1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Thomas Jefferson's Tavern AleThomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

651 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 651
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-01-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 651 | Reviews: 270 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jferrara35
5/5  rDev +32.6%

jferrara35, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of ksiazewski
5/5  rDev +32.6%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
Photo of Jason13
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Jason13, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of timjim1327
5/5  rDev +32.6%

timjim1327, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Mcroft25
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Mcroft25, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +32.6%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of spedprof
5/5  rDev +32.6%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of mikeyv35
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 06/13/2010
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Pours a light red mahoghany in color w/ a small white cream head, leaves minimal lacing on the glass that dissipates rather quickly. Nose was of candied sugar, orange peel, light toffee, light caramel, breadiness, and a touch of booze. Taste pretty much follows the nose, w/ candied sugar, orange peel, and toffee/caramel up front, and a finish of breadiness and very mild hop bite. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but the flavors are rich, and the brew is decently creamy due to proper amounts of carbonation. Drinkability? As Lionel Ritchie once said, "All night long!"

For what this is, an English Strong Ale, it is simply perfection in a bottle! It encompasses all the ideal qualities that an English Strong Ale should have. Yard's has done a fabulous job trying to recreate Thomas Jefferson's original recipe for beer!

When I drink this beer, as I do quite regularly, I feel as if I get time-warped back to a dingy, old English pub in the 1800's. I feel like I should always drink this out of a pewter mug or something, might have to seek one out. I would seek this brew out if I were you.

mikeyv35, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of philaduffia
5/5  rDev +32.6%

philaduffia, May 11, 2013
Photo of Mr_Alphabet
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Mr_Alphabet, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +32.6%

dwaz, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jackplane
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

jackplane, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yards' Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale poured a great amber color with a creamy head. Unfortunately the head thinned out shortly after the poor, but it did not go completely away. The smell was clean and light with a hint of sweetness, likely from the honey. There was a slight note of caramel malts and just a hint of hops. The taste was crisp and clean with just a touch of sweetness to set this apart form other tavern or pub ales; the non-bitter character of this ale was a welcome change from many ales in its class. The honey came through in the taste, but certainly not too much, just the right amount. The smooth feel of this ale on the tongue and its light finish make this a great ale to enjoy on many occasions. Cheers!

DevilDogBeer, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of stingo
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The second of the "Ales of the Revolution" I've had the good fortune to have on tap at home. Pours a darkish orange color, with an off-white head. No nose to speak of, but the taste is delightful. Very well balanced sweetness and bitterness, and alcohol? what alcohol? You'd never guess this was an 8% brew. And mouthfeel is JUST right for the flavor - it's thick enough and rich enough, but not so rich as to fill you up (and prevent you from getting another). I will definitely have this beer on tap again. Very highly recommended, and props to Yards for another fine instigation to Revolution.

stingo, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of WissBrauSean
4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer at about 55 degrees F into a standard pint and it poured a light amber colour with a full one finger ivory head of tiny bubbles that stay as a nice ring and Friar Tuck center cap and sticky balcony-like lacing pattern. Very attractive this beer is!

Right away I notices the darker fruit notes with this beer as well as the pale sweet malts, honey and a bready yeast. The honey aroma is just fantastic! As the beer warms the honey is more pronounced. This beer is approaching room temperature and it is coming alive!

As you sip, your nose takes in the honey and your tongue is greeted with pale malts, honey, green raisin, sweet citrus a bit of tart fruit and not until the very end do you get the earthy hop bitterness with a black peppery numbing feeling on the tongue that I assume is a combination of the carbonation, the alcohol and the hop dryness. This beer is a pleasure to drink and drink her just a tad lower than room temperature. 60 degrees is awesome.

The mouthfeel of this beer is silky smooth, creamy mildly sweet and approaching full bodied. The carbonation is one step above moderate, no where near hot, but she's a lively English tart this lady.

Overall, I am deeming this lovely lady world class. She gets the Cate Blanchett award for being a true beauty! There is absolutely nothing that I don't like about this beer and I feel that it fits Beer Advocates criteria to a T. Although they mention a solvent aroma as part of the class, and I don't get that, OR want that! 5 out of 5 on this baby Yards! I don't think that I have given a score like that yet!

WissBrauSean, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of anthonymac22
4.75/5  rDev +26%

anthonymac22, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Altrurian
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It arrives at the table with a tight, topographically variegated foamy cap surmounting a perfect amber body with a perpetual upward swirl of tiny bubbles. The enticing aroma is of toffee, or, perhaps, flan. The beer's flavor brings home the aroma's promise of savory, sophisticated sweetness. It's a soft and smooth taste--almost that of a "comfort food"--yet deeply satisfying as beer. The texture is rich. For all of its 8%, it goes down easily. I'm a little reticent about giving a beer this high of a rating, but this is pretty good stuff.

Altrurian, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of shippos
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to ppoitras for this most excellent beer, even though i took my sweet ass time getting around to it, definetly worth it though.

poured with a huge rocky pillowy white head on a slighlty hazy orangey honeyish color. fruity hoppy aroma, very citrusy with some sugar/malt sweetness and a bready yeasty character develops as this warms up. very very smooth body and a slick suculant mouthfeel. sweet raw sugar, very well defined hop character with a dry bitter aftertaste. very highly drinkable.

shippos, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of scar
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Cr@p. This is the most drinkable 8% beer I have had in a long time.

Appearance- clear with good lace, like most of Yards' beers.

Smell- Nothing off, but nothing amazing. A little earthy hop, sweet malt,little fruitiness.

Taste- THIS IS THE BEST PART OF THIS BEER. SOOO balanced not sweet, good hop presence. If this is actually Jefferson's recipe its amazing he was able to drafts our countries most important docs. He must have had a proof reader.

Mouthfeel- Much thinner than expected but also a highlight of the beer. Thinner than their IPA, the honey and nonbarley malts most likely thin it out. Makes me want to keep drinking this beer.

Yards just keeps on making great beers, these guys are truely masters. In most of their beers I can really taste the PALE ALE MALT, much like IPSWICH, GEARY's and the UK imports.

scar, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of aengleman
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

aengleman, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of testch09
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

testch09, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this several different times and just about every one has been from the bottle.

I'm going to post this review through the draught that I had at City Tavern a while ago.

Moderate head, white foam pouring to an Amber colored beer. It is brewed in the English Strong Ale style which registers 8% abv. The taste is on the sweeter side, hints of honey florals, and spices. Full body aromatic and full of various flavors. Most Yards beers have a distinct matl characteristic.

This is a throwback to the turn of the century ales that were brewed back in the day. One of my favorite beers partially cause I am homer.

Ryanm1, May 28, 2012
Photo of Joe610
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Joe610, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of schteve825
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

schteve825, Jul 26, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.