Cape Of Good Hope IPA | Yards Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
456 Ratings
Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by MusicaleMike on 06-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
456
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 456 |  Reviews: 100
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber body with golden hues and a half finger head.

S: very malty. hops provide resin, citrus, earthy and bready notes.

T: a malt forward DIPA. The hops are simple providing some non-descript citrus and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is just plain. not memorable in a very popular style with so many others with more flavor and complexity.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a very nice looking crimson red color with a white foamy head on top. The retention and lacing on this beer was very good. The smell of the beer is loaded with some beautiful hop aromas with a minimal malt presence on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet and hoppy. It's a great balance of malt and hops but hoppy enough to give it the extra punch it needs to fit the style. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good amount of oily body, there is a subtle carbonation to it also. Overall in all honesty I think this is the best beer I've had from Yards. I am a big fan of this style beer and I thought this was really good. I'd buy this one again without a second thought.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but creamy white head that gradually died down and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass and a good amount of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite citrusy from the hops but only has some notes of bitterness because it is well balanced by the underlying malts, which also lend some hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because it is well balanced and hides the alcohol from the taste very well.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask via handpump @ Resurrection Ale House (Philadelphia, PA) on 10/3/09. Served in a pint glass.

Review #1,000 for me.

Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a super smooth and creamy finger of slightly off-white head. This stays rich and thick from the cask pour, just splattering the sides of the glass with robust lace. The aroma is just loaded with hop character. Floral notes, pine, spice, and heavy tropical fruits. Bready sweet caramel gives the nose a sweet backing. This is just very sticky and hoppy in the nose. I like it!

The taste is a big hoppy mess (but in a good way) of pine resins, spice, and juicy citrus. Caramel malts do a really nice job here of reigning in the hops, while still allowing them to shine. Finishes with a lingering resinous mix of spice and tang, which just STICKS in the mouth. You definitely don't forget the hops afer each sip! Being on cask, the aggressiveness of the bitterness is smoothed out a little more than normal but I didn't mind. This just has a satisfying hoppy flavor profile to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an extremely easy and bubbly creaminess to it. There is some beef to this in the mouth, but the cask conditioning smooths this out so much, you can barely make it out.

I don't have a lot of experience with the beers from Yards, but if this is the type of bold offerings that they are recently putting out, then I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye out for more when I'm in the Philly market. Nice stuff, and on cask to boot!

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

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

This has been floating around for a while, so I figured I'd give a try at last. Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a nice puff of white head that retained fairly well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy nose, citrus and pine. Tasty fresh hops on the palate, more citrus and pine, nice and bitter but not cloying, solid sweet malt base. Medium body, moderate carbonation, left a bit of film in the mouth with an appropriately bitter aftertaste. Nice DIPA overall.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy, hazy, and sediment filled, deep, burnt amber was then poured into the glass. Tons of floaties in this one, which does not really turn me off to it. A nice two inch layer of foam then rose up over it and took over over, settling gently into a thin layer of lace across the top which hung around for a good long while. Some carbonation as well as some decent side glass lace were present as well.

The aroma was a mixture of resin filled piney hops, with a touch of earthy malts. Nothing terribly overpowering here, infact it was fairly well balanced. The flavor was more of the same, started out with a rolling bready malt flavor which coated the tonguey with a viscous, medium bodied feel, soem really nice bitter notes as it passed, with pine and grass mixed with a light grapefruit touch in the finish

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Memphis tap room, served in a nonic

A - Dark amber hazed like sweetened lemon tea w/ an inch of frothy ecru that clings fiercely as a band of lace. An orange golden color at the base, the bead is fine

S - A sour orange herbal smell w/ pine hints and fruity yeast esters

M - creamy mild bitter feel w/ hints of acidity and caramel sweet edge with resinous oily feel

T - A fresh herbal hop flavor which doesn't leave the malt in the dust. Prickly bitterness mixed w/ a light sweet note and lots of alcohol following the yeasty fruit note and citrus flavor w/ a mild pepper spiciness. The flavor is a blend of fruity sweet and hop spicy as it finishes

D - A nice juicy hoppy ale taste and pretty drinkable IPA if the alcohol were toned down and more hops to supplement the malt level. The IIPA is in the east coast style, but I prefer a dry taste with more subdued alcohol, worth a try.

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3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 09/01/13 notes. Had on tap at The Arlington in LBI, NJ. 12 oz. pour into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, and very light citrus hops. Very malts and not much going on. Hops are on the back end and very light.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, grains, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some floral hops. Slightly more hoppy than the nose but still not a lot of hops. Step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No bitterness, easy to drink aside from slightly being overcarbonated.

o - Overall a disappointing DIPA; more like a malty APA to me. Lots of malts and not a lot of hops to it, and a tiny bit overcarbonated. Not bad but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 456 ratings.
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