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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all others pale in comparison to this one. Crisp and hoppy, Philadelphia Pale Ale is brewed with Pilsner malt and American hops, which impart a surprising citrus aroma.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Act25

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brewer has disappointed a couple of times, but their core offerings (Phila Pale Ale, Good Hope IPA) are excellent. I am a fan of the style APA and always like a new departure.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves medium lacing.

Smell: Floral, pithy nose with a hint of apricot, and a wide malt base. Kind of English. Very approachable, appetizing, good food beer.

Taste: Starts out with a lemon, floral, apricot approach followed by bitter, citrus hops that provide strong, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant. good finish. Would have another.

Drinkability: Must try for APA fans. Hoppy, but not over your head.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:22:37 | More by Act25
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the local dive bar.

A-hazy yellow, small white head, decent lacing

S-citrusy, bread, grapefruit, floral notes-pine

T-citrusy taste (lemon, grapefruit), hoppier then most pales

M-medium bodied, good carbonation, taste little alcohol, crisp and refreshing

O-maybe its hometown bias and that fact that its on tap every where in the Philly area but a great beer. Not a typical pale and I think that is part of the appeal. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, which is good because I'll be having a several in the coming years.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 01:19:35 | More by Zetcha7x
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. There's a little over two fingers worth of white-colored head. The head itself is pretty rocky and retains well. Some soapy streaks of lacing are left behind.

S: The hops here are more evocative of British varietals than 'Murican ones. I get light orange peel, tea leaves, earth, flowers, and apricot from the nose, primarily. The fruity characteristic comes more strongly when allowed to open up some. I really like that there isn't much malt to get in the way - it's there, don't get me wrong, just muted. While this isn't the kind of hoppiness to wow me, it definitely has an intriguing smell to it.

T: The first swallow is surprisingly bitter in a good way. Tea leaves, orange peel, and flowers hit the palate immediately, right before a slight upsurge of sweet malts finish it off. There's nothing explosive or over-the-top here: this is just a really solid session beer.

M: Holy crap, this is creamy for the style. It still retains the crisp dryness I love in a good example of the style, but the creaminess does make it touch too full in body. Doesn't really matter - this goes down like water. Carbonation pricks the tongue slightly.

O: Yards brewed a really good golden ale here. Maybe it's a bit bland, but that's forgivable. This is a beer that's meant to be consumed by the 6-pack, and I'd much rather down a 6-pack of this than, say, Coors Light (I'd also rather catch herpes than have to down a 6-pack of Coors Light, but that's neither here nor there...)

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:28:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-01-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear golden yellow with a 1.5-finger pillowy white head with mild lacing.

S - Rising bread, orange, light touch of pine. Pleasant.

T - Nowhere near as bready as the smell. Citrus zest and flesh forward, tea, light toasted bread, white pepper, Finishes dry with a refreshing citrus and lingering tea.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this beer. The orange zest tea element is fairly strong so I wouldn't want this all the time, but it is a refreshing alternative to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with elements of a Daisy Cutter Pale but with a low ABV similar to a 21st Amendment Bitter American, which I prefer over this. Perhaps the closest beer to this is Surly's Bitter Brewer, which has a similar citrus tea flavor and low (4.0%) ABV. I will definitely have this flavorful, sessionable Pale Ale again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:36:57 | More by Tucquan
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Leftsailor

New Jersey

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

One of the best I've had in me man cave tap. Went to Baltimore beer week and only fond 1 (a Weiss) better. Never, never has there been a beer like that! Have a Flying Fish Octerberfish clogging up the lines now. Will be sure to get this after I purge the fish. Or perhaps a Long Trail, Brooklyn. Update: ordered 1/2 barrel Yards PPA 9.26.13, should be as good as the 1/6 I had before the (still working on) fish. At $165 +tax (1/2) and $75 + for 1/6 it is a bit up there, but as me sailing friends tell me "you only live once". Is that true?

