Hopyard Pale | Garrison Brewing Company

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Hopyard PaleHopyard Pale

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep golden, medium bodied & nicely bitter, Hopyard Pale is exceptional in the West Coast style. Generous hopping in the boil & further dry-hopping produce a fruity/floral aroma & refreshingly bitter finish. A true thirst-quencher!

40 IBU

Added by nighthawk on 06-10-2009

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 118
Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden, translucent body with lots of frothy head at the top. The scent brings up huge cascade hops, with lots of citrus and a fairly decent alcohol background. The taste brings up huge hoppy notes at the front of the palate, evening out towards the end with quite a nice smooth finish. Overall I kind of think of this as more of an IPA, though classifications aside, this is an awesome beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good bar-pour head. Leaves plenty of interconnecting spots on the glass. Golden amber and nearly clear.

Attractive floral hop nose. Slightly sweet but not in a cloy way.

If blindfolded, I'd swear I was drinking an IPA. There's lots of bitterness with a solid pale malt base. The aftertaste is long lasting with a hop bite that falls short of sucking a hop pellet. Full bodied with low-ish level of carbonation.

Simply put, a well-balanced, leaning to the bitter, well-made beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear brass with a couple meandering bubbles. The frothy head lasts forever and coats the glass in lace swathes. Resinous hops and a sweet doughy malt fill my nostrils on the first sniff. The pleasant aroma is followed by an equally hoppy taste. Some grapefruit and pine notes in there, but a more overall fruity hop character than the west coast APAs. The bready malt balast is never lost in the mix. The medium bodied mouthfeel leads to a long bitter finish.

Plenty of hop heft and lots of complexity. Im going to be actively seeking this one out. It covers all the bases for me.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Who doesn't love a well made APA, especially when it's made in Canada :)

Pours a bronze color with golden highlights, lightly opaque with a large poofy, wheatish head that leaves gobs of lace down the side of the glass. The head remains thick right to the bottom. Wonderful stuff.

The smell is nice. Some hops, earth a vanilla scent that I just can't get enough of. The taste is a really good blend of sweet malts, fruitiness and perfect hop balance. This thing kicks ass.

Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and refreshing. Drinkability is high.. I can down one of these faster than any beer I've had before, plus I can session them without getting sick of the taste.

Well done Garrison!

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Photo of spree92
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan.26th, 2011

Poured a slightly hazy reddish-copper ale. A really good dirty white head that stuck around for most of the beer. One first smell, I couldn't figure out what it was, then it hit me. A nice sweet candied apple (crisp, toffee, fruity) and a gentle bitter hop character. It just smells like a creamy drink. The taste is great. The malts are first, same as on the nose, and the bitterness is second. Not sure, but would guess around 60 IBUs. The leveling of this is really quite nice. My rating for mouth feel is 3.5 'cause I feel like the hops linger a bit to long. But it is so drinkable. Garrison is climbing the Atlantic Canadian ladder of quality beers.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle, poured into pint glass. Bottled-on date is on 6-pack box, but not on bottle.

Pours a barely hazy orange with a one-finger cap that is cream coloured and retains beautifully until the bitter end. Lots of sticky lacing is left in circles as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is most notably hoppy, with a grapefruit citrus smell, and hints of grassiness and pine, but it also seems to be contained within a slightly bready odour.

Taste is again assertive with the hops, but balanced by some gentle malt flavours. A grapefruity flavour is tasted throughout, turning to grassy and spicy pine near the finish, and turning from slightly sweet to bitter. A mild sweet bread with a touch of yeast provides some contrast and balance to the flavour profile, but remains in the background.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with just a mild tingle from the carbonation. Feels refreshingly light in the mouth. Finish is semi-dry with a pleasant, lingering bitterness that doesn't feel overpowering.

Drinkability is sky-high on this one. I find it quite refreshing, fairly light, and easy-drinking. A real pleasure; it finds a balance between hops and malt, while letting the hops shine through. As a celebratory and marketing tool for Garrison's experimental hop yard, I think it's a success.

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Photo of Shadman
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New to Trackside Liquor in Good Old Medicine Hat. At least there's one place in town to get decent beer.

NIce clear slightly copper orange color. Decent head retention, amazing lacing. All the way down the sides of the glass.

Nice toasted crytal malts give off that sweet caramel aroma. Generous use of slightly spicy, slightl ypiney hop. I can see where some hop heads could be disappointed. I'm thinking balanced though.

Nice nice balance. Maybe miscast as an APA. Roots are far more British. Pales Malts match nicely with a withering hop bitterness.

Smooth. Not much else I can add. Carbonation is bang on for my palate and this style.

