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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 903
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 14
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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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Reviews: 305 | Hads: 903
Photo of chodinheaven
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, clear yellow with a healthy two-finger head on top that sticks around for a while. Plenty of citrusy hops on the nose that cover most of the smell. Some citrusy grapefruit aromas in there too.

Hops are not as present in the taste as they are in the smell, which is a little disappointing. Citrusy hops up front in a big-ish way, but it doesn't remain so throughout the drink. They seem to get washed out by another flavor, maybe some plain malts that don't do very much to add to the beer. There's definitely a grapfruit zest and even mouthfeel in there as well, but the whole drink leaves a somewhat weird aftertaste in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer lacks something in the balance. Love the aroma and the attempt for a hoppy pale ale, but just didn't quite have enough to make it memorable. (853 characters)

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Cavannaugh's in Philly. Nice light golden color, smelled of oily hops, crisp and clean and fruity, like apricot or grapefruit. Taste was lightly bitter, nothing overwhelming, with a dry, crisp body. After taste was fairly bitter, hops coming out. Good beer, mellow pale ale, very drinkable, nothing to rave about but definitely a worthy brew. (361 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at new wave in philly. served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick layer of filmy whit head. Fades slowly with spotty rings of lacing and nice retention.

Scents of citrus hops with pineapple and biscuit malt followed by sweetness and hops.

A dash of bitter hops up front with citrus and orange. Slight tones of rind and lemon peel followed by more hop bitterness. Malt backbone sweetness is super light and understated. Dry hops with more fruit and bitterness towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, dry finish, and some touches of fruit. Drinks quick, not really the best Yards beer but not the worst either. (655 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet malty smell that seems to come from the use of pale and light crystal or carapils malts. It has a grainy scent and a dry yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a smooth, grainy pale malt flaavor that seems a bit watery and weak. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale, but nothing special. Where's the hops? It's one and done for me. (507 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from Francisweizen in Feb 2004 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a ridiculous 6-finger head that needed to settle before pouring the rest. After several tries, a large foam light yellowish head sat on top of a very cloudy straw colored beer. Smells of citrus, dish-soap, and pine sol. Uhhm. Not so good. Reminiscent of Arcadia batch #999. Tastes actually pretty good. Nice malt sweet mixing with hop bitter. I feared a soap or overly piney and co-humulone flavor but instead got a moderate orange and grapefruit with some gentle fruits (peaches and some apricot). The ending was a bit thin and the mouthfeel was mediuim light. Carbonation was about right, which is funny considering the excessive head during the pour. Drinkable? yea, if you're willing to wait for the head to settle. (812 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Lots of swirling carbonation during the pour... Lots of fizz... Ultimately two fingers worth of pure white frothy foam settles... Impressive retention... Honey yellow color... Translucent with the slightest haze... Minimal amounts of carbonation float through out... Minor stickiness on the sides of the glasses...

S - Marshmallow... Grains... Lemon zest... Faint citrusy hops aroma...

T - Lots of grain... Biscuit... A tad lemony... Some pale malts... A vague nuttiness... Very minor toffee notes...

M - Given the impressive retention, the pillow like head is the first thing to reach the lips and tongue... From there it is crisp and sturdy... Refreshing... Light to medium bodied... Lots of carbonation on the tongue... Slightly thin...

D - Standard American Pale Ale... Quite sessionable given the 4.3% ABV... There's nothing wrong with this brew, but it is light years from the head of class... (910 characters)

Photo of avaldivia
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Centennial. Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Very nice inch to two inch thick head. Great lacing all the way down.

S: Really light. Bit of citrus and grass. Even when at room temp, it was difficult to smell much.

T: Better than the smell. Good sweet pine flavor. nice dry finish.

M: Kind of light. A lot of carbonation. Pretty standard.

O: Typical APA. Decent, but probably wont get again. (444 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came out of the fridge and poured into the glass and a smooth white head quickly settled and a clear gold colored brew sat waiting. The lace on the glass quickly fades as you drink.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a clear earthy hop aroma coming strong and some notes of raisins. The beer is sweet on the palate with a bready roasted malt sweetness balanced with american hops bittering the beer. Some crisp carbonation is a bit light for this style and the body is light and refreshing.
Not a real flavorful beer but when the weather is warm it would go down nicely and I would try it again next summer. (619 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper in color with no head. The aroma is malty and caramel-like, but a bit weak. Hops show up a bit with warming. Flavor is also big on sweet caramel malt, with evident grainy notes and a strong bitter finish. Choice of hops and malt give this beer a decidedly "English" character. Medium-light body. Proclaimed a "session ale" in the blurb on the bottle, this beer is adequate in all respects, and would pair well with certain foods, but isn't something I would savor simply on its own. (489 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Mostly clear copper with a huge, frothy head. Takes 3 pours to get in the glass, and that's 2 too many. Lacing is decent, as well as the carbonation.

