India Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2001

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Photo of ppvora
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
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
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 +9.4%
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 +28.1%
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 -16.8%
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 -4.2%
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.


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Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +17.1%
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 -2.6%
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 +18.1%
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 +5.8%
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 -8.7%
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%
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 -9.7%
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 +17.1%
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 -1.6%
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 -21.5%
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 -8.9%
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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%

A: Light golden amber. Half finger cream of mousse-like head. Fair lacing (3.75/5)

S: Heavy malting, good dose of tropical fruits. Caramel is predominant and sweetens the hop aroma. Very juicy, orange grove with spicy musk. Some pine notes linger, deep herbal juniper. (4/5)

M: Quite dry and crisp overall. Light bodied, even a little watery. (3.25/5)

T: Has a very rustic malt character and low diacetyl. Alcoholic butterscotches, but with really no sweetness. Estery, fruity, chewy biscuit. Grapefruit pith and citrus, and slightly astringent pine. (2.75/5)

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A: A nice copper hue that has a head come in rather quickly, about one finger off white, leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Slight citrus but very strong malt character throughout, a nice roast of a nose comes about from this brew.

T: Taste is very citrusy lots of grapefruit and sweet floral notes as well, the backbone is a little malt roast and slight bitterness from the hops.

M: A nice medium to light body, lots of carbonation from what I got, no slickness.

O: This was a good simple IPA, nothing extravagant, it was pretty balanced and had some good flavors.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold color with a small off white head that faded quickly and left good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, biscuit, lemon zest, floral hops, grains and some citrus fruit. Pretty basic nose, but very well balanced and better than normal for an English style IPA. Tastes like it smells, with malt, caramel, biscuit, lemon zest, floral hops, grains, orange peel, toffee, mild spices and some citrus fruit like orange juice or some citrus hops. It's sweet but the malt and hops taste is evenly divided for great balance and drinkability. Tasted much better than it smelled. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that was a little chewy, and a malty aftertaste that was sweet with nice citrus accents. Overall this was a nice English style IPA that would make for a fine session beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, light citrus, herbal, and grassy hops.

Taste: Definitely malt forward with the hops and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, fruity, chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice take on an EIPA. Next time in Philly, 'I'll check these guys out and this beer too.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from 5/26

It's a dark one, almost a brown-orange-red with a fiery flare in the recesses and a brighter amber gleam outside. The head is an off-white cap just shorter than half a finger, but it keeps up well and leaves behind pretty good lace.
It has a sort of hybrid tone to it, seeming to incorporate the earthy, spicy, woody/leafy bitterness with brighter citrus and not-quite-dank notes along with lots of yeasty esters giving off dark fruits as well as almost tropical under the danker/earthier stuff. There's also just a twinge of alcohol noted with every sniff and sip, but nothing too heavily ethanolic to enjoy the overall very much.
There's a sort of earthy dankness that even translates to the feel, though it doesn't weigh down the medium body or take away from the brightness that also translates. Crispness comes out strong on the palate from front to back, as does smoothness in the semi-dry feel.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear amber with a creamy white head that lingers and leaves big lacing. The aroma is good, with some light fruit, a little hops and a bit of bread. The taste is pretty much the same but it doesn't have a huge amount of the depth of an English IPA. It does have a nice weight to the body and a good silky feeling. A solid English IPA.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous head and even lacing. Clear copper color. Aroma is whole leaf noble and PNW hops and crystal malt. Flavor is strong and balanced, a more British interpretation of IPA. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Overall a fine brew that satisfies without extremes.

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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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