Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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.
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Ratings: 885 | Reviews: 308
Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of garuda
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Pale gold, hazed with numerous floaties throughout the body hurts the appearance. Thick white head has good retention, and ok lacing.

S - Nice floral hops on the nose, finished with some pine and sweet bready malt.

T - More pine flavor in the taste, with slight hints of grapefruit, and some floral bitterness in the finish with some more citrus flavors. Light caramel malts underlying the dominant hops.

M - Light/medium body, a little high on the carb level, finishes clean with a moderate bitterness.

O - Solid pale, packing a bunch of flavor into the relatively low abv. If it had a freshness date, I'd buy it again.

Photo of J23hc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow gold w/ good foamy head. Smell is flowery and sweet sweet citrus, a little bitter pungency. Taste is bright and sweet citrus with spice and bitterness, moderate carb, wet feel. Different, original, little bit of a champagne booziness in the finish, would drink again

Photo of NiceTaps
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -nice dark golden color with a 1.5 finger head that held up.

S -clean hoppy aroma, citrus, fruity

T -easy drinking malt backround with a hoppy finish, very friendly,not too strong

M -the clean hoppy finish lingers, the flavors hang on

O -This is a good drinking ale. The 4.3 abv makes it a go to if more than one or two pints are in order.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this bottle lists an ABV of 4.6% instead of the BA listed 4.3%, this remains the hoppiest American Pale Ale I have ever found with that low of an alcohol value. As someone who'd rather enjoy 8 beers than 5, that's a big deal - and this is quite an accomplishment...

Dark golden colour is not typical of the style, and disconcerting, although still attractive. Beautiful off-white head with a decent carbonation level and lacing.

Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, including mango and pineapple. These are accentuated in the taste. Caramelized malt sweetness leads into a beautifully bitter, "west-coast" hopped finish.

Definitely a beer I would recommend and will attempt to find again!

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

On tap at the brewery.

A very clear, bright gold colored beer with a fluffy head that has both good retention and strong lacing. Nice aroma that's faintly sweet and malty, but the hops, which are citrusy and a bit floral, come to the fore. There was a jar of nugget hops on the bar in front of me and it was obvious after examining it that nugget is indeed the dominant hop in this tasty beer, both in the aroma and the flavor.

Hop forward but still somewhat balanced; low bitterness, tasty pilsener malt. On tap this is smoother and creamier, with lower carbonation, than I expected and have experienced with the bottled version. Very different from the many west coast/SNPA style offerings on the market. Delicious, easy drinking, highly recommended. My favorite beer from this brewery so far.

EDIT: I've been back numerous times and I stand by my original impression that this is the best beer I've had from them out about 10 different offerings, by far.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Yards shaker pint glass.

Thanks to YaKnowBrady for this bottle (and the glass)!

Been quite some time since I've had something out of Yards. This bit pours a clear sunlight straw topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam and populated by a decent amount of floaties. The nose comprises cantaloupe, light honeydew, very light leek, and a soft touch of toffee in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though the fruit notes are toned down a good deal (though by no means do they disappear) in relation to the toffee. There's also some light banana and orange peel tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a nice pale ale, nothing that truly distinguishes it from many others, but a very solid offering nonetheless.

Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure how old this bottle is, its been sitting on the shelves at my job for a while now. Pours a brilliant gold color with really good clarity and a monstrous clingy head. Initially smelt some skunk and then very subtle hints of oily hops. Nothing impressive on the nose.

Some tropical fruit tastes are the star of the show even though their subtle. Has a pleasant sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Finishes with a mild floral hop presense that goes pairs well with the fruit flavors in the beer. Tastes are all very mild though.

The drinkability is quite amazing. Super smooth, super clean, good carbonation and light in body. Would be good as a mild summer session beer.

Well balanced and flavor beer but nothing spectacular.

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Poured a dark, golden yellow with a two-finger head, fluffy as clouds. I let the beer sit and the head took about four minutes to recede, leaving a great sticky lacing on the glass. Even as I drink there is still a half-finger head remaining.

Smell: This smells delicious. There are notes of pine, grapefruit/citrus, hops.

Taste: I like it a lot, actually. You get the taste of the citrus and hops pretty well, with a noticeable citrus linger in the back of your throat. Really tastes like grapefruit to me. There are not really any overpowering hops, and a barely noticeable bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Overall a good mouthfeel, it has medium-light carbonation and a nice light mouth feel. For some beers, this might not be good, but it just really works with this one.

Overall: I am definitely pleasantly surprised from this offering. It would be great on a hot day and is just nice and citrusy and refreshing. Definitely recommended.

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

A: Poured from a bottle into a mug. Golden yellow color and clear all the way through. 2 fingers of head that recedes to a ring around the top. Not much lacing as it went.

S: Earthy, citrus hops. Possibly some grapefruit there too. Relatively average.

T: Tons and tons of juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Very much dominated by the citrus flavors here. Sticks around for a while too. By no means an unpleasant amount of grapefruit but it seems to be the only flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a long finish.

O: If you are looking for a session beer this might be a great bet. Very easily could throw back a lot of these and it has a nice flavor to it as well. Nothing stand out IMO but still a nice beer.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew to me was actually quite impressive. This beer poured out as a nice golden coor with a strong looking white foam on top. The head has a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a nice hoppy aroma with just a touch of grains in there as well. The flavor is very nice on this beer, I really enjoyed what ever hops they used in the beer. It almost makes it taste more like an IPA than an APA. The mouthfeel of the beer is very drinkable. Overall This is probably one of my favorites from Yards.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint.