Smell: Smells sweet and grainy with a normal hop presence. Smells pretty bland though.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A very bready and grainy flavor. Hops are present but light. They round the beer off but not too well. An "almost sweet" aftertaste finishes it off. The mouthfeel is thin but not bad.

Drinkability and Overall: A little better than what I had expected based on the current reviews. Perhaps they're changing this beer making it better. This is a solid APA that would make a killer session brew if it only it were a little better tasting. (714 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale ale poured into a pint glass with a clear golden body. A white cap builds up on the beer to about one finger in size and has decent retention. Frothy ring leaves a ton of lace rings at the top of the glass and spotty lace on the rest.

S- Yeast bread, cracker sweets and light caramel malts up front. Some hops make a presence with citrus and floral hints.

T- Starts off with some fruity notes, seems like citrus from some hops and maybe some lighter fruits (apple, grape) from the yeast. As I sip on, a fresh cracked grain aspect opens up with malty caramel and light sweets. A nice yeast bread note to round it all out.

MF- Lighter overall feel to the body with very high carbonation which can be felt on the palate. Creamy consistency and a tiny bitterness in the finish.

A pretty simple and straightforward Pale Ale. A good balance of yeast, hops and malts but nothing that really jumps out. (906 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a rigorous pour this beer yielded a thick foamy head to add to the lush hazy orange color. The smell was of tart hops and a floral note. Taste was a bit lacking. The hops aren't overpowering and the malts didn't add as much flavor as I was expecting. There is a floral taste to go along with a citrus flavor to leave a tangy dry taste. By no means a bad taste but for this style I was anticipating more of a punch to the tastebuds. I'll have to try this again when summer rolls along. (489 characters)

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden. Holds a decent centimeter head.

S- Citrusy and floral.

T- The citrus flavor is most prevalent, but not overwhelming. Floral on the finish. Crisp and clean.

M- Well carbonated, lighter but not too light.

O- A good overall beer. I was worried it would be too perfumey and floral, but the floral notes are well balenced with the citrus flavor. Not a bad one to have on hand, but not a must-have either. (419 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fuzzy yellow color with a hint of orange in the hue. The white head fades very fast.

Smell: Strong grain aromas. Rice and con but also a bit of fruity sweetness in the aroma like white bread and a touch of yeast. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Initially I was not very impressed the taste seemed harsh. It may have just been what was on my palate because it quickly improved as the glass went down. The taste is very boring but palatable. Like every other APA it is generous on the hops with a week malt base. Nothing special but very easy going beer. A few thin spots but overall decent.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with a bit too much tingle from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a very sessionable easy drinking APA. It makes a great party beer but it is not extremely interesting or unique. Fine average APA.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (859 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not my favorite Yards brew. I like the ESA on tap a whole lot more. This is an average pale ale. It pours a nice amber with a small off-white head. It has a little lacing, nothing great.

Its aroma is a little sour and not nearly as floral as other pale ales that I've tried. It has a hoppy flavor with a hint of fruitiness. Nothing special. It has a really nice feel in the mouth, but all-in-all, the drinkability is average. The beer was served very cold, which may have caused some of the smell and flavor to suffer, but I think it is probably still rather average. (578 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice pale amber with bright white head and decent lacing. Aroma was dominated by lemony hops, with grainy pine notes as well. The taste was bracingly bitter with tons of hops. Very lemony with a touch of grassy hops and some graininess in the finish. Pretty aggressive bitterness makes it kind of hard to pick many other elements. It really seems like it could benefit from more of a malt backbone. That being said, it has good hop taste and the bitterness gives it a very dry finish that would work well for cooling off on hot day, or drinking at a BBQ. Fairly light bodied and quite drinkable if you dig all the hops and bitterness. (643 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap. Nice golden color, slightly cloudy with a respectable head.
Sm. Sweet, clear, crisp with a strong citris aroma.
Ta. Starts with a light citris note that introduces you to the big white grapefruit flavor of the hops...remains tart and bitter through the finish.
Mf. Good carbonation and body for a lighter beer.
Dr. Pretty good, but I'm out of sync with hoppy APA/IPA beers right now. (387 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours softly from the bottle, very, very little carbonation. Minimal head, less then 1/2 inch that vanishes fast. Pretty gold color, slight chill haze. Nose is low key. A bit of sweet grain and a touch of lemon.

Taste is on the light side, soft, a bit sour with some yeast and a touch of earthy hops. Malt profile of this beer seems a tad watered down. The low carbonation reinforces this. The sour taste comes through in the end with some yeast notes.

