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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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836 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 19
Gots: 103 | 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 BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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...

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of william5586
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of kshankar
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light amber color with a thick white frothy heading. Ring's of lacing throughout tasting.

Smell is very fruity with a nice citrus hop blast.

Taste is very good. Fruitiness,kind of grainy, an awesome citrus hop finish of grapefruit. Also kind of a sweet syrup taste.

Mouth is medium bodied, very well carbonated and the grapefruit taste just dances on the tongue.

Drinkability is great I can have a few more of these.

I'm usually a little skeptic on IPA's but this one is easy to drink and goes down very smooth.

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from Philly you think i would have tried something from Yards by now. But this IPA here is my first sample.

Pours a cloudy, hazy orange and amber color with a 2 finger head.

Smells fruity with a roasted malts and citrus.

Starts off sweet on the tongue and finishes dry and malty. A good alcohol flavor and hoppy bitterness round this out nicely.

To me this is a really good IPA from Yards. Since i live so close i'll definitely be sampling more from this Brewery.

Photo of iuhoosier336
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of Yards' beers that I've tried this is my favorite one. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass the color is an amber red with a finger of head that leaves a little quickly but has some nice lacing.

The taste is good and is strong on malt then finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. For a beer that is 7% it hides the alocohol well. A good IPA and good on price, its not too much.

Photo of dude
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$29.99 plus tax for a case. My cheap go-to brew isn't so cheap anymore. Oh well like goes on. Appearance is amber and mostly clear with some suspension. Smell is hoppy - citrus, pine and earthy aromas and a bready malt presence as well. Taste is hoppy, but more subtle than an American IPA and a good caramel-like sweetness as well. Alcohol remains in the background. Mouthfeel is hefty due to ABV, but not overly so. Good carbonation level, but not quite crisp. Finish is bitter and dry. Drinkability is very good. Ahhh refreshing AND relaxing.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A light amber body, rather clear with a huge, rocky two finger cream colored cap. Loads of sticky lacing.

A rather subtle aroma of citrus (primarily grapefruit and oranges) and pine needles with a heavy does of caramel malt.

Floral, grassy hops up front with a mild sweetness from the malt and a bitter, grapefruit finish. Doesn't play the extremes real well, but covers all the bases of a standard ipa.

Medium bodied, a bit on the chewy side with mild carbonation. Not bad but not great.

Pretty easy to drink. I went through the first one so fast I had to pour another one for this review. A good everyday ipa that won't assault you into a hop coma.

Photo of Gilgemesh
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured strong down the middle of a smallish tulip. Huge head that drained away quickly. Some lacing, but not much. Nice caramel color. Based on what others have said about this beer, I chose to let this sit a bit to force of some of the carbonation and to warm it to traditional British serving temps. The nose has a slight maltyness and a strong bitter hop scent. I'd guess lemon pledge, with a bit of pear at the end. The flavor is of toasty malts. A bit of biscuit with a medium hop finish. There are hints of esters and alcohol. This is not your traditional American IPA. Much more like a traditional British style. I am glad I let the carbonation wane as it is still a bit frothy. Another good beer from the folks at Yards.

Photo of jlandis
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy copper with 2cm white head

S - Floral and citrus hops up front that dominate the aroma with subtle malt sweetness.

T - Bitter floral and citrus hops initially with a solid malt backbone. The malt does a decent job holding up against the hop profile.

M - Bitter hops bounce on the tongue while the malts provide a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D - The 7% ABV is hard to detect, but I'm sure after a few of these would be noticeable. Fairly drinkable, but I probably wouldn't be picking up more than one of these in an evening.

Photo of drtth
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Amber or dark gold color with 1" thick off-white head fading slowly and leaving behind thin film of foam and lacing on the sides.

Smell: Mild citrus hops (grapefruit, orange, and more) with some nice caramel malt following up.

