Yippee IPA - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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Yippee IPAYippee IPA

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RunawayJim on 07-01-2008

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle from a little Picaroon's sampler. Gotta give'm props for the name - kind of makes me want to take down Hans Gruber on top of the Nakatomi Plaza.

Poured into a nonic glass. The caramel malt has really shone through here, giving the brew a deep toffee colour. The pour brought forth about an inch of frothy white head, which survived as a thick ring with loads of sticky lace.

Nose is sweet crystal malt, citrus hops, caramel, toffee.

Very sweet brew - the caramel flavors from the malt tend to dominate the first moments of each sip, with even a bit of chocolate lingering in the background. The scene shifts to a citrussy hop/earth blast that playfully fights with the malt in a battle royale to dictate which flavor ends the show.

Carbonation is a bit sharp, and the body isn't quite right - too thin and a touch of oil.

Not bad, certainly flavorful enough, but far too sweet for my tastes. The balance just isn't there.

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Cool name for an IPA, and the corresponding label imagery does it justice, to boot.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a whole lot of stellar layered, jagged, and just plain thorough webbed lace around the glass as it genially subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, pastry-like pale and caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee candy, sharp leafy, floral hops, a sort of metallic stoniness, hollow citrus rind, and a further bit of herbal, dank bitterness. The taste is quite consistent - strong caramel/toffee malt, candied fruit (orange, lemon, and grapefruit, all), bitter leafy, herbal, and weedy hops - though more metallic than floral in nature - general dank forest, black tea tannin, and more hard water flinty notes.

The bubbles are fairly understated, just a softly edgy zing, for the most part, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and kind of too tight with the stony/metallic character to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, barely, the leafy, increasingly citrusy, and herbal bitterness taking it to the meekly lingering bready caramel malt.

A decent EIPA, where the hoppening (like the 'quickening', but, y'know) is kept within the parameters of the style - i.e. no obvious west coast American big Cs or the like, and good on 'em for it. This is astringent, in a wholly different way - herbal and leafy, with a barely contending maltiness, by the end. Yup, yippee - this is an IPA, all right!

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Got in a trade with Curtis. Good 'ol Curtis. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a generous head that lasts. Dark and gold.

S- 4.0- Weird sour smell. Must be an obscure hop. A bit of malt.

T- 3.5- A bit of a let down but still a good beer. Touch bitter than expected.

M- 3.75- Pretty good. Dry and tart.

O- 3.91 is my rating if I could give it. Nice refreshing beer but not meant for full day of drinking in the sun!

Food Pairing

This nice IPA went well with..... Caramel cake (or anything caramel)


Photo of ZorPrime
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Moniker for this one.

The appearance is quite stunning... Cloudy copper color. This is definitely not filtered. The head is creamy and so good looking. Sticks well to the glass too. The smell gives citrus notes, a little sugar. On the taste, it is mainly hoppy... citrus hops. The bitterness is not present except on the aftertaste. I get some grapefruit in the taste and smell. The beer is not dry... but smooth. The taste lingers in the mouth for a long time. The carbonation makes its presence in the mouth.

Photo of Lukecook
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A-Amber in color with a nice fluffy head, great head retention, good amount of lacing

S-Roasted malts and slight amount of hops.

T-roasted malts seem to dominate the taste, but the hops are definetly there as the mild bitterness lingers.

M-Medium body, with a good amount of caronation.

D-Good local brew, worth the purchase if in the area

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, toffee, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of toffee/caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit flavours mixed with a bit of resin. It ends with a toffee sweet aftertaste with a good dose of hop bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one, it is probably one of the better English IPA's I've had so far. It had a lot of taste/sweetness going on, but it wasn't getting into cloying territory. I'd drink it again anytime.

Photo of nighthawk
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

Pours amber, quite clear, with a couple fingers of fluffy head that dissipates to a thin ring, leaving plenty of lacing as I work my way down the beer.

Nose is a burst of fragrent, citrus and pine hops, with undertones of bready malts.

