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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 54 | 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 far333


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apricot-honey colored, with an off-white weak head that settles unevenly. Aroma is low, and about equally malty as it is hoppy. Flavor is big hops, right upfront. Not big like a double IPA, but a good size serving of citrus hops right on the front of the tongue, and then it rolls nicely down the back and sides of the tongue, leaving a nice tingle at the back corners. Some malt rides beneath it, and an orange peel bitter lingers. The best I've had from Yards so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 23:50:43 | More by far333
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper amber body with a tightknit, offwhite, head that retains well at two centimeters before leaving some attractive, patchy lace.
Orange and grapefruit lead the aroma profile, with pine resin and biscuity malt in the background. Surprising, based on the 70 IBUs stated on the label.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with even carbonation and a medium body.
Taste mirrors the nose, with bittersweet orange and grapefruit in the lead. Hops are rarely bitter, in spite of the IBU rating. Malt profile seems understated for an English style IPA, but this is a tasty brew from start to finish. The finish has a slight bitterness, that is more citrusrind than pine, and contributes to a good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 23:20:57 | More by merlin48
Photo of meathookjones


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy amber color with about an inch of white foam head forming on top. Not much retention but it did leave a bit of lace as this was consumed. Aroma had citric hops and a fruity sweetness mainly. There were notes of floral hops as well but overall the smell was a bit muted. Taste starts of with grapefruit bitterness but not a lot before a small amount of malt comes through. After taste was a bit dry and bitter, even at a whopping 8% alcohol for an IPA I could detect none in the nose or taste. Body is about medium with a clean fully carbonated feel to it. Pretty drinkable stuff, a little sweeter than I like my IPAs but an above average brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 13:33:57 | More by meathookjones
Photo of lackenhauser


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sort of copper color.Very slight head.Nice aroma-somewhat floral,citrusy and a tad spruce like. Big malty flavor-good sweetness upfront-grassy,grapefruit like on the palate.Nice body-very oily. Quite drinkable-the 8% would definately sneak up on you. Enjoyable all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 03:52:45 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of necoadam


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally Yards is in CT so I picked up a bottle of this stuff. Pours out a nice orange color with little carbonation visible but lacing was there on the glass all the way through. Smell was alright. Hops were in there, but it was yeasty and quite fruity. Some malts in the background could be detected as well. Taste was ok. Hops were there and quite a bit of fruit blended in as well. Bitterness did hit somewhere in the end, but not as big as I was expecting it to be. I would of liked to see a little more malt flavors blending in, but not completely taking over the hops in this brew. The 8%, which seems on the high end scale of a regular IPA can be noticed as well at the end/aftertaste. A little bit above average.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:42:08 | More by necoadam
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy, orangey golden. Creamy white head that left quickly leaving only a little thick creamy ring and slight cloudy spray in the center. I pointed out to my beerbud how the light foam had a strange circular ring cracking about 1/2 inch inward, the Blitheringidiot let me know that it is because the hops get so sticky... so I learned a bit during this one....
Not much aroma until it warms... hoppy, honey and lemon...
Great hoppy bite, peppery and flavorful, grapefruity and rindy. Such great flavor and feel with the perfect amount of carbination and body. Easy drinking good IA. Yummers.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:24:03 | More by shapudding
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, extremely cloudy tapped pour with an off white 1/4" head that left plenty of sticky lace in me bar pint.

Mixed hops nose with citrous orange slices and peel scents.

Juicy oranges & fruit blends. Various hops assault with an acidic bite on the tongue. An assertive acidic bite with a lingering rind aftertaste. Barely prescent malt, albeit an excellent IPA.

Awesome sizzle. Why not to serve as a total sipper drinker if careful?

Last swigs: Almost cask-conditioned like smooth. Grapefruits and mixed citrous lemon ornages. Like an orange wedge! Straight to the back and sides of the tongue, offered on draught at Union Jacks in North Hills PA for a hefty $5 and 8%! This tap offering excitied me so much, I wrote the review on a MAC receipt with a borrowed pen.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2004 04:14:33 | More by blitheringidiot
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber with a minimal beige head. None of the yeast layer seemed to make it to my glass, despite pouring every last drop.

Smells mostly of hops to me, and not so fruity as other reviewers have mentioned. The taste was also pleasantly hoppy, moreso than other English-style IPAs that I've tried.

Overall I find this a solid English IPA and will go back to it on those rare days when I'm not in the mood for overwhelming hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 02:25:48 | More by altctrlsdelete
Photo of shippos

New York

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pured a clear brilliant copper with a decent but rather thin cream colored head. sweet caramelly bready malty aroma followed by a fruity but grassy resiny hop aroma. they smell to me more like amer. var. of hops or yards just used a ton english var.
smooth malty mouthfeel with excellent carbonation, a very pronounced hop attack that is dry bitter but not overpowering the malt is juicy enough to releif the some of the bitterness. a very excellent example.