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 00:06:43 | More by Leftsailor
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jesster64

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nice thick creamy head, which was the high spot for this beer. Citrus taste and aftertaste I didn't enjoy. Color was decent. smell was a little off, but not overpowering. I will not buy this beer again. Even in the summer, not really refreshing to me. I was done after one , didn't want a second one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 13:49:31 | More by jesster64
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had picked up a six pack real quick for a get together.

A. Nice dark gold with a small off white head. Lacing was nice.

S. Smell was slightly yeasty with some hints of citrus. Nothing was too strong, almost nonexistent just about.

T. Taste was also pretty bland. Again like the aroma, the taste was yeast with a kick of citrus. The yeast was more prominent. The citrus flavor was minimal and bit your taste buds late.

M. The feel was not too full, on the lighter side of things. The lack of fullness did not coat the palate.

O. Overall the beer is not bad. I maybe would get it again, but I will
need to be I a jam to do that

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 03:33:45 | More by mikefuski17
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head that dissolved into a thin, eighth of a finger of white lacing that covered the entirety of the beer. It looks like a cross between a heffeweisen and a BMC beer. Not too sure about that…

Aroma: Very citrusy and yeasty. Lemon and grapefruit and some strong floral notes like clover and grass.

Taste: Interesting. Very citrusy, but not in like a shandy which I find too sweet/sour or in a weissen or Weiss-bier kind of way, meaning that there’s no banana or bubblegum that I get in weissens or Weiss-biers, just a lot of citrus (lemon, grapefruit), but followed by some good hops at the finish. There’s also a little bit of honey present too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds. Because of the low alcohol content, the beer only clocks in at 4.3% ABV, there’s practically no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: Yard’s Philadelphia Pale Ale is a very interesting beer. It’s not your typical pale ale, sort of a hybrid of a pale ale and a heffeweisen, taking the best of both styles and leaving the out the worst. I’d certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:15:45 | More by Jeffreysan
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that hardly died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of orange citrus as well as hints of pilsener malts. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed how this beer combined a high amount of drinkability compared with nice citrusy flavors. Although it doesn't stand up with the hop flavors of some of the top American Pale Ales, it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:12:15 | More by metter98
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nicely amber colored ale. Ever so slightly cloudy, but an overall nice clarity. White, bubbly head eventually fades down into a thin, but consistent head. Leaves kind of lackluster lacing down the glass, but at least it's there.

S: Quite fruity. Grapefruit being the most notable, with slight undertones of hops coming through. A lot more pleasant than expected.

T: Slightly fruity, with those grapefruit notes being the most prominent on the tongue as well. A pleasant, mild bitterness throughout. A nice dash of citrus and hops in the finish.

F: A little on the overcarbonated side, but nothing off-putting. Carbonation seems to settle as the beer sits. Slightly thin, but definitely drinkable.

O: Seeing as how I'm from Philly, this beer was a must-try. It's affordable and widely available since it's local. It's not something I'd buy a case of for myself, but if I were going to a party and wanted to save a few bucks while still picking up an enjoyable beer, I'd definitely choose this over other budget pale ales. Not a mandatory must-try, but definitely acceptable and a really good choice if you want something light, flavorful, and refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:53:41 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer from bottle at around 55 degrees F into a 16oz pint glass and it poured a very clear gold with a white one finger head that lasts as a ring and center cap. The lacing is lightly sticky with an unorganized pattern. Nice.

Honey, malts and hops all approach my nose equally to form an overall sweet citrus aroma that is exquisite! Let the beer warm a bit, you will see exactly what I mean. There definitely a hint of the pilsner malt in there. It's really a nice aroma.

The flavor is just as exquisite. Semi-sweet pilsner malts entwine with honey, very mild grapefruit, and a mild piney hop that really comes out in the end rendering the experience as mildly sweet, then mildly dry and overall very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is mildly sweet and finishing dry almost like a champagne and light bodied. The carbonation is moderate and if it were higher this beer would be champagne like in yet another way. Mild pepper finish.

