1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cape Of Good Hope IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 249
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of thatdirtymick
2/5  rDev -48.6%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mfunk9786
2.42/5  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.

mfunk9786, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of prg1976
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber color. Fluffy white head dissipates fairly quickly with a good bit of lacing.

Smell is a touch of sweet caramel and some grassy hops. Not all that impressive.

Taste is slightly sweet, but dry. Citrus and grassy hops.

Thin body, a little watered-down tasting.

Disappointed in this one. It would be better at a lower abv so you wouldn't feel it as much if you had a few of them.

prg1976, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bendurgin for sending this my way. Poured into a tulip. There is a small white head atop a caramel colored body. There is a bit of haze.

I get a good dose of caramel and just a hint of grass and maybe some mint in the aroma.

the taste is bittersweet, with some good caramel flavor that finishes drier than it starts. There is a good balance of sweetness here (the minty finish helps), it's not cloying at all, but there isn't quite enough hop flavor for my liking.

This is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not a terrible effort, but there are many more enjoyable offerings for hop-heads. This might appeal to some, however.

andrewinski1, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -22.9%

timjim1327, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of MonicaC
3/5  rDev -22.9%

MonicaC, May 02, 2014
Photo of nosavingsaccount
3/5  rDev -22.9%

nosavingsaccount, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -22.9%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Profchaos20
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Profchaos20, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a couple of these as extras from Centenial in a recent beer swap. Thanks homey! POured into a tulip. Pours a dark caramel color with a finger of creamy white head with sticky lace. Pretty good retention on this one.

Grassy hops are detected with a little bit of citrus but this one has a more noticable malt body than I would preffer in a double IPA. Bitter grassy hops are here but the pallet just doesn't seem to give the hop character I would hope from the style.

Medium body with a little soft carbonation. Overall a fair enough DIPA. It's drinkable with nothing offensive but it leaves me wanting a little more of a hop flavor.

Bendurgin, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of RandomExile
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale, hazy orange leaning toward yellow, translucent; rich, creamy dense head lasts forever; bands of thick peristent lacing
S: orange peel, farmyard must, pine
T: bitter hops, lemon, citrus, malty undertones
M: light-medium-bodied
O: Relatively balanced as an IPA, but lacking the strong, fresh feel of most. There's nothing particularly impressive or wrong.

RandomExile, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly - review from notes

Pours a hazed amber and caramel color with a nice fluff of beige head. Retains really well with tons of lacing layered around the glass.

Somewhat nondescript nose with some light pine and resiny hops. Bready caramel sweetness and a faint warmth.

Nice bitterness up front with pine, resin and pithy grapefruit. Decent maltiness with bread, caramel and light syrupy hints. Finishes bitter with a noticeable smack of alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, very sticky, almost chewy feel. This is pretty decent compared to some of Yards other offerings, but it'd definitely be lost in the crowd of DIPAs.

xnicknj, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

megamass, May 23, 2013
Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Swift989, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Hophead717, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Dave_Treat, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

BeezNeezy22D, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of devilfluff
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Austin_Cohen
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Austin_Cohen, Yesterday at 12:56 AM
Photo of IronLover
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on July 27, 2011. Dirty copper orange in color iwth a yellow hue on the edges of the glass. Very murky and hazy. Poured with a short off-white head that reduced quickly but leaves sticky lacings on the glass. Maintains a healthy whtie frothy cap throughout. Citrus hop aroma, a bit subdued for a DIPA, sweet caramel malt and a definite warm, sweet boozy aroma. Aside from the noticabale alcohol, the aroma is more akin to a pale ale. Assertive carbonation with an oily feel. Floral and dark, ripe citrus flavors along with sweet caramel malt. Boozy flavor jumps in toward the end and intensifies at the finish.Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste. Generally, this lacks the hop character I've come to expect in a Imperial Pale Ale.

IronLover, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 09/01/13 notes. Had on tap at The Arlington in LBI, NJ. 12 oz. pour into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, and very light citrus hops. Very malts and not much going on. Hops are on the back end and very light.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, grains, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some floral hops. Slightly more hoppy than the nose but still not a lot of hops. Step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No bitterness, easy to drink aside from slightly being overcarbonated.

o - Overall a disappointing DIPA; more like a malty APA to me. Lots of malts and not a lot of hops to it, and a tiny bit overcarbonated. Not bad but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

mdfb79, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy dark red/brown with a small but noticeable head. Head does not retain long.
S: some spicy hop notes with citrus rind, a little grass. Touch of alcohol on the nose as well.
T: Nice smooth bitterness. Hop flavor is evident but not powerful for a DIPA. A little spiciness and citrus notes. Finishes a little sweet and caramel like when the malts come through.
M: feels a little light and watery in the mouth. Good carbonation though balances the beer.
O: this is a unique DIPA that I'm glad I tried, however I'm not too sure i'll be reaching fro this again.

ShemRahBoo, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -10%

ryser2k, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of HopAttack3
3.5/5  rDev -10%

HopAttack3, Nov 10, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.