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Cape Of Good Hope IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%


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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:39:01 | More by mikesgroove
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 18:02:39 | More by metter98
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 22:11:18 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clouded orange amber on the pour. Brighter citrus and pine thing with a good deal of resin on things as well. A bit thick, which seems to be the theme as of late. Smooth enough feel. I guess this is kind of a standard interpretation for the style lately, and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 05:57:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 17:39:17 | More by Gavage
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mdfb79

New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 19:49:52 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 23:21:11 | More by Rifugium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy brown color with golden orange hues.  Completely opaque with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing.  

Slightly earthy hop aroma with lots of citrus and a strong malt presence.  Hints of pine and hop oils followed by sweet orange peel countered by a caramel malt character.  

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy dry hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes into a slightly bitter, dry finish.  Bitter piney hops up front that are countered by sweet citrus mid palate giving off strong orange peel and grapefruit flavor that is very sweet.  Back end has stronger malt flavor than expected with some chocolate, caramel and boozy heat.  Complex and decently balanced but a bit boozy.  Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 21:51:24 | More by corby112
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-08-2009 12:28:32 | More by Kegatron
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2009 16:38:52 | More by weeare138
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Memphis tap room, served in a nonic

A - Dark amber hazed like sweetened lemon tea w/ an inch of frothy ecru that clings fiercely as a band of lace. An orange golden color at the base, the bead is fine

S - A sour orange herbal smell w/ pine hints and fruity yeast esters

M - creamy mild bitter feel w/ hints of acidity and caramel sweet edge with resinous oily feel

T - A fresh herbal hop flavor which doesn't leave the malt in the dust. Prickly bitterness mixed w/ a light sweet note and lots of alcohol following the yeasty fruit note and citrus flavor w/ a mild pepper spiciness. The flavor is a blend of fruity sweet and hop spicy as it finishes

D - A nice juicy hoppy ale taste and pretty drinkable IPA if the alcohol were toned down and more hops to supplement the malt level. The IIPA is in the east coast style, but I prefer a dry taste with more subdued alcohol, worth a try.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2009 11:30:27 | More by Slatetank
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber body with golden hues and a half finger head.

S: very malty. hops provide resin, citrus, earthy and bready notes.

T: a malt forward DIPA. The hops are simple providing some non-descript citrus and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is just plain. not memorable in a very popular style with so many others with more flavor and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:52:01 | More by kylehay2004
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 22:44:57 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 05:22:38 | More by tone77
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the new Resurrection Ale House in Philadelphia, PA on 10/3/09.

A - Hazy deep amber/orange body with copper hues and more than a finger's width of frothy alabaster head that settled into a milky patch and deposited speckled froth reminiscent of raindrops around the glass.

S - Initial aroma suggests pine sap and syrupy malt. Nose isn't reeking of hops, like some DIPAs do, but there is still a nice dose of floral and perfumy notes in the mix, as well as a hint of citrus fruit. Pretty well-rounded hop bouquet overall.

T - Perfumy and spicy notes are first apparent in the initial flavor, followed by a slight citrusy character and a good bit of caramel malt and toffee notes. Nicely balanced overall. A touch of resin emerges in the backend, providing a bitter hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy, sticky texture and soft cask mouthfeel, albeit a bit thin overall. Still pretty solid. Finishes with a quick hop bite that doesn't linger on the palate for too long.

D - Probably the best offering I've had from Yards to date, with the exception of Love Stout perhaps. This is a well-balanced brew, though it doesn't really scream DIPA. Still very good overall.

Serving type: cask

10-05-2009 19:36:14 | More by ffejherb
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pale brew, golden yellow and with a bright white head. The aroma is hoppy...earthy and herbal. There is a little malt, pale, not any roasted character. Some fruit...peach.m. The taste is balanced. Some serious spicy hops...a a little malt, but it is hop dominant. Full in body. It is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:44:24 | More by Suds
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 7/27/11

Yards Cape Of Good Hope boasts a golden graham golden with some orange/bronze tints. A sturdy pour yielded a small white cap that dwindled, yet held it's ground. Small lines on the glass.

Smell is of the pale malt type and it's pretty pungent. Smells like an east coast IPA for sure. A small earthy scent/hay and no trace of the alcohol. Not terribly complex.

