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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

776 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 69 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

anvilx, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of jtfest
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew looks kind of like a pale orange soda -- yellow-tinged orange in color with a small white head, somewhat cloudy in the glass. The aroma was lightly malted with grassy hints. The mouthfeel was full, but thin -- nicely coating the palate but then fading into the air. The taste is very light, slightly floral, with just a suggestion of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew, but it didn't "wow" me either. It would make a nice session beer.

jtfest, Mar 17, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mark-herrmann, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kelvarnsen, May 29, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The loud 'pffft' when I popped the cap indicates some serious overcarbonation. Sure enough, the pour results in 95% head and 5% beer. As the proportions begin to reverse, I see cloudy amber beer beneath a frothy, off-white crown. Because the liquid contains an insane number of bubbles, the cap may not fade in my lifetime. It still manages enough stickiness to produce a few wayward scraplets of lace.

Philadelphia PA has one of the brightest pale ale noses that I've smelled in quite some time. There's a lack of anything that could conceivably be related to malt and a lack of any earthy, spicy or herbal hoppiness. The aroma is of pure, sweet tropical fruit: pineapple, followed by lemon, followed by grapefruit.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn't hold up as well on the palate. The culprit, I believe, is a too thin body. There simply isn't enough substance to fully engage the taste buds. It's a shame because a ghost of the aroma is evident, it just doesn't come together like it should.

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale is a few (admittedly major) fixes away from being special. I'm pretty sure there's a delicious APA in there, struggling to get out. Thanks blitheringidiot.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 03, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

chucksim, Apr 29, 2012
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TimHitchings, Jul 22, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deeper straw color with medium head left some nice lacing,a little fruity in the aroma with a ever slight malt smell.Iwas gonna give it a lower taste rating when a nice malt smack came in at the end of my first sip.This brew is a little rough around the edges it maybe a work in progress,I like more than alot who have reviewed it looks like.

oberon, May 31, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Immense, overcarbonated, head here. Use care when pouring! The body finally appears as a slightly hazed, medium yellow color, sitting beneath a head that stabilizes at three fingers tall. Head is offwhite and rocky, and initially occupied 90% of the glass.
Aroma has "burn your nose" hops, with powerful scents of pinecone and citrus rind. Grapefruit and lemon rind are predominant, with a hint of biscuity malt in the background.
Moutfeel is overcarbonated, though not as much as suggested by the head. Medium bodied, with a moderate hops bite.
The hops dominate the taste, but are more subdued in the taste than in the nose. Lemonrind is prominent, with a hint of red apples, while grassy and pinesap notes lurk just underneath. Biscuity malt tries to emerge midway through, but is beaten back by the wave of hops .
This is a nicely hopped, American pale ale, but is one dimensional with such overwhelming, hops character. Hopheads should enjoy this one.

merlin48, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to edbeer for the opportunity. Served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent gold with a rocky, bright white three inch head. Some floaties present in solution. Head eventually settles into a consistent quarter inch cap; delicate, textured strands of lacing were revealed during the session. Nose is mild - a light floral hops presence is about all I get. Taste is somewhat muted - pale malts, some citrus and a little bready. Mouthfeel is light-bodied but the fizzy carbonation levels make it seem a little bigger than it actually is - culminates in a clean finish. Easy drinking session beer. The sum is definitely more than its individual parts on this one.

Jwale73, Nov 05, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reived through beermonthclub.com

A: Very light yellow not typically seen in a pale ale.

S: Very sweet citrus hops.

T: A mild bitterness. Very sweet and smooth taste.

M: Lighter bodied but good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable easily a session beer.

thesyko56, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of frank4sail
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The new and improved formula released 4/04. They tried to tweak this recipe a little. Very flowery citrus hop nose. Murkey bigbubbled off white (slightly tan) head. Initial hop presence on the tongue but this leaves you quickly with a slightly gritty flat malt base taste. The pilsner malt (that I hear has been added to the brew) seems to clean the brew up a bit in the mouth. Decent medium coating mouth. An upgrade to the brew but it is still not all that. this beer will appeal to the masses more now with decent drinkabilkity and nothing offensive to the tongue.

frank4sail, Apr 30, 2004
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.