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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

661 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see this rated so low. This beer has inspired me to look for more Pa products other than Victory and Rolling Rock. I believe a trip to Phily is in order sometime....

Eye Candy: Brilliant golden orange, cloudy with swirls, huge frothy white head that held on throughout. Gentle rising lines of carbonation. Plenty of sticky lacing and clumping. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

The Nose Knows: Floral and grapefruit hops, white grape juice/ginger ale, sour apple, fresh baked biscuity malts, doughy yeast.

Tongueland: Floral hops up front, slight caramel, sweet bread middle, finished pink grapefruit with a touch of bitter orange peel to balance. Biscuity malt background. Amazing complexity. Thick carbonation, syrupy, palate coating, exc feel.

Bender: Easily see this one on cask. Looking forward to finding this one again. Hops destroy the buds, you can't appreciate anything else after this one, thus drinkability suffers. At listed low ABV, a standout APA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2005 18:18:18 | More by wailingwench
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ChappyCubsFan

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer doesn't receive higher marks. We first sampled it at Citizen's Bank Ballpark, and we were ready to declare it as "One of the Top Five Beers You Can Buy at a Major League Ballpark." It was the perfect beer for the hot afternoon game. Not overbearing or too strong in alcohol. It seemed to have a great, single hop taste, which I believe is simcoe hops. The lacing and head were excellent, and the malt taste was in perfect harmony with the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2005 19:36:05 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This local favorite seemed to be MIA for a while, but it's good to see Yards back in full swing with their new brewery and increased distribution.

This wholly original APA pours out a nice, thick white head with a thin gold coloration that resembles your typical pilsener spiked with citrus pulp. The look doesn't really do the taste justice and its first impression doesn't really complement the flavors.

On to greener pastures, this beer's great hoppy smell makes up for the weak look and permeates the air with the slightest undertones of lemon and orange zest.

The flavor boasts a mild hop bite with a rich aftertaste that was reminiscent of Sam Adams Boston Lager and had subtle caramel notes that showed up as the beer warmed in the glass.

I could drink this beer all day long. It tingles the back of the tongue and slides down the throat nicely, making for one delicious go-to brew.

This is a must have session beer and a one of the finest beers to come out of PA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:14:25 | More by deapokid
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know if there's a beer that speaks more to the Philly beer scene than this one. It's always my choice when going to a Phillies game.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a very clear golden yellow. A loose-bubbled one-finger head forms on top and drops to a nearly full cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink.

SMELL: The nose is dominated by hops at either end of the spectrum. On one hand you've got earthy, sort of English smelling hops, and on the other is the unmistakable aroma of fresh grapefruit rind. They do block out the aroma of the malt base a bit. But what comes through is clean, bready pale malt.

TASTE: Excellent balance in the flavor. The malt gives off a decent sweetness, but it's accented perfectly by hops that tend well toward the citrusy side. They're aggressive enough that they seem to give the beer a slight tartness toward the finish. Some vague English yeast esters seem to be there, but not enough to pick up on anything specific.

MOUTHFEEL: A higher carbonation level makes the body seem bigger than it is - maybe pushing it from light to medium light.

DRINKABILITY: Awesome marks here. Lighter body, low alcohol, and perfect for the summer. Drink as many as you want.

Man, this makes me yearn for summer and sitting out watching a baseball game. Only 6 days until Opening Day and not too much longer before the weather really starts to warm up. I'll make sure to have plenty of Philly Pale Ale on hand for when it does.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:16:56 | More by jmalex
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was yellow gold with almost no head.

The nose is mostly malts with a vague fruitiness.

On the palate, it's sweet but well-hopped. Hints of tropical fruits and a good amount of spicy hops. It's very tasty with a mild astringency on the finish.

This is quite drinkable, and I'd been looking forward to trying it. I must say, great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 06:13:32 | More by IMincedTheKing
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is clear light gold color with a nice foamy white head with some lacing.

The smell is sweet, a little floral & hoppy with some grains flavor.

The taste is light and sweet. A really crisp citrus flavor that stays with you after the first sip. Is a good summer, a nice citrus flavor with a tease of lemon and a good hoppiness to the back end. A little bit bitter to even things out.

The mouth feel on this beer is light. It would made for a good summer bear or a good food pairing beer for it's lightness and it's flavor. It goes down easy and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:23:42 | More by Duhast500
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 17:42:07 | More by jakester
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the light end of golden, with a one and a half finger white head. Some lacing.
S- A bit fruity, with a peach and grapefruit mixture being the predominant presence.
T- Well balanced flavors, the pilsner malt has enough of a presence to make it clear that it's there. A bit of a bread dough character in there. finish is balanced with the malt character being tempered by a lemon/apricot/light grapefruit presence.
M- Definite light bodied, even for style, but carbonation is right on. Smooth, with a dry finish. Just a bit more malt I think would add some body which would make it spot on.
O- This is almost exactly what I want out of a pale ale. Well balanced with malt and hop notes playing off each other well. A little more body and some more on the nose and it would be excellent. Super easy on the drinkable side as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 14:58:51 | More by jsprain1
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PollardsVision

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden.
Very faint citrusy sweetness and the hops clearly take center stage. Certainly not the most complex APA and that's just fine by me. The citrus undertone gets bolder as you drink it. Crisp and refreshing and highly drinkable. This one goes down super easy. A great choice if you are looking for a nice clean hoppy bite and aren't wanting to be blown away by a big IPA.