Overall, this beer was a pure pleasure to try! I would totally recommend this beer to anyone really. This would be a great sessionable summer beer and I think a good candidate for being canned as I would love to take this camping with me!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 00:46:54 | More by WissBrauSean
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 05, 2012 (hmm ... let`s see how this goes):

Into a pint glass:

A: clear hazy orange body with a half finger foamy white head that quickly dies, no carbonation is seen rising, a fair amount of lacing is left

S: citrusy hops, somewhat piney, malts come out as it warms

T: smooth bittersweet, somewhat malty, citrus aftertaste, crisp finish

M: light, very sessionable, carbonation is spot on

O: surprisingly enough, though I thought this was expired after looking at the ABV and bottling date, this was better than I thought - pretty good for style and very good to me, I`d have again and definitely have fresher just to see how it compares

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:01:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some citrus as well. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a solid session beer.I could see drinking several of these on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 12:31:03 | More by tone77
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Urban Table in Morristown, NJ. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

Pours clear golden colored, a touch on the darker side, but able to see through. Some nice foam sits atop. Nondescript nose, that of a light ale. Taste is a very well balanced pale ale - malt with a present bitter that blends nicely together. Some citrus on the back half. Carbonatoion is good. A well done pale, perfect with a sunday brunch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 12:25:15 | More by KTCamm
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ferrouswolf

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Case from the brewery; bottled 11/08/12. Poured into a 12 oz straight sided glass.

Appearance: a pleasant gold color with some haze. One finger head fades to a ring with patches and minimal lacing.

Smell: citrus and some maltiness from the pilsner malts.

Taste: tart hop bite fading to fresh citrus and tropical fruit, with a hoppy dry finish. A little bit of malt here and there, but this is a hop-driven beer. There's some ale yeast fruitiness here which helps support the hop fruitiness. The bitterness is pleasant and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel for an APA, but it goes well with the fruitiness. Fine bubbles tingle on the tongue.

Overall: This is a very tasty pale ale, and it's reasonably priced if you can get it. If you lick your lips after a sip, you'll get another shot of hop bitterness. If you drink it without food, you get the benefit of burping the hop flavor back up. I'd love to try a black-and-tan with this and a really chocolatey beer, or maybe half this and half framboise.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:32:14 | More by ferrouswolf
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop aromas leaning towards tropical.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Very citrusy. Buttered toast in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Good beer, but nothing special. One of the better Yards I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:56:47 | More by SolipsismalCat
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale ale poured into a pint glass with a clear golden body. A white cap builds up on the beer to about one finger in size and has decent retention. Frothy ring leaves a ton of lace rings at the top of the glass and spotty lace on the rest.

S- Yeast bread, cracker sweets and light caramel malts up front. Some hops make a presence with citrus and floral hints.

T- Starts off with some fruity notes, seems like citrus from some hops and maybe some lighter fruits (apple, grape) from the yeast. As I sip on, a fresh cracked grain aspect opens up with malty caramel and light sweets. A nice yeast bread note to round it all out.

MF- Lighter overall feel to the body with very high carbonation which can be felt on the palate. Creamy consistency and a tiny bitterness in the finish.

A pretty simple and straightforward Pale Ale. A good balance of yeast, hops and malts but nothing that really jumps out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:22:40 | More by cbutova
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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden color with a dense one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Slightly dank citrus hops, grapefruit, and resin dominate the aroma. Notes of tangerines and onions add complexity. Floral hops emerge as it warms.

Grapefruit, sour tangerine, dank, earthy hops, and biscuity malt form the initial flavor profile. The finish is fairly bitter, resiny, and peppery. A sour, metallic flavor surfaces eventually.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

Good citrus and floral hop character, moderate bitterness. There's a skunky, sour flavor that is slightly offputting, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:03:45 | More by barczar
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QuarterHorse

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a a golden straw color with a bright white head.

The aroma is citrusy, mostly lemon, with a hint of apricot and a bit of grass.

