Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 895
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 163 | 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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Photo of Leftsailor
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best I've had in me man cave tap. Went to Baltimore beer week and only fond 1 (a Weiss) better. Never, never has there been a beer like that! Have a Flying Fish Octerberfish clogging up the lines now. Will be sure to get this after I purge the fish. Or perhaps a Long Trail, Brooklyn. Update: ordered 1/2 barrel Yards PPA 9.26.13, should be as good as the 1/6 I had before the (still working on) fish. At $165 +tax (1/2) and $75 + for 1/6 it is a bit up there, but as me sailing friends tell me "you only live once". Is that true? (541 characters)

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

Pours a hazy golden with a puffy white foam with good lacing. I can see carbonation racing up the glass as well.

Aroma is of citrus, pine, hops. Very good

Taste is mildly hoppy with a very strong malt backing.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, somewhat creamy, and well carbonated. Refreshing. A very drinkable beer, overall. (329 characters)

Photo of DJED69
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite warm weather brews. I think Yards really hit it dead on with this beer. Pours a nice dark gold color with good head and some lace. Smells of citrus, some breadiness and malt. Taste is very nice---some bitterness balanced with citrus zest and light malts. Really reminds me of a good English ale. Low ABV makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Perfect beer for a BBQ or watching baseball. Living 20 miles from the brewery probably helps with fresh local stock. Matter of fact, think I'll grab a six for today! (526 characters)

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

Apparently, Yards re-did the recipe with Simcoe hops, or so I'm told. It has a straight bitter taste up-front which then goes into the aftertaste. The aftertaste has apple overtones. The hops are very much dominant but not overwhelming. It came with a nice head which dissipated. Your views on this tasty redesign probably will depend on your feelings about the hop variety used. (379 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (661 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe i have not reviewed this beer yet, but finally set one a side from the Yards variety case...

Pours from the bottle a very nice (in this case) pale translucent gold with light efferevecence and decent finger thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is light, very feint aromas of citrusy, somewhat piney hops, but not overpowering.

Taste is pretty well balanced, a nice mix of citrusy hops with a solid malty background and finish. I had noticed that sometimes this beer does taste off, but as of late it seems to be coming back around.

Mouthfeel is well produced from the good carbonation with clinging flavors along the sides of the tongue and cheeks.

Extremely drinkable, especially for those sessions and warm days. (740 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, strong gold color with some darker orange touches. Frothy, thick head rides up the glass and leaves thick, watery lacing. Nose is sweet pineapple and oily citrus, potent from the hops (simcoe?).

Taste is crisp and hoppy. Full mouth of green hops that continue through and leave something of a metallic aftertaste--which didn't hurt the drinkability however, as I sucked this right down. Soft carbonation. Faint cereals add some to the body. (449 characters)

Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a yeast clouded orange with a good head of white foam that settles to a ring. The aroma was rather light, with just a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of floral hops. The taste was decent with a nice bittersweet balance of malt and hops, just a bit on the citrusy side, kind of orange rindish. Smooth and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish, as Davo noted this would be a great session brew. (407 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  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. (499 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor and some caramel. Then a decently strong hops presence comes in and takes dominance. The malt character is lighter than most beers in the style but is hearty enough to bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly fruity and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this beer is certainly lighter than most pale ales but is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time. (930 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -nice dark golden color with a 1.5 finger head that held up.

S -clean hoppy aroma, citrus, fruity

T -easy drinking malt backround with a hoppy finish, very friendly,not too strong

M -the clean hoppy finish lingers, the flavors hang on

O -This is a good drinking ale. The 4.3 abv makes it a go to if more than one or two pints are in order. (347 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright golden body with a small white foamy head...the head disappears rather quickly...some lacing is left

S - The nose is dominated by sweet, grapefruit hops...bright and fresh

T - This has an interesting taste...the sweetness from the citrus presents its self up front...it then lingers into a very Earthy flavor...some grassy and grainy characteristics come out...as well as a biscuit malt flavor...the grapefruit flavor comes back and the hops provide a slight bitterness towards the end...interesting

M - Light bodied...clean, crisp, and refreshing

D - This is a great summer beer...a very interesting taste for an APA...but it works (for me at least)...the grapefruit stands up and pairs nicely with the Earthy flavors present in this beer...the IPA from Yards is good for a hop fix (799 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy amber color with a white puffy head thjat refused to contained by the glass. Fell to a chunky white coating. Smell is a nice blend of citrus, floral and piney hops with an additional lemon note. Taste is massive hops with some lemon-like malt present. Finish is moderatley dry and enjoyable. An excellent beer from Yards. (335 characters)

Photo of mcontr2
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with about 1 3/4" head.Body was a dark, goldish hue.
Smell: gave off a grapefruit/citrus aroma with some floral undertones. Good balance of cascade hops..
Taste: ahh PPA, philadelphia (pride) pale ale. Being the only brewery in Philadelphia, it makes a strong statement against the other pale ale's of the surronding area's breweries(specifically Stoudt's pine-esqe Pale Ale). Great balance of hops and malts. Picked up on a grape/green apple flavor with a sharp finishing bitterness that dried the palate.
drinkablity: maybe a little too hoppy for a pale ale session beer (584 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale golden with some chunks of sediment. The head was white and lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was slightly hoppy with some grassy citrus notes and a touch of malt in the background.

