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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

731 Ratings
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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | 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 aerozeppl

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper color. Nice amount of lacing. Good looking IPA.

S: Nice amount of grapefruit which is interesting for an english IPA. Nice hop profile.

T: Decent tasting IPA. Very well balanced. Right to style.

M: Nice easy drinking body. Well carbonated.

D: Really great easy drinking IPA. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 18:35:09 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of BEERchitect


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

A terrific IPA here with blends of English and American influences.

A brilliantly clear copper beer shows fantastic head formation of cream colored foam, great retention as well as lacing. Really, an ideal look.

Aromas and flavors closely mimic each other and begin with a sturdy and caramelized backbone. Malty rich without becomming overly sweet; only a shadow of confection (powdered sugar) to taste but not to feel. Not to be over done are the hops that do more than just balance. A non-descript blend of pine, resin, fresh-cut grasses, and citrus rinds swirl for assertive flavor without offense. Pleasantly balanced and masterfully crafted.

Creamy and medium full up front but the beer fades nicely into a dry, hoppy finish. The procession of the beer is elegant and mature. Considering the balance that doesn't really prefer the hops as much as I expect, maybe this beer would shine even better when brewery fresh.

Thanks Bobfinkenaur!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 16:02:39 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to edbeer for the Yards fix. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent copper with a sudsy, half inch, off-white head that settles into a fairly consistent skim that coalesces around the edges. Thick strands of lacing were revealed during the session and exhibited excellent adherence. Nose reveals caramel/toffee and a biscuity quality with a detectable hops presence in the back - somewhere between piny and grapefruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, the hops comes out upfront on a malt backbone - a little bit of alcohol comes out in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an oily quality and a present background effervescence. Tasty brew. I've found the English IPAs I've tried to be hit or miss, but this one is really excellent. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:49:20 | More by Jwale73
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed muted amber color with about a finger of creamy off white foam. Aromas and flavors consist of a nice balance of caramel malts, citrus and piney hops, lightly toasted bread, a bit earthy with more malt sweetness than your average IPA. But it works for this beer. The ale is medium in both body and carbonation levels with no noticeable alcohol heat. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 17:28:27 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of pwoods


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit/orange juicy color. Short head on the pour without much retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: A bit of hops, herby and maybe a bit grassy. Faint citrus... odd. Lightly sweet malts.

T/M: A bit weak in the bitterness from an IPA. More of the herby and grassy hops but with a definitely splash of citrus. The sweetness of the malts compliments the citrus well. Body is medium with nice carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and crisp.

D: 7% is definitely a surprise. Drinks pretty easy and is pretty tasty, even if it really isn't to the EIPA style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:42:48 | More by pwoods
Photo of thain709


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

A - An orange/deep copper body...an off white head formed about one finger and held itself pretty well...decent lacing

S - A well balanced nose...grapefruit hops, sweet malts, and a touch of honey

T - Again...a well balanced palate...the malts come out first with caramel flavors...they play a big role in this beer since it's an English IPA...the hops come in and are a little more Earthy than what the nose predicted...but a touch of citrus shines through and mixes with the piney hops to provide a not-so-bitter finish to this beer...the sweet malts also help with the bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing...nice balance

D - This is a really nice English IPA...Yard's has done a great job in my opinion with brewing traditional styles...this one gives you some hops...but provides a strong malt presence as well

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:20:29 | More by thain709
Photo of Darkhorse09

New York

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

Had on tap at a outdoor street festival in Center City this past weekend.

A: Deep, dark brown, slightly darker than most IPAs. Good, slightly off white head, leaves nice lacing.

S: Hoppy and malty, married in a classic balance. Heavy malts and just as much hops piney behind. Really great finish, full of bitter hops, forcing you to take another drink.

M: Medium to full bodied, this beer felt more like a DIPA to me. Even seemed to have a bigger ABV than indicated here. Average carbonation, medium flavor retention.

D: very good. Loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 17:21:19 | More by Darkhorse09
Photo of Cylinsier


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold color with a light fizzy head that becomes a film after a few minutes.

Smells of honey malts and floral hop aromas.

Tastes a little sweet and tart like lemon and honey. The hops are present and floral, but surprisingly not bitter. There's barely any bitter twinge to it, yet the hops are potent, sort of an oxymoron of taste that's pleasant to me as non-hophead.

The feel is full but not too thick, with a tickle of carbonation in the back of the mouth.

