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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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758 Ratings
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 64 | 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 letsgopens


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-20-2007 23:26:50 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of callmemickey


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Amber-yellow body. A fast disappearing head.

S: Fruity/hop aroma -- a good indicator of the taste that follows

T: A dash of citric hops in a creamy malt background. The flavor profile has some holes in it where flavor is absent and is bland.

M: As above.. perhaps a bit watery at times.

O: Easy to drink and in total, not a bad beer.. . I wouldn't pick this one out again, but wouldn't turn one down either if handed to me.

10-15-2007 01:19:36 | More by callmemickey
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Clear, yellow-amber color with decent head. Good carbonation but rather poor head retention.

Nice, fruity, citrusy/grapefruit hop aroma with a candy-like hop sweetness.

Taste is light and clean with malt followed by citrus hop flavor and a dry, hoppy finish. A little too simple, though.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery.

10-06-2007 23:12:34 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of mobyfann


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Paid $27.99 for a mixed case...

The beer pours a fizzy golden colored base with a huge active white head, so active that I could only pour 10 oz. of the bottle into a pint glass without it overflowing the cup! Nice head retention and specks of lace throughout the beer's sessions. The aroma is very lemony smelling with a backdrop of hop.

The taste is a nice balance of citrus and hop notes, the carbonation as experienced from pour was a very annoying while the beer settled in the mouth. However, still drinkable and light being a 4.3%abv, I would only have one more and move on to greater things, the carbonation is a problem that needs to be fixed...

Final Thought: I'll take a Goose Island Honker's Ale if I want a light pale ale, thank you!

09-09-2007 22:56:44 | More by mobyfann
Photo of klewis


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

Courtesy of leftmindedrighty

A: Pours golden with a big frothy head. Good sustain and lots of lace.

S: A light and pleasant raw hop aroma with vegetal notes.

T: Slightly sweet up front followed by a mild bitterness and a slight DMS taste.

M: Light-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Smooth and unobtrusive.

D: The taste is a bit lacking, but all in all, a decent session beer.

08-21-2007 21:03:15 | More by klewis
Photo of Zorro


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

A clear light amber colored ale with a medium sized white head that quickly fades down to nothing but a thin ring.

The smell is mostly herbal hops but there is a significant citrus aroma here too. A little bit of eucalyptus and a little menthol in the scent too. Malt contribution is slight and mainly a light sweetness.

The taste begins neutral too slightly sweet with an earthy and slightly herbal hop flavor. Light but decently bitter this does a quite good job at balancing lightness with flavor. Slightly citrus in the mouth this seems to be most Kent hops with a firm handful of C hops added.

The mouthfeel is a little light.

Quite a nice beer in the drinkability department and one that compares favorably with the like of Firestone Pale Ale and DFH Shelter Pale Ale. If I were to change one thing about this beer I would up the aroma hops by about twice and leave the rest alone.

06-23-2007 01:53:20 | More by Zorro
Photo of mandarin


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

I really enjoyed this beer. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer was. Excellent session brew, and not a bad price here in Philly. Beautiful hops going on with this beer. Very grapefruity, and I love that in an APA. I will definitely be back for more!

04-28-2007 02:28:09 | More by mandarin
Photo of sulldaddy


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

04-11-2007 02:19:06 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of akorsak


3.43/5  rDev -7%

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with guinnessfan.

A: The pale ale is pale, a light airy yellow color that is immeasurably lighter than most any other APA. The head is thick on pour, near 2 fingers and laces throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is biscuity malts with a small hop element that adds a bit of bitterness.

T: The flavor in the APA is fairly pedestrian. It showcases a biscuity malt body that is chewy but fairly thin. On top of the malts are a bit of hops, a faint citrusy flavor that appears and quickly disappears back into the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is restraint, fairly consistent for an APA. It is stronger on the malts, relatively, and has a quick hop profile.

D: The ale is a good session ale, mild enough to allow for multiple pints in one outing.

03-24-2007 23:10:13 | More by akorsak
Photo of guinnessfan


3.58/5  rDev -3%

12 oz bottle from variety pack.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale gold color with little floaties throughout and a constant stream of bubbles. Massive 4 finger, pillowy head recedes rather quickly to a thick ring. Lacing is good.

S: Mild, piney hops. Nothing special.

