India Pale Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,035
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,572
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
1,031
From:
Yards Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: Standing firmly on the east coast end of American IPAs, our India Pale Ale emphasizes balance. An insistent malt character from traditional floor-malted English barley harmonizes with a generous amount of Chinook and Amarillo hops. Fruity and aromatic, our IPA is perfectly balanced.
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Reviews: 348 | Ratings: 1,031
Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, amber in color with one inch head. Taste is sap, lemongrass, and caramel. Medium bodied and carbonation, bitter. Above average bitter sipper.

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Photo of HardCider
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large head that dissipated slowly with moderate lacing. Clear amber color. The aroma was mildly hoppy: somewhat subtle. Very bitter taste and hoppy, as expected in an IPA. Bitter aftertaste that left a sticky mouth feel.

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. 2 fingers of creamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Sweet toasty malts and with citrus and floral hops.

T/F: Sweet caramel malts and light grains. Floral and citrus hops... lemongrass, thyme, and light pine. Reasonable hop bitterness for balance. Light bodied... a little sticky on the tongue. The finish is citrus and pine.

O: A solid English IPA. Good flavor... perhaps an ooch sweet for my taste but very drinkable. Hides the relatively high ABV well. Not elite but decent beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in March 2018.

Appearance: Golden with light tan head. Head is very thick and there is good lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus, as well as some malty sweetness. Overall the hops aroma dominate the others.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong hops and citrus flavor but with a little sweetness from malt flavors as well. overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the hops do not dominate the flavor. I like this a little better than their Philadelphia Pale Ale, but both are good.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color, carbonation and body are just below medium. Aroma is roasted malt, floral, grapefruit and pine but it's aroma isn't overpowering. Taste is very similar, definitely not the most bitter ipa I've ever had and the malt softens that even more. A nice beer but die-hard ipa fans may find this falls just a bit short. With all the malt added perhaps subdued is what they were trying to achieve

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a fairly hazy dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging here and there around the glass. The smell had a bittersweet citrus to piney hops with a nice balance of caramel malts here and there. The taste was the blend of the previously mentioned flavors but actually showed a weaker strength than I expected. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed somewhat subdued and not as sharp as I expected for an AIPA. Overall, this was not a bad beer, just okay.

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Photo of kflorence
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, amber copper in color with almost no head and little lacing as you drink. Carbonation seems a little on the lighter side. Pretty tame on the nose with sweet, toasty malts, spicy, floral hops and some alcohol astringency. Taste follows the nose well; toasted caramel malts crescendoing into spicy hops and alcohol and subsiding back into a bitter, grapefruit rind flavor on the tongue which lingers. Body is medium with a bit of chewiness and vibrant, zesty carbonation on the tongue. Perhaps a bit thin on the swallow. Overall this is a drinkable English style IPA with some hop bite. At 7% ABV, it is fairly drinkable, although the alcohol is definitely detectable, especially as the beer warms. This is my first beer from Yards. It's solid for the style, but not my preferred style of IPA and is a bit astringent for my tastes. Cheers!

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Photo of ppvora
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Looks: Light brown with copper tones, 1 finger of head, virtually no aeration.
Aroma: Strawberries, mangoes, some malt.
Taste: HOPS, barley in the background, no fruit, no complexity.
Mouthfeel: Some sticky bitterness at the end, not necessarily bad.
Overall: A decent IPA, but in a crowded field of IPAs, nothing to stand out.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look, all these beers (IPA's) look good to me. This certainly doesn't have the citrus smell of an American IPA in fact it's more beery/malty with some floral/light citrus notes in the background but hey, were rating beer here, I'm giving it a 4.5 here. I love the taste of this beer , for me it's the right mix of piney hops and malt, wonderful balance and drinkability. Starts out slightly sweet then goes into the hop/malt blend with some bitter elements lingering...gotta admit this is one of my go to beers. At 7% this seems like a session beer to me. Dangerous...great !

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Photo of udfan07
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very easy drinking IPA and I'm not a big fan of that particular beer style. Very smooth IPA with malty flavor and a citrusy smell. Flavor is really good. Would get this again and I don't like IPA style

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Photo of RandyLahey70
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are so many good IPA's out there today I typically find myself wondering around the beer distributor trying to figure out which one I want to buy. After about a half hour or so of scoping things out I find myself carrying a case of yards IPA to the counter more often than not. I'm in love with this beer is so easy to drink so perfectly balanced and smooth. By far my favorite year-round IPA

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Photo of Sabtos
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red-copper with a fluffy, off-white head dying to a thick film leaving spongy lace.

Smell is grapefruit pine, slight cannabis, rug, apple cider vinegar and toast.

Taste is pine, toast, caramel and grapefruit.

