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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
81
good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

07-03-2014 22:43:21 | More by GeorgianBayPackr
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:02:38 | More by NoLeafClover44
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-28-2013 16:05:13 | More by cclark67789
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tweezer159

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-04-2013 15:40:24 | More by tweezer159
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-24-2013 23:23:37 | More by Chugs13
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RobertJBeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-24-2013 21:05:04 | More by RobertJBeer
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:08:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-03-2013 20:15:56 | More by LoveStout
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devilfluff

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-02-2014 22:28:35 | More by devilfluff
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JCarey

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 17:41:22 | More by JCarey
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:47:33 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-03-2013 19:38:56 | More by acurtis
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-21-2014 23:07:56 | More by tdm168
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shoretaxi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-23-2014 00:25:34 | More by shoretaxi
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-25-2013 15:36:36 | More by rfgetz
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-22-2013 13:01:56 | More by Drknight
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-26-2013 01:48:30 | More by IPAchris
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-01-2014 23:45:35 | More by superdoopersauce
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-11-2014 20:20:30 | More by ColForbinBC
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MeganandDana

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-28-2013 00:36:16 | More by MeganandDana
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-22-2013 22:06:51 | More by tedho21
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-26-2014 20:27:02 | More by NYR_Rob
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:00:12 | More by fourstringer
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:53:00 | More by philbe311
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:38:25 | More by jwc215
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Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.