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Cape Of Good Hope IPA | Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good
97 Reviews
Cape Of Good Hope IPACape Of Good Hope IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
443
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
23.2%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
105
For Trade:
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 443
Photo of jaasen64
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of stmgl01. Poured into Hunahpu snifter.

A- Pours a copper brownish with a couple fingers of slightly yellowish head that recedes at a moderate pace to leave pretty much no head. Consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Some citrusy lemony hops balanced with bready caramel malts and a tiny bit of oily resin. Nice smell, reminds me a little bit of Alpine's Duet but definitely not as good. About average aroma strength.

T- Light citrusy resinous hops and malts that lend some caramel, nutty, and bready flavors. Nicely balanced and decently flavorful. Hops could have been pronounced a little bit more, but overall a nice clean profile. Finishes with some light bitterness and a light lemony aftertaste.

M- A little bit watery, light carbonation, easy drinking, a little bit of alcohol on the finish.

O- Decent overall DIPA that was nice to try. Hops could have been a little bit more pronounced and abv toned down a little bit to maybe 7%. I would drink this again and it was nice to try, but it's not something that I would search out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice a DIPA! I thought this was just your everyday IPA or pale ale.

A - A fairly dark DIPA, clear and bubbly with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of soft citrus hops, sweet malts, and a clean profile.

T - Actually quite good. Clean crisp hops with no noticeable ABV. Malt profile is rather grainy but balanced and sweet with a cracker like finish. Hops do show in the finish yet again balanced.

M - Wow so good. Medium bodied, crisp, clean.

Overall what a great surprise by Yards and I think the best part was it was mixed and matched (6 pack) for under 10 bucks. Completely impressed me with flavor and price. Recommended!

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable and drinkable 2ipa. Consumed in a pint glass from a fresh bottle, this beer poured a clear copper with a half inch head. Mild bread and nut aromas. As far as taste, a balanced brew with no typically hop bitterness that comes from other 2x ipas. Kind of a hopped up ESB with a little spice and toffee flavor. Nice lacing and mildly carbonated. A well made ale. I enjoyed this beer and will enjoy this again. Yards is one of my favorite brewers and this beer does not disappoint.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

appears a clear copper color, with foamy off-white colored head. half decent head retention. quite hoppy aroma - hop resin, grassy, slightly citrus. taste is fairly sweet, bready malt, finish dominated by floral, grassy hops. medium thickness, medium carbonation.

overall - a nice DIPA. nice balance of strong malt and hop flavors.

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

Its a nice IPA that has the hop flavor but is not a real hop bomb.
The hops are suttle on the intial taste and throughout which I really like.
Could be a nice first beer in a flight of IPAs for tasting different variations.
I'm a big fan of Yard's and hadn't tried this one previously. I continue to think of them as one of the best.

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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 larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated 8/7/12poured into a pint glass

A- A clear copper color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, caramel malts.

T- Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, bitter finish with some resin and pine. Tasty with good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid beer and another good beer from Yards. Definitely with seek this out on cask.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very clear golden color with an inch of head. Bottled: 7/27/15
Surprisingly clear for an unfiltered DIPA. Produced a nice lacing on my glass. For me, this is exactly what I want in an DIPA. Tons of hoppiness with a sweet malty backbone and a hint of alcohol in the finish. This beer is really well done. Hands down my favorite Yards brew.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had again on draft 10/11/14. Must have been much fresher because this one was bursting with citrus hop aroma and flavor. Upping rating based on draft version.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very clear amber with a nice finger if fluffy foam. Aroma is hoppy, floral, sweet.

First sip is sweet, malty up front and finishes bitter. Certainly an east coast style ipa. Quite balanced but a Tad on the sweet side. Hops are showcased in the bitter finish but not a ton of hop flavor compared to others of the style.

Overall, above average but not top tier...

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Photo of B33R501
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful darkish amber pour, nice head, lots of lace. Big combination aroma of caramel malts and piney hops. Very fresh. Taste follows, caramel malts, sweet breads, english toffee, with a delightfully moderate puckering hop bitterness. Dry finish, buttery, sweet and bitter. Grapefruit and pine linger on the palate for a while, making this a most memorable experience.

