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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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706 Ratings
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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 ThisWangsChung


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. There's a little over two fingers worth of white-colored head. The head itself is pretty rocky and retains well. Some soapy streaks of lacing are left behind.

S: The hops here are more evocative of British varietals than 'Murican ones. I get light orange peel, tea leaves, earth, flowers, and apricot from the nose, primarily. The fruity characteristic comes more strongly when allowed to open up some. I really like that there isn't much malt to get in the way - it's there, don't get me wrong, just muted. While this isn't the kind of hoppiness to wow me, it definitely has an intriguing smell to it.

T: The first swallow is surprisingly bitter in a good way. Tea leaves, orange peel, and flowers hit the palate immediately, right before a slight upsurge of sweet malts finish it off. There's nothing explosive or over-the-top here: this is just a really solid session beer.

M: Holy crap, this is creamy for the style. It still retains the crisp dryness I love in a good example of the style, but the creaminess does make it touch too full in body. Doesn't really matter - this goes down like water. Carbonation pricks the tongue slightly.

O: Yards brewed a really good golden ale here. Maybe it's a bit bland, but that's forgivable. This is a beer that's meant to be consumed by the 6-pack, and I'd much rather down a 6-pack of this than, say, Coors Light (I'd also rather catch herpes than have to down a 6-pack of Coors Light, but that's neither here nor there...)

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:28:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Urban Table in Morristown, NJ. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

Pours clear golden colored, a touch on the darker side, but able to see through. Some nice foam sits atop. Nondescript nose, that of a light ale. Taste is a very well balanced pale ale - malt with a present bitter that blends nicely together. Some citrus on the back half. Carbonatoion is good. A well done pale, perfect with a sunday brunch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 12:25:15 | More by KTCamm
Photo of pwoods


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:08:51 | More by pwoods
Photo of JohannBock


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a mug. Golden yellow color and clear all the way through. 2 fingers of head that recedes to a ring around the top. Not much lacing as it went.

S: Earthy, citrus hops. Possibly some grapefruit there too. Relatively average.

T: Tons and tons of juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Very much dominated by the citrus flavors here. Sticks around for a while too. By no means an unpleasant amount of grapefruit but it seems to be the only flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a long finish.

O: If you are looking for a session beer this might be a great bet. Very easily could throw back a lot of these and it has a nice flavor to it as well. Nothing stand out IMO but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:24:04 | More by JohannBock
Photo of guinnessfan


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from variety pack.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale gold color with little floaties throughout and a constant stream of bubbles. Massive 4 finger, pillowy head recedes rather quickly to a thick ring. Lacing is good.

S: Mild, piney hops. Nothing special.

T: Nice hoppy bitterness initally. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very timid malt presence vies for supremacy, but is quickly overpowered.

M: Thin, watery with fully carbonated with a nice bite.

D: Nice, hoppy session beer. Goes down easy if you like hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 01:06:01 | More by guinnessfan
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Clear golden (slightly greenish) color with a little carbonation. A big fluffy white-ish head that slowly dissipates, nice retention, not much lacing.
S: A little piney, hop smell, but strongest for me is a buttery, sweet smell. Not much citrus, not really what I was expecting for this beer.
T: Nice. Best way to describe this, not overly hopped or citrusy, just a refreshing pale ale. More orange rhine than orange itself. Aftertaste has a little more pine, citrus flavor. The body is slightly sweet, buttery. Very refreshing. Nice balance of malt to hops.
M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, a little too sweet and sticky for me.
D: Overall nothing impressive but has nice flavor and is very easy drinking and refreshing. I'd ask for a little stronger hop presence but otherwise I nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:16:38 | More by yourefragile
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy pale yellow with a sticky white head

S-citrusy hops. fairly grainy. faint scent.

T-comes in with a creamy and lemony taste of hoppy grains. its fairly buttery. not bad. has a good crisp matching after-taste. easy drinking, small flavors.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-not a terrible pale ale, very drinkable as a pale ale should be. not very exciting either, as most pale ales aren't. its a safe pick, something okay to end a session with.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 19:52:06 | More by AdamBear
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not very pale in appearance for a pale ale, but that's not all that big of a deal to me. The floating chunks are quite a surprise though. The head was almost nonexistent, albeit my glass came from the dishwasher unfortunately. The flavor is straight up hops, zingy, crispy, floral. The flavor makes for one heluva session brew. It's crisp mainly; just plain and simply hoppy and that's all it needs to be to make me happy.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 22:02:51 | More by AudioGilz
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Almost zero head. Nice fresh clean smell with a nice touch of citrus. Taste of caramel malt with a light citrus up front. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Little watery on the mouth. Very drinkable, in the sense that you could put down a bunch in one sitting. No notable flaws in this one, just not a lot of taste compared to a lot of what's out there, but sometimes that might be just what you're looking for. This would be a good crossover beer. Have to say that i was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 02:01:08 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of goindownsouth


