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 sasky7777
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark gold beer poured a frothy white head. I didn't get much hop aroma even though it was served on the warm side around 50F. Hop biterness dominates, with enough malt to balance. The taste is resiny at first and then it reminds me of eating the pith of a grapefruit.

A sessionable and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light amber with a thin white head. Crisp, hoppy smell with a nice malt profile. Yeast, biscuits and a bit of caramel. The hoppiness eases a bit as this warms.

Sharp hop profile on the taste, good bitterness. Nice bready flavours, and a bit of fruitiness. A little bit of sugariness to this.

A bit heavy-handed on the carbonation, but otherwise not bad. Definitely worth repeating.

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Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CoreyJKelly
2/5  rDev -46.9%

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

Tried a sample at Beerfest, finally got around to getting a 6 pack, and enjoy a full bottle.
Poured clear, golden-copper color with lots of big carbonation bubbles. Foam shrinks to a thin floating cap, leaving some thin strings of lace. Lots of citrus, pink grapefruit smells, fresh hops. Same, bold upfront hoppiness - as much hop flavor as many IPAs I have tried. Lots of bitterness, yet still balanced by some malt character. The aftertaste has the familiar citrus hop finish. The carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth, medium bodied. A nice hoppy pale ale. I have enjoyed all of Garrison's beers so far, and this is another good one.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden/coppery color that is very clear, and there appears to be big bristly carbonation rising to the top. The head starts off really fizzy and reduced quickly, eventually settling to a nice looking film. The lacing is modestly sticky on the glass, as it does slowly crawl back into the brew.

S- This has a citrus-dominated aroma, and I find this to have a sweet blend of apples and malt sugar. The finish has some fresh hop notes but I don't find it to be strong.

T- Okay, the hop character really took me by surprise....to me it borders on IPA territory as far as hops go. After getting by this bitterness, there is some malt sweetness and more citrus rind. The aftertaste shows more bitterness that lingers I find...not what I expected and too much bitterness...not enough balance!

M- The carbonation actually mellows out nicely in this medium bodied beer. It's creamy on the palate and I actually like the fact that a yeasty aspect develops as it warms up.

O- I'd really like this better if it was more balanced....just to many hops are used here in my opinion, which takes away from the overall flavor. Aside from this, I don't think it's a bad beer in the other categories, but do think it needs work.

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Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given to me by my parents

A - Pours a clear copper orange with a half inch of soapy foam that quickly faded leaving some decent lacing
S - biscuity with lots of grassy hops with just a hint of citrus
T - very malty biscuity flavor balanced with alot of grassy hops, there is alot of hoppy bitterness that leaves you tasting grass, nice flavor overall
M - crisp carbonation, bready biscuity mouthfeel, a nice bite in the finish, medium bodied
D - not bad at all. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Botle form a 6-pack, picked up from the LCBO. Bottled July 5, and consumed July 20, 2011. Reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass.

Poured a golden orange, transient offwhite head. Some big bubbles are produced but those fade quite quickly. Minimal retention and lace. Nose has some lemon, grapefruit and some orange notes. Pale malts, light graininess and some sweeter caramelized notes. Taste has some grainy and toasty pale malt notes, orange and other assorted citrus notes with a medium bitterness imparted by these. Light caramel notes. Fairly lengthy finish with a light body that almost borders on watery. A drinkable pale ale; thirst-quenching but brings nothing new to the table.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a light amber, with a thick white head of decent size. Pretty good retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is clearly hops. Citrus and a faint bit of pine. A bit of caramel malt in the background.

The caramel malt is more present in the taste than the nose, but this is still clearly a hop-centered beer. However, the hops provide more bitterness than anything else. The citrus is toned down, replaced by a woodsy flavour. Aftertaste is all bitterness.

Beer is overly carbonated for my liking. Rather irritating. Medium body otherwise feels fine.

This one was a disappointment for me. Not a bad beer, but I find the bitterness somewhat one-dimensional.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decently flavourful APA for the relatively restrained 5.3% ABV.

A bright (almost luminescent?) amber with good carbonation, head and some lacing. Aroma contains both malts and hops, along with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. These same elements are present in the flavour. Although this beer is lacking the "west-coast" or "c-hop" explosion for which I'd hoped, it is still pleasantly multi-layered and complex with a decent bitterness to the finish.

Well balanced malts and hops. Definitely a sessionable ale.

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Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber as is most common in IPAs, although in a APA, it's all that more exciting. Moderate head tops the drink and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S- Floral, grassy, and bittering drinks take place in the aroma. A shred of sweetness appears to come from the hint of caramel. It hints at a fair representation of hops, especially for the style.

T- The taste is a bit of a disappointment after the smell. Hops are detectable, but seem hidden or muted. There's bitterness there, and some washed out hop flavor, so it could seem like only bittering hops were used.

The aftertaste is a bit more impressive, with some pine taste lingering. It actually does a fair job of coating itself and holding on. The aftertaste also leaves a bit of biscuit flavor in the malt. Overall, it comes across as an above average APA, which isn't going to offend people much or impress them much either.

