Cicada Belgian Style IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA
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83
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99 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NoLeafClover44 on 09-19-2013

Our first dry hopped Belgian-style IPA, we brew Cicada with a classic Belgian yeast strain and local wildflower honey, making it a truly indigenous ale. Subtle bubble gum notes from the yeast balance a smooth, caramel maltiness. Both citrus and earthy flavors round out this full-bodied, complex beer. Our buzzworthy brew will leave quite the impression on you, just like its namesake, which engulfs the mid Atlantic region every 17 years.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by dtivp:
Photo of dtivp
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright amber orange with one finger white frothy head that fades slowly into a nice cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, sweet citrus and a hint of hops.

Taste begins with slightly sweet orange, tangerine, honey followed by a light herbal hop bitterness with some earthiness. The alcohol is well masked for 8.5%

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a little dryness and a slightly bitter metallic after taste.

Overall a little smooth for an IPA, not sure why this was labeled a Belgian IPA. It was an OK refreshing beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Fluffy off-white head, a touch of haze. Subtle aromas of guava, bready malt, and orange pith. Super smooth, lots of underling juicy notes. Hint of nutty yeast, fruity Belgian-like tones with ghost-like peppery phenols. Simply packed with flavor, nothing over the top ... more a of true sipper.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yards Cicada Belgian Style IPA - Brood No. 2
750 ml. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 08262014"
$8.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Looking at the periodical Magicicada charts I see that Brood No. 5 should emerge from the ground in 2016. Hopefully Yards will brew a batch to commemorate their arrival because if we've got to wait for Brood No 2 to return we've got another 16 years to go (2030)!

I really love the "Indigenous Ale" descriptor, especially given that they've used local wildflower honey (and they're referencing cicadas), but now they're using "Belgian Style IPA" instead and that seems to have some people up in arms. I'm guessing that they felt "Belgian Style IPA" might give some people a better idea of what they're buying. I'm not sure what I would have labeled it but it does seem very British to me. I'm thinking "Old Ale" but it's not so malty, and it has a stronger hop component...

It pours a clear, very deep amber body with a ruby cast that borders on becoming mahogany brown. The head rises up majestically, delivering two fingers worth of frothy yellowed off-white foam. The head retention and lacing are both quite good.

The aroma is not bold, but if you dig you'll find notes of honey, yeast, green leaves, grass, soft fruit (apple, tangerine), and earth.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma but fuller including notes of cereal grain (oats, sorghum, barley), lightly browned bread, pear, sugar, subtle pine, and light golden caramel. There's also a subtle chalky/mineralish component to it, as well as a background metallic note.

It starts with sweetish honey and malt upfront but instantly flips to earthy, leafy, and grassy hops as it crosses the middle of the palate. It's a touch spicy (from alcohol, or yeast?) and in combination with its seemingly restrained bitterness (for an IPA at least) it finishes dry with leafy, earthy, and spicy notes lingering alongside low-level notes of fruit and a hint of wet leather.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and quite smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

An interesting and complex brew, it unfortunately doesn't jump out at you - which is what American drinkers seem to want these days. It's strong, without question, but at the same time it's also very accessible. None of its components step forth any more than the others, and in that way it's very rounded. Additionally, it's polished; the alcohol for example appears within the ensemble but remains un-abrasive. If you were to drink it slowly, as many Englishmen do, it could almost be considered as "session-able".

Photo of scootny
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good beer looking for an identity to make it great. As a Belgian IPA it's missing some Belgian. Funk is low and it's a bit heavy on the honey. As an English imperial IPA it's would fare better. Thick body produces an exceptional head. Huge, great retention, slow fade, sheets of lace. Classic Brit IPA aroma. Caramel and bready malts, earthy hops with light pine notes, fusel alcohol. Taste is honeyed chewy malt. A toasted graininess. Earthy hops. Big full feel. Smooth carbonation. Just not enough Je ne sais quoi to make it distinctive. Good beer though.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bright orange/amber hue with a fluffy sticky yet quit to die bright white head. A bit of soapy hop on the nose and lots of sweet malt. Very sweet and malt forward beer. Belgian IPA might be stretch but it does have some balancing bitterness. A touch of deep dark fruits like fifs and raisins, sweet malts, bright hops, and faint belgian yeasty esters to remind you of the belgian influence, lingering sweetness with a lingering bitterness on the balance. My girlfriend described it pretty well: the flavor of a bigger beer but lighter and subtler like a session ale. To counter that though, a touch of alcohol is detectable, however it is a pretty soft beer for such a big beer, pretty good, can't say its worth $10 bucks a bomber but worth the try and interesting, belgian influence is subtle but there, hops arent prevalent but there, same can be said about the malts. everything's there in moderation and it works but it doesnt wow.

