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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:
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

Added by MusicaleMike on 06-27-2009

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Photo of Dmezzy
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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 -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malprep
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vetbidder
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomT2
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to wine glass.

Nothing special, but a nice smooth IPA. Tropical fruits reign supreme here. Guava, pineapple, apricot. Nice thick IPA.


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Photo of Timtac
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tankg
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kraut6363
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RandyLahey70
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well done fellas, well done. What a fine mixture of hops... I must say this is the best one to date. I'm already looking forward to next year's . I recommend any fan of a West Coast double IPA should try this beer

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +2.6%
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 Barleycorn
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschwamb
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparty55
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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