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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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776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 70 | 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 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.

jtierney89, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of CowsCanBark
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

CowsCanBark, Nov 08, 2011
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.

JohannBock, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
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.

JunkYardJake, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

mooseo, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Rifugium, Sep 18, 2011
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.

david18, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Veillantif
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Veillantif, Sep 01, 2011
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.

Natural510, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

avaldivia, Aug 30, 2011
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.

mjw06, Aug 27, 2011
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

BigMike, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Beertarded
1.95/5  rDev -47.2%
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.

Beertarded, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of MrOH
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

MrOH, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single from the Village Pump

Pouring a light orange, yellow almost, this beer is capped with a creamy, dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. The nose has a blend of doughy pilsner malt, crisp, citrusy hops with some orange, orange peel and some mineral. Simple but rather impressive.

The palate opens with a blend of orange peel, doughy malts, mildly bready even, with some lighter citrus character (orange and grapefruit) following through. Moderate mineral character that accents the hop bitterness IMO. Light and drying on the finish, there's a beautiful, crisp, clean, resiny hop character that lingers, leaving flavors of grapefruit zest and a firming bitterness. Light in body with a high level of carbonation that's both crisp and creamy, this feels quite wonderful on the palate. Not much yeast character is noticeable, this is all about a rather beautiful balance between the citrus hop resin and doughy malt. Surprisingly excellent stuff this, closer in concept to Alpine's Emerson than a traditional pale ale. Excellent IMO.

DefenCorps, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of billzav
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This clear golden APA has zesty notes of citrus hops, particularly grapefruit, balanced by caramel and sweet malt with a crisp clean finish. The notable hoppy presence gives Philadelphia Pale Ale the feel of an IPA, and this very refreshing ale makes an excellent session beer for Summer.

billzav, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearane: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer was refreshing and enjoyed it. easy to drink and I like beers that can be well balanced and enjoyed in the sun without knocking you out.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of PollardsVision
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden.
Very faint citrusy sweetness and the hops clearly take center stage. Certainly not the most complex APA and that's just fine by me. The citrus undertone gets bolder as you drink it. Crisp and refreshing and highly drinkable. This one goes down super easy. A great choice if you are looking for a nice clean hoppy bite and aren't wanting to be blown away by a big IPA.

I'd have no problem having this one stocked in the fridge regularly.

PollardsVision, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City since I had never tried it before. I didn't expect this to be a hop bomb like many other Pale Ale's that I've had before and sure enough, it wasn't. While there wasn't anything outstanding about this beer, it was nicely balanced and fit in well with the warm weather that is characteristic of this time of the year. No glass of water needed to wash this down after drinking!

Clean and crisp golden pour to this with a very fluffy head that lasted for quite a long time. The lacing wasn't as good but it was sufficient for this style of beer. The aroma and taste was nice with grain and grass up front that faded into lemon, finally finishing off with some muted pine in the back. The hops are there but they are very nicely balanced out by the malt. Never did I feel that this beer burned too much or was watered-down. Instead, this was an unusual, and perhaps, classic take on a style that's been interpreted quite differently in more recent creations. Even the carbonation was different, as the head lasted nearly throughout my session but there weren't a lot of bubbles in the beer itself.

The alcohol in this is perfect - both in taste and in percentage. I only bought one bottle so I could give this a shot but I could have easily downed half a six-pack in a setting. An older-style beer like this may not be suitable for everyone but for this looking for a nicely crafted and mellow Pale Ale, this will hot the spot nicely. Having this beer be suitable for the summertime is a nice bonus that only adds to its appeal.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A. Golden pale ale with a frothy 2-finger white head after a violent pour. Head sticks around for awhile and leaves a beautiful trail down the whole glass eventually dissipating into a wispy lace.

S: Mild hoppy and citrus aromas fill the nostrils.

T: Surprising pretty hoppy for a regular pale ale. Good bread and grain notes, with hints of lemon and pine and a clean slightly bitter taste with a dry finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Pretty decent pale ale – I was pleasantly surprised. Nice balance between the hops and malt.

ckollias, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy orange color with a small white, foamy head on top. Moderate retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Light citrus with some orange and orange peel, a little bit of grass, and little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the citrus side with both orange and orange peel, a little bit of lemon and some grass as well. The caramelized malt comes through a bit stronger on the flavor than the aroma. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and crisp.

O: Pretty good and easy drinking, nice hop level for an APA. A little light, but helps with drinkability. Glad that Yards is now in Delaware, but I probably won't be getting it again at $6.50 a pint.

mdaschaf, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the light end of golden, with a one and a half finger white head. Some lacing.
S- A bit fruity, with a peach and grapefruit mixture being the predominant presence.
T- Well balanced flavors, the pilsner malt has enough of a presence to make it clear that it's there. A bit of a bread dough character in there. finish is balanced with the malt character being tempered by a lemon/apricot/light grapefruit presence.
M- Definite light bodied, even for style, but carbonation is right on. Smooth, with a dry finish. Just a bit more malt I think would add some body which would make it spot on.
O- This is almost exactly what I want out of a pale ale. Well balanced with malt and hop notes playing off each other well. A little more body and some more on the nose and it would be excellent. Super easy on the drinkable side as well.

jsprain1, Jun 12, 2011
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.