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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this into a glass it, has a nice burnt orange color body with a small head and some sticky lace to it. The aroma has a nice hop aroma to it. The taste is piney and a little citrus to it. There is a little malt on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very smooth and it doesn't drink like a 8%. Overall it is a pretty darn good beer.

chefhatt, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hopsolutely, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back, having never had this before. IPA's seem to be a dime a dozen but with that in mind, this was still really enjoyable and easy to drink, given how high the alcohol content was. AS so many others on here alluded to, the hop burn wasn't present here and like the other popular offerings from Yards, this had a bit of an old-school taste and feel to it. That's not a bad thing, given that an IPA needs to stand out in order to be fully enjoyed from all of the aggressive and West Coast examples that tend to flood store shelves!

This poured and looked like a Pils, as the clear hue, light shade, and somewhat fluffy head all lead me to believe that this wasn't typical. The foam quickly settled as the lacing picked up where it left off, being present on the side of my pint glass where I drank out of. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but what was present was solid - tropical hops, a hint of caramel, a hint of weed-like skunk, some basic chocolate, and a hint of grain. The lack of burning bitterness makes this intriguing and well-balanced, as the hop-bomb factor was not in play here and the earthy aftertaste helped each sip lead into the next one. Maybe a bit of grain was what tied everything in together!

Not often that a beer of this style can have the alcohol nearly hidden, but that was the case here. There was a surprising amount of papaya and mango here, which really tied the other flavors in nicely. As far as IPA's go, this would be a great example for someone who's never had one before, as the beer went down easily and was about as balanced as any malted barley beverage could get. Nice to have something that stood out from the pack without being too terribly strong - a must-try for any hophead looking for a fix and a break at the same time.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of RandomExile
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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 buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

buzzy, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of crowsnest
4/5  rDev +2%

crowsnest, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of HopAttack3
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

HopAttack3, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

farrago, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Zaphog, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

beergorrilla, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of brheuer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

brheuer, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ummswimmin, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of DIM
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

DIM, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Travcofarms
4/5  rDev +2%

Travcofarms, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of LarryMyers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

LarryMyers, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Dave_Treat, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

mikeyv35, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Methical
4/5  rDev +2%

Methical, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ryser2k, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
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

EBeckett3, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ROGUE16, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of csrbv
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

csrbv, Sep 30, 2013
Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.