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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | 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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -72.9%

11-06-2012 20:48:19 | More by cfalovo97
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Dbot

Delaware

1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

07-04-2014 23:34:53 | More by Dbot
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theaceofspaeder

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

01-18-2013 17:37:21 | More by theaceofspaeder
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

1.9/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have had this beer before and enjoyed it, but there must have been something wrong with the cask this time. It must not have conditioned properly. There was hardly any carbonation or head and it tasted stale and bitter. It could have been old. I know casks don't last long once they're tapped.
Yards is one of my favorite brewers, but something went wrong here. I will have to give this one a second chance.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2003 12:37:10 | More by pezoids
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was not impressive to me. I enjoy other beers from Yards but am left in the dark as to why this beer continues to be propagated. This straw colored pale ale has an aroma that reminds me of the most horrible lagers served in plastic cups during my freshmen year of college. The head is thin and the overall appearance is cloudy. The taste is quite sour with a lot of yeast presence. There is also a faint cidery taste as you make your way through the beer. The carbonation is light and the taste is that of a bitter lager. I bought this in an otherwise great variety case with three other great beers. Now I have a six pack of this crap to deal with. Not again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 19:59:41 | More by Maestro
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callmeclemens

New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smells like pine, yellow- orange small head and generally very little lacing. Tastes like pine, pine and hops not much else. I theres much better yards out there, and much better `` summer beers`` for that matter. I wouldn`t consider the drinkability high. However if youve ever wanted to drink a pine tree, this is it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 22:35:25 | More by callmeclemens
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Beertarded

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap at the Standard Tap in Philly. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin head. A tiny bit of lacing. Disturbing fruity cat urine scent, with just a hint of circus peanut and pine. Nightmarish bready watery flavor. Non-descript mouthfeel and long finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 18:18:35 | More by Beertarded
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

1.95/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this during a recent (and first-time) trip to Philly. It was drinkable, but barely. The smell was so stale. It smelled like a brew pub after the weekend.. very funky and musty. I'm so used to "fresh" APA's that I just could not stomach this one. I would not recommend this to anyone, nor would I try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2008 04:09:43 | More by alysmith4
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure how old this bottle is, its been sitting on the shelves at my job for a while now. Pours a brilliant gold color with really good clarity and a monstrous clingy head. Initially smelt some skunk and then very subtle hints of oily hops. Nothing impressive on the nose.

Some tropical fruit tastes are the star of the show even though their subtle. Has a pleasant sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Finishes with a mild floral hop presense that goes pairs well with the fruit flavors in the beer. Tastes are all very mild though.

The drinkability is quite amazing. Super smooth, super clean, good carbonation and light in body. Would be good as a mild summer session beer.

Well balanced and flavor beer but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:20:40 | More by jtierney89
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Cbrazbox


2/5  rDev -45.8%

12-08-2012 01:25:23 | More by Cbrazbox
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.8%

08-21-2012 04:18:16 | More by tmars13
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PeterLemonjello

Alabama

2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a a pale yellow or straw color. Thin head, decent lacing, lots of carbonation. Tons of suspended sediment. I'm guessing it's yeast. I would like to think that I roused up some yeast from the bottom of a bottle conditioned bottle, but I have serious doubts.

S - Slightest bit of lemon but otherwise not much aroma.

T - Very watery and bitter. I wouldn't label it a hoppy beer, but the lack of hop flavor and/or malt flavor just leaves it bitter. Bitterness leads to a very astringent flavor.

M - Thin

D - This isn't my favorite nor would I seek again. Possibly a bad bottle and the significant number of "floaties" leads me to believe this is so.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:31:47 | More by PeterLemonjello
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bundy462

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow with a medium head, very average.

S: Grainy up front with some heavy floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Almost ammonia-like smell that was a turn off. Very much like cat piss.

T: Heavy grapefruit and lemon taste, very floral hops. I was expecting more bite than was present. This isn't really my type of pale ale, too fruity for me. Strange aftertaste that tasted like cat piss smells.

M: Average.

O: Not very high marks here for me personally because I just couldn't get past the smell and taste.

I really thought that I got a bad batch of this beer because I know that Yards has a good reputation, but there were others at the bar drinking off of the same tap and loving it. Piss guzzlers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 02:20:27 | More by bundy462
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy amber liquid is topped by a moderate but rather long-lasting head of off white foam. The aroma is nothing special, with just a typical "beer" smell. No hops at all in the nose. The taste is rather bitter up front with basically nothing behind it at all. Very clean finish, but there is no malt body to speak of, no sweetness, just strong piney bitterness. I actually find it hard to drink because it's just not that enjoyable. This beer is like drining a macro with a bunch of hops dumped in early in the boil and a slightly restrained carbonation. I'd take a Rolling Rock over this any day. Yard's is sort of hit or miss in my experience. This one's like bombing your own troops.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 04:03:18 | More by aaronh
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JLapadura

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39%

08-08-2012 13:01:03 | More by JLapadura
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beernut7

Massachusetts

2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle-conditioned nightmare. I don't know whether to hold the brewery or the liquor store at fault, but common sense points to improper warm-storage at the package store. This one was a gusher with a hazy golden pour once the head settles off. The aroma is yeasty with notes of ginger-ale and lightly sweet. The flavors of licorice and ginger poke through a heavy bitterness. The body is fairly smooth for such a gushing head. The yeast comes through in a bisuity finish. I'll have to travel down to the brewery to get some fresh brew and give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 16:26:46 | More by beernut7
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jesster64

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
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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psinderson

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy, almost murky, golden yellow with a think white head with staying power. Lots of cold haze - I can see suspended particles throughout.

Smell: The bottle claims heavy citrus aromas and that is definitely not a stretch. This beer has one of the strongest citrus aromas I've experienced.

Taste: Again, the citrus overwhelms. In fact, there isn't much else here. Front, middle and finish scream citrusy American hops. It left a somewhat unpleasant bittery taste that lasts. If the carbonation were removed, this could probably be compared to lemon water. Wow...never experienced a beer with this taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, good carbonation.

Drinkability: There's no way I could have more than one of these at a sitting.

I was not expecting this much of a citrusy/bittery wallop. I enjoy stretching my taste comfort zone, but this is just a bit too much for me. I think if there weren't such a strong bitter aftertaste, my thoughts would be much different. There needs to be more overall balance in my opinion.

UPDATE: I just read most of the other reviews. I have to wonder if the bottle I had was contaminated. Such a different experience than everyone else.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 00:06:05 | More by psinderson
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prokopt2

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

05-10-2014 00:35:50 | More by prokopt2
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heff316

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

01-22-2012 02:50:12 | More by heff316
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JPDOG

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

12-20-2013 20:19:47 | More by JPDOG
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MikeMcCl

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

03-16-2013 22:44:26 | More by MikeMcCl
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

12-14-2012 17:47:43 | More by jpd7374
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kjb32812

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

01-08-2012 02:26:28 | More by kjb32812
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Tombomb

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

06-23-2014 01:01:49 | More by Tombomb
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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.