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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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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.

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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light golden color with thick white heading and very little lacing throughout.

Smell is immediate of grapefruit,also some earthy tones and a nice blast of citrus hops. (Well it's a month later and we bought a variety case of Yard's and this one smelled exactly of burnt rubber. I really don't remember this smell in the original tasting,and it wasn't just one of them it is three so far.)

Taste is very hoppy with a dry grapefruit aftertaste.A nice piney taste after a while as well.

Mouthfeel is watered down but good,light bodied with decent carbonation.A bubbly feeling on the palate. If were any stronger it would be stickey.

Drinkability is very high for such a low ABV, but too much floral taste to really have alot.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 00:19:26 | More by TheFightfan1
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at New Deck Tavern, Philly; served in an imperial pint

Light, golden copper body with a creamy paper white cap. Lines of lace cover the inside of the glass.

Bright, crisp orange rind and toasted biscuits. Lightly sweet.

Flavors mimic the smell. A very bright, fresh orange/citrus rind burst right off the bat with a lightly sweet biscuity malt and a dry, borderline crisp finish. The new recipe is much better than the old one.

Medium to full bodied and creamy. A very lush APA. Big and thick.

This may be the perfect session pale ale. Drinkability is close to perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 18:25:35 | More by ColForbinBC
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into lightly chilled mug.

Appearance: Light gold clear color with thick fluffy white head that persists and leaves light lacing on sides of glass.

Smell: Nice bright Simcoe hop smell with pleasant citrus balanced by light sweet malt.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced and complex with mild citrus hop bite with no real harshness at all. The hop is followed by pale sweet malt flavor. The overall flavor sneaks up on you rather than clubs you over the head.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied feel with medium length crisp finish and no trace of harshness.

Drinkability: Each one of these leaves you disappointed that it is finished and wanting more. A beer that is too drinkable for my own good. Clearly moving the brewery to its new location has done this beer no harm.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 11:31:25 | More by drtth
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virtualbeggar

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale is an exceptional entry in the pale ale style. Perfectly hopped for a pale ale with some simple citrus notes, possibly even approaching into IPA territory, but with a light crisp mouthfeel that clearly establishes this product as a more "drinkable" beer that can be enjoyed sip by sip or by someone who's digging in their heels for a long night.

I can see why some people are giving this beer lower marks, but its subtlety is part of its charm. Spend some time enjoying its balance instead of looking to get your tastebuds blown away, and you'll be very surprised.

This one of my favorite beers ever. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 22:13:44 | More by virtualbeggar
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Finn

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fresh bottle into a pint glass. Nice pure white frothy head that simmers down to a slight haze on top of the beer. The color is very pale, almost pilsner-like. Aroma is lemon, biscuits and grain and mild fruits. Taste is on the mild side, a slight burst of fruity/malt sweetness is quickly cut into by a sharp, crisp hop bitterness. The flavor lingers a bit too. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, with carbonation a tad on the higher sider. A light body is present. This stuff is really good fresh, and of course quite quaffable. However, it is definitely on the lighter side in flavor and body compared to most pale ales I've tried, epsecially the American ones. This is simply a well crafted session brew, which would be great for warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:21:22 | More by Finn
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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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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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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this from a good friend as a welcome back to school token. I have heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and am really looking forward to this pour.

A the appearance is really, with a very fluffy 2 finger white head that lasts the whole glass. The body is a hazier light orange, with both yellow and pink hues. Very nice presentation.

S Lacking a little bit here. Citrus hops are refreshing on the nose, but don't stand out, no big bang here. Light lemon, and some very light orange peel, but you really have to dig your nose deep into it. A somewhat pleasing grainy dry malt scent is present, and a pretty nice compliment to the style, though not necessarily representative.

T Much more substance then the low abv suggests, however there really isnt much too this beer. Good lemon and good malts. Nothing is over the top, nothing is over done. It just is what it is. But to be honest, this tastes a lot like what I used to think beer was supposed to taste like (prior to learning of the many diverse styles). I really do enjoy this beer, if I had easier access to it I would place this in my go-to session category. Pretty good and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 06:22:04 | More by CoolJosh
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Seanibus

California

4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am so happy the new brewery is up and the real Pale Ale is back. In fact, it may well be better than it was before.

Pours a la sparkly yellow with a light fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and strong, with a sting of floral hops. The flavor has a strong sharpness with lovely floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin and completely refreshing.

This beer is simply Philly's best on-tap session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 01:19:14 | More by Seanibus
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my favorite session beers

it pours a lighter yellow color with a good amount of head

it smells like hops and a little grapefruit

it tastes smooth , citrusy and a little crisp

its just a great beer

if you like hops and even if you dont you should like this beer

i really dig that its a pretty low abv which is nice for someone like me who really doesnt drink enough to get drunk very often

check it out ,its pretty widely avail in philly and cheap

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 20:11:47 | More by gdfan47
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem. The beer appears a slightly hazy straw yellow.

