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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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of kjyost
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Mit
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice light golden amber colour with a very short lived head.

S-Nice mix of grapefruity and spicier hops.

T-Nice and hoppy with the citrusy hops dominating. Very light malty notes.

M-Nice mouthfeel in keeping with ABV.

D-Oh...very....I would be very happy if I didn't have to order this through special order.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle at Bar Volo. Pours auburn with a big creamy topping head. Many lace dots follow. A big mouthfeel and a high bitterness, this is bitter, still a good drinkability. A little sour in the sediment.A tongue shredder roughness to it. Hoppy aroma.

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Photo of mikejc
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with average carbonation. One finger head kept minimal retention but laces well.

S: As the name suggests, hops dominate the nose with floral and citrus subtleties.

T: Begins with sweet caramel tones which fade into citrus and finally dry hop tastes. Medium bitterness falling somewhere between an ESB and IPA.

M: Very pleasant, smooth with great bitter aftertaste.

D: Refreshing and fully session worthy. One downside is despite the hoppy nature of the brew there is a strong malt presence which hinders this brews full potential.

Overall: Great beer with locally grown hops is probably the brewery's best 6 pack offering to date and the growler is fantastic as well. Garrison strikes a great balance between hop level and drinkability with Hop Yard and has shown the future potential for more great locally grown micro brews.

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Photo of berley31
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden copper color, mostly clear with a slight haze to it. Small, white head that is quite light and faded to a thin film.

S: Very hoppy, floral aroma. Quite nice, with a bit of citrus and grassiness coming through.

T: Floral and earthy tones throughout, it's a pretty hoppy beer with a very bitter finish. Long duration as a result.

M: Medium-bodied, slight creaminess, with an average carbonation.

D: This is definitely one of Garrison's better offerings... not up to their Imperial Pale Ale, but it blows the other beers out of the water. The high bitterness at the finish prevents it from being a multi-drinker.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Moniker for making this one available for me.

The beer is copper looking color. It is lightly cloudy. The head is creamy and sticks well to the glass. The aroma is citrusy hops with some caramel notes (malts). The taste is dry and the bitterness is very good for an American Pale Ale. There is definitely more caramel in the taste than in the aroma. The taste is not very hoppy... maybe more floral hops in the taste. Medium body and easy to drink. Overall, this beer is a good American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Long813
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear bronze body, one inch of off white head which good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Hops dominant the senses, followed by floral and citrus aromas.

T: Very hoppy with floral and grapefruit/orange hints.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dry hoppy & bitter grapefruit finish

D: Decent beer, I did feel that it was quite hoppier than a APA and felt like it somewhat touched the grounds of a IPA. Either way, it tastes good and everyone should try it.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again Ludachris for bringing this one from Halifax for me.

Appearance: The body boasts a hazy orange/bronze color with good signs of carbonation. The pour produced a solid thumb of head that retained quite well and did a very good job of lacing.

Smell: Well the name say it all, it smells of a mixture of fresh hops. Floral and citrus hops dominate the notes with a light undertone of pine. It's strong but not excessively so, all in all good stuff.

Taste: Unsurprisingly high in hops, but somewhat reigned in my an unknown herbal presence. Starts with a very light might and floral hop taste that shifts over to an almost creamy taste with a light dash of pine in the background and ends with a bitter kick of diverse, citrus hops. I'd say this would be the utmost limit of hops that I would like in a beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, as it thankfully brings out the creamier elements and not the hoppier elements. My mouth isn't left as dry as I'd expect, in fact it's nice. Biggest qualm though is the grapefruit rind bitterness lingers on the back of your tongue for far too long.

Drinkability: As I said, this would be the limit for me as far as hops are concerned. Any more and I'd have issues getting it down. It's good on the gut although not exactly refreshing. However for the most part, it went down alright. Pretty average I suppose.