I had this at the independance brewpub in the philly airport, that have a few other yards on tap including a flying fish tap and they also have some of the best roast beef sandwhichs that I have ever had, they even will give clarks ale house in syracuse a run for there money.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 21:00:12 | More by shippos
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Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda cloudy light amber body. The cloudyness could be from pouring the whole bottle into my glass. It's bottle conditioned. Big light brown head with some lace. Lightly sweet floral hop aroma. A little sweetnes at the start and straight to the hops. Good smooth hop finish with a hint of grapefuit in the back there somwhere. Next time I'll be more carful with the pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 22:42:55 | More by ybnorml
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like other IPAs I've had, even with a slow pour, a massive head erupts, this time 4 fingers worth. From the side of the glass, the head appeared to have a swiss cheese texture and sat atop an almost clear light amber beer.

Smell: Great aroma. Right off the bat I was hit in the face with a huge blast of citrus, mainly grapefruit, followed by a spicy, peppery smell and some farm-like smells. Then I detected something really strange and it took me a few minutes to figure out what it was... the smell of fresh band-aids.

Taste: Out of the fridge it was snappy and refreshing, citrusy with hints of sour fruits like green apples. There was a mellow, bitter aftertaste post-swallow. As it warmed, the malts started to show through and the sour fruit taste got a bit sweeter but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Average carbonation.

Drinkability: For the ABV, it's very drinkable, even down to the last drop. You definitely start to feel the alcohol by the end but the ABV is masked very well. I would drink another right off if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 01:20:10 | More by oxmasterscream
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured golden amber with a tall off white head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was hoppy, grassy, fruity and malty. The hops were distictly English,

The flavor was malty with well done English hop bitterness. Very smooth and enjoyable.

The finish was dry and pleasantly hoppy. The body was just passed medium and well done.

12 ounce bottle. A nice English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 01:36:43 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating, English flag on label, so we know what kind of IPA this is supposed to be. pours orange light amber, cloudy, excellent head retention, extensive lacing. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Soft malty nose. Balance in the British style is what we have going on here. Malt/Hops in balance. Well done, British style IPA. Hop cravers will feel slighted, but balanced beer lovers will rejoice. Tasty stuff, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 00:42:19 | More by Billolick
Photo of ngandhi


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undetectable alcohol with a firm hop prescence that I think serves to balance it. But the focus of this beer, in the end, is the malt. This is an amber ale with IPA tendencies and, though the piney nose and citric palate are part-and-parcel IPA, the malt comes to dominate this beer, even leaving some residual sweetness characteristic of ambers.

Outside of style classifications, Yard's IPA is both thin and flabby -- the hops, muddled with the malt, wash out and the finish is not quite dry enough.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 23:45:25 | More by ngandhi
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice cloudy amber/orange colour with a nice big head and yeast floating about in the liquid. nice stuff. hops dominate the smell with malt and sweetenss in the back. there is a touch of spice present as well. the taste here is a solidly good one, but it's nothing outstanding. there is a hop/bread flavouring throughout with a sweet/semi-juicy middle and a decent dry finish. this is your pretty basic ipa. much more typical of the east coast versions (obviously, as that's where pennsylvania is) than the super hopped west coast ipa's. this one easy drinking and tasty over all. give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 16:28:46 | More by guinness33
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy golden-orange, honey in hue. A finger plus of pithy white head lifts gently then soon settles to a thin coat of foam. Flares of lacing arc along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a slightly sweet strain of caramel-tinged malt is soon mated with the piney citrus perfume of the hops. A slight trailing bitterness brings it to a close.

Upon sipping, a rounded mellow toasted malt sweetness carries hints of caramel and distant berry. Right on their heels are dry but flowery eddies of hop character, flecked with grapefruit and a gentle mint trace. The finish is dominated by a very-present dry bitterness that lingers long. The balance is well buttressed by the blended, quality components.

Light to medium bodied, the hops lend an oily texture that slides and coats and slips away, leaving a tingly glow in its wake.

Some are maltier, and some are hoppier, but this one has found its way nicely. The balance and flavor craft a tasteful profile and the sassy hops bring a fresh and refreshing character to the fore. It does have a rather sneaky ABV, because I never noted it in the nose or the palate, but I did in my head after the second of these. Still, it goes down smoothly and gladly, and my hand just couldn't help reaching for another. While I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, I have to say, I'm glad this one's local and available, because it's destined to become a dependable favorite for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 14:55:14 | More by Foxman
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber in color. Scant head with no lacing.
S: Heavy floral hoppy notes at first that sweeten a bit as this beer warms.
T: Nicely hopped. slightly bitter at first taste, but with a nice malty sweet finish. Yum.
M: big character, a little on the dry side. nice levels of carbonation and alcohol warming.
D&N: A very nice IPA, sort of similar to a HopDevil in taste and aroma. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2004 00:12:43 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of MrNuggets