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pale ale, although it could be a be more hoppy. I also have higher scale pale ale from them to try, so I may find my hops there. A nice looking beer from the pour. Very intriguing. Not an over powering aroma, but very do-able. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 14:33:44 | More by goindownsouth
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, received as an extra in a trade from Warriorsoul

appearance: pours a pale golden straw color into a Crowley's pint glass...very light white foam head with not much retention/lacing...a little pale for a pale, ha

smell: aroma is quite hop driven, grapefruit-citrus, christmas tree pine...not a whole lot else going on here

taste: flavour also dominated by the hop profile, fair amount of bitterness presented, big pine flavour, watery grapefruit-citrus, very light malt feel....simple and refreshing, nothing wrong with that

mouthfeel: fair amount of bitterness, a touch watery

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 03:37:24 | More by dirtylou
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ended up with a bottle of this at Continental in Atlantic City, not exactly what I expected. Never really enjoyed the pale ales, but this was alright - which is probably because it doesn't really suit the style.

Golden tan, quite light, with bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Nose is strongly citrus, with a tiny bit of pine hops.

Taste is almost like a hefeweizen, heavy on lemon and lime citrus, and actually fairly smooth. No real hop bitterness, which I enjoy, but is odd for the style. Body is light, and while the beer goes down easily, it really isnt that enticing.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 01:07:27 | More by Jesstyr
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bronze-golden color with a couple finger sized white head.

Smell was unimpressive but above average. A clean malty smell with a just a little bit of crisp hops.

The smell had a very clean palate, mild hop floral taste and the tad bit of the tartness of a grapefruit.

Nothing really outstanding or distinct about this pale. it wins for its clean taste and great drinkability. It is fairly light on the ABV for a pale ale as well. Yes that did a bit of rhyming. But that end of the day this was very drinkable and I would gladly accept more.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:59:09 | More by mjw06
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3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the local dive bar.

A-hazy yellow, small white head, decent lacing

S-citrusy, bread, grapefruit, floral notes-pine

T-citrusy taste (lemon, grapefruit), hoppier then most pales

M-medium bodied, good carbonation, taste little alcohol, crisp and refreshing

O-maybe its hometown bias and that fact that its on tap every where in the Philly area but a great beer. Not a typical pale and I think that is part of the appeal. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, which is good because I'll be having a several in the coming years.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 01:19:35 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden color topped by a creamy, stark white head that lasts for a while and leaves some pretty lacing. Aroma is of sharp fresh hops, some dry ale yeast, a touch of light malt, and a bit of skunk. Palate is well-balanced between assertive bitter hops and lightly sweet malt, with notes of citrus, dry ale yeast, and some biscuit. Aftertaste is dry and flavorful, courtesy of the bitter hops. Body is a tad thin up front, but holds the flavor well. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 03:56:46 | More by ElGordo
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden brown color with a crazy huge white head that took its time settling. Left some lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is of musty yeast and pale malt with some light hoppy spiciness. The taste vaguely reminds me of a Belgian brew, must be the yeast. There is also some tropical fruit notes and a light bitter hop. The feel is light but not watery with tight fizzy carbonation, finishes pretty balanced between sweet and bitter. A different take on the APA. The color is very light as well as the malt. A very easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:48:47 | More by Gmann
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my BOTM club.

Appearance - Pours a yellow gold with over an inch of white head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Malty and bready up front and then a hint of citrus and hops pokes through at the tail end.

Taste - As it smells, very malty and bready with a hint of lemon citrus. It finishes with just a touch of hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp finish.

Drinkability - Very much so. Nothing is "phenomenal" about this beer, but it sure is something you can quaff down. At such a low ABV, it is sessionable. Again, nothing special about it but nothing horrible about it either.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 22:30:22 | More by SpdKilz
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from thecarster1 as part of the Review This! BIF
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger off white head made up of large bubbles, light retention with no lacing. Very citrusy aromas of lemon and grapefrutit with some apricot. Citrusy flavors up front lead to some biscuity malt with a dry herbal finish almost like wheat. Highly carbonated, medium body with a cleansing, dry mouthfeel.
The hops tend to dominate and overshadow the malts in this one but it is a refreshing beer, best for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:52:33 | More by scottg
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color with about a finger and a half worth of head that dissipates to a thin veil around the top.

