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Pynk | Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-26-2003

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Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a light orange to pink colored concoction with a small white head. The aroma is of sweet fruit and some grass. The flavor is mild hops with a tart fruit flavor. I enjoyed the flavor but a found the palate a little weak.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice summery beer. It's made with over 3000lbs of cherries and berries which you can really taste. I put a 1/6bbl on at my bar and it kicked in less than 48 hours. Only complaint I had was there was no finish to it.

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Photo of Bob_Rhoades
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice color and decent head. I think this beer was a tad too carbonated for my taste as far as sours go. Had a decent amount of tartness but was a bit week on depth. A decent, tart fruit beer and one I'll go back to later if given the chance.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a medium pink-tined amber with a 1" head of finely bubbled what foam that slowly settels to a thin layer on the liquid and leaving a ring and patches of leggy foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates sheets of foam that quickly slide back down leaving multiple small patches of foam on the sides.

The aroma is definitely fruity with the raspberries mostly in charge but there seems to be a background of cherry as well. There's really not much in the way of malt or hop in the background and the berries are in charge here.

The flavors are a nice mix of raspberries with some tart cherry mingled in. While there is a bit of tartness here there's also some sweetness mixed in. As expected from the nose the malt and hops don't show very much.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with a touch of crispness from the light, prickly carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the tartness from the cherries pushes its way to center stage and then all the flavors gradually fade away with some degree of tartness holding on all the way to the end.

Given that I'm generally a fan of Yard's beers I was a bit surprised to realize that I hadn't tried this one before. I'll certainly be having it again as it can be a very refreshing change of pace and something that would go well on a warm summer's evening. I could easily see having this as one of the main offerings at a backyard BBQ.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap over at Molly Malloy's. The beer lived up to its name with a slight pink-amber appearance with even the head having some hints of pink. Very fruity sweet smells from this beer. A bit sugary with mostly a raspberry aroma. A little bit too strong for my nostrils but I did appreciate the berry punch this beer gave. Taste was a bit tart with a mixture of raspberries, cherries, and hops. Definitely an interesting balance of fruit and hop flavors. The mouthfeel felt slightly too watery with not as much carbonation as I would think this beer would get. If it had more crispness, I think the flavors would really come alive more. Overall, an interesting fruit beer.

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

The look is cool, slightly pink. The smell is great, you get fresh berries, almost jam-like. And then you drink it. The beer is super carbonated, it starts clean and then it punches you in the face with SOUR. The after-taste is like eating a sour patch kid. Mouthfeel is good, but you want to swallow quickly and brace for the sour. It might be good for some, but for my taste it's not something I'll be buying again.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8-2-15 Jan's house

Pours, well, pink. Would be weird if it wasn't pink. It's just an ok head with low retention.

The smell is slight sour and tart. Cherry and raspberry smells as well.

The taste is kind of refreshing slight sour bitter cherry taste. Nothing too over the top hense the refreshing part.

The feel is pretty smooth. The bitter builds but not to the point of tongue exhastution.

Good beer. Nothing that I would have thought to buy but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pink color with off white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells funky with tart raspberries. The taste is pretty good, I can pick up the raspberries and the cherries. The feel is a little thin, and the tartness, though it is subtle, is somehow still harsh. Overall this is still a good summer beer for kicking back and relaxing.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like that this is a fall seasonal. The color is appropriate of its name. It smells very fruity and floral. Somewhat tart. The taste certainly is tart. Fruity. Luckily not sweet. But the aftertaste is almost the flavor of Liquid BandAid™. Very bubbly. Dry quick finish. Reminds me of champagne almost. Wouldnt buy it if it wasnt for breast cancer funding.

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into stange glass.

Look: they didn't lie; the ale has a curious pink appearance a shade brighter than ruby red. high amount of bubbles and a white white head.

Smell: the berries overwhelm suitably in the smell... not much else you can smell through the tart.

Taste: surprisingly to me, the tartness of the berries is a better balance than something really sweet. I was astonished how good it was. Still not my cup of tea, but it's really well done. Like an Abita Purple Haze, only more tart and on steroids. If I were to put this into the "shandy" category, I'd say it is one of the best... I'm not a huge fan of shandys, but this is more interesting and refreshing than some of the lemon-based ones.

Mouthfeel: smooth feel with a nice malt backbone... Lip-smacking tartness creates a lemonade feel to it, but it still feels like a beer.

All in all, another solid one from the boys at Yards... I'm not biased being from Philadelphia at all, though ;-)

Link to my YouTube review of this beer:

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i love sour and raspberries but this wasn't as good, to me, as Victory's Kirsch Gose. i know its a different style but it's similar in my mind. enjoyable light sour beer but nothing spectacular. a refreshing beer when you don't want something too malty or bitter

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: The name is spot on: it's Pynk.

