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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 61 | 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.

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jreitman

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Hazy orange with only a little white head after a fairly vigorous pour. Sweet citrusy aromas welcomed me to the first sup. Citrus followed into the mouth with some sweetness underneath. Fished dry and slightly bitter. Pretty well balanced and very easily drinkable. A nice brew.

08-21-2002 20:24:37 | More by jreitman
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yen157

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Nice, amber-orange in color, a little hazy. The head was nothing special, quickly went away. Fruity noble hop-influenced smell but without much malt. Very smooth in the mouth, modest carbonation and really appropriate balance of hop flavors. Also, flavors of toasted grains and a little malt sweetness were present. Overall, a pretty good beer. Very easy to drink.

10-02-2002 06:29:11 | More by yen157
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City since I had never tried it before. I didn't expect this to be a hop bomb like many other Pale Ale's that I've had before and sure enough, it wasn't. While there wasn't anything outstanding about this beer, it was nicely balanced and fit in well with the warm weather that is characteristic of this time of the year. No glass of water needed to wash this down after drinking!

Clean and crisp golden pour to this with a very fluffy head that lasted for quite a long time. The lacing wasn't as good but it was sufficient for this style of beer. The aroma and taste was nice with grain and grass up front that faded into lemon, finally finishing off with some muted pine in the back. The hops are there but they are very nicely balanced out by the malt. Never did I feel that this beer burned too much or was watered-down. Instead, this was an unusual, and perhaps, classic take on a style that's been interpreted quite differently in more recent creations. Even the carbonation was different, as the head lasted nearly throughout my session but there weren't a lot of bubbles in the beer itself.

The alcohol in this is perfect - both in taste and in percentage. I only bought one bottle so I could give this a shot but I could have easily downed half a six-pack in a setting. An older-style beer like this may not be suitable for everyone but for this looking for a nicely crafted and mellow Pale Ale, this will hot the spot nicely. Having this beer be suitable for the summertime is a nice bonus that only adds to its appeal.

07-04-2011 15:44:24 | More by JerzDevl2000
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

A - Golden body, slightly hazy. Decent head ontop.

S - Smells a bit like a nice IPA actually. Sweet floral hop nuances. Some clean, fresh citrus detected in the nose.

T - Alot of citrus flowing through this ale. White grapefruit and some bitter citrus peel as well. Smooth mild hop charachter with a touch of hop warmth. The citrus keeps this beer crisp and refreshing to the palate. The finish is slightly dry and definitely clean.

M - Smooth and light in the mouth. Balanced carbonation and a semi-dry end.

O - A nice little pale ale here. Im partial to the grapefruit/citrus and hop combination so im digging this beer. Im also a fan of refreshing and crisp beers, and this pale ale fits that.

03-28-2011 01:37:41 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Floral and grapefruit aroma.Hazy yellow and hop bubbles. Nice bitter lemony citrus dryness. Malt and caramel and herbal flavour there for balance. Guest tap at Independence Pub, a popular brew in this city. Well carbonated. Medium body. Competent pale.

05-15-2005 05:11:11 | More by Sammy
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

My second review from my mixed case of Yards.Poured into a Yards/Standard Tap glass.

One finger,bubbley head that looks like it will leave some lacing.The body is a murky yellow,likes like mountain dew.

I smell some grapefruit and orange but the smell isnt as pungent as it was last week.

Taste is sweet malts and bittering hops towards the end of the sip.

The mouthfull seems a bit watery but that may be just me.

The drinkability is good on this one.I cant put it down for long before I want another sip.Im glad we have a pale ale like this in philly.

11-02-2007 14:20:25 | More by MmmIPA
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle, part of a Yards variety case. The freshness code is smudged, but the box appears to be new.

Pours a nice gold, with a foamy white head, which wears away to a thin, tightly beaded layer after a minute and a half, lacing the glass rather well.

Aroma is of citrusy hops; grapefruit, specifically.

The palate is dominated by hops. Plenty of grapefruity bitterness, with a pale malt background. The bitterness lingers for a little while even after drinking.

Just enough carbonation, and low enough in alcohol to make a session out of it.

Crisp and refreshing. This will be a good one come summertime. Also, I think this is the perfect gateway ale for prospective hopheads.

04-22-2006 21:09:58 | More by edskirk3
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magnj

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Update: Tried another 6-pack of this and I really enjoy it, more so than my original review reflected. Adjusting scores.