S: Lots of floral hoppyness with some grassy/grain hints as well. Very little citrus scents mixed in as well. Not as much aroma as i expected.

T: Nice mix of citrus and grassy grain from the get go with hints of biscuit, leads into the floral hops and bitterness. After taste is some of that lemon biscuit flavor that is nice and clean.

M: Moderate carbonation works well with the flavors and provides a nice crisp and clean beverages.

O: Another great brew by the boys at Yards. Brawler is still my favorite but this is a nice APA that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:36:53 | More by ChrisPratz
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, like fresh honey. Three fingers of tightly foamed head grow rapidly, then settle gradually to a bumpy froth terrain. Cirrus wisps of lacing suspend on the sides of the glass.

The aroma delivers a slow progression of light malt sweetness followed by a vague hops aura, and is capped by a tart yeasty fruitiness. A distant bitterness drifts through at the close.

First sip brings a gentle malt swirl matched by rounded spicy fruit notes of apple and berry. A mildly puckering sourness lays on the sides of the tongue as a grassy presence pops up,then down. A dry flatness, almost reminiscent of wheat, folds in toward the end, then a measure of dry bitterness closes slowly at the finish. It's not quite what I expected, but the flavor has more identity than it used to, and it's briskly refreshing.

Light bodied, it leaves just enough behind to render up some memory of itself on the palate.

The flavor surprised me. I was expecting something more conventional, more pale ale-ish, and I got something a bit off-beat. But once past the surprise, I realized it's crisp and refreshing, if not chock full of tasty elements. Very drinkable, it's a veritable session beer if you find it to your liking, holding up well to the heat of a Jersey Shore afternoon. So even if it's not what I expected, it works well enough for what it is. Short of stellar but more than average, I'll finish this sixer with no regrets. But I'm not real sure about another.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 16:01:13 | More by Foxman
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden color with a dense one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Slightly dank citrus hops, grapefruit, and resin dominate the aroma. Notes of tangerines and onions add complexity. Floral hops emerge as it warms.

Grapefruit, sour tangerine, dank, earthy hops, and biscuity malt form the initial flavor profile. The finish is fairly bitter, resiny, and peppery. A sour, metallic flavor surfaces eventually.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

Good citrus and floral hop character, moderate bitterness. There's a skunky, sour flavor that is slightly offputting, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:03:45 | More by barczar
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

A clear light amber colored ale with a medium sized white head that quickly fades down to nothing but a thin ring.

The smell is mostly herbal hops but there is a significant citrus aroma here too. A little bit of eucalyptus and a little menthol in the scent too. Malt contribution is slight and mainly a light sweetness.

The taste begins neutral too slightly sweet with an earthy and slightly herbal hop flavor. Light but decently bitter this does a quite good job at balancing lightness with flavor. Slightly citrus in the mouth this seems to be most Kent hops with a firm handful of C hops added.

The mouthfeel is a little light.

Quite a nice beer in the drinkability department and one that compares favorably with the like of Firestone Pale Ale and DFH Shelter Pale Ale. If I were to change one thing about this beer I would up the aroma hops by about twice and leave the rest alone.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 01:53:20 | More by Zorro
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color. Definitely fairly light. Good white head, though. Nose brings some citrus and a bit of pine. Fairly faint. Taste is citrus, pine, and a bit of caramel doughiness. Feel is light with good carbonation and some bitterness. Drinks quite well. A step down from their IPA but still good.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 22:21:54 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into pint glass

a: light golden color, 1/2" head with good retention. light lacing cap

s: crisp citrus and flowery hops. light malt

t: clean flavored APA with light malt balanced well with citrus and flowery hop additions. slight lemon quality to the beer. Very nice!

m&d: light bodied, very drinkable session beer.


Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 23:32:10 | More by UDbeernut
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon wheat gold with a thin white head that all but disappears quickly.

Smells citrusy and grainy, kind of a fresh smell.

Tastes interesting...like a hint of lemon over an odd, fresh grain taste. Its not bitter at all but not sweet or tart either.

Mouthfeel is thin and relatively watery. The carbonation is basically not noticeable.

This beer is interesting. I've had APAs before but not one that tasted quite like this. The abv makes it very easy throw back. Its definitely not bad and worth a try for anyone looking for a light, easygoing ale to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:58:46 | More by Cylinsier
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.