Final Thoughts: If this beer wasn't named Hop Yard, I probably would have scored it lower. You do get a very good variety of hops in this offering, and it thankfully doesn't have the hop presence of an IPA. Solid and certainly worth a try, and maybe a six during the summer or spring.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 grub
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 4/09.

pours deep orange with a thick cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a ton of thick chunky lace behind.

aroma is good. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. floral. light alcohol.

taste is good. grapefruit and pine. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. just under medium bitterness level. light honey and caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. well balanced. decent depth. a solid apa.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some caramel malt with light residual sugar and some bitter hops at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, think Bobbyok sent this one too!

Pours a lightly hazed dark amber, orange, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick to the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, very sharp and citric hops, floral, very fruity, orange peel, caramel, quite sugary, tangerine, lots of grapefruit goodness, real nice hoppiness, slightly herbal. Taste is neat, real spicy, grapefruit bitterness, caramel, quite sugary, some biscuity malt, orange peel, eathy, really nice, sharp lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy and too high for the style. A really nice nose on this one but the taste is a little lacking on the carbonation takes away from the drinkability. Still a nice beer, thanks Bobby!

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Photo of ludachris
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A broiled caramel colour whose toasty golden-brown tones makes for a lovely looking appearance. They make for a flashy one too; the beer's edges shimmer and if held into the light the entire body becomes impressively aglow. Bubbles make for visual entertainment while a foamy white bumper stays roped around the contour.

Appreciating the fact that this is a pale ale and wasn't intended to compete as an IPA, I won't be too disappointed my nose wasn't met with the blistering citrus and sappy resins of West coast hops (even though the beer was brewed and dry-hopped with them). There is a slight tinge of very minty, lightly pithy zest but its presence demands frequent stirring. I'll leave the score where is but it's dangerously close to being set a little lower.

Ya, I definitely would not agree with the brewery in considering Hop Yard "exceptional in the West Coast style". (Despite the dry-hopping effort this hoppiness falls far, far short of what's customary on the West coast.) Nugget, Amarillo and Cascade do fit the bill for a beer of that mold; unfortunately, the resulting ale doesn't taste enormously Amarillo-y or Cascade-y; there is a touch of pink grapefruit but it's disappointingly minor.

In the absence of intended hoppy zest, Pale and Crystal malt leave much flavour to be desired. But the beer is salvageable - that 40 IBU mark is about the threshold for a proper mouthfeel in hoppy pale ales and IPA's. Given the medium-light body and that faint bite of hop resins, this should disappear mighty fast. Boy, I hate feeling unsatisfied after a beer, even if the dissatisfaction comes from not having another bottle!

Apparently the hops used in this beer were grown in partnership with a local and functioning historic agricultural museum, the end goal being "a brew made with 100 percent local ingredients." That's a fantastic endeavor and Hop Yard Pale is a promising sign of things yet to come. My only suggestion would be to use more of these local hops for future batches, which I will undoubtedly be looking forward to. Thanks ThatWineGuy!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ThatWineGuy
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brussels, Halifax, 1873 Granville St. Medium copper colour, half finger white head with large bubble mostly stagnant head. Nice sheet lace - looks pretty good. Smell is feint hops, taste is light and refreshing, medium body, light carbonation. Good bitterness, full flavoured with a short dry finish. This is very decent pale ale, I could dedicate part of my fridge to this on a regular basis were it available in Ontario.

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Photo of KaiMiller
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Been meaning to try this since the release a few weeks ago, but haven't had the chance... until now.

Poured into a mug, resulting in a translucent orange color, with one finger of head.

Head evaporated slowly, and left plenty of lacing.

Scent is non-surprisingly hoppy, with maybe some faint citrussy smells as well.

Taste is definitely filled with hop bitterness and something that reminds me somewhat of fresh mowed grass.

Finish is dry, and there is a bit of bitter aftertaste left in your cheeks.

All in all, very good beer for the summer season. The full hoppy flavor doesn't lend itself to sustained drinking, however. after two or three of these I find myself ready to switch to something else.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 120 ratings