Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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831 Ratings
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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fox & Hounds, inside the Desmond Hotel (Malvern, PA). On to the beer:

Pineapple yellow color in the body, with good head retention on the top. Speaking of pineapple, I get that note in the aroma on a perfumy scale, along with soft fruit skins. A clean pale, it mixes different fruits with a zest of pineapple. Low in carbonation, light, easy to kick back, and cleaner in taste. I could certainly session this beer if it were readily available to me.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yard's variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a crsytal clear golden color. The head is a bright white color, small sized bubbles, great 3 fingers of head, super lacing and stupendous retention. Besides the beautiful look, it bears a stricking resemblance to an American light lager.
Smell: The aromas are grapefruit, pine resin and more grapefruit.
Taste: The flavors are exactly the same as the nose: grapefruit, pine resine and more grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium Roth a very edgy feel.
Drinkability: This beer is tremdously drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is quite a pale ale, clear gold with a light one-finger head that fades to a collar.

S: The nose is grapefruity American hops, and plenty of them.

T: The light malt is the first to shine, but the citrus of the hops becomes apparent even before the center, by which point there are notes of pine and perhaps the famous "juicy fruit" flavor. When cold, the finish is quite bitter, but is very pleasant as the beer warms slightly.

M: About what you'd expect from an APA. I'd love to try it on cask.

D: This is a true session beer: low ABV, but with lots of taste and character.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this bottle lists an ABV of 4.6% instead of the BA listed 4.3%, this remains the hoppiest American Pale Ale I have ever found with that low of an alcohol value. As someone who'd rather enjoy 8 beers than 5, that's a big deal - and this is quite an accomplishment...

Dark golden colour is not typical of the style, and disconcerting, although still attractive. Beautiful off-white head with a decent carbonation level and lacing.

Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, including mango and pineapple. These are accentuated in the taste. Caramelized malt sweetness leads into a beautifully bitter, "west-coast" hopped finish.

Definitely a beer I would recommend and will attempt to find again!

Photo of Abita45
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this as on-tap, however, I have had is several times by bottle and frequently drink this beer.

Pours as a gold, straw color and with an average head that quickly reduces down with very little lacing.

The aroma is moderate and has floral and citrus tones to it that match its taste. Moderately hoppy with a nice, dry citris tastes and low carbonation.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste are crisp and dry. It has a very crisp and dry finish to it that carries the floral and citrus tones all the way through. I really enjoy this beer and it seems to be the carried on draft more than Yards other beers.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowing, pillowing head. Up top it rises slowly, but it expands downward quickly, filling the glass with a bosom of cream colored carbonation. The head settles, revealing a lightish golden honey of a beer. It has a slight haze that visually adds some body. A soapy lace follows the beer down the glass. Hell, what else can you ask for when you look at an APA?

Well on the nose I am left asking for more. A bit of lemon zest resting below a blanket of copper malt and light floral hops.

The beer opens on the tongue with a twinge of that same lemony zest. Along with the light body, this creates a refreshing opening that sets the stage for a fuller middle. The most interesting aspect of PPA is the yeast, and it blossoms right in the middle. The beer becomes heavier, slightly bready but also distinctly floral. Honey and some light grass show up towards the back. It's back to the citrus again, this time it is sweeter, oranges and tangerines. Meanwhile the yeast is still in play. The finish is yeasty, soft, bready, milky, with a floral hop note. Gorgeous finish.

The mouthfeel seems to jump around. Inherently it is light - too light really, but the yeasty maltiness adds enough body to confirm the style. This beer is highly drinkable, interesting enough. It is subtle, but with distinguishing strengths - that harmonious marriage of the hops and the yeast - that have me enamored. Certainly this beer pays tribute to British beer history/lore. Well done. A beer that is delivery without the hype.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a slight haze. Medium sized head that left a small lace.

The aroma of wheat with citrus hints and some light hops.