Semi-dry, crisp and chewy with a lot of bitter elements.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from dberger624 ... Thanks Dan. Pours clear orange with a foamy white head... Piney hops and clean pale malt.. drinkability is through the roof... Very nice standard IPA.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.75

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Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks like an IPA. Good amount of carbonation.
Smell: Citrus, malt
Taste: Follows the nose: malty and citrusy.
Feel: Very smooth. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall: I dig this beer. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but if I saw it on the shelf and I wanted an easy drinking IPA, I'd snag it. Above average, but not excellent. Probably a good transition beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 40.42/case of 12 ozers ($ 0.14/oz) at Save On Beer, Mars, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of citrus and caramel malt
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to a five mm frothy ring and a frothy heaped partial layer
Lacing fair – mostly drag marks from the receding ring, small to medium bubbles, lasts the entire glass
Body gold, clear
Flavor a good combination of citrusy hops and caramel malt, very much like an English IPA without quite the Kent hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a can glass.

a: Peachy orange with a slight haze. Bubbly white 2 finger head.

s: Toasty malts and a bit of sweetness.

t: Toasted malt, an estery, fruitiness, floral, citrus, mild spice and bitter finish.

mf: A very pleasant beer with a medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

o: Drinkable and balanced. Hides the 7% well. Hanging out and want a couple about the "session" line? Grab a few.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear pale orange with a small white head. The aroma is a really good blend of hops and citrus. The flavor is a knockout. Big hop flavor with a nice citrus blend. Really good IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a vendor over at Spruce Street Park. Served in a plastic cup. The beer had a clear amber appearance with some patchy lacing on the sides and thin retention. The aromas included spicy hops and a little bit of citrus and honey. Great overall taste with some malty flavors, grapefruit, a sweetness that tasted like honey flavors, and hops. Good, solid body with a great carbonation. Overall, a great IPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, picked this one up in Delaware. Definitely an English IPA for sure. Much more malt forward here, fruity, with some earthy hops in the background that make the beer finish bitter. Overall not bad, but I'm looking for more.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once again, Yards Brewing Company delivers a nice brew, but let’s take a look at this 7.00% ABV real quick.

Look-It pours a clear golden amber color that reminds me of the best looking reddish brown leaves in the autumn. But it has like a light goldish tinge to it. The head comes in foamy and yeasty with a vigorous pour.

Smell-It smells hoppy with some malts. I think the malts are caramel or toasted oats, very nice. Then the hops come through as an earthy citrus aroma.

Taste-It tastes of citrus like tangerine and orange from the hops. The malts come and go quickly at the beginning. There is a spiciness to it at the end accompanied by the citrus hops. The alcohol bites the malts making for a slightly bitter brew, but nothing like a DIPA so no worries.

Mouthfeel-The carbonation cuts the hops off short and the malts are overshadowed (but not overpowered) by the hops. The beer has an overall medium-bodied mouthfeel and I think it works well.

Overall-This beer was refreshing and slightly more (pleasantly) hoppy than I had anticipated. You should give it a try, too! Cheers!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is two fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good, as is the texture. Also, a ton of lacing sticks to the glass - all of them combine to offer a beautiful beer. (4.25)

Smell: The hops here smell 'dank'. I pick up lots of pine, grass, and more grass (the OTHER grass) at first, before it gains some slight lemon, mango, and melon as well. Caramel malts, though prevalent, strike a great balance between the hops. There are even some hints of ale esters that also prop it up some, especially once it opens up. Malts that are utilized well...a varied, complex hop profile...some esters to boot...yeah, this smells really appetizing. (4)

Taste: Amarillo shines first and foremost, bringing a huge lemon flavor to start it off. After that, it stumbles a bit. I pick up some nice ale esters (peach, apricot, and pineapple) along with a bit of tropical fruit flavor, before it finishes with a one-two combination of biscuity malt and faint bitterness. The whole thing strikes me as being muddled, but it's far from bad. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This is where the real letdown comes into play - it's a syrupy, slimy beer that lingers on the palate far too heavily. It's not overly thick in texture, it just feels that way. Carbonation seems a little low, maybe that's why. Drinkability, though, isn't terrible by any stretch. (2.75)

Overall: This smelled a lot better than it tasted. At the end of the day, it's merely a decent IPA that struggles to stand out in a world of great IPAs. Worth drinking again, but not one that will become a repeat purchase for yours truly. (3.25)

3.44/5: Mildly disappointing coming from Yards

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Look: A deep amber, almost reddish. Head not too impressive, maybe a cm, and diminishing quickly.

Smell: Not too strong, but a nice smell of hops. Not overpowering.

Taste: This is what won me over- I normally am not at all a fan of IPA, but even I enjoyed this. The hops are there without being overwhelming, and there's a sweet, slightly spiced taste up front too. Actually a very pleasant drinking experience!

Feel: Not too bitter, and carbonation is just right.

Overall:A fantastic beer, even for someone who normally hates IPAs! a must try! Yards is a great brewery, and this shines through in every one of their brews!

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Photo of chrisjws
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Alesmith snifter from a 12oz bottle

A: Medium-dark orange color, see through. Lots of carbonation. Finger and a half of head, laced the glass nicely throughout the session.
S: Bready malts, that distinct "chinookian" aroma, oranges, faint tropical fruit, sweetness in the background
T: Bittersweet malts upfront, some citrus character, grapefruit and rind in the middle and ending. Chinook hops all over the finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation in the mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
O: Good english IPA, its a bit of a changeup for an American used to getting punched in the face with hops. Very tasty, would drink again.

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Photo of MTLDOG
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear golden/bronze color. Less than a finger of head that disappears and has some light lacing. Smells hoppy and almost a little soapy. Taste is Bol and hoppy. A little sour but in a good way. Some grapefruit rind and maybe a little coriander. Dry after taste but very hoppy finish, almost too hoppy. The after taste is a bit too assertive. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation. Solid beer, doesn't move the needle too much though.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served to me on tap in a standard pint glass. Poured a very dark copper with nearly no head and minimal lacing. faint hops aroma with s gentle, mildly hoppy taste. Mouthfeel was adequate, and that's overall what I consider this IPA to be: an adequate, drinkable beer, about on par with Sam Adams Rebel.

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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1031 ratings