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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 09:53:14 | More by Jarod
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 17:52:38 | More by MaineBeerMan
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yen157

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, amber-orange in color, a little hazy. The head was nothing special, quickly went away. Fruity noble hop-influenced smell but without much malt. Very smooth in the mouth, modest carbonation and really appropriate balance of hop flavors. Also, flavors of toasted grains and a little malt sweetness were present. Overall, a pretty good beer. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 06:29:11 | More by yen157
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jreitman

California

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with only a little white head after a fairly vigorous pour. Sweet citrusy aromas welcomed me to the first sup. Citrus followed into the mouth with some sweetness underneath. Fished dry and slightly bitter. Pretty well balanced and very easily drinkable. A nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2002 20:24:37 | More by jreitman
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pale ale, although it could be a be more hoppy. I also have higher scale pale ale from them to try, so I may find my hops there. A nice looking beer from the pour. Very intriguing. Not an over powering aroma, but very do-able. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 14:33:44 | More by goindownsouth
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice clean cut traditional English style Pale Ale...Pours a very nice copper color, with stuff floating around in there...A perfect blend of English malt and hops creates a refreshing, drinkable brew, with slight sweetness and a dry finish.Very smooth and easy to drink. Another good one from Yards brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 15:19:24 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the local dive bar.

A-hazy yellow, small white head, decent lacing

S-citrusy, bread, grapefruit, floral notes-pine

T-citrusy taste (lemon, grapefruit), hoppier then most pales

M-medium bodied, good carbonation, taste little alcohol, crisp and refreshing

O-maybe its hometown bias and that fact that its on tap every where in the Philly area but a great beer. Not a typical pale and I think that is part of the appeal. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, which is good because I'll be having a several in the coming years.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 01:19:35 | More by Zetcha7x
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Leftsailor

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 00:06:43 | More by Leftsailor
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Urban Table in Morristown, NJ. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

Pours clear golden colored, a touch on the darker side, but able to see through. Some nice foam sits atop. Nondescript nose, that of a light ale. Taste is a very well balanced pale ale - malt with a present bitter that blends nicely together. Some citrus on the back half. Carbonatoion is good. A well done pale, perfect with a sunday brunch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 12:25:15 | More by KTCamm
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Philly Public House on 8/1/12, served in a shaker pint.

Pour: Clear golden with a finger and a half of white head. Does not leave much lacing.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops with a honey sweetness thrown in.

Taste: Pretty unexpected hop character that is quite flavorful. Grassy hops, with a light pine and citrus. Bready sweetness. Maybe it was the blandness of the Yuengling I had before, but this taste pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Really light. As light as the Yuengling. Goes down easy and refreshing.

Overall: Pretty solid, and took my by surprise as being this solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 00:41:46 | More by cfrances33
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew was served with a hazy yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded rather fast giving a light amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of bread, citrus and malt. The heaviest citrus is of lemon zest nature. Some other floral and spicy aromas are in the nose as well rounding it out nicely.

Taste – The taste is of a biscuit and malt up front and is mixed with some lightly sweet and citrus hop notes. Toward the middle it dries out more with some lemon and spice entering the taste. While the biscuit flavor lessen as the taste goes on, the lemon and spice flavors get stronger as the flavor moves to the end. At the end a bitter lemon and spice flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Light in body with a higher level of carbonation. Good for giving a refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Overall – Very easy to drink with a drier bitter lemon and spicy flavor. While the bitter that it leaves on the tongue is just so-so it is a good session brew for a nice summer day as it has good flavors (other than the bitter aftertaste) and a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 23:05:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: realized I put this review under the wrong category (Yards IPA) a few months ago. Just moving the review to the proper place...

Reviewed on: 01-05-2012 05:31:27

Got to say it: I loved this beer.

Had this on tap at Irish Pub on Walnut during a trip to Philadelphia yesterday.

A fingers worth of head sits on top of a light, slightly hazy, honey colored body. The lacing on this brew is wonderful - I love it when the circular residue follows your sips all the way down like the notches on a tree. It smells great - grassy, candied citrus. Taste follows the nose with a little hop but not that much. It's fruity and even kind of creamy. Leaves a great taste behind.

