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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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88
very good

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | 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
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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask via handpump @ Resurrection Ale House (Philadelphia, PA) on 10/3/09. Served in a pint glass.

Review #1,000 for me.

Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a super smooth and creamy finger of slightly off-white head. This stays rich and thick from the cask pour, just splattering the sides of the glass with robust lace. The aroma is just loaded with hop character. Floral notes, pine, spice, and heavy tropical fruits. Bready sweet caramel gives the nose a sweet backing. This is just very sticky and hoppy in the nose. I like it!

The taste is a big hoppy mess (but in a good way) of pine resins, spice, and juicy citrus. Caramel malts do a really nice job here of reigning in the hops, while still allowing them to shine. Finishes with a lingering resinous mix of spice and tang, which just STICKS in the mouth. You definitely don't forget the hops afer each sip! Being on cask, the aggressiveness of the bitterness is smoothed out a little more than normal but I didn't mind. This just has a satisfying hoppy flavor profile to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an extremely easy and bubbly creaminess to it. There is some beef to this in the mouth, but the cask conditioning smooths this out so much, you can barely make it out.

I don't have a lot of experience with the beers from Yards, but if this is the type of bold offerings that they are recently putting out, then I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye out for more when I'm in the Philly market. Nice stuff, and on cask to boot!

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 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 mfunk9786
2.44/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled on 7/27/2011. Very fresh and very inexpensive for a DIPA, $7.99 for a six pack!

Unfortunately, I don't really know what the deal is with this beer. It's an average-to-low quality English-style DIPA, sort of like a homebrew version of the similarly puzzling Sixpoint Bengali Tiger. Pours like the last glass of tea in the pitcher, copper and cloudy. Looks like a melted old penny. The smell begins the "hmmm?" reaction, delivering sort of a mint tea thing with a bit of sweetness. The flavor is a ton more tea, this time made musty with extremely earthy hops (no bitterness comes through over the tealeaf acidity). There is an awful sweet malt thing going on that leaves a nasty, thick aftertaste (think a low-rent 'craft' beer like one made by Sea Dog or whatever). One of the biggest disappointments imaginable considering the positive reviews here and the whole "imperial pale ale" claim. This beer is a thick, sweet, musty disappointment.

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 jtierney89
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnishes brass hue with great clarity and big sticky brown tinted head. Big hoppy nose. Earthy with pine , hints of grapefruit and citrus. Sweet malt underneath it all. Great lacing. Sweet biscuit up front with an english hop presence throughout. Nice full mouthfeel but smooth and goes down easy. Incredible balance actually. Lightly toasted malt throughout. Well blended flavors. One of the few english-style imperial ipas out there and incredibly drinkable at the high abv. Nice change of pace in the world of dipas and incredibly well done.

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 FeDUBBELFIST
2.26/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to snifter. Sampled 9/1/11, one month after the bottling date of 7/27/11. The bottle indicates a marginally stronger beer than BA - 8.3% ABV.

A: Pours with a small 1/2 finger head, airy/foamy and light tan in color. The sienna brown body is hazy - as expected being unfiltered - and completely opaque. Spare lacing.

S: The hop bill is heavy - putting out aromas of pine resin, orange and dried herbs. Just beyond that, plenty of caramel and toasted grain come through. Alcohol presence is high and accentuated further by plasticky phenols.

T: Wood, honey, a combination of caramel and toffee plus light notes of cardboard or paper. The bottle says "uniquely aged" which leaves me wondering what that means exactly - but also if any oxidation has taken place. Aside from that, the alcohol is just too prominent for my taste.

M: Medium-ll body with a fizzy effervescence and slightly minerally texture. A firm bitterness on the end helps to conceal the sweetness.

O: I'd like to see Yards tweak the recipe before the next release but apparently plenty of folks enjoy this one just like it is. Just came across a little hot and messy to me.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy, hazy, and sediment filled, deep, burnt amber was then poured into the glass. Tons of floaties in this one, which does not really turn me off to it. A nice two inch layer of foam then rose up over it and took over over, settling gently into a thin layer of lace across the top which hung around for a good long while. Some carbonation as well as some decent side glass lace were present as well.

The aroma was a mixture of resin filled piney hops, with a touch of earthy malts. Nothing terribly overpowering here, infact it was fairly well balanced. The flavor was more of the same, started out with a rolling bready malt flavor which coated the tonguey with a viscous, medium bodied feel, soem really nice bitter notes as it passed, with pine and grass mixed with a light grapefruit touch in the finish

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but creamy white head that gradually died down and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass and a good amount of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite citrusy from the hops but only has some notes of bitterness because it is well balanced by the underlying malts, which also lend some hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because it is well balanced and hides the alcohol from the taste very well.

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 mooseo
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper color with a decent one-inch creamy head. Head quickly dissipates, leaving scattered lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Heavy caramel malts mixed with a hint of pine and citrus hops. Overall a pleasant, earthy aroma.

