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Yards Rye - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 21.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BARFLYB on 06-04-2012

This beautifully complex, boldly hopped, amber-colored IPA uses rye malt to give the beer a subtle spiciness. It’s bittered with Bravo and Nugget hops before heading to the hop back packed with whole flower Chinook. Finally, we bomb it with Centennial, Citra, Simcoe, and Columbus, creating a pungent ale with intense notes of citrus and pine.
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Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A nice deep copper, approximately 12 SRM, that has the hazy attributes of a well hopped beer. This is no exception. The head is one finger thick, and leaves off white splotches down the walls of the glass. A high protein content is obvious in this brew.

Smell: A blast of rye upfront, like a loaf of bread full of caraway seeds. A honey doused hop aroma follows, but is not overwhelmed by the intensity of the rye.

Taste: An earthy wallop of hops comes roaring in like an English style IPA, but this is American through and through with a superb follow-up smack of classic pine. The hop character to me seems to play most predominantly upfront, with the supporting role of malts coming in at the end. However, the rye rears its head at the end of each sip, not to be defeated by the whole-cone action of American bred hops.

Feel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, but with a crisp finish that ensures a follow up gulp. The bitterness is again earthy and mild, but the lack of astringency makes this an instant classic.

Overall: This beer is quite satisfying, and "good on its own" like any great IPA should be. However, I would love to pair this with a diverse range of cuisines including but not limited to Indian, Barbecue, and spicy Mexican fare. Enjoy.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried Yards at a sampling station at Wholefoods. It wasn't until later this summer that I grabbed some to bring home. Its an IPA brewed with Rye and has 6.2% ABV.

Look-It pours a pleasantly clear amber color with mahogany and copper hues. The head is one finger or less and is doughy and leaves a thin layer of off-white lacing on the glass.

Smell-I smell a lot of rye that is tampered with grapefruit and citrus. The malts are well mixed with this hoppy action.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but with an immediate buttered rye flavor from the slightly sweet malts. I also get orange and tangerine cobbler that is followed by nutmeg spices and then a bite from the hops and carbonation. The Rye is noticeable throughout the whole experience which is nice.

Mouthfeel-It's smooth and oily with a clean finish. The carbonation fizz shows up towards the end and is released at about the same time as the alcohol.

Overall-It is obvious that the Rye is perfectly integrated and takes center stage, but is pleasantly flanked by citrus and spice. It isn't too bitter for non-IPA drinkers and it isn't too sweet or syrupy at all. I really enjoyed this unique beer and would recommend it to everyone! Cheers!

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Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught: this one pours a fairly clear coppery color. There was a small off white head that left minimal lacing. Good aroma! A touch of rye and citrus hops. The taste is good. A good balance of rye, citrus hops and malts. Nice.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best yards yet.

A – Nice orange amber body with one finger of white head. Retains a bit, laces only a little.

S – Rye toast, rye prominent, with grapefruit and orange marmalade spread over by the hops. Nice. Jammy.

T – The taste follows the smell with sweeter rye bread toast followed by sweeter orange rind marmalade flavors. The hops start out light, then gain in intensity as it finishes. It's a sweet, but favorable flavor arc.

Mouthfeel – The body of is medium, creamy, jammy with a kind of sweet crystalline long finish appropriate to the style.

Overall – A rather tasty rye with a good blend of hop, rye, and sweet. - Breakfast beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(purchased single bottle, warm - bottled 12162014 - poured bit by bit into a half pint)

L: fairly clear, burnished tawny hue, slight haze... lovely, tall pad of somewhat-dense, spongy, sticky creme-colored foam... looks like a cask pour... ample bands of crystalline lace

S: fairly-standard, yet vibrant, dark citrus West Coast hop aromas... zippy citrus peel, floral character, and an underlying hard candy sweetness... that rich sweetness can arguably be attributed to darker crystal malt

