Cape Of Good Hope IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MusicaleMike on 06-27-2009

Our Cape of Good Hope, which changes year to year, pays homage to the original style and adventurous spirit of the first British IPAs. This past year’s release, a west coast style double IPA, is brewed with 100% pilsner malt, imparting a subtle maltiness and beautiful golden color. Loaded with hops, there’s Columbus in the kettle and Centennial in the whirlpool. Then it’s dry hopped with El Dorado, Calypso, and Galaxy, resulting in a dry, crisp ale with unmistakable flavors and aromas of tropical fruits.
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Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 78
Photo of Tbub18
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too shabby. A little bit too malty for my taste, but a really solid attempt from a great brewery. Drinkability was the best quality here, nothing else stood out as significant for me here.

Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed golden yellow with a creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is citric, herbal/floral.

The taste is citric/herbal with bready, grainy backing. There's a sweet kiss in the middle.. Finishes with a bitter dryness. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation, this is an enjoyable IPA!

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[2014 version (West Coast style) - served in a snifter]

L: gummy, white foam stand... yellow-amber and dry-hop hazy

S: orange/grapefruit skin (perfumy), circus peanut

T: semi-dry, nutty-malty finish... flash of mango midway, which lingers later aside malt flavors and a leafy bitterness... dank, sticky resins linger in the aftertaste

F: medium-thick, flowing in a frothy coat... late heat in the belly

O: another one of Yards' superbly dry, yet pulpy-fruity IPAs

Photo of Yancey82
4/5  rDev +2%

Excellent IPA. Very light in color but with great body. Super drinkable considering the 8.1 ABV. Nice citrus hops and a clean finish. Well done Yards!

Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice and creamy that takes a long time to dissipate and seems to renew itself after every sip. The beer itself is a clear golden orange. The beer is extremely clean for a beer. The smell is nice and hoppy. The hoppy notes are fairly tropical with grapefruit notes and orange notes mixing with a hint of lemon skin. A malt does exist but is fairly soft and a bit breadish when compared to the rest of the beer. The taste is a bit different from the smell. The tropical hop notes are still there but the taste is also a bit sweeter because of the Pilsner malts. The sweetness works well and makes the hop more bearable and the flavor even more tropical. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the heavier side. Overall, a very good seasonal and one that should be picked up.

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +2%

A - Pours a nice bright, clear gold color with a thin frothy head and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Mango, papaya, pineapple, and peach. The overall arima is dank, juicy sweet tropical fruit.

T - Follows the nose quite closely with minimal malt presence and intense tropical fruit. Guava, papaya, some mango, peach, and all hops from start to finish, finishes with a juicy grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers. Resiny, juicy, and and some peppery spice on the finish. The ending bitterness lingers for a good long time.

M - Medium body, smooth mild carbonation, intense hop resin coats the mouth and leaves a somewhat cotton-like feel.

O - A fine D-IPA, intensely hoppy, and well hidden alcohol.

Photo of justintcoons
3.45/5  rDev -12%

2014 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Pale gold with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with extremely light carbonation.

Nose
Light aromas of peach, pineapple, and passion fruit.

Taste
Sugar coated passion fruit, peach, and pine needle. Honey and table sugar. Finishes with tangerine and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Moderately bitter with fruit zest and dry pine. Easy drinking for the 9.3% abv.

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2011 Vintage - 3.65 / 5

A: Pours a cloudy copper with amber highlights. Yields an explosive fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Good frothy, webbed lacing and moderate carbonation.

N: Orange citrus, lemon, caramel and hints of pine.

T: Orange juice, lemon zest and candied caramel upfront. Caramel notes flow through while picking up hints of papaya and coconut. Finishes with lingering pine, citrus and caramel.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, tingly with carbonation and dry.

O: Nicely balanced between the caramel malts and American hops. Good citrus and pine notes with hints of tropical fruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Not as complex as I was hoping but surprisingly smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass.

I gave it an aggressive pour, and received a 1 inch head.

It has a cloudy appearance with quite a bit of carbonation.

This is classified as an Epic ale, my virgin ale, but after several they are all epic, no disrespect homie.

I'm getting a fresh hoppy citrus smell, very fresh.

Its mouth feel is slightly bitter, somewhat thick with a little bitter taste lasting in the mouth.

