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Cicada Indigenous Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Indigenous AleCicada Indigenous Ale

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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!

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Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.