Signature IPA
Yards Brewing Co.

Signature IPASignature IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,275
Ranked #28,625
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Signature IPASignature IPA
Notes: Formerly "India Pale Ale".

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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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber appearance with an average size off white head and good lacing. Muted resinous hop aroma backed by toasted malt. Hop profile is a little more assertive in the taste although the balance is evident. Aftertaste is dry and bitter with a lingering finish.

The problem, for me, when rating a style that is as prolific as an IPA is that everyone has a local favorite. This one is rightfully revered in the Philly area. And it IS good. It's that sometimes it gets less respect than everyone else's local favorite IPA.

Sep 02, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly burnt orange in body with white head. Aroma of citrus, rind, grass, pine, light lemon. Tastes of citrus with rind, grass, pine, lemon is a bit more pronounced on the palate, with mild booze and malt in the aftertaste. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Mar 26, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Yards-PHL. Plastic cup. Burnished copper colored body with a cap of lasting creamy head. Light caramel malts in the aroma. Taste features more of the malt profile, toffee, sweet with a hoppy bite at the finish.

Feb 18, 2020
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DeuilEtoiles from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If one is going to brew an IPA (a dubious enterprise in my opinion), this should be the model.
Nice hop smell and, sure, like other disgusting examples of the style, there is some bitterness. It’s well tempered by the malts, however, giving this an overall sweet, fruity taste that’s quite pleasant.
Probably the best IPA I have ever had.

Nov 29, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear rich amber color. One finger white head with not much retention, but very good lacing.

S---Nice balance of hops and sweet malts. Some floral notes.

T---A bunch of citrus, orange & grapefruit. Rich maltiness as well.

F---Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. ABV is not apparent. An easy drinker.

O---A nice piece of work by Yards. I'd get this one again.

Sep 22, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice looking slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a good cover across the surface of the beer. The beer itself is a clear metallic amber that looks pretty good. It looks really really appealing.

The smell is delicious. It isn't insanely hoped or with some exotic fruit, just hops and malt to it. The hop notes have alight citrus and with a dominant dry hopped pine note to it. The malt note is simple with a light roasted chocolate note and a bit of charred toffee as well.

The taste delicious. It has a slightly more maltier note than it is bitter. The malt note is a roasted wood and toffee while the hop note has a nice mix of orange and pine.

The feel is good. It has a nice medium body and goes down fairly smoothly.

Overall, this is a very good IPA and one that stands out in quality.

Aug 31, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 23, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 31, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 06, 2018
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 31, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Feb 04, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 01, 2017
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kflorence from Texas

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!

May 23, 2017
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 20, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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 !

Dec 09, 2016
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udfan07 from Ohio

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

Oct 08, 2016
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RandyLahey70 from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 25, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Sep 17, 2016
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

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.


Jun 20, 2016
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DrSchnitzengiggle from Illinois

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.

Jun 02, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 02, 2016
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

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.

Nov 24, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

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.

Nov 16, 2015
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 24, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

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.

Aug 13, 2015
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