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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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783 Ratings
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 74 | 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 plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with the typical four to five finger pillowy white Yards head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a juicy citrus hop with a strong white pepper spiciness.

The taste was upfront spicy hop with a lingering orange sweetness. Good soft malts as well. No noticeable alcohol warming.

The mouthfeel was clean with a mild spicy hop burn.

Overall a very tasty and highly quaffable IPA. Amazing drinkability considering the hefty ABV. Much thanks to Aprilluvsbeer.

plaid75, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the Independence "Brewpub" at Philly Airport.

Pours a rich copper with a two finger ivory head. Head disappears to a wisp soon enough. No lacing to speak of. Huge citrus in the nose. Lots of orange rind, grapefruit and apricot.

Bitter, baby. Brutally bitter for a standard IPA. Big herbal bitterness. The cirtrus is barely detectable on the tongue. I really look for the malt to round this beer out, give it some more body but it is underwhelming next to the hops. Mouth is almost thin feeling due to the lack of balance. A bit harsh for my tastes but a decent enough IPA, Good for washing a turkey sandwich dow.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of BoozySmurf
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-red in appearance, with a nice head of off-white foam. Smells hoppy and flowery in nature. Taste is very sweet and very hoppy; citrus and flowery hops win out. Finish is dry and bitter, and wants of another sip or three. Carbonation is good (not sure what all the negative hubbub is about), and mouthfeel is rich without being too syrupy. ABV is 7% according to the case box, bottle and Yards website. English, eh? I still like it.

BoozySmurf, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with nice clarity. A thin off-white head tops it off while leaving some lacing.

There is a citrusy, earthy aroma.

There is a dominating chewy hop taste. The hops have a nice blend of citrus and bready earthiness. A balancing, subtle malt backbone gives it body and depth. The malt is there, but does not interfere with the aggressive hop character. Sharp alcohol notes are present, but not overly powerful, especially considering the 8% abv.

The feel is chewy, yet creamy medium to full-bodiedness. There is just enough carbonation to make it smooth.

This is a good example of a traditional English-style IPA. Certainly one to try if you are a fan of hops.

jwc215, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a simple copper amber with an irregular film of head and a more substantial collar.

This one smells just divine. I’m initially greeted by crisp a fruity (Cascade?) oranges, pineapples and a light pine. Behind this is a marvelous caramel and dinner roll malt base that is paired phenomenally with the fruity hops. The more I sniff away at this one, I start to pick up a slight woody character. Very nice.

The flavor consists of the same caramel and dinner roll malty base but it’s a little less impressive than the smell. This sweetness is obliterated by a huge pinecone sting, especially towards the rear of my tongue. Before I can taste this, my tongue starts to numb in anticipation. As the pure bitterness fades, I’m left some sweet bread dough, but mostly birch bark and just a touch of grapefruit. The finish lingers on a little long with this later dryness.

The mouthfeel is nearly medium bodied with a swarm of thickening micro-bubbles that seem to really compliment the flavor.

This one’s just great by me, especially considering the price ($.83!)

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not disappointed in drinking this beer. It pours a huge two finger frothy white head and has a wonderful orange/copper hue to it. It's a very pretty color. Aroma: Not much for an IPA. You can smell some faint hop aroma, some citrusy aroma. Immediate hop bitterness pervades the mouth leaving it dry and demanding more for you to drink. Mouthfeel is decent, highly carbonated, hence the two finger head.

I don't believe this beer is balanced. But that's just me. I think it needs more aroma and flavor in order to balance out the bitterness. If you like bitterness that isn't over the top then this is a good beer for you.

dwarvenspirits, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to froggyfrog and Money3 for dropping off some random PA brews...this was one of them...thanks boys.
Light copper in color...lighter than I was anticipating with a full finger of off-white head. Disappears quickly with very little lacing behind.
Sweet caramel malt hits the nose first, with some floral hop to back it up...no alcohol detected.
The taste is very good...a true session IPA except for that whole abv thing...not tasting any alcohol either. Biscuit maltiness with even more hops bittering this one up...bitter thru the finish and even lingers on the pallet at room temperature.
Mouthfeel is where I expect to see it and the carbonation is spot on.
Maybe my first Yard's brew...the perfect style to try for this hop freak.
Quite good...I'll snag a case of this one the next time I visit Shangy's for sure.

