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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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very good

88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 396
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 89 | 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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 396
Photo of ctylinebeer
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into my throwback Eagles glass. Watching The Body Bag Game for the 25th Anniversary. Consumed with blue and cheddar cheeses.

L - bright golden color, not light or dark. Two finger length foam dome, really nice and fluffy. Got a good pour out of this one ;-)

S - Floral hops, grapefruit, citrus scent. Very bright in smell, nothing piney or strong, but a hefty citrus taste.

T - Subtle grapefruit notes, crisp malt midtones, and a spicy bitter finish. Still some character of an English IPA

F - Crisp and clean with a nice spicy finish. Plays very well with the sharp cheeses.

O - I have always given Yards good marks and I have yet to find a reason to not keep doing it; they make spectacular beer! I have had this DIPA at their taproom and did not know they put this on bottles until I saw it at the store. If you are a fan of IPAs/DIPAs, this is a must-try. Excellent brew!

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Photo of MidasMulligan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just had this juicy seasonal on tap.Very tasty with a small hops punch.The abv is hidden well,so be careful.I like most of Yards' offerings,but this seasonal is delicious.This is a nice,smooth piece of art.Enjoy.

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Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear medium gold with a good amount of slightly creamy head. The good retention leaves a sheet of small sticky lacing. The aroma is clean with big tropical fruit hops dominating. The taste dials it back a bit but it is still a big hoppy mouthful. The body is lighter for a double but not watery and easy drinking with a nice crisp hops finish.

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Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 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. Malt is very pale is clean. Very good offering.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picking up a little stone fruit, pineapple, and some citrus on the front of the palate. Back of the palate you get hit with tons of herbal, oniony/garlic dankness. Very drinkable. Absolutely no hint of the 8.1%. A good DIPA offering from Yards, probably their best.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spicy, Cedar, Resin, Fruity

This year’s version goes “West Coast” with Columbus, Chinook, & Mosaic hops. The strength is hidden until a few sips in, extremely well rounded with more hop flavor than bitterness. Tropical fruit and thick herbal hop flavor dominate. Less of a bitter hop smash as most American brewers make of the DIPA style but more of full flavored version which separates itself from most.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 9.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big tropical flavors def added from the Galaxy hop.i loved the hop selection from this one.i get hints of mango and cantaloupe.this was a different variation from last year though and far superior

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Photo of beerfinder
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice hoppy ipa. Very smooth with just the right amount of malt. This goes down very well. Great aroma and a smooth finish. A great IPA from Yrds.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been a fan of Yard’s Brewing and so I am excited to try this one. I’ve seen that this one is 8.10% ABV and is an American Double/Imperial IPA.

Look-It pours a crisp golden and crystal clear quality, but with ample carbonation and a thin film head that leaves tenuous if even noticeable lacing.

Smell-The smell is herbal/pine and citrus hops that a grain malt base that can be easily discerned.

Taste-The taste starts out with bitter hops ripe with pineapple rind and orange peel zest. It has a noticeable astringency that mingles with mango flavors which then leads me to believe that this brew has a mild West Coast style hop aspect that I didn’t expect. I also pick up on some lemon peel zinginess that mixes with a resinous and alpha-acid flavor.

Mouthfeel-This one is a thick, but medium-bodied brew with ample carbonation and a pleasant bite from the alcohol.

Overall-This brew was great and I was glad that they had not produced something that was too syrupy or sweet. The citrus hops were accompanied by bitterness that led to a true Imperial IPA experience. Cheers!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear bright amber, fluffy white head, fades slowly, lots of lace. Mild aroma of fresh bread and fruit. Caramel malt sweetness up front followed by piney hops. Very clean taste but with an alcohol burn at the end. Overall solid DIPA, malty sweet and clean.

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Photo of Tbub18
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Yancey82
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

2014 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Light aromas of peach, pineapple, and passion fruit.

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

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

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


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.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of glass_house
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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