This is a good ale , fresh crisp, citrus notes with a definite hop presence.

This is my first Yards beer but this one is definitely worth a taste and I will look for some other varieties from this company, well done Yards.

Photo of ManosEBrazos
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Great

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev +1%

Bottle. Pours clearance me vibrant yellow. Head is white and well formed. Head leaves strings of lace. Prevalent hops in the aroma. Tropical fruit hops. Apricot hops. Citrus flesh. Apparently this year's offering uses the combination of Chinook, Mosaic, Cluster, Crystal and Pacific Jade hops. Hops also smell a bit green and grassy. Malt is very pale is clean. Flavor is very juicy. Peaches and apricots are imparted by the hop medley. The malt imparts some basic pale flavor. Overall it's pretty dry but there is some sweetness in the middle. The finish is surprisingly not overly bitter. Body is also surprisingly light, all things considered. I could see these sneaking up on me quickly. I enjoyed this brew. It has some tasty tropical fruit flavor and it isn't overly assertive. If I could get this more often I mostly likely would be a repeat customer.

Photo of glass_house
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Label simply says it's a dry-hopped epic ale, so I'm not quite sure what to expect. Pours a bright clear gold with two fingers of frothy head that leaves a nice collar and substantial lacing. The aroma immediately signals what is in store. Strong bright grapefruit, plenty of tropical fruit, and floral notes abound.

No false advertising in the smell. The taste is full of bitter grapefruit and other citrus, mango, and papaya. Medium body with lower carbonation. Coats the palate well, but finishes crisp and clean with just a slight lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. No indication of abv on the bottle, but whatever it is, it is dangerously drinkable.

The description says this beer changes every year. I can't speak to past incarnations, but this one is excellent. Will definitely buy more of this soon.

Photo of thgreatrandini
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Tried it at 6th annual smoke em at yards ( so that's the 2014 edition ). It featured a lot of high quality breweries, and this beer still managed to stand out as one of if not he best of the day. Bought a case ASAP that I am enjoying now.

Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pale brew, golden yellow and with a bright white head. The aroma is hoppy...earthy and herbal. There is a little malt, pale, not any roasted character. Some fruit...peach.m. The taste is balanced. Some serious spicy hops...a a little malt, but it is hop dominant. Full in body. It is a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of tropical fruits. Taste is very bitter up front, some tropical fruit, alcohol is well hidden, very little malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this into a glass it, has a nice burnt orange color body with a small head and some sticky lace to it. The aroma has a nice hop aroma to it. The taste is piney and a little citrus to it. There is a little malt on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very smooth and it doesn't drink like a 8%. Overall it is a pretty darn good beer.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back, having never had this before. IPA's seem to be a dime a dozen but with that in mind, this was still really enjoyable and easy to drink, given how high the alcohol content was. AS so many others on here alluded to, the hop burn wasn't present here and like the other popular offerings from Yards, this had a bit of an old-school taste and feel to it. That's not a bad thing, given that an IPA needs to stand out in order to be fully enjoyed from all of the aggressive and West Coast examples that tend to flood store shelves!

This poured and looked like a Pils, as the clear hue, light shade, and somewhat fluffy head all lead me to believe that this wasn't typical. The foam quickly settled as the lacing picked up where it left off, being present on the side of my pint glass where I drank out of. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but what was present was solid - tropical hops, a hint of caramel, a hint of weed-like skunk, some basic chocolate, and a hint of grain. The lack of burning bitterness makes this intriguing and well-balanced, as the hop-bomb factor was not in play here and the earthy aftertaste helped each sip lead into the next one. Maybe a bit of grain was what tied everything in together!

Not often that a beer of this style can have the alcohol nearly hidden, but that was the case here. There was a surprising amount of papaya and mango here, which really tied the other flavors in nicely. As far as IPA's go, this would be a great example for someone who's never had one before, as the beer went down easily and was about as balanced as any malted barley beverage could get. Nice to have something that stood out from the pack without being too terribly strong - a must-try for any hophead looking for a fix and a break at the same time.

