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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

845 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 107 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2001

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 ckollias
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.97/5  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.

Photo of LittleDon
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of gatorbreath
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was OK, just fine, but nothing spectacular.

Enjoyed this from a bottle from a mixed case picked up from a packing shop in Philly.

Appearance is GOLD with some froth to the northernmost points of the glass. Smell is hoppy, citrusy, more gasoline like than I am really comfortable with, forgive me if this is a stretch. Just a bit more acidic hoppiness than im diggin'.

Taste is a little tight on the buds and still not that hoppy.. I still don't mind it. The mouthfeel is spicy. Overall i like the offering but i am really feeling the Yard's Pale Ale a little more. Things are a little spicy and I am feeling something more balanced with that type of mouthfeel. Going to stick with the Light green label for the time being from Yards.!

Thank you PA for a great visit!

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white foam head with good retention. There is a nice amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit flavors. There is also a small amount of pine hops and some bready malt character.

T: Starts off with a nice hop bitterness as the citrus hops hit the palate first and foremost. The hops are quite prevalent throughout. The middle brings a biscuit bready malt character that starts to balance out the beer. The bready malt comes through more on the back end, which tones down the hop bitterness.

M: A nice medium body beer. Leaves a citrusy bitter taste on the palate.

O: A really easy and balanced IPA. Not overly complex, but still tasty. Quite easy to drink.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy, orange to light amber colored with frothy white head that settles to a layer of bubbles on the surface. Good lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Grapefruit, mint, herbal and pine all first in the nose. The hops are dominant but toasted grains, toffee and bread dough make the malt a solid backbone.

T: Apricots, pine, herbal and floral notes of lemongrass and jasmine. Malts are somewhat toasty and doughy with a subtle sweetness. More hops in the finish with a grapefruit tartness.

M: Medium body with crisp, tight bubbly carbonation.

D: A well made beer with no real flaws. Refreshing and crisp without being over the top with bitterness. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of clayphilly
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I got into Beer, this was my beer of choice. Nice, crisp, hoppy taste, goes down nice with a twang aftertaste. Definitely a multiple beer drinker, tastes good served cool or cold. Not too bogged down with the heaviness of hops, but still strong hop flavor. Still a favorite.

-24 bottle case
-Beer distributor 6th and moore, South Philly

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into pilsner glass. Solid frothy white head that's sticking around nicely. Good lacing too. Color is just a little darker than amber, not quite copper. Some bits of sediment floating around.

S: Smells of pine and grapefruit, very grapefruity actually. Also smells a little sweet.

T: Sweet maltiness followed by strong grapefruity amarillo hops. Not as bitter as say Rogue Yellow Snow, but similar in flavor.

M: A little on the oily side, carbonated well, with a very slight dryness that lingers. Quite drinkable.

O: Not a bad beer, not necessarily better than other IPA's from the area, but different than most east coast IPA's, plus it's super drinkable!

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared with me by Amyliz4. Thanks. Beer is brown and mostly clear, copperish more than brown with a decent head of off white bubbles and some lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little malty with some mild noble hop aromas, mild pine as well, the malt is winning the battle.

Beer is medium in body and mildly hoppy on the midpalate region. The hoppiness gives way ultimately to a heavy finish with a strong malt...sweetness?...that's not the right word. It's heavier on the back half than the front half. Overall it's a decent EIPA, but I doubt I'd drink too much of it.

Photo of Dmoore07
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice copper color. Solid white head that stick around.

S- nice hop aromas. Citrus dominates.

T- well balanced. Hops are bitter, but with good citrus flavor. Just enough malt to balance it.

M- smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall- pretty tasty IPA. I would keep coming back to this one.

Photo of Beerhoppitus
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.


Photo of sitarist
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of victory4me
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of dk83022
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of Ryanm1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Jayli
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of philmorepunk87
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Photo of donManguno
3.83/5  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

India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.