Side Yard Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Side Yard AleSide Yard Ale
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #710
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #6,520
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 5.53%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
20
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Notes: Side Yard is brewed with Chinook hops from our very own hop yard. In order to achieve the freshest beer possible, these hops made it from harvest to kettle in a matter of just 4 hours. The end result is a juicy, soft, tropical, fruity integration of two styles of hop-forward IPAs – Harvest Ales, and New England (or hazy) IPAs.
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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single can from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids.
Pours a milky pale yellow with 3 fingers of puffy white head.
Aroma is strongly fruity - red grapefruit, orange, peach notes, and pineapple with background pine.
Taste follows with initial hit of pineapple, orange, red grapefruit but followed quickly by a bitter grapefruit pith, pine resin.
Medium mouthfeel - a bit of astringency - a persistent grapefruit bitterness with a hint of aspirin.
Decent NEIPA - but think I am not a great fan of this style - feeling a hankering for a nice clear west coast IPA.

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No surprise Bell’s’ first true NEIPA offering (Official doesn’t really cut it) is a huge winner, and all the more impressive that it’s all Chinook. Really great juicy, bitter, so well balanced, really delicious crusher.

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Photo of JoeMad
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Immediately the smell wafts- bright, soft, pine, fruit. Looks great. The taste is so true to the smell. The body is light, lil creamy but effervescent. Moderately bitter, most pronounced are grassy, piney, citrusy pale flavors- no detectable warming alcohol- a real Chinook showcase. Couldn't have a more appropriate name, tastes like you're hanging out outside.

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Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy bright yellow color with a thick and creamy white head. This can was 6 weeks old, but the aroma was quite potent, with grassy and citrus aromas popping right from the can on the pour. Taste followed for the most part; grapefruit, orange, and grassy notes, faint pine, and moderate soft bitterness. A dry white bread malt presence. Fairly soft feel on the palate and medium bodied. Overall an excellent NEIPA with a very cool hop profile.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/20/2019. Pours opaquely hazy golden/amber/green color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.8%, with mild lingering hop burn after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wet hopped NEIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Nicely soft and not overly aggressive. Fantastic fresh Chinook hop showcase. Extremely vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hops; with a nice sized wheat/oat/malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and impressively well made style example as expected. Would have preferred some new world hops in there, but they nailed what they were going for with the style.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking beer. Nose is bursting with tropical citrus fruit and bitter hops. Taste is top notch! Crazy smooth with a nice crisp hop bite finish.

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Photo of EMH73
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a milky yellow color with orange hues, an inch and a half fluffy white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of citrus and tropical fruits along with some herbal notes and a hint of malt. Tastes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peaches, grapefruit peel, herbal notes and bready malts. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth mouth feel, slightly dry finish.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a one finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, mango and pineapple.

T - The taste is orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a tasty fresh hopped NEPA. Big juicy flavors upfront with a good hop punch in the finish. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold. Foamy, medium, wet white head fades slowly with lacing.

Smells citrus, herbal, Bready and tropical.

Tastes citrus peel, grapefruit, herbal, Bready malt, mango, peach and light vegetal. Finish is dry with citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Side Yard Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 20 ratings