Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Deep golden, medium bodied and nicely bitter, Hopyard Pale is exceptional in the West Coast style. Generous hopping in the boil and further dry-hopping produce a fruity/floral aroma and refreshingly bitter finish. A true thirst quencher!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, - FEB 10, 2010
341 ml bottle, bottled June 3, 2009, sampled 6/21/09. Golden amber colour with a mostly lasting creamy and frothy white head. Orange citrus, light pine, caramel, and floral aroma. Toasty and light caramel malt flavours with a pine, grapefruit, and orange pithy bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, smooth, firm, but quaffable mouthfeel. Like a little brother for Garrison ImPA - a lot of the same character in a more sessionable format.

Ferris (16521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2016
Draft - Light hops and caramel notes. Clearish dark gold with a decent white head. Nondescript hops and light bitterness dominated by malt and caramel. Very old school.

jksipa (1018) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle from NB Liquor. Clear medium copper under a small off white head leaving some sparse lace. Nose is light bread supporting citrus, pine and floral notes. Lightly sweet with citrus bitterness slightly more subdued than the nose. Medium slick mouth with average carbonation and a medium bitter finish. 7+/3/7-/3/13

BeerAndPonies (175) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
341 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in a Stella Artois chalice. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with lots of very fine suspended particulate and a meringuey head of off-white that leaves sudsy lace webs. Aroma is noticeably floral, powdery, and perfumey, redolent with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Flavor has a noticeable and distracting astringency and bitterness to its heavy citrus zest upon light crackery malt. Thin-bodied, and the aftertaste bitterness stays much too long. Not my particular kind of pale ale. Interestingly, their beer’s name and profile are similar to Roscoe’s Hop House pale ale, another beer I panned heavily some months ago, as their appearances (looking a soupy orange and filled with miniscule rusty bits), aromas, flavors, and unwelcome astringency are very much alike. This one is better (more tolerable, that is) than Roscoe’s, but it will take some gritted teeth and palate scrubbers on the side to finish the rest of the six-pack. Is it the dry-hopping that turns me off...?

guil0000 (433) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 21, 2016
Pours a golden orange color with a small sticky white head. Nose of light malt with some pine hops. You also get a little caramel. Taste is kind of dry at first and then you get the lingering hops. Pretty smooth and well balanced.

paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle from sobeys. Dark yellow with a bit of a head. Aromas of hops and some caramel. Taste is piney and malty. Pretty good pale ale.

cmacklin (1310) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
341ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with an average, short lived, white head that laces. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine, grass and caramel. Hoppy grapefruit flavour with caramel malt, pine, grass and a resiny, dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation. A pleasant surprise.

Metalchopz (3536) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2015
Single bottle from the brewery in Halifax. Pours a clean light-amber colour with not much carbonation, but the head is beautiful, creamy, frothy, long lasting and with some soapy lace. Nice fresh hop nose at first pour, but then grain comes out with some caramel notes. The taste is milder with a little grass and some nice bitterness getting stronger in the finish. Cereal grain lingers mildly. Not a bad Pale Ale.

UXO (1922) - CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
Appearance: clear medium gold with one fat finger of creamy white head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pithy citrus, dank, pine, floral, caramel malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration bitter finish. (4/5) A pretty good APA. Slight West Coast dank, and a pleasant dry-hopped nose. Definitely one of Garrison’s stronger offerings. (15/20)

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Oranges, flowers and herbs are evoked throughout this Pale Ale, adding pizzazz to lightly caramelized cereals and an earthy hop aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mushroom-like head of foam laces all the way down the misty golden orange.
-Green peppercorns also appear in the hop bitterness.
-The smooth effervescence helps build a pleasant mouthfeel.
-This is not a fashionable Pale Ale these days, as it is not blond and made from super citrusy hops. However, it remains a very tasty and efficient Pale Ale for hopheads who don’t follow trends that much.


Scopey (15725) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle in Parrsboro. It pours hazy golden - orange with a decent white head. The nose is doughy, creamy, minerals, orange peel, apricot, toasted grass and light floral notes. The taste is crisp, bitter, minerals, peppery spice, bitter orange, waxy grapefruit, grassy bitterness, apricot, dough and cracker with a dry finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Crisp, bitter and thirst quenching. Decent apa.

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