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Cicada Indigenous Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Indigenous AleCicada Indigenous Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLeafClover44 on 09-19-2013)
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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.