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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of corby112
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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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.

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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 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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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 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 DIM
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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 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 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...

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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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 Ozzylizard
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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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

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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 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 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 reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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