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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Reviews: 340 | Ratings: 975
Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is the color of tanned leather with light head. The aroma is a little faint, but the flavor is very malty with a short bitter finish. This is definitely thicker and maltier than than most. It made for a nice change of pace in our IPA tasting.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent surrounded by floral aroma hops. The taste is good. It has an intense malty core which is quite tasty, but it also brags of an intense bitter hop addition; nice flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a med/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This beer came straight from the brewery so I don't think it had enough time to bottle condition. This is a different tasting IPA, but it's good nonetheless.

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

In the "old, English" style according to the label, this IPA apparently attempts to produce an age-old, original variation, very much rarefied among the ubiquity of IPA's available around the globe today. I'd say they did a fine job. (But I also wonder if the "real" originals had an "oakey" taste due to extended transport - even if the barrels were pitch-lined?)

Appearance almost looks like a darkish-wheat beer, as it is very cloudy (bottle-conditioned). It carried aroma of sweet hops - lovely.

Its taste did reveal its well-crafted balance: Bitterness up-front melting away against its malt-alcohol and fruity profile. Its alcohol level does play a role here particularly with the beer's 70 IBUs, yet its real 8% strength is barely noticeable to me.

In a way, its fruitiness is like a pumped-up Harpoon IPA; but then, the other flavor profiles end this comparison.

I'll be sampling this one again.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the Dogfish Head 60, the Yard IPA pours a cloudy amber, but it has a voluminous white, pillowy head that recedes slowly and shifts shapes as it does. The small is singular: citrusy (predominantly lemon) hops--even the 8% alcohol is covered by this aroma. However, the alcohol is quite evident in the taste; it is the first ingredient that I noticed balancing the hops. They say this has 70 IBU. That's clear. They also say (on the very British label) that the "agressive ale is fruity and balanced." Again, I'd agree. While individual aspects are distinguishable, nothing dominates. There's bitterness, and some fruit (more like cherry than anything). There's alcohol and even some underlying breadiness. The mouthfeel is prickly and medium thin. It's a happy brew.

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

Pours a slightly murky, oranged hued nectar. Big frothy 2-finger white head laves los of lace on the glass.
Aroma is a fruity, estery malt dominates with a bitter, resiny hop note.
Flavor of sweet malt with citrus undertones followed by a herbal, eaathy hop hit. Very nice IPA.
Mouthfeel is sweet, light fruity dominated front with a moderate to light bittering on the finish taht is slightly gritty.
Drinkability is very nice, love to try this one on cask. Fruity hops would really stand out.
Thanks to beerluvr for some of Philly's finest.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hit the spot in a way I can't really describe. It smells pretty good. It's head didn't last too long, but it had a nice lace throughout. The taste was pretty darn good. A nice hops taste but a strong malt profile as well. The hops didn't overpower, but it was strong at the same time. This was an excellent, drinkable IPA. Hopheads may want more hops, but this was just right for me. Relative to alcohol content, very drinkable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangy amber hue with a thick, fluffy beige head that sticks around for a bit. Nice lacing left in the pint. Big hop aroma, zesty and floral. Crystal malts and alcohol also prevalent in the nose. Initially puckering because of the bitterness of the hops, but mellows a bit towards the maltier, sweet side, and finishes with the same dryness attributes by the hops. A bit on the alcoholic side for an IPA style, but by no means ludicrous. Pretty well rounded. Drinkability is moderate considering its ABV.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle conditioned brew poured a clear bronze with a small off white head and lot's of lacing down the glass. The smell was hoppy, earthy, grassy and a touch of sweetness. I love the taste of this brew. It seems very well balanced, not over the top with hops (which I also enjoy from Stone, Victory, etc...) but there was a really nice mesh of hops with malt sweetness. The abv is 8% but this seemed very drinkable. The mouthfeel was crisp in the beginning but mellowed out in the end. Overall, a "milder" IPA than I've had recently, but very nice drinking. There is a certain characteristic in the Yards brews (this and the ESA) that I really enjoy --- not sure how to explain it, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of theozag
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definately the most distinctively hopped IPA i have ever tried, Yards IPA is a tasty brew that may be considered a good example of the IPA catagory of beers. A thick, white head forms over the brew and fades away very gradually. The beer's smell is sharp with several layers of complexity. It starts with an abrupt, bitter note that fades into a medium-bodied beer with fruit and wood undertones. The overuling flavor in this beer is its hops. Though all IPAs are heavily-hopped, Yards seems to exceed the drinker's bitterness and flavor expectations.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 05OCT03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

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Photo of nomad
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an amber color with a fair glow. The carbonation began in the bottle before it even left the bottle, creating a three inch deep head. Annoyingly slow to fall, its puffy, bubbly foam fell to an impressive mountain, leaving ridiculous stain yet mediocre lace.

Smelled of sweet rose water, with notes of beautiful Kent florals and a light but rough and grainy grapefruit-ish bitter aroma. Not bad.

Tasted quite bitter of a resiny, lightly salty, and tart sort. Still was very juicy but had very thin fruity flavors through out. Barely citric but sweet, it had a thin-to-moderate mouthfeel, making it easy to drink as it completely hid the alcohol.

Seemed to me like more of a British-styled version of an IPA. Not memorable, unfortunately.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz. bottle, out of Yards sampler pack. The color was amber, with a good head retention. The smell was very citrusy. The taste was more malty, with the hops failry understated. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I'd have several more of these.