Taste: The characteristic floral, grassy and grapefruit taste of the hops is balanced by the malt's caramel sweetness with the hop bitterness reappearing at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation with a moderately long dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first English style IPA and at first I was having trouble with my expectations having been set by American style IPAs. However they adjusted quickly and I enjoyed the balance of this beer. So I could drink a few with out any problem.

I'd say Yards has settled nicely into the new brewery and hope they continue for years to come. Now it is time for them to start putting a "bottled on" or "freshness" date on their beers.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. One inch off-white head formed and leaving thick lacing as it subsided. Deep amber in color.

Smell is mainly grapefruit citrusy hops. Also some sweet malt.

Tastes starts off with hops, transitioning to caramel and bisuity malt. Pretty sweet midway through, then finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is pretty low. Relatively easy to drink. I thought this was well rounded and delicious.

Photo of Finn
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large Guinness Pint glass.Nice thick creamy head, and the beer itself is of deep gold hue. light, grassy, fruity hops dominate the aroma, but there is a bready hint of grain behind it all. A hint of bubblegum as well. Taste is herbal/grassy hops with just a bit of malt sweetness behind it to balance it, as well as a slight tannic/grainy flavor. The bitterness lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium in carbonation, and the body is a tad on the light side. This beer is quite drinkable for one or two, but overall it comes across as a bit abrasive. A good take on British IPA, and if you don't mind some rough bitterness, you just might love this one.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a amber-orange with a slight white patchy head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: fairly nice with a slight spicy grapefruit and citrus hopping with a decent cereal grain malting.

T: light-medium hopping of bitter grapefruit with a light dry floral notes. The beer finished dry with a slight coarse bitterness of dried citrus rind. Overall was pleasantly surprised by this.

M: a little thin with a prickly carbonation that brought out the dry citrus hopping.

D: Drinkability was fairly good making for a decent session, not to big , not to light thou not to exciting as well.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

number1bum supplied this one, thanks man.

12 oz. botte poured into a nonic.

Pours a foggy dark copper hue with a two finger rocky off-white head that stays around for a while. Stickiness is pretty damn good with a good amount of floaties in this one as well. Smell consists of musty dirt hops with a touch of fresh flowers. Crystal malts and faint citrus aromas tickle the nose as well. A good malty backbone up front on the tongue followed by sweet citrus. Bitter midway through to the finish with evergreen and a hefty amount of grains. Solid flavors from start to finish. Mouthfeel with this is much too harsh, leaves the tongue puckering. Body is medium with a steady carbonation. Not a bad brew overall, but the way it leaves the mouth takes away from the overall experience. Don't think I'll be drinking anything after I finish this, my tongue needs to recover. Thanks again Josh for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of marcpal
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Ahh, what says Philly more than a Yards.

A: Light hazy orange-amber. Thin head on what looks like a nice apple cider. Slight lacing.

N: Delicious, some citrus but primarily floral hops. There is indeed some sweetness as well.

T: Considerably sweet from the malts. Not an over the top hoppy IPA but the sugary flavor really presides over it. Good backbone. Bitter and can taste the alcohol- could have sworn this one was more mild.

M: Somewhat oily and nice chewiness. Not over the top bitter or spicy. Nice.

D: Had a few of these over time and really never knew the abv because they have always been on tap- would never have guessed it was this high.

My favorite from yards, by far. Much different but equal to the new Philly brewings Newbold. Would love to have these in fridge and just screams Philly.

Photo of AltBock
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a bright blood red label. On this blood red label is a blue oval with the Union Jack and 2 crossed swords. To the far right is the Government warning and to the far left is a brief paragraph about the beer. No date anywhere on the label or bottle.

When poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass, this IPA is a heavly carbonated and cloudy tangerine orange. Sitting on top was a thin head of white foam. This thin head of foam just had OK retention that left behind a big white island of bubbles, a few foamy rings, and a spot or two of lace.

