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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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Ratings: 724
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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Photo of microbrewlover
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a golden color with a thick head and lacing that remains in the glass after the beer is gone.

The smell is hoppy, there are also spices in there, maybe honey there is also a lemon grass smell.

The taste is hop forward there is also a strong lemon grass taste as well as some spices that I can not identify.

The mouthfeel is grassy, hoppy and thick. The bitterness lingers after swallowing but the bitterness is not too strong. It is really just right. I normally prefer 'malt forward' brews but Yards got the hop level in this one just right. This is great for any time of the year but I believe this brew would be best in summer and served at a barbecue or other outdoor party.

Photo of JRHope
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-orange body with some sediment suspended throughout...one finger of creamy, white head appeared...it retained to a full cap and left some lacing behind

S - The nose was interesting...there was a touch of spice, some sweet honey, mild grains, and herbal hops

T - Flavors followed through with what the nose provided...starts off with a lot of spice...I actually wasn't expecting it in this beer...I say it follows suit with some cinnamon and coriander...the sweet honey rushes in to balance things out...the honey maybe be a little astringent here...the finish provides a tingly feeling with light carbonation and bitter hops...not grapefruit or pine bitter, just hoppy bitter

M - Medium bodied...spicy and sweet with a metallic twang lingering

O - You could probably warm this up and serve it like tea...it has herbal, spice, and sweet characteristics all throughout...I'd say it's a good representation of what they were drinking back then

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz pour from a 12oz bottle into a blank snifter glass. Enjoyed this one at the World Cafe Live Beer & Grilled Cheese dinner, as a pre-dinner beer.

A: Pours really clear deep orange yellow color. Thin layer of white head. It's probably dissipated from the initial pouring. Some lacing trails are left on the glass after the swirl.

S: Lots of sweet breadiness. Not very hop forward. Light and airy. There is a little fresh citrus hop aroma, but really subdued.

T: Breadiness and biscuit malts. Almost flat. Carbonation would really help this one. You do get some of those mild hop notes on the tongue. The close is nice. I was surprised this was a Strong Ale as the ABV was nicely hidden.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Love the idea, and the beer is OK. I'd go B on this one. I think that some carbonation would help this out a bit.

Photo of cmuir24
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Sparger
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of chefhatt
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer when poured into a pint glass, has a golden color body with a thin but thick head that hangs around for a while. The smell has a slight hop smell to it with some malt coming through. The taste is fruity with some bitterness of the hops coming in right after wards. This beer has a nice mouth feel and over all is a good strong ale.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a red-amber color with effervescence rising from the heart of the glass.

A short lived small light head appeared but laced the glass as if chronicling its descent back into its origin.

The nose was fruity with hints of hops and malt but like the head - small.

I think that if I were blind-folded and tasted this beer-- by way of its flavor I would have declared it that of an English strong ale. It also produced a nice bouquet of hops with a mild bitterness and a malt undertone.

Mouthfeel was cordial and although not particularly tantalizing, it nevertheless kept my interest alive. The bottom of my glass appeared rather quickly.

Overtall this beer is enjoyable. There are many fine ales out there-- whether I'd choose Yards Tavern Ale over others is debatable. Maybe it's Thomas Jefferson's portrait that will jog my memory.

Photo of Giantspace
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Had to add another review of this brew after having it in a cask. Totally different, and MUCH better than the bottle. Wouldn't drink again out of a bottle, but will search out for another cask.

Strong golden ale pours a nice brownish color with frothy foam.

Taste is dark chocolate, smooth and creamy. Caramel tones mixed very well and strangely balanced with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very well-balanced for a beer with 8% ABV. Nice change from the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.