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Cicada Indigenous Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Indigenous AleCicada Indigenous Ale

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

GeorgianBayPackr, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Sep 19, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

millerbuffoon, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

cclark67789, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

tweezer159, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

crowsnest, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

RobertJBeer, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ninjembro, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

prokopt2, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

baklo, Monday at 11:49 AM
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jan 12, 2014
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devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

JCarey, Mar 02, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

AMarkle6524, Friday at 06:38 PM
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3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Shroud0fdoom, Jan 12, 2014
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Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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