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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Photo of bundy462


2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow with a medium head, very average.

S: Grainy up front with some heavy floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Almost ammonia-like smell that was a turn off. Very much like cat piss.

T: Heavy grapefruit and lemon taste, very floral hops. I was expecting more bite than was present. This isn't really my type of pale ale, too fruity for me. Strange aftertaste that tasted like cat piss smells.

M: Average.

O: Not very high marks here for me personally because I just couldn't get past the smell and taste.

I really thought that I got a bad batch of this beer because I know that Yards has a good reputation, but there were others at the bar drinking off of the same tap and loving it. Piss guzzlers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 02:20:27 | More by bundy462
Photo of Bdel34


4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-03-2012 23:52:54 | More by Bdel34
Photo of Roger85


3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-14-2013 02:48:53 | More by Roger85
Photo of bootdown21


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

09-12-2013 03:00:23 | More by bootdown21
Photo of Dank26


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-09-2012 11:05:50 | More by Dank26
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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
Photo of mooseisloose


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recent arrival of BOTMC so let's give it a whirl. Bottle smell is delicious, fruity, citrusy, some grapefruit and grapes, zesty. Pours to a pale golden color with a whispy multi-size bubble head. Taste is slightly metallic, malty up front, bitter but not overly so in the middle with a metallic dry bitter finish. This hopping is very different. The aromas are citrusy but the flavor is more like a Fuggles, or english ale, and the bitterness is very dry. Hard to believe the AC on this brew is only 4.3. It is a full flavored ale with good body, mouthfeel and very drinkable. I up the appearance for great head, it held up for the whole pint!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 23:09:38 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of goindownsouth


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pale ale, although it could be a be more hoppy. I also have higher scale pale ale from them to try, so I may find my hops there. A nice looking beer from the pour. Very intriguing. Not an over powering aroma, but very do-able. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 14:33:44 | More by goindownsouth
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-20-2013 02:35:51 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-29-2013 04:15:42 | More by rodlavers
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-08-2014 03:26:50 | More by crowsnest
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-27-2012 22:04:01 | More by Elfastball7
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-04-2013 01:11:57 | More by TheNightwatchman
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -39%

08-08-2012 13:01:03 | More by JLapadura
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-21-2013 15:38:19 | More by scottDC
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-01-2012 00:50:54 | More by Yabev15
Photo of SolipsismalCat


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

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop aromas leaning towards tropical.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Very citrusy. Buttered toast in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Good beer, but nothing special. One of the better Yards I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:56:47 | More by SolipsismalCat
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-30-2014 02:21:57 | More by Hypersomnia
Photo of Natural510


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

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a clear golden color with creamy, ice-cream white head which does not dissipate.

Scent is both breaded and vegetal, somewhat musky.

Flavor is fruity and dry with bold hop finish. Nicely balanced with an astringent finish.

Body is slightly thin but not affecting flavor; this would make a great offering on cask.

Enjoyable APA, one of the better I've had in a while. Nice ABV, making it very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:34:57 | More by Natural510
Photo of Fish113d


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical pale amber color with one finger thick head that creates a solid surface layer.

Nice floral and grainy aroma with hints of straw, cut grass, and some hints of lemon. Fairly nice!

Sipping reveals a burst of lemon peel, as well as some very grainy features of pale malt, definitely the barley, as well as straw and grass.

Very nice body that is crisp, light (as it should be), and solid for the style.

Overall, I really enjoy this as a session brew. It's not over the top hoppy and is very easy to drink. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:05:02 | More by Fish113d
Photo of santoslhalper


3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 04:10:11 | More by santoslhalper
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-21-2012 05:17:28 | More by Blaze5445
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-16-2013 12:31:50 | More by CreekyJarls
Photo of jwhancher


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this numerous times over the years. Recently stopped in a local bar and had a pint:

A: Bright yellow, straw in color. Nice white head. Good carbonation.

S: Reeks of citrus hops. Grapefruit & orange peel aromas. Pleasant.

T: Nice bittering flavor from hops. Light malt background. Something appear to be a bit off these days. Can't quite put my finger on it. I get the feeling Yards changed the recipe from a few years ago. Perhaps when the owners went their own separate ways?

M: Light & refreshing.

D: Nice beer for the warmer months, but good anytime. Compliments food well. Have made this my session beer on a few occasions, but not as much recently (due to possible recipe change?).

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 14:08:15 | More by jwhancher
Photo of bconsidine


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-06-2013 15:43:05 | More by bconsidine
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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