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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy, brownish-orange color with no head or lace. The aroma has hints of licorice, molasses, and pine. It's flavor is mainly molasses with plum and toasted malt notes. It leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers. It's got a medium mouthfeel. Yards India Pale Ale is an average beer that could be rated higher if not for the lasting bitter aftertaste. Slightly recommended.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.24/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Hazy peach color with a full pillowy beige head from sewrious overcarbonation and possible infection. Took 10 minutes to pour. Fairly decent fruity citrusy hop aroma considering the condition of the beer. Infected aroma and taste.... Like the Revolutionary Ales just plain bad ! Light and airy due to overcarbonation/infection.

Label States: 70 IBU & "Bottle Conditioned"

Best Before: 04/29/06 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 01/20/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of Act25
2.31/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not for me. Perhaps it's this 6 pack, which has a freshness date of < 60 days.

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle. Why a union jack on the city that started our independence?

Appearance: Orange, cloudy. Weak and failing head and lacing.

Smell: too estery, solvent, spicy alcohol. Also a little stale.

Taste: Full bodied chewy malt mouth feel. stale sweetness.

Notes: Not for me, old, stale, musty, frat- like aftertaste.

I liked this on draft, but I'd not buy this bottled again, due to a stale, edgy, sharp off taste that reminds me of the morning after frat basement.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear as day golden straw color with a huge white headed foamy pour. Big soapy and grassy hop aroma. Head is slowly but surely snailing away. Very sticky lace. Flavor has some semi-sweet grainy malt on the front end with a big herbal and grassy presence. Pretty well balanced. Sweetness is subtle and so is the hop bitterness. Pretty nice yet subdued for an IPA.

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Photo of Jayli
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a rather clear light copper color with a 2 finger of off white creamy head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves spotted chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is spicy, peppery hop scent, plus a good deal of floral hops, and a caramel malt presence.

Taste: At first, an extremely bold, overpowering floral, almost soapy flavoring (glass was already used once and rinsed). AS it warms, the soapy taste lightens slightly, and a more peppery, spiciness comes out. Extreme caramel malt hop presence comes through. Malt really holds through the finish with a hint of citrus hop flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy at first with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes down ok, sorta tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, but not a very good representation of style. Oddly balanced and the hop was just... off. I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of thezach
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Amber hue, clear, coppery, white head that quickly fades with no lacing left down the glass.
S: Mostly malt sweetness, caramel and not much else. A fairly assertive estery alcohol note stings the nostrils. A formidable scent.
T: Sweet malt, loads of sharp bitterness on the back of the palate that lingers.
M: Solid, but everything else leaves me pretty disinterested. It does finish drier, which is nice for a more malt-forward beer.
O:No real complexities that I could detect. Mostly crystal malt and aggressive bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of ZAP
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A few things jump out at me with this beer....#1-The nose is fruity more so than citrusy...bubble gum like with notes of mango and kiwi...#2-The body is very thick and heavy for an IPA...this has some substance as the 8% alcohol would lead you to believe...#3-The 8% alcohol really seems hidden for the most part although there is some spiciness on the finish...

Overall, this is an English style IPA I'm glad I tried but would not seek out again...I don't care for the "bubblegum" nose...and it finishes on a bit of a sour me there is no real hop bite to it that I expect in an IPA...but as I mentioned this is a substnatial brew...maybe it's just not my type....real tart taste and raspberries...just not my bag of tea...definitely worth one try at least though..

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Photo of jmalex
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

With the news that the principle figures of Yards are splitting up and going their separate ways, I thought it was an appropriate time to open up a Yards IPA. Who knows how available or in what form it will be in the future.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy light amber with a solid white cap that settles to some heavy patchwork foam and a very hearty collar. Looks great!

SMELL: Aromas are just a bit subdued with citrusy resinous hops being the most prominent. Pale and caramel malt lurks in the background, but only slightly.

TASTE: The taste is all hops, but more piny and floral this time and much less resinous. Malt sweetness is very strangely nowhere to be found. It's quite literally ALL hops. The finish is more hops that become a bit pungent.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light bodied but feels a bit watery. The carbonation is low, as well.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down easy enough, but the mouthfeel hurts it a lot. And don't let it warm up any, because it doesn't improve.

I've certainly had better Yards. They have a whole lot of hits. This one is just a miss.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very interesting to say the least, when I cracked the bottle the aroma is what captivated me. I just never smelled anything like this before, it's different. Pours a very nice copper amber tone with an off white nice full head, and it leaves nice even rings of lace down the glass. The aroma is a sharp astringent nut sweetness with a discombobulated hop aroma that has me scratching my head, and there is also a meanstreak of metallic offness. Very unique IPA, not what I was expecting but it's not horrible or amazing, it lies somewhere in the middle of the road. The taste is full of bitterness, but it has a light almond astringency to it. The sweetness comes in a very quick sprint that rapidly turns to a dryness of bitterness on the tongue. I am not loving this bottle, but it is alright. Can't drink this stuff, just to unbalanced between hops, metal?, nut flavors, and malt.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

the beer is a nice clear copper color, with a thin white head that remains most the way through drinking. while the head is smallish, it leaves nice lacing. aroma is piney hops, bitter. that carries into the taste, as loads of hops is the main flavor. but really the only flavor I detect. the carbonation is moderate, the body average for the style. unfortunately too unbalanced for me to drink more than one at a time.

