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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

239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

aflyershckyfan, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz bottle.

appears a clear copper color, with foamy off-white colored head. half decent head retention. quite hoppy aroma - hop resin, grassy, slightly citrus. taste is fairly sweet, bready malt, finish dominated by floral, grassy hops. medium thickness, medium carbonation.

overall - a nice DIPA. nice balance of strong malt and hop flavors.

jmdrpi, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

aszatk01, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of jjchristiano
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Its a nice IPA that has the hop flavor but is not a real hop bomb.
The hops are suttle on the intial taste and throughout which I really like.
Could be a nice first beer in a flight of IPAs for tasting different variations.
I'm a big fan of Yard's and hadn't tried this one previously. I continue to think of them as one of the best.

jjchristiano, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of BeerB4Water
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerB4Water, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

nosavingsaccount, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Rifugium, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz. bottle dated 8/7/12poured into a pint glass

A- A clear copper color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, caramel malts.

T- Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, bitter finish with some resin and pine. Tasty with good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid beer and another good beer from Yards. Definitely with seek this out on cask.

larryi86, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Skeletor1976, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

zekeman17, Sep 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

duceswild, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GeoffreyM, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

IdrinkGas, Sep 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Profchaos20, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of FickleBeast
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

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...

FickleBeast, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Louski, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Chugs13, Aug 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bacher468, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JohnK17, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JNW, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Gww1864, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

wertschy, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of B33R501
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

B33R501, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

frank12, Aug 21, 2012
Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.