Cicada Belgian Style IPA | Yards Brewing Co.

Cicada Belgian Style IPACicada Belgian Style IPA
BA SCORE
52.5%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 118 Ratings
Cicada Belgian Style IPACicada Belgian Style IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first dry hopped Belgian-style IPA, we brew Cicada with a classic Belgian yeast strain and local wildflower honey, making it a truly indigenous ale. Subtle bubble gum notes from the yeast balance a smooth, caramel maltiness. Both citrus and earthy flavors round out this full-bodied, complex beer. Our buzzworthy brew will leave quite the impression on you, just like its namesake, which engulfs the mid Atlantic region every 17 years.

Added by NoLeafClover44 on 09-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,310
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
118
Liked:
62
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
10.57%
Alströms:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of jwhancher
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not quite sure what this beer wants to be. A Belgian IPA? An English Ale? A barleywine? Seems like all three to me. Picked up a bottle at the taproom a few weeks ago. Poured into a large tulip glass. Pours clear amber with okay head and some lacing. Smells of honey, light bubblegum, and a bready chewy malt undertone. Reminds me of Old Bart in a way. Belgian yeast character seems largely subdued. Guessing the yeast fermented at a low temp. Unknown hop lends some light floral aromas and maybe a tad of citrus. Well brewed beer and has no flaws. Was simply expecting much, much more with this. Thought I would be getting a Raging Bitch-
esque ale. Nope.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VincentFrey
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful red, with large notes of honey in the nose. Lacing is quite beautiful, spider-webbing across the glass in intricate patterns as a frothy head dies down

Hops and honey in the nose, almost reminding me of a braggot. The hop presence is very earthy, even to a point being somewhat like soil with the honey. It’s a very full, full ale, and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to finish the whole 750ml.

That said, it’s a delicious beer that would pair well as a dessert. Far too sweet for my first drink of the night, but as it warms some subtler notes comes out.

Yards is pretty hit or miss, and while the beer is good, it’s not worth the price or the bottle size. Try it in a sampler somewhere, or if you wanna taste an interesting combination of dirt and honey, but otherwise nothing spectacular outside the appearance.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a good head that fades to about 1/10". Leaves pretty significant lacing. Slight hop aroma, but is otherwise fairly odorless. Citra notes with the hops. Fairly refreshing for an 8.5% IPA. Otherwise a fairly unremarkable flavor profile. Goes down well with a crisp aftertaste. An overall nice beer, especially for the price, but I can't say I'm yearning to grab another bottle.

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Photo of salthemonster
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bright orange/amber hue with a fluffy sticky yet quit to die bright white head. A bit of soapy hop on the nose and lots of sweet malt. Very sweet and malt forward beer. Belgian IPA might be stretch but it does have some balancing bitterness. A touch of deep dark fruits like fifs and raisins, sweet malts, bright hops, and faint belgian yeasty esters to remind you of the belgian influence, lingering sweetness with a lingering bitterness on the balance. My girlfriend described it pretty well: the flavor of a bigger beer but lighter and subtler like a session ale. To counter that though, a touch of alcohol is detectable, however it is a pretty soft beer for such a big beer, pretty good, can't say its worth $10 bucks a bomber but worth the try and interesting, belgian influence is subtle but there, hops arent prevalent but there, same can be said about the malts. everything's there in moderation and it works but it doesnt wow.

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Photo of Levich
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle dated 8/26/2013 into a large tulip glass.

This beer pours up a nice rich orange copper with a two finger bone colored head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. There are bready malt aromas complimented with a bit of sweet honey and passion fruit notes. There is really not an over powering hop smell. The first few sips reveal a touch of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. There is distinct yet subtle Belgian character with a bit of fruity esters and a rich malt backbone. There is very little of the honey that the label advertises. The mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and creaminess.

Overall this is a good beer. There is nothing that sets it above the crowd, but it is very drinkable and unoffensive. Definitely not a bad beer, but it's also nothing great. I would try it again.

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3.32/5  rDev -10%

Photo of SeanDonahue
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A coworker recommended this beer to me so I picked it up and decided to give it a try. From what I've heard, this is supposed to be a really tasty ale.

The appearance on this beer gives off a reddish, golden color with a pretty nice head after being poured into a tulip glass.

I don't get any big notes from the aroma. There is a balance of sweet and dry, where the honey brings out the sweetness and the Belgian yeast brings out thy dryness in it.

The taste is very interesting. Very subtle hop notes, nothing too bitter or in your face. Very smooth finish as well, this beer goes down well and doesn't give much of a mouthfeel or aftertaste. The Belgian yeast definitely comes out while drinking this beer while the honey makes up much of the body of the beer, giving it a little sweetness.

Overall, this is a solid beer put out by Yards Brewing Company. They are showing that they can diversify their brews after I have tried their Love Stout earlier this year.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark straw color and forms a long lived frothy white bubbly head that laced the walls of the glass.
Minor nose. It's hard to believe this is an IPA-- it's a minor IPA or a "lite" IPA. I'm skeptical that it's an IPA.
There's a certain amount of hops flavor and an underpinning of malt, but while the beer has a certain muscular flavor profile it's just not what I'd expect from an IPA.

I'm not certain what "Belgian Style" means-- maybe that's the reason it's a "lite" IPA.
I like Belgian beers but I can't find a connection with "Belgium" and Yards'... maybe I'm just in a frumpy mood..

I'd think I'd serve this IPA to someone newly enamored of craft beer.
Maybe it's also a beer when you want something with a stronger flavor stance but don't want to full one-two punch of a strong IPA.

I'm not disappointed with this beer although I would have loved to have tasted a much more muscular flavor and a much strong mouthfeel than what this beer provided.

What's that old cliche? "Where's the beef?"..

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Photo of dtivp
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright amber orange with one finger white frothy head that fades slowly into a nice cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, sweet citrus and a hint of hops.

Taste begins with slightly sweet orange, tangerine, honey followed by a light herbal hop bitterness with some earthiness. The alcohol is well masked for 8.5%

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a little dryness and a slightly bitter metallic after taste.

Overall a little smooth for an IPA, not sure why this was labeled a Belgian IPA. It was an OK refreshing beer.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: light bread, citrus, and earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, honey. lemon zest, some orange, and an earthy bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent earthy IPA that is mildly refreshing. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Cicada Belgian Style IPA from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 52.5% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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