Cicada Indigenous Ale - Yards Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
03-02-2014 17:41:22 | More by JCarey
3.39/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a clear bright amber orange with one finger white frothy head that fades slowly into a nice cap with moderate lacing.
Aroma of bready malt, sweet citrus and a hint of hops.
Taste begins with slightly sweet orange, tangerine, honey followed by a light herbal hop bitterness with some earthiness. The alcohol is well masked for 8.5%
Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a little dryness and a slightly bitter metallic after taste.
Overall a little smooth for an IPA, not sure why this was labeled a Belgian IPA. It was an OK refreshing beer.
03-02-2014 00:21:53 | More by dtivp
3.74/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-09-2014 01:00:12 | More by fourstringer
3.44/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance: pours a orange amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering. Thick lace paints the glass.
Smell: light bread, citrus, and earthy tones come through to the nose.
Taste: caramel, bread, honey. lemon zest, some orange, and an earthy bitterness create a well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late. Short lasting aftertaste.
Overall: a decent earthy IPA that is mildly refreshing. Worthy of a try.
01-26-2014 19:27:15 | More by Gavage
3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-12-2014 22:47:33 | More by Shroud0fdoom
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-12-2014 03:08:33 | More by Darkmagus82
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-13-2013 04:33:01 | More by jtierney89
Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.