Pynk - Yards Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-26-2003

We brew each batch with over 3,000 pounds of fresh raspberries and both sour and sweet cherries. The addition of fruit prior to fermentation makes this crisp ale tart instead of sweet. It’s pink in color of course, light-bodied, and refreshing with delicate, delectable berry aromas. We’ll bet the farm that there’s no better autumn seasonal around.
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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Very clear cherry red color with light pink foamy head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Some nice fruitiness from light wild fermentation from the raspberries. Nice front raspberry sweet smell. Overall, light tart and crisp with some lemon and wheat characteristics.
Taste: This might use the Yards' "saison" yeast, but not sure. Lemon, wheat and raspberry up front with a tart middle and slightly funky crisp yeast finish. It could use a bit more of this funkiness all around, but I understand that this beer was made for the introductory American beer consumer.
Mouth: Dry, ok carbonation, light and crisp.
Drink: Yeah, definitely a session beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Taste is of strawberry, cherry, raspberry with a bit of sourness that I suspect comes from the raspberries. This one is slightly sweet and has a beer taste on top of the fruit. Very well done as I am glad I bought a six pack.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, reddish-orange body is capped by a short but creamy head of delicate white foam that drops to a razor-thin lid but somehow manages to leaves some thin, lingering lace about the glass. The nose is lightly sweet and delicately tart with a slight Brettanomyces character (barnyard, horse blanket, wet hay, etc.) that's not strong enough to keep the uninitiated away, but strong enough to keep the aficianado's interest. The body is thin and it's gently crisp on the tongue with a fine carbonation. The flavor follows the suggestion of the nose with a mild sweet-tart character laced around delicate fruit (berries and cherry, but not particularily raspberry per se). It finishes short and dry, leaving the palate yearning for another taste as it's been tempted but not satiated. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer! Easily and without a doubt, the most balanced "infected" beer I've ever had. It may not be from Belgium, but it's certainly worth trying!

Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to enjoy several small glasses at the Yards Brewery tasting room, Philadelphia-on-Delaware, PA.

Pleasing pale orange/pink slightly cloudy brew with minimal head formation.

The aroma is berries and cherry, with a hint of lambic-type funk. Mouthfeel light a la wit. Flavor of tangy berries and a lemony sourness that is looking towards true lambicville but still plays it safe; however, I applaud this effort wholeheartedly for this is no fruity-sweet soda-pop fruit beer but a true, refreshing hybrid that I would say falls somewhere between true fruit lambic and fruit-wit. Yards is a serious and talented artisanal brewery that deserves accolades for creating well-conceived authentic efforts like Pynk as it serves up hoppy goodness for the American beer masses.

Perfect summer quaffer!! If only it had been a sweltering muggy Philly summer day instead of damp, cool and rainy.

Photo of Brian_Martin2001
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Sour like a Lambic. You're going to like it or you won't. Not overly sweet or malty.

Photo of PynkTaTa
5/5  rDev +41.6%

I love it. It has a great refreshing taste and is for a good cause!

Photo of frank4sail
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark pink look with a froth of white.. White sheen as well. Puckering sourish raspberry taste with a little bity watery finish on the tongue. This would be an awesome conversion beer esp. for females and those who like fruity stuff. I was quite impressed but the slightly watery feel and faintish finish remind you that it is a "fake lambic"... Nice berry nose. Pretty good attempt..

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this beer before but its been brewed since 2003 I suppose this may be the first year its been bottled.
A - Crazy pink color like the raspberries and cherry's used to brew it but the best part is the head and lacing since it has some great carbonation
S - Smells like a naturally fruit beer with maybe fruit juice added. It actually smells rather sweet like fresh squeezed.
T - Very tart and at times acidic I have to agree with others on this it comes off grainy and sour. Unlike some fruit beers though the sour dryness of the beer is constant not overly sweet but at times I wanted a solid wheat base balancing these flavors,
M - Comes off quite watery kind of like a carbonated cherry soda but much less sweet.

Overall after polishing the entire sixer in one night I have to give the beer its dues. Quite a well crafted fruit based beer that delivers the tartness and berry flavors it advertises. Could use a bit more balance though in future batches (possibly more or sweeter malts?)

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark pink with a creamy light pink head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of raspberry and cherries. Nice enough but very mild/subtle.

The taste is sweet and tart - not in a musty way - but in a sweettart candy way. The raspberries and cherries taste like the real fruit. It has a sour, but not puckering, finish.

The feel is creamy with ample carbonation. It is smooth and drinkable.

It's above-average for the style. The berry aspect is nicely done.

Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a pint glass

A - Served a fairly dark pink color with a half-finger of white head, a little hazy but mostly clear, just a little lacing

S - Overwhelming smell of raspberries; nothing much else to report here; strong and unique, but not particularly complex

T - Strong raspberry flavor hits you up front, tastes like taking a spoonful of raspberry syrup; that mellows into a more bitter finish (fairly unexpected, as I figured the sweetness was going to come along with the other raspberry taste)

M - Solid mouthfeel, medium body, fairly smooth taste

D - Pretty good; although it's not my favorite beer I give it extra points for being so damn weird and original; it's definitely not one I would drink too much, but may as well try it if you have the chance

Photo of rfgetz
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Candies pink/red with little to no head.

S - Suggary candied raspberry scent, but not overwhelming, could have handled a little more!

T - Mid Strength candied raspberry flavor, lemony undertones, finishes with slight bitter zing.

M - Medium bodied and not thick as the appearance, smell and flavor dictate.

D - Very good beer, not in the true lambic style in terms of overpowering fruit concentrate or carbination. Definitely drinkable in quanity without being overpowering but does lose complexity as it sits.

Photo of wfowlks
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Great flavor, not sour but tart.

Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This review is for the bottled version, dtd M, 02 Dec 2013. I am not going to touch my original review.

From the bottle: "When we first got into brewing, it was just to make beer for ourselves. Friends liked it, so we made more. As our circle of friends has grown, so has our line of handcrafted ales. We're proud of each and every one we brew. We hope you and your friends enjoy them as much as we do."; "Released from the archives, PYNK is crafted with the freshest raspberries and sour cherries around. ith a subtle berry aroma and touch of sweetness, this light-bodied, tart ale is all-too-drinkable."

I LOVE the recumbent, satiated piggy of the label! I am often referred to as "a drunken pig" or some such and so I identify with him.

I have to admit - little has changed. Once more, it looked like cotton candy for head and I was laughing. The color was much lighter, more like rose wine and the clarity was button-bright. SRM = N/A in this case. The raspberry nose made me want to weep for my grandmother's garden and the resulting pies and preserves from her annual yield. The mouthfeel was slightly thin, but the tartness spoke to truth in advertising. It was not puckeringly tart, but neither was it sweet. This little piggy was licking his lips. Finish was tart and dry and I would have some more of this.

Original on-tap review, dtd 25 Nov 2006 follows:

I just wanted to laugh as I looked at this beer in my glass. The head looked like fresh spun cotton candy and the beer's color was a hazy, dark-pynk, I mean, pink. The nose was rich and sweet with raspberries. It reminded me of my paternal grandmother's (R.I.P.) raspberry patch in her backyard garden when I was a lad. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a sweetish raspberry flavor, not unlike jam, on the tongue. The finish was more dry and tart, more like what I expected at the outset. I am giving this high marks for drinkability as this was only its second release in three years, so I recommend getting while you can.

Politically Incorrect Phrasing Alert: If you are easily offended or have an abbreviated sense of humor, please do not read any further.

It's not a guaranteed panty-peeler, but it will go a long way towards achieving the desired result.

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Well… it is pink in color and I AM big on truth in advertising with beers. So, that’s a positive for sure. The fruit taste is definitely present and mildly sour. The beer is light and refreshing – odd for a fall seasonal. This is something I’d rather drink on a baking hot summer day than on a day when the weather is starting to turn cool.

Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance
Hot pink/watermelon pink with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Raspberry, candy cherry and watermelon.

Taste
Tastes similar to a wine cooler. Notes of candy raspberry, cherry and watermelon. This is followed by some toasted grains and hints of sugar.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
It's basically a wine cooler. For a second there I thought Yards was going to try to make a sour ale...

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a reddish orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: raspberries are all you can pick up from the nose.

Taste: raspberries, some slight tart funk, grainy malt, some lemon zest, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting light tartness and berry flavor stick to the tongue.

Overall: a slow sipping fruit forward beer that is mildly refreshing.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance and aroma are very similar to a quality Belgian lambic. Doesn't have the appearance of carbonated fruit punch that many American-made lambics take on. Hazy peach colored body with a pinkish hue. Nose is very tart with signature lambic qualities, ie barnyard, mud, wet grass, etc. Fruity cherry aroma is subtle underneath. Not nearly as dry or tart as anything from say, Cantillon, but right up there with Lindeman's. Tart fruity flavor just starts to build before dying to just about nothing save for a little dryness in the finish. I'd prefer a little more tartness in the finish. Needless to say though, it still leaves you wanting more. A very nice American interpretation.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(recent release - poured into a balloon)

A: crystal-clear, hot pink-ish liquid... two-finger high froth on pour, settles out surprisingly slow - wondering if wheat or high-alpha hops could be the culprit... maintains a sudsy collar throughout, even leaving the odd splash of lace

