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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

725 Ratings
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 37
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-01-2002

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.
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Ratings: 725 | Reviews: 275 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Fubar94
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vegtam
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Hopkins
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jancona
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dawgpound433
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of almostjay
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fourstringer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a silly-looking Sam Adams tulip-pint glass. Moderate hand. No date identifiable.

A: Dark, golden yellow with impressive clarity. 1/2 finger off-white head with average retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Cracker, black pepper, brown sugar, bread. Touch of indistinct fruit, light spice. There is the suggestion of Belgian yeast, which I did not expect.

T: Pine-forward, hop bitterness hits up front and carries through to a fairly dry finish. Pale malts attempt to break through with nuts and bread with only partial success. Alcohol is present, but relatively mild for 8% ABV. A bit of piney hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Smooth, lightly creamy, effervescence.

O: Looks good. Smells good. I found the taste relatively unbalanced and a tad hollow. Somehow I doubt TJ's brew exhibited this degree of hopping.

Prost!

Photo of scootny
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 oz bottle from a half case box of "Beers of the Revolution". Drinking from a Sam Adams glass. Full two to three fingers of frothy yellowish dark eggshell. Nice lacing and gentle carbonation. A deep golden orange amber color.

Smell is full of sweet light malt, bread, and honey. The oats and rye offer up grains and spicy sharpness. Some pepper punctuates a very faint note of alcohol that is wrapped in a fruity english style ale yeast.

Taste is big full malty sweetness. The combination of light barley and oats push a bready quality forward followed by the rye spicy pepper notes. A bloom of honey that moves to a light sourness flowing into dry hoppiness that squeezes the mouth and tongue. Astringent and slightly oily my mouth feels scrubbed dry while still having a bit of melon juiciness. Alcohol is very well hidden as to be invisible.

Feel is velvety and supple. Light in the mouth, it still has a heartiness that yields a satisfying fullness to each swallow. Carbonation is smooth and mild. A light alcohol vaporous cooling.

Superb drinkability and flavor. Goes down like a session beer and and hits like a velvet hammer. Just excellent and if an accurate recreation Jefferson was at the top of home brewing field along with Washington.

Photo of LJTate
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a deep, rich amber color with some ruby red notes up top. large 2-3 finger frothy white head that seems to be leaving some good lacing as i'm typing this

s: honey, sweet caramel, wheat, sweet berries, some small hint of something choclatey-like? i'm probably just imagining that…

t: the taste is that of rich caramel and honey for sure that has a backing on a nice wheat-like flavor. that fades to a subtle flavor of biscuits and honey, and ends with a small bitterness that is like putting a little pine needle in your mouth

m: medium mouthfeel, and really smooth almost to the point of bing silky. carbonation is on the lower side

o: i think its cool if this really is based off a recipe that was made and drunk those years ago. its nothing crazy, but has a nice sweetness to it, and a nice smooth mouthfeel that would make this a real nice fireside sipper

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManWithNoName
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danlib21
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McMatt7
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dsnyder61
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of amattocks2
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.