Taste follows the nose; lots of pine and earthy, oily hop flavour throughout, with a burst of citrus on the finish. This is countered by a malt profile that walks a line between caramel and fresh bread sweetness. The bitterness definitely wins out, but doesn't over power or knock the balance out of whack.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with very mild carbonation. Seems to get slightly thicker and stickier on the finish, with lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Doesn't try to knock you out with IBUs, and has a decent balance to it. The bottle says the recipe is sometimes altered as the brewmaster experiments, so it will be interesting to check back with this one and see where it's going.

Photo of crusian
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle from awesome girlfriend... again.
bottled 7-16-11, so a little more than a week old, maybe pushing two.
pours a dark ruby color that is beautiful, but MUCH darker than i expect from an IPA. It is way closer to an amber. Large bubbles that fade quickly...
nose is interesting, a TON of caramel malt which I would expect from the coloring, but I actually get a lot of citrus and apple on the nose. no surprise this is the same brewery that makes "feels good" imperial IPA, as it has the same hop presence on the nose. My expectations from canadian IPA is VERY low... but this smells nice, for the country. Not amazing for the style but much better than my past experiences.
the taste is very caramel... A lot of apple... this reminds me of the Maharajah this year... almost a rotten apple flavor to it. i think the listing as an English IPA is wrong... I think they are going for an American style here. just need to choose some different hops. I do like that they put on the label that batches will vary because they are consistently trying to dial in a recipe... thats a good brewery. But guys, you need different hops. try some simcoe, citra, centennial, columbus, etc. The apple is interesting, for sure... and you should pursue that, but pursue it differently.
mouthfeel is spot on, not complaints. but yeah, this is intersting, but it actually tastes like them testing recipes...

Photo of berley31
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, white head that diminished over a short period of time to a thin layer. Body is completely clear and a dark, amber color... unusual compared to most IPAs, but still a nice looking beer.

S: Average hops, some citrus... and a slight roasted malt tinge to it.

T: That roasted malt comes through in the beginning of the flavor as well. Finishes moderately bitter and dry; the citrus seems to be in there too. After a few more sips, it honestly seems to be as malty as it is hoppy... interesting.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: Definitely a different IPA, with the maltiness being stronger that you would expect for the style. Still, an enjoyable example that shows that Picaroons is at the very least trying to do things differently.

Photo of Long813
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 12/01/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Cloudy amber body with two fingers of off white head. Head dissipated into a thin ring and leaves good lacing. Also, there is a substantial amount of yeast sediment at the bottom.

S: Huge front of citrus and oily pine. Also a good amount of malt character.

T: Citrus doesn't come out to well, but there is a ton of hop flavour with a malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Thicker texture and is quite bitter. Comes off as a strong IPA.

D: This is the first picaroons I've really enjoyed. Although I wouldn't see this as being a EIPA, it's definitely enjoyable.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tap sample at the source.
Slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish off white head that persists for a good long time. Aromas of butterscotch are front and center and kind of ruin this one for me. Moderate earthy pine and citrus with a bit of caramel to back it up. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter burnt sugary mouthfeel. Too much diacetyl for my palette.

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The color is an attractive amber with a light ivory head. The smell is of hops, pine, and fir. The taste is complex. Up front some caramel, and maybe currants or toast. It's quite interesting. And the finish is hoppy and pleasantly bitter. This is quite a hoppy IPA but not overpoweringly so. The mouthfeel is good, and this is quite drinkable. All in all, a surprisingly complex and very tasty IPA.

Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, thanks to bobsy for sharing.

Pours a hazy orange, massive and foamy off white head forms, crazy thick and rocky, slowly settles to a big layer, massive lace chunks on the glass.

Smell is neat, grapefruit and floral hopping, sweet malty middle, caramel, biscuit, peaches, apricot, lots of nice fruit character, smells good.

Taste is good, sweet up front, honey and caramel, biscuit, tea, grapefruit, big floral, peaches and apricots, could use some more bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, much too high for the style. Still the aroma and flavours were pretty decent. Thanks Rob!

Photo of boyermi206
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A little darker than I expected, clear copper color with hop particles floating.

S- Smells great, very fruity, tangerine, lemon some malt but citrus overpowers.

T- pretty plain, not bad not good. Mild malt and hops combined to be ok but weird.

M- pretty decent full mouthfeel, thick but not viscious

O- not outstanding but if you see it, I think it's worth a try

Photo of leaddog
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep copper with three fingers of off-white head.