There is a very mild cracker like malt flavor, followed by a citusy zing, which settles into an oh so faint breadyness with some bitterness.

A decent pale ale. Maybe a bit light on the hops for an American representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:47:56 | More by QuarterHorse
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nickfl

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - an aroma of bready malt, light fruit, and a bit of solventy spice.

T - light, dry malt up front with some lemony tang in the middle. Finishes with lightly peppery notes and a touch of herbal bitterness.

M - A moderately light body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an odd one, very little hop character and a lightly acidic lemon flavor throughout. More like a blonde ale than anything I'd call a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:30:12 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a hazy golden body.

S: tangerine and orange citrus mostly, not much else.

T: not a whole lot of hop flavor. Mostly more citrus and some earthy notes provided by the hops. a bready base. Both are so understated that although balanced this one comes across as a little weak.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a fairly average beer. Not really what I look for in an APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:25:38 | More by kylehay2004
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright white head sits on top of a golden straw color beer. The head is tall and a bit soapy. Gentile carbonation entices one.

Aroma is the high point of this brew. It's bright and citrusy in it's hop bouquet with sutle sweet malts.

Taste was a bit of a let down. It lacks in flavor and is rather harsh on first sip. Malts have a bready yeasty finish.

Like I said: harsh at first but settle down after it starts to warm. Has a clean finish.

See this is where I know some of my reviews didn't make it to the other side for this beer is a perfect down the shore beer. I wrote that in my oringal review. The low alcohol makes it a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 13:03:38 | More by micromaniac129
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After moving out to Philadelphia (or what I tell everyone, since I'm right outside) I decided to scout some of the local beers. I came upon a twelve pack sampler from Yards, and decided I would blindly go into it. I had never heard of Yards, but it looked fairly distinguished from the other local brews. The sampler had four of their "signature ales", and I decided to go with the light, easy drinking Philadelphia Pale Ale. Here's my breakdown:

Served from bottle into tumbler pint

A - Light gold, crystal clear, with a light yellow-white bubbly head right off of pour. Slowly fizzles down to a creamier 1/4" head after a few minutes. Retention lasts through the entirety of consumption with little lacing left behind

S - Light, sweet aroma, with a dull hint of some citrus

T - Like the smell; a lightly sweet taste, with citrus notes to add a tangy finish

M - Very light-bodied, clean feel. Very smooth and drinkable

O - I think this is a good beer. Nothing that really jumps out at you, but something that would cater well on a hot summer day. I can see myself getting some of these for a nice barbeque outside, where I don't have to worry about them filling me up. The low ABV (4.6%) will allow for more consumption, too, which is always a plus!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:31:32 | More by BWED
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix a six, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is light golden with amber hues and the cap is thick pale cream with tight bead. The smell is nice with some mild citrus zest and slight herbal hop aromas but light in the malt, The hops smell kind of grassy in a good way. The feel is light bodied for the style but crisp and moderately low in bitterness and semi-dry in the finish with no alcohol influence on the palate.

The flavor is gentle at first with some light cracker-like malt which I understand since I read the neck label is a pilsner based pale. The hops have a light citrus tinge with mild bitter herbal flavor, the finish is slightly peppery and dry. Overall I like this and it is good but doesn't really stand out as far as the style goes, but is refreshing and quaffable for a good summer pale and I enjoyed the low abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 13:18:59 | More by Slatetank
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Philly Public House on 8/1/12, served in a shaker pint.

Pour: Clear golden with a finger and a half of white head. Does not leave much lacing.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops with a honey sweetness thrown in.

Taste: Pretty unexpected hop character that is quite flavorful. Grassy hops, with a light pine and citrus. Bready sweetness. Maybe it was the blandness of the Yuengling I had before, but this taste pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Really light. As light as the Yuengling. Goes down easy and refreshing.

Overall: Pretty solid, and took my by surprise as being this solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 00:41:46 | More by cfrances33
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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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