Cicada Indigenous Ale - Yards Brewing Co.
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3.24/5 rDev -9.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a good head that fades to about 1/10". Leaves pretty significant lacing. Slight hop aroma, but is otherwise fairly odorless. Citra notes with the hops. Fairly refreshing for an 8.5% IPA. Otherwise a fairly unremarkable flavor profile. Goes down well with a crisp aftertaste. An overall nice beer, especially for the price, but I can't say I'm yearning to grab another bottle.
11-15-2013 19:57:28 | More by JeffBrenner
3.64/5 rDev +1.4%
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...
10-27-2013 01:53:00 | More by philbe311
2.99/5 rDev -16.7%
Not quite sure what this beer wants to be. A Belgian IPA? An English Ale? A barleywine? Seems like all three to me. Picked up a bottle at the taproom a few weeks ago. Poured into a large tulip glass. Pours clear amber with okay head and some lacing. Smells of honey, light bubblegum, and a bready chewy malt undertone. Reminds me of Old Bart in a way. Belgian yeast character seems largely subdued. Guessing the yeast fermented at a low temp. Unknown hop lends some light floral aromas and maybe a tad of citrus. Well brewed beer and has no flaws. Was simply expecting much, much more with this. Thought I would be getting a Raging Bitch-
esque ale. Nope.
10-23-2013 00:26:10 | More by jwhancher
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from a 750mL bottle dated 8/26/2013 into a large tulip glass.
This beer pours up a nice rich orange copper with a two finger bone colored head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. There are bready malt aromas complimented with a bit of sweet honey and passion fruit notes. There is really not an over powering hop smell. The first few sips reveal a touch of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. There is distinct yet subtle Belgian character with a bit of fruity esters and a rich malt backbone. There is very little of the honey that the label advertises. The mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and creaminess.
Overall this is a good beer. There is nothing that sets it above the crowd, but it is very drinkable and unoffensive. Definitely not a bad beer, but it's also nothing great. I would try it again.
10-06-2013 21:12:03 | More by Levich
3.11/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours a beautiful red, with large notes of honey in the nose. Lacing is quite beautiful, spider-webbing across the glass in intricate patterns as a frothy head dies down
Hops and honey in the nose, almost reminding me of a braggot. The hop presence is very earthy, even to a point being somewhat like soil with the honey. It’s a very full, full ale, and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to finish the whole 750ml.
That said, it’s a delicious beer that would pair well as a dessert. Far too sweet for my first drink of the night, but as it warms some subtler notes comes out.
Yards is pretty hit or miss, and while the beer is good, it’s not worth the price or the bottle size. Try it in a sampler somewhere, or if you wanna taste an interesting combination of dirt and honey, but otherwise nothing spectacular outside the appearance.
09-30-2013 23:07:35 | More by VincentFrey
3.51/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-29-2013 01:38:25 | More by jwc215
Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.