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India Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | 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 edskirk3


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

05-15-2006 02:08:44 | More by edskirk3


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

04-22-2006 19:26:42 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of garymuchow


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

04-04-2006 01:11:02 | More by garymuchow
Photo of ithacabaron


4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

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.


03-31-2006 04:53:19 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of Phatz


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

03-18-2006 09:21:54 | More by Phatz
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

03-07-2006 02:32:55 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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!

02-22-2006 07:35:38 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of jmz62565


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

02-11-2006 01:06:00 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Terp96

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

02-03-2006 14:07:51 | More by Terp96
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%

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!

01-28-2006 19:38:38 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Kreuger


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

01-22-2006 21:29:01 | More by Kreuger
Photo of jakester


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

01-20-2006 15:26:46 | More by jakester
Photo of HugoGrim


3.13/5  rDev -17%

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.

01-11-2006 01:40:15 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - A very nice orange/golgen color wuth a nice thick off white head comprised of tiny bubbles. The head chunks up in some points and laces the glass pretty nicely.

S - A nice pleasant smell to this one. I;m actually picking up the sweet malts a lot along with the hops. Definitely smells like a very balanced IPA. I'm a big hop guy but this is a nice change of pace and a unique smell for the style.

T - Goes down led by a malt sweetness but a big rush of hop bitternes takes over at the end. The alcohol is definitely present but overall the flavors balance nicely. A bit of a fruitiness in there too but I can;t figure out what.

M - Coats the mouth nicely and feels smooth all over.

D - Not my favorite for the style but definitely interesting. It might be the sweetest IPA I've ever had (American or English style) and I could see it as a great change of pace IPA every now and then. Thus it's uniqueness and balance make it very drinkable.

01-10-2006 23:24:13 | More by EStreet20
Photo of babydoc


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Served at 50 degrees into a pint glass. Hazy orange, nice carbonation, huge stiff head that piled up so high the last two ounces had to wait in the bottle. Left some spotty, sticky lace as the beer disappeared. Nose was malt and citrus hops, some fruity overtures.

Taste is sweet orange, peach, countered by hops, then alcohol warmth. Lots there in the mouthfeel, dry finish.

Thanks to kafkaEsb (remember him?) for the chance to taste this. Yummy beer.

12-31-2005 05:39:45 | More by babydoc
Photo of tgbljb


4/5  rDev +6.1%

poured a slightly hazy, medium color with attractive white puffy hwad that slowly fell to a light coating that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is a pleasant mixture of toated malt and hops. Initail taste assaults with much malt which slowly lessens as the hops take over. Excellent combination. Finished is a strong bitter hop presence. This is a very drinkable beer. I really could not detect the 8% alcohol.

10-23-2005 00:37:08 | More by tgbljb
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

from the bottle poured a golden color with a off white head with some lacing. aroma citus a blend of grapefruit and lemon, with a touch of malt and fruity. flavor, citrus, pine, and caramel. good easy beer to drink. don’t know if I bought this or got it in a trade, if it was a trade thanks to the one that sent it.

09-09-2005 10:04:52 | More by walleye
Photo of Dithyramb


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, label states that it is bottle conditioned. Ink jetting on the bottle itself of lot ID, no freshness dating on the bottle or six pack container. Purchased to sooth through a weekend at the beach.

Appearance: Very lightly clouded burnt orange. Head was eruptable. I was used to the overly agressive love stout from these guys, so I was sorta careful with the pour. The off-white head had great retention and was super sticky

Smell: Great smelling brew, with a hearty malt ruling the background. There are a bunch of esters and ripe fruits swirling around with spicy herbal hops.

Full bodied brew that was nicely complex. It was chew with a roast toasty malt, earthy/piney hops, and a load of esters that produce some nice ripe fruits and alcohol near the end of the flavor. Finishes very dry and hoppy, with a very crisp feeling in the mouth afterward. Very tasty, finishing slightly more aggressively hoppy than the English varieties I tried in the UK--which is a good thing here.

Very nicely drinkable IPA. Had this one by itself on the porch, in a koozie on the boat, and in a plastic glass late evening on the beach. Very warmable to the mouth and head, but crisp enough to be a solid summer drinker as well.

