Sergeant's IPA
Old Yale Brewing Co.

Sergeant's IPASergeant's IPA
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #28
Ranked #15,791
3.96 | pDev: 11.62%
Old Yale Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Sergeant's IPASergeant's IPA
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 34
Photo of JavaSoSuave
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer is not what necessarily everyone's cup of tea. It has a nice crisp citrus edge to it, predominantly grapefruit and boasts a refreshing aroma to boot. Interacting well with the palate are it's deeper, more smokey notes which are extremely pleasant. It's a deep, creamy gold in color and has a beautifully balanced content of yeast that delivers a good head each time.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint of this on tap at Cultus Lake yesterday evening. Quite enjoyable, but not outstanding.

A: clear amber.
S: tropical fruit, especially citrus. a bit floral, a bit grassy. not strong.
T: follows the scent. decently bitter, some citrus balanced with malts.
F: no complaints.

This one's pretty good, but since we're in BC, I think I'll stick to the West Coast style IPAs.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from Rutager in a recent trade. Thanks for the awesome box of beer man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, bubbly, white head with decent retention. Head fades to a bubbly film and ring. Hazy burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, with some light pine and floral notes. Pretty nice really, and plenty forthcoming enough.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel sweetness with some mild, bitter floral notes at the finish. Mild and drier aftertaste of floral bitterness, a touch of pine and some caramel sweetness as balance. Quite nice and enjoyable for the ABV, but a little mild for the IPA style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A touch watery perhaps; could be creamier for the style.

OVERALL: This was pretty good overall. An enjoyable beer that was impressive enough for the ABV. For the IPA style, however, it is unfortunately a little mild. Nevertheless, one I certainly enjoyed and would gladly drink again on a hot summer's afternoon. Cheers again Rutager!

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Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light copper with a finger width of foamy bubbly white head.

Smell - Slight earthy hops, citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malts.

Taste - Nice balance of the earthy hops and citrus flavours followed by caramel malts. Light bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and dry finish.

Overall - A well-crafted EIPA by Old Yale. Stays true to the style by staying well balanced in malts and hops.

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Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear amber-gold with a thin white head that actually lasts a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell. Lemons, limes and oranges with a little fresh red berries and some caramel malts.

Taste. Caramel malts and grain, bitter grassy hops, a little citrus, a little bit earthy.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A good ipa. Kind of a english with west coast influence. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: A nice honey-colored body with a strong 3 finger head that slowly recedes and clings to the glass.

Smell: Floral notes, orange, citrus and a kiss of honey.

Taste: Hop candy at first then a bit bready, like crackers maybe. Some cedar, orange rinds and pineapple as well.

Mouthfeel: Has a crisp clean feel overall but i find it lacks a little punch.

Overall: A good IPA but not a standout IMO. Don't know if it belongs so high on the Top 100 as there are better IPAs but it is certainly worth trying at least once.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. A very new arrival in Alberta - I'd heard from somebody who had hearsay that Old Yale was no more. Colour that solid source wrong, eh?

This beer pours a clear, bright brassy amber hue, with two fingers of airy, puffy ecru head, which leaves some sudsy substrata of lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready caramel malt, lemon oil, flat citrus essences, and some leafy, grassy hops. The taste is mild overripe citrus, a somewhat creamy caramel malt, and increasingly bitter leafy, faintly pine needle-esque hops.

The bubbles are pretty idle, though not exactly performing the devil's work, the body a teetering medium weight, a mite bit clingy, but otherwise smooth. It finishes kind of muddled - some oppressed grassy, musty hops stumbling about with the thinning, souring malt.

Well, classified properly, this one is. Not much of the ol' West Coast IPA tropes to be found here - but the slight increase in ABV, old-world hops, and shifting malt is all there, making this rather easy to drink, though not all that interesting.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average IPA with excellent drinkability but nothing out of the ordinary.

When poured out of the bottle, always gives a big fluffy head, heavy on the lacing on the glass on the way down.