I'm not by any means an IPA junkie and so I don't drink them enough to call myself well versed in the style, but this is my favorite IPA that I've ever head save for maybe the Dogfish Head 90 minute. Hides the abv well. This would make a good gateway beer for non-hopheads into the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:40:31 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Soonami


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-fuzzy warm orange with a fluffy chunky head

S- caramel and bready malt, with fruity esters

T- Very malty, juicy and sweet with flavors of peach and ripe tropical fruit from the yeast. There was enough hop bitterness to balance the beer but not take away from the character of the beer

M- Chewy and smooth, good carbonation, great mouthfeel

D- Could've had many more, good balance and a great complement to spicy italian hoagies that I was having with this beer

Served at the perfect temperature, just below room temperature, it allowed the fruit and malt flavors of this beer to bloom and express

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 16:12:38 | More by Soonami
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yard's variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a slightly cloudy light amber color. The head is an egg shell color, small sized bubbles, fine thin lacing and poor retention.
Smell: The aromas are pine resin, caramel and cut grass. This is English for sure.
Taste: The flavors are citrusy, caremal and pine sap.
Mouthfeel: The body is too smooth.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 00:28:56 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden/orange color. Clear body with lots of carbonation. 1 finger off-white head leaves nice lacing on my fluted Budweiser glasses.

S - Hops have an earthy character reminiscent of American style C hops but it could be something else considering the english interpretation of the style. Malt profile comes through strong accenting the rich hop aromas.

T - Well balanced, the hops and malts jockey for dominance. The alcohol content is only apparant by the big rich flavor, not hot. Again, earthy and slightly citrus hop flavors and rich carmel.

M/D - Nice light mouthfeel is not sticky. Flavor lingers, easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 21:32:13 | More by magnj
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear orange amber with some nice light brown head with some nice retention and lacing left on the glass.

The smell is light but sweet. The presence of hops is there in the nose from the start. A light aroma comes to greet you tempting the nostrils a bit.

The taste is light grassy hop flavor. Not too strong but well balanced. Just the right amount of bitter hop flavor to give the tongue only slight tangy feel before finishing it off with a slight sweet feel.

This beer is as balanced an IPA can get. Never one sided and quite smooth. Is pretty light feel as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 05:03:31 | More by Duhast500
Photo of WCBCFrank


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yards IPA pours a crisp and dark orange-amber in a traditional pint glass. Nice lacking and good aroma of hops. A social IPA, not a hop-punch, but certainly enough to remind you that this is a IPA. Good finish in the back of the throat.

For the novice: This is a good IPA for those who are not looking for the pungent hoppy beer; great introduction to the style for lager drinkers.

Personally: This is my kind of IPA; I believer that because Yards understand the brewing of bitters and are students of history - they pay careful attention to brew a IPA that it is a complex tasting hoppy beverage, as opposed to a one-note citrus blast to your tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 16:54:46 | More by WCBCFrank
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber color with unfiltered particulate and a shallow foamy head and that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of lacing left behind. The smell is timid but sweet and floral. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy with less zip that the bubbles suggest. The flavor is sweet and lightly hoppy. A reasonable drinker. Thanks out to corb112 for this extra.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 23:41:42 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clean and clear copper tones with nice head and lacing as you drink.

S- Fresh grapefruity hops, earthy grainy aroma

T- Very fresh tasting grapefruity hops with a nice cereal quality.

M- Crisp and smooth. Light to Medium body with very little drying sensation.

D- Very good balance and session drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 19:15:39 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper body with about a finger and a half of white head that has some ok retention but leaves some pretty good rings of lacing.

The smell has a touch of toffee in it, and only a little bit of hops.

The first thing I notice are hops. Some citrus and bitter hop flavors mixed with pineapple and other hoppy fruit flavors. It tates more like American style hops than English. Some toffee malt backbone rounds out the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 22:15:26 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of emsroth

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Chunky 2 finger head. Dark amber. Great joke about how it will "survive the journey from your fridge to you couch"

Smell: Dank fruity hops. Much like the smell of over-ripened fruit. Faint whiffs of alcohol make themselves known.

Taste: A firm but nondescript malt backbone. Next comes the fruity hops reminiscent of delicate summer fruits; over-ripened strawberries come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness to which a roasted malt flavor contributes, but it's dominated by the hops.

Full bodied and delicious. I'm so sad this is the last one in the case.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:32:05 | More by emsroth
Photo of Buebie


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Philbe311 for this bottle.

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. A semi-rigerous pour prodices a 1.5 inch white head.
Receeding somwhat slowly to leave a colar of retention. The head has left a nice pourous sponge cake of thick lace.
Beyond that, lace is a bit more thin, leaving rings on it way down.
The look is transparent, resembliong a filtered beer, a golden orange when held to light.