08-01-2005 15:43:08 | More by Dithyramb
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber body with a huge fluffy white head. The head really sticks around and there's some beautiful lacing. Really nice to look at.

Smell: Nice big dose of English hops, a slight butterscotch aroma but not overwhelming. There's some sweetness in there, but you have to hunt.

Taste/Feel: Wonderful hops balance from the aroma down to the flavor and bitterness. It's a very smooth transition. More malt than I was expecting from the aroma, but it's needed and helps even the beer out. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. This is the mouthfeel I'm hoping for when I try an IPA. Smooth, but not too sticky, so it's still refreshing, and just the right amount of CO2.

Great English IPA, which you don't see all that many of.

07-24-2005 00:45:00 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of TinusTime


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a standard amber with a nice little white cap of foam on top. Nothing that stands out. Aroma is nice, with sappy orange citrus notes, a bit of sweet biscuity malt, and a touch of butter.

Taste was nice nice malty beginning belied the hope attack that was to come. Nice crisp and clean hoppines with lots of citrus and herbal notes. Finishes with just a hint of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel was fine, perhaps a bit viscous, but no real faults. Drinkability was nice and I would definitly have another. Too much alcohol for a session beer, but the taste is right. Kind of like a hopped up English Style IPA. Not really west coast due to the buttery and malty notes, but definitly more hoppy than the standard english style.

07-14-2005 15:06:22 | More by TinusTime
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

This had a foamy, off-white/close to tan in color, head. It was not as thick, IMO, more fragile of a head than that on the saison. The beer itself was a cloudy orange/amber color. There were plenty of hops on the nose, but you will have to forgive me since I (still) don't have the knowledge to be able to identify specific hop varieties. It had a medium mouthfeel and the hops were big in the mouth. The beer had a viscous, syrupy quality in the glass, but it did not translate to the mouthfeel. The finish was an interesting intermingling of hops and malt. If only it wasn't 8 % ABV, I could rate "drinkability" higher.

07-13-2005 15:06:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of KroMagnon


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

Not a lot of head, probably partially due to the higher alcohol content. The beer is slightly cloudy as well but that's not really a knock since its bottle conditioned. Cool label with the Union Jack under a pair of crossed swords. The aroma is not very powerful, which surprises me, and its also a little "muddy", by which I mean its kind of hard to discern any real characteristics individually - everything kind of runs together. Its kind of herbal, thats' about the best I can do. The flavor is good, again a bit "muddy" but clean, featuring a prominent hop bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor or malty compliment. Overall, its a pretty good beer, but it doesn't exactly knock my socks off.

06-23-2005 02:34:41 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of kegerator


4.9/5  rDev +30%

This is an outstanding beer in my opinion.
Pours a light orange almost burnt color with a nice half inch head that sits well.
smell was a great blend of hop and malt. hops were on the flowery, herbal side with hint of citrus.
taste was outstanding. The blend of malt and hop in the english style IPA was perfect. Teh blend allowed all the flavors to meld very well together and not be overly sweet or bitter at all. This one easily rivals my HopDevil for one of the best IPAs I have tried to date.

05-31-2005 15:57:18 | More by kegerator
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Moderately thick creamy white head is really sticky leaving a thick coating of lace as it slowly fades. Mild citrusy hop aroma. The flavor has a light malt base with some tasty citrusy hops on top that become grapefruity bitter towards the end. Mouthfeel is soft and light. A solid enjoyable IPA.

05-30-2005 22:25:06 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of djeffbee


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

Yards India Pale Ale - had both from bottle and the tiznap...

Appearance- handsome red color with a nice head, the head will last the duration of imbibement.

Smell- wonderful hop aroma - knowing this will pack a wallop....

Taste-smooth, bitter, plain 'ol yummy.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, like a 'good' bitter beer face, love it..

Drinkability- @ 8+ ABV, not too drinkable, more like a 'start the night' beer. Me - love it though..

Great consistent beer from Yards. -
[ serving type: bottle ]

05-23-2005 02:49:48 | More by djeffbee
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