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly vigorous pour yields a voluminous three plus finger's worth of crisp airy yet densely packed bone white colored froth with a lopsided top... Excellent retention... The color is rather interesting - In a 1,000 plus review this is the first time I noting a light rose color... There are also some faint pale amber undertones... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Almost completely still with just an occasional stray carbonation bubble rising randomly within...

S - A fairly mild mix of sweetness and fruitiness... Honey... Natural cane sugars... Nectarine... Oranges... A bit of melon... A very faint underlying layer of hoppiness... Perhaps some very light floral notes as well... Quite inviting and certainly a bit different from other Belgian IPAs...

T - A nice hop bite to being with that is a bit earthy in its nature... Next comes the expected rush of sweetness and fruits... It's dominated by what's presumably the local wildflower honey... There are some subtle fruit notes as alluded to by thenose... The finish is dominated by a unique mix of grassy / leafy earthiness... The hops then rise and intensify a bit on the finish... An interesting mix that challenges the palate...

M - Medium bodied... Starts lush before quickly displaying a touch of dryness that lasts throughout... A lite carbonated bit on the tongue... Moderately sleek... A bit sticky...

D - A bit less than a the sum of its parts... An interesting and challenging beer that I'm happy I tried, but is neither one I would recommend nor care to revisit again... Very unique appearance, aroma and flavor... However, unique doesn't in this case is neither good nor bad, it's just different... Add in the ugly cicada on the label and the end result is a slight miss from one of my favorite breweries that I'm seldom let down by...

Photo of fourstringer
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the label.

A: Dark orange with good clarity. 1 finger off-white head with good retention. Very nice lacing.

S: Hops - more fruity than piney. Some grapefruit, citrus. Honey. Brown sugar. Bready sweetness. Faint spice. Wisps of floral notes.

T: Round, honey-tinged sweetness transitions to a balanced American-type hopping. Semi-dry finish with juxtaposition of equal parts malt and hops in the aftertaste. Light alcohol. Some vanilla. Light oak notes. Slight pine.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderately full body. Lightly creamy. Smooth.

O: I got very little Belgian out of this. Drinks more like a American DIPA or a mild barley wine. So, it fails as a "Belgian" IPA, but does decently as one of the former.

Prost!

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of honey and floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of floral hops with hints of pine and citrus, transitioning over to notes of caramel malts and hints of honey. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA was very easy to drink but seemed to be a lot more reminiscent of an American or English IPA compared to a Belgian IPA because I couldn't pick up any of the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a rich, creamy head that leaves plenty of rings of lacing.

The smell is musty with a hint of raw honey and vague citric notes.

The taste is musty with honey, but not too sweet. There are citric/herbal notes. It has a dry finish, with a hint of alcohol showing.

It is pretty smooth. I would up the feel just a bit but it says in the "very good" range and just doesn't get to anything "outstanding".

Other than some mustiness perhaps, I just don't get the "Belgian" aspect. That would be fine, but the honey is a bit too much, and while not making it too sweet, it seems to mask the hoppy aspect. I'm not sure I'm a fan of yet unnamed hops.

Overall, it seems from the description that I didn't like it - and that's not true. But, I didn't love it. It's nice, but nothing outstanding. I'm wondering if the honey part really added or detracted. Oh, well...it's a nice beer anyway.

Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: light bread, citrus, and earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, honey. lemon zest, some orange, and an earthy bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent earthy IPA that is mildly refreshing. Worthy of a try.

Photo of beerded_drunk
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A: a little darker than expected, very rich copper, orangey off white head. not too much carbonation going on (not necessarily a bad thing).

