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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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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: MusicaleMike on 06-27-2009)
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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!

Kegatron, Oct 08, 2009
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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.

glass_house, Sep 20, 2014
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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.