Great session beer. AS mentioned, probably more an EPA than APA. I might have to contact the brewery and ask them myself.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-amber, orange and just a bit hazy, with a thick and creamy off-white head that has good staying power and leaves thick lacing. Smell is hoppy, certainly, but not overwhelmingly so, and there is a definite note of biscuity malt. Herbal hops character, with a bit of pine and a note of light caramel as well. Flavour is bitter and sharp, rather grassy and with obvious malt in the middle. The dry-hopping is obvious, but more from the herbal notes than from a west-coast style wallop of citrus. Mouthfeel is very highly carbonated, but crisp nonetheless, and drinkability is very good. This was my go-to beer for hot days all summer, and, though it's not stellar by any means, it's a solid effort from Garrison.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Fresh bottle reveals a pleasant grassy and citrus hop, still a touch malt heavy but extremely drinkable and fresh. Very nice. Edited up slightly.

Extra in a trade from BBrianBoogie - thanks man!

Pours a lovely golden orange with a hint of copper almost, a finger of bubbly head that too quickly departs. Not perfectly clear.

Nose is pineapple, hints of citrus and pine but the hops aren't too bold and mesh with the hints of malt in the nose.

While this is no hop bomb this is probably one of the more hopped APAs Canada has to offer. Bitter English style hops mingle with hints of a more citrus hop and a faint herbal/grassiness. A strong malt presence for an APA but not too much so. Bold but not overpowering carb, a slightly too light body.

Pretty drinkable stuff. It's not IPA but that's not what you're expecting from an APA. Balanced, drinkable, good hop profile - what's not to like. Thanks again Brian!

Edit: okay, perhaps a little too malty as we progress here. Just not melding as well as one would hope with the hops. Still a solid brew though.

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Photo of pootz
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle: Decants a hazed orangey-amber ale with a 2 finger creamy cap that lasts. Moderate carbonation, Great lacing.

Medium bodied, fruity floral character, chewy mouth feel.

Front side has good balance between amerillo hops and crystal malt,....mid palate some complexity of malt blend plus fruity tastes (pear/apricot) ....long drying bittering finish, goes clean and has a bite.

Nothing unique bur a good boiler plate US styled micro plale...possibly a tad dryer....well made, flavorful, drinks well.

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Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Volo. Pours a golden-orange colour with great head and retention. Smells of citrus hops and some caramel sweet malt. Taste has a great hit of bitterness, but still sweet from the malt. Very balanced. I really like this APA, and it almost verges on being an IPA. I think their Imperial is half way between an IPA and a double IPA, so that makes sense. I want to try more from Garrison because this is good.

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Photo of KaiMiller
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-golden with coarse beige head, fairly clear. Citrusy, hempy, floral hops in the aroma, caramel and citrusy hops in the flavour, not quite dry but with a lingering bitterness and slight hop astringency. Perfect crisp refreshing beer, absolutely delicious, though perhaps not quite dry enough for serious sessioning. Nonetheless, my current go-to six pack, and a great little brother to the IPA. I'm really happy to have this in town - Halifax was hurting for a really good APA, and this is it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear copper golden, tall head with solid retention and random lacing
S - citrus and herbal with toasty grain and a fruity note
T - woody herbal and crisp citrus hop character, solid grainy malt backbone, with light fruitiness coming through on the finish
M - refreshing carbonation kick, pleasant dry bitterness with just a little breadiness to balance
D - a very sessionable beer for a hop lover, it has enough balance to keep it interesting, but the dry hopping allows the hops to come through aggressively

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 6/11/11
12 oz bottle from the LCBO poured in to pint glass. Bottled on date of 4/24/11.

A - Poured a light to medium orange/yellow colour with half a finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Bitter floral and piney hops up front with some bready malt and sweet caramel notes.

T - Bitter hop bite up front with pine, herbal and floral notes and some sweet caramel and grainy/bready malts in the background.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent pale ale. Not the typical hop profile of a beer that I really like but this one was great. I would buy this all the time if it was available.

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Photo of Lukecook
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Golden in color, nice frothy white head, small amount of lacing.

S- Hops.

T- Hops with a mild sweet taste, finishes bitter.

M- Medium body, crisp, good carbonation.

D- Another great offering from Garrisons, best pale ale I have had this side of the border.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foggy amber / honey beer with a finger or two of fast-dropping head. A bit of nice, light lacing as it goes down.

I expected some tropical smells, given the style and hop-based name, but it was a little nice than I thought it would be. For whatever reason, I thought that west-coast IPA's would have the beat on this. This competes fairly well, though. A fresh smell of grapefruit, papaya, and mandarin oranges.

The taste isn't quite as good as the smell. It's got the bitterness of other favourite hop-strong beers, and the feel, but not quite the taste. It's pretty close, though. I think it's fairly subtle. As soon as you sip, you get the nice flavours from the smell, but they're gone with the gulp, just leaving the bitter aftertaste. As an APA, I was expecting a little more of that malt flavour. I think the Acme California IPA I just had had more of that character than this.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth, a little viscous, with a dry, bitter finish. I could lose a bit of the bitterness since the flavour fades somewhat.

A very drinkable beer. It's nice to see a good hop-strong beer brewed locally.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Premium Wine & Spirits.

A-Pours a clear golden honey with a twinge of amber. A thin white head dissipates quickly to a small ring.

S-Grassy hops with a hint of citrus and bisciut malt.

