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Pynk - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 34.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 275
Photo of chefhatt
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: translucent reddish orange, scant rim of head, no lacing
S: one-note raspberry, thin
T: sour raspberry/strawberry, yeast
M: thin, plenty of tart bite, dry
O: Thin and plain, the Vita-water of beer. Really disappointing relative to other Lambic fruit beers. The old staple Fruli is much more enjoyable as a not-beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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?)

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Photo of thecheapies
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Raspberry, candy cherry and watermelon.

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

Light bodied, crisp and clean.

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

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Photo of rfgetz
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at The Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

A- Deep hazy pink. Not much head when I was served the beer. A lot of carbonation.

S- Very sweet fruity smell.

T- Tastes very fruity with flavors of raspberry and strawberry. A bit of a citrusy finish like a ruby red grapefruit juice.

M- Highly carbonated and lively. Light bodied.

D- Very interesting. I think it would be very refresing on a summer day. Would appeal to the wine cooler crowd.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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..

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Photo of nomad
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pink-ish ruby red color. Its pink puffy head and lace stuck around pretty well despite showing little carbonation underneath. Rare for a lambic to retain a head this well but this beer was super-fresh and on a fairly pressurized draught.

Smell was very sour with that quintessential lambic presence - the wild off-shoots from the yeast. It did not have the full range or vibrancy of, say, Cantillon lambics but an impressive showing nonetheless. Taste was sour, vinegary, yeasty, and with a little funk - altogether a solid display of lambic goodness. Had a small cherry presence, larger raspberry presence. Juicy and very drinkable, with a bare finish. Great tart flavor. Impressive

This a fantastic session beer, though the draught made it a bit too pressurized, creating a not-so-natural carbonation feeling. Within the spectrum of lambics its between Lindeman’s and Cantillon, tilting much toward the latter. A lot better than any other beer they make save the ESA. By chance I sat next to one of their brewers, Joe, at Dirty Frank's and he confirmed they follow the book on belgian fruit lambics down to everything but the wild results of Brussels’ open air. Bravo. Get it if you're in Philadelphia.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good lambic. The beer looked great, but I must say the best thing about the beer was that they did not make this too sweet. This made it very drinkable and less like a fizzy fruit drink and more like the fruit beer it should be. A real treat. This balance in taste made it much more drinkable. I would definitely have this again.

The beer distributor at the bar told me they separate this beer in the brewery so the yeast don't make the other beers sour. This made sense and when you drink it you'll understand. You could definitely taste some of the sourness, which along with the hops moderated the fruit.

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Photo of pezoids
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Scoats
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what an interesting beer. It is a light red, from what appears to be the combination of a gold beer base with the red coming from the fruit.

The basic flavor is very crisp. In the aftertaste, there is definitely an intentional sourness from the bacteria lambic style fermentation. The fruit is not heavy handed. It doesn't cover up the sourness, more leads into it. In this way, it is not a Lindemans style lambic. In a way this is rather nice as the super sweet fruit beer is pretty standard now.

All in all an interesting experiment. It won't make most people see god, but damn finely crafted.

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Pynk from Yards Brewing Co.
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