Photo of RandomExile
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale, hazy orange leaning toward yellow, translucent; rich, creamy dense head lasts forever; bands of thick peristent lacing
S: orange peel, farmyard must, pine
T: bitter hops, lemon, citrus, malty undertones
M: light-medium-bodied
O: Relatively balanced as an IPA, but lacking the strong, fresh feel of most. There's nothing particularly impressive or wrong.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clouded orange amber on the pour. Brighter citrus and pine thing with a good deal of resin on things as well. A bit thick, which seems to be the theme as of late. Smooth enough feel. I guess this is kind of a standard interpretation for the style lately, and I like it.

Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a generous close to three finger head of airy, loose cream white foam, mottled surface, decent enough retention, looks like a fallen soufflé, the lacing is thick in some spots and has excellent stickiness. A light cloudiness deepens the yellow to orange rust hue, translucent, not many visible bubbles, kind of interesting looking. The nose offers salted pretzels and a rich grapefruit, orange citrus component, this aided by pine sap, cocoa and dewy flowers, as the apricot, peach fruit gets in the act, so does a stiffening herbaceous streak, comes out with a nice spectrum of scents. Full-bodied, at times thick unto heavy, the carbonation makes a good effort of it but lacks the strength to whip things up. Definitely on the sweet side with pine, pink grapefruit, tangerine, lilacs, coriander, cumin spice and something close to eucalyptus. The peach, apricot, pineapple fruit has a semi dried fruit nature. All this noted, the finish dries out big time and while it is not as herbaceous here, it does have a little zip to it. Quite malty as well, no lack of cocoa and caramel. Brash, has an infectious smile but won’t make immediate friends with everyone. And it’s probably alright with that.

Photo of DIM
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Clear pale gold color; pours with a big, rocky head. Fades to clumpy lace.

s: More malty than hoppy. Sugar cookies and caramel mostly. Some pithy grapefruit and pine as well.

t: More balanced than the smell. Lightly sweet short cake and sugar cookies. Strong lingering hop bitterness with some pine and grapefruit rind.

m: Nicely full bodied, soft carbonation.

o: I like it, kinda tastes old school.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 10/11/2013
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 07/30/13
Glass: Heady Stemless

Pours a dark golden in color w/ a 1 and a half finger white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of pine, menthol, grapefruit, and caramel malts. The flavor was of a quick blast of initial caramel sweetness, into an almost menthol like pine quality, and finishing with grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied and very lush while finishing pretty juicy. Very drinkable stuff.

Overall, a very good DIPA from Yards! This brewery has always been one of my personal favorites and they proved once again that they can brew it all. I drank this after Surly Wet and preferred this more.

Photo of EBeckett3
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Lovely orange amber with thick white head & good laces
S - citrus, pine
T- hoppy, slight citrus sweetness, tastes the way it smells, not much malt
M- medium, refreshing - amazing balance & smooth finish.
O - simply outstanding, watch the ABV at 8+ - deceiving.

Served in an 11 oz wine glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a clear gold, two finger soapy white head, medium on lacing.
S - Big dank hop aroma, very grassy, lemon, orange juice, cracker, grapefruit, pine
T - Up front is a really juicy hop bite, then you get some caramel malt mid way, ends on some flowery/pine bitterness.
M - Extremely dry finishing, almost too much.
O - Was blown away by how good this is, and cost effective too! I'd say its one of the best IPA's in its price range. The dryness can be excessive, but the good flavors make it easy to overlook.

Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 09/01/13 notes. Had on tap at The Arlington in LBI, NJ. 12 oz. pour into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, and very light citrus hops. Very malts and not much going on. Hops are on the back end and very light.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, grains, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some floral hops. Slightly more hoppy than the nose but still not a lot of hops. Step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No bitterness, easy to drink aside from slightly being overcarbonated.

o - Overall a disappointing DIPA; more like a malty APA to me. Lots of malts and not a lot of hops to it, and a tiny bit overcarbonated. Not bad but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a hazy golden-orange color. There was an enormous fluffy white head that offers a very slow fade down to a thick film with a dollop in the middle of it. Lots of serious lacing.

S- Citrus and herbal hops, neither is prominent. A whiff of sweet malts. I expected some scent of alcohol from this DIPA but I picked up sweets.

T-Citrus and herbal hops...again. Big caramel malt backbone. And now I get some alcohol.

M-Lots of body There's some alcohol bite and sweetness from the booze and malts. It feels like a big beer.

O-I may not drink this everyday, but when I do, I enjoy it.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.