Alot of pale malt, biscuit flavor with some floral hops towards the end that are grassy. It does not come off like a DIPA, a impy pale ale indeed.

Almost at a medium build, Cape leaves a nice dryness on the mouth halfway through the bottle. The carb on this is low but keeps it in check. Not bitter from the hops, but they leave their mark in the aftertaste. A slight warmth from the alcohol on the way down.

Glad to find this one so fresh. Simple, and executed well for it's 'Imperial Pale Ale' category. Im good for two bottles just from the balance. Interested to try this on tap and cask in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:02:23 | More by BARFLYB
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served as a yellow-orange colored brew with a two finger foamy white head. The head has a fair level of retention, fading over time to leave a good leave of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweet citrus smell with some notes of a yeasty breadiness, some lighter pine aromas, as well as a decent grapefruit hop smell. With these is a little bit of caramel overall giving it a rather nice balanced smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and sweeter citrus flavor that create a base for the brew. Upfront there is a bit of grapefruit that grows stronger and stronger as the flavor advances to the end. More toward the middle of the taste, some flavors of pine begin sneaking their way onto the scene along with the advent of some caramel sweetness. While never matching the grapefruit hop the pine grows a bit stronger in intensity toward the end, where it is joined by some flavor of a light earthy hop to leave a bitter but still moderately sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather creamy and thick with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little less carbonation may have accentuated the beer’s nice hop flavor profile a bit better, but with that said, the beers thicker body was spot on for the nice hoppy and bready flavors.

Overall – Due to its nice blend of hops, malt, and sweeter flavors this is a rather nice and quite easy drinking Imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 00:19:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:27:48 | More by rfgetz
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Clear pale gold color; pours with a big, rocky head. Fades to clumpy lace.

s: More malty than hoppy. Sugar cookies and caramel mostly. Some pithy grapefruit and pine as well.

t: More balanced than the smell. Lightly sweet short cake and sugar cookies. Strong lingering hop bitterness with some pine and grapefruit rind.

m: Nicely full bodied, soft carbonation.

o: I like it, kinda tastes old school.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:18:01 | More by DIM
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 01:59:02 | More by xnicknj
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, Bottled 7/17/13
Tulip

A: Pours crystal clear pale yellow golden. Bright white layer of head. Sticky lacing sheeting. Head sticks around a while.

S: More herbaceous hops that fruity. Some juicy fruit coming in behind. Definitely a DIPA, sweet malt bill. Like others have mentioned, some cereal like grains.

T: Good bitterness up front. Again more of the earthy hops. Sweet malts in the middle. Makes a large mouthfeel than it would appear. Finish has some lingering bitterness. Fairly dry.

M: Full bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 14:37:53 | More by inlimbo77
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint, bottled on 7/27/11

Pours a slightly cloudy burnished orange with a thick, frothy cap of foam. Great retention and thick rings of lace all over the glass.

The aroma has earthy undertones with tangerines and undercooked biscuits. A touch of spice and caramel as well.

Undercooked biscuits lay down a bed for tangerines and pine to take hold of the palate. Medium bitterness builds, along with some warming.

Smooth, creamy feel with a medium weight. Carbonation is perfect and there is a nice bitterness that lingers along with some warming.

I had to remind myself that this is an imperial pale ale and not an iipa. With that in mind, this is a fine beer. It has a good weight to it, moderate bitterness, smooth feel, and some nice tangerine/orange notes. The only detractor is the nose isn't overly inviting.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 18:02:54 | More by ColForbinBC
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 13:24:29 | More by sholland119
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished orange in color with a slightly hazy clarity. A smallish head is produced on a vigorous pour.

Very aromatic due to the double hopping, but not over welming. Fresh I'd say of earth and pine.
Sweet two row malts follow.

Taste is light, fresh and balanced what you might expect from a pale ale.
Malts are light sweet and lightly roasted.
Hops balance out the malts with very slight pine resin. Not overly hopped out like an IPA.

Fairly thick and smooth and slightly sticky on the throat.
There is a nice and soft alcohol warming at finish.

Style wise I don't know if this is an IPA a Dipa or just a pale ale. To me this is a pale ale and I will adjust accordingly.
This is a pretty good ale with good flavor nice aromatic and a slight alcohol warming.
This has fall written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 14:39:08 | More by micromaniac129
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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
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