T: Nice hoppy bitterness initally. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very timid malt presence vies for supremacy, but is quickly overpowered.

M: Thin, watery with fully carbonated with a nice bite.

D: Nice, hoppy session beer. Goes down easy if you like hoppy beers.

03-12-2007 01:06:01 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of McClungbrew2

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

This beer poured a slightly hazy, yellow gold, with a creamy off-white head. The head fell quickly to 1/8 inch bead that remained to the end.

The aroma was of sweet pale malt, with a citrus, somewhat spicy hop notes.

The flavor starts with a grapefruit, citrus hop front, balanced with sweet pale malt, with hints of butterscotch.

This beer has a quenching, somewhat tangy mouthfeel that is very pleasantly balanced. There is enough residual dryness to build your anticipation of the next drink.

This is a well done pale ale.

03-07-2007 03:56:13 | More by McClungbrew2
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from standard 12oz. brown bottle at home.

A: Clear straw coloring. Think head that dissolves surprisingly quickly.
S: Little to be honest. Very faint hint of grapefruit. Maybe some grain, but really not much.
T: Sharp, crisp citrus flavoring, followed closely by a barley malt graininess. The hops come out in the middle, but the earthy taste that followed stood out more.
M: Thin. Goes down easily, but I feel it’s almost too watery.
D: Very drinkable, but I could see myself getting bored with it before too long.

Good pale ale to have on standby. But I’d probably go with something more exciting when available.

03-06-2007 17:51:33 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of pvsob


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Pours a light copper color with a one finger head that slowly fades, leaving some lacing.

S - Floral/fruity hop aroma with some hints of malt as well.

T - Starts off sweet, but quickly transitions into a long hoppy finish.

M - Medium with some carbonation.

D - A pretty good session able Pale Ale. It's not going to blow you away, but it's far from undrinkable. I can see myself enjoying a few Phillies games this spring with a sixer of this by my side. Give it a try guys and gals. Cheers!

02-26-2007 22:27:26 | More by pvsob
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

On-tap into a mug

A - Nice light copper color, a nice head, nothing too bad here

S - Good solid hoppy smell, with some floral aroma as well

T - Solid mix of hops and malt; floral scent that hits fairly evenly with the more mild malt; a good flavor, overall, although nothing particularly unique or exceptional

M - Solid feel, although it's fairly thin with a fairly short aftertaste

D - I have no real complaints here; it's a solid, good beer, that's fairly prevalent in the Philly area; it's got a nice solid pale ale flavor that's pretty unique; it's not gonna knock you on your ass, but you won't complain about it either

02-21-2007 02:12:15 | More by soupyman10
Photo of jackorain


3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

On tap at the philly airport between terminal B&C

A-This bubbly head, golden light color, hazy, decent retention a little lace

S-Big hoppy green and floral kind of medicinal floral like a stargazer lilly aroma but there is also BO scent there (no really...BO)

T-Big hoppy pine, green and lots of floral . Some malt is quickly pushed back by the floral hops

M-Ligth and fizzy nt a lot there

D-I could only have one of these

Overall-I don't know if this keg was bad or what, but it was quite odd, not like any APA I'v had.

01-21-2007 18:53:19 | More by jackorain
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with the typical Yards three finger pillowy and chunky white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resiny citrus hop with some orange fragrance. Light doughy aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a light, zesty citrus hop with an excellent orange sweetness. Soft biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was light and clean and well carbonated.

Overall a very drinkable APA with a very sessionable ABV. Well balanced and clean.

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this gem.

12-19-2006 15:33:56 | More by plaid75
Photo of Abita45


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

I'm reviewing this as on-tap, however, I have had is several times by bottle and frequently drink this beer.

Pours as a gold, straw color and with an average head that quickly reduces down with very little lacing.

The aroma is moderate and has floral and citrus tones to it that match its taste. Moderately hoppy with a nice, dry citris tastes and low carbonation.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste are crisp and dry. It has a very crisp and dry finish to it that carries the floral and citrus tones all the way through. I really enjoy this beer and it seems to be the carried on draft more than Yards other beers.

10-20-2006 21:26:27 | More by Abita45
Photo of jwc215


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours golden with a thin, white, well-retained head.