Smell - leafy hops, toffee, caramalts, and hint of dark fruits.

Taste - Similar to the aromas with a nice punch from the leafy hops followed by the toffee, caramalts, and hint of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness from the leafy hops and the dark fruits linger in the aftertaste.

Overall - A well crafted English IPA that has bold flavours which are just shy of an American IPA.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Serving Type: 500 mL bottle

I enjoyed Picaroons Selection Double IPA so much that I had to hunt down a four pack of their standard IPA. Here's my review of Picaroons Yippee IPA:

A- Pours a red-orange hue that's topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of foam. A little more red than any IPA i've ever had. Quite beautiful actually!

S- Much like their double IPA, this brew has a dominate floral hop note that is quite refreshing. Classic East Coat IPA smell. What's not typical of this brew's smell is the spicy back note that almost reminds me of a ginger beer. Interesting to say the least (in a good way)!

T- Tastes much like the smell. Floral hops are the main feature and I must say that I really enjoyed it. Slightly citrusy with a nice zing that I've found in a lot of other great East Coast IPA's. Maybe it's just my palate tonight but I find Yippee to be a touch bitter than the Selection IPA (that could be the high alcohol percentage of the double :p).

M- Medium carbonation with a medium body. Well balanced beer. Slightly dry in the mouth.

O- Picaroon's Yippee IPA is a great example of an East Coast IPA. It's got everything that you would ever want: beautiful floral hops in the aroma and taste and a unique slight spiciness that I really enjoyed. Great brew, Picaroons!

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

darker and cloudier than expected, and also much more head... tall and very creamy/dense, especially compared to what I expected. Sticks around for a bit... leaving a dense "puck" of foam sitting on top of the receding mat of head... lots of spotty lacing

surprising aroma - very bright and fruity... almost like a fruit salad, with banana coming through... reminiscent of some raspberry wheat ales

taste - much more interesting than I thought it would be... much more than a plain ipa... bitter (maybe a bit too much), and yet sweet & fruity, a bit of a roasted / caramel background

mouthfeel - feels pretty fine... bitterness takes away a bit from the overall

drinkability - very drinkable...

Photo of wordemupg
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 24/11/14

A murky dark orange liquid, lots of tiny particles being moved around by tiny slow bubbles, a loose finger of foam slowly falls to a thick film leaving plenty of random lace deep down the glass

S herbal tea, orange peel, wet leaves, hard toffee, more herbal notes, sweet malt

T some spruce, tea bag, not grassy but some plant matter I can't place, lots of rind, not exactly what I was expecting after the smell

M has some body to it, very gritty on the palate, creams up nicely form the bubbles, no complaints in this department

O lots of what I assume are English hops, fairly well rounded, respectable beer but nothings going to blow you away

East Coast IPA? I'd believe East Coast of England maybe, then again what do I know? I picked this up for 3.49$ for a half liter, not a bad buy for the $$$

Photo of Shadman
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Qyuite a bit darker than most IPA's...more od a brownish-orange, clooudy. Head and lacing are amazing. Outthe fridge poured 3 fingers thick and took 5 minutes to receed to a cap. Lacing is thick enough to build a small community on the side of the glass.

Aroma is, well, average. Maybe the huge head retention is playing around with the transfer of molecules to my nasal passages.

Sweet crystal malt, nice blast of hop bitterness..mostly pine. grapefruit tries to dominate the remaining time, but malts do make a nice comeback. Finish is all citrus grapefruit.

Slick. oily, medium-full..all good.

I second the heel click the dude is doing on the label.

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yippee IPA has every reason to be cheerful - what more can one ask for than good looks and good health? The beer pours with a brassy shine, perfect clarity, virile bubbles and a strong, sustaining head (enough of which sticks to the glass to make the dishes seem a daunting task).

Yippee IPA definitely makes me want to dance and celebrate - aromas of candied grapefruit and caramelized malts tend to do that. It smells like it were 'wet-hopped' - the bouquet is very dank and has a very stinky, almost ganja-like herbalness. Imagine cutting the grass in the rain.

Just beneath this giant pile of damp leaves lies a mildly toasty maltiness that tastes lightly like toffee and tea biscuits. It has an almost spongy mouthfeel and gives the beer a little heft without weighing it down too much. I might entertain flavours of dried papaya and maybe a shot of grapefruit juice but, by and large, it's earthy hop and malty qualities running this show.

