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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of Dodo2step
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail

A- A gorgeous fluffy marshmallow head that is 2 fingers. a lemon grass yellow color.

S- mostly malt in the smell but i do get some hints of lemon zest, a flower like smell as well.

T- A strong lemno zest in the flavor hits the tongue hard. A sour citrus/floral flavor as well. Also has some earthy tones as well like lemon grass.

M- a sour malty pale ale feeling. A typical pale with some earthiness and citrus.

D- an easy beer to consume. A good sessionable beer. A sixer would be nice if you have to do some "yard" work.

Dodo2step, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was yellow gold with almost no head.

The nose is mostly malts with a vague fruitiness.

On the palate, it's sweet but well-hopped. Hints of tropical fruits and a good amount of spicy hops. It's very tasty with a mild astringency on the finish.

This is quite drinkable, and I'd been looking forward to trying it. I must say, great beer.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a slight haze. Medium sized head that left a small lace.

The aroma of wheat with citrus hints and some light hops.

The taste followed the nose with wheat,hops and some citrus hints along with a medium base of malts.
The feel was very light,medium carbonation with an overall smooth and refreshing feel.

Notes: A really good session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed at City Tavern in Philly.

Lexluthor33, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Lots of swirling carbonation during the pour... Lots of fizz... Ultimately two fingers worth of pure white frothy foam settles... Impressive retention... Honey yellow color... Translucent with the slightest haze... Minimal amounts of carbonation float through out... Minor stickiness on the sides of the glasses...

S - Marshmallow... Grains... Lemon zest... Faint citrusy hops aroma...

T - Lots of grain... Biscuit... A tad lemony... Some pale malts... A vague nuttiness... Very minor toffee notes...

M - Given the impressive retention, the pillow like head is the first thing to reach the lips and tongue... From there it is crisp and sturdy... Refreshing... Light to medium bodied... Lots of carbonation on the tongue... Slightly thin...

D - Standard American Pale Ale... Quite sessionable given the 4.3% ABV... There's nothing wrong with this brew, but it is light years from the head of class...

philbe311, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice 2 finger head sits atop the light yellow brew

head stuck around for a good amount of time leaving some nice lacing

slight hint of some floral hop in the nose...picked up some citrus in there too...nothing special

lemony but not overpowering...the light citrus in the nose made an appearance....malt in the finish

very crisp, smooth, well balanced carbonation

refreshing and easy drinking beer perfect for a BBQ or ballgame

SPRichard, May 07, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a pint glass, have not had this one in years, let's see what's what.

A- A straw yellow color maybe just a shade darker than your average american macro. A good standing white cap stayed on top leaving good looking lace.

S- Well, not much going on here except for a bunch of pale malts. Some bitter hops in here as well plus a off stale grassy smell which is unpleasent.

T- Follows the nose with malts overtaking the hops but all in all a good balance, too bad the flavors don't meld well together. A big grassy flavor is coming through as well as a small skunky flavor.

M- Philly pale is a light bodied brew that would be more refreshing if the taste was better. A lot of carbonation in this one with a fizzy feel in the mouth.

D- Maybe it was a good move taking a break from this one for a while. Odd, I used to really enjoy this years ago, maybe my taste have matured or this is just a result of yards moving their brewing facilities.

BARFLYB, May 07, 2009
Photo of william5586
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear light yellow color. 2 fingers of white head that had great retention and produced some nice lace.

S- Very light citrus floral hop aroma. Kinda of lacking here.

T- Lemon, light citrus hops and a a grainy malt finish.

M- Crisp and smooth with perfect carbonation. Light body.

d- Very easy to drink.

There is nothing that really stands out in this beer, however it is a very well balanced easy to drink APA. I will be having this again. It would be good to tailgate with.

william5586, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was flying off the shelves at Barley's, with good reason. Taken from a few notes.

Appears light pale straw with a bit of webbing.

Sports a hoppy bouqet and just a bit of must.

Tastes of hop, a mixture of earthy hop and grassy euro style hop. Just enough malt to balance. Vegetal, slightly bitter and tea like at times.

Mouthfeel is light and quaffable.

This is a brew I really enjoyed, worthy of a six pack/case purchase for the warmer days. Well done.

Stinkypuss, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of iuhoosier336
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle the head is about two fingers but leaves quickly, a problem with a few of Yards' beers. The color is a light yellow, lighter than I was expecting.

The smell is earthy and a hint of hops. The taste is very malty with a slight finish of bitterness and grapefruit which really rounds it out. Its medium bodied and goes down quite easily. Feels great in the mouth.

iuhoosier336, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know if there's a beer that speaks more to the Philly beer scene than this one. It's always my choice when going to a Phillies game.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a very clear golden yellow. A loose-bubbled one-finger head forms on top and drops to a nearly full cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink.

SMELL: The nose is dominated by hops at either end of the spectrum. On one hand you've got earthy, sort of English smelling hops, and on the other is the unmistakable aroma of fresh grapefruit rind. They do block out the aroma of the malt base a bit. But what comes through is clean, bready pale malt.

TASTE: Excellent balance in the flavor. The malt gives off a decent sweetness, but it's accented perfectly by hops that tend well toward the citrusy side. They're aggressive enough that they seem to give the beer a slight tartness toward the finish. Some vague English yeast esters seem to be there, but not enough to pick up on anything specific.

MOUTHFEEL: A higher carbonation level makes the body seem bigger than it is - maybe pushing it from light to medium light.

DRINKABILITY: Awesome marks here. Lighter body, low alcohol, and perfect for the summer. Drink as many as you want.

Man, this makes me yearn for summer and sitting out watching a baseball game. Only 6 days until Opening Day and not too much longer before the weather really starts to warm up. I'll make sure to have plenty of Philly Pale Ale on hand for when it does.

jmalex, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Cavannaugh's in Philly. Nice light golden color, smelled of oily hops, crisp and clean and fruity, like apricot or grapefruit. Taste was lightly bitter, nothing overwhelming, with a dry, crisp body. After taste was fairly bitter, hops coming out. Good beer, mellow pale ale, very drinkable, nothing to rave about but definitely a worthy brew.

stingrayvr6, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

ColForbinBC, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of drtth
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.

drtth, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of virtualbeggar
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.

virtualbeggar, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Finn
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.

Finn, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of deapokid
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.

deapokid, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of ithacabaron
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?

ithacabaron, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
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.

CoolJosh, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
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.

Seanibus, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
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

gdfan47, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
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.

Kadonny, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
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.

shbobdb, May 26, 2008
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.