Cape of Good Hope – Yards Brewing Company

I am always looking for a great tasting IPA. Yards Brewing Company has a seasonal brew that celebrates the India Pale Ale style,named the Cape of Good Hope. This of course, is the cape that the British sailed around on their way to India -- thus the name. Cape of Good Hope has a copper body color and has a clear clarity. The head is of average size and is white in color.  Looking into the glass I can see that the carbonation is soft and not that active. The aroma is hops. Lots of hops.  Floral, pine and fruity citrus notes hit the nose all at once. And once those aromas hit your nose, that's all that you smell.  The taste, for the most part matches the aroma.  The hop taste is strong in cape of Good Hope.  It is bitter but with a nice citrus and pine flavor and in the background, there is a nice caramel flavor from the malt. The finish is fresh hop flavor, through and through.  You can really taste the effects from the dry hopping of this brew. This beer has a high ABV, but it is hidden well and you don't really notice it with all of the hops.  Cape of Good Hope has a light mouthfeel and is a nice beer to drink. ABV = 8.1%

The Brewscale Score

APPEARANCE - 8.5
AROMA - 8.8
TASTE - 8.9

8.7

Chalices

10 is perfection, and is almost unattainable. Anything below a 6 is undrinkable.

9

I am always looking for a great tasting IPA. Yards Brewing Company has a seasonal brew that celebrates the India Pale Ale style,named the Cape of Good Hope. This of course, is the cape that the British sailed around on their way to India — thus the name.

Cape of Good Hope has a copper body color and has a clear clarity. The head is of average size and is white in color.  Looking into the glass I can see that the carbonation is soft and not that active.

The aroma is hops. Lots of hops.  Floral, pine and fruity citrus notes hit the nose all at once. And once those aromas hit your nose, that’s all that you smell.  The taste, for the most part matches the aroma.  The hop taste is strong in cape of Good Hope.  It is bitter but with a nice citrus and pine flavor and in the background, there is a nice caramel flavor from the malt. The finish is fresh hop flavor, through and through.  You can really taste the effects from the dry hopping of this brew.

This beer has a high ABV, but it is hidden well and you don’t really notice it with all of the hops.  Cape of Good Hope has a light mouthfeel and is a nice beer to drink.

ABV = 8.1%


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