Thanks to mf1462 for the bottle, part of the Summer 2009 Homebrew swap.

a - Clear yellow body a few shades darker than BMC. Creamy off white head floats on top, few bubbles, good lacing.

s - Smells crisp. Floral and citrus hops and a light grain bill, little or no yeast aroma.

t - Quite mild for the style, typical hop profile but very much on the low end of bitterness. Grassy, floral and citrus point towards late Cascade additions. Balance is good but it's a tad watery. Ends dry with English style malt sweetness and grassy hops. This is a delicate brew that will challenge your taste buds to pick out subtle flavor.

m/d - Thin for the style, a bit too thin for my liking. But really drinkable/sessionable. A nice beer, reminds me of something a brewpub would put out for the masses.

07-23-2009 22:23:33 | More by magnj
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Single from the Village Pump

Pouring a light orange, yellow almost, this beer is capped with a creamy, dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. The nose has a blend of doughy pilsner malt, crisp, citrusy hops with some orange, orange peel and some mineral. Simple but rather impressive.

The palate opens with a blend of orange peel, doughy malts, mildly bready even, with some lighter citrus character (orange and grapefruit) following through. Moderate mineral character that accents the hop bitterness IMO. Light and drying on the finish, there's a beautiful, crisp, clean, resiny hop character that lingers, leaving flavors of grapefruit zest and a firming bitterness. Light in body with a high level of carbonation that's both crisp and creamy, this feels quite wonderful on the palate. Not much yeast character is noticeable, this is all about a rather beautiful balance between the citrus hop resin and doughy malt. Surprisingly excellent stuff this, closer in concept to Alpine's Emerson than a traditional pale ale. Excellent IMO.

07-14-2011 04:01:01 | More by DefenCorps
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a pint glass. Pours a light yellow color that is for the most part clear due to a careful pour that left quite a bit of sediment still in the bottle. Regardless there are some faint particles stuck in suspension. More than 2 fingers of white frothy head appear with decent retension and an abundant amount of lace clings in a sticky coating about the glass. Aroma is full of hops smelling like citrus, more particularly lemon and a touch of grass with some spice that tingles the back of the nose. Little bit of malt sweetness and grain comes through in the back of the aroma as well. Taste is minorly bitter upfront with a hop bitterness that tastes like a mixture of lemon and grass, somewhat herbal. Minimal amount of malt backing but the malt character that is present is a bit bready. Somewhat of a crisp finish, the hop bitterness still lingers with herbal tastes of lemon and grass. Light feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking and quite sessionable at 4%.

05-10-2010 02:12:51 | More by stakem
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Floral, pithy nose with a hint of apricot

Taste: Starts out with a lemon and apricot aspect but mid-palate, the pithy citrus hops kick in and provide strong, but somewhat harsh bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very different but a welcome and enjoyable change from the standard APA

02-07-2006 03:15:08 | More by brentk56
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

I'm trying to play up some similarity between the city of Philadelphia and the beer's appearance but it looks so bright and sunny, yellow like a summer daffodil, and I've only ever visited Philadelphia in the dead of winter! Honestly, the glare is so bright it radiates even despite a filminess that makes the glass look dusty as an old antique.

Allow me to play Carnac the Magnificent here: a flower shop, a tropical beach, the produce section of the grocery store... what is the smell of Yards' Philadelphia Pale Ale? This bouquet is particularly strong suited in pineapple and grapefruit and wafts with a delightful floral effervescence. It pleasantly reeks to begin with and swirling only makes it reek more.

The flavour, while not quite as ripping as the aroma, still tastes of the same 'pink grapefruit and flowers' brand of hoppiness. And specially for the tongue a 'toasted bread' kind of maltiness is dished out and together they combine to make a taste that resembles some kind of candied citrus topped lemon sponge cake. Mmm, maybe I'll try making that!?

Philadelphia Pale Ale may be American by birth and in name, but it reminds me of a classic British cask offering: the hoppiness is lively and refreshingly acidic, the maltiness firm but not thick and the carbonation is casually laid back. Not to mention, it's the kind of beer you could keep on drinking all night - screw dogs, beers like this are man's best friend.

They say it's always sunny in Philadelphia and its namesake beer proves it. The golden shine, bright, buzzing bouquet and zestful, tropical flavours give this beer the same character (and appeal) as an all-inclusive beach resort getaway. And the thought of some nice weather - or any weather, really - and a six pack of this is simply mouthwatering.