The flavor was bitter with citrus and grassy flavors that blended well with the malt backbone so the flavors were not overdone. The bitterness and flavor hops last.

The finish is dry with those same bittering and hop flavors well into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium.

12 ounce bottle. Which says English malts and English hops, sounds like a bitter to me but the flavors are more American than English, perhaps they are using American cultivars. In any event, it tastes like an APA and is a very nice example of how a beer doesn't have to be high alcohol to pack a flavorful punch. (815 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  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. (1,533 characters)

Photo of MrOH
3.97/5  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. (436 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some citrus as well. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a solid session beer.I could see drinking several of these on a warm summer afternoon. (344 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yard's variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a crsytal clear golden color. The head is a bright white color, small sized bubbles, great 3 fingers of head, super lacing and stupendous retention. Besides the beautiful look, it bears a stricking resemblance to an American light lager.
Smell: The aromas are grapefruit, pine resin and more grapefruit.
Taste: The flavors are exactly the same as the nose: grapefruit, pine resine and more grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium Roth a very edgy feel.
Drinkability: This beer is tremdously drinkable.
Don't drink and review. (621 characters)

Photo of rabsten
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Yards Variety case. Poured into a pint glass. Pale straw color with good white head, some lacing. Light color for the style. Very Blonde-esque.

Aroma is quite nice. A floral hoppiness with a hint of something else I can't identify, but pleasant smelling, nonetheless.

Lighter flavor than most APAs, which is just like the coloration. Crisp, with mild bitterness.

Good, balanced mouthfeel. Crisp without biting; residual mellowness following each sip.

Refreshing, easy to drink. "approachable."

This is a good, solid beer. It probably won't be winning many awards from BA's, since it's relatively mild for the style. However, this would make a very good transition beer if you're trying to teach your BMC drinking friends about real beer. It's close enough to BMC to not scare them away, yet good enough to allow them to see what possibilities await.

Bottom line: I won't be going out of my way to get this, but I will be happy to take my 6 out of 24 when I get Yards mix cases in the future. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case at the Beeryard. Chilled and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A pale yellow/gold color with a pretty lively foam head rising to the top of the glass. Some pretty active carbonation bubbles going off on in the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrus and grapefruit hops are pretty much the only thing in the nose. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Some light biscuit/bready malt flavors but mostly citrus and grapefruit hops. Not very balanced, but the hops are pretty laid back and its still a light and refreshing beer. Nice bitterness to it too.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on the tongue and a lasting hop bitterness as it goes down. Quite nice.

Drinkability: High. Very light in body, ABV and the hop bitterness and flavors are subdued to the point where you could drink this all night.

This may not be "to style" but I really enjoy this beer. This is probably going to become my go to session beer, especially given the price around here. (949 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fox & Hounds, inside the Desmond Hotel (Malvern, PA). On to the beer:

Pineapple yellow color in the body, with good head retention on the top. Speaking of pineapple, I get that note in the aroma on a perfumy scale, along with soft fruit skins. A clean pale, it mixes different fruits with a zest of pineapple. Low in carbonation, light, easy to kick back, and cleaner in taste. I could certainly session this beer if it were readily available to me. (460 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this bottle lists an ABV of 4.6% instead of the BA listed 4.3%, this remains the hoppiest American Pale Ale I have ever found with that low of an alcohol value. As someone who'd rather enjoy 8 beers than 5, that's a big deal - and this is quite an accomplishment...

Dark golden colour is not typical of the style, and disconcerting, although still attractive. Beautiful off-white head with a decent carbonation level and lacing.

Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, including mango and pineapple. These are accentuated in the taste. Caramelized malt sweetness leads into a beautifully bitter, "west-coast" hopped finish.

Definitely a beer I would recommend and will attempt to find again! (700 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy orangeish-yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a bubbly snow white head that sticks to the glass a moment before sliding back into the beer.
S- The fresh hops aroma has tangerine and orange juice aromas with a soft plastic note to the green herbal finish.
T- The green hop bite has a soft dandelion bitterness and a cinnamon hint to it. There is a soft dry pale malt flavor that has a hint of sulfur bite to the finish. The hop bitterness lingers for just a moment after the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a nice aroma start but turns a bit sharp. The hops in the taste are mostly bitter with not much flavor but some depth in the flavor that is there. (804 characters)

Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.