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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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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.06%
Wants: 18
Gots: 84 | 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:
Beer added by: MusicaleMike on 06-27-2009

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.
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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 389
Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Update...

This 2012 version pours a dark copper tinted amber, minimal cap of head. First whiff brings very muted notes of pine, light caramely, nutty and toasty malt profile. First sip is bitter, notes of caramel malts stronger than hop flavors of pine resin and faint fruit, boozy on the finish. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily and lingering bitterness.

Have had this brew every year since its inception in 2009. That years beer was bright, clean, bitter and fruity. 2010 and 2011 seemed to tone down the hoppy fruitiness a touch and ramp up the malt. The hop bill on this years brew is disappointing as the malt is much more in the front of the scent and taste. Bitter, yes... good hop flavor... not as much.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange body, trace khaki head, solid lacing

S: mild grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, earthy

T: grapefruit, mango, pine, earthy, bitter/mild oily finish

M: med body, slight oily/sticky mouth

O: Enjoy Yards and LOVE this style, but this is
either a weak Imp IPA or strong IPA. Still
enjoyable, repeat buy and recommend.


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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnishes brass hue with great clarity and big sticky brown tinted head. Big hoppy nose. Earthy with pine , hints of grapefruit and citrus. Sweet malt underneath it all. Great lacing. Sweet biscuit up front with an english hop presence throughout. Nice full mouthfeel but smooth and goes down easy. Incredible balance actually. Lightly toasted malt throughout. Well blended flavors. One of the few english-style imperial ipas out there and incredibly drinkable at the high abv. Nice change of pace in the world of dipas and incredibly well done.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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2.26/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at the Drafting Room. 2 ounce sample.

A medium golden orange with some thin white head that grips the glass. Nose is very perfumed and like frankensensce. Some dried citrus and cinnamon. Palate is pleasantly bitter with lush citrus and green leaves. Some caramel and vanilla. A suggestion of oak too. Very interesting and cool. Would love to try again.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Rich light Amber. Light's barley permeable. Obviously a very full-bodied beer. Missing some head retention

A- I smell hops, but it's hard to identify which. It's floral and a little citrusy. Simoce is dominating, but not to the point that it is clearly all that was used.

T - Hoppy. It's not coarse or unbalanced, but the hop flavor is all over the place. Nothing sweet or toasty, which is OK; IPAs can get too malty.

M - it's perfectly dry.

O - It's not the explosion of flavors I recall. Perhaps that's due to a change in the recipe, or even because I recently had an IPA before this. I wanted to give the beer a +1 because it's a rare offering from YARD's. While I'm a tad disappointed, I still recommend the beer (VERY CHILLED). I think more clarity in objective would be beneficial for the next batch brewed.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but creamy white head that gradually died down and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass and a good amount of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite citrusy from the hops but only has some notes of bitterness because it is well balanced by the underlying malts, which also lend some hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because it is well balanced and hides the alcohol from the taste very well.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an extra in a trade, glad I did!!!The Cape of Good Hope pours a deep orange, that is slightly cloudy, but still allows ample light to pass through. The pour created a beautiful, white frothy head that settled slowly and left an ample supply of lacing in its wake. The brew smelled of sweet candy with the addition of strong floral hops in the back drop. It tasted similar to the smell, except the sweetness came later and resonates long after you swallow. The beer was light, yet coated the mouth thoroughly. Overall, a wonderful and unique experience.


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Photo of deapokid
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered, dark orange body with a 1/4 finger of lace that sticks and surrounds the rim of the glass like a halo. Carbonation is moderate, resembling a very bubbly iced-tea teeming with squeezed lemon pulp.

Smell is prominent and exceptionally delicious. Strong, fresh hop aromas are in the forefront, followed by buttery malt, citrus fruit and a touch of caramel sweetness. The hop scent leans towards the savory side, but it's balanced nicely by the fruity and sweet notes.

Opening is creamy with hints of orange zest, pepper and fresh dough. Back end was all about dry hop scratch and tingle, buoyed by a robust maltiness that provided a nice balance. As I sipped, I noticed that the hop strength subsided to the doughy malt, making for a very easy drinking DIPA. Personally, I think this would feel right at home grouped with England's style of IPA, especially since the malt resonates the most.

Mouth moves from smooth to dry and back again. It's not a particularly dense liquid and it does feel a bit thin somewhere in the middle of the tongue. Otherwise, this is a really nice effort from Yards, who avoided the status quo of bigger means better and made a lower ABV, more traditional IPA.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished orange in color with a slightly hazy clarity. A smallish head is produced on a vigorous pour.

Very aromatic due to the double hopping, but not over welming. Fresh I'd say of earth and pine.
Sweet two row malts follow.

Taste is light, fresh and balanced what you might expect from a pale ale.
Malts are light sweet and lightly roasted.
Hops balance out the malts with very slight pine resin. Not overly hopped out like an IPA.

Fairly thick and smooth and slightly sticky on the throat.
There is a nice and soft alcohol warming at finish.

