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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by berpwillie:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

pours a cloudy copper yellowish color with good fluffy white head and good lacing. lively carbonation. strong citrus fruity hop smell, taste is much the same but the citrus is even more potent. some grapefruit hints. thin slick texture and light bodied. short flavor duration. all around decent beer.

06-08-2010 12:42:31 | More by berpwillie
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a nice deeper straw color with medium head left some nice lacing,a little fruity in the aroma with a ever slight malt smell.Iwas gonna give it a lower taste rating when a nice malt smack came in at the end of my first sip.This brew is a little rough around the edges it maybe a work in progress,I like more than alot who have reviewed it looks like.

05-31-2003 19:54:12 | More by oberon
Photo of TTripp725


4.5/5  rDev +22%

08-24-2013 18:15:37 | More by TTripp725
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-24-2014 02:11:42 | More by Fcip78
Photo of merlin48


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Immense, overcarbonated, head here. Use care when pouring! The body finally appears as a slightly hazed, medium yellow color, sitting beneath a head that stabilizes at three fingers tall. Head is offwhite and rocky, and initially occupied 90% of the glass.
Aroma has "burn your nose" hops, with powerful scents of pinecone and citrus rind. Grapefruit and lemon rind are predominant, with a hint of biscuity malt in the background.
Moutfeel is overcarbonated, though not as much as suggested by the head. Medium bodied, with a moderate hops bite.
The hops dominate the taste, but are more subdued in the taste than in the nose. Lemonrind is prominent, with a hint of red apples, while grassy and pinesap notes lurk just underneath. Biscuity malt tries to emerge midway through, but is beaten back by the wave of hops .
This is a nicely hopped, American pale ale, but is one dimensional with such overwhelming, hops character. Hopheads should enjoy this one.

10-21-2004 10:48:24 | More by merlin48
Photo of jakester


4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

This is from the Yards Variety case. I drank it in a goblet. "Filled on" date is on the top of the case, although you have to look carefully to find it. Something is inked on the bottle, but it's too smudged to read it.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a 1/2 finger head of slightly off white foam. The head falls fairly quickly to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is strong piney hops, very clean, with just a touch of light bready malt. Very fruity as well, with notes of pears or golden raisins. A faint citrus smell comes through late.

First flavor is bready malt, but that is quickly kicked away by a pretty strong level of hop bitterness. Next is piney hop flavor, with just a hint of citrus. The fruitiness comes through last, with notes like above. Aftertaste is bitter and on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is dry and slightly chalky, but very pleasant. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is dry and slightly astringent, but nice.

This is a very good pale ale. It's not sweet, and it's definitely balanced on the hoppy side, but that's what I like in a pale ale. It has a good level of bitterness, a nice hop flavor and aroma, and just enough malt to make a difference. Recommended.

12-27-2005 17:42:07 | More by jakester
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a tall pilsner glass.A thick creamy white head.The color was kind of hard to nail down it was sort of straw,light golden,light coppery,hard to describe.
The beer erupted with strands and strands of stringing bubbles rising to the surface couldn't stop watching.The head retention was great there was a 1/2 of head at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was very citrusy,grapefruity,bisquity,very clean smelling.
The taste was citrusy,grapefruity,grassy,grainy,and a bit of sourness.
Not a lot of malt presence in the taste.
The mouthfeel was light,very livley,fizzy,with a nice dry finish.
An english style ale,very tastey,a great session beer.

10-14-2006 22:37:46 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-02-2012 02:43:00 | More by Runofthemiller
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-17-2014 00:56:58 | More by bpfrush
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

11-12-2013 03:53:40 | More by Vintarabo
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-25-2013 19:51:32 | More by Mantooth
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-09-2013 01:43:17 | More by clark25
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-01-2012 19:22:10 | More by jefftuck47
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-02-2012 23:09:53 | More by briandaube
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

08-07-2014 01:02:25 | More by gunnerlincoln
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West Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -30.9%

Appears slightly hazed copper with a mountainous frothy head, all I can say is welcom to Starbucks sir. Broad rings of thick lacing line the pint glass throughout the pour. Aroma has delicate floral hops with some mild fruit tones gracing my senses all under a mellow malt sweetness. Taste is a bit mild all of the flavors are tame except for the hops they came through creating unbalanced harshness there is some residual caramel tones in the malt profile. Mouthfeel has some syrup like textures but still a bit thin especially for a cask. Low carbonation very smooth making drinkability effortless not bad just not as good as I was hoping.

08-02-2003 00:06:41 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

nice 2 finger head sits atop the light yellow brew

head stuck around for a good amount of time leaving some nice lacing

slight hint of some floral hop in the nose...picked up some citrus in there too...nothing special

lemony but not overpowering...the light citrus in the nose made an appearance....malt in the finish

very crisp, smooth, well balanced carbonation

refreshing and easy drinking beer perfect for a BBQ or ballgame

05-07-2009 21:35:37 | More by SPRichard
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-18-2012 01:19:21 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-29-2013 00:37:16 | More by Adkins1203
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy orangeish-yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a bubbly snow white head that sticks to the glass a moment before sliding back into the beer.
S- The fresh hops aroma has tangerine and orange juice aromas with a soft plastic note to the green herbal finish.
T- The green hop bite has a soft dandelion bitterness and a cinnamon hint to it. There is a soft dry pale malt flavor that has a hint of sulfur bite to the finish. The hop bitterness lingers for just a moment after the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a nice aroma start but turns a bit sharp. The hops in the taste are mostly bitter with not much flavor but some depth in the flavor that is there.

12-02-2009 22:02:04 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of pwoods


3.58/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to NjpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a grapefruit rind yellow, hazy. Moderate white head on the pour that leave less than a skim and only a bit of lacing.

S: Very light citrus and grassy hops. Hops don't pop at all and are over balanaced by the light biscuity and husky malts. Not a lot going on.

T/M: Bitterness is even a bit low for an APA. The hop flavor comes out a bit more here. Some light citrus and floral, grassy hops.. not a much but pleasant. The malts come in with a touch of sweetness but also dries it out a bit. Body is medium light with good carbonation.

D: Low ABV and drinks easy. It has a few flaws but not terrible at overall.

09-29-2009 03:08:51 | More by pwoods
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-18-2014 13:41:38 | More by kneary13
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-09-2012 01:18:48 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

08-04-2014 16:46:13 | More by Moondoggy68
Photo of brewQ


4/5  rDev +8.4%

My first brew of the day while visiting DJ's Six Pack & Dogz, Pittsburgh..

Golden color with firm white head.
Sharp aroma of citrus and pine.
Very refreshing with some sweetness in the taste.
Left me a bit puckered and ready to drink some more!

The ratings on this are all over the place but put me down in favor of this Pale Ale.

02-15-2005 18:39:42 | More by brewQ
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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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