Hopyard IPA | Rockyard Brewing

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Hopyard IPAHopyard IPA

Brewed by:
Rockyard Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 09-20-2003

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 46
Photo of beergoot
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crystal-clear, golden body; thick, chunky, white head; clumps of sticky foam splotched on the glass. Very faint aroma, mostly of grass with a touch of malt grain; twinge of lemon. Very bitter flavor with an odd tart edge; bland cereal taste. Medium body; very dry finish.

It appears the brewer's intent is a big, hop bitterness in the beer, and in that sense, they got it. But the beer lacks balance and depth. The aroma is very weak for so much hop usage and the the malt grains don't really complement the high-end bitterness. The beer comes across as one-dimensional overall. If you're looking for an in-your-face IBU offering, this is worth a shot.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Light yellow orange, decent head. Aroma was odd, malts. Flavor was weird and I swear the label said it had German hops. Very strange and not my cup of tea.

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Photo of katan
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear and filtered looking. Light off white head formation, breaks down to a film quickly.

S - Light citrus hop aroma, just a bit of sweetness in the background.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly malty, a hint of some graininess. Turns balanced with some hopping coming in, more resinous and dark vs. fruity and citrus. Finishes clean and smooth.

M - Moderate to thin body, a little behind the matching carbonation. No alcohol warmth detected. No oily hop texture in the finish.

O./D - A decent but not really all that exciting IPA. Almost a sessionable version of the style which doesn't seem to be around that much lately. Not overly filling.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

kind of a strange ipa. pours hazy and bright ragweed color, with a frothy white head of about an inch. the nose is real yeast, tart and a little lemony, but overtaken by really bitter hops and ulra light malt, possibly some wheat in here. flavor starts bitter and it doesnt relent. a little viniferous at times, acidic somehow, tart from the yeast. whatever the yeast is, its uncommon in an ipa. i dont dislike it, but this one is in need of some refining. it seems to come together a little sloppy, but i love the pungent bitterness of the hops. long lasting finish, piney and lemony both, and dry too. good carbonation, less than medium body, drinkable enough, overall maybe somewhere near a B-, but there is more potential than that here. under 9 bucks a 6pack, no regrets there.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really big foam-up, but amazingly long-lasting whipped cream head.

Rather rich and flavorful. It starts out promisingly with each sip. A good dose of malt followed by some fruity flavors. Green apples and a hint of under ripe pineapple. But the hops rule. Thoroughly bitter and that pretty much dominates the taste. Unpleasant vegetable aftertaste with the unrelieved bitterness. Not quite the grapefruit peel of our San Diego fanatics, but a shot of medicine. Still, it gives you a friendly nudge with each new sip. "Buy me a drink, sailor?"

I give it a little credit for a flavorful lower-alcohol IPA. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden with a good white head that leaves nice lacing

S- Good floral hop on the nose, some grain as well

T- Strong floral hop at the beginning, mellows to the backing malts of white bread and grain, concurrently the bitterness picks up, lingering dry bitterness on the finish

M- Moderate carbonation adds a good crispness, lingers a little on the tongue

O- Hop-forward IPA, not much body to back up the hops for my taste, decent though and would have again.

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Photo of alli4051
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark gold with a white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves some thin lacing. Nose is citrusy hops and not much else. Taste follows the nose with lots of citrus, also some resiny notes and a faint grain backbone. A bit of a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall not a bad beer, but not great either. Kinda one dementional, not a lot of complexity here, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for an IPA, just not my preference.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seemingly out of 1992 microbrewery culture, Rockyard's IPA has an underwhelming quality of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. But with stressed yeast character becomes the major flaws of the beer.

Pouring a medium golden hue with light amber highlights, the beer has some fine particulates that float about. A firm and froathy ivory-colored head tops the beer with good staying power but light on lace. A standard appearance for the style.

Lighter-than-average aromas of grassy and citrusy hops ride along side of fruity components of over-rippened red apples, peaches, and stale bread and yeast. Light caramel gives a glimpse into the malt profile, along with a light biscuity English-like scent.