10-22-2010 04:06:17 | More by biegaman
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a typical pale amber color with one finger thick head that creates a solid surface layer.

Nice floral and grainy aroma with hints of straw, cut grass, and some hints of lemon. Fairly nice!

Sipping reveals a burst of lemon peel, as well as some very grainy features of pale malt, definitely the barley, as well as straw and grass.

Very nice body that is crisp, light (as it should be), and solid for the style.

Overall, I really enjoy this as a session brew. It's not over the top hoppy and is very easy to drink. Enjoy!

06-02-2012 01:05:02 | More by Fish113d
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uturn

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz. capped bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: This beer poured a clear golden color with a white finger head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was very nice and strong with floral and sweet fruity notes.

T: The taste starts off mildly sweet from the malts and you then pick up the nice citrus flavors and a mild bitterness from the hops near the end.

M: The mouthfeel was thin, but still a little creamy with a medium carbonation level.

D: The drinkability was very good, so good I will be adding this beer to my great session beer list.

This is a great transition beer to get your friends into craft beer.

04-06-2011 22:44:17 | More by uturn
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Natural510

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a clear golden color with creamy, ice-cream white head which does not dissipate.

Scent is both breaded and vegetal, somewhat musky.

Flavor is fruity and dry with bold hop finish. Nicely balanced with an astringent finish.

Body is slightly thin but not affecting flavor; this would make a great offering on cask.

Enjoyable APA, one of the better I've had in a while. Nice ABV, making it very sessionable.

08-31-2011 04:34:57 | More by Natural510
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

I am sampling this beer at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. the beer is a slow gush of foam immediately upon opening. Foams up 5 cm of bleached white foamy head even with most gentle pour. Fades very slowly leaving windowpane lattice as it goes. The beer is very clear gold in color adn has several streams of carbonation rising in the glass.
Aroma is lite general sweet caramel and floral hops mixing nicely. Very mild nose for sure, but nice nonetheless.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose advertising. I get a brief hit of general sweetness and then some grassy hops that linger a little bitter. Overall the beer is mild but nicely flavored. A decent beer that would easily be sessionable. Low ABV and no hint of it anywhere. Good drinkin beer.

04-11-2007 02:19:06 | More by sulldaddy
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

poured from 12oz bottle, a bright golden color, clear, with a thin white head. much lighter than some other pale ales, but I suppose within the range for the style. aromas detected are straw, grain, but mostly piney hops. taste is dominated by a crisp hop bite with a clean finish. higher carbonation with light body. it's quite easy to throw back, a good summer beer.

08-18-2010 02:39:20 | More by jmdrpi
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splat215

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Nice yellow brown hue. Darker then a macro pilsener, but lighter then a lager I think - if that makes any sense.
S - Fruity Pineapple-like aroma, very nice
T - Light, well balanced - nothing ruling the party here
M - A little watery, but ok otherwise
D - The "Pale Ale" label worried me, but this one is a surprise. Very drinkable.

02-05-2008 01:09:03 | More by splat215
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Shiredave

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Alcohol by volume: 4.3% according to the sheet that came in the case. Lable states it is "Cask Conditioned".
Bright golden color with slow , steady carbonation. Frothy white heads dies quickly to a ring of tiny bubbles around the glass.
Aroma is clean , bready malt with a sharp twang of hops and a stray touch of sourness; maybe this bottle is a tad old- no dates.
Flavor is all hops with a light bodied splash of malt sweetness for balance. Finish is dry and grassy, clean and not harsh or bitter.
A solid session Pale Ale.

07-07-2003 20:06:25 | More by Shiredave
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Loaf of bread, some pilsner sweetness, toasted, and some herbal, grassy, and citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above with more citrus notes and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation. Just the a pale ale is supposed to drink.

Overall: A very simple and straightforward pale ale. Definitely sessionable and can enjoyed multiple times over the course of the day.

07-28-2014 00:56:08 | More by Flounder57
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Veillantif

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%

Bottle from six-pack, about 11 degrees C, poured into an unchilled stange glass.

A: Charming antique label: is this going to taste like Twinings Earl Grey, too? [edit: it's not all that different.] On the pour: a bright gold color, somewhere between those new Oreos and Uncle Scrooge's money bin in intensity. It glows!

S: Piney; also the same citrus notes you get from A1 sauce. Not obnoxiously hoppy. Yet.

