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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

227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-18-2013 19:29:24 | More by outoffocus
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-18-2013 05:31:17 | More by Lurkerson
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-13-2013 20:45:29 | More by MNPikey
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

11-26-2013 04:36:12 | More by chefhatt
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-23-2013 01:17:26 | More by hopsolutely
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

11-20-2013 22:12:35 | More by JerzDevl2000
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

11-19-2013 00:46:29 | More by RandomExile
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-12-2013 00:06:24 | More by buzzy
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-11-2013 01:21:09 | More by crowsnest
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HopAttack3

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-10-2013 21:17:15 | More by HopAttack3
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-10-2013 06:19:54 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

11-08-2013 00:45:43 | More by farrago
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-05-2013 01:08:19 | More by Zaphog
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-04-2013 08:25:10 | More by beergorrilla
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brheuer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-25-2013 23:23:43 | More by brheuer
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-25-2013 00:54:43 | More by ummswimmin
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-18-2013 17:28:42 | More by Travcofarms
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-18-2013 16:42:33 | More by LarryMyers
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-18-2013 16:12:14 | More by Dave_Treat
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mikeyv35

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

10-16-2013 23:15:11 | More by mikeyv35
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Methical

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-13-2013 04:15:06 | More by Methical
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-10-2013 15:59:21 | More by ryser2k
Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.