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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

846 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 109 | 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 magnj
3.75/5  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.

Photo of Duhast500
3.97/5  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.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper body with about a finger and a half of white head that has some ok retention but leaves some pretty good rings of lacing.

The smell has a touch of toffee in it, and only a little bit of hops.

The first thing I notice are hops. Some citrus and bitter hop flavors mixed with pineapple and other hoppy fruit flavors. It tates more like American style hops than English. Some toffee malt backbone rounds out the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, a decent IPA.

Photo of emsroth
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Chunky 2 finger head. Dark amber. Great joke about how it will "survive the journey from your fridge to you couch"

Smell: Dank fruity hops. Much like the smell of over-ripened fruit. Faint whiffs of alcohol make themselves known.

Taste: A firm but nondescript malt backbone. Next comes the fruity hops reminiscent of delicate summer fruits; over-ripened strawberries come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness to which a roasted malt flavor contributes, but it's dominated by the hops.

Full bodied and delicious. I'm so sad this is the last one in the case.

Photo of Buebie
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Philbe311 for this bottle.

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. A semi-rigerous pour prodices a 1.5 inch white head.
Receeding somwhat slowly to leave a colar of retention. The head has left a nice pourous sponge cake of thick lace.
Beyond that, lace is a bit more thin, leaving rings on it way down.
The look is transparent, resembliong a filtered beer, a golden orange when held to light.

Aroma is somwhat metallic, lots of malty cereal grains, unfermented honey, a touch of grassy hops and just a smidge of pine in the backround.

Upfront its semi sweet, with a minerally water flavor, mixing well with a carbonation crispness. Not at all over abundant in carbonation, its just right with no stinging providing a quite a bit of creamier full bodied feel.
Malt picking up into the middle and mildly roasted grain flavors coming through to provide good malt backing.
Hops picking up momentum into the swallow. Pine and semi sweet bitters lingering through the swallow. More minerally water lingering alongside the bittersweet hops.

For an IPA though hops do not represent the style. I really enjoy the water used here, the malt and mouthfeel are great. But hops do not do this beer justice style wise.
Overal good, but to follow the style its not good.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Slightly cloudy amber copper color with a minimal head that went away quickly.
Sm. Pleasant crisp grapefruit smell.
Ta. Again with the citris and crisp clean flavor. Nice bitterness. Just a very clear and flavorful beer. Goes down with ease.
Mf. Smooth and filling without over doing it.
Dr. Very good. I could drink several of these if I could keep awake.

Photo of bort11
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Tall off white head, at least an inch thick. Great circular lacing around the glass. Color is a toasty orange.

Smell has a toasty malt base, which is something I really like about English IPAs. Hops are there, orange and grapefruit juice. Taste is amazing in it's simplicity. Very basic and balanced. Nothing over the top. Straight up hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is filling and enjoyable. I would enjoy having more of these ona regular basis.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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 -5.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +11.4%
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
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +5.1%
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
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +1.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.