Cape Of Good Hope IPA | Yards Brewing Co.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Cape of Good Hope, which changes year to year, pays homage to the original style and adventurous spirit of the first British IPAs. This past year’s release, a west coast style double IPA, is brewed with 100% pilsner malt, imparting a subtle maltiness and beautiful golden color. Loaded with hops, there’s Columbus in the kettle and Centennial in the whirlpool. Then it’s dry hopped with El Dorado, Calypso, and Galaxy, resulting in a dry, crisp ale with unmistakable flavors and aromas of tropical fruits.

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Photo of RandyLahey70
4.96/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an incredible double IPA. It is so delicious, I wish it was available all year round. Can't wait for it to come out again hopefully it doesn't change because it is near perfect.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light straw in color and very hazy to the point that no light penetrates. There's a fingernail of brilliant white resting on top. Moderate lacing. I smell that typical Northeast double IPA orange juice aroma with a faint bit of light malt in the mix. The taste is sharply bitter grapefruit and orange juice. The mouth is very resinous, lightly chewy, and slightly sticky.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Brewing Co. "Cape Of Good Hope Double IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 052616" and sampled on 090816

It's easy to overlook this beer. Firstly, it's only available for a short period each year (May into June), and secondly, it's not as bombastic or over the top as many of the flashier beers out there today. For example, why does it not have habanero and mango added? I'm kidding of course, but there's some truth to that. What you have here is a solid, heavy-hitting beer that delivers in all departments including malt, hops, strength, and bitterness. In fact, I think it's too malty to really be called a "west coast style double IPA", and on top of that the malt character is definitely too rich, but I understand that they're referring to the hops. It's citrusy and spruce-like with notes of melon and papaya. I personally think they're overdoing that a little bit myself as well as there are so many hops going on that individual notes don't really "pop", but at the same time it takes on an almost "English" character which is nice because it harkens back to their roots. Finally, it's solidly bitter, and strong, but the malt balances it nicely - it's not a beer that you swig, but I've also never felt that a double IPA should be like that at all! No, this is a beer that you need to address. You don't have to sip it, but it can't be overlooked once you've got it in your hand. Worth trying.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6/18....pours medium clear copper. Foamy white head and clingy. Shallow pine malt nose, very light. Heavy resin based flavor, sharp bitter, persistent and long lasting. Hearty but drinkable.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy orange with a medium head, most of which lasts until the end, and lots of lacing.

The smell is full of grapefruit, orange, pine and other fruits, (apricots maybe?). Toasted and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose with the grapefruit and orange hops dominating but the heavy sweet, caramel and bready malt backbone asserts itself right away and almost dominates over the hops. There is some light pine on the backend. The finish is bitter and very dry. Dry enough to make you take another sip. This is very similar to Yards standard IPA but with more "umph". Give it a try.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a calm looking apperance, complete with a hazy golden apperance and a thin head - which laces quite well. Looks the part.

Smells of exotic fruits and pine. There's a lot of delicious sweetness in this. I was not particularly excited about this prior to tasting it, but after having looked at it and smelled it, my expectations have increased signifigantly.

The taste is slightly underwhelming, but this is definitely a very nice beer. The exotic fruit sweetness is still quite present, with some slight bitterness in the aftertaste. The taste is quite excellent actually, even though it's quite subtle. The carbonation is medium-to above average, however I did not feel like the carbonation interacted well with the dryness of the body. Which is dissapointing to me since everything else about this is excellent.

Give it a shot! This is solid.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 4/21/16. Pours a very attractive orange with a 2 finger orange head, that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is orange, garlic,onion, mango, and pine.

Taste follows garlic, onion, orange, mango, pine.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium, mild carbonation, a hint dry, and excellent drinkability.

This is a very nice double DIPA if you don't mind a little Simcoe hops. Garlic and onion in an DIPA isn't for everyone, I like it and thanks @jzeilinger for this brew.

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Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Slight to no head... Just a full crisp slightly off-white colored head which is both active and a bit fizzy... The color is a vibrant glowing mix of amber with pale golden highlights... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Sweet citrus and tropical fruit from the get go... Pineapple... Oranges... This sits atop additional layers or earthy and piney hops... There is a solid malt base that lingers a bit beneath the surface epitomized by crackers and biscuits...

T - The flavor profile is a complete departure from the aroma... Gone is the sweet citrus, replaced by dank hop resins... The hops start at a medium intensity and continue to intensify through the finish... There is a robust malt backbone reminiscent of pizza crust... Much more of a one trick poney on the palate (when compared to the complex and inviting aroma)...

F - Dense... On the fuller side of medium bodied... A bit of brisk carbonation... The finish is dry and chalky...

O - An interesting American DIPA which I have some mixed feelings about... The aroma is stellar... Other facets are average to above average... However, the end result of this one ends up being a bit less than the sum of its parts... I can't quite put my finger on it, but as a "fan boy" of Yards I can't help but be a bit disappointed by this offering...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2016 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Light aromas of peach, pineapple, and passion fruit.

