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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


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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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a light copper/straw color with a good head.

S: It has a nice caramel like smell, with some fruity floral smell as well

T: It has a nice caramel taste, with a hint of the hops in there as well

M: This beer goes down really smooth, and it has a nice carbonization level in there as well

D: This is a beer that I will most definitely will drink again

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 19:29:27 | More by MikeRa
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 20:50:01 | More by zoso1967
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Citizen's Bank Park while watching Cole Hamels two-hit the Giants.

a: This was a slightly chill-hazed golden color. It was served to me with a nice one inch foamy head.

s: Bready malts, not very sweet. Hop bitterness in the form of grapefruit with a little pine tingle.

t: The malts were very light and bready or biscuity, not all that sweet. Not what I'm used to, but it works very well. The hop finish tastes of grapefruit and is pretty bitter without being obnoxious.

m: Slightly slick body with long lasting, creamy carbonation. The lingering bitter grapefruit was very pleasant.

d: I love all the good beer choices at CBP, but I stuck to these last night. Perfect ballpark brewand one of the better APA's I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 10:43:05 | More by DIM
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellow color with a 2.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring and cap, leaving splotches of lacing along the glass.

Biscuity malt aroma with hints of grass and straw with some graham cracker malt and a nice hop presence.

Lower end of medium body with a nice pilsner/ bicuity malt backbone and a decent hop presence for the style. Clean and very drinkable with a crisp subtle hop dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 01:47:30 | More by corby112
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UDbeernut

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

cheers!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 23:32:10 | More by UDbeernut
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DoubleJ

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fox & Hounds, inside the Desmond Hotel (Malvern, PA). On to the beer:

Pineapple yellow color in the body, with good head retention on the top. Speaking of pineapple, I get that note in the aroma on a perfumy scale, along with soft fruit skins. A clean pale, it mixes different fruits with a zest of pineapple. Low in carbonation, light, easy to kick back, and cleaner in taste. I could certainly session this beer if it were readily available to me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 01:45:13 | More by DoubleJ
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a function at the Makefield Highlands golf club.

Appearance: Poured a clear, dark amber - surprisingly dark for a pale ale. A finger or two of head. It was poured into a plastic cup (open bar, what do you expect) so not much lacing. Still, a decent looking beer.

Smell: Wow...nice, citrusy hops - definitely a nice and hoppy APA. A mild sweetness, but the hops dominate. Some piney notes. Smells a *lot* like Bells Two Hearted, and that was the first thought that came to mind.

Taste: Decently citrusy - a lot like it smells. However, there's more of a generic bitterness to the taste, and the citrus takes a back seat. I'm guessing this one was dry hopped? Either way, it's a solid, good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and a good level of thickness - not too thin or too heavy.

Drinkability: I was very, very impressed by this beer - this one is only 4.3 percent??? A lot of flavor packed into this one, and it smells great. I tried it on a whim, and I'm glad I did. Great flavored, easy drinking pale ale, and one you could have a couple of with no problem. I'll definitely look for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 02:26:46 | More by StarlightSeraph
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was yellow gold with almost no head.

The nose is mostly malts with a vague fruitiness.

On the palate, it's sweet but well-hopped. Hints of tropical fruits and a good amount of spicy hops. It's very tasty with a mild astringency on the finish.

This is quite drinkable, and I'd been looking forward to trying it. I must say, great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 06:13:32 | More by IMincedTheKing
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a slight haze. Medium sized head that left a small lace.

The aroma of wheat with citrus hints and some light hops.

The taste followed the nose with wheat,hops and some citrus hints along with a medium base of malts.
The feel was very light,medium carbonation with an overall smooth and refreshing feel.

Notes: A really good session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed at City Tavern in Philly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 00:14:51 | More by Lexluthor33
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a pint glass, have not had this one in years, let's see what's what.

A- A straw yellow color maybe just a shade darker than your average american macro. A good standing white cap stayed on top leaving good looking lace.