Smell: Faint gummy bears. Doesn't really fit the beer.

Taste: Subtle tart sour with also subtle berries. Starts the same as it finishes.

Feel: Thin with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good session beer, Pynk could be a good bridge to Sourtown.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ever had Purple Haze by Abita?

This is Abita Purple Haze But With Cherries Instead™. Slightly bitterer, but just as refreshing, and it still rides the train into Hefe-town once the fruit flavor fades.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

It's not as "tart" as the label promises, which is probably why I like it so much. It's sweet and it's pink and I don't care who sees me drinking it. It's damn good.

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Photo of ShaneHarris
4/5  rDev +7.8%

It reminds me of a lambic. It's got really good raspberry notes as well as some strawberry. The sourness isn't too harsh, and it results in a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from a cervoise from the 12oz bottle chilled, shared with Gabriel.

The color is red, clear with light pink head and fine bead with spots of lace clinging. The smell is faint berry and light malt aromatics with subtle sweet aroma with fruity yeast ester and light wheat type malt fragrance. The feel has a tangy presence with medium high carbonation and slight creamy body with gentle tangy berry texture and dry finish.

The taste starts off with tangy fruit with subtle berry flavor and cherry tanginess wih a mild wheat element in the middle and slight yeast and malt breadiness with a lasting tang of raspberry acidity as it finishes. Overall this is a decent fruit beer with taste that is not overwhelming yet tangy enough to make for a refreshing ale to savor

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish pink color. The head is a finger high, and lavender in shade. Retention isn't that great, nor is the lacing left behind anything to write home about. (3)

Smell: It's quite fragrant with the cherry/raspberry combination. General sweetness is also high...but not as high as I would expect. All in all, it's one note like most in the style, but it's also balanced (relatively) well. (3.5)

Taste: Yards did the impossible. They made a fruit beer that isn't sweet. I definitely get a nice opening salvo of fruit (raspberry comes through more vividly than cherry), but the finish sees some crackery malts appear, along with a slight reappearance of tart cherry. In a way, it's almost wine-like - this would make a fantastic base for a tongue-fucking sour ale. Hear that, Yards? ;) (3.5)

Mouthfeel: As far as fruit beers go, this is friggen' bone dry. The attenuation cuts through the sweetness beautifully. So does the vibrant carbonation. Refreshment level is high, too. (3.75)

Overall: On one hand, it's a fruit beer, so non-beer drinkers will enjoy it. On the other hand, it's also dry, so wine lovers and fruit beer haters may get a kick out of it, too. You guys can take your sugary-sweet, cherry pie facsimile beers, I'll gladly drink a few of these instead. (3.75)

3.55/5: Tasty yet bone dry fruit ale; what next, the Eagles winning the Super Bowl? ;)

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Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To me, this beer crosses the fruit beer and sour styles. As such, I don't think it does either poorly, but isn't going to be a top beer in either, also. For what I wanted from this beer (given descriptions and reviews): a refreshingly tart summer-style beer, I actually enjoyed it.

The beer pours a rosey amber with good carbonation and small-bubbled head that tries to cover the surface. The smell has enough of a light raspberry tone to let me know what I am getting. I can maybe get a hint of bitterness or maybe some funkiness that in retrospect is the tartness I get in the taste.

That taste starts out light and crisp, but very quickly turns fruit-tart, the sour cherry notes overpowering the perceptible raspberry notes. What is missing is some depth or true puckering nature from the sour side, the effect is that it feels a bit like a watered down sour more so than a fruit beer. I am fine with this, as I enjoy sours more than fruit beer, but the mix might not sit with others.

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottled 8/26/13. Served in a Goose Island stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark rose color with 1 finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is clear with light amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, cherry, cereal grain. Berry character is that of fresh berries and not artificial in nature. Overall aroma is pretty straight forward, but appealing.

Taste: Raspberry and a hint of some other general red berry character, mild grainy malt. Slightly tart and balanced by a slight sweentess.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation. Really refreshing and almost no alcohol presence.

Overall: A pretty good fruit beer. It's not going to knock your socks off, but I think Yards accomplished what they were going for on this. It's simple, flavorful and refreshing. It's a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear dark pinkish color with a red tint and a two finger white head with a light pink tint.

S- Raspberries, some tart cherries, an almost jam like sweetness.

T- Tart raspberries and cherries, bready malts, not much more going on, the tartness is not a very big flavor.

M- Light body, crisp.

O- Not a bad fruit beer, but not great beer. Tartness is very mild and the malts are a little out of place.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Pynk from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.