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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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726 Ratings
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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 46 | 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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Holland

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-10-2013 23:23:52 | More by Holland
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This local favorite seemed to be MIA for a while, but it's good to see Yards back in full swing with their new brewery and increased distribution.

This wholly original APA pours out a nice, thick white head with a thin gold coloration that resembles your typical pilsener spiked with citrus pulp. The look doesn't really do the taste justice and its first impression doesn't really complement the flavors.

On to greener pastures, this beer's great hoppy smell makes up for the weak look and permeates the air with the slightest undertones of lemon and orange zest.

The flavor boasts a mild hop bite with a rich aftertaste that was reminiscent of Sam Adams Boston Lager and had subtle caramel notes that showed up as the beer warmed in the glass.

I could drink this beer all day long. It tingles the back of the tongue and slides down the throat nicely, making for one delicious go-to brew.

This is a must have session beer and a one of the finest beers to come out of PA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:14:25 | More by deapokid
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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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msubulldog25

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed sixer, picked up hours earlier at Yards. No bottle date, but I'm guessing it's about as fresh as a bottle can get...

A: Bright golden, extra clear and full of small carbonation. Capped with a meringue-like dollop of white cream, stacked a thumb high before falling to thin, dimpled lid. Pretty lace, glistening bands of foam.

S: Vibrant smell, strong and lemony, verbena(?). Honeyed malt and spiced bread. I enjoyed this from the taps, and am glad the aroma is just as wonderful from the bottle.

T: Spiced bread malt base (Pilsner), covered in citrus (lemon/pink grapefruit) zest (Simcoe hops) and astringent pine. Hoppy enough, although malt-forward flavors eventually skew this Pale more toward an English version. And I'm OK with that.

M: Crisp feel at first, mellows gradually before eventually becoming a little sticky/gummy. Light-medium body.

D: On the day when I first (finally!) tried ANYthing from this venerable mid-Atlantic brewery, I've gotta say I'm impressed. Bright, flavorful and brilliantly scented, the Philly Pale Ale was one of several Yards brews (more reviews to follow) that I'd be glad to return to.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 13:29:38 | More by msubulldog25
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-19-2012 02:16:21 | More by jfcaa193
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-13-2013 07:08:24 | More by outoffocus
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-23-2011 20:05:06 | More by ShemRahBoo
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-09-2013 02:16:20 | More by ZEB89
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

A- Pale ale poured into a pint glass with a clear golden body. A white cap builds up on the beer to about one finger in size and has decent retention. Frothy ring leaves a ton of lace rings at the top of the glass and spotty lace on the rest.

S- Yeast bread, cracker sweets and light caramel malts up front. Some hops make a presence with citrus and floral hints.

T- Starts off with some fruity notes, seems like citrus from some hops and maybe some lighter fruits (apple, grape) from the yeast. As I sip on, a fresh cracked grain aspect opens up with malty caramel and light sweets. A nice yeast bread note to round it all out.

MF- Lighter overall feel to the body with very high carbonation which can be felt on the palate. Creamy consistency and a tiny bitterness in the finish.

A pretty simple and straightforward Pale Ale. A good balance of yeast, hops and malts but nothing that really jumps out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:22:40 | More by cbutova
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Boto

Connecticut

2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
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
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petermethot

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

06-25-2013 21:49:22 | More by petermethot
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 18:51:18 | More by Jspriest
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yards- Philly Pale Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- Light orange/ yellow with very little head. Heavy carbonation.
Smell- Light grapefruit not much else.
Taste- Big sweet grapefruit with a touch of apricot?! Nice malt balance as well. Hops are big and bold!!
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but finishing off with a big flavor and a mild bitterness.

Overall- A delicious Pale Ale! Fresh tasting, and it must be cause I was here a few days ago and they didn't have it!!

***edited on 3/5/09***

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 20:52:18 | More by NJpadreFan
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle, a bright golden color, clear, with a thin white head. much lighter than some other pale ales, but I suppose within the range for the style. aromas detected are straw, grain, but mostly piney hops. taste is dominated by a crisp hop bite with a clean finish. higher carbonation with light body. it's quite easy to throw back, a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 02:39:20 | More by jmdrpi
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-15-2012 14:57:38 | More by oldp0rt
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma presents as slightly sweet with an almost like phenol quality-it includes an off sourness that seems yeasty in nature. No hops to speak of.
Pours with a large head, but may be the result of being bumped around in being shipped (as the bottle had a shook appearance to it) that gets a rocky appearance to it. Cloudy gold-yellow. Yeasty setiment on the bottom.
Not particularly robust, but an interesting mix of flavors. Pale malt presence, hoppy bitterness presents mid to finish. Finish has a long dry sourness.
The feel is non-descript. Fully carbonated, if not excessive. The label notes itself as being refreshing. I suppose the sourness has a refreshing quality to it, but I wouldn't categorize it as classic in this area.
Interesting and different. Has a wit-like quality to it.

Thanks to goindownsouth for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 08:28:59 | More by garymuchow
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in River Edge...
A hefty pour yielded a light, lucid, pale copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with a nice balance of hops and malts...
Taste, likewise, was a similar dichotomy between hops and malts, along with a noticeable citrus essence with a mild hint of vanilla...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel with an average level of drinkability at best...
Really nothing special...
Mediocore stuff...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:22:35 | More by dsa7783
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this beer at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. the beer is a slow gush of foam immediately upon opening. Foams up 5 cm of bleached white foamy head even with most gentle pour. Fades very slowly leaving windowpane lattice as it goes. The beer is very clear gold in color adn has several streams of carbonation rising in the glass.
Aroma is lite general sweet caramel and floral hops mixing nicely. Very mild nose for sure, but nice nonetheless.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose advertising. I get a brief hit of general sweetness and then some grassy hops that linger a little bitter. Overall the beer is mild but nicely flavored. A decent beer that would easily be sessionable. Low ABV and no hint of it anywhere. Good drinkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 02:19:06 | More by sulldaddy
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-13-2013 21:22:41 | More by IdrinkGas
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-18-2012 01:19:21 | More by stereosforgeeks
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-03-2012 01:26:40 | More by WDJersey
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-24-2011 20:58:54 | More by mdillon86
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body, slightly hazy. Decent head ontop.

S - Smells a bit like a nice IPA actually. Sweet floral hop nuances. Some clean, fresh citrus detected in the nose.

T - Alot of citrus flowing through this ale. White grapefruit and some bitter citrus peel as well. Smooth mild hop charachter with a touch of hop warmth. The citrus keeps this beer crisp and refreshing to the palate. The finish is slightly dry and definitely clean.

M - Smooth and light in the mouth. Balanced carbonation and a semi-dry end.

O - A nice little pale ale here. Im partial to the grapefruit/citrus and hop combination so im digging this beer. Im also a fan of refreshing and crisp beers, and this pale ale fits that.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:37:41 | More by BeerForMuscle
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-30-2013 19:36:06 | More by LoveStout
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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