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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

816 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 90 | 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 Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Stinkypuss, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of klkatz
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

klkatz, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Pencible, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

jwhancher, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

billab914, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

ujsplace, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of hippityhops85
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

hippityhops85, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

dedrinker, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper with fluffy head. Aroma has a promising piny hop aroma. Flavor however is fairly mild, with a smooth carmelly taste, with a slight toasted nut character, like almonds. A little whiff of banana ester comes through. but a deep piny bitterness redeems it, though it develops slowly. Mouthfeel is creamy.

Seanibus, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

aerozeppl, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

BEERchitect, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jwale73, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

pwoods, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

thain709, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Darkhorse09
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Darkhorse09, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Cylinsier, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Soonami, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

treehugger02010, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of magnj
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

magnj, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Duhast500, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

WCBCFrank, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

jjayjaye, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

rfgetz, Jul 08, 2009
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.