Cape Of Good Hope IPA | Yards Brewing Co.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA
BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
480 Ratings
Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Though the recipe changes year to year, this West-Coast style double IPA always embodies the adventurous spirit of the original India Pale Ales – and each year’s release promises to take you on an epic journey. This year's batch bursts with notes of citrus, melon and pine from Chinook, El Dorado, Citra, Azacca, Simcoe, Cascade and whole flower Columbus hops. Cape of Good Hope is a limited-release beer, available for one month only in 12-oz bottles and draught. the current year the description continues

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,899
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
480
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
21
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120
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Ratings: 480 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of dafla67
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Catscowsandadog
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMustyElbows
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2018 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance
Crystal clear straw-blonde. 1/2 finger of creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Insanely light aroma. Grapefruit, pine, and toffee.

Taste
Pink grapefruit, pine sap, and guava. Firm caramel maltiness with touches of toffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Cons: very simple. Pros: very easy drinking for the near 10%.

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2016 Vintage - 3.21 / 5
12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Golden blonde with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, passion fruit, peach, dank, pine sap, and honey. The aroma is fairly light.

Taste
Grapefruit pith, dank, and pine sap. Honts of mango. Firm caramel and honey maltiness. Finishes with zesty florals and pine resin.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
It hides the 9.7% abv well but other than that it's nothing to write home about.

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2014 Vintage - 3.45 / 5
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Pale gold with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with extremely light carbonation.

Nose
Light aromas of peach, pineapple, and passion fruit.

Taste
Sugar coated passion fruit, peach, and pine needle. Honey and table sugar. Finishes with tangerine and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Moderately bitter with fruit zest and dry pine. Easy drinking for the 9.3% abv.

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2011 Vintage - 3.65 / 5

A: Pours a cloudy copper with amber highlights. Yields an explosive fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Good frothy, webbed lacing and moderate carbonation.

N: Orange citrus, lemon, caramel and hints of pine.

T: Orange juice, lemon zest and candied caramel upfront. Caramel notes flow through while picking up hints of papaya and coconut. Finishes with lingering pine, citrus and caramel.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, tingly with carbonation and dry.

O: Nicely balanced between the caramel malts and American hops. Good citrus and pine notes with hints of tropical fruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Not as complex as I was hoping but surprisingly smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Efoley46
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark_Frazier
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great Citrus taste. Amazing smell. Lacking color. Overall, strong beer, love it.

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Photo of yoshie
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dmezzy
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s aiiiight. Easy and smooth to drink for a double IPA but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malprep
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vetbidder
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium golden look with a quickly dissipating offwhite head from tap. Slight amount of carbonation bubbles viewed through the glass. Slight citrus with a malty scent. Not a huge fan of the flavor, I'm getting too much alcohol along with citrus and malt in the flavor mix. Slight bitterness with less carbonation on the feel of this brew. Is this an English Imperial? Not a huge fan.

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Photo of msp88
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomT2
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer for the high alcohol content
Inexpensive 4 pack
A deal

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

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing special. Taste is good. Very smooth for a double IPA.

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Photo of muchos
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 25 Jul 17 and so about 6 weeks in the bottle.

The clear medium amber color beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/4” off-white head that soon recedes to a ring of foam with a few small patches of lacing on the side and a thin layer on the top of the liquid. Sipping creates some large patches of lacing that soon slide back to the liquid but leave a few patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are definitely of citrus (grapefruit) and pine with some sort of melon (honeydew?) blended in for a combination of based on a classic West Coast style DIPA but that has been updated with the more modern bit of melon in the blend. There’s also just a hint of cattiness way in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the piney, grapefruit flavors being nicely blended with the melon. While the bitterness is up front from the beginning it does not completely dominate nor does it rasp the tongue since there is a bit of malt backbone sweetness softening and smoothing it out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the intensity of the flavors starts to fade but the balance never really changes until the flavors mostly disappear to leave the dry bitter ending in the back of the throat.

On the whole, as I expect from Yards, this is a well brewed example of its style and one that I look forward to seeing again next year since they change the hop bill every year so it will be interesting to see what they come up with. A good solid beer worth drinking.

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Photo of haines710
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at the supermarket wanting to try this local beer. Lured into pint glass and appears a very carbonated golden yellow with a little fluffy white head. It's still bubbling now and giving off a nice citrusy pine scent. Taste was the same along with some maltiness and a little peppery bite. This is more of a sipping beer for me. Glad I tried it. Not sure I will get more.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass.

Appearance- Pours a vibrant yellow orange with a bit of a glow to it. Thin white head quick to dissipate. Almost opaque.

Smell- Sweat malt, grapefruit, orange.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt, grainy a swell. Citrus firmly takes charge. Grapefruit dominates, but orange picks up as well. Quite herbal, with hints of phenols, giving it a medicinal taste into the finish. Still retaining the citrus flavors. Ends dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A flavorful 2x ipa. Great appearance. Drinkable for a big beer. As the moniker suggests, an intrepid ale indeed.

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Photo of Gmartin75
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 480 ratings