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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 28
Gots: 47 | 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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Medium amber color with a glare. Stocky white head looks good. Sits heavy a-crest the beer. Visible carbonation adds some excitement.

Sweet treacle nose with buttery vanilla, apple pie crust, kettle corn, salt water taffy, and a hint of artificial banana. Strange aromas for a beer, but it's quite balanced and appealing. Malts have a creme pie note that I like. Interesting, so far.

Tangy and metallic. Has that treacle sweetness with a note of creme pie over graham cracker crust. Specifically, banana. Caramelized sugars with light kilning. The roast doesn't do a whole lot. Lots of obvious barley malt flavors going on. The hops are slightly minty. The esters might be coming, yeast-side. They're fruity and juxtaposed with the aforementioned banana dessert notes. Pomme, stone fruits, and pear are reminiscent. I pick up on the honey and the wheat; and if the rye is only imparting some light dry spiciness, I get that, too. More aggression in the finishing bitterness than I could have anticipated. It's almost welcomed, after the sweet opening salvo.

Drinks with a light syrupy feel, but steers clear from being sticky. Has that oiliness, but not in the hoppy way. Carbonation is struck right down the middle of the fairway.

A solid English Strong Ale. Not entirely forgettable. Worthy of a pick-up.

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Poured into a pint glass.

Deep gold, slightly amber with a quarter inch off white head, moderate lacing. Fair amount of bubbles.

My nose has some difficulty picking out a distinct aroma of this brew. Honestly not sure if its my nose, or the beer. What I can smell isn't unpleasant, a faint malty sweetness.

Taste is incredibly balanced. I can clearly taste the honey, with a hint of the rye in the back.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but I think that works in this brew's favor. Makes it very easy to drink, despite the 8% alcohol.

Overall, I really enjoy this presentation from Yard's. I liked the Tavern Porter, but this beats it hands down.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.