Hopyard Pale from the Garrison Brewing Company in Halifax, Nova Scotia pours a really nice honey-amber colour with a sizable tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thick film with a collar, but leaves little lacing. This dry-hopped, West Coast-style American pale ale smells of sweet caramel, orange rind and wet flowers, with ripened cherry and black pepper coming through after it warms.
The taste of Hopyard Pale starts with an almost salty bitterness. A strong toasted brown bread tone comes through on the tongue and the beer has an unsweetened grapefruit juice flavour in the finish. It’s a bit thin in mouthfeel, but has a creaminess on the tongue thanks to the long-lasting collar and a medium-high carbonation level. The aftertaste is clean and very dry.
The packaging of Hopyard Pale uses a light green background with a bold dark green font outlined in gold in front of the black and white image of a field. The phrase “dry-hopped” is printed in gold on a burgundy ribbon and a description of the beer is printed repeatedly in the background and on the six pack sleeve.
Unfortunately, Hopyard Pale is packaged in macro-style 341 mL bottles that often have a telltale ring indicating they have been reused a number of times and are sealed with frequently hard to remove twist off caps. This is a quality craft beer and should be packaged as such.
Hopyard Pale is a very solid beer that I’ll be sure to try again. It has much in common with the American IPAs it is modelled after, but the dry-hopped citrus notes are more balanced and subtle than other examples and let the beer’s English-style fruit and bread qualities come through. It’s very drinkable and makes a great burger and fries beer.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Nova Scotia, Halifax
Brewery: Garrison Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.3%