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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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83
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729 Ratings
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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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yourefragile

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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem. The beer appears a slightly hazy straw yellow.

The aroma has a mix of fresh french bread and biscuit with a big punch of slightly soapy lemon-herb hops. The flavor follows up on the lemon and malts with a grassy addition in the aftertaste. The brewery simply calls this a non-traditional ale. I'd describe it as a hopped up English pale ale. Definitely tasty and very drinkable. It also seems like it would be an especially good summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 00:48:42 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-26-2013 00:10:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised that there are not more "Cask" reviews for this beer. Not only is it Yards' flagship beer, it also was routinely avalable on cask at Dawson Street Pub in the Manayunk area of PHL. That may still be the case, it is just that I have not visited for some time.

It was handed to me from the hand-pump with a finger of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention that would have made a A&W root beer (thick-headed) weep. Zounds! The color was liquid gold with NE-quality clarity. Mr. Pendyck is always talking about his casks "falling bright" and this was it. Yoi! Nose had a definite hops presence (OK, I'll cop to cheating up at this point and looking at the description which had been sent along) - "pilsner malt, crisp and hoppy, bursting with citrus flavors and aromas". Agreed. It had a very grapefruit nose with the same intense grapefruit flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel had a really creamy quality, almost like an N2 pour. Finish had a more orange taste than grapefruit. Man, was this good!

Serving type: cask

07-31-2009 19:53:01 | More by woodychandler
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 23:10:13 | More by akorsak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-24-2013 16:26:47 | More by orangesol
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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
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2012 00:42:25 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy orangeish-yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a bubbly snow white head that sticks to the glass a moment before sliding back into the beer.
S- The fresh hops aroma has tangerine and orange juice aromas with a soft plastic note to the green herbal finish.
T- The green hop bite has a soft dandelion bitterness and a cinnamon hint to it. There is a soft dry pale malt flavor that has a hint of sulfur bite to the finish. The hop bitterness lingers for just a moment after the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a nice aroma start but turns a bit sharp. The hops in the taste are mostly bitter with not much flavor but some depth in the flavor that is there.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 22:02:04 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of small slightly thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts along with some floral/tropical hops and just a hint of spice.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with some light flavors of pale malts and just a hint of sweetness, maybe from honey. After that the hop flavors become apparent with notes of tropical, citrus, and floral hops. There is a very light amount of bitterness and hints of pepper/spice in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. This would make a very nice session beer, especially during the warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 21:13:50 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-12-2014 05:19:05 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

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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DoubleJ

California

3.95/5  rDev +7%
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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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-16-2013 02:08:14 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-14-2013 12:15:22 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was flying off the shelves at Barley's, with good reason. Taken from a few notes.

Appears light pale straw with a bit of webbing.

Sports a hoppy bouqet and just a bit of must.

Tastes of hop, a mixture of earthy hop and grassy euro style hop. Just enough malt to balance. Vegetal, slightly bitter and tea like at times.

Mouthfeel is light and quaffable.

This is a brew I really enjoyed, worthy of a six pack/case purchase for the warmer days. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 22:42:48 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

I'm trying to play up some similarity between the city of Philadelphia and the beer's appearance but it looks so bright and sunny, yellow like a summer daffodil, and I've only ever visited Philadelphia in the dead of winter! Honestly, the glare is so bright it radiates even despite a filminess that makes the glass look dusty as an old antique.

Allow me to play Carnac the Magnificent here: a flower shop, a tropical beach, the produce section of the grocery store... what is the smell of Yards' Philadelphia Pale Ale? This bouquet is particularly strong suited in pineapple and grapefruit and wafts with a delightful floral effervescence. It pleasantly reeks to begin with and swirling only makes it reek more.

The flavour, while not quite as ripping as the aroma, still tastes of the same 'pink grapefruit and flowers' brand of hoppiness. And specially for the tongue a 'toasted bread' kind of maltiness is dished out and together they combine to make a taste that resembles some kind of candied citrus topped lemon sponge cake. Mmm, maybe I'll try making that!?

Philadelphia Pale Ale may be American by birth and in name, but it reminds me of a classic British cask offering: the hoppiness is lively and refreshingly acidic, the maltiness firm but not thick and the carbonation is casually laid back. Not to mention, it's the kind of beer you could keep on drinking all night - screw dogs, beers like this are man's best friend.

They say it's always sunny in Philadelphia and its namesake beer proves it. The golden shine, bright, buzzing bouquet and zestful, tropical flavours give this beer the same character (and appeal) as an all-inclusive beach resort getaway. And the thought of some nice weather - or any weather, really - and a six pack of this is simply mouthwatering.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:06:17 | More by biegaman
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plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with the typical Yards three finger pillowy and chunky white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resiny citrus hop with some orange fragrance. Light doughy aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a light, zesty citrus hop with an excellent orange sweetness. Soft biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was light and clean and well carbonated.

Overall a very drinkable APA with a very sessionable ABV. Well balanced and clean.

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 15:33:56 | More by plaid75
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy orange color with a small white, foamy head on top. Moderate retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Light citrus with some orange and orange peel, a little bit of grass, and little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the citrus side with both orange and orange peel, a little bit of lemon and some grass as well. The caramelized malt comes through a bit stronger on the flavor than the aroma. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and crisp.

O: Pretty good and easy drinking, nice hop level for an APA. A little light, but helps with drinkability. Glad that Yards is now in Delaware, but I probably won't be getting it again at $6.50 a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 16:09:54 | More by mdaschaf
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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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THECPJ

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearane: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer was refreshing and enjoyed it. easy to drink and I like beers that can be well balanced and enjoyed in the sun without knocking you out.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 00:39:05 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

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
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.