T: Hops are mild enough that you can (speaking from experience) share this with those weird hop-phobic people, so long as they're not too badly afflicted with their condition. Not strong or complex enough, on the other hand, for the Pale Ale aficionado to be overwhelmed.

M: Extremely pleasant: carbonation that meets the intensity of the flavor just enough, and a fine aftertaste.

D: The field of pale ales in this country is deplorably crowded. I don't know if we can call this an indispensible addition thereto; blindfold me and I'd find it hard to tell this apart from a few others. But they'd be a few among the upper half, that's for damn sure.

09-01-2011 03:16:41 | More by Veillantif
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BeerConnoiseur

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%

I drank this beer out of a tall Pilsner glass.

A- Clear light copper pour, nice colored body with a large white head reducing to light spots of lacing.

S- Light malt which quickly leads to good hops with a boat load of grapefruit and pine, it has a trace scent of pineapple in here also.

T- Light malt takes the charge, with a lot of hops following. Pineapple and grapefruit and a hint of orange. The pine is faint in the taste.

M- light to less medium bodied... Average level of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink if you enjoy hops, I could enjoy this brew on a summer day after mowing the lawn sitting on my deck relaxing.

This is a qulaity Pale Ale. I love Pale Ales and I would deifinitely purchase this one again. I would prefer it more in the warmj weather months because that is to my liking drinking a fine Pale Ale.a But it would take little to tweist my arm to drink this fine brew!!

Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:20:01 | More by BeerConnoiseur
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3%

Got this from Mikereaser in the Blind Bombers BIF. This beer was reviewed completely blind-- with no knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.
Reviewed from notes. Served in snifter.

Bright, clear, golden in color... The beer is practically yellow. Lots of active carbonation... So yellow and fizzy? Did Mike try to sneak something by me here? The head is thick and sticky-- 2 fingers of bone white froth. The head doesn't look like anything I've seen on a lager before!

Very faint nose-- slight hops... but hard to really pinpoint what they are doing other than just a little floral note. Very little malt on nose... but not smelling any adjuncts, so the head and nose point to something other than BMC-- which is good!

I take a sip and... a VERY crisp and clean finish has me immediately thinking this is a lager. Perhaps this is a Pilsener? A light floral and spice hop note fits too. Very little malt. There is a bit of lemony citrus flavor towards the finish which is throwing me off! Now it is all I can think about and it is growing stronger.

Agh! Once I THINK about a style, my brain shuts off the parts that aren't related to THAT style! I need to start fresh on this one.

Ok-- a glass of water and a few of my sons' crackers and I'm back on this one!

Hmmm... maybe it was too cold before, because now it seems to have opened up a bit more! Now that I'm letting my brain allow my sense to REALLY scan this beer I'm noticing a lot more in the nose: there is a light malt-- like bread or even toast- it isn't very sweet. The hops are coming in with floral and lemony notes.
Lots of carbonation-- lighter than medium body, but possibly due to the bubbly feel associated with this much carbonation.

Very drinkable-- although I'm still not sure what it is! I still hold on to the idea that this could be a lager of some sort-- though it must be the hoppiest lager I've ever come across! Equally as likely, this could be a semi-faded IPA or a gently hopped APA.

---Rips open envelope---

It's Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale. this beer has been on my wants list for a white now! I actually tried this once before when I got it as an extra-- I was too lazy to review it then though-- so this was a fun little adventure. Now knowing it is an APA, the numbers are as follows: 4/3.5/4/3/4

09-18-2010 03:41:14 | More by AleWatcher
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3%

From a variety pack filled 4/26/2006

Pours a clear gold, with a soapy looking white head that looks strong at first, gets pretty thin, but doesn't die off.

A hoppy scent of grapefruit, it's light, not much else.

Taste is hoppy too, with lingering bitterness. The hops are cirtusy as the scent suggests. Theres some balance to it, and quite a crisp bite at the end.

This beer is clean, light, and refreshing, very sessionable.

05-19-2006 00:10:36 | More by joeskirkie
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%

Pours clear gold. Nose is very sticky sweet pine hops. Strong but not really overdone. Flavor is very hoppy, yes. But it seems to drop off a bit and shifts to a slightly earthy and dirty edge. The hops seem to still stick around though. Just not as clean as I would like overall. Feel has a good carbonation. Overall a decent brew, but the odd dirty edge kind of ruins it a bit for me.

01-01-2008 03:09:46 | More by RblWthACoz
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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