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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pours fruity, hazy orange with immense retained head, in my Sam Adams glass. Easy drinking, medium bodied, orange hoppy flavoured, with a pinch of fruit. Pretty good for the style, something I would recommend people try. Something I would keep regular in the fridge if available locally.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at a small local brew fest. I made the mistake of having it right after having a double IPA right before it. However I must say that despite that I though the brew was pretty impressive. This brew poured out as a light golden amber color with a pretty decent looking head on top. The smell of the beer has a pretty nice balance between malts and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer had some good caramel flavors in it and a crisp hop bite also. The mouthfeel of the beer is easy going. Overall I think this IPA is a good social brew where someone can have several of them and still have their taste buds to try other things if need be.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and pine resin hops as well as caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and has a light amount of hop bitterness along with the faintest hints of sweetness from the caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has an excellent balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific IPA here with blends of English and American influences.

A brilliantly clear copper beer shows fantastic head formation of cream colored foam, great retention as well as lacing. Really, an ideal look.

Aromas and flavors closely mimic each other and begin with a sturdy and caramelized backbone. Malty rich without becomming overly sweet; only a shadow of confection (powdered sugar) to taste but not to feel. Not to be over done are the hops that do more than just balance. A non-descript blend of pine, resin, fresh-cut grasses, and citrus rinds swirl for assertive flavor without offense. Pleasantly balanced and masterfully crafted.

Creamy and medium full up front but the beer fades nicely into a dry, hoppy finish. The procession of the beer is elegant and mature. Considering the balance that doesn't really prefer the hops as much as I expect, maybe this beer would shine even better when brewery fresh.

Thanks Bobfinkenaur!

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper color with a frothy head that fails to leave as much lacing as expected

Smell: Sweet caramel malt dominates the nose along with some rum-soaked citrus fruit

Taste: Starts out with a thick fruity apricot/grapefruit flavor that, after the swallow, continues to build in its sweetness; finally, the earthy hops kick in to complement the fruitiness; unusual combination of English and West Coast character

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly sticky with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual and interesting hybrid; just not sure the combination works very well

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate gold color with a bit of a copper tint. Good lacig and bead. Nose is pretty hoppy with some nice floral, herbal, and citrus components. Taste isn't quite as hoppy and adds in a touch of caramel. Dry and bitter; a bit resinous. Drinks quite well. Their best offering, IMO.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper/orange color with medium head that left some decent lacing,smell was pretty balanced nutty malt with a herbal hp note.taste is pretty rough around the edges there is some zesty grapefruit-like hop hit ya first with a nice malty lingering taste.Pretty thick I think for the style,with a few tune ups this could become a really good brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange-copper color, but the fluffy white head dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is yeasty, earthy, mineral, fruity, light hop, some malt. The flavor is big fruit with a good mouthfeel, some maltiness, and an intense hoppy bitterness in the finish. Long lasting fruity/malt/bitterness but without being cloying. The alcohol is a bit too evident throughout but a good beer nevertheless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then a hearty malt character quickly follows along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from a sampler case

A pretty standard offering; nothing you haven't seen or tasted before, but it's still Yards, and still good. Pours a golden yellow, notably carbonation and slightly hazy, with a fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma and taste are pretty hand-in-hand: a sweet caramel base, generously overlaid with citrusy and piney hops. Medium body, a bit filmy, but generally drinkable, and a fairly good example of the style, despite being outside the country of origin.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky butterscotch-orange with an amazing number of bubble streams racing up to a cream colored crown. The head is more than merely craggy, it's Matterhorn-like and is leaving stiff gobs of foam all over the glass. Lace is not a word that comes to mind when looking at the aftermath of the head's explosion and subsequent descent.

I like the nose. I expected more of an English hoppiness after noting the Union Jack on the label and reading the Yards website, but that isn't the case. The hops are definitely of the American persuasion. Citrus is the order of the day: orange-pineapple juice with a pleasant fruity muskiness.

