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Yards Rye - Yards Brewing Co.

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 21.78%
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 ctylinebeer
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a libbey glass. Bottled on March 16 2015.

L - Dark amber with a red hue. 1.5 finger head. Thick lacing gripping the glass

S - Dry, pine hops with thick caramel malts in the middle.

T - Bitter pine hops with a touch of rye in between. Spicy citrus on the finish

F - Medium-light body. Little to no alcohol taste. Fairly easy to drink

O - This is a good limited release. Whole-cone hopped with some rye is just to die for. If you like beer towards the bitter side, definitely give this a try.

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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.

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

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

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.

Medium bodied, juicy, semi-dry and refreshing.

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

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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...

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 larryi86
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear copper/amber color with three finger white head.

S- Citrus hops, slightly dank, some pine, nice rye spice, very nice.

T- Follow the nose with citrus hops and a piney finish, nice rye spice, toasted malts, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, nice carbonation, light to medium body.

O- Another solid beer from Yards, Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wegmans, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a glass mug.

The color is light amber with great clarity and thick rocky off white cream with average sized bead and lots of lace, retention is very good. The smell is great, lots of citrus and tropical fruit aromas from the hops with slight tangelo or orange with mild rye malt toastiness in the nose. The feel is excellent, lots of citrus tanginess with moderate bitterness with slight sweetness and medium carbonation with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is better than average actually it is great - hop dominance with slight tangelo and grapefruit flavor with a slight hint of pineapple and mild rye backs up the hops with a light toasted but not really sweet flavor. There is a subtle alcohol tinge in the background when you take larger gulps, but as a sipper it is mild. The flavor is high quality and I enjoyed drinking this ..it could be a new contender for my go-to rye IPA. Whatever the case is I recommend trying this if you like the combination of rye malt and IPA!

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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.

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Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of delta490
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +3.9%
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 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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bronze-colored brew, or maybe lighter. Nice head formed with some curly lace strands.

Spicy rye with some restraint and a hefty hop bill loaded with volatile aromas of spice, dank citrus, bitter leafiness, herbal hop, and pith. Slight toast, but diffused by hop presence and hearty grains.

Very tasty. Citrus peel, herbal hoppiness, strong spicy rye, earthiness, hearty cereal, and a kiss of lemon. Great character and very quaffable. More than approachable mouthfeel. Inviting carbonation with some chunky head to bite through. The body is slick and medium to medium-light.

Great rye ale. I recommend grabbing more than one. It has the character of an IPA, but not quite the intensity. I can buy it.

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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.

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Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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 droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 Act25
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber color with one finger of white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is lighter overall but has hints of rye bread mixed with some aromas of toffee and caramel. Along with these aromas are some lighter hoppier smells of grapefruit and pine as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter rye bread taste as a smooth rye is mixed with some caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances the caramel fades and is replaced by some sweeter orange citrus flavors. The hops start out very light in the taste, but gains intensity as it moves along. Initially one is met with a grapefruit hop flavor midway through the taste with a pine shortly following. Both grow stronger to the end, with the grapefruit edging out the pine in terms of intensity. The rye kicks it up a bit right at the end taking away from the smoothness of the beer, but mixing with the rest to leave a nicely hopped rye flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average. For the rye flavors of the brew and the nice blend of grapefruit and pine hop, the feel is quite nice, accentuating both these flavors rather well.

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

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Yards Rye from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.