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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

651 Ratings
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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)
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Ratings: 651 | Reviews: 270 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mikeburd1128, May 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

philaduffia, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

lupercmda, May 08, 2013
Photo of Tavo2311
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Tavo2311, May 08, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clearish light copper with ring of foam. Mild malt nose. Hard to flesh out. Taste is a funky, stale malt. Odd bitter close that is a bit persistent. Classic mixture, somehow comes together. Odd, but it works.

KTCamm, May 05, 2013
Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

fdig23, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Jeff22
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Jeff22, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Jason1337, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of djkman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

djkman, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of chrismel
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

chrismel, Apr 20, 2013
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 thlayli87
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes

A - Copper color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Decent lacing and retention

S - Grainy malt, not much else

T - Somewhat salty taste, earthy hops. Flavors lack complexity.

M - Good carbonation level. Pleasing on the palate.

O - Pretty boring flavors and a mediocre beer overall. I'd pass this one by.

thlayli87, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Bamarooster, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice goldent color with a thick 2 finger head, white and fluffy with great lacing.
S - Honey, some floral hops and a mild hint of citrus, sweeter bready malt, a few herbs as well.
T - This is a great balance of flavors, good mild hop bitterness of a floral quality, some orange zest, and a moderate malt foundation.
M - Full bodied, coats your palate with good flavors and sticks with you.
O - This is a great brew, you do not taste or feel the 8% at all, if this is actually derived from Jefferson's recipe, then beer drinkers back then would be proud to know that it has kept up with beers of this era. Good, drinkable, and full of flavor.

Omnium, Apr 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dbfp210, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beige head with a lot of lace. Color is a clear dark gold.

Flavors of alcohol and bready malts. Hints of biscuit and some spice flavors. Some earthy spice flavors as well.

Medium bodied with a dry feel. Good carbonation.

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not something I'd drink more of.

mothman, Mar 25, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber in color, and fairly opaque. Tan foam retains well, and laces the glass decently.

S - There is a fruit scent that combines with some garden spices. A sherry scent comes through more over time until there is a boozy aroma from this beer.

T - Initial sip has a sweet fruit flavor. Esters give a slight acidic bite on the palate. Finish has spicy notes.

M - A heavy styled beer that is pretty complex. There may be too much going on with the sweetess\spice for this to be any more than a one bottle treat. But it certianly is not boring.

O - Always fun to have something from Yards. These guys have consistently made some good stuff. After having this and the Washington Porter, I need to get a bottle of Ben Franklin's spiced ale.

socon67, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

rderedin, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

guezarka, Mar 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

moreyswig, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of popery
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. 7/27/11. Pours a translucent medium brown-ish orange. Eggshell head. Aroma is caramel, cider, spice and a some booze. It’s not very good. Taste is a kinda one note sweetness with a bitter, boozy finish. Lots of malt shows up, but it lacks complexity. Just sweet caramel. Feel is too thin. It’s not terrible, but it could be drier or richer or more complex. There’s just something missing. On top of that, even though there aren't a ton of English Strong Ales around, I still consider it a strong style, and this beer just doesn't live up to other takes for me. That said, I do plan to give it another shot.

popery, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mark-herrmann, Feb 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.