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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

661 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +11.6%
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix a six, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is light golden with amber hues and the cap is thick pale cream with tight bead. The smell is nice with some mild citrus zest and slight herbal hop aromas but light in the malt, The hops smell kind of grassy in a good way. The feel is light bodied for the style but crisp and moderately low in bitterness and semi-dry in the finish with no alcohol influence on the palate.

The flavor is gentle at first with some light cracker-like malt which I understand since I read the neck label is a pilsner based pale. The hops have a light citrus tinge with mild bitter herbal flavor, the finish is slightly peppery and dry. Overall I like this and it is good but doesn't really stand out as far as the style goes, but is refreshing and quaffable for a good summer pale and I enjoyed the low abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 13:18:59 | More by Slatetank
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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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dirtylou

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a hazy golden body.

S: tangerine and orange citrus mostly, not much else.

T: not a whole lot of hop flavor. Mostly more citrus and some earthy notes provided by the hops. a bready base. Both are so understated that although balanced this one comes across as a little weak.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a fairly average beer. Not really what I look for in an APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:25:38 | More by kylehay2004
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this one on-tap at P.J. Whelihan's in Cherry Hill, N.J. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus in the smell, with some hops as well.

T: Tasted of hops (very mild), a little malt, and citrus (grapefruit). This beer had an alright, serviceable flavor, but did not jump out at me.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't horrible, it's not particularly memorable either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 13:27:20 | More by avalon07
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Looks pale to me lol. Nice golden yellow with an impressive inch of the foamy white stuff. Even still I get a nice lace ring with only mild sticking lace on the glass sides.

S - Definitely smells pretty hoppy with citrus tones and an aggressive grain that gives it a slight english tone and a sweet bready malt

T - Thankfully the grain is balanced and it drinks Sweet with a mild bit of grain and pine and finishes sweet again with a bready malt finish.

M - Wow I could have sworn this was a full bodied pale (around 5 percent) but surprised to see it at 4.3. session able!

Overall I dig this pale and would like to see it in a variety case. Great offering from Yards!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:25:31 | More by DrDemento456
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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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gford217

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Secret Santa thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a hazy straw yellow with a big effervescent head that recedes very quickly to a small cap fed by a steady stream of bubbles. Sparse lacing.

The aroma is very light with lemon zest and toasted bread as the main aromas. There is also a grassy character to the nose as well.

The taste wasn't as good as the aroma for me as there is very little hop presence that I can gather, maybe some faint lemon grass. Unfortunately, there is also a metallic bitterness in the finish which is a little offputting.

The mouthfeel is overcarbonated and very effervescent. It's very light overall, thin in fact.

This is a fairly unimpressive pale, especially in the flavor which leaves a nasty metallic bitterness on the palate after each sip. It's still very refreshing and light-bodied - not bad as a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:44:44 | More by gford217
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some citrus as well. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a solid session beer.I could see drinking several of these on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 12:31:03 | More by tone77
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nickfl

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - an aroma of bready malt, light fruit, and a bit of solventy spice.

T - light, dry malt up front with some lemony tang in the middle. Finishes with lightly peppery notes and a touch of herbal bitterness.

M - A moderately light body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an odd one, very little hop character and a lightly acidic lemon flavor throughout. More like a blonde ale than anything I'd call a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:30:12 | More by nickfl
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*New version*. Bright pale golden orange with the fluffiest white head of foam. Consistently good carbonation creates nice lacing. Aromas are all amarillo and simcoe hop goodness, with a bready, biscuity malt base to back up the show. The taste is a fresh hop explosion laced with the flavor of fresh baked rolls. The mouthfeel is creamy, and almost cask-like from the tap, and the drinkability is very very good. An awesome pale ale!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2005 19:06:57 | More by francisweizen
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:53:55 | More by Jwale73
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden brown color with a crazy huge white head that took its time settling. Left some lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is of musty yeast and pale malt with some light hoppy spiciness. The taste vaguely reminds me of a Belgian brew, must be the yeast. There is also some tropical fruit notes and a light bitter hop. The feel is light but not watery with tight fizzy carbonation, finishes pretty balanced between sweet and bitter. A different take on the APA. The color is very light as well as the malt. A very easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:48:47 | More by Gmann
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mynie

Indiana

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

VERY pale pour, for the style. From across the table this looks like a dark macro. But it's got a nice head on it...

Smells crisp and citrusy, not nearly as British as Yards' other beers.

Tastes light and very crisp, but surprisingly unique and complicated. Starts off the the aforementioned citrus hops, prominent grapefruit, against a very English malt profile. This moves into a middle that's a mix of lemongrass, and a finish that's a wonderful combination of grassy herbs and lemon against sweet, biscuity malt. Nothing's very strong, and nothing blows me away, but it's very well balanced and unique enough to keep me interested.

This is the textbook definition of a wonderful session: lively and interesting and light.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:33:41 | More by mynie
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 10:48:24 | More by merlin48
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

poured a hazy amber color with a white puffy head thjat refused to contained by the glass. Fell to a chunky white coating. Smell is a nice blend of citrus, floral and piney hops with an additional lemon note. Taste is massive hops with some lemon-like malt present. Finish is moderatley dry and enjoyable. An excellent beer from Yards.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 00:10:23 | More by tgbljb
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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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured a pale golden with some chunks of sediment. The head was white and lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was slightly hoppy with some grassy citrus notes and a touch of malt in the background.

The flavor was bitter with citrus and grassy flavors that blended well with the malt backbone so the flavors were not overdone. The bitterness and flavor hops last.

The finish is dry with those same bittering and hop flavors well into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium.

12 ounce bottle. Which says English malts and English hops, sounds like a bitter to me but the flavors are more American than English, perhaps they are using American cultivars. In any event, it tastes like an APA and is a very nice example of how a beer doesn't have to be high alcohol to pack a flavorful punch.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 22:35:24 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew was served with a hazy yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded rather fast giving a light amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of bread, citrus and malt. The heaviest citrus is of lemon zest nature. Some other floral and spicy aromas are in the nose as well rounding it out nicely.

Taste – The taste is of a biscuit and malt up front and is mixed with some lightly sweet and citrus hop notes. Toward the middle it dries out more with some lemon and spice entering the taste. While the biscuit flavor lessen as the taste goes on, the lemon and spice flavors get stronger as the flavor moves to the end. At the end a bitter lemon and spice flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Light in body with a higher level of carbonation. Good for giving a refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Overall – Very easy to drink with a drier bitter lemon and spicy flavor. While the bitter that it leaves on the tongue is just so-so it is a good session brew for a nice summer day as it has good flavors (other than the bitter aftertaste) and a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 23:05:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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Boto

Connecticut

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

This beer poured a dark yellow color. The head was minimal, and was gone almost immediately. There was Zero lacing. Minimal aroma. What was there was a faint maltiness and citrus hops. The taste was OK, if a bit bland. Some bitterness, with even less malts. Boring!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 18:11:28 | More by Boto
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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