S- Well, not much going on here except for a bunch of pale malts. Some bitter hops in here as well plus a off stale grassy smell which is unpleasent.

T- Follows the nose with malts overtaking the hops but all in all a good balance, too bad the flavors don't meld well together. A big grassy flavor is coming through as well as a small skunky flavor.

M- Philly pale is a light bodied brew that would be more refreshing if the taste was better. A lot of carbonation in this one with a fizzy feel in the mouth.

D- Maybe it was a good move taking a break from this one for a while. Odd, I used to really enjoy this years ago, maybe my taste have matured or this is just a result of yards moving their brewing facilities.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 02:49:22 | More by BARFLYB
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 17:05:12 | More by stingrayvr6
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at New Deck Tavern, Philly; served in an imperial pint

Light, golden copper body with a creamy paper white cap. Lines of lace cover the inside of the glass.

Bright, crisp orange rind and toasted biscuits. Lightly sweet.

Flavors mimic the smell. A very bright, fresh orange/citrus rind burst right off the bat with a lightly sweet biscuity malt and a dry, borderline crisp finish. The new recipe is much better than the old one.

Medium to full bodied and creamy. A very lush APA. Big and thick.

This may be the perfect session pale ale. Drinkability is close to perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 18:25:35 | More by ColForbinBC
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Seanibus

California

4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am so happy the new brewery is up and the real Pale Ale is back. In fact, it may well be better than it was before.

Pours a la sparkly yellow with a light fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and strong, with a sting of floral hops. The flavor has a strong sharpness with lovely floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin and completely refreshing.

This beer is simply Philly's best on-tap session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 01:19:14 | More by Seanibus
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelpia, so realistically those were not the best conditions.

A: A medium golden straw color akin to a pils. Minimal head on the pour into the plastic cup, but again I was paying $ 7.00 for it so I wanted the cup filled to the brim. There was some lacing on the cup and the carbonation seemed to be on the high side. Again, could be conditions.

S: I had never tried this beer before and after having a pils and SNPA I put this beer to my nose and was completely surprised. Hops bang you in the face with floral earthy hops scents with hints of citrus, followed by a nice sweet malt grainy smell. Very pleasently surprised.

T: The sweet malt base comes through the flavor first, with a sweet grainy type flavor followed by the earthy floral citrus hops. The hops linger on with bitterness lasting in the mouth. Very hoppy for an APA, I was completely surprised.

M: Very light for the amount of hops in the beer. These just rolled across the mouth with no alcohol hit at all (low ABV) but the carbonation was fairly high.

D: Super high. I finished my one and immediately wanted another. Very, very sessionable and great for a warm day at the ball park.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Yards offerings usually lean towards the english style beers with less hops, this beer seemed just the opposite. The hops were not deep pine citrus hops, but rather light flowery hops that were perfect for the style. Grats Yards, I may put this beer on tap at home, I liked it that much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 15:13:24 | More by Kadonny
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I experienced this local favorite during a recent trip to Philly. My girlfriend and I wandered in to a small bar in the Old City called Skinner's. We'd been walking around site seeing all day and I, despite the cold, had a hankerin' for something nice and hoppy. After seeing a lack of hops on-tap I gambled on a local APA I hadn't heard of. Let me tell ya, it delivered.

This guy poured an mostly translucent, clear gold with some attractive orange highlights. The head was of average capacity and glowed a nice frothy white. There were really no rising bubbled but the suds retained well. They eventually faded and left little lace.

The aroma was high quality but somewhat average for an APA. Clean with a solid malt backbone and sweet, tangy citrus. The hops are there, spicy and floral, but the nose doesn't let on how great the flavor is.

This is really where the bee shines brighter than most pale ales I can remember. Initially the flavor is full and malty with a distinct toasty character and lots of bit zesty hops. The light caramel malt is not too sweet and the semidry finish is somewhat masked but the big hops. Orange peel further accentuated the bitterness along with some more caramel and honey sweetness in the finish. A nice hint of spice floats aroound as well. So tasty. There is a lot there flavor-wise, everything I look for in the style meshed together; so well balanced.