The aroma was citrusy and slightly sweet with lemon zest, a hint of grapefruit, and a subtle splash of orange peel. Behind the citrusy aroma was a tiny touch of caramel malts. The caramel malts did nothing to help balance out all the citrus aromas.

The taste started off lightly hopped with dried citrus hops. Backing up those citrus hops was citrus fruits like the lemon and grapefruit. I could detect a little caramel maltyness going on toward the end, but all the citrus flavors quickly covered the malts up. It couldn't tell already, the taste was very citrusy.

This beer was on the light bodied side with a citrusy aftertaste of grapefruit, a splash of orange peel, lemons, and a touch of citrus hops. Are they sure this has a 7% ABV? If it is correct, then this beer completely covered up the ABV%.

Since it hides the 7% ABV, I could see this as some kind of session beer. If you like your IPA's lightly hopped and very citrusy, then you'll want to try this one. For me, I wouldn't mind having another one of these.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color with a slight chill haze and a good inch and a half of beige head. Head retains quite well with a chunky lace and some patchy stick.

Smell has a nice herbal hop aroma along with some grapefruit and orange citrus, as well as some caramel malt.

Taste starts off slightly grainy and even a touch on the spicy side, and is followed up by some citrus and floral hops and caramel malt flavor. Quite fruity, actually. There is an herbal hop bitterness into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated, and pretty smooth. A little on the chewy side, as well.

This is a pretty solid IPA and I would be glad to have this again.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown color with a rather small off white head. The smell is sweet with tropical fruit and orange aromas, some floral hop scents are noticable in the end. The taste starts off sweet then slowly turns bitter. You can almost feel it turn from sweet to bitter. Honey and tropical fruit flavors kick things off then are transformed into bitter citrus rind hops. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation and finishes bitter. Though it starts off sweet, it finishes quite clean with no slickness or stickiness. A muscular EIPA, seems a bit heavy on the malt and bitter hop. Not as carbonated as other Yard offering that I have sampled.

Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid amber colored ipa with a huge off-white head and plenty of fluffy lace. The aroma is a unique mix of malty pine hops and apple cider vinegar. The taste is oddly sour with weak pine hops but some hefty grapefruit. There is again a sweet vinegar dominance, like a mash. The feel is very nice, a bit creamy but the sweet sour accent is a bit much for me. It mellows a little as you go. It is evenly carbonated and pretty easy drinking. This almost makes me think that it's a bad batch or maybe just spoiled a bit in this bottle. Not sure. If this is the real deal, then it's a litlle gnarly.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's.

Looks a bit hazy in my pint glass, but it's cleared up by the time I'm about finished with the beer. Otherwise its a old-amber with a thin white head. The aroma is far too sweet, like table sugar has been dumped in, along with a grassy hops note.

The flavor, again, is overly sweet at first with tangerine and Clementine fruit before citrus rind hops with an earthy edge to them wash over. The real saving grace for this beer is that it's very drinkable with well-hidden alcohol, and there's a nice long hops aftertaste.

There seem to be some flaws here, and if Yards dated their bottles I would know if it were too old. Alas, I have to take this beer at what it is.

Photo of splat215
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA's were one of my first destinations on my journey into beerdom. I never quite liked the style - too hoppy, too unbalanced, like being hit over the head with a pile of hops.

Yards IPA changes my mind. Gone are the unbalanced flavors of the IPAs I've known (so sorry to cheat on the rest of you), instead Yards gives a perfectly balanced, delicious tasting beer that doesn't make me wince.

A delightful scent (really, why can't other IPAs smell this good?), a bit weak in the mouthfeel, but a great drinkability. A session beer for sure.

Photo of Wilceaser
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bottle at Cellar Temperatures.

Poured a nice creamy looking head with amber tones. Color of the beer was a nice deep amber.
Smell was very hoppy but not over powering, slightly grassy undertones.
Taste was spot on for an IPA, good body and feel. Nice hoppy falvor with the grassy/citrusy overtones.
Very nice beer. Would hold up well to a spicy dinner or a good steak.

India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.