I'd have no problem having this one stocked in the fridge regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 12:58:26 | More by PollardsVision
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Poured a dark, golden yellow with a two-finger head, fluffy as clouds. I let the beer sit and the head took about four minutes to recede, leaving a great sticky lacing on the glass. Even as I drink there is still a half-finger head remaining.

Smell: This smells delicious. There are notes of pine, grapefruit/citrus, hops.

Taste: I like it a lot, actually. You get the taste of the citrus and hops pretty well, with a noticeable citrus linger in the back of your throat. Really tastes like grapefruit to me. There are not really any overpowering hops, and a barely noticeable bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Overall a good mouthfeel, it has medium-light carbonation and a nice light mouth feel. For some beers, this might not be good, but it just really works with this one.

Overall: I am definitely pleasantly surprised from this offering. It would be great on a hot day and is just nice and citrusy and refreshing. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:58:28 | More by CowsCanBark
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Edwin

Pennsylvania

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

Served on tap in my apartment (a VERY special thanks to gfb108 for that!)...

Appearance: Poured out a yellowy color with some hazy amber hints to it. A large, foamy head formed. nice, white and fluffy. Left a LOT of lacing in the glass.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruit notes come out immediately. I was surprised at the amount of hoppiness that I could pick up. Very impressive.

Taste: I could not believe this wasn't an IPA. Lots of good hop flavors, mixed with some citrus notes. I was very pleased with this, as I thought I'd be let down. It is a nicely balanced, crisp hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a smoothness that went down easy. The lack of carbonation could have been my lack of experience with the tap system. Not sure.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. It's got a nice, warm feel to it, and won't smack you in the face with alcohol. I had five and was fine, if not tired (Watching my Falcons get smacked by the Ravens in preseason will do that I guess).

Overall: A great keg to kick of my new tap system. I highly enjoyed this brew. Grab one if you can. Note: make sure you get a fresh case to ensure you have the "NEW" recipie.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 12:20:09 | More by Edwin
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

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

one of my favorite session beers

it pours a lighter yellow color with a good amount of head

it smells like hops and a little grapefruit

it tastes smooth , citrusy and a little crisp

its just a great beer

if you like hops and even if you dont you should like this beer

i really dig that its a pretty low abv which is nice for someone like me who really doesnt drink enough to get drunk very often

check it out ,its pretty widely avail in philly and cheap

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 20:11:47 | More by gdfan47
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle to pint glass. No date on bottle but it was indicated on the outside of the case package. I can't remember the exact date, but this review is within a month and a half of the bottling.

A: A bright white foamy head rises to 2 fingers and deflates over a respectable amount of time. The film is thin but the collar is chunky and still clinging half-way up to the top of my pint glass. The body is a golden straw color with 80% trasnparency. Lacing begins to lay down with proficiency but does not continue throughout the remainder of the beer.

S: Fantastically aromatic but defintely not intense way. More of in 'the right balance with the right conglomeration of flavors' type of way. Plenty of malt and hop aromas for the nose to appreciate. Caramel, cookie and bread, all toasted. The hops are mildly citrusy with oranges and lemons leading the way.

T: Wonderfully flavorful, especially for a pale ale, and ESPECIALLY for a beer weighing in at a mere 4.6%. (BA currently states 4.3%). Lightly sweet.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture and average carbonation level. No bitterness. This beer could and should appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers.

D: This is the definition of drinkability. The flavor is pretty remarkable at sub-5% ABV and is highly accessible in my opinion (and certainlywell priced). The Philadelphia Pale Ale isn't the most hop-forward or flavorfu; pale ale, but it's delicate balance rivals the best. When rated to style, this beer should score well. And despite my high rDEV, I stand by my score.

Yards does low-ABV beers as good as anyone I have access to. For what it's worth, their website is gorgeous too, although lacking depth of information.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:56:46 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at the Khyber (back when it was an important place), Philly, PA

Philly Pale Ale is one of my favorite "simple" beers, and easily one of my favorite overall "basic" local brews. No nonsense, just a great beer. Pours a clear golden yellow, notably carbonated with a foamy white head that leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. Often, yeast floaters can be seen in the glass or bottle. Fresh aroma, filled with sweet malts, crisp hops, citrus zest, and light fruits. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet bready hops, bright hops--citrus, pine, floral--and lightly and subtly fruity with notes of citrus and apricot. Light-medium body, appropriately carbonated, and extremely drinkable for everyone from beer wusses to beer snobs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 02:44:15 | More by Rifugium
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clayphilly

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My most common beer. Brewed a mile away, this beer has a strong flavor, elements of citrus and malt. Perfect for any occaison or season. Pale ales are usually light taste, but the flavor is perfect for a simple yet great Pale Ale.