T-Nicely hopped with good grassiness, balanced by a substantial malt base. Quite tasty, on the hoppy side of pale ales.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp and dry.

O-Very nice hoppy pale. I like this one.


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Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a voluminous, sticky white head that laces nicely and sticks around.

Smells nice and piney, citrusy, a really good dose of c-hops here. Slightly floral. A little toffee and pineapple too.

The taste is a crisp nibble of hops backed by a good amount of caramel. It's bitter without being showy. The hops seem to have a west coast USA by way of England aspect to them, being piney and herbal, slightly spicy grapefruit rind. Some good hop flavors all told, even if they seem to be all over the map.

The mouthfeel is medium and suits the style, and it's nicely crisp.

Overall not a bad little effort and a nice hoppy beer for when you want something a little more restrained than an IPA.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange colour, slight haze, off-white head. Head has lots of volume and decent retention. Not much lacing going on. Tropical and floral hop aromas are underpinned by a mild doughy malt character. Hop forward with bright tangerine flavour. Lightly toasted bread in the background. Grapefruit pith bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. Medium bitterness. Medium bodied with low, soft carbonation. Feels creamy. Resinous and oily between sips. Love the way it feels. A good, simple, easy drinking APA.

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, gold-amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Caramel and light toasted grains. Some pears, honey and grassy hops.

Taste. Herby, grassy hops, lightly toasted grains, orange rind. A little cedar-pine wood in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Great hoppy east coast pale ale. Would love another if I had one.

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Photo of ludachris
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every time I'm down here in Hali I always make a point of picking up some Garrison. Happy I was able to find their newest offering so easily.

Pours a clear light honey orange with a finger and a half bubbly white head that displays some decent retention and nice lacing. Big, bubbly carbonation aggressively moves towards the surface.

Strong smell of pine, citrus, some nice bready malt and a touch of spice.

Biscuit and sweet malts up front followed by jiuncy citrus and a dry piney bite . The hops are definately the highlight of this APA.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, smooth and medium bodied, making it quite drinkable in my books.

Overall, another great offering from Garrison. It's definately the most hoppiest APA I've had to date but that made me enjoy it that much more. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of kjyost
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of BBrianBoogie... No date code.

Pours a nice white head atop a rich orange-red body with light lacing. A solid start... The beers smells of a sweet malt body, seemingly with an alcoholic warmth and a good dose of earthy hops on the nose. The taste is similar to the nose with the earthy dose of hops being there. Some sweetness that is later in the beer killed by the bitterness. A decent bitterness, seemingly right in the middle for this style. Crisp in the mouth with average carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Enjoyable, and easy to drink more than one of.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a gorgeous coper/ale colour very clear and lots of carbonation present. the head pours a good 2-3 fingers and has some good lasting power. very foamy and full bodied too.

Smell - can really pick up the pine, followed by some malts and hops. there is also some base earthy tones (grass and breads) in there as well. as it warmed, i was able to pick up some caramels and citrus base as well.

Taste - very nice tasting and smooth beer. found the malts where smooth followed by the citrus and hops and finishes with the caramel. nice lasting taste, nothing overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation brings a little more bitterness to the beer, there is some nicer hops and pine present. some decent volumes of carbonation added as well.

Overall - Glad i was able to land the 6 pack at the LCBO. This is another good one i am happy to have a few more to drink. very smooth and decent, good session beer for sure.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, another from the recent, and welcome variety pack from this East Coast brewer, now available at your finer booze purveyors of Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three bulbous fingers of billowy, densely foamy, and eventually caked off-white head, which leaves a random vista of sudsy stratus cloud lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of mildly bitter citrus pith, resinous pine oil, a bit of fleshy drupe fruitiness, soft biscuity caramel malt, and further leafy, floral, and earthy hops. The taste still leans to the bitter, tending toward acrid hoppy side - astringent pine needles and generic orange rind, muddled orchard stone fruit, mostly, but balanced in a somewhat wobbly manner by some, at times, outmatched toffee/caramel malt.

The carbonation is average, with just a tame carbonic upswing at random intervals, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth, which speaks more to the nature of the heretofore pushy hops. It finishes dry, with some persistently zingy leafy, citrusy, and piney bitterness, and a mere suggestion of boozy warmth.

I know there's been too much crossover in the IPA/PA side of things of late, but I still must confess that I like my APAs hoppy rather than not, so kudos to Garrison for feeding and indulging my habit here, almost to the point of malt irrelevance. Maybe not quite a yard's worth of hops, but something in the ballpark, that's for sure.

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Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a large bubbly off white head. Nose is an abundance of citrus and pine hops, resiny from the dry hopping. Some pale buiscuit malt and grain too. Taste is much of the same, a well balanced but sharply bitter pale. It's really crisp and easy to drink. Malt bill comes out in the finish. Medium bodied with a wet mouthfeel. Overall this is another decent Canadian pale ale. Vigorously hopped - though still falls short of the greats like Sierra Nevadas. Even so, worth grabbing a 6 pack of this summer and supporting more micros here in Ontario.

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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
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