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.

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4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer in my opinion.
Pours a light orange almost burnt color with a nice half inch head that sits well.
smell was a great blend of hop and malt. hops were on the flowery, herbal side with hint of citrus.
taste was outstanding. The blend of malt and hop in the english style IPA was perfect. Teh blend allowed all the flavors to meld very well together and not be overly sweet or bitter at all. This one easily rivals my HopDevil for one of the best IPAs I have tried to date.

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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 verceman
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer on draft at the Tap Room in Bethlehem, PA, and enjoyed it tremendously. I was ecstatic to find it in bottles at the liquor store near my place of employment. This review is my very first review on Beer Advocate, and was done on my second serving from the sixpack of the night.

Appearance - a beautiful amber orange, not a very substantial head

Smell - citrus is the dominant smell.

Taste - like a grapefruit dipped in hops

Mouthfeel - wonderfully acidic.

Drinkability - This is the kind of beer that you ponder, long after finish it, and wonder if it's OK for you to have another.

I've only discovered craft beers in the last 9 months or so, and my favorite is Duvel. I've tried many kinds, including doppelbocks, landbier, several IPAs, german and belgian wheat beers, and have asked employees for their recommendations. This beer is so terrific, I could not resist telling the forum about it. I think you'll agree - this IPA is fantastic!

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Photo of emsroth
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Chunky 2 finger head. Dark amber. Great joke about how it will "survive the journey from your fridge to you couch"

Smell: Dank fruity hops. Much like the smell of over-ripened fruit. Faint whiffs of alcohol make themselves known.

Taste: A firm but nondescript malt backbone. Next comes the fruity hops reminiscent of delicate summer fruits; over-ripened strawberries come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness to which a roasted malt flavor contributes, but it's dominated by the hops.

Full bodied and delicious. I'm so sad this is the last one in the case.

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4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This was my first cask-condition experience, thus its my first review...I had a six of this on bottle and their is no comparison, the cask is that awesome.

Copper brown body with heavy deep ruby tint. Aromas are much more prominent--they just overload your nose with floral fragerances and smells of citrus and hops. The head just looms on top for what seems like an eternity. I though the bottle was kinda watery tasting in terms of mouthfeel but it is much, much better on cask. Its 'frothy' and has such a delicate balance on your tongue that every sip made you say 'ahhh'. Much more flavor comes out of the cask. Pretty much the same flavors as bottle but they just hit ya 5 times harder. Though it cost me 4.50 a pint it was damn drinkable to the dispair of my wallet. After two it was still interesting me more because it is THAT much different from the bottle.

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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 NJpadreFan
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yards IPA

Appearance- hazy orange with a sticky white head.
Smell- strong floral hops with a hint of cherry.
Taste- floral and citric. slight caramel malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth with very little dryness. No alcohol detected.

Overall- an amazingly easy IPA to gulp down! 1 of the better IPA's I've ever had. Yards hasn't disappointed me yet!

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Photo of shippos
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pured a clear brilliant copper with a decent but rather thin cream colored head. sweet caramelly bready malty aroma followed by a fruity but grassy resiny hop aroma. they smell to me more like amer. var. of hops or yards just used a ton english var.
smooth malty mouthfeel with excellent carbonation, a very pronounced hop attack that is dry bitter but not overpowering the malt is juicy enough to releif the some of the bitterness. a very excellent example.

I had this at the independance brewpub in the philly airport, that have a few other yards on tap including a flying fish tap and they also have some of the best roast beef sandwhichs that I have ever had, they even will give clarks ale house in syracuse a run for there money.

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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 blitheringidiot
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, extremely cloudy tapped pour with an off white 1/4" head that left plenty of sticky lace in me bar pint.

Mixed hops nose with citrous orange slices and peel scents.

Juicy oranges & fruit blends. Various hops assault with an acidic bite on the tongue. An assertive acidic bite with a lingering rind aftertaste. Barely prescent malt, albeit an excellent IPA.

