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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.

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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-01-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear golden yellow with a 1.5-finger pillowy white head with mild lacing.

S - Rising bread, orange, light touch of pine. Pleasant.

T - Nowhere near as bready as the smell. Citrus zest and flesh forward, tea, light toasted bread, white pepper, Finishes dry with a refreshing citrus and lingering tea.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this beer. The orange zest tea element is fairly strong so I wouldn't want this all the time, but it is a refreshing alternative to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with elements of a Daisy Cutter Pale but with a low ABV similar to a 21st Amendment Bitter American, which I prefer over this. Perhaps the closest beer to this is Surly's Bitter Brewer, which has a similar citrus tea flavor and low (4.0%) ABV. I will definitely have this flavorful, sessionable Pale Ale again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:36:57 | More by Tucquan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. A pilsner malt Pale Ale? Who would have known? Thanks kindly to mdaschaf for the trade!

Crystal clear gold fourteen carat yellow, some bronze perhaps, classic pilsner looking with an almost shocking white three finger head. Looks fine to me crystal and nice, I want to drink this. Shampoo like bubbles with some good retention.

This is the most I think challenging and unexpected nose for a pale ale, part of that being the craziness of these ingredients. Grassy, manure like. Soil dirt and earthy. More lemon as the beer warms up, but the earthy tones are really strong when first opening this up. I think this could put people off but I don't actually mind it, I kind of like it.

Taste is light white toasty bread, a little dull not as crisp as I expected but with a lemon hop bitter going on. Sharp pilsner like bitter as well. Texture has muted crispness, but part of me wants to score this like a pilsner instead of a pale ale.

Overall it's a good beer, true to style? Not so sure, but I am not complaining.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:45:48 | More by smakawhat
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that hardly died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of orange citrus as well as hints of pilsener malts. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed how this beer combined a high amount of drinkability compared with nice citrusy flavors. Although it doesn't stand up with the hop flavors of some of the top American Pale Ales, it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:12:15 | More by metter98
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Hop2it

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks good - light brown, small amount of head and some lacing. Citrus and estery smell that's not strong, but certainly noticable without sticking your nose into the glass. Sweet and hoppy like an APA should.

Tastes very balanced. I feel that American Pale Ales tend to gravitate towards extreme hops and light body, ignoring the malts that should be the where the taste comes from. That being said, Yards did a good job of using the hops as a compliment to a smooth malt base.

It lacks something with mouthfeel, but I find myself going back for more and more. Overall I'll say this is worth picking up as a session beer, and I'd like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 04:47:03 | More by Hop2it
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light golden color with some hints of orange. Good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass. Topped off with an almost pure white head of about 1 finger.

S: Piney citrus notes on the nose. Followed up with some grassy bread aromas. A touch of spice.

T: flavor is very light but really good at the same time. It's got citrus, pine, grass, spice with a nice pale malt backbone. Light bitterness and light sweetness.

M: Watery in the mouth but that makes it super easy to drink. Very light and refreshing and awesome if you're looking to pound a few. Especially at 4.3%

Overall: Nothing earth shattering here but a straight forward, no frills easy drinking pale ale with some nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:35:16 | More by BigMike
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McClungbrew2

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy, yellow gold, with a creamy off-white head. The head fell quickly to 1/8 inch bead that remained to the end.

The aroma was of sweet pale malt, with a citrus, somewhat spicy hop notes.

The flavor starts with a grapefruit, citrus hop front, balanced with sweet pale malt, with hints of butterscotch.

This beer has a quenching, somewhat tangy mouthfeel that is very pleasantly balanced. There is enough residual dryness to build your anticipation of the next drink.

This is a well done pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:56:13 | More by McClungbrew2
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Veillantif

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 03:09:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the aroma is malty and hoppy...
color is a light copper/gold... small white head, with small carbonation bubbles.

taste is a smooth smokey, malty pilsner. some bitterness.... mostly smokey pilsner type.
it's a summer beer in my book.

drinkability is very good...
mouthfeel is average

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:58:51 | More by klkatz
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Philly. A: good head, lot of sticky lacing. Nice color somewhere between amber and copper. S: Not much to smell, there's a tiny note of some citirusy hops. T: sort of a starter IPA. As a pale ale this is pretty spot on. There's a small hop profile but what is there is very good. Slight earthy malt undertones with slight sweet hop dryness. M/D: Nicely carbonated. Goes down easy, great beer to drink if you want to throw back a bunch but don't want to drink crap beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 22:45:26 | More by theWrkncacnter
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold body, alive with carbonation streams and floating yeastie beasties. Huge billowing loose white head. Very strechted lacing.

Inviting citrus nose.

On the tongue, malt and hops battle toe to toe with caramel and fruit/sweet and bitter, like Ali-Frasier I. The flavors alternate thru the mouth before merging in a big final gulp. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste does a very slow fade.

Mouthfeel is just a tad too much to the thin side. Fine drinkability, easily sessionable.

While not revoluntionary, a perfectly pleasant pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 22:11:31 | More by RonfromJersey
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Pale gold, hazed with numerous floaties throughout the body hurts the appearance. Thick white head has good retention, and ok lacing.

S - Nice floral hops on the nose, finished with some pine and sweet bready malt.

T - More pine flavor in the taste, with slight hints of grapefruit, and some floral bitterness in the finish with some more citrus flavors. Light caramel malts underlying the dominant hops.

M - Light/medium body, a little high on the carb level, finishes clean with a moderate bitterness.

O - Solid pale, packing a bunch of flavor into the relatively low abv. If it had a freshness date, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:01:27 | More by garuda
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

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%.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 02:12:51 | More by stakem
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.