warriorsoul, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper color with a frothy head that fails to leave as much lacing as expected

Smell: Sweet caramel malt dominates the nose along with some rum-soaked citrus fruit

Taste: Starts out with a thick fruity apricot/grapefruit flavor that, after the swallow, continues to build in its sweetness; finally, the earthy hops kick in to complement the fruitiness; unusual combination of English and West Coast character

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly sticky with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual and interesting hybrid; just not sure the combination works very well

brentk56, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy amber with a runaway head that was creamy white and fairly tight bubbles. It took a while for the head to settle in the glass so that I could drink it. Nice floral hop smell with some sweet malt as a base and a touch of vanilla. Maybe a little overcarbonated. The taste is a little strange at first. Up front is some slight sourness that almost has a hint of sour cherry, followed by an alcohol taste, followed by a long build of hop bitterness and finally an almost liquorice taste at the end of the hops. A little odd, but it grows on you. The mouthfeel has a slight amount of syrup to it but finishes quite dry, and the beer is not sweet at all. Given the abv of 8%, not bad. Its a little funky in its flavor and a little high in abv to drink much of this. Overall fairly interesting, but definitely a little different than most beers of this style. The fruitiness sometimes found in american ipas seems to be more of sour fruit flavor here.

Georgiabeer, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a murky amber color. It is lightly carbonated and topped by, an initially one-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma strikes me as being weighted a bit more towards the malt side of the spectrum than one would expect from a typical IPA. I get notes of caramel malts, toffee, toasted grain and some lightly herbal hop notes. Actually this smells like a malt accented amber ale.

The taste is initially sweet, but then starts to pick up some biting hop notes almost immediately. It finishes with a lightly herbal, lightly astringent, hoppy bitterness that lingers on for some time on the tongue. Perhaps the hop character is a bit grassy as well, but only just. Barring the initial sweetness, the malt character is actually quite dry. It leans towards the toasted grain side of the spectrum, with notes of biscuit malt, and perhaps even some notes of stale malt extract. Besides the bitterness, which seems spot on for an IPA, this beer seems to be missing quite a bit of hop character; choose either English hop character or American, but add something here to balance the bitterness and malt notes.

Gueuzedude, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy (though not much) and dark gold, weak head of white.

Aroma is citrusy, lightly grassy and piney, I also detect peaches, oh so good.

Taste: BITTER, grainy aftertase, I like it. I feel preserved by the hops.

It feels spicy, and tingly. You notice it all the way down.

I would usually want to put away a few of these, of course it would get the better of me, but darn it it's good.

joeskirkie, May 27, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is my favorite beer that i've had from yards, although i have enjoyed them all. pours with a nice white head on an amber body. fairly well carbonated. hoppy, kind of orangey odor. smells very fresh and clean. delicious taste...super hopped like the hops are still in the bottle. becaomes smooth and easy to drink after the first couple of quaffs. Very enjoyable and i'm glad i have a couple more in the fridge (thanks dad!)

aforbes10, May 22, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle from yet another Yards Variety case ('Filled 4/26/06'), which I keep buying nowadays.

Pours gold-orange with a white foam which sticks to the sides of the pint glass only slightly. A heavy aroma of citrusy hops and solvent (from 7% abv), with a background of caramel.

The taste is quite bitter with hops, and the combination of that with the alcohol is almost medicinal. The hop bitterness lingers for a short while. The whole thing almost numbs my tongue, while making my lips sticky as the glass is emptied. I can't pick up too much malt flavor as the hops and alcohol are too dominant.

A good summer brew, I think, especially with spicy food. I'm not much of a hophead, but this IPA would be well received by that demographic.

edskirk3, May 15, 2006
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1" off-white foam on a hazy orange-amber brew. Head does not retain but leaves some good lace.

S - Definite aroma of an English IPA. Caramel malt up front. Nice balance. The hops blend in nicely and you still get a light whiff of grapefruit/citrus. Great sweet malt backbone.

T - Allright!!!! This is right on! An almost perfect marriage of malt and hops in an IPA. Caramel, slight sweetness. Hops are subtle in the taste but still manage to shine through. Definite traditional IPA. The soldiers in India would be pleased.

M - Full bodied for an IPA. Low carbonation. Very, very smooth.