Awesome sizzle. Why not to serve as a total sipper drinker if careful?

Last swigs: Almost cask-conditioned like smooth. Grapefruits and mixed citrous lemon ornages. Like an orange wedge! Straight to the back and sides of the tongue, offered on draught at Union Jacks in North Hills PA for a hefty $5 and 8%! This tap offering excitied me so much, I wrote the review on a MAC receipt with a borrowed pen.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling, crystal-clear blonde with amber highlights. Head quickly fades down to a white soap-foam cap.

Smell is a knockout. Big, beautiful, brassy hops, sassy and loud jump out of the glass. Even three feet away, as I type, I the smell is clear and pungent.

With this reformulation, the taste has become much more direct and uncomplicated, allowing the hops to shine, and shine they do, with bright, piercing bitterness, cracking with lemon, quinine, and big pine needles. Even with such scorching bitterness, this is still very juicy.

Mouthfeel is a bit brisk, but it serves to keep things dancing, and to highlight the citrus notes in the hops.

Drinkability is scary. Goes down smooth and comes back up with glorious hop burps. This should always be in any Philadelphia-area BA's fridge.

All in all, the new formula is less traditional than the old one, but this brew can now battle with the best of west-coast hop bombs, issuing challenges to Dreadnaught and easily dismissing DFH's "minute" series along the way.

A brew reborn -- and 20 dollars a case when you buy it from the brewery.


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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 Tingle
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Nice reddish/amber color with great head and good retention - great retention for a bottle, really. Good, hoppy taste and smell, overally very full bodied and filling, if not a bit narrow. Glass emptied with full lacing. A great quality IPA that can't be much improved on.

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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 Zorro
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

A chill hazed dark orange colored beer with an off-white colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

This is a quite aromatic IPA, no need to get to close to smell the hop perfume. Quite complex scent, tea, wood, brown sugar, and finally hops. Citrus elements are minimal here and this is almost completely herbal and woody in scent.

The flavor begins a little sweet and quite woody on the tongue. Mildly sweet and quite woody with a bit of leather and herbs added. Big buttery toffee flavor that lets you know that this is an English beer style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Extremely drinkable ale here and I do like it. Only spot on it would be the big butter flavor, you will either love or hate.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, cut me some slack.

Appearance - A very nice pale amber. clear with a good size head, about 1-2 fingers. Head dissipated but not as quickly as some beers ive had. Great lacing.

Smell - Hoppy, very much what your would expect from an IPA. Im not sure what combination/type of hops they use but its a good citrus and distinctly hoppy smell, again what you would expect from a solid IPA

Taste - The hoppy smell definitely matches the initial taste. The first thing you taste is a pleasant amount of hops. Not overly bitter though, bitter to the point of being enjoyable, actually very enjoyable. It follows with a nice balance of malts and finishes with a lingering citrus flavor that i cant seem to get enough of.

Mouthfeel - That of a very solid brew. Not to thin, not to thick, just right? yea thats it... just right. Can't say enough good things about Yards IPA.

Overall - Go buy this beer. Im partial since this is a local brew, and i met the owner a few years back and he seemed like a pretty cool guy, but all of that stuff aside this is a very solid beer. This is a go-to IPA for me. and i would recommend it anyone, along with most other Yards brews. Definitely a beer you can drink a few of.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper appearance - pretty clear.
Moderate head retention, great lacing down the glass
Strong citrus scent
Taste - doesn't really taste like an IPA but I guess if it is going for a traditional English IPA type it hits the mark. Good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of aaronh
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer! Bright copper with a voluminous tan head. Hop aroma smacks you around from afar, with malt sweetness noticeable from about six inches. All well constructed and inviting. The taste is very hoppy, with a distict sharp resinous note. Possibly single hopped? There's also some malt sweetness pushing through as well. This enjoyable power struggle between malt and hops is endless, yet the beer seems haromnious in its crafting. Huge malt base lends to a smooth mouthfeel. This is very drinkable. I was surprised to learn it was 8% ABV, but the strong maltiness should have been a clue. I did not notice the alcohol at all. Surprisingly drinkable, surprisingly hoppy, surprisingly good. I think I'm a hop-head.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color was amber honey and the clarity was outstanding. There was a finger head when poured that was nice and pillowy, which reduced to a slightly creamy covering that stuck around for the rest of the beer. The lacing was also quite nice.
Smell: A herbal hop aroma with some nutty malts.
Taste: The flavor is mostly hops and some nutty, toasty malts, but also a little sweetness in there. Hops are herbal and earthy tasting and just a little bitter. I can't believe the alcohol content is 8% because it can't be detected.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little chewy.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Almost to easy to drink for an 8% abv, but I'm not complaining. I really like this one.