I like the flavor as well, but that damnable carbonation is threatening to ruin things. I feel like letting the beer sit for a bit, but then it'd probably just be flat. The flavor follows the nose to some extent, but doesn't seem as bright or as citrusy.

It's strange, but English hops are now dominant, bringing a spicy, earthy fruitiness to the party. Although there's plenty of malt on hand, a little caramel and butterscotch is its only contribution to the flavor profile.

Yards IPA could be an excellent version with one simple fix. Repair the disaster that is the carbonation (bottle-conditioning) and the result could well be something worth celebrating. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for this one. Review from notes 1/22/11.

A: Clear orange with a fluffy head that settles quickly to a layer of small bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of hops, but more grassy. Nice toasted malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Very nice light malt flavor. The hops come through as slightly fruity, but much more earthy than anything else.

M/D: Medium bodied. A nice english IPA. Once in a while, it is refreshing not to drink a hop bomb, and this one fits the bill nicely. That 7% is a bit sneaky too.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a huge foamy white head. The head settled down to a thin spotty covering but left some excellent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice bright floral and fruity hop smell to it. It has some peach and pineapple with a little bit of a spicy pine flavor to help round it out.

The taste has some of the same tropical fruit flavors found in the nose. It also has a moderate piny bitterness in the finish. It's a very nice hoppy IPA with a good mix of hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice tasting and drinking IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering here that I was excited to start the night out with. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06.25.2010.

The pour was very nice, even amber color with a nice round head of white that rose up a couple inches before settling down and leaving a broken crown across the top.

Aroma was nice citrus hops, hints of buttery malts, pineapple, light grapefruit. Well balanaced. Clean, consistent and crisp flavor. Biting hops up from of course followed by a nice buttery malt. hints of grass and bready notes before the bite of orange dries the palate and leaves a nice long, dry finish.

Overall a really solid and quite sessionable IPA. Would not mind having this one again at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegmans, poured chilled from the 12oz bottle into a mug.

the color is medium amber with great clarity and thick white head with fine bead. The lace clings in rings on the glass with very good retention. The smell is faintly fruity with a slight meaty smell of yeast with toast in the background, not much in the way of hop aroma. The feel is very good, moderate bitterness and carbonation mellow sweetness with semi-dry finish and low alcohol influence.

The taste is good which is a surprise based on the smell- mix of sweet caramel with a light yeast up front leads to more of an herbal hop taste with slight fruitiness which seems to blend the hop and yeast flavors with a mild spice element in the finish. Overall this is pretty drinkable, could use more hop flavor than just bitterness, but considering it is an English IPA it is better than most of the style

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, layer of sediment is noticeable and seems tightly packed. On the label it states that this beer is bottle conditioned.

Appearance: Cloudy sunset orange with a semi aggressive carbonation to bring forth a multi-bubbled off white lace.

Smell: Rounded toasted malt, quite estery with a softening fruitiness of mango an pears. Faint solvent with a sweet and spicy alcohol to boot. Yeast is in the aroma also.

Taste: Full bodied with a complex and creamy lightly chewy malt mouth feel. Level carbonation is just enough to hold the malt together. Fruity and estery blushing flavours of peaches and mango. Hop bitterness flushes middle to end with a earthy, citric and subdued floral flavour. Fumes from the alcohol escapes from the nose and mouth and the alcohol leaves a warming feeling throughout. Touch of yeast towards the end, a relatively sweet brew with some drying in the finish.

Notes: A really really good replica of the lost style, alcohol is quite noticeable from both warmth and ester. An IPA in the raw.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This had a foamy, off-white/close to tan in color, head. It was not as thick, IMO, more fragile of a head than that on the saison. The beer itself was a cloudy orange/amber color. There were plenty of hops on the nose, but you will have to forgive me since I (still) don't have the knowledge to be able to identify specific hop varieties. It had a medium mouthfeel and the hops were big in the mouth. The beer had a viscous, syrupy quality in the glass, but it did not translate to the mouthfeel. The finish was an interesting intermingling of hops and malt. If only it wasn't 8 % ABV, I could rate "drinkability" higher.