Notes:
-24 bottle case
-Philadelphia 6th/Moore distributor 2010

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 17:23:54 | More by clayphilly
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TheDeuce

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Philadelphia Pale Ale....

Appearance-pours a rather copper golden color with a HUGE three finger head of intense foam, huge amount of lace on the glass with incredibly solid foam. Exceptional clarity.

Smell-some cascade hop aroma, slight malt tendencies but overwhelmingly hoppy, not bad.

Taste-very hoppy with a cascade hop flourish backed up by malt, slightly dry and bitter as it goes down, impressively hoppy yet still well balanced.

Mouthfeel-slightly bittery but it goes down very smoothly with some grapefruit overtones, nice job.

Drinkability-it is imprssive to me that a Pale Ale can be this flavorful and this light in alcohol. A very flavorful sessioner.

Overall-I heard they changed the recipe and many have been saying it's much better, I haven't had the old one, but as for this new recipe let me say that it's phenomanal. To anyone that has tried the old recipe you owe it to yourself to try this one as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 05:27:57 | More by TheDeuce
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Citizen's Bank Park while watching Cole Hamels two-hit the Giants.

a: This was a slightly chill-hazed golden color. It was served to me with a nice one inch foamy head.

s: Bready malts, not very sweet. Hop bitterness in the form of grapefruit with a little pine tingle.

t: The malts were very light and bready or biscuity, not all that sweet. Not what I'm used to, but it works very well. The hop finish tastes of grapefruit and is pretty bitter without being obnoxious.

m: Slightly slick body with long lasting, creamy carbonation. The lingering bitter grapefruit was very pleasant.

d: I love all the good beer choices at CBP, but I stuck to these last night. Perfect ballpark brewand one of the better APA's I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 10:43:05 | More by DIM
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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Philadelphia Pale Ale is an English IPA with a darker color than the traditional IPA but still lighter than an amber. The spicy aroma is indicative of the hoppy bite this beer imparts from the first sip to the last. The hop selection for this beer covers the malt flavor and has no hint of citrus. I was impressed that Yards did not apparently filter this beer and allowed the yeast to sit in the bottle and condition this ale naturally. The bottle conditioning added a larger bubbled white head that had great staying power as this ale was consumed. I would suggest serving this beer closer to 50 degrees than to 40 degrees to let the hop aroma fill the glass and come out of the beer. Be cautious in opening and pouring this libation, the yeast in the bottle have added quite a lot of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 12:25:30 | More by DevilDogBeer
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plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with the typical Yards three finger pillowy and chunky white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resiny citrus hop with some orange fragrance. Light doughy aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a light, zesty citrus hop with an excellent orange sweetness. Soft biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was light and clean and well carbonated.

Overall a very drinkable APA with a very sessionable ABV. Well balanced and clean.

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 15:33:56 | More by plaid75
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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a light copper/straw color with a good head.

S: It has a nice caramel like smell, with some fruity floral smell as well

T: It has a nice caramel taste, with a hint of the hops in there as well

M: This beer goes down really smooth, and it has a nice carbonization level in there as well

D: This is a beer that I will most definitely will drink again

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 19:29:27 | More by MikeRa
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw crystal clear. Carbonation bubbles a little slow. White creamy 1 finger white head.

S: lemon, grapefruit, pine, citrus. Resin hops.

T:malty sweet upfront, nice backbone balnce malt with hops. Hops enter in middle as a slight bitterness on back of the tongue. Easy to drink pale ale.

M: balance of sweet and dry. Bitterness is refreshing and soothing.

O: excellent pale ale. Sessionable. Easy to quaff multiple bottles in a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:42:22 | More by JerseyKirk
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass a orange-amber color that had some cloud to it. The head was a white in color that was not present for very long. No lace seemed to be present. The aroma was fruity and hops with a tad of malt were present. The taste was sweet with fruit/citrus and hops. A malt seemed to be present but not overpowering plus it added to the sweetness. A well balanced beer with flavors and smells. Would like to get a few to take home next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 09:53:14 | More by Jarod
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CHickman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold in color with a 1 finger white head that faded quickly; very good lacing that left rings.

Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, coriander, light caramel and light spices. Very potent nose that seems more like an IPA.

Pale Ale my ass...this tastes like an IPA and a good one at that. Tastes like it smells with floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, light caramel and light spices; a really nice balanced beer with good malt sweetness and hop zing to add to the floral/citrus bite. Very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy on the tongue with light carbonation, a medium body and a dry puckering finish from the hop spices.

A very enjoyable and tasty beer that I will seek out again and recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 03:38:01 | More by CHickman
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dayswonder

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a sufficient head that subsides, but yet sticks around with minimal lacing. The nose is this beer's best quality it is a mix between citrus and floral hops. Citrus dominates the palette. At first it has a bite then it quickly fades and there is a definite hop filled taste. Overall a drinkable beer that could compliment a wide variety of food.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 00:08:28 | More by dayswonder
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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