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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Only the strong survive.

IPAs were originally brewed to survive the epic sea voyages from England to India. Ours is no different. Hailing from a firm malt background and loaded through and through with hops, this beer will surely survive the journey from your fridge to your couch.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
You would never know this IPA is 8%. It tastes like it is around 6%. Pours a nice light amber almost orange color with a tightly laced moderate head. Aroma is loaded with hops. Floral/earthy/ and citrus hops blend together nicely in the aroma and flavor. Nice strong malt backbone with a fair amount of crystal malt to give it an additional sweetness. The best beer brewed by Yards.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDM84 (20) - Street, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Bottled less then a week ago. Pours a nice amber copper, sustaining silky head, constant carbonation and fizzing. Citrus and floral aroma. Great finish. Alcohol is so well hidden I forgot I was drinking an 8% beer. Great IPA, will definetly purchase again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jasonp, thanks Jason!) Whoa, watch out! A huge foamy off-white head nearly blew out of my glass and required a save to prevent a mess on my counter. Smells sweet, floral and citrusy. Yup, tasting the beer matches the nose, as these same aromas are by far the main components in the flavor. The head has died down, and trying to pour the remainder of the beer into the glass requires yet another save of the rising, rising, rising head. Dammit, STOP! It’s almost like helplessly watching your toilet overflow, except that I don’t slurp the toilet water to save the overflow. Hehehe. Okay, so the flavor is hoppy and quite citrusy and floral, but not really all that bitter. It’s more flavorful in a grapefruit way than bitter. The moderately sweet maltiness provides decent backbone but stays in the background. Orange amber in color and somewhat hazy. Large chunks of head cling to the glass, with one especially large glob of head protruding. Pretty nice IPA, balanced, enjoyable, very drinkable, and certainly less bitter than the West Coast IPAs.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Over-carbonated, huge fizz, leaving me with a head that dominates 3/4 of the pint glass, very slow to settle down to size...despite that, the appearance is of a hazy orange color, enormous, yet delicate gossamer white head. I’m still waiting for it to diminish a tad... Bright, floral, citric nose, grapefruit, but also tangerine, orange, lime...vibrant, yet a bit on the dry side. Overwhelming fizz on the palate,too! This is a sparkler, and just a little bit sour. Not sure what I think of it, yet, but I’m not that crazy for it, so far... Light-ish body to medium, very minor texture, beyond that bothersome sourness that floats under the extra-huge fizz. Big hops, yeah, but missing some meatiness in the body, a little malt, a little flavor, beyond the bare blitz of these soapy hops. Decent, I guess, but wholly forgettable, a very blase’ affair. 8%? For an English IPA? Something’s a bit awry here. tasty to a degree, but too strong, and too carbonated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1911) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pretty peach-colored with a large frothy head. Aroma is undoubtedly grapefruit & other citrusy hops. Flavos is slightly sweet hoppiness- nice... very nice actually- not overwhelming, not trying to outdo anyone, but instead, offering up a nice, almost simple (yet extremely tasty) IPA. At 8% ABV, this son-of-a-bitch hides its alcohol almost too well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingman69 (12) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Had it on tap very enjoyable, great citrus taste. Super hoppy. Its one of the better IPA’s on the market

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle. Enjoyed while watching the lunar eclipse on October 27, 2004. Pours slightly cloudy dark amber/orange with a huge fluffy thick head that emerged 1 3/4 inches out of the glass without falling over. Indentations begin to develop in the head... this one looks like it will be around for a while. Laces all over the glass! Nose is grapefruit and mango sweetness with a little hint of orange aroma. Taste is almost immediate slight smoke that leaves instantaneously as bitter moves in along with an undertone of earthiness and clean vegetal resonance. Not as sweet as I expected, but great body and nice flavor. The head remains as I continue on this blissful journey toward the bottom of the pint glass. I think Yard’s has found a fan on the western side of PA. Nice work.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
this beer has got hops out the ass. i love ipa’s and i almost" had to back up off of it and set my cup down". not to mention, i was using this drink when i was playing asshole. shag, i can see why you stick with mgd for the game. hop and floral aroma just assault you upon opeining the bottle. the head was almost as big as the glass. one sip and hops just immediately explode in your mouth. it was almost too much

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 5, 2004
GABF 2004: I picked this one as my 6oz fil. Very nice in all respects. I didn’t know it was a solid 8%abv...If it was available locally to me, I’d stock up for sure. Best regards, Bill

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3613) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Aroma is a little more piney than citrusy. A touch of caramel in the nose as well. Transparent copper color with a small yellow/light tan head with a nice little head. Sweet honey malts in the middle. Citrus tang to start. Big time bitter grapefruit hops to finish. This is actually nicely complex. This is a big 8% IPA. What makes this an IPA as opposed to an IIPA? I like this stuff.


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