Overall a clean, light easy drinking beer. Real complexity is lacking in this beer. It's well made, a nice beer, but pretty forgetable. (594 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 11/8 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light copper color with a one finger of white head that hangs on a bit. Big spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is overpoweringly floral hops. Just a bed of botanical hop notes. Minor biscuity notes are present, but the hop rules on this one.

T: Taste starts a grapefruit and floral hop bite. Compared to the nose, floral presence is a bit muted wihch is a good thing. Middle is filled with a breadiness that calms the hop bite. Finish has a light caramel malt presence with a bit more of floral hop bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, starts off quite crisp before getting a bit of sticky-chewyness to it.

D: Goes down relatively easy, somewhat tasty, mild kick, ok representation of style. (865 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with guinnessfan.

A: The pale ale is pale, a light airy yellow color that is immeasurably lighter than most any other APA. The head is thick on pour, near 2 fingers and laces throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is biscuity malts with a small hop element that adds a bit of bitterness.

T: The flavor in the APA is fairly pedestrian. It showcases a biscuity malt body that is chewy but fairly thin. On top of the malts are a bit of hops, a faint citrusy flavor that appears and quickly disappears back into the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is restraint, fairly consistent for an APA. It is stronger on the malts, relatively, and has a quick hop profile.

D: The ale is a good session ale, mild enough to allow for multiple pints in one outing. (777 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light golden color with thick white heading and very little lacing throughout.

Smell is immediate of grapefruit,also some earthy tones and a nice blast of citrus hops. (Well it's a month later and we bought a variety case of Yard's and this one smelled exactly of burnt rubber. I really don't remember this smell in the original tasting,and it wasn't just one of them it is three so far.)

Taste is very hoppy with a dry grapefruit aftertaste.A nice piney taste after a while as well.

Mouthfeel is watered down but good,light bodied with decent carbonation.A bubbly feeling on the palate. If were any stronger it would be stickey.

Drinkability is very high for such a low ABV, but too much floral taste to really have alot. (766 characters)

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear yellow with a big fluffy white head. The head really likes to stick around on this one, and leaves a lot of beautiful, sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S - It mostly smells of piney hops with some pale malts.

T - The taste is reversed from the smell: good amount of malts with some hops. A lot more malts than I expected. Afterall, they do say it's a "non-traditional style." It's quite crisp, still. It reminds me of a pilsner, probably because it's brewed with pilsner malt. Lots more pale malts and grassy taste as it warms.

M - Very light and crisp. Lots of small bubbles in the carbonation. Feels refreshing.

D - At first, the malts throw me off, but the more I drink it, the better it gets - even in one bottle.

The more of these I drink, the more I really like the balance of malt and hops, as opposed to the overwhelming hops of an IPA or some other pales. (891 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nicely amber colored ale. Ever so slightly cloudy, but an overall nice clarity. White, bubbly head eventually fades down into a thin, but consistent head. Leaves kind of lackluster lacing down the glass, but at least it's there.

S: Quite fruity. Grapefruit being the most notable, with slight undertones of hops coming through. A lot more pleasant than expected.

T: Slightly fruity, with those grapefruit notes being the most prominent on the tongue as well. A pleasant, mild bitterness throughout. A nice dash of citrus and hops in the finish.

F: A little on the overcarbonated side, but nothing off-putting. Carbonation seems to settle as the beer sits. Slightly thin, but definitely drinkable.

O: Seeing as how I'm from Philly, this beer was a must-try. It's affordable and widely available since it's local. It's not something I'd buy a case of for myself, but if I were going to a party and wanted to save a few bucks while still picking up an enjoyable beer, I'd definitely choose this over other budget pale ales. Not a mandatory must-try, but definitely acceptable and a really good choice if you want something light, flavorful, and refreshing on a hot day. (1,213 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to crack this one open with the kids playing in the yard as the sun went down tonight. Poured cold and into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/01/2010.

Decent pour with a very light and very clear pale golden yellow. Nice head of white then rises up around this forming a two inch head that quickly and completely fades leaving behind a broken crown that had some decent lacing around the sides.

Aroma is quick again and clean. Light hops are totally balanced against a nice malty bill. Nice bread and grain notes, hints of lemon and pine and a clean refeshing taste. Light touch of corn like flavor in the finish before a quick dash of hops dries it out and gets in the last word.

Overall nice and solid. I could see this selling alot in the summer. (769 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A. Golden pale ale with a frothy 2-finger white head after a violent pour. Head sticks around for awhile and leaves a beautiful trail down the whole glass eventually dissipating into a wispy lace.

S: Mild hoppy and citrus aromas fill the nostrils.

T: Surprising pretty hoppy for a regular pale ale. Good bread and grain notes, with hints of lemon and pine and a clean slightly bitter taste with a dry finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Pretty decent pale ale – I was pleasantly surprised. Nice balance between the hops and malt. (599 characters)

Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.