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Yards Rye - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 200
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 54 | 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 corby112
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Looks very good.

Slightly spicy sweet malt aroma that's surprisingly lacking in hop character. Slightly floral with subtle earthy pine and hints of fresh cut grass but the rye and sweet malt notes nearly completely overpowers all of the hop character. There's supposedly bravo, nugget, chinook, centennial, Citra, simcoe and Columbus but I'm struggling to pick up much of a hop presence. Lots of rye and caramel along with toffee, roasted nut, toast and caraway seed. Not offensive but the nose is very disappointing.

On the lighter end of medium body with a subtle spicy rye presence along with a delicate earthy hop presence that is almost completely overpowered by the prominent sweet malt bill. Dry with some lingering bitterness complimented by peppery rye before the strong malt backbone takes over. Strong rye and caramel sweetness along with some roasted almond, toffee, hazelnut and a touch of dark fruit. Overall, this beer is somewhat decently balanced and easy to drink but the hop presence is severely muted. Not a bad beer but kind of disappointing offering from a solid brewery. I wouldn't order this beer again. (1,358 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
2.79/5  rDev -26%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/19/13
Bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma nondescript, faint hops
Head average (4 cm), off-white, frothy, mostly lasting
Lacing good – mostly extant lacey rings as the level drops
Body a beautiful medium orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no specific hop flavor as well as no distinct rye spiceness; no specific hop presence, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no malt.
Ends with a non-specific astringency
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very nondescript beer; no separate or distinct flavors, just a jumble of ingredients producing an average beer worthy of a BMC production. A shame – good rye beers are hard to find and Yard’s makes some good beers overall – I had high hopes for this one. Although this one has a lovely appearance saying “Drink Me!”, you probably shouldn’t. (831 characters)

Photo of Dr_Farts
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of Gregg03
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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! (785 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (1,362 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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... (1,337 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had pint at Lures

A-Clear, light copper appearance with a large, off white head and nice lacing.

S-Multi grain aroma with a hint of resinous hops.

T-Very unique rye flavors play well with the spicy hops to add depth and balance as the aftertaste developes.

M-Nice mouthfeel with a medium bodied, well carbonated with a dry, bitter, long lasting finish.

O-Overall a nice rye IPA with room for improvement. (412 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Nice clear orange with a two finger fluffy white head, some good medium amount of lacing.
S - Excellent aroma, spicy rye, hop resin, ripe pineapple, peach, caramel.
T - Flavor falls really short on this one, spicy rye bite up front, lots of bready malt, some toasted caramel, a little bit of apple juice and thats all for the fruit, none of the nice fruit flavors from the aroma come through here.
M - Dry, floury and kinda watery.
O - Just ok, the aroma is really nice here, its a shame they couldnt coax more into the flavor though. (562 characters)

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. (619 characters)

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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,673 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (819 characters)

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Yards Rye from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.