S: honey, orange, cereal malts, oatmeal very floral, toasted nuts, toffee a bit of spiciness

T: almost identical to the aroma. much more of a citrus hop, honey, malty carmelness, quite a bit more roastiness, and almost a coffee type bitterness (not flavor).

M: smooth, mildly creamy

O: very session able, delicious, easy to drink. I'm a big fan of yards and have nothing but great things to say about this beer or any of the others. Happy about this little addition!!! enjoy!

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a good head that fades to about 1/10". Leaves pretty significant lacing. Slight hop aroma, but is otherwise fairly odorless. Citra notes with the hops. Fairly refreshing for an 8.5% IPA. Otherwise a fairly unremarkable flavor profile. Goes down well with a crisp aftertaste. An overall nice beer, especially for the price, but I can't say I'm yearning to grab another bottle.

Photo of Lusso
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It was like drinking a Mary Jane candy
The color is outstanding
Very smooth
Great mouth feel
I would not rush out to buy it but I would always like to have a bottle of it around

Photo of jwhancher
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not quite sure what this beer wants to be. A Belgian IPA? An English Ale? A barleywine? Seems like all three to me. Picked up a bottle at the taproom a few weeks ago. Poured into a large tulip glass. Pours clear amber with okay head and some lacing. Smells of honey, light bubblegum, and a bready chewy malt undertone. Reminds me of Old Bart in a way. Belgian yeast character seems largely subdued. Guessing the yeast fermented at a low temp. Unknown hop lends some light floral aromas and maybe a tad of citrus. Well brewed beer and has no flaws. Was simply expecting much, much more with this. Thought I would be getting a Raging Bitch-
esque ale. Nope.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours an almost completely clear, deep amber color with a two finger head of just off white color. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a bready smell mixed with some hoppy aromas of a citrus and pine nature. Along with these smells are some sweeter smells of caramel and a bit of orange, which when mixed with a little bit of an earthy hop smell, produce a nicely balanced IPA aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and doughier flavor. The sweeter tastes are a mix of caramel and tangerine with them starting out quite strong and losing some ground as the taste advances to the end. While not too hoppy upfront, some hop flavors begin working their way into the taste as it advances from the start. The hops start almost entirely of a citrus nature, but soon have other flavors of earth and pine mixing in with the earthy hop ending up becoming one of the more potent of the hop flavors toward the end. With a little bit of a cracker taste replacing some of the more doughy flavors, the slight decrease in the sweet, and increase in the hop, one is left with a moderately hopped and smooth malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Overall the medium body is nice for the mix of the cracker and sweeter flavors of the brew, while not being too thin to support the hop flavors of the brew. The average carbonation likewise was a good compromise for the two sets of hop and sweet flavors, overall creating a very balanced and more refreshing drinker.

Overall – While not a hop powerhouse the beer has a nice blend of flavors and an enjoyable taste as a good Belgian IPA should be in my opinion (we are not looking for hops for the sake of hops here...). Even at 8.5 % abv, it certainly does not have it in the taste, with this brew being on the more easy drinking side.

Photo of VincentFrey
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful red, with large notes of honey in the nose. Lacing is quite beautiful, spider-webbing across the glass in intricate patterns as a frothy head dies down

Hops and honey in the nose, almost reminding me of a braggot. The hop presence is very earthy, even to a point being somewhat like soil with the honey. It’s a very full, full ale, and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to finish the whole 750ml.

That said, it’s a delicious beer that would pair well as a dessert. Far too sweet for my first drink of the night, but as it warms some subtler notes comes out.

Yards is pretty hit or miss, and while the beer is good, it’s not worth the price or the bottle size. Try it in a sampler somewhere, or if you wanna taste an interesting combination of dirt and honey, but otherwise nothing spectacular outside the appearance.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature goblet. Bottled 8/26/13.

A - Pours a bright amber color with perfect clarity. There is about a finger of soapy, eggshell colored head that recedes pretty quickly. Very nice sticky lacing remains on the walls of the glass as I drink.

S - Sweet aroma full of banana and belgian yeast. Some earthy hops linger on the nose for a while. Honey and caramel malts are prominent, contributing to more of the sweetness. Orange peel rounds out this Belgian DIPA aroma.

