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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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322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

2dogbrew, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Amalak, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

grimey68, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jsher, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Darkmagus82, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mythaeus, Aug 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

mquinn919, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bcheng, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into tulip. bottled 073013. 14:00.

A: golden blond body. a very slight haze. head is bright white with good retention. spotted clusters of lace left behind.

S: very hoppy. sticky. inviting. mild cantaloupe and melon. pine trees. smooth malty undertones provide a backdrop.

T: real piney, resinous hop flavor. well pronounced. moderately sticky. there is actually a slightly minty flavor going on here. menthol. a mild alcohol presence, but the warming sensation is appreciated.

M: solid carb on a medium/fullish body.

D: a pretty tasty DIPA from Yards. great hop flavor, I like the methanol aspect of it all. adds a slightly different dimension of flavor and aroma. two thumbs up from me.

Jimmys, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Tavo2311, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

salthemonster, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

wonothesane42, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, Bottled 7/17/13

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.

inlimbo77, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TravisR, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

HopHeadRyan, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jjd315, Aug 10, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled July 17, 2013.

A - Pours a golden color, lighter than usual for the style. Crystal clear with two fingers of snow white head. Lacing in abundance.

S - Bursting with fresh, earthy hops. Some tropical fruits contribute sweet and tangy aromas as well. Light Cheerio malts and grass clippings round out this interesting and vibrant aroma.

T - Very balanced flavor. Grassy hops hit hard on the palate followed by a honey covered biscuit sweet maltiness. Mild citrus and tropicals on the back end with a little bit of drying pine linger.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Dry and warm finish.

O - I was very impressed by the aroma, but let down a bit by the flavor. It evens out as a middle of the road DIPA. Balance is one of the strengths, unsurprising for an exclusively British-style brewery. I may get it again, but probably not often. I preferred the cask version I tried previously.

NoLeafClover44, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

ShanePB, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

micropale, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

cclark67789, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

twenty5, Jun 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

megamass, May 23, 2013
Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.