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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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704 Ratings
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

05-07-2012 01:24:47 | More by bvlaminck
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-08-2013 12:40:37 | More by garfscores
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AMarkle6524

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-29-2014 18:37:21 | More by AMarkle6524
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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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constantine_272

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

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devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yards Philly Pale Ale is a really special ale. It pours a rich brown color, yet a tad lighter than an ale you'd find brewed in England.

It's taste is exceptional. Just the right amount of hops, with a slight citrus smell and taste. If you like IPA's but find there often a bit too much, give this ale a try.

Washes down very smooth and you'll be begging for more. Its relatively low ABV allows for a few... Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 20:20:03 | More by devinoconnor
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emsroth

New York

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. Brewed in late march.

App: Slightly chunky 1.5 finger head. True gold with a slight haze. Loads of bubbles.

Smell: Fruity/floral hops with a noticeable bitterness. I'm not a fan of smelling the bitterness beforehand.

Taste: Light malt taste upfront followed by a strong citrus flavor. Low bitterness and a slight mineral taste. The best APA I've had in terms of flavor. This is what I think an APA should be, not the hop-bomb stuff the west coast puts out. Could perhaps use a bit more in the malt zone, but at 4.6% a low malt profile is to be expected.

Wonderfully light in body with a slight film that is rather pleasant. I could have another, and that's saying alot since APA's are not my usual brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 20:31:21 | More by emsroth
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap. Nice golden color, slightly cloudy with a respectable head.
Sm. Sweet, clear, crisp with a strong citris aroma.
Ta. Starts with a light citris note that introduces you to the big white grapefruit flavor of the hops...remains tart and bitter through the finish.
Mf. Good carbonation and body for a lighter beer.
Dr. Pretty good, but I'm out of sync with hoppy APA/IPA beers right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:32:30 | More by deaconoflove
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-13-2013 01:58:22 | More by anvilx
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-08-2012 01:26:49 | More by ncworster
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-13-2013 01:49:46 | More by ejohnson654
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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

California

4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fluffy-headed ginger color, plenty up top, and active carbonation down low. Sparkling and remarkably pale.

Aroma is an epiphany of what Pale Ale should smell like -- this beer's smell is the closest thing I know to sticking your head inside a bag of hop leaves and freshly cracked grain right before a brew day, a perfect communication of hop and malt, pure and simple.

Taste is a bit less clear, but retains the note of graininess that makes me like this beer so much. There is a refreshing element of untouched water, clear broth, inside the swallow. Never overly bitter, nor overly floral, nor gloppy and muddy, there is a delightful balance in this glass.

Mouthfeel is quite active and frothy, which reminds me of Sparkling Ales of old. It's never sharp, however, which is nice. One of those beers that profits from an active mouthfeel and being served juuussst a little cold, the bottle is better than the tap, which is better than the cask. Odd, but true.

Drinkability is nice -- you could have a few, but I rarely do anymore, with any beer. Still, an easy sessioner, and perfect for a baseball game. A no-brainer choice when you go to see the World Champion Phillies play in person.

All in all, a great, idiosyncratic beer -- why don't more breweries make their pale ale like this?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 17:29:33 | More by ithacabaron
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle, part of a Yards variety case. The freshness code is smudged, but the box appears to be new.

Pours a nice gold, with a foamy white head, which wears away to a thin, tightly beaded layer after a minute and a half, lacing the glass rather well.

Aroma is of citrusy hops; grapefruit, specifically.

The palate is dominated by hops. Plenty of grapefruity bitterness, with a pale malt background. The bitterness lingers for a little while even after drinking.

Just enough carbonation, and low enough in alcohol to make a session out of it.

Crisp and refreshing. This will be a good one come summertime. Also, I think this is the perfect gateway ale for prospective hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 21:09:58 | More by edskirk3
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.