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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 IdrinkGas
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very clear golden color with an inch of head. Bottled: 7/27/15
Surprisingly clear for an unfiltered DIPA. Produced a nice lacing on my glass. For me, this is exactly what I want in an DIPA. Tons of hoppiness with a sweet malty backbone and a hint of alcohol in the finish. This beer is really well done. Hands down my favorite Yards brew.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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

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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 JerseyKirk
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Drafting Room Exton.

A-Pours a hazy, unfiltered copper with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-Piney sweet hops and good malt.

T-Crisp pine hops in the front, a rich malt backbone throughout and a slightly bitter citrus finish. Really nice.

M-Medium bodied and crisp with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Outstanding, even better than the cask version, which was pretty darn good. This is probably my favorite Yards beer ever.


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Photo of mooseo
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a very nice looking crimson red color with a white foamy head on top. The retention and lacing on this beer was very good. The smell of the beer is loaded with some beautiful hop aromas with a minimal malt presence on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet and hoppy. It's a great balance of malt and hops but hoppy enough to give it the extra punch it needs to fit the style. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good amount of oily body, there is a subtle carbonation to it also. Overall in all honesty I think this is the best beer I've had from Yards. I am a big fan of this style beer and I thought this was really good. I'd buy this one again without a second thought.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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 TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of B33R501
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful darkish amber pour, nice head, lots of lace. Big combination aroma of caramel malts and piney hops. Very fresh. Taste follows, caramel malts, sweet breads, english toffee, with a delightfully moderate puckering hop bitterness. Dry finish, buttery, sweet and bitter. Grapefruit and pine linger on the palate for a while, making this a most memorable experience.

While some may find this beer average or lacking in some ways, I find it fresh, delicious, and damn good. Pretty damn complex too. Well crafted, you could (and I have) do alot worse. $3 a pint makes this a best buy. Much better than it gets credit for.

And on a personal note, stop reading if you're offended. This is (one of) the beers I enjoyed on a very sad Labor Day 2011. I believe it was 2 of these and 1 Double Simcoe. Took Thu and Fri off to hang with the kids and goto the pool, only to find out the Hurricane (for reference the same that devastated Vermont and the Alchemist) damaged and closed the pool and Jack got sick Wed. By Sun the worst happened, an old family friend (my parents age but still) had died, I got the news Labor Day Mon, dropped my girls off in Philly, grabbed 3 beers, drove around the old neighborhood, went home and took a nap. Did it help? No, but it numbed the pain. And the one year anniversary is quickly approaching. Jack loved life, family, pinochle, the pool, and my little one, like his own granddaughter. And then we had to tell her this summer when someone was missing from the pool.

Posted for posterity. RIP good friend.

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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 Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had again on draft 10/11/14. Must have been much fresher because this one was bursting with citrus hop aroma and flavor. Upping rating based on draft version.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very clear amber with a nice finger if fluffy foam. Aroma is hoppy, floral, sweet.

First sip is sweet, malty up front and finishes bitter. Certainly an east coast style ipa. Quite balanced but a Tad on the sweet side. Hops are showcased in the bitter finish but not a ton of hop flavor compared to others of the style.

Overall, above average but not top tier...

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Photo of Agold
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I pour this beer the first thing I notice is the big aroma. Lots of good floral and citrus hops. Intresting and very pleasant hop combination. The appearance is a mildly cloudy deep orange with long lasting sticky tight head. The flavor does not have the same intense hoppyness as the aroma. It is well balanced with a nice mild caramel offsetting the hops. I have found that when it comes to American hops I prefer a bit of a drier crisper beer. Mouthfeel is nice. Good level of carbonation, but again, a bit too heavy for my tastes. Another great offering from yards.

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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 MusicaleMike
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was brewed as a one-off for the charity event, The Philadelphia Sessions. They had a firkin available at the event. The brewers said that it was a DIPA style.

It was a bit cloudy and golden in color with a nice soapy white head on top.

The smell was wonderful. It was similar to their Philadelphia Pale Ale in its citrus hop aroma, but the bitterness was amped up. Still, it remained well balanced. Bready malt undertones.

The body was lighter than most other DIPAs and that certainly helped make this beer easily drinkable. Fantastic drinkability, something that Yard's does well.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Wtbrooks
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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