T - Starts off with sweet blood orange and caramel malt. Light belgian bubblegum and cloves give way to just enough earthy hops to balance. Clean on the finish. No sign of alcohol here.

M - Medium-thick with a moist, clean finish. Carbonation is light, but works well with the flavors.

O - I grabbed this one because it was new and sounded interesting. Yards is a local brewer that has never really wowed me, probably because of their tendency to brew British styles (none of which are among my favorites). However, this beer was a different animal. A belgian style, brewed with lots of hops (a new strand) and local honey. They were able to capture perfect balance between sweetness and hoppiness, that made it a little bit too easy to drink. Most Belgian IPAs of this high an ABV tend to be either cloyingly sweet, unnecessarily bitter, or astringently alcoholic. This one managed to keep all flavors in check while maintaining delicious flavor and aroma. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok I found this little nugget in the corner staring at me with those cicada eyes. I gave in, figured why not try it. Ok I am used to 750ml Bottles that are Belgian Style normally have a Corked and Caged top. This was just a pop top. So should I be nervous? Well back to it, I popped the top and poured this beast into my glass. I ended up with a deep copper/ dark amber colored beer. Looks pretty. So I smelled this offering and first is huge Honey notes. Delicious. Behind lurking like a troll was a scent of fruits. Then folded into another scent of fresh biscuits. Then there is a nice floral tone that seems to keep the balance. This beer smells good! So I go in for the kill. This tasted like honey wheat bread with a side dish of biscuits. There is hints of tangerines in there but just a hint. Faint alcohol is present not offensive, but in a 8% beer? This finishes smooth and just a hint of bitterness. The way this beer feels is medium-light with fizzy carbonation. Not a huge problem, but in a Belgian Style ale I want champagne like carb.

Overall: This beer is good IMO, just not a exceptional example of a Belgian IPA. But if you drink beer and ignore style, this beer is enjoyable. To my liking it doesn't scream Belgian IPA. This brew is still worthy.

Photo of JCarey
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, almost clear, deep tarnished copper color. Amber whit orange highlights, and nice 1" off-white head, laces the glass beautifully.

Big, sweet, nutty, floral and honey on the nose, with just enough maltiness to leave you with a bit of burnt sugar and toffee.

Taste is dead on the nose. Citrus, floral, honey sweetness, subdued bitterness that blends very well with the base of the beer.

Slightly undercarbed, but the beer doesn't suffer from it, works very well.

I don't get why everyone is dissing this beer for style. I get the Belgian notes, and I get the bitterness and aromas of the hops. It's not your typical new age IPA Hop Bomb, but it is a wonderful example of something a little bit different. I like the sweet and malty IPAs, so...well done in my book.

Photo of Joshgraham49
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, balanced and enticingly tasty.

Photo of Levich
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle dated 8/26/2013 into a large tulip glass.

This beer pours up a nice rich orange copper with a two finger bone colored head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. There are bready malt aromas complimented with a bit of sweet honey and passion fruit notes. There is really not an over powering hop smell. The first few sips reveal a touch of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. There is distinct yet subtle Belgian character with a bit of fruity esters and a rich malt backbone. There is very little of the honey that the label advertises. The mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and creaminess.

Overall this is a good beer. There is nothing that sets it above the crowd, but it is very drinkable and unoffensive. Definitely not a bad beer, but it's also nothing great. I would try it again.

Photo of SeanDonahue
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A coworker recommended this beer to me so I picked it up and decided to give it a try. From what I've heard, this is supposed to be a really tasty ale.

The appearance on this beer gives off a reddish, golden color with a pretty nice head after being poured into a tulip glass.

I don't get any big notes from the aroma. There is a balance of sweet and dry, where the honey brings out the sweetness and the Belgian yeast brings out thy dryness in it.

The taste is very interesting. Very subtle hop notes, nothing too bitter or in your face. Very smooth finish as well, this beer goes down well and doesn't give much of a mouthfeel or aftertaste. The Belgian yeast definitely comes out while drinking this beer while the honey makes up much of the body of the beer, giving it a little sweetness.

Overall, this is a solid beer put out by Yards Brewing Company. They are showing that they can diversify their brews after I have tried their Love Stout earlier this year.

Cicada Belgian Style IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.