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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 thecarster1
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of head that fades quick to a bubbly layer of lace, hazy honey gold color.

s- earthy, zippy hops, little bready, light citrus.

t- earthy hop, malt upfront, only minimal bitterness here that doesn't linger too long.

s- medium to light.

d- okay, not a wonderful ipa, but it's drinkable. i would choose many other ipas over this one.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper with fluffy head. Aroma has a promising piny hop aroma. Flavor however is fairly mild, with a smooth carmelly taste, with a slight toasted nut character, like almonds. A little whiff of banana ester comes through. but a deep piny bitterness redeems it, though it develops slowly. Mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of orangedive
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 1 inch head. Honey-golden color. 60% opaque.

S - Hoppy right off the bat. Citrus notes but not terribly complex--it does smell delicious though.

T - Very bitter up front. Can taste a bit more alochol than I would've liked. The bitternes and alcohol are dominating the taste right now. I feel like there's much more to this beer and I can't figure out why it's not there.

M - Good but not great. More soft than coarse.

D - Not bad for an IPA. I wouldn't have more than one at a time. I've had better, more drinkable IPAs but this wasn't terrible.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber and clear with plenty of head and fair amount of lace. Aroma is citrus and earthy. Medium carbonation and light body. Taste leans toward the dry side with lots of bitterness on the finish. Malty start and middle. A very high hopped English IPA.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

Body is quite cloudy, washed golden orange. The head is substancial, and stays for the long hall. It is fluffy and looks almost like marshmellow.

Scent is hops and malts. A slight bit of fruitness in the background as well.

Strong bitter hops dominate the flavor. Quite spicy. The bitterness stays with you.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber in color with about an inch of off white head forming on the pour.
Smell is somewhat floral hops, but there's a very barley like, wet grass smell as well. Not so sure about that, it's a little off putting. Taste is more of the same. Some more wet and moldy barley, or spent grains. A decent amount of bitterness in the mouthfeel. A mix between an ESB and a Pale Ale. Decent beer, but I prefer the American, or better yet, Californian version.

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Photo of AltBock
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a bright blood red label. On this blood red label is a blue oval with the Union Jack and 2 crossed swords. To the far right is the Government warning and to the far left is a brief paragraph about the beer. No date anywhere on the label or bottle.

When poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass, this IPA is a heavly carbonated and cloudy tangerine orange. Sitting on top was a thin head of white foam. This thin head of foam just had OK retention that left behind a big white island of bubbles, a few foamy rings, and a spot or two of lace.

The aroma was citrusy and slightly sweet with lemon zest, a hint of grapefruit, and a subtle splash of orange peel. Behind the citrusy aroma was a tiny touch of caramel malts. The caramel malts did nothing to help balance out all the citrus aromas.

The taste started off lightly hopped with dried citrus hops. Backing up those citrus hops was citrus fruits like the lemon and grapefruit. I could detect a little caramel maltyness going on toward the end, but all the citrus flavors quickly covered the malts up. It couldn't tell already, the taste was very citrusy.

This beer was on the light bodied side with a citrusy aftertaste of grapefruit, a splash of orange peel, lemons, and a touch of citrus hops. Are they sure this has a 7% ABV? If it is correct, then this beer completely covered up the ABV%.

Since it hides the 7% ABV, I could see this as some kind of session beer. If you like your IPA's lightly hopped and very citrusy, then you'll want to try this one. For me, I wouldn't mind having another one of these.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Smelled of mild hops, citrus, other light fruits and malt.

T: Tasted of malt (more than I expected), some hops, citrus, and tropical fruits. Maybe it was just me, but the flavor here seemed a little on the thin side, especially in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry, somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some good qualities, it falls short in some key areas.

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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 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 KroMagnon
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lot of head, probably partially due to the higher alcohol content. The beer is slightly cloudy as well but that's not really a knock since its bottle conditioned. Cool label with the Union Jack under a pair of crossed swords. The aroma is not very powerful, which surprises me, and its also a little "muddy", by which I mean its kind of hard to discern any real characteristics individually - everything kind of runs together. Its kind of herbal, thats' about the best I can do. The flavor is good, again a bit "muddy" but clean, featuring a prominent hop bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor or malty compliment. Overall, its a pretty good beer, but it doesn't exactly knock my socks off.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick and billowy just off white head. The head has great retention, but fades slowly over time to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of hop and malt. There is a lighter sweet malt base of bread and caramel. Mixed with these are hop notes of pine and a lighter citrus (orange and lemon) as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and caramel base mixed with notes of a citrus hop flavor. While the hop starts out mainly of citrus orange and grapefruit in nature notes pine come more to the tongue. The pine gets stronger and begins to bitter the taste as it advances further. Toward the end there is an earthy hop flavor that when mixed with the bready base and the pine leave a more bitter and dry flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with the carbonation level being quite average. The body of the beer is quite nice and allows all the bitter hop flavors to soak into the tongue.

Overall –A pretty good more on the bitter side IPA. Good but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid amber colored ipa with a huge off-white head and plenty of fluffy lace. The aroma is a unique mix of malty pine hops and apple cider vinegar. The taste is oddly sour with weak pine hops but some hefty grapefruit. There is again a sweet vinegar dominance, like a mash. The feel is very nice, a bit creamy but the sweet sour accent is a bit much for me. It mellows a little as you go. It is evenly carbonated and pretty easy drinking. This almost makes me think that it's a bad batch or maybe just spoiled a bit in this bottle. Not sure. If this is the real deal, then it's a litlle gnarly.

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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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