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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern AleThomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 66 | 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)
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Hazy golden color, overcarbonated with a beige head and lots of sediment. Oxidized/Infected peppery aroma and flavor -- very much like old TJ's homebrew recipe gone bad. Very surprising considering the Best By date. Medium-full bodied but seems light due to overcarbonation.

A bit pricey to take the chance of trying it again... Sorry Yards -- Bone up on the Quality Assurance!!

Label States: "Strong Golden Ale" & "Authentic Recipe" & "Bottle Conditioned"

Best Before: 04/24/06 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 10/21/04

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

10-22-2004 18:12:34 | More by RBorsato
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

05-25-2014 14:10:42 | More by wingnutz27
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

12-28-2011 19:04:39 | More by thatdirtymick
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.9%

02-18-2013 21:18:28 | More by DIPAFAN
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2.13/5  rDev -43.5%

A Poured into a draft glass and it had a nice head with alot of carbination. The head quick faded away and left a hazy amber color. Not overly impressed.

S Smell was average with a lot of carmel malt notes. Also had the winter warmer alcohlo smell to it as well

T I must say the taste was not that great. On first swallow it gave me the shivers as if I just took a drink of NyQuil. After the 5th swallow I started to get used to it but still not a good a good thing. Way to much alcohol taste. Now I know how they kept the men to stay during the revolution after taking many of beat downs early.

M Again not impressed. I can't seem to shake the NyQuil shivers with every swallow.

D The more I drink the less I like it. I'll sleep good tonight or I'll be praying to the porceline god. I would not recommend this beer to anyone.

03-01-2011 01:00:18 | More by Buggabeer


2.2/5  rDev -41.6%

12oz bottle to stange. Sampled 4/5/11.

A: Large 3 finger head, khaki colored, foamy/fluffy and long lasting. The body is orange-amber and lightly hazy at first. Clarity improves after warming. Tattered half sheets of lacing from the head with even better coverage from the body.

S: Toasted caramel. Grassy/resiny hop qualities come through. Earthy hints. Light diacetyl.

T: Malt forward with rather non-descript flavor and aroma profiles. Alcohol is noticeable, but not solventy and not to a detriment.

M: The ABV might actually be more apparent in the mouthfeel. Medium-full body with a thick, semi chewy, yet slick and boozy texture. Carbonation is soft.

D: After making my way through this Ales of the Revolutiony variety case...I guess historically recreated beers just aren't my thing.

10-15-2011 11:44:10 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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2.4/5  rDev -36.3%

Thomas Jefferson's own recipe, so they claim. He knew how to make a powerful ale, it seems.

He didn't care too much about defined (or even good) tastes, and the look is otherwise what you'd expect from this ale. It's all sorts of awkwardly bitter at the end too, but drinkable for an 8 abv.

So there are tradeoffs, and you can't be more Virginian than drinking this stuff on President's Day.

09-01-2010 23:55:58 | More by sellmeagod
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

08-01-2012 19:17:07 | More by mikerems
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

04-03-2012 02:18:36 | More by Mudawg
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

04-23-2012 10:52:25 | More by jtd335
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

04-07-2014 02:22:35 | More by jbexphys
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New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -31.6%

from the bottle:

Yards has recreated Thomas Jefferson tavern ale- a strong golden ale-
from ingredients originally specified by Jefferson himself for
semi-annual brewing at his estate Monticello.


Poured into my pint glass a clear copper color with a small head that quickly dissipated. Smells sweet…tastes sweet with a tiny bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is a definite presence.

I tried a bottle of this beer on 2 separate days to determine if I really disliked it that much. I have to say I do.

This beer is almost flat. It has a cloying sweetness.

I don’t know what Mr. Jefferson was thinking.

Not a great beer. And its pretty expensive. I would not buy this beer again.

01-14-2005 02:30:43 | More by maltedmilk
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2.6/5  rDev -31%

12oz into pint glass
A- Light amber with 3 finger lacy white head.
S- Malty, a bit of 'C' hops.
T- Really sweet, like high fructose corn syrup sweet. A little bit of citrusy hops.
M- A bit thick, decent carb, but just cant get past the thickness.
O- Really cant get past the sweetness on this one, its not a caramelized malt sweetness, its something else entirely, just doesn't taste right.

06-14-2012 06:17:52 | More by Steasy66
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New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%

(Bottle into pint glass) Poured a cloudy dark amber with a very small head that didn't last at all. A ton of heavy toasted grains in the nose, but otherwise no distinctive aroma. I might even venture to say it was burnt... Mouthfeel was very pleasant, but holy hop! The hop bitterness and the roast overpowered everything. About halfway through the glass it became too overpowering and I wasn't able to finish. I don't think I'll be back to this one, which is disappointing since I tend to like the Yards offerings.

01-01-2010 00:21:18 | More by crhensel
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South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

12-08-2012 00:56:46 | More by Damian74Shensky
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

05-03-2012 18:58:47 | More by PreacherBrewer
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

08-10-2012 16:30:55 | More by Sovietfox
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2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

08-17-2014 17:47:45 | More by Lookingloo2
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2.9/5  rDev -23.1%

This beer poured out as a reddish brown color with a little head on it. The aroma was basically all malts and some other farmhouse grains in there too. The taste wasn't very impressive to me. The taste had an odd Sourness to it. Not sour like a Lambic but something different. It was an interesting difference but didn't really help the beer at all in my opinion. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad. I would try this one again because I'd like to see if it still has the weird flavor to it.

04-10-2011 05:23:32 | More by Knapp85
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2.93/5  rDev -22.3%

Appearance: Pours a wonderful attractive light brown color, with a nice one finger head. Lots of bubbles, almost looks like a cream soda.

Smell: Some fruits, toffee, and a tad of alcohol.

Taste: The most prominent flavor is the alcohol, but there are distinct fruity flavors that follow up, particularly that of apples. Definitely can taste the higher ABV.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, not very thick.

Drinkability: The strongness of the alcohol flavor makes this a sipper. I can't imagine drinking more than one or two of these.

10-16-2010 02:16:20 | More by BeastofWotan
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-24-2013 00:48:28 | More by Lanstrum
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-15-2011 13:32:32 | More by richbrew
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-17-2013 13:03:27 | More by gnikola
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Got a12 oz. bottle of this in a trade with CrazyMacHarris99.

Pours with a one finger off white head which fades quickly. No lacing in the glass. Amber color with orange tints and good clarity. Smells sweet (like sugar) - no hop or malt aroma. Sweet taste with a slightly astringent aftertaste. Seems like the beer may be fermented with a Belgian yeast. Beer tastes thin - not much body. This beer drinks ok - it hides the 8% alcohol well.

Move along - nothing to see here. I find nothing to recommend this beer. Sort of a sweet, bland high alcohol beer.

02-29-2008 07:47:28 | More by desertbronze
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-17-2012 00:14:42 | More by Sparger
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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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