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Cicada Indigenous Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Cicada Indigenous AleCicada Indigenous Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Brew33
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jwhancher
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Cicada Indigenous Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.