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

12 oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a pint. Appears a hazy golden orange color with less than a finger of slightly yellowish stained fluffy foam for a head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass and minor powers of retension. Aroma of this beer is a pleasant mixture of citrus hops that lean slightly towards almost an orange-like fruit character and a bit of malt candy-like sweetness backing in the nose. Mixed in there is a bit of yeast character as well. Taste is pleasantly bitter with a good amount of hop flavors that again present themselves with a bit of bitter orange rind type of taste. Flavors also included are a bit of citrus and grass. Medium to light feel with a modest amount of carbonation. Fair amount of malt sweetness compliments the bitterness nicely. This is an overall nicely well rounded beer. The hops linger in the mouth with their bitterness being slightly exaggerated by the alcohol warmth that is present.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy amber gold that is pretty dark on the brownish side. Nose is a touch of orange and very slight hops. Flavor is very thick and robust. Subdued, but still firm hops abound. Woody aftertaste. Feel is thick on the liquid from ingredients. Overall very drinkable. Very steady with it's hearty attributes, it delivers a good drinking experience. I really like this beer a lot and would love to try it on cask.

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

clear amber gold with a big off white head. big citrusy hop aroma with some floral notes as well. Floral and citrus hops dominate the flavor at first before giving way to a sweet pale malt base. Some piney notes are present in the finish. medium bodied, slightly sticky with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. A nice take on the style but nothing extraordinary. I'm glad to have tried this and would drink more but wouldn't seek it out.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large off white head is produced, very foamy but seems to have a lot of staying power and retention. Body color is a very dark orange/brown amber. Clear body, with next to no visible rising carbonation. Head make a nice big thick cap and some small scattered clumpy lacing is left as well.

Nose is a very mushy citrus hop angle with lots of toasty bread and malts. Fruit sense is very over ripe smelling, almost marmalade and jam.

On the palate and nice small fruit chew, the citrus angle comes out first. It seems a little unexpected as it seems to hint of an American style ipa. However on the swallow is a great tannic lingering herbal tea like sensation. Sweet rosehip tea comes through with a good black oolong tea like finish. Nice sweet malt tastes come out with more sips.

Overall, really great tasting beer, rather liking this one and a nice take on the style. Very enjoyable would have again no problem.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with nice clarity. A thin off-white head tops it off while leaving some lacing.

There is a citrusy, earthy aroma.

There is a dominating chewy hop taste. The hops have a nice blend of citrus and bready earthiness. A balancing, subtle malt backbone gives it body and depth. The malt is there, but does not interfere with the aggressive hop character. Sharp alcohol notes are present, but not overly powerful, especially considering the 8% abv.

The feel is chewy, yet creamy medium to full-bodiedness. There is just enough carbonation to make it smooth.

This is a good example of a traditional English-style IPA. Certainly one to try if you are a fan of hops.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating, English flag on label, so we know what kind of IPA this is supposed to be. pours orange light amber, cloudy, excellent head retention, extensive lacing. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Soft malty nose. Balance in the British style is what we have going on here. Malt/Hops in balance. Well done, British style IPA. Hop cravers will feel slighted, but balanced beer lovers will rejoice. Tasty stuff, well worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Over-carbonated, huge fizz, leaving me with a head that dominates 3/4 of the pint glass, very slow to settle down to size...despite that, the appearance is of a hazy orange color, enormous, yet delicate gossamer white head. I'm still waiting for it to diminish a tad...
Bright, floral, citric nose, grapefruit, but also tangerine, orange, lime...vibrant, yet a bit on the dry side.
Overwhelming fizz on the palate,too! This is a sparkler, and just a little bit sour. Not sure what I think of it, yet, but I'm not that crazy for it, so far...
Light-ish body to medium, very minor texture, beyond that bothersome sourness that floats under the extra-huge fizz. Big hops, yeah, but missing some meatiness in the body, a little malt, a little flavor, beyond the bare blitz of these soapy hops.
Decent, I guess, but wholly forgettable, a very blase' affair.
8%? For an English IPA? Something's a bit awry here.
tasty to a degree, but too strong, and too carbonated.

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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 974 ratings.
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