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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 910
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 14
Gots: 175 | 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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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 910
Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold in color with a 1 finger white head that faded quickly; very good lacing that left rings.

Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, coriander, light caramel and light spices. Very potent nose that seems more like an IPA.

Pale Ale my ass...this tastes like an IPA and a good one at that. Tastes like it smells with floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, light caramel and light spices; a really nice balanced beer with good malt sweetness and hop zing to add to the floral/citrus bite. Very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy on the tongue with light carbonation, a medium body and a dry puckering finish from the hop spices.

A very enjoyable and tasty beer that I will seek out again and recommend.

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Photo of danbouch10
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass...

A: Light golden color with a head that lasted long into the enjoyment of this beer.

S: Pleasant almost floral like aroma - very pleasing

T: Seems to be just the right amount of hops and citrus like flavor.

F: Slight bitterness but not too overpowering

D: Goes down nice and easy - recommended as a good beer to start the evening with.

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Photo of Kreuger
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from brown bottle, there was no noticable date on the bottle or the case.

A - This is just a beautiful Pale Ale. It pured with a moder one to two fingers of head, a light golden color. It was slightly hazey with a few streamers of carbonation.

S - This is possibly one of the best smelling beers. Ever. It has a full rich floral and citrus hop aroma that lasts all the way down the mug. There are also bready accents going on under the hops aromas.

T - The taste is much liek the nose. There's a Strong floral hop presence followed up by an almost as strong citrusy hop presence. This is an excellent Pale ale. Its a very clean tasting beer, with a quick finish, but maintaining all of those hop flavors.

M - The mouthfeel is good but a tad thin and so a little disappointing. With the fantastic smell and very good taste, I'd hoped for more body to this beer.

D - This ale goes down incredibly easy. I could drink this all day.

This is a memorable Pale Ale. I'll reach for this again

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Photo of Jarod
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass a orange-amber color that had some cloud to it. The head was a white in color that was not present for very long. No lace seemed to be present. The aroma was fruity and hops with a tad of malt were present. The taste was sweet with fruit/citrus and hops. A malt seemed to be present but not overpowering plus it added to the sweetness. A well balanced beer with flavors and smells. Would like to get a few to take home next time.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a function at the Makefield Highlands golf club.

Appearance: Poured a clear, dark amber - surprisingly dark for a pale ale. A finger or two of head. It was poured into a plastic cup (open bar, what do you expect) so not much lacing. Still, a decent looking beer.

Smell: Wow...nice, citrusy hops - definitely a nice and hoppy APA. A mild sweetness, but the hops dominate. Some piney notes. Smells a *lot* like Bells Two Hearted, and that was the first thought that came to mind.

Taste: Decently citrusy - a lot like it smells. However, there's more of a generic bitterness to the taste, and the citrus takes a back seat. I'm guessing this one was dry hopped? Either way, it's a solid, good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and a good level of thickness - not too thin or too heavy.

Drinkability: I was very, very impressed by this beer - this one is only 4.3 percent??? A lot of flavor packed into this one, and it smells great. I tried it on a whim, and I'm glad I did. Great flavored, easy drinking pale ale, and one you could have a couple of with no problem. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber/light copper with a slowly fading and strongly lacing white head. The dominant smell is floral hops with a bit of citrus thrown in. The taste is well balanced with a good even mixture of malt and hops. The bitterness takes over in the finish, and then the usual cascade taste hits for a second followed by a mild bready flavor throughout the mouth.

The carbonation would fit more in an English style pale ale, but it seems that was what they were going for. It encourages quaffing. The balanced flavor, good mouthfeel, and low alcohol combine to make this a wonderful session beer. The color of it is the only thing that isn't amazing, and that is fine by me.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think that Yards is great and everyone should try it. I first discovered them at a sampling station set up in Wholefoods. This particular variety has a meager 4.6% ABV, but has its own attributes.

Look-It pours a clear and light golden yellow color that I expected. The head was thick and stacked at first, but then settled down into a yeasty foam. The lacing was prevalent, but tenuous.

Smell-It smells of honey-based malts and citrus hops. I also get a sort of floral component and the malts also smell of grains. I do also smell a lot of grapefruit hops, too.

Taste-The taste is interesting with most of the flavors that the nose indicated, but also equally weak. It is a noticeable flavor, but it isn’t very strong. Malts are mild and honey toasted grain and the hops are mostly citrus based which is a pleasant pairing with the honey overtones.

Mouthfeel-It is a bit medium-bodied, but it is smooth and the carbonation is mild.

Overall-I think that this was a nice beer. It isn’t overpowering in anyway and it is well-balanced and mixed. The components are all integrated nicely. It is crisp and refreshing and at times drinks like a summer shandy, but not as sweet of course. Great job, Yards!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks pale to me lol. Nice golden yellow with an impressive inch of the foamy white stuff. Even still I get a nice lace ring with only mild sticking lace on the glass sides.

S - Definitely smells pretty hoppy with citrus tones and an aggressive grain that gives it a slight english tone and a sweet bready malt

T - Thankfully the grain is balanced and it drinks Sweet with a mild bit of grain and pine and finishes sweet again with a bready malt finish.