The aroma has a mix of fresh french bread and biscuit with a big punch of slightly soapy lemon-herb hops. The flavor follows up on the lemon and malts with a grassy addition in the aftertaste. The brewery simply calls this a non-traditional ale. I'd describe it as a hopped up English pale ale. Definitely tasty and very drinkable. It also seems like it would be an especially good summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 00:48:42 | More by tempest
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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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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelpia, so realistically those were not the best conditions.

A: A medium golden straw color akin to a pils. Minimal head on the pour into the plastic cup, but again I was paying $ 7.00 for it so I wanted the cup filled to the brim. There was some lacing on the cup and the carbonation seemed to be on the high side. Again, could be conditions.

S: I had never tried this beer before and after having a pils and SNPA I put this beer to my nose and was completely surprised. Hops bang you in the face with floral earthy hops scents with hints of citrus, followed by a nice sweet malt grainy smell. Very pleasently surprised.

T: The sweet malt base comes through the flavor first, with a sweet grainy type flavor followed by the earthy floral citrus hops. The hops linger on with bitterness lasting in the mouth. Very hoppy for an APA, I was completely surprised.

M: Very light for the amount of hops in the beer. These just rolled across the mouth with no alcohol hit at all (low ABV) but the carbonation was fairly high.

D: Super high. I finished my one and immediately wanted another. Very, very sessionable and great for a warm day at the ball park.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Yards offerings usually lean towards the english style beers with less hops, this beer seemed just the opposite. The hops were not deep pine citrus hops, but rather light flowery hops that were perfect for the style. Grats Yards, I may put this beer on tap at home, I liked it that much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 15:13:24 | More by Kadonny
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew! At first, the yeastiness of this beer was a big turn off. But as it warms, the hops and malt come out and mingle with the yeast to produce a fine tasting brew.

Overall, it is a pretty nice brew. There are some earthy hops, with the faintest whiff of lemon, complimented by a nice sulfurous pilsner note that I enjoy and a nice, light, bready sweetness. All brought together by a very floral yeast strain. The nose is quite sharp, I'm not quite sure how to describe it -- it smells like almond flowers.

A nice combination of flavors, and it drinks well above its very low abv, which is a bonus.

The more I drink this beer, the more I warm to it. I notice something new every sip. Sometimes a hint of grape, or tangarine, good french bread, ect. So the beer is very engaging. At the same time, the beer is pleasantly simple, you can just drink it and forget about it. Hey, look, a nice mineral element I hadn't noticed before.

Mmmm.

Certainly distinct, but that is what separates this beer from the pack, and I dig that. A good brew. A very good brew, actually.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 23:34:53 | More by shbobdb
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden brown color with a crazy huge white head that took its time settling. Left some lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is of musty yeast and pale malt with some light hoppy spiciness. The taste vaguely reminds me of a Belgian brew, must be the yeast. There is also some tropical fruit notes and a light bitter hop. The feel is light but not watery with tight fizzy carbonation, finishes pretty balanced between sweet and bitter. A different take on the APA. The color is very light as well as the malt. A very easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:48:47 | More by Gmann
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

1.95/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this during a recent (and first-time) trip to Philly. It was drinkable, but barely. The smell was so stale. It smelled like a brew pub after the weekend.. very funky and musty. I'm so used to "fresh" APA's that I just could not stomach this one. I would not recommend this to anyone, nor would I try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2008 04:09:43 | More by alysmith4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Clear golden (slightly greenish) color with a little carbonation. A big fluffy white-ish head that slowly dissipates, nice retention, not much lacing.
S: A little piney, hop smell, but strongest for me is a buttery, sweet smell. Not much citrus, not really what I was expecting for this beer.
T: Nice. Best way to describe this, not overly hopped or citrusy, just a refreshing pale ale. More orange rhine than orange itself. Aftertaste has a little more pine, citrus flavor. The body is slightly sweet, buttery. Very refreshing. Nice balance of malt to hops.
M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, a little too sweet and sticky for me.
D: Overall nothing impressive but has nice flavor and is very easy drinking and refreshing. I'd ask for a little stronger hop presence but otherwise I nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:16:38 | More by yourefragile
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splat215

