India Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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340 Reviews
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 SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear dark golden yellow with one-and-a-half-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and caramel malt. Nice.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Butter and toasted caramel malt and citrus hops. English style.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm going down.

O: I feel like this is a pretty good example of the English IPA. Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown copper color with a half inch cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Bitter orange, grapefruit, and bready caramel malt form the aroma. Floral hop notes emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals bready, grainy toasted malt, with underpinnings of sour orange and grapefruit. The finish is fairly bitter. More citrus character than expected, which is uncharacteristic of an English ipa.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and light astringency and alcohol warmth.

Citrus flavoring hops and bitterness dominate. No real off flavors, but bitterness lingers a but much for my taste. Floral notes and earthiness are present, but are overridden by citrus.

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Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour with active carbonation. Hight soapy foam, and decent lacing.

S - Citrus smell of oranges with a slight bitter smell of oily hops.

T - Actually enjoyed that this wasn't over the top bitter. Tart citrus gives way to a earthy hop finish. Malty profile in this one gives it a robust flavor.

M - Very drinkable IPA that is a bit heavy but more mellow with flavor. Heavy feel with moderate carbonation.

O - I'd have this again. A nice IPA for the non hopheads.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A- a light copper color. half finger head that dissipates quite rapidly. A decent lacing on the pint but looks foamy.

S- pine hops and orange peel aroma. hints of caramel malts as well.

F- pine resin and orange peel flavor comes out more in the mouth. Simple yet tasty.

M- crisp and not as dry as an IPA. It has some creamy feel to it but the pine resonates in the mouth longer.

O- It really doesnt have too much of an English IPA feel....but the malts on the backend give it that. A nice beer to watch football with though.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear sunrise orange with white head and loads of lace. Good bit of head sticks around.

Smell is pine forward with elements of grapefruit and orange peel. Edging on tropical aromas.

Good IPA.. solid malt upfront, citrus flavors and wash over pretty quickly, clean bitterness to finish.

Finish is very clean..dry.

Enjoyed this...Always impressed with Yards.

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Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, dated 6/1/12, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a three finger off-white head.

S- Sweet malts and piney hops, n ot too much going on here.

T- Good balance between hops and malts, finish is fairly bitter, earthy/piney, and fruity sweetness, somewhat apricot like. Also getting some toasted malts.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A really nice beer that has very nice balance. I am really enjoying this beer and will pick it up again. I have not had many English IPAs and ESBs but the kind of falls some where between the few beers that I have tried in those styles and I really like it!

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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 WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards India Pale Ale pours a glowing, clear amber color with a medium sized, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is muted but has nice orange citrus, a touch of light fruit and a hint of malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with pale & caramel malt and tropical fruit (mango). In the middle the hops kick in with orange citrus and a little pine. It finishes slightly bitter and dry. Once gone the sweet fruit flavor and orange citrus linger on the palate.

This is a very well balanced beer that's easy to drink and would be great to keep in the fridge year round.

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Photo of jifigz
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass

A: The appearance is an orange-ish colored beer with a nice head that lingers for quite a while. The beer also left great lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is a nice and mild citrus hoppiness that is quite appealing.

T: The taste is an excellent balance of malt with a very nice coating of citrus and floral hop flavors dancing across the top. The hops are crisp on the tongue and taste slightly of apricots and other fruits.

M: The brew is medium bodied and nice and refreshing.

O: I much prefer American IPA's over English styled ones , but this is probably the best English style IPA i have ever had. THis is an excellent beer and very tasty and well balanced for an IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2012. Dark copper orange in color with a yellow hue and good clarity. Poured with a short, rocky, off-white foam with good staying power. The foam slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aroma with orange, ripe pineapple and grapefruit. A light caramel and biscuit maltiness manages to show through as well. Medium-bodied with lazy, but rich, full carbonation. Pungent mix of ripe citrus and floral hop flavors right up front and through the middle. Hop flavors abruptly drop away leaving only bitterness through the middle to the end, although the citrusy aromas linger throughout. Finishes dry with a lightly sweet caramel maltiness and tapering hop bitterness. Lots of character and very drinkable.

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

This brew pours a solid copper color with a 2.5 finger head which lasts until near the end and lacing which is pretty thick on the glass until the end.

The smell is of floral hops, orange, grapefruit, pears and maybe honey.

The taste starts with bitter hops, moves to malt then various fruit tastes, (mostly orange and grapefruit,) then floral hops on the back end. There might be a little honey in there as well. There is also a slight pine taste. Floral hop oils remain on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is think and bready.

Overall this beer is mostly hops and the associated floral hop taste. There is a good mix of bitter and floral hops as well as a few malts as well.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Brewing Company India Pale Ale

A: Medium pour yields a massive, off-white, textured head. A solid heap of rocky fluff sticks around the whole time, pretty nice. Plenty of sticky lacing. The beer itself is very clear, light amber, and with lively carbonation. 4.5

S: Earthy, floral hops and a touch of citrus in the nose. Pretty mellow, on point for an English IPA. As it warms and/or gets deeper in the glass the tropical fruits are more apparent. 3.5

T: Citrusy, juicy, and a little floral. Maybe some fuggles? Like grapefruits, pine, even some mango. Nice. 4

M: From the looks of it I thought it’d be a bit more carbonated, but what’s there is nice. The mouthfeel is rich but you couldn't say this ale is thick. The finish is refreshing and clean. I could put down a few of these. 4

O: Another good one from Yards (their pale, at least on tap, is amazing); it’s hoppy but not over the top. Don’t get me wrong, these taste buds enjoy a good walloping, but at 7% abv, this is a very sessionable beer if you want a good buzz for the sweet-sixteen... 4

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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 C20Percent
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy bronze color with a nice head. Lots of bubbles in this one.