While some may find this beer average or lacking in some ways, I find it fresh, delicious, and damn good. Pretty damn complex too. Well crafted, you could (and I have) do alot worse. $3 a pint makes this a best buy. Much better than it gets credit for.

And on a personal note, stop reading if you're offended. This is (one of) the beers I enjoyed on a very sad Labor Day 2011. I believe it was 2 of these and 1 Double Simcoe. Took Thu and Fri off to hang with the kids and goto the pool, only to find out the Hurricane (for reference the same that devastated Vermont and the Alchemist) damaged and closed the pool and Jack got sick Wed. By Sun the worst happened, an old family friend (my parents age but still) had died, I got the news Labor Day Mon, dropped my girls off in Philly, grabbed 3 beers, drove around the old neighborhood, went home and took a nap. Did it help? No, but it numbed the pain. And the one year anniversary is quickly approaching. Jack loved life, family, pinochle, the pool, and my little one, like his own granddaughter. And then we had to tell her this summer when someone was missing from the pool.

Posted for posterity. RIP good friend.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Update...

This 2012 version pours a dark copper tinted amber, minimal cap of head. First whiff brings very muted notes of pine, light caramely, nutty and toasty malt profile. First sip is bitter, notes of caramel malts stronger than hop flavors of pine resin and faint fruit, boozy on the finish. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily and lingering bitterness.

Have had this brew every year since its inception in 2009. That years beer was bright, clean, bitter and fruity. 2010 and 2011 seemed to tone down the hoppy fruitiness a touch and ramp up the malt. The hop bill on this years brew is disappointing as the malt is much more in the front of the scent and taste. Bitter, yes... good hop flavor... not as much.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange body, trace khaki head, solid lacing

S: mild grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, earthy

T: grapefruit, mango, pine, earthy, bitter/mild oily finish

M: med body, slight oily/sticky mouth

O: Enjoy Yards and LOVE this style, but this is
either a weak Imp IPA or strong IPA. Still
enjoyable, repeat buy and recommend.

QUITE NICE, WORTH HAVING!

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnishes brass hue with great clarity and big sticky brown tinted head. Big hoppy nose. Earthy with pine , hints of grapefruit and citrus. Sweet malt underneath it all. Great lacing. Sweet biscuit up front with an english hop presence throughout. Nice full mouthfeel but smooth and goes down easy. Incredible balance actually. Lightly toasted malt throughout. Well blended flavors. One of the few english-style imperial ipas out there and incredibly drinkable at the high abv. Nice change of pace in the world of dipas and incredibly well done.

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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 xnicknj
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly - review from notes

Pours a hazed amber and caramel color with a nice fluff of beige head. Retains really well with tons of lacing layered around the glass.

Somewhat nondescript nose with some light pine and resiny hops. Bready caramel sweetness and a faint warmth.

Nice bitterness up front with pine, resin and pithy grapefruit. Decent maltiness with bread, caramel and light syrupy hints. Finishes bitter with a noticeable smack of alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, very sticky, almost chewy feel. This is pretty decent compared to some of Yards other offerings, but it'd definitely be lost in the crowd of DIPAs.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to snifter. Sampled 9/1/11, one month after the bottling date of 7/27/11. The bottle indicates a marginally stronger beer than BA - 8.3% ABV.

A: Pours with a small 1/2 finger head, airy/foamy and light tan in color. The sienna brown body is hazy - as expected being unfiltered - and completely opaque. Spare lacing.

S: The hop bill is heavy - putting out aromas of pine resin, orange and dried herbs. Just beyond that, plenty of caramel and toasted grain come through. Alcohol presence is high and accentuated further by plasticky phenols.

T: Wood, honey, a combination of caramel and toffee plus light notes of cardboard or paper. The bottle says "uniquely aged" which leaves me wondering what that means exactly - but also if any oxidation has taken place. Aside from that, the alcohol is just too prominent for my taste.

M: Medium-ll body with a fizzy effervescence and slightly minerally texture. A firm bitterness on the end helps to conceal the sweetness.

O: I'd like to see Yards tweak the recipe before the next release but apparently plenty of folks enjoy this one just like it is. Just came across a little hot and messy to me.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Nice orange to reddish hue. Poured a 1 finger white head. Hop haze.