The mouthfeel is clean and bright with moderate to high carbonation. The finish is semidry but still refreshing (not watery). Just enough to make you want a couple more. Full flavored and complete. This was such a great surprise, especially being that I've never even heard of the beer before. If you're in the area, make it a point to try this one on-tap; possibly accompanied by a cheese steak if you're feeling froggy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 04:16:01 | More by letsgopens
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into a mug

A - Nice light copper color, a nice head, nothing too bad here

S - Good solid hoppy smell, with some floral aroma as well

T - Solid mix of hops and malt; floral scent that hits fairly evenly with the more mild malt; a good flavor, overall, although nothing particularly unique or exceptional

M - Solid feel, although it's fairly thin with a fairly short aftertaste

D - I have no real complaints here; it's a solid, good beer, that's fairly prevalent in the Philly area; it's got a nice solid pale ale flavor that's pretty unique; it's not gonna knock you on your ass, but you won't complain about it either

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 02:12:15 | More by soupyman10
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the philly airport between terminal B&C

A-This bubbly head, golden light color, hazy, decent retention a little lace

S-Big hoppy green and floral kind of medicinal floral like a stargazer lilly aroma but there is also BO scent there (no really...BO)

T-Big hoppy pine, green and lots of floral . Some malt is quickly pushed back by the floral hops

M-Ligth and fizzy nt a lot there

D-I could only have one of these

Overall-I don't know if this keg was bad or what, but it was quite odd, not like any APA I'v had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 18:53:19 | More by jackorain
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this as on-tap, however, I have had is several times by bottle and frequently drink this beer.

Pours as a gold, straw color and with an average head that quickly reduces down with very little lacing.

The aroma is moderate and has floral and citrus tones to it that match its taste. Moderately hoppy with a nice, dry citris tastes and low carbonation.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste are crisp and dry. It has a very crisp and dry finish to it that carries the floral and citrus tones all the way through. I really enjoy this beer and it seems to be the carried on draft more than Yards other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 21:26:27 | More by Abita45
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yards- Philly Pale Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- Light orange/ yellow with very little head. Heavy carbonation.
Smell- Light grapefruit not much else.
Taste- Big sweet grapefruit with a touch of apricot?! Nice malt balance as well. Hops are big and bold!!
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but finishing off with a big flavor and a mild bitterness.

Overall- A delicious Pale Ale! Fresh tasting, and it must be cause I was here a few days ago and they didn't have it!!

***edited on 3/5/09***

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 20:52:18 | More by NJpadreFan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a short white head. A smattering of lace was left on the glass. Hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit, but also some pine in the background. Solid bitterness with the same hop profile as in the aroma. Malt was a bit mild and didn't quite keep up with the hops, which lingered long into the finish. Light bodied and off-dry. An easy drinking pale ale, decent, but a little short of exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 02:22:52 | More by DrJay
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Sixpoint

New York

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I too had this beer at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly, Pa. However, I was very dissapointed.

My beer had all of the telltale signs and premonitions of a good beer. The beer poured with a nice head that lingered down my plastic cup. It also had a very nice citrus aroma.

However, the taste and mouthfeel suffered. The beer was unbalanced; there was absolutely no foundation of malt to counter the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Moreover, the body was paper thin... no substance at all.

I had a hard time finishing my glass. It was one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2005 01:23:22 | More by Sixpoint
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ChappyCubsFan

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer doesn't receive higher marks. We first sampled it at Citizen's Bank Ballpark, and we were ready to declare it as "One of the Top Five Beers You Can Buy at a Major League Ballpark." It was the perfect beer for the hot afternoon game. Not overbearing or too strong in alcohol. It seemed to have a great, single hop taste, which I believe is simcoe hops. The lacing and head were excellent, and the malt taste was in perfect harmony with the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2005 19:36:05 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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