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Cicada Belgian Style IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA
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BA SCORE
83
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NoLeafClover44 on 09-19-2013

Our first dry hopped Belgian-style IPA, we brew Cicada with a classic Belgian yeast strain and local wildflower honey, making it a truly indigenous ale. Subtle bubble gum notes from the yeast balance a smooth, caramel maltiness. Both citrus and earthy flavors round out this full-bodied, complex beer. Our buzzworthy brew will leave quite the impression on you, just like its namesake, which engulfs the mid Atlantic region every 17 years.
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Photo of mthomp081
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Fluffy off-white head, a touch of haze. Subtle aromas of guava, bready malt, and orange pith. Super smooth, lots of underling juicy notes. Hint of nutty yeast, fruity Belgian-like tones with ghost-like peppery phenols. Simply packed with flavor, nothing over the top ... more a of true sipper.

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cantal
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of honey and floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of floral hops with hints of pine and citrus, transitioning over to notes of caramel malts and hints of honey. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA was very easy to drink but seemed to be a lot more reminiscent of an American or English IPA compared to a Belgian IPA because I couldn't pick up any of the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kwm5067
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshgraham49
4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, balanced and enticingly tasty.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LE10E
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patrick4434
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lusso
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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".

Photo of scootny
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.