Although this isn't nearly as hoppy as most other IPAs, this surely isn't a bad beer. This reminded me more of the Sam Smith-style British IPAs than of most other American brews.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate caramel colored head over gently carbonated clear amber liquid with glimpses of red/gold seen within. Rich and malty nose with notes of super toasty and somewhat chocolatey maltiness present along with some yeast fruitiness. Some background hoppiness shows up late. The taste is strong and chewy maltiness, biscuity sweet and fruity , then a nicely intergrated hop bitterness intertwines into the proceedings to blend perfectly. Finishes balanced and utterly drinkable. The 8 percent alcohol is barely imbibe with caution!

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Photo of bditty187
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent, amber honey-golden hue. Smallish white head with fair retention that produced small webs of lace. Respectable nose, soft tropical fruit mixed with raw citrusy hops and kisses of malt, inviting. Superior palate… fruity yet bitter with citrusy hops… leafy, dry, and raw yet there are peachy undertones. The malt plays a supporting role. The alcohol is scarcely noticeable in the flavor but the high abv makes an appearance in your brain. Complex enough. Meager carbonation, medium-light body, thin yet the mouthfeel is decent. I really enjoyed this IPA… hopefully I’ll quaff it again.

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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 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 francisweizen
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very 'rough and raw', high abv English IPA. This beer poured a lighter than normal amber/copper colour with a small, foamy, white head on top. The aromas were of medicinal hops, sugars, yeasts, and malts. The taste was very medicinal, hoppy, grassy, and interesting. This beer tasted like orval to me, which is a pretty cool thing. The mouthfeel was very full and lucious and the drinkability was pretty good overall.


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

Recently had a few of these with a nice steak dinner. Bottle conditioned, and really very carbonated. The head was tall, thick, and stable. Mild hop aroma, mixed with grass, resin, and mild fruit smells. Appearance is a cloudy, copper-orange color. Pleasant malt up front that dissipated into a closing dryness….again, the beer has a resin-like quality. Nice bitter and dry finish. Highly carbonated through the glass, the beer has a prickly, spicy character at times. This one hides it’s alcohol very well; I could have had these all night.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Honey? Are you hungry yet?

-No, I think I'm just gonna read for a while.

("Cool," I think. "One more beer to review.")

This site leads one to try to review a beer according to how it sits in its labelled style. Yards IPA doesn't sit within the range of what I think of as IPA. But it does kick my tastebuds' collective patootie. That's good, right?

Excellent head and lacing. Good standard amber color with the touch of ruby at the top (maybe a little dark for an IPA, but... this is a monster IPA.)

Lack of aroma almost off-putting in an 8% abv ale. I actally ended up sticking my nose right into the head to try to detect any aroma. I guess it's there, but it is so unlike the cacophony of flavors, it's a little spooky. How come I cannot sense what is to come?

On the tongue, big earthy (even peaty) malt character slams into pungent hops with a fleeting sour note. Man-o-man, anyone who's tasted enough IPA's knows we're straying into not-too-many-of-these-before-driving-or-even-talking-to-a-stranger territory. and knows that this is no standard IPA. Somewhat on the heavy side, wisely keeping the drinker from overdoing it. Big beer fans should find it interesting. Red Hook IPA fans might actually dislike it.

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

I like this IPA but not as well as others. The fact that it is so high in alcohol is intriging. The taste is great, but I can't seem to get used to the Yards yeast strain. The beer itself is extremely smooth and very drinkable. In fact, I would never guess the ABV. The hops seem to mellow out and give off a smoky character towards the middle of the beer. There are noticeable fruity hints that come to attention. The beer has a classic IPA dry finish that makes you realize the quality of this brew.

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

Hops are most evident in the aroma when you pop open the bottle, but not as strong as I would have liked. This same subdued hop character is also present in the flavor. Malts are a little more dominant than I would like as well. Has a nice crisp dryness to the finish.

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Photo of stirgy
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The bitterness and aroma of this beer was a bit overwhelming. The aroma was very spicy and pungent. The body seemed light and very dry, although flavorful. It was hard to get a look at this beer from the dark bar I was in, but it looked like a reddish light brown color with a small head that dissolved quickly into nothingness.

I slowly sipped... and sipped... and sipped this one down.
The alcohol hits you later, near the end of the beer.
A very interesting and a bold IPA.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy red amber color, smallish off white head, slightly creamy look to the head, good lace. Nose - Similar to the Yard's ESA, bursting with lively and floral hops. Smells of herbs, spice and hard candy.

Taste is unlike your typical American IPA. It really is quite different. Fruity, spicy, yeasty with an herbal hop bite, but the hops are restrained by a good heavy dose of creamy malt. It's nice to taste an American made IPA that decided to be a bit different and NOT just try to overwhelm with Cascades. Bottle conditioned at 8% abv, it has a nice thick and full mouthfeel. IBU's somewhere in the 80s but you really would think it was less. Extremely balanced for an IPA. Everything works together just right.

My understanding behind Yard's IPA was to create what they feel is a "historically" more accurate interpretation. A taste profile that attempts to come close to the original English style of more then a 100 years ago. Did they hit it?, how the hell am I supposed to know, but it was quite good.

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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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India Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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