T: definitely has the toasty, bready nuances of the rye come to the fore immediately... bit of yeast and hop tannin bite through the finish... grapefruit peel and flower petals loom large as well as a cool kiss of clean booze in the aftertaste... bitterness lingers along with a fruit cereal flavor

F: smooth, wonderfully dry, with a curvy yet taut body... delicately abrasive residual tongue scrape

O: the hops have held up fairly well, and the rye character is pleasant, however, I can't see why this merits being bottled - certainly a tasting room exclusive... it has an all too familiar white-noise hop character that's born out of employing too many damn hop varieties... I would like to see this done as a completely "whole-hopped" maybe even wet-hopped offering (dialing down the number of hops used, of course) and/or exclusive cask offering with a lower abv

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Photo of Gregg03
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice hoppy beer. But, if I want a nicer mouth feel and more balance and flavor, I'll take Victory Hop Devil over this any day. Nevertheless, a nice beer to enjoy and I would have many at a beer house.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.2% abv.

Appearance- Dark copper-red hue with a two finger head that dissipates. Clear.

Smell- Orange-like citrus with a sweet bready malt. Floral.

Taste - Sweet up front from the malt and quite grainy from the rye character. Very citrus-like with notes of grapefruit and mango which carry along that sweet flavor from that malt. Notes of pine also build in later. Bitterness comes in the back of the profile and still has a sweet/grainy taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with much depth. Smooth and dry.

Overall- An IPA with the interesting take using the rye malts. Noticeable from both the color and added grain taste to the complexity. The seven different hops used in this beer are nice as well as the citrus/pine flavors stand out. Well done, smooth IPA here.

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Photo of drtth
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear rich reddish copper color with a 3/4" ivory head that soon recedes to leave a ring of foam and patchy, leggy lacing around the glass. Eventually there is only a thin island of foam over a large portion of the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves lots of speckles and a network of leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. What carbonation that is visible is very fine and regular but coming mostly from the nucleation point in the glass.

The aroma is a nice subtle one filled with a mix of pine and citrus with hints of rye in the background.

The flavors from the hops are showcased against the lightly sweet malt backbone that also has some of the rye character in its makeup. The hops provide a counterpoint to the malt, balancing the malt with flavors of pine, grapefruit zest and light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and lightly prickly from carbonation but somewhat lightly carbonated. The finish of the beer is long, slowly transitioning to gently bitter dryness that invites another sip.

Over all this is a quite nice beer that is definitely a nice blend where both malt and hops play a role and is light enough in flavor one could have a few. However, if what you're looking for is intensity, look somewhere else. While it uses American hops the beer is in many ways like an English style IPA where the complexity is more important than the intensity. My only complaints would be that I thought the mouth feel a bit on the light side and generally prefer a more definite hop presence in the aroma. That said, neither of those things will prevent me from having more of this beer in the future.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Rye
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 12162014"

I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppy nose on this beer given the "Rye" designation. It's bright, pungent, citrusy, and piney! With that said, I've had many rye ales that over do it in the hops category, particularly in the flavor where the spiciness of the rye combines with spiciness from the hops and it just becomes too much. That is not the case here. There's hop flavor, but the malt is allowed to shine; and in this case that's not overdone either. There's not too much body, and there's not too much rye spiciness. It's gently caramelish on the dark side with a touch of burnt sugar character, and it's bready/toasty, grainy, and spicy from the rye. It's not overly bitter, and it's at a reasonable 6.2% abv where the alcohol doesn't lend to any already present harshness (like spicy hops and spicy rye combined). Overall it's a fairly simple beer, and yet it's got complexity - and that's what leads to drinkability. This has become my new 'everyday' beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear, copper-amber bodied beer with a small off-white head that falls quickly, leaving minimal sudsy lacing. Mild aroma with faint pine and herbal notes, a hint of malt, something akin to wet leaves underneath; muted and not particularly appealing. The palate is an improvement, with assertive bitterness, pine and lesser citrus notes, some spicy rye in there, little in the way of sweetness or malt character.

