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Cape Of Good Hope IPA | Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good
94 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
425
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
23.45%
 
 
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Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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.

Added by MusicaleMike on 06-27-2009

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 4/21/16. Pours a very attractive orange with a 2 finger orange head, that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is orange, garlic,onion, mango, and pine.

Taste follows garlic, onion, orange, mango, pine.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium, mild carbonation, a hint dry, and excellent drinkability.

This is a very nice double DIPA if you don't mind a little Simcoe hops. Garlic and onion in an DIPA isn't for everyone, I like it and thanks @jzeilinger for this brew.

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Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Slight to no head... Just a full crisp slightly off-white colored head which is both active and a bit fizzy... The color is a vibrant glowing mix of amber with pale golden highlights... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Sweet citrus and tropical fruit from the get go... Pineapple... Oranges... This sits atop additional layers or earthy and piney hops... There is a solid malt base that lingers a bit beneath the surface epitomized by crackers and biscuits...

T - The flavor profile is a complete departure from the aroma... Gone is the sweet citrus, replaced by dank hop resins... The hops start at a medium intensity and continue to intensify through the finish... There is a robust malt backbone reminiscent of pizza crust... Much more of a one trick poney on the palate (when compared to the complex and inviting aroma)...

F - Dense... On the fuller side of medium bodied... A bit of brisk carbonation... The finish is dry and chalky...

O - An interesting American DIPA which I have some mixed feelings about... The aroma is stellar... Other facets are average to above average... However, the end result of this one ends up being a bit less than the sum of its parts... I can't quite put my finger on it, but as a "fan boy" of Yards I can't help but be a bit disappointed by this offering...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2016 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Golden blonde with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, passion fruit, peach, dank, pine sap, and honey. The aroma is fairly light.

Taste
Grapefruit pith, dank, and pine sap. Honts of mango. Firm caramel and honey maltiness. Finishes with zesty florals and pine resin.

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

Overall
It hides the 9.7% abv well but other than that it's nothing to write home about.

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2014 Vintage - 3.45 / 5
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.

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Photo of TTen
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yards Cape of Good Hope DIPA

L: Light copper with great clarity. Off white head with good retention. A few sparse beads of carbonation. 4.25
S: Citrus and tropical fruit. Stone fruit. Faint pine. Some sweet malt. Really nice. 4.25
T: Alcohol is evident. Bitterness is firm but balanced by the huge amount of malt. Citrus and pine come on late and subtly and last as the beer dries out. 4
F: Feels substantial but not syrupy or cloying. A little oily. Really right on for the big beer that it is. 4.25
O: A big beer. We get citrus and pine, some malt sweetness, warm alcohol and low carbonation. I wish there was a little more hop flavor and a little less body and alcohol. That said, it evolves nicely with each sip. Once warmed up a little the hops start to pop and the citrus flavors last a while longer. Really enjoyed this one. 4

Bottled on 4/21/2016

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Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, hey, I didn't see you there. I'm a DIPA you see, and for me it is easy to get lost in the crowd, so I am surprised when anyone takes notice. This is because I am such an ordinary DIPA, I don;t really excel at anything, nor am I really poor at anything. I am the Honda Accord of DIPAs.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper with a creamy lacing head. Roasted hoppy aroma that has hints alcohol. Taste is balanced, nice warm alcohol, good hop flavors. Nice beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +7.2%
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 -2.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +8.2%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.3%
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 Wiffler27
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours hazy gold with a thick head.

aroma is potent right after opening the bottle. smells of sweet fruity hops, great smell.

taste is great, sweet juicy hops in this. finishes bitter and sweet, goes down smooth. this is pretty damn good! at $7.99 for a 4pack this is amazing.

overall this is pretty damn good! cheap too

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Photo of Tbub18
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of Yancey82
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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 +2.6%
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
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed updated on 5/15/16. This batch is a totally different beer from my last one year ago. Much more herbally with this batch that was bottled 4/21/16.

A - Bright, clear, dark gold color with a very frothy, creamy, thick, white head. Carbonation is moderate. This is a great looking beer.

S - Mild mango and papaya, light tropical rind, herbally.

T - The alcohol is poking through. Light caramel malt base, herbally, and spicy citrus.

M - Full medium body with gentle pricklies up front that give way to a complex, velvet body.

O - This is a totally different beer than what I experienced a year ago, not in a bad way at all, just extremely different. At $10/four pack, I'll support this local brewer - a solid D-IPA and enjoying this. Last year this beer was much sweeter on the tropical fruit side. Call me crazy, Yards dialed it in, this year's batch is SO much better!

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Original review:

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 bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 +2.1%

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.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.