S: toasted, honey-kissed cracker undercurrent... fairly intense fruit aromas - a bit of a blend of the two fruits used - hard to tell if one sticks out over the other (perhaps the sour cherry)... it's apparent they're fresh fruits and not extracts... kind of a fruit-flavored lip balm overtone, and lightly-used sweat socks... curiously tame overall

T: the tartness really jumps out, screams for a good few seconds, while a sort of earthy, almost buckwheat honey kind of note quietly surges forward - it's a good bit dulled by the tart cherry element... actually, after mulling over the aftertaste, it might be the cherry pits I'm tasting... if you concentrate on 'raspberry', you may taste it - all this fruit comes without overt sweetness

M: fairly light-bodied, mildly airy on the palate... dull silkiness... good bit of carbonation, at first, but only a very soft tingle... could use a little more spritz or bite

O: hmmm... I don't know... it's a nice beer that would appeal to non-beer drinkers... it certainly helps that it doesn't give in to being sweet, but it feels like it's missing something - like an herb of some kind - thyme? rosemary? basil? - perhaps something outside my scope of usual cooking ingredients... maybe it needs some (pink) pepper(corn)y spice... seems like a nice background and/or foundation that would benefit from dimension

Photo of Rickington
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Interesting sour/tart notes. Overall, 4/5

Photo of pezoids
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m very glad I got to try this beer. I think it is supposed to be Yards’ interpretation of a Framboise Lambic and I applaude them for the effort – and for the product. The beer was served in a traditional Belgium chalice and the color alone really made me stop and admire this beer. It was a light ruby red, very clear and was topped with a creamy pink head. There’s a slightly sweet, slightly sour tart aroma. The taste is fine with raspberry juice, cherries, oranges and plums prominent. Tangy sweet, light and refreshing with a dry finish.

This beer reminds of a simple light lager with raspberry juice, but it’s a little more complex than that. Very interesting.

Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a light rose-pink colored beer with moderate white puffy head. Great retention.
Smell is sweet and fruity (raspberry) and very pleasant.
Taste also shows the fruit qualities, and is moderately sweet,
The carbonation is superior and leaves a nice rich full feeling in the mouth.
Not myf avrorite style of beer, but one glass is enjoyable.

Photo of Zeekdaman
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, tart, remarkably dry. This exits with a wine like bite. Great beer for the moment. Not a heavy drinking beer, but a nice palette cleanser.

Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep pinkish orange that goes dark pink in the right light, and it's nicely carbonated. A finger of very light pink head settles quickly to Peter Max froth on the surface. Lacing lays a toile pattern on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a mix of light malt, a surprisingly generic cherry/berry character, and a slight lambic funk, but it's a bit thinner than expected and it blurs at the edges.

Upon tasting, there's a quick drip of maltiness that is instantly countermanded by the syrupy essence of raspberry, itself unexpectedly devoid of any real fruit sweetness, though again, it is redolent of the berries regardless. A tangy yeast bite accompanies a tart, lemony lambic-esque earthy edge. A decided bitterness takes over toward the close, crisping an already dry aura, and carrying a bit in the finish. The genuine raspberry presence is the star, with a nice supporting cast.

It's got a peppy, bubbly presence that mates with the fruity tartness to leave a pleasant feel on the palate.

It has as much real raspberry character as any beer I've had, but the surprise came in the lack of ensuing fruit sweetness. And that's not a knock, because the fruit and funkiness combine to make it a very drinkable concoction, and the brisk finish makes it refreshing. The name isn't exactly a stellar choice, but the beer it labels is something I'll order again, in spite of what it's called.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a sickly pink color that fills up the remainder of the 20 oz glass with foam. Aroma is fizzy-sprite like, with some artifical berry or jolly rancher smells wafting from the glass.

First sip is a rush of sour cherry flavor that quickly fades into a bready malt flavor. This is billed as a "tart berry ale" and it does live up to that description. Strange to taste the tart berry flavor in a non bug-soured beer.

All in all it isn't bad... just not something I'd crave or go out of my way to try again. An interesting diversion, useful for breaking up a pair of strong IPAs.

Photo of jwhancher
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack from the brewery because I really wanted to try this beer before it was long gone. Poured into large tulip glass for review. Appears clear cranberry color with large pink head and decent suds clinging to the glass sides. Smells mostly of tart cherries with supportive raspberries. Tastes tart and slightly sour. Fruit sweetness gives nice sharp bite which fades but still lingers in the taste buds. Excellent palate cleanser. Seemingly light bodied. Refreshing. Wish it had a tad drier finish. I like this beer. Hats off to Yards for really switching it up and for donating some of the proceeds to breast cancer research. Am I allowed to write off this beer on my taxes next year?

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