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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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saxclar123

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-20-2012 00:53:40 | More by saxclar123
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-29-2013 10:03:43 | More by domnalbrecc
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ended up with a bottle of this at Continental in Atlantic City, not exactly what I expected. Never really enjoyed the pale ales, but this was alright - which is probably because it doesn't really suit the style.

Golden tan, quite light, with bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Nose is strongly citrus, with a tiny bit of pine hops.

Taste is almost like a hefeweizen, heavy on lemon and lime citrus, and actually fairly smooth. No real hop bitterness, which I enjoy, but is odd for the style. Body is light, and while the beer goes down easily, it really isnt that enticing.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 01:07:27 | More by Jesstyr
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-26-2014 02:29:16 | More by DerekP
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was not impressive to me. I enjoy other beers from Yards but am left in the dark as to why this beer continues to be propagated. This straw colored pale ale has an aroma that reminds me of the most horrible lagers served in plastic cups during my freshmen year of college. The head is thin and the overall appearance is cloudy. The taste is quite sour with a lot of yeast presence. There is also a faint cidery taste as you make your way through the beer. The carbonation is light and the taste is that of a bitter lager. I bought this in an otherwise great variety case with three other great beers. Now I have a six pack of this crap to deal with. Not again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 19:59:41 | More by Maestro
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-17-2012 00:13:54 | More by Sparger
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sammyt728

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-11-2014 23:45:04 | More by sammyt728
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy, almost murky, golden yellow with a think white head with staying power. Lots of cold haze - I can see suspended particles throughout.

Smell: The bottle claims heavy citrus aromas and that is definitely not a stretch. This beer has one of the strongest citrus aromas I've experienced.

Taste: Again, the citrus overwhelms. In fact, there isn't much else here. Front, middle and finish scream citrusy American hops. It left a somewhat unpleasant bittery taste that lasts. If the carbonation were removed, this could probably be compared to lemon water. Wow...never experienced a beer with this taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, good carbonation.

Drinkability: There's no way I could have more than one of these at a sitting.

I was not expecting this much of a citrusy/bittery wallop. I enjoy stretching my taste comfort zone, but this is just a bit too much for me. I think if there weren't such a strong bitter aftertaste, my thoughts would be much different. There needs to be more overall balance in my opinion.

UPDATE: I just read most of the other reviews. I have to wonder if the bottle I had was contaminated. Such a different experience than everyone else.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 00:06:05 | More by psinderson
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-09-2011 02:59:26 | More by dwaz
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tweezer159

Alabama

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-04-2013 15:45:43 | More by tweezer159
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Yards Variety case. Poured into a pint glass. Pale straw color with good white head, some lacing. Light color for the style. Very Blonde-esque.

Aroma is quite nice. A floral hoppiness with a hint of something else I can't identify, but pleasant smelling, nonetheless.

Lighter flavor than most APAs, which is just like the coloration. Crisp, with mild bitterness.

Good, balanced mouthfeel. Crisp without biting; residual mellowness following each sip.

Refreshing, easy to drink. "approachable."

This is a good, solid beer. It probably won't be winning many awards from BA's, since it's relatively mild for the style. However, this would make a very good transition beer if you're trying to teach your BMC drinking friends about real beer. It's close enough to BMC to not scare them away, yet good enough to allow them to see what possibilities await.

Bottom line: I won't be going out of my way to get this, but I will be happy to take my 6 out of 24 when I get Yards mix cases in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 21:48:26 | More by rabsten
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
This is my second time having this brew and this time it seems alot fresher. Appearance is a bright gold with good clarity and a monsterous soapy head. Great cling and retention. Smells bright and cheery with plenty of citrus hops. Palate is classic APA. Orange and grapefruit hop flavor and a decent malt backbone. Plenty of bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is a little creamy and a bit dry in the finish. Very drinkable ale and under 5% so it's a great option to session.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:52:42 | More by JunkYardJake
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

05-07-2012 01:24:47 | More by bvlaminck
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KimbarkBrewCrew

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-11-2012 21:20:50 | More by KimbarkBrewCrew
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-11-2014 22:30:40 | More by constantine_272
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-20-2013 19:00:33 | More by Griggsy
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SonictheBeerhog

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-07-2014 01:10:25 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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garfscores

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-08-2013 12:40:37 | More by garfscores
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magnj

New Jersey

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

Update: Tried another 6-pack of this and I really enjoy it, more so than my original review reflected. Adjusting scores.

Thanks to mf1462 for the bottle, part of the Summer 2009 Homebrew swap.

a - Clear yellow body a few shades darker than BMC. Creamy off white head floats on top, few bubbles, good lacing.

s - Smells crisp. Floral and citrus hops and a light grain bill, little or no yeast aroma.

t - Quite mild for the style, typical hop profile but very much on the low end of bitterness. Grassy, floral and citrus point towards late Cascade additions. Balance is good but it's a tad watery. Ends dry with English style malt sweetness and grassy hops. This is a delicate brew that will challenge your taste buds to pick out subtle flavor.

m/d - Thin for the style, a bit too thin for my liking. But really drinkable/sessionable. A nice beer, reminds me of something a brewpub would put out for the masses.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 22:23:33 | More by magnj
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KevinTK


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-30-2012 13:51:50 | More by KevinTK
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Tuckersmth

California

3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-06-2013 20:41:48 | More by Tuckersmth
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jl2414

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-06-2014 00:25:21 | More by jl2414
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malfunxion

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-31-2014 05:18:54 | More by malfunxion
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2003 20:50:40 | More by rdrummer
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Dbot

Delaware

1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

07-04-2014 23:34:53 | More by Dbot
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.