Moderately long and drying finish with fading pine and a wisp of caramel or brown sugar, soon eclipsed by a bitter, resinous, aspirin note. Medium to slightly light bodied with average carbonation; feels smooth but might have been improved by a small uptick in effervescence; feels a little lifeless. Still a solid all around effort from the guys at Yards.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog chalice (Bottled One: 12162014 1061 10:42)

A: Great golden copper color with a bit of amber to it. Thickish head with nice lacing and a film of bubbles.
S: Subtle hints of rye and sweet malt, that cut right through those hops.
T: Nice level of hoppiness kind of like an old Nugget Nectar or just a regular hoppy amber. Rye on the finish and intertwined throughout, but not in your face.
M: Foamy but not rough at all.
O: Quite nice and I love the simple name/label. There are better ryes out there, but this is a good one on the east coast, but availability is uncertain.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 12 16 2014.

A: Classic, copper-colored, amber body. Good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Nice, citrusy hops with notes of orange, lighter grapefruit. Caramel. Rye spice. Brown sugar. Lighter pine, resin.

T: Pine-foward hop bitterness opens with a bit of rye malt in the background. Moderate hop bite on a mostly dry finish. Light alcohol presence. Linger pine and hop florals in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with medium body. Standard APA feel, but nice.

O: Interesting dichotomy between a fruit-forward nose and piney flavors on the palate. Not my cup of tea with regards to the hop choices. Rye is somewhat masked.


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Photo of Dr_Farts
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice amber hue, rye, pine, resin and slight hops and flowers on nose. Nice mouthfeel, but I feel like the rye really overpowers the generous amount of hopping.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark copper with generous lacing and ample carbonation. Smells spicy from the rye with a healthy dose of pine & citrus hops. Some sweet aromas persist, either from the malts or resinous qualities from the hops. Tastes hoppy & spicy throughout, like the aroma. A lingering bitterness is evident. Feels medium bodied and drinkable. Some warming alcohols, but a beer I could have a few pints of anytime.

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Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber body with soda-like head with decent retention. A wet leafy aroma with toffee and baking bread undertones, plus a bit of orange peel is good but rather subdued. The taste is remarkably well balanced. Starts off with a citrusy bitterness before sweeter orange notes and some dark caramel notes come through on the middle, and then harmonizing together for a rhapsodic finish. Simple flavors but well pronounced and ultimately working well together. I like this beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass over the weekend. Bottled on 12/18/13, so 7 months along. Might be tad older than would be preferred.

Looks good though. Yellow coloring with thin white head and good lacing. not much carbonation.

Getting a faint sweetness and spiciness on the nose.

Upon a hearty gulp, the taste is exactly what you get from the nose, a mild sweetness, with a mixed in spice palate. No hop bite detected, and the rye is very mild, both could be due to age.

The finish however, is a bit of a let down. The mouth itself is medium, but the finish leaves a very sour aftertaste.

Overall, marked it a a bit lower than if the finish would have been clean.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice bright copper. Clear. Okay carbonation, but didn't get much head out of it.

S: A little malt. Light spice. Bright floral hops.

T: Mild to medium caramel and grain flavor here which gives way to a spiciness of caraway and fennel seed. Big bright juicy hops profile takes over. Interesting mix of hops. High in acids but low in dry bittering. The hops are not what I'm used to, instead of huge green chlorophyll and fresh grass notes the flavors are more subdued and floral like cherry blossom and fescue.

M: Good body, not too thin not too light. Could have gone for a touch more carbonation to really drive home and finish on the pallet.

O: This is why I like sampling the local beers when I travel. Being from Oregon, I usually only find one type of pale, and this one is totally different. Clearly attributed to the brewer using different hops then the same three varieties you find out west. Overall, not phenomenal, but I'm apply to branch out and try something new.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a brown/copper color with some amber highlights when held up to the light. There is a 1.5 finger off white fluffy head and good carbonation.

The smell is strong with rye citrus and floral hops; no one smell really dominates.

