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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

815 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 90 | 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 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.

Durge, Apr 07, 2008
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.

tempest, Feb 12, 2008
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.

splat215, Feb 06, 2008
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.

Wilceaser, Feb 05, 2008
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.

goschool, Jan 23, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
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!

thefireman, Dec 22, 2007
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.

bigdeuce, Dec 02, 2007
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.

orangedive, Nov 27, 2007
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.

MmmIPA, Oct 24, 2007
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...

mobyfann, Sep 08, 2007
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 12, 2007
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.

jmalex, Jul 26, 2007
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.

JFazekas, Jul 04, 2007
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.

kajerm, Jun 24, 2007
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.

Zorro, Jun 17, 2007
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!

garcia2a, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've had this beer in about 4 years. I remeber being fairly excited about it when it was released; I 1st had it at a beer festival at ABC from a firkin. Bottle has no dating.

Great foam and lace, and a medium carmel colored body. Clear beer, but the bottle conditioning makes alot of haze if you're not careful. Heavy carmel malts and alpha hops, the nose reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

I love the flavor, full of deep pale and carmel malts, yet the body remains light and crisp enough to keep the drinkability fairly high. The hops are very present, yet remain restrained by the malts in a classic British kind of way. Hops rule the aftertaste, featuring a refreshing hard water mouthfeel. The body actually seems a bit thin, which I usually don't complain about.

Recommended, both bottle conditioned and from a cask. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of counterpart9
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer made my stay in philadelphia great while I was in college. Obviously it was always available and priced well, but it is also just adds to the philadelphia experience. The best place to drink this in philly is at the Standard Tap, where it is always readily available on-tap.

A- it comes with a decent head and a golden amber glow in the body.
S- a strong crisp smell of hops quickly rises to your nose.
T- a crisp hop flavor, that isn't overly strong and ends with a bit of a citrus tartness, not bitter

fairly easy to drink, especially for being 8%

counterpart9, May 25, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a flaired tulip from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Mirky,reddish/orange color with a 1"creamy white head dissapating quickly to a slight coating,sparse amount of bubbles rising

Clean aroma,citrusy with some grapefruit notes on the faint side for an IPA. Some fruittyness with some light carmell malt aromas in the background.

Grassy/dried hay like tastes with citrusy/grapefruity hop notes. Light malt tastes a pleasing sugaryness throughout. Clean mid-tastes,finishes with a clean,crisp citrus rind/grapefruit bite.

Light mouthfeel,tangy with a juicy feel. Easy drinking would be a good summer IPA with the light feel. Good English IPA not outstanding,but enjoyable and worth a try.

jcdiflorio, May 16, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from aforbes10. Thanks!
Pours out a clear copper red, with some very small chunkies if you look real close. Has an off-white head. Nose is sticky hops and slight malts and caramel. Taste is a balance between a hoppy bitterness and a slight sweet sugarcane taste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. A solid IPA.

shivtim, May 15, 2007
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, orangish-amber color. There is a fairly substantial off-white head on it. The aroma is mainly citrus hops. They are potent, but not over done. The taste is good. There is a decent hop bite, but not overdone. Nice malt backbone. A hint of dryness to the finish. A decent enough IPA.

Boto, May 12, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with guinnessfan.

A: The ale is an orange-red, trending more towards orange, with a thick 1 finger head that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The aroma is a very grainy one, thin and cereally with mere hints of earthy hop bitterness.

T: The first flavors to register are slightly bitter, earthy hops. Unfortunately their bite is immediately diminished by a thin grainy body that wants to be biscuity but can't quite manage it. The ale ends on an undefined bitterness that is somewhat harsh without any big redeeming quality.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy and thin, showiing of hints of promising hop bitterness but never sustaining it.

D: I'd like to try this on tap to see if the freshness adds more depth. If it doesn't, I'd stick to some of Yards' other offerings.

akorsak, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated with a bristle like off white head that morphs into a fluffy large bubbled highly retentive pillow. Thick sticky lace is left behind. Penny copper with bubbles galore.

Highly floral hop aromas with a odd spicy quality. Hints of a malt and toffee. A slight piney edge.

Very odd flavors in this IPA yet I think I like it. A belgian spicey quality is showing through far back on the mid palate with a bitter floral ending. Entrance and front mid are lackluster and really don't show any depth whatsoever. One flowery beer too say the least. Good and bitter.

mcallister, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh who cannot enjoy a great IPA? Citrusy aroma, appearance was cloudy/coppery color. It had nice lacing on the glass, but a diminishing head. It is a medium bodied beer, but great IPA style flavor. Excellent hop flavor, and nice finishing aftertaste. It has a nice juicy hop flavor, but not over the top. Overall a great beer, but then again, who cannot enjoy a good IPA?

zymurgy4all, Mar 29, 2007
India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.