D - SOOOO drinkable! Unbelievable that this is 8% abv. An outstanding PA beer! Thanks to Maltygoodness for the bottle.

Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of SS '05. Thanks fella's.

Nice pleasant grassy and citrus hops. Moderate in strength. Slight caramel malt background.
Nice amber of orange and gold. Creamy looking head that dissipates slowly, leaving some streaky lacing. Slightly cloudy.
Hops dominate flavor, but not in an excessive way at first, but they gradually increase in intensity/bitterness with time. Nice touch of sweetness up front, that's fairly non-descript. Hops immediately follow-up with a rather bold bitterness that stays strong until the very end combining with a subtle dryness and some ascending astringency. Flavors are more grassy than citrus.
Very nice softness to drink, however contains a somewhat biting carbonation, which too softens as warms. Fair amount of warming effect in stomach.
This is nice and drinkable, but I think it lacks a strong enough malt background, leading to a bit of an imbalance and some excess in bitterness. With warming, however, the malts begin to rise up and create a better balance which improves the drinkability. I enjoy the flavors.

garymuchow, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of ithacabaron
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling, crystal-clear blonde with amber highlights. Head quickly fades down to a white soap-foam cap.

Smell is a knockout. Big, beautiful, brassy hops, sassy and loud jump out of the glass. Even three feet away, as I type, I the smell is clear and pungent.

With this reformulation, the taste has become much more direct and uncomplicated, allowing the hops to shine, and shine they do, with bright, piercing bitterness, cracking with lemon, quinine, and big pine needles. Even with such scorching bitterness, this is still very juicy.

Mouthfeel is a bit brisk, but it serves to keep things dancing, and to highlight the citrus notes in the hops.

Drinkability is scary. Goes down smooth and comes back up with glorious hop burps. This should always be in any Philadelphia-area BA's fridge.

All in all, the new formula is less traditional than the old one, but this brew can now battle with the best of west-coast hop bombs, issuing challenges to Dreadnaught and easily dismissing DFH's "minute" series along the way.

A brew reborn -- and 20 dollars a case when you buy it from the brewery.


ithacabaron, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light orange-copper color with a white head and mediocre lacing. Transparent with lots of active carbonation rising from the center.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty. The hop character seems to come through a citrus aroma.

Taste: Citrus and melon. Grapefruit tart. A bit of peach and pear with a swirl of lime before the grapefruit bites at the palate. Not at all bitey with the hops they are present but extremely mild and pleasant. I really Like the English IPA smoothness. it is not sharp like many other American style IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Seems to be a bodied beer but it gets a bit thin through the middle. The body seem to be miss a bit of back bone (if you will). Nonetheless it is very smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability: VERY high! This maybe the first English IPA I have had. It is the first I've review anyway and it is by far the most sessionable IPA I have experienced. I am NOT a hop head and most IPAs start to burn me up after a few. This will keep going down easily. For those of you looking for the hop monster this is NOT it. For those of you looking for a good transition IPA. This is DEFINATELY a perfect transition IPA for a malt guy. I am going to get another case of this as an everyday beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color was amber honey and the clarity was outstanding. There was a finger head when poured that was nice and pillowy, which reduced to a slightly creamy covering that stuck around for the rest of the beer. The lacing was also quite nice.
Smell: A herbal hop aroma with some nutty malts.
Taste: The flavor is mostly hops and some nutty, toasty malts, but also a little sweetness in there. Hops are herbal and earthy tasting and just a little bitter. I can't believe the alcohol content is 8% because it can't be detected.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little chewy.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Almost to easy to drink for an 8% abv, but I'm not complaining. I really like this one.

Schwarzbart, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a party a few weeks ago. I love IPA's, so I was naturally excited to try this. It wasn't the best I've had, but it was very tasty and solidly crafted. First time I've ever heard of Yards, as well!

Nice, deep amber pour to this, with a decent head to go with it. Not a lot of lacing, but the taste more than made up for it. Nice, crisp, snappy, but not in-your-face like a lot of other IPA's are, and the back of this was a lot maltier than I was expecting. Just a bit of hops lingered to keep me tantalized, but it never seemed weak or watered down. A few citrus and metallic notes here, but nothing heavy. Just nice, solid, and pretty enjoyable.