I thought I lost my sense of smell for a moment...After deep smelling, some citrus becomes noticeable. As the drink progresses, it becomes stonger, but always stays mild. Orange citrus dominates.

The taste, at first, is of strong citrus - stronger than I expected because of thin smell. Orange and grapefruit make a grand appearance. My first thought - is this an IPA? But, upon more sipping the hops become subdued. Unfortunately, not much takes its place. Some barley malt seems to be there, but does not do much more than peek out, overrun by...water (a tad bit too salty water at that). I soon realize - this isn't necessarily overly hoppy as it is lacking in malt. The citrus is okay, but not balanced well. This beer needs more balance in the taste. Water is in place of where more malt should be. As it progresses - well, near the end - it balances out somewhat, but is still lacking.

A certain hop chewiness nearly saves it. And, even a touch more water and it would fall apart. Not as harsh as the first few sips led me to believe.

It does become smoother, as the malt finally makes a brief, though belated, appearance. I was surprised at how quickly it went down, but it did not leave me longing for another. A bit too harsh of a start, a bit too much water in the middle and not balanced enough for me.

Overall - an average-ish pale ale. Not terrible, but nothing more than decent-at-best, IMO.

10-20-2006 00:28:47 | More by jwc215
Photo of Bones54


3.43/5  rDev -7%

Got this one from a mixer 12 pack of Yards. I was really looking forward to this one, but it did leave a bit to desire

This is just a slightly above average pale ale. There is a faint taste of citrus. Slight bitterness. Appearance is similiar to must pale ales. Couldy gold color.

Overall not much going on with this beer. Not something I would go out of the way to get, but would never turn one down.

10-18-2006 02:53:19 | More by Bones54
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a tall pilsner glass.A thick creamy white head.The color was kind of hard to nail down it was sort of straw,light golden,light coppery,hard to describe.
The beer erupted with strands and strands of stringing bubbles rising to the surface couldn't stop watching.The head retention was great there was a 1/2 of head at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was very citrusy,grapefruity,bisquity,very clean smelling.
The taste was citrusy,grapefruity,grassy,grainy,and a bit of sourness.
Not a lot of malt presence in the taste.
The mouthfeel was light,very livley,fizzy,with a nice dry finish.
An english style ale,very tastey,a great session beer.

10-14-2006 22:37:46 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of kpw1000


4.88/5  rDev +32.2%

I was surprised to see the other reviewers giving this beer such low marks.

I picked up this brew via a Yard's Variety Pack case (12 oz bottles) and found it absolutely delicious. I've kept it cool, perhaps a little too cool for this style (I'm guessing I'm keeping it around 40-50°).

I usually drink this in an Elizabethan beer glass (funnel-shaped). It keeps the head to a minimum but affords a wonderful view of color.

It's bit hoppier than I expected for this style---felt almost like an IPA---but I may be influenced by English-style Pale Ales. (I note that Troeg's entry in this style was also pretty hoppy.) That's not a complaint; I like hoppy. Just didn't expect as much of it. (It's been a while since I've had a Three Floyd's Alpha King, but I don't recall that as quite as hoppy.) And, despite the hops, it's not bitter.

Mouthfeel is delightful, a clean, crisp feel.

I expect to continue stocking this beer.

09-23-2006 20:39:02 | More by kpw1000
Photo of psinderson


2.33/5  rDev -36.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy, almost murky, golden yellow with a think white head with staying power. Lots of cold haze - I can see suspended particles throughout.

Smell: The bottle claims heavy citrus aromas and that is definitely not a stretch. This beer has one of the strongest citrus aromas I've experienced.

Taste: Again, the citrus overwhelms. In fact, there isn't much else here. Front, middle and finish scream citrusy American hops. It left a somewhat unpleasant bittery taste that lasts. If the carbonation were removed, this could probably be compared to lemon water. Wow...never experienced a beer with this taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, good carbonation.

Drinkability: There's no way I could have more than one of these at a sitting.

I was not expecting this much of a citrusy/bittery wallop. I enjoy stretching my taste comfort zone, but this is just a bit too much for me. I think if there weren't such a strong bitter aftertaste, my thoughts would be much different. There needs to be more overall balance in my opinion.

UPDATE: I just read most of the other reviews. I have to wonder if the bottle I had was contaminated. Such a different experience than everyone else.

08-24-2006 00:06:05 | More by psinderson
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.