Vern (This Vernal Splendor IPA) | Yakima Craft Brewing Co.

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Vern (This Vernal Splendor IPA)Vern (This Vernal Splendor IPA)
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Vern (This Vernal Splendor IPA)Vern (This Vernal Splendor IPA)

Brewed by:
Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.58%

Availability: Spring

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Added by youradhere on 05-20-2010

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by beefandbean22:
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper and orange color, looks cool, like you want in an ipa. Aroma was hoppy, not too lively, nothing over the top, not a lot of dry hopping.

Smooth, mild citrus flavor, easy drinking, lays the caramel on in a decent proportion. Could call this one a decent balanced summer ipa. Not heavy, easily flows off the palate, leaving almost no sign of aftertaste.

A worthwhile $5 bottle, but there is nothing going on out of the ordinary here.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is mild grapefruit and apricot.
The taste is solid bitterness with a touch of honey.
The texture is crisp and light.
Average smelling but a fine flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head that disspates slowly, leaving nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, slightly floral hops, melon fruit, faint soapy component. Flavor is citrus hops, intense lemon juice, mild caramel malt, finishing with more intense lemon concentrate and lingering citrus hops. Nice medium body with some creaminess. Possibly the most lemon citrus forward IPA I've ever tasted. A bit disconcerting (and with a mild soapiness) at first, but finishes quite refreshing and with a nice lingering lemon and citrus hop bitterness. Kind of unbalanced, but enjoyable. This one kind of grew on me.

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Photo of corypattison3079
4.68/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange color, exciting. Aroma was c hoppy, nothing more than a single dry hop charge I would guess with old school Yakima C hops.

Taste had some citrus going for it, crystal malt, not too heavy unlike chrystal malt carver's saggy boobs and stretch marks after all them Tindr miles between Imlay and Reno. Relatively inexpensive.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle I picked up in Spokane. Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Cloudy, pale light orange with an explosive white foamy head. Great retention and tons of lacing.

S - Lemons, pepper, old socks?

T - Again lemons and pepper, some Belgian type yeast flavors as well.

D - Over carbonated and a light body.

O - Hmm... is this one skunked? not sure here.

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Photo of froghop
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow-orange with a small white head, and great lacing.

smell is of citrus, a sweetness, and a touch of floral.

taste is of hops, citrus, malt, and caramel, ends on the bitter side.

for an IPA it is lacking, looks good, but the taste just is not quite there.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Big foam-up in the tall glass, but not a gusher. Yellow color with a touch of amber. Handsome tall foam sits on the brew for a long time. Faint plastic nose does not bode well. The stuff starts out with some sweetness and tastes like it might be strong. Nice enough mouthfeel with the sharp carbonation.

I fail to find any pleasant hop flavor here. It's just a vegetable bitter taste as the malty sweetness evaporates. The unrelieved bitterness finally gets to me. Well, after half a glass I've had enough. This needs a nice bland tall boy to dilute the medicine. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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Photo of Aleforme
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a slightly amber tint; the three finger head leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Piney aroma with hints of lemon and biscuity malt underneath

Taste: Slight touch of biscuity malt, up front, with the pine coming on strong through mid-palate; a touch of lemon in the hop profile, as well, but there is also a harsh, aspirin-like character to the bitterness; the biscuit is also present in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I am not enamored with the hop profile, this is a nice IPA and the best of the beers from this brewery that I have tried

Thanks, barleywinefiend, for the opportunity

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Photo of MadHettie
1.34/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Hopefully just got a bad batch. Overly foamy upon opening and acridly bitter. Will try again later

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Photo of stript
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a nice white head and good carbonation

S: Nice. Floral with some hops and melon, perhaps cantaloupe

T: Light and citrus hops, a bit lighter than nose. Grains, hops

M: Crisp, lighter bodied and tasty

D: Good all around

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Photo of beertunes
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer I had was just called "Vern", I'm assuming this is the same beer. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a dark straw yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very mellow and soft, mostly featuring floral and pine hop scents. The flavors were pretty much what the smell promised. Mellow floral hops mostly with some pine on the finish.

The body was a touch thinner than average for an IPA. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer drank smooth and easy, I could see sitting with a couple of these on deck watching the day go by. Overall, a nice little beer, worth trying if you see it.

Edit 11/14/13. Original scores 3.5/3.0/3.5/3.5/4.0. Thanks to Victor for splitting this with OKComputer and I. This brew seems to have changed quite a bit since last we met. the taste and aroma now have a noticeable caramel aspect, and the hops are all pine. There was a weird funkiness that, had this been on tap, I would have attributed to dirty lines. As this beer sits now, it's a slightly below average example of the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

better than its ratings but really nothing special for a basic ipa, especially in the motherland of where all these hops grow, i really expected a much more dramatic and flavorful and expert sort of beer here, but it was not to be. it is not as bad as its ratings though, its solid ipa, just not as impressive as it should be given the availability of great ingredients here. some sweeter orange notes to the hops, a lot of bitterness, but less of the nuances fruity or earthy elements we tend to look for in the best ipas out there. its well enough balanced by a cerealy slightly toasted even malt base thats maybe a touch more substantial than it needs to be, but i am also thinking the malt is fine here and that the hops just dont quite deliver. to be fair, i had this beer in the context of some amazing local hoppy beer from the likes of double mountain and bale breaker, so i thought this would be more of the same high quality hop nectar, and it definitely left a little to be desired compared to that field. i liked their other beers better than this one...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. No dates or codes that I can see.

Pours clear golden with a gigantic white head that fades fairly slowly. Heavily carbonated (probably helps support the massive head and strong retention). Pretty beer, except for the unattractively large head. Smell is carbonation, mild spice, maybe a bit of onion, banana, and lemon.

Taste is bitter lemon and pine aftertaste, a slight, tantalizing honey sweetness lurking about in there. And then just a slam of bitterness. I like it right now, but I may change my tune toward the end of the bottle. We shall see.

Mouthfeel is super dry and light (like, the super dry that Asahi Super Dry advertises but fails to achieve). Overall, surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of youradhere
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a lark at 99 Bottles. Pours light golden with slight haziness to the body, head is white and plentiful but quickly falls to thin lacing. Smell is odd, apricots, pine, hop skunk, and some sort of funkiness that I can only attribute to some sort of amonia. Taste is light with slight hop skunk, pine and acidity in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is high enough to scrub away flaws. Interesting brew, real light, its almost like a hoppy, light-bodied APA. I can't quite pick out the "specially grown Yakima hop" that YCBC claims is exclusive to this brew. It isn't at all citrusy IMHO, rather more pine-y; sort of a not sweet, toned down PTE (a decent IPA in its own, but I don't think it is worth splooging on the interwebs about like everyone seems to do). Real clean mouthfeel, this beer all but disappears. A sip brings pine bitterness and skunk, to quickly fade and leave a hop sting on the back of the tongue that lingers just long enough before fading. This is a good session beer by all means, and despite what my rambling review may lead you to think what I think about this beer, I will most assuredly get more of this beer as long as it lasts.

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Vern (This Vernal Splendor IPA) from Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 23 ratings