I enjoyed this, even though it's not the best IPA I've had. A good brew certainly worth trying once, I plan on looking into Yards' other offerings in the near future!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish amber with a large foamy tan head. The smell has a real hop aroma. This smells just like grapefruit juice, cascade hops run rampant. A nice aromatic treat. The taste, like the smell, is a hop overload. The cascade hops make this a citrus marvel. This is very refreshing and delicious. The m/f is light and crisp with a well balanced flavor,but it could use some more body. This is a very good beer,but I could see were the citrus flavor could get a bit overwhelming.

jmz62565, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Terp96
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer used to be in my regular rotation but this is my first time back after they reengineered the recipe.

This IPA pours a darker amber color with a finger thick, off-white head. The beer is much clearer than it was before. There are bits of sediment floating throughout but it does not look like the hazy orange color it had before.

Smell is citrusy sweet and delightful. You can smell some of the sour yeasty esters as well. Balanced.

Taste is good. Malty sweetness up front with a solid hop backbone throughout. Finishes nice and dry. True to form for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is where this one lacks a little. A little too carbonated/prickly for an IPA and it could have a little more body as well.

All in all a decent IPA. The previous version was a little more "English" in style which was a nice change of pace for American made IPAs. However, this one is very drinkable (despite the claimed 8% abv) so I will go back for it occasionally.

Terp96, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yards IPA

Appearance- hazy orange with a sticky white head.
Smell- strong floral hops with a hint of cherry.
Taste- floral and citric. slight caramel malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth with very little dryness. No alcohol detected.

Overall- an amazingly easy IPA to gulp down! 1 of the better IPA's I've ever had. Yards hasn't disappointed me yet!

NJpadreFan, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Kreuger
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a brown bottle, no noticable date on the bottle; however the since I'm in Pennsylvania I bought this excellent local beer by by the case. And on the case was stamped "Bottled on Dec 21, 2005."

A - Pours a very clear lovely deep golden orange, with a full frothy off-white head that sticks around tenaciously. It only dissapates with a concerted drinking effort. Leaves a moderate but satisfying lace down the glass. Low visible carbonation.

S - Whoa! This has quite a smell all the way down. A strong citrusy & floral hop aroma. tehre are even hints of honey. And unlike some other beers where the aroma fades after pouring, Yard's IPA maintains a cloud of hoppy goodness the whole time.

T - The tase is even more citrusy and floral than the nose. This IPA is definitely marked by a powerful hop presence. There's a good malt presence, though it could be a bit more balanced. There's a strong bitterness and a sweetish aftertaste, that might just be the fading of the bitterness.

M - Pleasing mouth feel. Full but not over powering. There's a nice kick from the carbonation, but its restrained and doesn't carry away or hide the flavor.

D - This is a bitter beer! And at 8% ABV its too strong to drink more than a few of at a time. Those few though will be well enjoyed.

This is the second best IPA I've ever had. Its the only one that comes anywhere near the awesomeness that is Stone's IPA. Granted, Stone's is unabashedly an Amerincan IPA, and Yard's is trying to reproduce the British original.

Its Bitter and its good.

Kreuger, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yards sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Born on date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger head of just off-white foam. Carbonation looks medium. The head falls to islands, with good lacing.

Aroma is citrus/grassy hops, with a great caramel candy from malt. Light fruits, like pears and dates, and a touch of vanilla thrown in. This has a very nice aroma, which lingers for the duration.

Flavor is really clean, big pale malt, followed by lemony citrus hops. Hop bitterness is pretty damn high. I'm surprised to read this is an English IPA. Fruits like above, well balanced and yummy. Aftertaste is bitter, citrusy, and dries out at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tongue puckering bitterness. Medium level of carbonation, and a nice cleansing dryness.

This is a damn fine IPA, although it might be big for an English. Delicious and very well made. Hoppy, fruity, bitter, malty, and alcohol well hidden. Highly recommended.

jakester, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

Body is quite cloudy, washed golden orange. The head is substancial, and stays for the long hall. It is fluffy and looks almost like marshmellow.

Scent is hops and malts. A slight bit of fruitness in the background as well.

Strong bitter hops dominate the flavor. Quite spicy. The bitterness stays with you.

HugoGrim, Jan 11, 2006
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.