The beer is enlivened by a notably 'hard' water profile; though reminiscent of the infamously stiff, mineral-rich Burton water, it is even more suggestive of the sea brine of the cold Canadian East Coast. It gives the leafy hop bitterness more of an edge. Even at a relatively mellow 6.5%, make no mistake, this is not a beer for those who don't already have hair on their chest.

I've never really been able to make the distinction between 2 Pac and Biggie but this self-acclaimed "East Coast-style" IPA definitely doesn't have the bright, tropical notes of Californian renditions of the style. Nonetheless, it has its own groove - and I dig it. A balanced IPA certainly doesn't mean a weak or neutral IPA; this has some seriously dank hops and solid malts. This ale has all the character and pride you'd expect from Atlantic Canada.

Photo of ghisty
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

dark gold on the pour, darkens up in the glass. to a nice orange.
thick creamy head. disipates some what slow, to a lacey froth ripple.

grapefruit. very citrus. sweet and complex. almost clove. malts are slight in nose.

bitter and fresh, like orange peel, grapefruit again also. heavy on hops.
obvious bitterness makes it drinkable, although its sharp..its not over done.

feels very sharp on the drink, levels out quickly, goes down nicely to a bitter end.
leaves a definate citrus grapefruit funk in my mouth. bitter and sour.

maybe its because ive never really been a big fan of the style of IPA,
at least from what ive had, but this is just a bit ..much.. i really love picaroons
and all the beer they offer, but with its 6.5 abv..and the overpowering grapefruit tones..it seems like its a slightly heavy handed attempt at something which im not quite sure theyve accomplished. once again picaroons are an amazing brewer,
I just dont personally enjoy this ale like i do the remainder of the offerings.

Photo of tbeckett
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger head that goes fast. Nice hazy orange colour bordering on copper.

S - Fresh hops. Juicy and fruity.

T - Really juicy and fruity hops. Really bitter finish. Not much malt to speak of though. For an English take on an IPA this is lacking balance.

M - Not too interesting in the mouth. Carbonated but lacking something.

D - Good drinkability considering its flaws. Not lot's of balance but a decent drinker.

Photo of RunawayJim
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a nice white head that held on for a while and left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of some light hops and some nice sweeter malts.

The taste is pretty complex. There's definitely a nice hops flavor and a good malt profile, but there's something else in there that I can't quite put my finger on. It's almost a slight whisky barrel flavor, but I just can't figure it out.

The beer has a great mouthfeel. It's nice and drinkable. The reason I gave a hit to the taste and drinkability is that flavor that I couldn't quite put my finger on. It's a flavor that doesn't seem to belong in IPA's, but it adds a new dimension. It's a great beer and definitely worth trying.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, hazy amber color with tons of sticky, foamy head. Head eventually settles down to half a fingers worth, with sporadic sticky lacing left on the glass.

Despite claims of intense hop aroma, I barely detect any. I do get a smooth malt character in the nose though.

The taste, however, does live up to the intense hop bitterness claim. Among the bitterness, however, was a tad note of sourness. While this may in part be due to some other citrus like flavors, it tasted to me like listening to a song where you hear an obvious bum note in the middle of an otherwise good playing. The finish is an earthy malt flavor that lingers a while.

Overall, there are some interesting things going on in this beer. However, the hints of sourness kinda throw things off. Part way through I lost interest and wanted to switch to something else. Picaroons DOES explicitly say that they deliberately change things from batch to batch to explore the style, so I wouldn't be opposed to picking up another bottle in the future, I'll just have to be a bit careful when I do.

Photo of spree92
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Kilkenny Pint Glass.

A- A golden-orange color. 1/2" head didn't last long but left sticky lace marks.

S- The first thing I got was honey, and a lot of it. Subtle hops, caramel and an earthiness.

T- First comes the malt side of the drink. Thick, and sticky. The bitterness of the hops is brought second with a freshness to it that is refreshing.

M- Leaves the mouth dry. Now that I am here, kind of startchy as well.

D- Picaroons has this as an English IPA, and I think I know where they were going with it. A solid beer.

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Yippee IPA from Picaroons Brewing Co.
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