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Cicada Belgian Style IPA - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA
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96 Ratings
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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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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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

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3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


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