A very mellow scent, typical of IPAs with a tropical, citrusy smell. Taste is rather disappointing in comparison but still a good IPA.

Could not taste alchohol but could get a definite malt taste that worked well.

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Photo of chickenm
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Really nice aroma of citrusy hops with some floral notes, and bready malt. The taste is dominated by the hops with a grapefruit flavor. There is some malty sweetness in there too. The flavors really came out after this warmed up a bit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Dry finish and leaves a lasting bitter aftertaste. This is a really good IPA.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass nov3 2009

A slightly hazy light golden color with a two finger head that just sits there and coats my glass with lace the whole way down. also worth mentioning is the slow rising bubbles starting from all depths

S loads of bread, caramel and hops with some citrus, all blend well together for a nice mix

T as it smells but with a more caramel and toffee and the sweetness that go's with it. the sweet malt's go very well with the hops forming a good balance where neither is overwhelmed

M creamy and thick with a good amount of bitterness

D I nearly poured this down my trout my only problem is not finding it east of BC

I had a bit of an eyeopener this weekend in BC, and that would be that I should move there and drink IPA's. after drinking Red Racer and this beauty I'm thinking a move may be in order. both great in their own ways and much better then I expected. I did not realize Red Racer was that high on the Canadian top 25 and this beer will be joining soon. worth looking for and trying whenever you can

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Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Derek - cheers!

Dark golden pour with a white head and some good lace. Apparently the hopping in this beer is entirely east kent goldings, and here it provides a charming floral, smooth and slightly spicy aroma, which plays off well against some fruity malts. Great bitterness, as the floral hopping jumps out from a earthy, toasty malt background. Medium body and carbonation.

This is a great sessionable IPA, and a bit of a gem from the west coast. I'd love to have a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another trade from ritzkiss...thanks again!

An aggressive pour doesn't yield much head. I guess your bottle was a little shaken up, ritzkiss. I poured this one pretty hard. A thin blanket of off-white head does seem to stick around a while though. Little bit of lacing. The beer is slightly-cloudy and amber in colour. Not bad looking.

This IPA has a really different smell to it; I can't quite put my finger on what it is. I think this could smell amazing if there was a lot more strength to the smell but it's pretty weak. Hops mixed with fresh whole wheat bread, butter and custard...strange but not bad.

Tastes pretty much like is smells. Hops are dominant with undertones of whole wheat bread and a buttery quality. A little low on malt, making it feel a bit hop heavy (not completely balanced) though not a bad brew. Just a slight alcohol presence while it's in your mouth. The aftertaste is a little on the bitter side for my liking.

Nice medium body and a balanced, moderate carbonation. A little creamy. I'd have to say the feel is the most impressive element of this beer.

This IPA smells and tastes a bit too weak for me. I prefer to taste more malt and maybe even a little more hops. In my experience with IPAs, I definitely prefer American and Belgian styles to the English style found here. English IPAs always remind me of a cross between an IPA and a bitter, and I'm not a big fan of bitters. Goes down easy enough but not one I'll be seeking out in the future.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz pours.... foam. Heavy head out of the bottle, hard to contain with the most careful of pours - might have something to do with the moving across the country. Get it in the glass a deep golden/burnt yellow color. Leaves prodigious amounts of chunky lacing.

Nose is fantastic. Pineapple, oranges, pungent pine resin, grapefruit, hints of caramel.

Taste is dead on. Entry is a brief sweetness followed by a blast of citrus fruits and pine, following through with a faint dash of lightly roasted malts, only to finish with a generous bittering dose. Active carbonation dances around (though perhaps a touch heavy), making this easy down.

This is one of the best English IPAs I have had the pleasure of downing. Lively and bright but still bringing a malt dose and a deep bitter finish. At %5.5 this is a session IPA and makes it ridiculously drinkable. So glad I brought a couple bottles with me to Ontario!

