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Cicada Belgian Style IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA
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BA SCORE
83
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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.
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by fourstringer:
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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
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".

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of scootny
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
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