M- Medium light in body. Carbonation is steadfast, and doesn't seem to go away even in your mouth. Swishing it around is like flouride at the dentist. Not entirely pleasant. The solution is not to swish it around, but I found that an interesting observation. This one finishes pretty dry.

O- Overall, I was expecting more from Garrison brewing after trying their DIPA. I don't think I was let down hard, but I was hoping for a bit more. All in all, this is a satisfying brew, but not much of a hop fix, and not one of the best American Pale Ales out there.

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

Hazy amber body with a light cover of bright white head. Some lacing.

Nice hop blend on the nose: tropical fruit, citrus and light pine. Typically one of those three characteristics is featured but here they're represented equally, which is nice. Minerals and an understated, sweet malt join in.

The hop flavour is quite different from the profile found in the nose, dropping the tropical and citrus fruits and replacing them with earthy and grassy notes. Bitterness is substantial for a pale ale (with IBUs approaching IPA territory) though it's not backed by quite enough malt, which remains understated here as well. A slight bit of alcohol shows. Resiny pine and grapefruit pith linger on the finish.

The body is on the light side for my taste. Carbonation is appropriately on the low side of things.

Similar in character to their double IPA, if I remember correctly, though less intense of course. I would definitely buy more of this one if it were around. I'd prefer it with a touch more malt but as is, it's a very decent pale ale and well-worth checking out.

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

A - Pours a golden colour with intense carbonation. Like a hurricane. ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANEEE! Three finger fizzly, loose white head. Bright. Great head retention with a full finger but no lacing.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops and some crackery malt. Really ripe citrussy hop.

T - A decent hop profile with grassy, citrusy notes and a sweet malt note. Pine and grapefruit.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a slight bitterness.

O/D - High drinkability. I've sessioned this before and been happy drinking it all day. It's very tasty and the ABV plays to it's advantage. A decent Pale Ale with a good flavour to work with as a session ale.

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Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled with pride on July 5, 2011. Surprisingly fresh for being found in an LCBO.

Pours a really nice honey-amber colour with a sizable tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thick film with a collar, but leaves little lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, orange peel, wet flowers and ripened cherry and black pepper come through as it warms.

Starts with an almost salty bitterness. A brown bread-like tone comes through on the tongue. Has an unsweetened grapefruit juice flavour in the finish.

A bit thin in the mouthfeel, but has a creaminess on the tongue thanks to the collar and a medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is clean and very dry.

Really solid beer that I'll be sure to try again. Far more in common with an AIPA than an APA or EPA, but the dry hopping is subtle and the beer is balanced well. Very drinkable, would be a great burger and fries beer.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a thick white head that lasts for a while.

Not much going on in the aroma except for some floral hops and toasty grains.

Some malty sweetness upfront with a strong dose of citrusy hops. A tad bit of grapefruit, nice and bitter. Very nice pale ale, this fits right in line with the style, more of an English pale ale though.

Overall it's a nice refreshing, hoppy pale ale, nothing unique or interesting, just a plain old pale ale!

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Photo of Stocean1
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger white head into a medium wine glass - decent retention - fine patchy sticky lacing - an orange tinted amber hue

S - lots of floral hops with grapefruit and some malt

T - similar to the nose with a nice bitterness throughout that was somewhat spicy - the hops dominates but it is still malty enough to be well balanced - could not call it a 4 but the 3.5 I gave it does not do justice.

M - really enjoyed this aspect of the brew - a relatively bitter tang throughout but still smooth - the body is medium with a nice amount of carbonation

O - my first offering from Garrison is a definite thumbs up - this is one well balanced APA

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Photo of mintjellie
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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 mrnobody
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick white head; good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells of a bit of citrus and piney hops; a bit weak.

T: All I can taste is the bitter hop finish: very one dimensional.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good carbonation level.

D: This is a decent APA but nothing special.

A couple things I need to get off my chest about this beer:

1. This was bottled two months ago. I'm sure this is entirely the lcbo's fault, but I can't help but feel this beer might have been better when fresh.

2. Stop using twist off caps! I took a bottle camping before I realized they were twist off and tried to open it with my swiss army knife. It broke the top of the bottle off. Today I made sure to twist the cap off but it took a herculean effort. Really, really lousy bottling guys!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, hops, grapefruits, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads and a decent amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well (tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit) but its more of a dry woody type of hopped pale ale. It finishes with a malty dry bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - There is actually quite a bit of hop bitterness going on with this beer. It almost comes across as more of an IPA. I enjoyed the beer more as it warmed up in my glass. Thanks Swedes21

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 6 pack at the LCBO- Hazy blood orange, pours a one inch foam of white head with some soapy lace. Resiny aroma carries carries citrus, perfume, and caramel. Lots of bitterness here with only mild sweetness. My kind of pale. Medium bodied, very creamy, soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Great effort.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Hopyard Pale from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 120 ratings