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Photo of noeldundas
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

session glass. rocky white head, big bubbles. golden colour with a slight haze. the hoppy aroma is incredibly fresh and clean with lemon, apple and white fruit notes, and barely present maltiness.

champagne-like light body and a pronounced hoppiness with some grassiness and pine.

it finishes dry first with some apple notes that quickly turn to grapefruit a lingering hop flavour that lasts and lasts...

* i poured too much in the session glass and the head busted right up over top of the glass but it didn't fall. It basically spiked right up an inch or two like a meringue, pretty amazing, i thought.

a great multi dimensional representation of the style. I really like their beers!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark gold. Head is decent and white.

S - Sweetish, fruity aroma. Some pine and lemon/citrus and a touch of butter as well.

T - Buttery. Strong pine and over-fruitiness. Lots of hops though, and that's a good thing for this beer.

M - Smooth enough and somewhat slick.

D - OK, but not great. Some nice flavours but a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, amber-brown with a 1 finger white head with good retention and leaves a nice sticky lace. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles.

S: strong northwest hops up front with a pleasant caramel malty sweetness

T: Big bitter hops dominate throughout with a subtle malty sweetness in the background, lingering dry, bitterness on the finish. I also detect a slight touch of citrus zest and a slight nuttiness on the long finish. Lovin' those hops - nice and complex.

M: medium bodied and creamy, well carbonated and a very smooth, very refreshing, dry finish.

D: An excellent representation of one of my favourite styles. Old Yale certainly put a lot of hops into this one! Well made and very refreshing. I will most definitely buy this beer again - highly recommended!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some grapefruit notes. Taste is dominated by some bitter notes with some hoppy notes of citrus and grapefruit with some limited malt characteristics. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Definitely better then expected but a bigger malt profile would have increase its score even more.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a straw-yellow color with a tinge of orange, looks very much like a pils in natural light. Nice frothy head made of big bubbles sticks around a good while. Very healthy carbonation too, lotsa bubbles.

The aroma is strong and seductive. Super well-balanced hops and malt play off each other, there's an apple fruitiness and up-front floral aspect to the smells coming out of my glass. And yeah, it also promises lots of hops with that fresh-cut grapefruit essence.

Unfortunately the flavor isn't as well-balanced as the aroma. Too bitter, in the wrong way. A metallic smack permeates the flavor. Feels unbalanced. There's a grassy element, but the malt and mellower hops characteristics can't get through that steely wall of bitterness. I love a huge hops bitterness, but this comes off a little one-sided and feels like they used bargain-bin hops in the recipe or something. Just sorta "off".

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and dry, like a lager or pils.

Eh, it's okay. A decent lawnmower beer, you wouldn't miss much subtlety if you drank it out of the bottle while zipping around on your tractor. Still, there are way better pale ales out there.

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With East Kent Golding hops, I think this is more of an English IPA than American.

A: Gold in colour, quite clear, with a white, creamy head. Some retention, pretty lace.

S: HOPS! (EKG). Very strong, but of a smooth, noble nature.

T: Nice hop flavour, citrousy up front, more earthy in the finish. A little bready malt in the background, well balanced with hop bitterness. Has a crisp, dry finish. I'm REALLY tempted to give the taste a '5'. It's that good!

M: Body is a little lighter than moderate, slightly oily. It's carbonation is a little higher than average. Pleasant feel, but perhaps a little light for the style.

D: A little bold for the newbie, but quite nice. I'm liking this a lot!

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, big white head forms, laces nicely. Smell is really pineapply, citrus and pine, some caramel and coconut. Taste is heavy and malty, lots of caramel and grains, and citrus/pineapple/pine hops finishing it off, not a lot of bitterness, but quite dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, not great, but a solid IPA.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/13/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Lighter orange colored pour, a bit cloudy with large amounts of yeast towards the bottom of the bottle. Huge foaming over head which about 3 oz ended up on the counter. Nice lacing.

Smell- Largly bitter and fruity in the hops dept. Maybe some odd tropical scents rather than the typical grapefruit scents.