S: Big citrus tones. Tons of grapefruit. Pretty sure Simcoe is the culprit. Really nice smelling.

T: Huge hop notes, lingering bitterness, fresh and clean tasting. Malty in background with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: More on the sweet side although hops balance out the caramel malt. Alcohol also noticeable but not detracting.

O: Awesome beer that came out of one giant f-up according to Tom Kehoe. Awesome mistake guys!

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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 corby112
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy brown color with golden orange hues.  Completely opaque with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing.  

Slightly earthy hop aroma with lots of citrus and a strong malt presence.  Hints of pine and hop oils followed by sweet orange peel countered by a caramel malt character.  

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy dry hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes into a slightly bitter, dry finish.  Bitter piney hops up front that are countered by sweet citrus mid palate giving off strong orange peel and grapefruit flavor that is very sweet.  Back end has stronger malt flavor than expected with some chocolate, caramel and boozy heat.  Complex and decently balanced but a bit boozy.  Not bad.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy dark red/brown with a small but noticeable head. Head does not retain long.
S: some spicy hop notes with citrus rind, a little grass. Touch of alcohol on the nose as well.
T: Nice smooth bitterness. Hop flavor is evident but not powerful for a DIPA. A little spiciness and citrus notes. Finishes a little sweet and caramel like when the malts come through.
M: feels a little light and watery in the mouth. Good carbonation though balances the beer.
O: this is a unique DIPA that I'm glad I tried, however I'm not too sure i'll be reaching fro this again.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at the Drafting Room. 2 ounce sample.

A medium golden orange with some thin white head that grips the glass. Nose is very perfumed and like frankensensce. Some dried citrus and cinnamon. Palate is pleasantly bitter with lush citrus and green leaves. Some caramel and vanilla. A suggestion of oak too. Very interesting and cool. Would love to try again.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Rich light Amber. Light's barley permeable. Obviously a very full-bodied beer. Missing some head retention

A- I smell hops, but it's hard to identify which. It's floral and a little citrusy. Simoce is dominating, but not to the point that it is clearly all that was used.

T - Hoppy. It's not coarse or unbalanced, but the hop flavor is all over the place. Nothing sweet or toasty, which is OK; IPAs can get too malty.

M - it's perfectly dry.

O - It's not the explosion of flavors I recall. Perhaps that's due to a change in the recipe, or even because I recently had an IPA before this. I wanted to give the beer a +1 because it's a rare offering from YARD's. While I'm a tad disappointed, I still recommend the beer (VERY CHILLED). I think more clarity in objective would be beneficial for the next batch brewed.

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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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Photo of tjkinate
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an extra in a trade, glad I did!!!The Cape of Good Hope pours a deep orange, that is slightly cloudy, but still allows ample light to pass through. The pour created a beautiful, white frothy head that settled slowly and left an ample supply of lacing in its wake. The brew smelled of sweet candy with the addition of strong floral hops in the back drop. It tasted similar to the smell, except the sweetness came later and resonates long after you swallow. The beer was light, yet coated the mouth thoroughly. Overall, a wonderful and unique experience.

Cheers

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Photo of deapokid
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered, dark orange body with a 1/4 finger of lace that sticks and surrounds the rim of the glass like a halo. Carbonation is moderate, resembling a very bubbly iced-tea teeming with squeezed lemon pulp.

Smell is prominent and exceptionally delicious. Strong, fresh hop aromas are in the forefront, followed by buttery malt, citrus fruit and a touch of caramel sweetness. The hop scent leans towards the savory side, but it's balanced nicely by the fruity and sweet notes.

Opening is creamy with hints of orange zest, pepper and fresh dough. Back end was all about dry hop scratch and tingle, buoyed by a robust maltiness that provided a nice balance. As I sipped, I noticed that the hop strength subsided to the doughy malt, making for a very easy drinking DIPA. Personally, I think this would feel right at home grouped with England's style of IPA, especially since the malt resonates the most.

Mouth moves from smooth to dry and back again. It's not a particularly dense liquid and it does feel a bit thin somewhere in the middle of the tongue. Otherwise, this is a really nice effort from Yards, who avoided the status quo of bigger means better and made a lower ABV, more traditional IPA.

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Cape Of Good Hope IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.
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