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
User Ratings & Reviews
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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 rjd722
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colin32
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultimate
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MMOSNN
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 madelf66
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sti555
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 TheWolf
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 patpbr
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very easy to drink. Try it if you find it.

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

Photo of 2-star
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AD17
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 macpfb03
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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