | More by billab914
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass

Nice deep copper orange in color with a thick white head on top. There is yeast sediment that is suspended throughout the liquid.

Smells refreshingly unique - peach, apricot, and maybe some mango. Sweet malt and mild hops.

Initially sweet and malty, but that gives way to a nice citrusy hop dry finish. the alcohol is there, but hidden well.

Good carbonation and creamy - medium.

I would love a case of this dangerous stuff given the abv...very good...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:31:19 | More by ujsplace
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had this brew last night on tap at Kitchen Bar in Abington, PA. A completely new tap and I had the 2nd glass.

The beer poured beautifuly with a great head that held lots of retention and left excellent lacing on the glass

This IPA's armoa was very citriusy with a slight malt undertone. The alcohol was also apparent in it's nose

The taste was very citriusy. The grapefruit taste is almost balanced by the malt undertone. The alcohol makes itself apparent fairly obviously but in a good way.

Really an interesting IPA. Never really had an English IPA before this one and I'm pleased with the product. I'd definitely purchase this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 14:08:00 | More by hippityhops85
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-medium-amber-dark-gold color...?

Smells like west coast ipa hops, but with the dubious addition of buttered popcorn and rubber tire aromas (mmm, the fermentation issues here) but it doesn't detract from the flavor too much to remind me that this reformulated IPA is a big change from the old one. This one is more Lagunitas flavored - whatever hops they're using; west coast style IPA. Which is better than the old school "we're doing a british style" which was another way of saying "mediocre 90's east coast style."

Big hop flavor comes through on the taste too, with only a little buttered popcorn and no rubber tires.

Medium body and as drinkable as any American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 00:44:31 | More by dedrinker
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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