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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 75 | 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 Beerhoppitus
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, cut me some slack.

Appearance - A very nice pale amber. clear with a good size head, about 1-2 fingers. Head dissipated but not as quickly as some beers ive had. Great lacing.

Smell - Hoppy, very much what your would expect from an IPA. Im not sure what combination/type of hops they use but its a good citrus and distinctly hoppy smell, again what you would expect from a solid IPA

Taste - The hoppy smell definitely matches the initial taste. The first thing you taste is a pleasant amount of hops. Not overly bitter though, bitter to the point of being enjoyable, actually very enjoyable. It follows with a nice balance of malts and finishes with a lingering citrus flavor that i cant seem to get enough of.

Mouthfeel - That of a very solid brew. Not to thin, not to thick, just right? yea thats it... just right. Can't say enough good things about Yards IPA.

Overall - Go buy this beer. Im partial since this is a local brew, and i met the owner a few years back and he seemed like a pretty cool guy, but all of that stuff aside this is a very solid beer. This is a go-to IPA for me. and i would recommend it anyone, along with most other Yards brews. Definitely a beer you can drink a few of.

Beerhoppitus, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass; great pour with a nice inch thick offwhite head, that clings the glass very well, great lacing; color is a crystal clear pale amber, with light carbonation.

Smell is big citrusy, piney hops with a solid caramel malt base. You can pick up some estery alcohol notes as well, but it is not overdone.

Taste is a solid caramel malt, light sweetness quickly followed by the strong bitterness of the hops, with flavors of citrus and pine; notes of the alcohol ester are here as well, but again not overdone.

Mouthfeel is right on the line of being a bit cloying from the estery and hop bitterness, but for this type of beer its just right. The flavors cling the tongue and cheek just enough to keep the flavor lasting.

Very drinkable, I like the touch of caramel malt flavor to back up the big hop bitterness.

mvanaskie13, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear copper with some honey gold. A huge amount of off white head that has great retention.

S-Grassy hoppiness with a nice malt backbone. Mostly bready with a bit of caramel.

T-Nicely citrusy with a great amount of maltiness. Very well balanced. Many English style IPAs have a ringwood-like buttery note that I do not care much for. This one does not have that characteristic, and I am very happy about that.

M-Medium bodied with some lingering oiliness.

D-Yes, indeed. This is a deliciously sessionable IPA, well, except maybe for the 7% ABV.


sholland119, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of sitarist
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #7 from sholland119.

Pours an orange/bronze color. Lots of bubbles rise up as little bits of sediment float down. There is about an inch of white head that falls to a top coating that leaves lots of lacing.

I smell herbs, green tea, straw/hay, crackers, an some mild hints of peach. There is something floral too, I cant come up with the words to describe.

I dont taste much...some green tea, herbs, grass, and crackers.

It has a medium body. The carbonation is lively, but not overly so. It has a refreshing finish.

An easy drinking beer that would be nice on a hot summer day.

sitarist, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of victory4me
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a hazy golden amber with one to two fingers of foamy head. Smell of peaches, apricots, and a floral grassiness up front. Slight alcohol finish in the aroma with the sweet maltiness is slightly off-putting.

Taste is of obvious Amarillo hops, which is unexpected for an English IPA. Not as much malt sweetness as expected, which I like. There is something present in the flavor that I do not like. Slightly medicinal flavor I just can't put my finger on. Overall this is a tasty beer that I could enjoy a few of. Mouthfeel Is sticky and slightly cloying. A decent beer at a good price point.

victory4me, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for this one. Review from notes 1/22/11.

A: Clear orange with a fluffy head that settles quickly to a layer of small bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of hops, but more grassy. Nice toasted malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Very nice light malt flavor. The hops come through as slightly fruity, but much more earthy than anything else.

M/D: Medium bodied. A nice english IPA. Once in a while, it is refreshing not to drink a hop bomb, and this one fits the bill nicely. That 7% is a bit sneaky too.

mdaschaf, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan and clear. The lacing is pretty good and the head is fair.

Smells of nice earthy malts with plenty of hops, yet understated.

Floral and citrus hops are dominant, but a good malt base rounds out this flavorful beer.

Rather dry and lingering in its bitterness. Mildly carbonated.

Drinks pretty nice. A good beer.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

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.

jpmclaug, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking beer. A crystal clear amber hued beer with a dense two finger white head.
The foam cap lingers for quite awhile fading to a nice ring with some center churning.
Some good lacing, too.
A sweet malt aroma with an earthy hop bouquet.
Sweet caramel malt taste with earthy slightly floral hop presence.
A medium mouthfeel with a dry finish and bitter aftertaste.
There is a slight puckering somewhat harshness to this beer, but not really a factor in my opinion.
A good beer both to look at and drink.

micromaniac129, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O pulled pint at dawson st pub. It took awhile but it looks worth it.

A- comes to me after quite the struggle off the pump with a huge two fingers of dense fluffy off white head that holds and holds even after the first sips. When the head does slowly recede it leaves a ton of sticky lace. Beautiful dark copper orange in color. Truly a spectacular looking brew.

S- nose is a melange of citrus and light pine with a floral honey sweetness. Rather understated nose but its good for as light as it is.

T- hop forward but not overwhelmingly bitter. Hops are bitter and citrusy and rolls slowly into a light caramel and honey sweetness. Touches of bready malts here and there.

M- smooth and creamy on the palate with a less then mid level body and light carb that does shows it head and make things extra bright.

D- this is an easy drinker if I've ever seen one. Tasty and easy going is the name of the game. On cask and fresh is what makes this brew great. Killer stuff.

oglmcdgl, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of dk83022
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice auburn/ruby pour

S- Grapefruit and floral aromatics. Has a great earthiness to it that gives it a great sniff.

T- Great ale with a smooth body. The IPA is a really polished beer that is one of Yards' best.

M- Tang but not overwhelming

D- Solid IPA that can be a staple beer in ones fridge

dk83022, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Ryanm1
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at low temperate into a glass. Nice foamy head. Clear amber color, great for an IPA. Distinctly hoppy taste. Sweet smell, sweet taste, not as bitter as most IPAs on the market.

Local brew from Philadelphia ale, India Pale Ale style.

Ryanm1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Jayli
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a rather clear light copper color with a 2 finger of off white creamy head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves spotted chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is spicy, peppery hop scent, plus a good deal of floral hops, and a caramel malt presence.

Taste: At first, an extremely bold, overpowering floral, almost soapy flavoring (glass was already used once and rinsed). AS it warms, the soapy taste lightens slightly, and a more peppery, spiciness comes out. Extreme caramel malt hop presence comes through. Malt really holds through the finish with a hint of citrus hop flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy at first with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes down ok, sorta tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, but not a very good representation of style. Oddly balanced and the hop was just... off. I would pass on this in the future.

Jayli, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of philmorepunk87
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

philmorepunk87, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of donManguno
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

donManguno, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.13/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

B967ierhunter177, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of verceman
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

verceman, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of igotmilk
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

igotmilk, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

pburland23, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Morey, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Bouleboubier, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

thecarster1, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of DJED69
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

DJED69, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 24, 2010
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.