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

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

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


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 TTen
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yards Cape of Good Hope DIPA

L: Light copper with great clarity. Off white head with good retention. A few sparse beads of carbonation. 4.25
S: Citrus and tropical fruit. Stone fruit. Faint pine. Some sweet malt. Really nice. 4.25
T: Alcohol is evident. Bitterness is firm but balanced by the huge amount of malt. Citrus and pine come on late and subtly and last as the beer dries out. 4
F: Feels substantial but not syrupy or cloying. A little oily. Really right on for the big beer that it is. 4.25
O: A big beer. We get citrus and pine, some malt sweetness, warm alcohol and low carbonation. I wish there was a little more hop flavor and a little less body and alcohol. That said, it evolves nicely with each sip. Once warmed up a little the hops start to pop and the citrus flavors last a while longer. Really enjoyed this one. 4

Bottled on 4/21/2016

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Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, hey, I didn't see you there. I'm a DIPA you see, and for me it is easy to get lost in the crowd, so I am surprised when anyone takes notice. This is because I am such an ordinary DIPA, I don;t really excel at anything, nor am I really poor at anything. I am the Honda Accord of DIPAs.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper with a creamy lacing head. Roasted hoppy aroma that has hints alcohol. Taste is balanced, nice warm alcohol, good hop flavors. Nice beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into my throwback Eagles glass. Watching The Body Bag Game for the 25th Anniversary. Consumed with blue and cheddar cheeses.

L - bright golden color, not light or dark. Two finger length foam dome, really nice and fluffy. Got a good pour out of this one ;-)

S - Floral hops, grapefruit, citrus scent. Very bright in smell, nothing piney or strong, but a hefty citrus taste.

T - Subtle grapefruit notes, crisp malt midtones, and a spicy bitter finish. Still some character of an English IPA

F - Crisp and clean with a nice spicy finish. Plays very well with the sharp cheeses.

O - I have always given Yards good marks and I have yet to find a reason to not keep doing it; they make spectacular beer! I have had this DIPA at their taproom and did not know they put this on bottles until I saw it at the store. If you are a fan of IPAs/DIPAs, this is a must-try. Excellent brew!

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Photo of MidasMulligan
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just had this juicy seasonal on tap.Very tasty with a small hops punch.The abv is hidden well,so be careful.I like most of Yards' offerings,but this seasonal is delicious.This is a nice,smooth piece of art.Enjoy.

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Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear medium gold with a good amount of slightly creamy head. The good retention leaves a sheet of small sticky lacing. The aroma is clean with big tropical fruit hops dominating. The taste dials it back a bit but it is still a big hoppy mouthful. The body is lighter for a double but not watery and easy drinking with a nice crisp hops finish.

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Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Head is white and well formed. Head leaves strings of lace. Prevalent hops in the aroma. Tropical fruit hops. Apricot hops. Citrus flesh. Apparently this year's offering uses the combination of Chinook, Mosaic, Cluster, Crystal and Pacific. Malt is very pale is clean. Very good offering.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picking up a little stone fruit, pineapple, and some citrus on the front of the palate. Back of the palate you get hit with tons of herbal, oniony/garlic dankness. Very drinkable. Absolutely no hint of the 8.1%. A good DIPA offering from Yards, probably their best.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spicy, Cedar, Resin, Fruity

This year’s version goes “West Coast” with Columbus, Chinook, & Mosaic hops. The strength is hidden until a few sips in, extremely well rounded with more hop flavor than bitterness. Tropical fruit and thick herbal hop flavor dominate. Less of a bitter hop smash as most American brewers make of the DIPA style but more of full flavored version which separates itself from most.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 9.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big tropical flavors def added from the Galaxy hop.i loved the hop selection from this one.i get hints of mango and cantaloupe.this was a different variation from last year though and far superior

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Photo of beerfinder
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice hoppy ipa. Very smooth with just the right amount of malt. This goes down very well. Great aroma and a smooth finish. A great IPA from Yrds.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been a fan of Yard’s Brewing and so I am excited to try this one. I’ve seen that this one is 8.10% ABV and is an American Double/Imperial IPA.

Look-It pours a crisp golden and crystal clear quality, but with ample carbonation and a thin film head that leaves tenuous if even noticeable lacing.

Smell-The smell is herbal/pine and citrus hops that a grain malt base that can be easily discerned.

Taste-The taste starts out with bitter hops ripe with pineapple rind and orange peel zest. It has a noticeable astringency that mingles with mango flavors which then leads me to believe that this brew has a mild West Coast style hop aspect that I didn’t expect. I also pick up on some lemon peel zinginess that mixes with a resinous and alpha-acid flavor.

Mouthfeel-This one is a thick, but medium-bodied brew with ample carbonation and a pleasant bite from the alcohol.

Overall-This brew was great and I was glad that they had not produced something that was too syrupy or sweet. The citrus hops were accompanied by bitterness that led to a true Imperial IPA experience. Cheers!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear bright amber, fluffy white head, fades slowly, lots of lace. Mild aroma of fresh bread and fruit. Caramel malt sweetness up front followed by piney hops. Very clean taste but with an alcohol burn at the end. Overall solid DIPA, malty sweet and clean.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours hazy gold with a thick head.

aroma is potent right after opening the bottle. smells of sweet fruity hops, great smell.

taste is great, sweet juicy hops in this. finishes bitter and sweet, goes down smooth. this is pretty damn good! at $7.99 for a 4pack this is amazing.

overall this is pretty damn good! cheap too

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Photo of Tbub18
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too shabby. A little bit too malty for my taste, but a really solid attempt from a great brewery. Drinkability was the best quality here, nothing else stood out as significant for me here.

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Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed golden yellow with a creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is citric, herbal/floral.

The taste is citric/herbal with bready, grainy backing. There's a sweet kiss in the middle.. Finishes with a bitter dryness. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation, this is an enjoyable IPA!

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
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