Flavors of mild caramel and fruity esters of apple, peach, and appricot set an early flavor impression of malt and yeast. Grassy, woody, and moderate citrus rind flavors origiante from hops and have an overall woody flavor. Stale grain, bread, and yeasty dough begins weave into a bruised apple flavor at mid palte and chases the beer into the grassy, bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied for an IPA, the early carbonation allows for a soft and understated creamy texture that seems of English Ales. A semi-dry finish is aided by hop resins and alcohol warmth, but the beer retains a moderate amount of bready sweetness that prevents total crispness, dryness, and thus refreshment.

Hopyard is a fine IPA that seems much like many homebrewed versions that I come across. Yeasty acedaldehyde and an overall stale character shows a tempermental yeast issue along with shelf stability. All this leaves this beer a tad below average for me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden pour, clean and clear. Normal head, nothing spectacular, but sure not bad by any means.

Aroma starts with a lightly toasted bread then moves to hops; piny at first and then some citrus.

the flavors are the same. Light toast up front and throughout. Hops are piny at first, perhaps some spruce in the very quick middle, then a citrusy finish. None are calling out for extra attention. This is a good "I ain't gonna think, Imma goin to drink" IPA. Crisp finish, nothing much lingers.
solid beer

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Some citrus orange taste, but overall a somewhat harsh IPA with the mouthfeel of aggressive carbonation and minerally,all like pilsner, as if Saaz used. Thanks Jason Bach from the Colorado variety back, I still found this drinkable although I did not finish the bottle. Decent beer, with hop aromas, and lasting half inch of white foam head, though not competitive as an IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is orange hops and bready malt. The flavor is pretty bitter. I get notes of reiny hops, bready malts and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but the bitterness is what stands out, not the hop flavor.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden bronze color with just a little bit of off-white foam. Not a whole lot going on aroma-wise here, some light maltiness and just a hint of hops. Flavor follows along with the nose. No bitterness and not much hoppiness does not a good IPA make.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Rockyard. Surprised to see how low the numbers were but here we go. Arrived a amber orange color with good clarity and soft white head. Does hide to the side of the glass but doesn't die out. Ok retention.

The nose is very distinct in Amarillo aroma. Nice grapefruit and peppery hop notes really dominate the nose. Not over the top but some hints of malt. There is a light biscuit note on the end as well. Some phenolics with a light apricot thing going on but for the most part very clean.

The taste is similar but the hops are not so strong. The hops are noticeable though with a very distinct Amarillo hop flavor. Some minor bitterness that I would like to see a bit more but a great finish. Really lingers into the finish but not over the top. The malt is more distinct. Mostly bready and grainy notes but some minor caramel flavors too. A bit sweet up front that hides the bitterness. Some yeast notes with a hint of English character but mostly smooth.

The body is moderate. A light astringency from the hops but limited. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall I found this a very tasty IPA. Amarillo is the key here and I think they really brought out the flavor.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange amber that looked a little dirty. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to random bubbles. Minimal lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and orange. Malt really doesn't come through.

T: Grapefruit primarily. Resiny hops follow, but not overdone. Malt is conspicuously absent. Bitter finish masked a bit in the carbonation. Overall, a bit unbalanced in taste.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. The carbonation gives a bit of heavy feel in the finish.

D: Drinkable, yes; not real memorable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this like a kung fu rabbit or something on the label?

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a creme head. Nose is chalky citric hops. Flavor is bitter. Pine and citrus tones. Kind of all at once in the mouth. Feel has a quite full carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is a one dimensional IPA. A nice enough drinker, but nothing crazy.

Thanks to ArrogantB for this one.

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3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed this beer at one my local liquor stores and thought I would try it, since it's a local brew AND an IPA!

The beer (bomber) poured beautifully-- loved the dark amber color and creamy, almost nitro-looking-delivered head. A light layer of it stayed as I drank, and left a light lace on the glass.

I didn't detect much of a hop fragrance at all from the beer-- very mild aroma. I expected more from the way it poured. Same with the taste-- although it was easy to drink, it was pretty bland for an IPA.