A - Clear light golden. Decent head and retention.

S - Hoppy, lemon citrus aroma.

T - Light bready malts up front, followed by citrus and pine flavors. Provides a mild hop bite with a grainy finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Light-medium bodied with a very carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Philadelphia pale ale is extremely drinkable and one of the best pale ales I've had. This was my first beer I tried from Yards, and it is still my favorite. It's a good beer to have around year-round.

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at the Khyber (back when it was an important place), Philly, PA

Philly Pale Ale is one of my favorite "simple" beers, and easily one of my favorite overall "basic" local brews. No nonsense, just a great beer. Pours a clear golden yellow, notably carbonated with a foamy white head that leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. Often, yeast floaters can be seen in the glass or bottle. Fresh aroma, filled with sweet malts, crisp hops, citrus zest, and light fruits. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet bready hops, bright hops--citrus, pine, floral--and lightly and subtly fruity with notes of citrus and apricot. Light-medium body, appropriately carbonated, and extremely drinkable for everyone from beer wusses to beer snobs.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yards is the ubiquitous craft beer on the Jersey Shore where I spent a week at the end of august. Not a bad beer, which did have many good APA characteristics while being light enough to drink during the hot days.

The beer was a little cloudy and a little dark for the style but refreshing enough looking for a light ale. Good carbonation, decent head.

Aroma had some citrus, not overwhelming but you definitely know what style you're drinking.

Flavor as well was to style, maybe a little light but over a very solid beer in terms of flavor.

Worth trying if you see it.

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

Bottle from six-pack, about 11 degrees C, poured into an unchilled stange glass.

A: Charming antique label: is this going to taste like Twinings Earl Grey, too? [edit: it's not all that different.] On the pour: a bright gold color, somewhere between those new Oreos and Uncle Scrooge's money bin in intensity. It glows!

S: Piney; also the same citrus notes you get from A1 sauce. Not obnoxiously hoppy. Yet.

T: Hops are mild enough that you can (speaking from experience) share this with those weird hop-phobic people, so long as they're not too badly afflicted with their condition. Not strong or complex enough, on the other hand, for the Pale Ale aficionado to be overwhelmed.

M: Extremely pleasant: carbonation that meets the intensity of the flavor just enough, and a fine aftertaste.

D: The field of pale ales in this country is deplorably crowded. I don't know if we can call this an indispensible addition thereto; blindfold me and I'd find it hard to tell this apart from a few others. But they'd be a few among the upper half, that's for damn sure.

Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of avaldivia
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Centennial. Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Very nice inch to two inch thick head. Great lacing all the way down.

S: Really light. Bit of citrus and grass. Even when at room temp, it was difficult to smell much.

T: Better than the smell. Good sweet pine flavor. nice dry finish.

M: Kind of light. A lot of carbonation. Pretty standard.

O: Typical APA. Decent, but probably wont get again.

Photo of mjw06
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bronze-golden color with a couple finger sized white head.

Smell was unimpressive but above average. A clean malty smell with a just a little bit of crisp hops.

The smell had a very clean palate, mild hop floral taste and the tad bit of the tartness of a grapefruit.

Nothing really outstanding or distinct about this pale. it wins for its clean taste and great drinkability. It is fairly light on the ABV for a pale ale as well. Yes that did a bit of rhyming. But that end of the day this was very drinkable and I would gladly accept more.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a (Surly Power of the Pint) pint glass.

A- Well carbonated, 3 finger white frothy head, dissipates slowly, clear light golden straw color, splotchy lacing.
S- Really light aroma, pilsner malts, slight citrus, pine, grassy hops, slight breadiness.
T- I was surprised by this beer, really tasty for how light this beer is, citrus, pine, nice light malt backbone, grassy hops, extremely refreshing, easy drinking beer.
M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth clean finish.
O- Overall this is nothing too mind blowing or unique just a solid light pale ale, really well balanced and extremely refreshing.

Photo of BigMike
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light golden color with some hints of orange. Good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass. Topped off with an almost pure white head of about 1 finger.

S: Piney citrus notes on the nose. Followed up with some grassy bread aromas. A touch of spice.

T: flavor is very light but really good at the same time. It's got citrus, pine, grass, spice with a nice pale malt backbone. Light bitterness and light sweetness.

M: Watery in the mouth but that makes it super easy to drink. Very light and refreshing and awesome if you're looking to pound a few. Especially at 4.3%

Overall: Nothing earth shattering here but a straight forward, no frills easy drinking pale ale with some nice flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Beertarded
1.94/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap at the Standard Tap in Philly. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin head. A tiny bit of lacing. Disturbing fruity cat urine scent, with just a hint of circus peanut and pine. Nightmarish bready watery flavor. Non-descript mouthfeel and long finish.

Photo of MrOH
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish yellow with a single finger of white foam.

Orange and grapefruit peels, some pine, a bit of fruity esters, and a hint of bready malt.

Citrus peel and some pine, bready malt backbone. Orange marmalade in the finish. Refreshing and clean flavors that aren't overpowering.

Light bodied and good carbonation. Fresh feeling.

A right tasty APA. Of the Yards' beers I've had so far, this is the one that would be my stand-by.

Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.