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Yards Rye - Yards Brewing Co.

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86
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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by microbrewlover:
Photo of microbrewlover
2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yards enters into 2014 with a nice new addition, rye ipa. I'm not certain, but I bet they did a hop burst technique using the citra, centennial, simcoe, ctz mix. Very nice amber color and good head retention, a good drinking rye ale with plenty of citrus aroma... And that's where my one comment is based.

I would bet that out of the hops listed, they used more citra then the others. Citra is very dominant in the ale and that is where this beer falls down a notch for my palate.

Over the past year, i have tasted lots of beers highlighting citra hops. It seems lots of brewers bought a ton of citra an throwing into all kinds of styles, but rye ? I'm not sure....

I would recommend this beer, no doubt, but it gets me thinking of brewing my own rye but this time with more centennial...

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +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

Photo of gillagorilla
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A standard pour yields a fingers worth of crisp slightly fizzy bone white colored froth with a bit of an uneven and rock top... Decent retention... The head turns a slight bit creamier as it settles leaving a full rich layer of thick lacing... The color is an inviting medium caramelly copper... A moderate bit of moderate-to-quick paced carbonation rises within... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The rye is subtle, but the spiciness is present... There are some light floral notes as well... There are light caramel sweet notes... Nothing dominates... There are sots of layers and nice complexity...

T - No single flavor dominates and all the characters ebb and flow nicely throughout... There is a light caramel and toffee sweetness... There are some light floral hops... A very minor rye spice kick... The hop bitterness rises in intensity on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light yet brisk carbonation... And a very nice light airy quality about it... Quite smooth...

D - A very average beer - I mean that as a compliment... Solid, satisfying and no complaints... Not my favorite Yards offering by any means, but it's pleasant enough and I'll have no trouble polishing off a six pack, but 'm not sure it's a seasonal that I'll need to revisit given it's January / February counterparts...

Photo of fourstringer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Prost!

Photo of opieo
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dry rye taste. An easy drinking drop.

Photo of mooseo
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of drtth
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into an imperial pint glass, forming a 3/4" light beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head slowly bursts away bubble by bubble, with leggy sticky lace. Aroma is spicy with a citrus hoppy bite.

Taste has spiciness from front to back, citrus comiong on in the middle, and closing with ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Great new offering.

Photo of constantine_272
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Gregg03
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of jamesaharvey
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm partial to rye IPAs, but this seasonal is seriously underrated.

Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Yards shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden amber with 1 finger of bone-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, honey, rye, peach, pineapple and tangerine.

Taste
Fairly mellow but juicy hop presence consisting of candied orange with hints of passion fruit, peach and bubblegum. Firm honey, caramel and rye backbone well blended with the hops. Low bitterness at the finish with touches of tangerine and honeydew melon.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, semi-dry and refreshing.

Overall
Extremely balanced and easy drinking. Yards knocked this out of the park IMO.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ok - decent yards with some flavor

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not sure where we first tasted this, but months later we bought the bottles and still like it!

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, color is amber, lots of fine bubbles, head is off white with smaller bubbles, dense about 1/2 inch thick and lingers and laces the glass.

Smell is hoppy then blends with earthy rye malt notes, maybe some grass and light pine from the hops.

Taste is very clean, rye comes through nicely, light earthiness and pepperiness, hops are grassy and some pine. Flavor is very nice and focuses the rye well.

Mouthfeel is nicely done, lingering flavors focus on the tongue, lighter on the cheeks, drying qualities are pretty immediate and expected for an ale of this style.

Overall, this is a very well done rye ale - rye flavors are noticeable throughout with solid aroma and nice drying mouthfeel.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich amber colored beer with nice clarity. A finger tall head forms and lingers quite awhile show some excellent retention. Carbonation is moderate. It looks like a good drinkable IPA.

A lot of hops were used to make this beer but in the nose it smells muddled and pungent.
There is a nice spicy rye smell too.

In the taste there is a bold rye spiciness with equally bold hops. But, like in the nose the hops have no defining taste. If anything I would say earthy, but earthy is not what their going for.

Drinks smooth across the palate and a heavy medium.

This was a good beer that tasted quite good. It was nicely balanced and tasted fresh.

Photo of Dr_Farts
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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

Bright orange with a yellowish hue in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick off-white foam that left thick sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus orange and earthy, minty hop aromas with caramel and rye malt in tow. Medium bodied with rich, lush carbonation and a clean, semi-dry finish. Citrus and herbal, minty flavors up front with light caramel malt beneath. Spicy, tangy rye flavors follow through the middle to the end. Finishes with a flash of fresh citrus followed by spicy rye and lingering pine hop bitterness. Easy drinking, great feel, and a plethora of pleasant flavors. This was very good.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask at Resurection Ale House. Yards Rye IPA holds a bright golden color with off orange tints, topped with a white head, quite nice off the firkin. Smells of floral hops with some grapefruit and slight pine, backed by a good malt base and rye notes. Taste the same with a slight bitterness, but not over the top since this is an english version IPA. A lot of malt sweetness, not very bitter with some rye malt backing, nothing too extreme, A pretty dead feel from the cask, smooth and brisk with a abv not over the top leaving it pretty drinkable. If this is fresh which I assume it is, this is pretty lackluster.

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Yards Rye from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.