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy, white, finger high head that leaves quickly. Hazy orange colour with a red tinge. Flower like scent with a touch of hops off in the distance. Surprised by the malt, it is blended nicely within the citrus this beer brings forth upon first sip. Subdued hop flavor then finishes with the bitterness. Smoothed out mouthfeel, this is when the alcohol makes its presence known. Not at all unwelcome as it is with some brews. I'm used to the super hopped up westcoast IPAs, but this is a nice depature from what i see as normal.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 04:16:27 | More by MrNuggets
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

extremely hazy color of dark copper with suspended flakes. initial fluffy white head peaces out with the quickness. small patches of lace desperately try to hang on. appetizing sweet melon and soft citric hop nose. light carbonation makes for a creamy and slightly chewy body. big fruity malt flavor shaded with earth tones is quite evident before the cascade hop bite hits. finishes quite dry with notes of carmael and leafy hop flavors. high ABV becomes apparent before the end of the glass.

a fruity ipa of soft bitterness, this one is english in style all the way. would be more quaffable if it weren't for the 8% ABV. nice change of pace from the alpha male-type aggresive american ipa's of today. i'd like to try it on cask.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 22:51:15 | More by pheurton
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good deep amber color, but loses a point because of the huge head. I typically like a fluffy head on my beer, but this was so much that it really detracted from the beer.

Smell: Very sumptous malt smell, like carmel. Good bitter notes, not as over the top hoppy as some IPAs.

Taste: Excellent. Yards hit the nail on the head with this one. A classic British IPA, with sweet and heavy malts and restrained hops. Really very nice, reminds me of a bitter. Chewy fruit esters. Abdundant yeast and sediment in the bottom, calls itself bottle conditioned. I'm not sure how the hops would survive cellaring, as they are not prickly and raw, but rather nicely balanced. Reminds me of a DFH 90 minute with less hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Nice weight to this, extremely smooth and rich.

Drinkability: Really up there. At 8% ABV and 70 IBUs this is a big guy who drinks like a beer with half those numbers. Very easy to put back. Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 19:57:05 | More by 99bottles
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is the color of tanned leather with light head. The aroma is a little faint, but the flavor is very malty with a short bitter finish. This is definitely thicker and maltier than than most. It made for a nice change of pace in our IPA tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 06:02:48 | More by aracauna
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent surrounded by floral aroma hops. The taste is good. It has an intense malty core which is quite tasty, but it also brags of an intense bitter hop addition; nice flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a med/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This beer came straight from the brewery so I don't think it had enough time to bottle condition. This is a different tasting IPA, but it's good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 01:17:16 | More by WesWes
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the "old, English" style according to the label, this IPA apparently attempts to produce an age-old, original variation, very much rarefied among the ubiquity of IPA's available around the globe today. I'd say they did a fine job. (But I also wonder if the "real" originals had an "oakey" taste due to extended transport - even if the barrels were pitch-lined?)

Appearance almost looks like a darkish-wheat beer, as it is very cloudy (bottle-conditioned). It carried aroma of sweet hops - lovely.

Its taste did reveal its well-crafted balance: Bitterness up-front melting away against its malt-alcohol and fruity profile. Its alcohol level does play a role here particularly with the beer's 70 IBUs, yet its real 8% strength is barely noticeable to me.

In a way, its fruitiness is like a pumped-up Harpoon IPA; but then, the other flavor profiles end this comparison.

I'll be sampling this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 05:14:08 | More by Hobbz
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the Dogfish Head 60, the Yard IPA pours a cloudy amber, but it has a voluminous white, pillowy head that recedes slowly and shifts shapes as it does. The small is singular: citrusy (predominantly lemon) hops--even the 8% alcohol is covered by this aroma. However, the alcohol is quite evident in the taste; it is the first ingredient that I noticed balancing the hops. They say this has 70 IBU. That's clear. They also say (on the very British label) that the "agressive ale is fruity and balanced." Again, I'd agree. While individual aspects are distinguishable, nothing dominates. There's bitterness, and some fruit (more like cherry than anything). There's alcohol and even some underlying breadiness. The mouthfeel is prickly and medium thin. It's a happy brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 22:33:07 | More by longpondbeerman
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky, oranged hued nectar. Big frothy 2-finger white head laves los of lace on the glass.
Aroma is a fruity, estery malt dominates with a bitter, resiny hop note.
Flavor of sweet malt with citrus undertones followed by a herbal, eaathy hop hit. Very nice IPA.
Mouthfeel is sweet, light fruity dominated front with a moderate to light bittering on the finish taht is slightly gritty.
Drinkability is very nice, love to try this one on cask. Fruity hops would really stand out.
Thanks to beerluvr for some of Philly's finest.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 19:05:08 | More by CRJMellor
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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