Aroma is somwhat metallic, lots of malty cereal grains, unfermented honey, a touch of grassy hops and just a smidge of pine in the backround.

Upfront its semi sweet, with a minerally water flavor, mixing well with a carbonation crispness. Not at all over abundant in carbonation, its just right with no stinging providing a quite a bit of creamier full bodied feel.
Malt picking up into the middle and mildly roasted grain flavors coming through to provide good malt backing.
Hops picking up momentum into the swallow. Pine and semi sweet bitters lingering through the swallow. More minerally water lingering alongside the bittersweet hops.

For an IPA though hops do not represent the style. I really enjoy the water used here, the malt and mouthfeel are great. But hops do not do this beer justice style wise.
Overal good, but to follow the style its not good.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 03:43:25 | More by Buebie
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Slightly cloudy amber copper color with a minimal head that went away quickly.
Sm. Pleasant crisp grapefruit smell.
Ta. Again with the citris and crisp clean flavor. Nice bitterness. Just a very clear and flavorful beer. Goes down with ease.
Mf. Smooth and filling without over doing it.
Dr. Very good. I could drink several of these if I could keep awake.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 16:23:40 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of bort11


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Tall off white head, at least an inch thick. Great circular lacing around the glass. Color is a toasty orange.

Smell has a toasty malt base, which is something I really like about English IPAs. Hops are there, orange and grapefruit juice. Taste is amazing in it's simplicity. Very basic and balanced. Nothing over the top. Straight up hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is filling and enjoyable. I would enjoy having more of these ona regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:51:06 | More by bort11
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Union Jacks. Yards IPA holds a bright golden color with off orange tints, topped with a white head, quite nice off the firkin. Smells of floral hops with some grapefruit and slight pine, backed by a good malt base. Taste the same with a slight bitterness, but not over the top since this is an english version IPA. A great feel from the cask, smooth and brisk with a abv not over the top leaving it very drinkable. I wish I had more. I've yet to try a bottle from yards since they changed location but this intrigued me to search them out again.

Serving type: cask

05-16-2009 05:40:39 | More by BARFLYB
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely active pour... Not much in the way of carbonation once the original pour settles... Pale copper caramel color... Completely translucent... Mammoth light tan head with awesome retention... Good stickiness as rings form on the glass during the session...

S - Subdued... Much more malt on the nose than I originally expected... Caramel... Toffee... Citrus hops are secondary on the nose... Orange... Pineapple... Some floral notes can also be detected...

T - The malt stars again on the palette... Caramel... Toffee... Malt... The hops are secondary and very muted... Slightly fruity on the finish... Even a very vague spiciness...

M - Creamy to start... Smooth throughout... Medium bodied... Unfortunately it's a little on the thin side... Not much in the way or carbonation... Faint hop bitterness on finish and during the aftertaste which doesn't linger too long...

D - A solid offering from Yards, but not a very memorable one... Hides the 7% ABV exteremely well... Solid in all categories... A richer fuller slightly more carbonated mouthfeel would add greatly to this brew... None the less, I would gladly welcome the chance to revisit...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 01:41:56 | More by philbe311
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber in color with about an inch of off white head forming on the pour.
Smell is somewhat floral hops, but there's a very barley like, wet grass smell as well. Not so sure about that, it's a little off putting. Taste is more of the same. Some more wet and moldy barley, or spent grains. A decent amount of bitterness in the mouthfeel. A mix between an ESB and a Pale Ale. Decent beer, but I prefer the American, or better yet, Californian version.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 20:00:05 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light orange with a finger of off white head that left some lace.

S- Sweet, fruity, malty smell with some hops and alcohol in the background.

T- Sweet. Fruity. Citrus hops. Dry, earthy, slightly bitter finish. I was expecting the hops to be more aggressive,
but the malts really stand out more in this beer. While it was not what I was expecting, I didn't really mind that much.
It was different, but enjoyable.

M- Medium to full body. Creamy and smooth.

D- Suffers a little because after 2 the sweetness really stood out.

Not what I think of when I see an IPA but it is worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 06:07:44 | More by william5586
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District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Amber with a good thick head forming. Recedes to form a nice foam cap at the top, lacing is decent as well

Aroma: Malt backing with citrus hops

Taste: Citrus hops, then a malty finish. Its not overpowering in the hop department, but this isn't a negative remark. Its not trying to be anything by Stone's. The hops and malts balance well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down great

Drinkability: Tastes good, good mouthfeel. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:25:00 | More by kshankar
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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