M - Wow I could have sworn this was a full bodied pale (around 5 percent) but surprised to see it at 4.3. session able!

Overall I dig this pale and would like to see it in a variety case. Great offering from Yards!

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Photo of mandarin
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of mattpetti
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a great litte find. Bottle conditioned. Pouring it into the glass was amber haze in color. Nice, large, thin bubbled head, good lacing as well. Smelled like solid pale ale or even alittle hoppier. Floral with a firm amount of sweet malts in the background. Decnt hops, very smooth with some body to it. Low alcohol is apparent but doesn deminish the flavor of this beer. Very nice... im sure to look into more yard's after this one.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information and drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. bottle says 4.6% ABV.

A- this one pours out a light copper colored body with a large eggshell colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- it starts out with caramel like malt which quickly leads to fruity hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. a bit of pineapple in here also.

T- the taste is much like the way it smells. caramel malt leads the way with a lot of hops behind it. plenty of the pineapple that i could smell, along with the grapefruit and a bit of orange. the pine is much less present in the taste.

M- light to medium bodied with an average level of carbonation.

D- easy to drink and sessionable. i could see myself having several of these in an evening. id pick this one up again if it was sold in my area.

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Pale Ales. When poured into a glass it is Golden in color. Has a hint of sweetness in taste and in auroma. Also, has a citrus flavor taste to it, but not overpowering which makes me question if they used belgian yeast in the process. Not sure if that is even possible when brewing an APA. Very well carbonated, light white head foamy with good effervescene.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02182015 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma citrusy
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to 6 mm broken frothy ring and layer
Lacing excellent – nearly complete frothy rings
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor lightly bitter, slight citrus tang; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, dry

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of droomyster
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The carbonation on this beer is off the hook. Be sure to pour it very slowly. We get a gold body with a massive, frothy, white head. Big grapefruit blast to the nose, along with tropical fruit notes (citrus mostly, some melons). Taste is grapefruit and pineapple up front. The carbonation becomes a liability to the weight and texture, which go up in bubbles before I can get a bead on them. Overall a very interesting beer that's a lot of fun to drink. Some of my fellow BAs have been unnecessarily critical of the unique carbonation level rather than seeing it for what it is.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed sixer, picked up hours earlier at Yards. No bottle date, but I'm guessing it's about as fresh as a bottle can get...

A: Bright golden, extra clear and full of small carbonation. Capped with a meringue-like dollop of white cream, stacked a thumb high before falling to thin, dimpled lid. Pretty lace, glistening bands of foam.

S: Vibrant smell, strong and lemony, verbena(?). Honeyed malt and spiced bread. I enjoyed this from the taps, and am glad the aroma is just as wonderful from the bottle.

T: Spiced bread malt base (Pilsner), covered in citrus (lemon/pink grapefruit) zest (Simcoe hops) and astringent pine. Hoppy enough, although malt-forward flavors eventually skew this Pale more toward an English version. And I'm OK with that.

M: Crisp feel at first, mellows gradually before eventually becoming a little sticky/gummy. Light-medium body.

D: On the day when I first (finally!) tried ANYthing from this venerable mid-Atlantic brewery, I've gotta say I'm impressed. Bright, flavorful and brilliantly scented, the Philly Pale Ale was one of several Yards brews (more reviews to follow) that I'd be glad to return to.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The freshness stamp on the bottle is difficult to read, but it looks like 062701.

A decanted pour shows a slightly hazy pale amber beer with a tall (2+ finger) long lasting fairly dense head.

Aroma is a healthy dose of fresh hops. There's some malt behind it all as well as some spiciness and fruit, almost reminiscent of a gerwurtzraminer.

Taste is an almost equal balance between fresh hoppy flavors, light caramel, tropical fruit, and spices. There's also a touch of alcohol. Bitterness has a solid presence, but so does the malt. Nice job.

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Photo of brewQ
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew of the day while visiting DJ's Six Pack & Dogz, Pittsburgh..

Golden color with firm white head.
Sharp aroma of citrus and pine.
Very refreshing with some sweetness in the taste.
Left me a bit puckered and ready to drink some more!

The ratings on this are all over the place but put me down in favor of this Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow / orange in color. Huge 3" white head. Very thick lacing forms through the drink. Carbonation levels seem a bit high. The aroma is very of floral hops and citrus. The flavor has a slight graininess to the malt with some strong pleasant bitterness. Grapefruit is also all over this.

Medium in body. The mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The finish was long on the bitterness too. Nicely drinkable and there seems to be some improvement to this brew since last year.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of billzav
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this numerous times over the years. Recently stopped in a local bar and had a pint:

A: Bright yellow, straw in color. Nice white head. Good carbonation.

S: Reeks of citrus hops. Grapefruit & orange peel aromas. Pleasant.

T: Nice bittering flavor from hops. Light malt background. Something appear to be a bit off these days. Can't quite put my finger on it. I get the feeling Yards changed the recipe from a few years ago. Perhaps when the owners went their own separate ways?

M: Light & refreshing.

D: Nice beer for the warmer months, but good anytime. Compliments food well. Have made this my session beer on a few occasions, but not as much recently (due to possible recipe change?).

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.