Pynk - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 248
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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! (965 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (783 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (2,238 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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?) (1,000 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – As the name would suggest it pours a darker pink/ruby like color with a two finger foamy pink tinted head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma consists mostly of tart fruity smells of raspberry and cherry. Some sweeter smells of the fruits are there as well and mixed some hints of wheat with a touch of graininess to produce a somewhat sour and wheaty fruited aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty taste along with a lightly sweetened raspberry flavor. As the flavor moves on some yeasty tastes and a bit of funk come to the tongue. The sweeter raspberry becomes more tart in nature with some lighter flavors of tart cherry also coming to the tongue. The wheatiness gains a bit of intensity as the flavor advances further and becomes grainier in nature. Along with these transitions so to comes some flavors of hay and grass. In the end with the loss of the sweet, the increase in the tart, and the funky, grassy, and hay flavors, one is left with a light puckering fruit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the tart and fruity flavors of the beer the overall feel is rather good as it keeps the beer rather refreshing without becoming too undrinkable due to the more tart and lightly funked nature of the flavors.

Overall – A fairly tasty tart fruited beer. Not overly sweet, nor too tart to be enjoyable. Rather nice. (1,625 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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. (226 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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? ;) (1,418 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours out from the bottle a purple-orange color. Has decent clarity, maybe a little translucence. The head fell promptly to form a solid white ring. Nothing special about how it looks.

Smells of beery tart berries. Faintly descriptive, it tells of royal raspberry and cranberry. Has some authenticity to the fruit, but it's not 100% true. Hints of sugary malts sneak through, but it's not that sweet. Hops are muted, if at all noticeable.

An attenuated fruit beer with some glaring tartness from the types of fruits used. Malts are punchier now, and a little loud to let the tart shine. Has a grainy character that helps to not promote sweetness, which it lacks. Not complaining about that. The carbontion gives the mouthfeel some life. There's just an overwhelming thinness in flavor, and in body, that reveals a void. I'm left wanting anything more than this.

Terribly average, or maybe not even. (901 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My very first Yards Brewing tick.

Served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Poured a clear, ruby color, with a mere aspirin dissolve posing as a head.

S: Distinct fruit scent that was slightly more raspberry than cherry to my nose.

T: First off, this was totally disappointing in the tartness category. It was almost as if someone took a top shelf New Glarus entry and then totally watered it down. Watery finish, but still not gross.

M: The carbonation was good... nice and spritzy. The lacing minimal, but ahhhh... where was the fruit stank?!!

O: Kinda weak as far as fruit beers go, but I'm glad I tried it. (613 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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... (453 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

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. (352 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (1,643 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never had this before...mostly because I'm not a huge fan of this style. While this was not a bad beer, it was pretty underwhelming and like so many other fruit and vegetable beers, this came across as being uninspiring and artificial tasting. While I would take this over any fruity malt beverage, that's not saying a whole lot given that offerings of those nature aren't even classified as beer.

Thankfully, the pour to this was able to redeem this beer. It had a dark raspberry hue, moderate head, and just a hint of a tart berry aroma to it. Not a lot of carbonation once the liquid settled down and this was about as clear as could be given the hue of the beer. The taste was light - champagne, chambord, and a bit of Lambic funkiness all tossed in for good measure, with mostly raspberry and some cherry tossed in for good measure. Lots of syrup, especially in the aftertaste but that faded relatively quickly as well. The fruit did coat my mouth and lasted longer than anything else but it felt like I had eaten a Jolly Rancher once I finished off each sip.

Not a lot of booze either in the taste or the mouthfeel and the alcohol quietly sneaked up on me as I made my way through the contents of my pint glass. With some more malt, body, and booze, this could have been a great dessert beer but as it was, it turned out to be another example of why some styles of beer just don't quite cut it. Yes, it was a beer in every sense of the word with the exception of the smile it failed to put on my face. Worth a go once for someone looking for a "light" experience while drinking but alas, this isn't even heavy enough to pair with cheesecake, chocolate, or tart pastries. Just enjoy it on its own and take it for what it is - a beer in the minimalist sent of the word. (1,818 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,417 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer, it has a pinkish color body with a small fizzy head. The smell has a aroma of raspberries. The taste has a tart rasberry flavor, kinda dry
The mouthfeel is nice and on the dry side. Overall it is a good beer and.was made for a good cause. (258 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (783 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (859 characters)

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Pynk from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.