Pennsylvania

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

A - Nice yellow brown hue. Darker then a macro pilsener, but lighter then a lager I think - if that makes any sense.
S - Fruity Pineapple-like aroma, very nice
T - Light, well balanced - nothing ruling the party here
M - A little watery, but ok otherwise
D - The "Pale Ale" label worried me, but this one is a surprise. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:09:03 | More by splat215
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case from Canal's in Lindenwold, South Jersey. Bottled on date, I noticed when I got home, was a little more than a year. Not sure how that may have affected the beer, if at all. Poured in a pint glass, it is a clear light gold color. The head is pillowy foam and enormous, taking up half the glass. It dissipated very slowly and left some lacing. Attempted to pour another slowly and the same thing-seems way overcarbonated. Dark brown "flakes" settled to the bottom of the glass-maybe yeast, but have not ever seen that before. Smells of citrusy hops and slightly herbal. Tastes of hops with biscuity malt and an earthy taste. Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated. I think this was an interesting brew. I enjoyed the taste, but was turned off by the overcarbonation, huge head, and brown flakes. As mentioned earlier, the case I bought was pretty old, so I would definately try it again and update this review if I find it different.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 02:14:10 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours clear gold. Nose is very sticky sweet pine hops. Strong but not really overdone. Flavor is very hoppy, yes. But it seems to drop off a bit and shifts to a slightly earthy and dirty edge. The hops seem to still stick around though. Just not as clean as I would like overall. Feel has a good carbonation. Overall a decent brew, but the odd dirty edge kind of ruins it a bit for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 03:09:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

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

Light copper color. Almost zero head. Nice fresh clean smell with a nice touch of citrus. Taste of caramel malt with a light citrus up front. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Little watery on the mouth. Very drinkable, in the sense that you could put down a bunch in one sitting. No notable flaws in this one, just not a lot of taste compared to a lot of what's out there, but sometimes that might be just what you're looking for. This would be a good crossover beer. Have to say that i was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 02:01:08 | More by beermanbrian
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I experienced this local favorite during a recent trip to Philly. My girlfriend and I wandered in to a small bar in the Old City called Skinner's. We'd been walking around site seeing all day and I, despite the cold, had a hankerin' for something nice and hoppy. After seeing a lack of hops on-tap I gambled on a local APA I hadn't heard of. Let me tell ya, it delivered.

This guy poured an mostly translucent, clear gold with some attractive orange highlights. The head was of average capacity and glowed a nice frothy white. There were really no rising bubbled but the suds retained well. They eventually faded and left little lace.

The aroma was high quality but somewhat average for an APA. Clean with a solid malt backbone and sweet, tangy citrus. The hops are there, spicy and floral, but the nose doesn't let on how great the flavor is.

This is really where the bee shines brighter than most pale ales I can remember. Initially the flavor is full and malty with a distinct toasty character and lots of bit zesty hops. The light caramel malt is not too sweet and the semidry finish is somewhat masked but the big hops. Orange peel further accentuated the bitterness along with some more caramel and honey sweetness in the finish. A nice hint of spice floats aroound as well. So tasty. There is a lot there flavor-wise, everything I look for in the style meshed together; so well balanced.

The mouthfeel is clean and bright with moderate to high carbonation. The finish is semidry but still refreshing (not watery). Just enough to make you want a couple more. Full flavored and complete. This was such a great surprise, especially being that I've never even heard of the beer before. If you're in the area, make it a point to try this one on-tap; possibly accompanied by a cheese steak if you're feeling froggy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 04:16:01 | More by letsgopens
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ajr24

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden and copper, poured into a creamy head that dissipated a bit quick with little lacing.

S- Smells of hops, citrusy/grapefruity.

T- Tastes hoppy and citrusy with a nice balance of bitterness.

M- Creamy and refreshing.

D- Could throw back a few easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 01:05:55 | More by ajr24
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second review from my mixed case of Yards.Poured into a Yards/Standard Tap glass.

One finger,bubbley head that looks like it will leave some lacing.The body is a murky yellow,likes like mountain dew.

I smell some grapefruit and orange but the smell isnt as pungent as it was last week.

Taste is sweet malts and bittering hops towards the end of the sip.

The mouthfull seems a bit watery but that may be just me.

The drinkability is good on this one.I cant put it down for long before I want another sip.Im glad we have a pale ale like this in philly.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 14:20:25 | More by MmmIPA
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came out of the fridge and poured into the glass and a smooth white head quickly settled and a clear gold colored brew sat waiting. The lace on the glass quickly fades as you drink.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a clear earthy hop aroma coming strong and some notes of raisins. The beer is sweet on the palate with a bready roasted malt sweetness balanced with american hops bittering the beer. Some crisp carbonation is a bit light for this style and the body is light and refreshing.
Not a real flavorful beer but when the weather is warm it would go down nicely and I would try it again next summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 23:26:50 | More by scottbrew4u
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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