T - Sweet malt/caramel flavor at first, with a citrusy lemon character present throughout. Some bitterness and citrus notes in the finish. Hints of alcohol present in the finish as well - but for 8.3% ABV, this is to be expected. One of Yards strongest offerings and a welcome addition to their line. Very nice balance.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy, slightly syrupy feel. Very smooth with average carbonation. Goes down with ease.

D - I have to give it to Yards, this is an excellent brew. Even with the high ABV, this is an extremely drinkable and satisfying IIPA. I'm looking forward to finding this on tap in Philly somewhere.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at TJ's...
Appears a light amber toned orange with a large head of fluffy white. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is grassy, herbal, piney, with notes of grapefruit, and tangerine.
Taste is of the hoppy aromas but there is an odd plastic flavor coming through in the finish. Not sure what happened there.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, sweet up front with an acidic , bitter bite in the finish.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice a DIPA! I thought this was just your everyday IPA or pale ale.

A - A fairly dark DIPA, clear and bubbly with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of soft citrus hops, sweet malts, and a clean profile.

T - Actually quite good. Clean crisp hops with no noticeable ABV. Malt profile is rather grainy but balanced and sweet with a cracker like finish. Hops do show in the finish yet again balanced.

M - Wow so good. Medium bodied, crisp, clean.

Overall what a great surprise by Yards and I think the best part was it was mixed and matched (6 pack) for under 10 bucks. Completely impressed me with flavor and price. Recommended!

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hand this bad boy on a handpump at the Hulmeville Inn the way it should be.

Pours a hazy orange color with an intense thick white heading. Left very heavy soapy white ring's all the way down the glass.

Smell has a heavy floral, citrus hoppy aroma that invades the nose at first followed by a nice juicy aroma that pulls through to finish thing's off.

Taste is awesome. Very nice bitterness of hops hits you at first. A toasty biscuit taste barges in for a nice smooth middle then turns to a nice juicy finish.The bitter hoppiness lingeries a little bit but not an overkill.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and bitter. Medium bodied with and amazing sting on the tongue of hop. Very alive feeling on the palate.

This is an excellent beer one of the very best IIPA's I've ever had and very drinkable at 8.10% ABV.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Nice orange to reddish hue. Poured a 1 finger white head. Hop haze.

S: Big citrus tones. Tons of grapefruit. Pretty sure Simcoe is the culprit. Really nice smelling.

T: Huge hop notes, lingering bitterness, fresh and clean tasting. Malty in background with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: More on the sweet side although hops balance out the caramel malt. Alcohol also noticeable but not detracting.

O: Awesome beer that came out of one giant f-up according to Tom Kehoe. Awesome mistake guys!

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 rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Update...

This 2012 version pours a dark copper tinted amber, minimal cap of head. First whiff brings very muted notes of pine, light caramely, nutty and toasty malt profile. First sip is bitter, notes of caramel malts stronger than hop flavors of pine resin and faint fruit, boozy on the finish. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily and lingering bitterness.

Have had this brew every year since its inception in 2009. That years beer was bright, clean, bitter and fruity. 2010 and 2011 seemed to tone down the hoppy fruitiness a touch and ramp up the malt. The hop bill on this years brew is disappointing as the malt is much more in the front of the scent and taste. Bitter, yes... good hop flavor... not as much.

Photo of jjchristiano
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a nice IPA that has the hop flavor but is not a real hop bomb.
The hops are suttle on the intial taste and throughout which I really like.
Could be a nice first beer in a flight of IPAs for tasting different variations.
I'm a big fan of Yard's and hadn't tried this one previously. I continue to think of them as one of the best.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

This has been floating around for a while, so I figured I'd give a try at last. Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a nice puff of white head that retained fairly well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy nose, citrus and pine. Tasty fresh hops on the palate, more citrus and pine, nice and bitter but not cloying, solid sweet malt base. Medium body, moderate carbonation, left a bit of film in the mouth with an appropriately bitter aftertaste. Nice DIPA overall.

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 Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 2" fluffy head. Some nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, floral hops, and some graepfruit are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: big bready malt base with caramel, sweet red grapefruit, hints of alcohol, and a nicely balancing strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: this was a very good DIPA that went down rather quickly for me. I could easily have a few of these as long as someone else was driving me home.

Photo of Wtbrooks
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this beer. Picked up a case on8/7/11
A- looks great. Slightly darker than I thought it would be.
S- piney at first with some citrus in the back
M-smooth good carbonation
T-good. More malt than I expected.
O-I love yards, maybe I was expecting to much with this but I wish there was a bit more hop to it. Still a very good beer though.

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable and drinkable 2ipa. Consumed in a pint glass from a fresh bottle, this beer poured a clear copper with a half inch head. Mild bread and nut aromas. As far as taste, a balanced brew with no typically hop bitterness that comes from other 2x ipas. Kind of a hopped up ESB with a little spice and toffee flavor. Nice lacing and mildly carbonated. A well made ale. I enjoyed this beer and will enjoy this again. Yards is one of my favorite brewers and this beer does not disappoint.

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.