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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
87
very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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 kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jwat, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

WDJersey, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of SickNukes
5/5  rDev +28.2%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of Bigtimmy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bigtimmy, May 14, 2012
Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
4.25/5  rDev +9%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
Photo of StaindProject86
4/5  rDev +2.6%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

ohcomeonthatsfunny, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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 FeDUBBELFIST
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%
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 mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mvanaskie13, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

InspectorBob, Jan 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +2.6%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Aewachiw
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Aewachiw, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of JerseyKirk
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Nice orange to reddish hue. Poured a 1 finger white head. Hop haze.

S: Big citrus tones. Tons of grapefruit. Pretty sure Simcoe is the culprit. Really nice smelling.

T: Huge hop notes, lingering bitterness, fresh and clean tasting. Malty in background with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: More on the sweet side although hops balance out the caramel malt. Alcohol also noticeable but not detracting.

O: Awesome beer that came out of one giant f-up according to Tom Kehoe. Awesome mistake guys!

JerseyKirk, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ironman88
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ironman88, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +28.2%

dwaz, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +2.6%

tedho21, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mdillon86, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

InebriatedJoker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

corby112, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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
Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.