The taste followed the nose with wheat,hops and some citrus hints along with a medium base of malts.
The feel was very light,medium carbonation with an overall smooth and refreshing feel.

Notes: A really good session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed at City Tavern in Philly.

Photo of rabsten
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Yards Variety case. Poured into a pint glass. Pale straw color with good white head, some lacing. Light color for the style. Very Blonde-esque.

Aroma is quite nice. A floral hoppiness with a hint of something else I can't identify, but pleasant smelling, nonetheless.

Lighter flavor than most APAs, which is just like the coloration. Crisp, with mild bitterness.

Good, balanced mouthfeel. Crisp without biting; residual mellowness following each sip.

Refreshing, easy to drink. "approachable."

This is a good, solid beer. It probably won't be winning many awards from BA's, since it's relatively mild for the style. However, this would make a very good transition beer if you're trying to teach your BMC drinking friends about real beer. It's close enough to BMC to not scare them away, yet good enough to allow them to see what possibilities await.

Bottom line: I won't be going out of my way to get this, but I will be happy to take my 6 out of 24 when I get Yards mix cases in the future.

Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle date 6/5/12 poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Floral and spicy hops, pale malts, touch citrus/tropical fruits.

T- Pale malts, light tropical hops, a little bit of spicy hops, touch of sweet malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid pale ale, tropical fruits really help this beer out. I have to say I had it on draft about a month ago and found it tastier on draft.

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew to me was actually quite impressive. This beer poured out as a nice golden coor with a strong looking white foam on top. The head has a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a nice hoppy aroma with just a touch of grains in there as well. The flavor is very nice on this beer, I really enjoyed what ever hops they used in the beer. It almost makes it taste more like an IPA than an APA. The mouthfeel of the beer is very drinkable. Overall This is probably one of my favorites from Yards.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice clean cut traditional English style Pale Ale...Pours a very nice copper color, with stuff floating around in there...A perfect blend of English malt and hops creates a refreshing, drinkable brew, with slight sweetness and a dry finish.Very smooth and easy to drink. Another good one from Yards brewing company.

Photo of DavidKosa509
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow, has creamy near white head. The head settles to a lace chunk island. Good looking brew with nice sticky lace.

The brew smells of slight citrus hops and a herb/grassy smell. Bready malts as well.

This is crisp and refreshing. Crisp taste of citrus hops peppers the tongue initially, and a nice bready, malty backbone smooths out to a dry finish.

This is a very good sessionable brew. This brew looks great for the style and has a very drinkable taste and mouthfeel. This will not scare away a none hop head, but will also please any pale ale hop fan.

Photo of iuhoosier336
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle the head is about two fingers but leaves quickly, a problem with a few of Yards' beers. The color is a light yellow, lighter than I was expecting.

The smell is earthy and a hint of hops. The taste is very malty with a slight finish of bitterness and grapefruit which really rounds it out. Its medium bodied and goes down quite easily. Feels great in the mouth.

Photo of SPRichard
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dodo2step
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail

A- A gorgeous fluffy marshmallow head that is 2 fingers. a lemon grass yellow color.

S- mostly malt in the smell but i do get some hints of lemon zest, a flower like smell as well.

T- A strong lemno zest in the flavor hits the tongue hard. A sour citrus/floral flavor as well. Also has some earthy tones as well like lemon grass.

M- a sour malty pale ale feeling. A typical pale with some earthiness and citrus.

D- an easy beer to consume. A good sessionable beer. A sixer would be nice if you have to do some "yard" work.

Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint.

A - Clear light golden. Decent head and retention.

S - Hoppy, lemon citrus aroma.

T - Light bready malts up front, followed by citrus and pine flavors. Provides a mild hop bite with a grainy finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Light-medium bodied with a very carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Philadelphia pale ale is extremely drinkable and one of the best pale ales I've had. This was my first beer I tried from Yards, and it is still my favorite. It's a good beer to have around year-round.

Photo of jreitman
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of edskirk3
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.