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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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very good

720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 35
Gots: 99 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle lists ABV but does not list DBD.

A: Clear amber brown with a half-a-finger rocky white head. After a minute the head has decreased by half, but is still thick; it leaves behind thick lacing. There is a stream of ample carbonation in the middle which reminds one of champagne.

S: Rich, sweet malt, bread, slight citrus hop.

T: Starts very mellow with slightly smokey malt. There are traces of burnt bread and syrup. The finish is a bit bitter from hops, and the finish has a slight burnt flavor to match the alcohol in the throat.

M: Medium and close to heavy with a touch of creaminess.

O: If Jefferson named this a Tavern Ale, I would say he had good beer sense in addition to other faculties. This is a mellow drinking ale with a high ABV. It is pretty smooth, offering malt, some hops, and a rich burnt flavor. One can feel a bit of alcohol in the throat (and in the belly), but it is not blended poorly. This is a great looking beer, and though it does not overpower with flavor, it has enough to allow the beer to be a sipper.It fits Tavern Ale well: a beer one can sit back and enjoy with some food.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright amber body, topped by four fingers of big bubbly just-off-white froth.

Big hay/grass aroma makes an mpression at arm's length.

Deep caramel sweetness coats the tongue. Crisp earthy noble hop bite at the swallow. Good balance as the afterglow settles in.

Sturdy mouthfeel, borders on chewy.

Jefferson knew how to make a good beer, as well as a good country.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case of Yards' Ales of the Revolution a month or two back. Poured this one into a snifter for review.

A: Pours a cloudy light amber with noticeable suspended particles throughout.

S: Smells mostly of honey with some peppery notes and a tad bit of spiciness.

T: Honey again is evident here with perceived molasses notes. It's a sugary, spicy quality that almost seems maple syrup like. No real hop character, although I'm assuming some noble hops were used.

M: Tastes medium full with a sweetness throughout that comes out best in the end. The residual sweetness seems to weigh it down a good bit. Good carbonation.

O: Of the 3 beers in the variety pack, this is likely my #2 choice behind Washington's porter. This is a well brewed beer. I just don't think I could drink it everyday as it has a little too much sweetness weighing it down. It's great trying to taste what the founding fathers drank at some point, but I'm glad that I can live and drink in the present time.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Poured a hazy amber with a very small white head that settled quickly. Patchy lace.

Aroma has some noticeable booze up front, a fair amount of sweetness, bready, caramel malt, and a touch of mostly floral hops.

Flavor is decent enough, booze feels a little too prominent, pretty sweet overall, again, with a caramel maltiness, some toffee and brown sugar, raisins, and a bit of floral and citrus hops in the finish.

Body is medium, carbonation is moderate, fairly smooth, syrupy and a little creamy. Not bad.

Overall I thought this one was only average, the booze was a little too assertive, even for the style, and drinkability was only fair. Definitely warming. Flavors also seemed a little muddled to me. Sweet but dry in the finish.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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

It's a beautiful golden brown, with tiny specs of sediment within. Unfiltered is good in my book. Carbonated, with only a thin ring of a head, though. Aroma - fresh, soap and linen somehow, toasted malt; grainy/bready. Interesting dichotomy. Flavor is sharp on the tongue and somewhat heavy. Definitely very tangy/sour - although there is surely some hops in the finish, I'm not sure where that bite comes from exactly... the alcohol? Not a bad thing, but not a beer you can drink all night.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.