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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

823 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 94 | 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 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.

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

Here's another beer from bwyker.

Appearance: The pour is a bright, slightly cloudy apricot-orange topped by almost two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell: The aroma has citrusy hops, toffee, and a hint of grain.

Taste: This tastes like quite a bit like Firestone Pale Ale. The flavor profile has lemon and grapefruit in front of an earthy character, grain, sweet malts. Pine joins the lemon and grapefruit for a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and chewy with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a good beer with a nice English character for a unique change of pace from West Coast IPA's.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy amber gold that is pretty dark on the brownish side. Nose is a touch of orange and very slight hops. Flavor is very thick and robust. Subdued, but still firm hops abound. Woody aftertaste. Feel is thick on the liquid from ingredients. Overall very drinkable. Very steady with it's hearty attributes, it delivers a good drinking experience. I really like this beer a lot and would love to try it on cask.

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

Appearance: Dark Amber with a solid white head that laces all the way down.

Smell: Citrus. Lots of citrus. Even a little banana type of aroma. Can't wait to taste.

Taste: The hops hit you in the face and at the end. In between is a slight malt, lots of citrus, and a bite of alcohol. More American than a British taste due to the selection of hops. Again, a little bit of banana.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat astringent and a bit of alcohol. A bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A word of caution, though. At 7.0% ABV, this beer can sneak up on you. I think I'll have another. :D

Conclusion: I've been drinking this beer for years. As IPA's go, this is still a solid choice that I always keep in the fridge. Cheers!

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

Smells of a peppery, citrusy nose..very appealing..long lacing down the glass and a pretty full head on the pour..I actually enjoyed this one more as it warmed. Nice abv..perfect balance of malts and hops, very drinkable. Decently priced and actually warmed ya up as you drank it. Peppery, hoppy, dry finish..Very fresh and a nice overall beer.

Photo of orangedive
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 1 inch head. Honey-golden color. 60% opaque.

S - Hoppy right off the bat. Citrus notes but not terribly complex--it does smell delicious though.

T - Very bitter up front. Can taste a bit more alochol than I would've liked. The bitternes and alcohol are dominating the taste right now. I feel like there's much more to this beer and I can't figure out why it's not there.

M - Good but not great. More soft than coarse.

D - Not bad for an IPA. I wouldn't have more than one at a time. I've had better, more drinkable IPAs but this wasn't terrible.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im a shamed to say that I really gave Yards any love and for that reason I never drank them enough nor reviewed them but its all about to change.Poured into a Yards/Standard Tap pint glass.

Nice one finger fluffly white head.Falls to a thick patch around my pint glass.Chill haze and some cloudiness to the body,I think its bottle conditioned thats why it cloudy.Its a amber color.

Pineapple notes and malt notes also.The hops are very fresh smelling.

I taste malts first then the hops then the bitterness comes to play.All very pleasent tastes.

Not watery by any means and very easy to drink,to some drinkers the hops may be overbearing but I find them to be just right.You almost dont get a chance to taste the malts.

This will for sure be a must buy for me.When you see Yards ipa try it out and support Philadelphia.

Photo of mobyfann
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $27.99 for a mixed case...

The beer has an amber colored base with a small white head, little head retention, no lacing... the aroma is quite fruitful in citrus and peach, and fresh smelling hops.

Taste has balanced carbonation as a strong point, next is a strong punch of those hops which stings the throat a little, but not enough to be an annoyance, the aftertaste is amazing, lemony and peachy goodness. This beer is a pleasure in the mouth, and this is a very ideal session beer, regardless of looks; albeit at 7% abv.

Final Thought: The best of the four in the sampler case from Yards, a very memorable IPA that will have me buying a case of this sweet nectar the next time I am in Eastern PA...

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish amber color, with a white head. Aromas of grapefruity hops, actually quite surprising. In the taste, grapefruity hops and a bit malty. It also has a dry hop aftertaste. A mellow IPA, smooth and a good hop presence. I have not had one in a while and actually forgot how good it was.

Photo of jmalex
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

With the news that the principle figures of Yards are splitting up and going their separate ways, I thought it was an appropriate time to open up a Yards IPA. Who knows how available or in what form it will be in the future.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy light amber with a solid white cap that settles to some heavy patchwork foam and a very hearty collar. Looks great!

SMELL: Aromas are just a bit subdued with citrusy resinous hops being the most prominent. Pale and caramel malt lurks in the background, but only slightly.

TASTE: The taste is all hops, but more piny and floral this time and much less resinous. Malt sweetness is very strangely nowhere to be found. It's quite literally ALL hops. The finish is more hops that become a bit pungent.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light bodied but feels a bit watery. The carbonation is low, as well.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down easy enough, but the mouthfeel hurts it a lot. And don't let it warm up any, because it doesn't improve.

I've certainly had better Yards. They have a whole lot of hits. This one is just a miss.

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

Presentation: Standard 12oz bottle

Appearance: Light to Medium brown body, very small head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: A slight hop scent fills the nose leaving you wanting more.

Taste: It starts with a bit of a watered down taste, the lack of a malt base hurts the overall flavor. The hops are also immediately present but don't leave much of an impression.

Overall: Nothing to really write home about here. I thought it was a weaker attempt at an IPA, but with all of the recent 100 IBU, 10% monster beer it was a little refreshing to have something that you could have a few in a sitting and be none the worse off.

Photo of kajerm
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint for three bucks at South Philly Taproom. Pours light amber and cloudy with about two fingers of white, finely-carbonated, lightly-lacing head.

In spite of this being called an "English IPA", the hops smell pretty American to me, with heavy grapefruit and pine character. This is good news for me, since I don't much care for Brit hops. The only really English thing about this is the strong malt presence, which makes the beer sessionable without making it boring.

The flavor opens up with bready malts that transition to grapefruit rinds and finish with balanced alpha-acid bittnerness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and strongly carbonated. This beer hides its 8%ABV well, and is a nice, shut-your-brain-off IPA for a warm day. At three bucks on Saturday and two bucks on Tuesday (if you're a lush), this stuff is a steal.

Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

A chill hazed dark orange colored beer with an off-white colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

This is a quite aromatic IPA, no need to get to close to smell the hop perfume. Quite complex scent, tea, wood, brown sugar, and finally hops. Citrus elements are minimal here and this is almost completely herbal and woody in scent.

The flavor begins a little sweet and quite woody on the tongue. Mildly sweet and quite woody with a bit of leather and herbs added. Big buttery toffee flavor that lets you know that this is an English beer style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Extremely drinkable ale here and I do like it. Only spot on it would be the big butter flavor, you will either love or hate.

Photo of garcia2a
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as I am concerned, this is Tom's best. Beautiful floral hoppy tones give this beer a wonderful nose. The hop body is in good balance with just a very slight spicy bite on the tongue. Always fine color and clarity, this medium bodied beer always meets expectation. Quite a refreshing beer, as an IPA should be. Unlike its English counterparts, this beer has a fine head with a bubbly character.

A fine sippin' beer year round!

India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.