The taste is not as good as the smell. There is the presence of Rye but without the light peppery taste that other rye beers have and the hop tastes all run together in order to produce a bitter brew lacking in subtlety.

The mouthfeel is bready and chewy with little hop oil left on the tongue after swallowing but there is a bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall this is the first beer from Yards that I don't like. This experiment in Rye appears over-hopped, which causes the flavors of the hops to run together destroying the ability to pick out individual hop tastes and smells. Yards needs to go back to the drawing board and clean this up a bit.

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Photo of DIM
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a: Clear golden amber; poured with a medium sized, sticky head.

s: Pretty subdued; some tea like potpourri, sweet toffee, and spicy rye grains.

t: Again, this is fairly subdued. Hint of rye and some short bread, plus a little tea flavored hop tickle. Pretty formidable hop bill on the label. Couldn't taste it though.

m: Watery and thin.

o: Bland and disappointing.

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Photo of BWED
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a craft pint.

A- Amber, burnt orange. Off white head, stays dense at a one finger level. Nice lacing.

S- Resin, earth, brown sugar, and a bit of orange zest.

T- Very faint grain/straw flavor. Earthy hop character comes out.

M- Medium light body. Long, subtle spicy finish.

O- I feel like the hop character took away from what the rye could have brought out.

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Photo of delta490
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a medium-light clear-ish amber with about a finger of creamy white head. The head has good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fantastic, with a strong floral and citrus hops blend balanced against a hint of rye spice. I wish the taste was just as good. But for me, it's just a little bit less complex and delicious in taste as the aroma made me think. It's certainly not bad, don't get me wrong. But it's not as good as the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little thinner and there's a noticeable bite on the finish. But all in all, this is a very good beer and one I'd have again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I've had so many Pale Ales and IPA's that I didn't think that this would stand out amongst them and even though it didn't, this was still an enjoyable beer that was enhanced by the Rye and the easy drinkability that it had, from start to finish. There was just a bit too much going on here but never did I feel that this was too complex or over the top when it came to its attributes.

This had a great pour to it as the light apricot hue, plentiful bubbles and enduring head all combined for a pleasing appearance once I emptied out the bottle into my pint glass. The thick head lasted well into my session and there were lots of thick, sea-foam rings down the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Not a strong of an aroma as I would have liked but the rye and strong floral notes were there. Thankfully, that was reinforced by a smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel, full of orange, pine, and metallic notes that faded into a wetness and hint of lemon zest in the back. A bit of peppery spice was here too but never did this feel too potent or strong. It was a bit busy for my taste buds but I enjoyed this and it went down well, to the point where it felt more like a Pale Ale than an IPA.

Was this a session beer? No. Would I drink this like it was one? Absolutely. I only bought one bottle since I ended up grabbing a few other individuals to try out but had I bought more, I would have given them a go in the not-too-distant future. While not as potent, strong, or sharp as more popular examples of this style, hopheads and fans of Yards would be well-advices to give this a go and see how the Rye and vast infusion of various hops combine to make a brew well worth savoring. This is about as easygoing and enjoyable as an IPA gets.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: bread and some spiciness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: bread, caramel, spicy rye, pears, orange, and a floral bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a spicy and floral finish.

Overall: an easy to quaff ale that is nicely refreshing. This beer will satisfy your tastebuds.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper hue super sticky bright white head. Some herbal and floral hop notes with a touch of spicy rye.

Flavor is amazing clean in classic yards fashion. Rye is nice and subtle . Toasty grainy body, medium and slightly creamy body yet crisp and dry on the finish. Floral hops, spicey rye and toasty grain all balanced extremely well with faint lingering bitterness

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Photo of mooseo
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear deep amber with a frothy white head.

S - Sweet caramel, spicy rye, floral hops.

T - Caramel malt, earthy bitter hops, spicy rye.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, high carbonation.

O - Easy to drink, flavorful, good balance. A really nice offering from Yards.

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Yards Rye from Yards Brewing Co.
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