S: Hoppy. Big citrus notes with some pine in the background. Aroma is fading fast. Can't understand that one.

T: A hoppy punch that trails off leave a dry, thick finish. A bit malty.

M: Medium to heavy body that coats the mouth. A bit displeasing.

O: Smells nice but doesn't last long. Flavor doesn't match aroma. Doesn't compare well to other IPAs like Stone or Avery.

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Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yards IPA is a tremendous IPA and one of my favorites for a long time now. It pours a nice rich amber in a pint with a great off-white head. This is a very English IPA and that is what I love. Plenty of malt and rich citrusy hops with each sip. I consider a thinking man's IPA with plenty of zip but enough to contemplate and enjoy. A great beer.

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

Arrives with one finger of white head that retains and laces well. Bright gold in color.

S/T - Resinous pine hops assert themselves up front, with a thick caramel, bready malt content backing it up. Some fairly sweet flavors in there, but the hops assert themselves again, finishing long and very bitter. Hops are mostly pine, with some hints of orange and lemon throughout.

M - Full body, medium carb, creamy, yet prickly across the palate from hop bitterness.

O - Solid IPA, even with the 'British' designation. Even though the malts can be strong and thick at times, the resinous hops always come out on top.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into standard pint.

A - Nice clear golden orange color color. Head dies quickly but a speckled lacing paints the glass as I drink.

S - Big on the malt. I get some orange rind and slight hops. It is very strong smelling, which I consider a positive thing.

T - I get alot of citrus, maybe tart grapefruit and orange. Sweet english malt in the center, although not as prevalent as in the nose. Drying hop finish that doesn't linger. Very nice and balanced.

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied. Develops a creamier mouthfeel as it warms.

O - Very well done English IPA from yet another great eastern PA brewery. I like the combination of citrus and english malt. Very smooth and perfectly hopped.

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Photo of Brewsky29
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an light orange amber color with white head that disappeared in a few maybe two minutes. Lacing in the glass though.

This beer has a nice smell of malts and slight citrus.

This beer tastes of malt slightly boozy and not much in the way of citrus or grapefruit.

This beer has moderate carbonation and a slight tingle.

Overall this beer is just okay not much to say kind of bland, probably won't purchase due to, to many other good beers out there.

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

A: A nice golden yellow with a two finger head.

S: Not very strong but has the hops and citrus expected from an IPA. There are herbal tones as well.

T: A solid IPA. There is the bitterness that is suppose to be in an IPA but it is a little less than expected. It makes up for it with the pine, citrus, and herbal components.

M: It has good viscosity and carbonation.

O: A very good beer. Try it.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Has a wonderful hop aroma with citrus tones, right amount of strength. Great taste with a perfect balance of hops and flavors from the malt. Goes down great and has a good carbonation. This beer is a great IPA. Definitely one that I could drink all night.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack given to me for Xmas from baby sis. Pours a translucent tan capped by a off white head with good retention. Light bubbling carbonation rounds the picture. Nose is full of flower and light caramel. Taste is balanced, almost malt centric with cracker sweetness, add caramel, dash of flower hops. Add undertones of peach. medium bodied. Thanks sis.

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Photo of korguy123
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. No freshness date. Thanks to biglobo8971 for this.

A- Hazy dark peach colored pour. Half finger sticky eggshell head that sheets the glass in lace.

S- Faint citrusy hop, mild floral hop with a sweet malt backing and orange rind. Very pleasant and refreshing.

T- Subtle sweet malts up front with floral and bittering hops. Lemon juice taste on the tongue. Not as hoppy as I expected.

M- Thin body with a quick juicy start and a dry finish.

O- Solid English IPA, was expecting a little more bitterness, but an unknown freshness can be more the culprit.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three-finger tanish white head. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops, mainly lemon and orange. Sweet, mild malts.

Taste: The front is very grapefruit-hoppy, with a bit of mild malts and a bitter finish that doesn't linger very long, no alcohol taste, it's good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation, it's crisp, but a sipper to me.

Overall: A nice beer that I would definitely try again, it reminds me of a more malty version of their Philadelphia Pale Ale.

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

A solid take on an English IPA, this beer pours a clear, golden color with an inch-high cap of white foam that sinks ever-so-slowly and leaves clingy lace in its wake. The aroma and flavor were both extremely balanced, falling right down the center between biscuity maltiness and bitter, grassy hops. As you sip, the malt, with its sweet, toasty character, emerges first, finishing with the hops, which linger in the mouth bitterly for a good while. Not a lot of hop nuance here; the bitter aspect somewhat conceals the simple grass and floral taste.

Carbonation is on the medium-low side; body is kind of average, but there is an appealing creaminess here. Very much in the British mold; this is an anti-West Coast IPA. The brewery's Philadelphia Pale Ale is markedly hoppier and more contemporary in both style and taste.

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