I wouldn't mind trying it on draft to see if there's a difference. Also, I notice the ABV is low-- that accounts for the lack of flavor in an IPA!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color. Nose is soft and easily disturbed by citrus, hops but not enough. Taste was aciditic, lightly hopped with a small hint of alcohol. It tasted more like a strong pale to me, the bitterness is the only thing that convinced me. The mouth was light throughout. Just not enough hop there to make me rate it higher, a decent beer overall but not an IPA in my book.

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Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shaker glass at the brewpub, where they cite an amplified ABV of 6.4%, brewed with amarillo hops (only?). Pale orangish copper, with a modest off-white head that sticks around leaving light lace.

Smell is pretty subdued, muted citrus hops and tangerine esters. The esters make me think English IPA...ehh, hello, I live in Portland!!!

Taste is pure amarillo hops, which are soapy with an unbalanced emphisis on the bitterness, as there's not a lot of aroma or hop flavor. Some breadiness represents the thin malt pressence, overall not a terrible IPA, but not my style - needs more dry-hopping and less of the dry, bitter, lingering finish.

MF is lighter and carbonated.

Drinkability is average. I didn't really care for this generic, 1-dimensional (single hop?) IPA. No real flaws, just boring and not enough hop charater, other then bitterness...

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2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it on tap at the Rockyard itself along with a hamburger and some fries. This beer appears dark amber in color with little lacing and clear. Smell is soft and easily disturbed by the sweet smell of food, citrus nose with grapefruit, hops, and strong acidity. In the mouth it is wet and heavy with lots of pop from the carbonation. Taste is a hop forward front and disappears after that. Unbalanced is the best way to describe it. Real strong hop, slight note of citrus and high acidity. Should be labeled as a pale ale. Oh and where's the alcohol? Listed as 5.3 or 5.4 ABV but I couldn't find it in the beer. Good for dinner but I can see why you can't buy it at the local beer shop.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with Amarillo hops and 5.3% ABV per the roster. Enjoyed as part of the sampler, but maybe enjoyed isn't the right word. Pours to a clear, golden orange-amber, forming a modest yellow head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is ripe with fresh vanilla and citric oily hops. Not really pungent ot skunky. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate alcohol astringency. Taste is an echo of the aroma...there is abundant alcohol astringency as well as overdone, abrasive hop flavor. Moderate to strong bitterness is out of line. Very dry finish with some light toast. Harsh and abrasive. I would definitely pass on this one again. Completely unbalanced.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/amber with a 1" white head. No head retention & a little lacing

S: Big grape fruitty amarillo hop nose & slight hint of malt

T: Grapefruit & peppery hops, followed by slight grainyness & malt sweetness. Finishes hoppy & slightly fruitty

MF: Medium body, skews slighlty too hoppy. Good carbonation

Drank pretty easy, not a big amarillo hops fan, but this still works a tamer A IPA

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Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, Colorado.

An India Pale Ale? Ha! Perhaps this is a pale ale, if that.

Light Orange.

Subtle hints of hoppiness bring about notes of grapefruit, papaya and other citrus fruits in the aroma.

Clean, well-balanced, but there isn't much to balance. Lack of bitterness and flavor. Needs more hops!

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Photo of palliko
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I truly enjoy finding a local microbrewery and tasting their wares! Usually. Colorado Springs has Bristol and Phantom Canyon, and now Rockyard, a little way north. My first approach to their IPA offering was disappointing. But my subsequent visit shows a much improved version! The first time I tasted it, I was hoping for a little better results: the color was copper, foam cream beige, some lacing; then the aroma: (keep in mind I LOVE IPA's) mild, some hint of hops; the initial taste in brambly, some malt, and hops; the middle could be more interesting: just barely bitter beer. The aftertaste left me not wanting more. The needed adjustments have been made, and it is much better! Could use a little more fulness in the middle, but it is an excellent ale!

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Hopyard IPA from Rockyard Brewing
3.34 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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