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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $27.99 for a mixed case...

The beer has an amber colored base with a small white head, little head retention, no lacing... the aroma is quite fruitful in citrus and peach, and fresh smelling hops.

Taste has balanced carbonation as a strong point, next is a strong punch of those hops which stings the throat a little, but not enough to be an annoyance, the aftertaste is amazing, lemony and peachy goodness. This beer is a pleasure in the mouth, and this is a very ideal session beer, regardless of looks; albeit at 7% abv.

Final Thought: The best of the four in the sampler case from Yards, a very memorable IPA that will have me buying a case of this sweet nectar the next time I am in Eastern PA...

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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh who cannot enjoy a great IPA? Citrusy aroma, appearance was cloudy/coppery color. It had nice lacing on the glass, but a diminishing head. It is a medium bodied beer, but great IPA style flavor. Excellent hop flavor, and nice finishing aftertaste. It has a nice juicy hop flavor, but not over the top. Overall a great beer, but then again, who cannot enjoy a good IPA?

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Photo of philmorepunk87
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice dark orange color with a white head that fades and leaves decent lacing

S- floral, citrus smell from the hops

T- a nice hop flavor that isn't too overpowering and then fades into crisply into malt

M- nice and light

D- pretty good for 7% you have to watch out for this one or it will sneak up on you

A solid IPA that definitely deserves a shout if you run across it!

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4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.85.

A: Burnished orange-amber with soft, 2-finger beige head with good retention and lacing.

S: One of the most unique aroma profiles with orange citrus, butterscotch, and musky herbal, earthy hops creating a huge sensory blast of woody, nutty, and sweet maltiness mixed deliciously with orange, herbal citrus.

T: The muskiness in the aroma translates to a woody, nutty, herbal flavor that permeates the orange citrus hoppiness. Tea-like flavors come through in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and slick feel.

D: Overall this brew hits an interesting spot between English and American IPA with the musky, malty aroma saturated in orange, herbal hoppiness.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yards sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Born on date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger head of just off-white foam. Carbonation looks medium. The head falls to islands, with good lacing.

Aroma is citrus/grassy hops, with a great caramel candy from malt. Light fruits, like pears and dates, and a touch of vanilla thrown in. This has a very nice aroma, which lingers for the duration.

Flavor is really clean, big pale malt, followed by lemony citrus hops. Hop bitterness is pretty damn high. I'm surprised to read this is an English IPA. Fruits like above, well balanced and yummy. Aftertaste is bitter, citrusy, and dries out at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tongue puckering bitterness. Medium level of carbonation, and a nice cleansing dryness.

This is a damn fine IPA, although it might be big for an English. Delicious and very well made. Hoppy, fruity, bitter, malty, and alcohol well hidden. Highly recommended.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards is always a safe bet, with the exception of perhaps the bawler (which I really don't understand). Their pale ale is one of my all-time favorites.

This English style IPA pours a golden brown color, a tad on the darker side than your run of the mill IPA and features a nice amount of head.

Smell is very malty, mixed with a nice amount of hops.

Taste is orange and bitter, perfectly reminiscent of English style brews. Overall, a nice balance of malt and hops. If there's one complaint, there could maybe be a tad more hoppiness to it.

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