Taste- Ultra fruity flavored hop juice. Malt comes in slowly to just make it "kinda" balanced. Great fruit flavor though. Not really any pine, just fruit juicyness. Quite bitter as well.

Mouthfeel- Average cabonation even including the volcano pour.

Drinkability- One of the most flavorful IPA's I've tried. Can't think how awesome this would be if it had some pine flavor and a bit more malt. Still a must pick up if you see it.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My father has been a faithful of this beer for years, but I've never really tried it until recently. This is a great IPA, that pours a nice caramel-amber colour with a good, pervasive head.

The smell is a good balance of malts and hops, typical of other IPAs I've had. This is a good, well-blended flavour, with a bit more emphasis on the hops so that this does not come off as a standard pale ale as opposed to an IPA.

This has a bit of fizz, again in line with other IPAs I've had. Despite the big bottle, this is a well-blended IPA that leaves you wanting a second (or a third!).



Paired with Indian food (tikka masala) this hoppy brew packs quite a tingly, tongue numbing punch. After sampling a number of domestic and foreign IPAs, this is among the best I've had!

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Photo of Goldorak
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought me back a bottle from a trip to BC, and it's been in my fridge forever. I've had this many times before, my local Beer store smuggled cases of these back in the day.

Appearance: Peachy orange, opaque with sediment depositing on the bottom of my Maudite snifter. The head is behemothic! And it's cakey and thick, it's beyond meringue, it's almost marzipan! Nice, nice stuff.

Smell: The fresh samples I had were extremely floral and honey sweet, this older bottle had an awesome citrus eruption up my nostrils.

Taste: Vivacious carbonation, malt is finely balanced, the bitterness is pleasing and finishes dry, but the aftertaste lasts just long enough for you take your next casual sip. It's really a shame that I don't have access to this Beer anymore...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze, soft peachy hue, effusive carbonation, thick, fluffy head, with delicate lace...marred only by occasional brown flecks on the foam, and floating around the brew.
Aroma: oily, fragrant and fruity,pineapple, tangerine, banana, lemon, a little spicy, too.
Taste: big, bitter hops up front, grabbing hold of the palate and spilling the slick hop oils all over the mouth. Big mouthfeel, bold bitterness..can't deny ...however, the body is too thin, and it feels imbalanced. The flavor, however, gets juicier and fruity as we go in, and that nearly makes up for it. Almost.
But all in all, a nice, enjoyable, tasty IPA, quite a welcome surprise from Canada.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first sample of an Old Yale Brewing beer, their well-touted IPA. I had picked up samples of their Blonde and Pale Ales, but I seem to be on an West Coast IPA kick tonight.

Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, interesting label with so much war-time British innuendo to it, although I hear that's the brewmaster's dog rendered in the soldier's uniform. Very nice looking ale, a hazed deep marmalade colour with a consistent spongy white head that stays true to form most of the way down the glass. That's not even capping, that's the original head hanging in there to the bitter end. Lots of lacing as well. A heavenly nose, yet an odd one for an IPA, it is predominated by a rich toasted butterscotch malt presence, lightly citrus and metallic hops upon closer inspection. The malt also takes centre stage upfront on the flavour, chewy caramel malt, thick creamy robust mouthfeel. Right in the middle the malt hands it off to the hops and starts fading back into the distance while the East Goldings start making momentum. An earthy pine to start with on the hops, following through to bitter sticky citrus on the finish, and an aftertaste of grapefruit rind and pine oil. What a balance, I am seriously impressed. Not an overpowering, mouth-puckering hop presence of a Pacific Northwest American IPA, this is a lot closer to the British version of the style. Mouthfeel is velvety until the late finish where it becomes a bit oily. Fantastic stuff, I'd drink it religiously no matter what they labelled it as. I wish that I picked up more when I got the chance. Do grab a bottle if you are fortunate enough to stumble across a stash of it!

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