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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: 734
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 38
Gots: 123 | 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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Ratings: 734 | Reviews: 276
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel brown hue with a two finger off-white head, leaving decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts, citrusy hops, and dark fruits.

Taste: Starts off tasting nice, with a sweet malty taste, followed by mild hops, but then there is an overwhelming metallic taste, almost like blood. Not so good. Maybe my bottle is past experiation date? Alcohol is hidden nicely, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and high carbonation, slight dry finish.

Overall: Would have been so much better if it weren't for the irony taste at the end.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1/2 finger white head on top. Decent retention, with a short foamy head lasting for a while. Nice, thick sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of bready malt up front, some brown sugar, a little bit of an herbal aroma, and some spice. Hints of fruit on the finish.

T: Grainy malt, a little bit of honey, with some herbal/grassy hops. Some caramel and a green grapes come out as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with active carbonation. Not the smoothest.

O: Its an ok strong ale. Nothing really stood out for me, but I didn't have a problem with it. Probably would not pick it up again though. Still like the Ales of Revolution Series though, cool idea.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny copper, trace/light head, rare lacing

S: mild apple, grain, malt

T: sweet grain, malt, hint of lemon grass,
light bitter crisp finish

M: med body, smooth, crisp mouth

O: Another enjoyable Yards offering,
but wish it was a little heavier
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A: A nice, light amber color with a foamy two finger head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malt, with some earthy straw notes too...mostly just malt. Nothing exciting here at all.

T: Like the nose, totally dominated by malt. It's sort of like drinking a loaf of high quality (flavorful) bread. Hops don't seem to be anywhere to be found. Slight molasses tastes as well, but not very exciting. The taste is good (not great) and fairly one dimensional.

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Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks much to mikesgroove for the extra! There is a bottle dating on the neck but I can't read it, it's all smudged, onward!

A very foamy off white head, probably about three fingers tall from the pour. Some good staying power and the head looks quite creamy when forming, but then gets into a foamy large bubbles consistency while settling. Body color is a basic brown amber, clear mostly but slightly opaque.

Nose is incredibly small. There is almost nothing going on here. I can't pick out next to anything. Some toasty like malts eventually come through, and some light brown sugar gingerbread. Still it is a very closed nose.

Taste brings not too much at first. Subsequent sips bring out a very strong muted pine hop and malt brown like bread aroma. Slightly molasses tasting, with a very good dense and thick but not syrupy body. Carbonation hits a little too add some fun. After some time there is a banana like estery quality as well it seems.

Overall, at first this didn't seem real interesting but as it went along it got better. It does come off though as just a bit average for me.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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