Style wise I don't know if this is an IPA a Dipa or just a pale ale. To me this is a pale ale and I will adjust accordingly.
This is a pretty good ale with good flavor nice aromatic and a slight alcohol warming.
This has fall written all over it.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint, bottled on 7/27/11

Pours a slightly cloudy burnished orange with a thick, frothy cap of foam. Great retention and thick rings of lace all over the glass.

The aroma has earthy undertones with tangerines and undercooked biscuits. A touch of spice and caramel as well.

Undercooked biscuits lay down a bed for tangerines and pine to take hold of the palate. Medium bitterness builds, along with some warming.

Smooth, creamy feel with a medium weight. Carbonation is perfect and there is a nice bitterness that lingers along with some warming.

This is a fine beer. It has a good weight to it, moderate bitterness, smooth feel, and some nice tangerine/orange notes. The only detractor is the nose isn't overly inviting.

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Photo of IronLover
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on July 27, 2011. Dirty copper orange in color iwth a yellow hue on the edges of the glass. Very murky and hazy. Poured with a short off-white head that reduced quickly but leaves sticky lacings on the glass. Maintains a healthy whtie frothy cap throughout. Citrus hop aroma, a bit subdued for a DIPA, sweet caramel malt and a definite warm, sweet boozy aroma. Aside from the noticabale alcohol, the aroma is more akin to a pale ale. Assertive carbonation with an oily feel. Floral and dark, ripe citrus flavors along with sweet caramel malt. Boozy flavor jumps in toward the end and intensifies at the finish.Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste. Generally, this lacks the hop character I've come to expect in a Imperial Pale Ale.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a couple of these as extras from Centenial in a recent beer swap. Thanks homey! POured into a tulip. Pours a dark caramel color with a finger of creamy white head with sticky lace. Pretty good retention on this one.

Grassy hops are detected with a little bit of citrus but this one has a more noticable malt body than I would preffer in a double IPA. Bitter grassy hops are here but the pallet just doesn't seem to give the hop character I would hope from the style.

Medium body with a little soft carbonation. Overall a fair enough DIPA. It's drinkable with nothing offensive but it leaves me wanting a little more of a hop flavor.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received bottle as part of a trade with Centennial. Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange golden color with an inch thick head. Leaves really nice lacing.

S: Pine, citrus and a hint of alcohol. Some nice orange and lemon scents, even a little mango or peach. A little malt sweetness.

T: The hop bitterness is front and center. Nice and Butter, but lacking a bit of the other flavors I had smelled. The malt is nice on the finish.

M: Medium to thick bodied. Good carbonation.

O: Good. Not particularly special. Sort of an average DIPA. glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Huge 3 finger head, dissipates slowly, nice carbonation, orange brown color, clear.
S- The aroma is pretty sweet, malt upfront, slight bitterness is present, peach, citrus, grapefruit, grassy floral hops.
T- The taste is similar to the nose, sweet earthy notes, grapefruit, citrus, malt, overall pretty balanced, alcohol level is well hidden.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, clean finish.
O- This beer is nothing special, but still enjoyable and pretty refreshing for a DIPA.

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Photo of prg1976
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber color. Fluffy white head dissipates fairly quickly with a good bit of lacing.

Smell is a touch of sweet caramel and some grassy hops. Not all that impressive.

Taste is slightly sweet, but dry. Citrus and grassy hops.

Thin body, a little watered-down tasting.

Disappointed in this one. It would be better at a lower abv so you wouldn't feel it as much if you had a few of them.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bendurgin for sending this my way. Poured into a tulip. There is a small white head atop a caramel colored body. There is a bit of haze.

I get a good dose of caramel and just a hint of grass and maybe some mint in the aroma.

the taste is bittersweet, with some good caramel flavor that finishes drier than it starts. There is a good balance of sweetness here (the minty finish helps), it's not cloying at all, but there isn't quite enough hop flavor for my liking.

This is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not a terrible effort, but there are many more enjoyable offerings for hop-heads. This might appeal to some, however.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 7/27/11

Yards Cape Of Good Hope boasts a golden graham golden with some orange/bronze tints. A sturdy pour yielded a small white cap that dwindled, yet held it's ground. Small lines on the glass.

Smell is of the pale malt type and it's pretty pungent. Smells like an east coast IPA for sure. A small earthy scent/hay and no trace of the alcohol. Not terribly complex.

Alot of pale malt, biscuit flavor with some floral hops towards the end that are grassy. It does not come off like a DIPA, a impy pale ale indeed.

Almost at a medium build, Cape leaves a nice dryness on the mouth halfway through the bottle. The carb on this is low but keeps it in check. Not bitter from the hops, but they leave their mark in the aftertaste. A slight warmth from the alcohol on the way down.

Glad to find this one so fresh. Simple, and executed well for it's 'Imperial Pale Ale' category. Im good for two bottles just from the balance. Interested to try this on tap and cask in the future.

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Photo of Wtbrooks
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this beer. Picked up a case on8/7/11
A- looks great. Slightly darker than I thought it would be.
S- piney at first with some citrus in the back
M-smooth good carbonation
T-good. More malt than I expected.
O-I love yards, maybe I was expecting to much with this but I wish there was a bit more hop to it. Still a very good beer though.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.