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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

It's unlikely that any of Thomas Jefferson's recipes would have been anything other than dark and murky; this interpretation is certainly not "golden" like its label states. Tavern Ale is instead deep pumpkin orange in colour and has a dense, icy complexion but still emits light. Contrary to ales of the time this one is evidently filtered and has obvious signs of carbonation.

For a historic, presumably English-influenced ale this smells surprisingly like a modern German lager; I'd confidently guess it a Vienna lager. This isn't a bad thing in and of itself - crunchy, toasty, rich, aromatic amber malt is highly appealing - but it's a disappointment that such an interesting, unique sounding beer actually make such a mundane, familiar first impression.

A little more time and warming up unearths a sizable amount of fruity ale esters and also reveals the honey. It turns out to be sweeter than first assumed but still every bit as well malted. It has the body to support its alcohol content (8%) and hints of spice (likely from the addition of rye) that meld well. And for all the honey and ripe fruit notes there's no lingering sweetness.

Yards wanted everyone to know that they've brewed this one with "authentic ingredients". They also followed an "authentic recipe". What the hell does that mean? Have I been drinking beers made with inauthentic ingredients this whole time? Maybe my homebrews would turn out better if only I followed "authentic" recipes. End of meaningless beer marketing rant.

Yards may have 'followed' Thomas Jefferson's original recipe but they obviously veered from the path at some point. For something that sounds different, even niche on the surface, Tavern Ale is actually quite conventional and entirely approachable for the average beer drinker. There's nothing at all "revolutionary" about it. It seems traditional recipes aren't quite the same thing when brewed with modern technologies and with modern palates in mind.

biegaman, Sep 14, 2014
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A good ale that does not taste anywhere as strong (8%) as it is.

MTraianus, Sep 01, 2014
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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.