I've never heard of this beer and it was delicious. I'm sure it was a fresh batch on tap, but maybe this beer is also underrated.

Give it a shot!

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-05-2012 05:31:27

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 18:30:49 | More by NardiByNature
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy pale yellow with a sticky white head

S-citrusy hops. fairly grainy. faint scent.

T-comes in with a creamy and lemony taste of hoppy grains. its fairly buttery. not bad. has a good crisp matching after-taste. easy drinking, small flavors.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-not a terrible pale ale, very drinkable as a pale ale should be. not very exciting either, as most pale ales aren't. its a safe pick, something okay to end a session with.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 19:52:06 | More by AdamBear
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 02:10:42 | More by tobelerone
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this one on-tap at P.J. Whelihan's in Cherry Hill, N.J. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus in the smell, with some hops as well.

T: Tasted of hops (very mild), a little malt, and citrus (grapefruit). This beer had an alright, serviceable flavor, but did not jump out at me.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't horrible, it's not particularly memorable either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 13:27:20 | More by avalon07
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at the Khyber (back when it was an important place), Philly, PA

Philly Pale Ale is one of my favorite "simple" beers, and easily one of my favorite overall "basic" local brews. No nonsense, just a great beer. Pours a clear golden yellow, notably carbonated with a foamy white head that leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. Often, yeast floaters can be seen in the glass or bottle. Fresh aroma, filled with sweet malts, crisp hops, citrus zest, and light fruits. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet bready hops, bright hops--citrus, pine, floral--and lightly and subtly fruity with notes of citrus and apricot. Light-medium body, appropriately carbonated, and extremely drinkable for everyone from beer wusses to beer snobs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 02:44:15 | More by Rifugium
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Beertarded

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap at the Standard Tap in Philly. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin head. A tiny bit of lacing. Disturbing fruity cat urine scent, with just a hint of circus peanut and pine. Nightmarish bready watery flavor. Non-descript mouthfeel and long finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 18:18:35 | More by Beertarded
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearane: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer was refreshing and enjoyed it. easy to drink and I like beers that can be well balanced and enjoyed in the sun without knocking you out.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 00:39:05 | More by THECPJ
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy orange color with a small white, foamy head on top. Moderate retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Light citrus with some orange and orange peel, a little bit of grass, and little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the citrus side with both orange and orange peel, a little bit of lemon and some grass as well. The caramelized malt comes through a bit stronger on the flavor than the aroma. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and crisp.

O: Pretty good and easy drinking, nice hop level for an APA. A little light, but helps with drinkability. Glad that Yards is now in Delaware, but I probably won't be getting it again at $6.50 a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 16:09:54 | More by mdaschaf
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed yard's Pale Ale from the Tap and then a case the next day!

Man PA is wonderful for the out-of-towner!

The Appearance is lovely on this IPA nice light colored tan/brown look on this summer looking ale. The smell is golden heaven, hoppiness taking over with floral, tropical citrus notes, my favorite...Taste is nice, not too carbonated, just right, feels great on the palate. Overall i pushed this on everyone i interacted with up in PA, it was my favorite..

Had a few other brews from Yards, and we stormed through a mixed case as well so i must hype this brewery. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 20:26:32 | More by gatorbreath
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this fresh draft in Philly and was going thru notebook and saw had not posted it, well beter late than never.

A: Nice amber pour with sexy tan cap, kept clinging to the glass for dear life till the bottom of glass.

S: Some malts and great floral hoppy notes.

T: First thing you taste is the floral hop and a nice balanced malty backbone.

M: Great body with a slightly chewy feel but light.

O: Better from dreft than bottle any day and will seek this out again! Lovely beer with a great floral hop to it and overall a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 18:26:40 | More by nukem5
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DJED69

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 15:27:05 | More by DJED69
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socon67

New York

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Citizens Bank Park.

A - Pours yellow/orange. A thick head of foam on top.

S - Smells strong of grapefruit. Perhaps the strongest I can recall.

T - Incredible taste of citrus. About the most refreshing pale ale I can recall.

M - Enjoyable, and perfect for a hot day.

O - Glad to have tried this one. For those who like citrus flavored ales, this is a must.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 23:47:58 | More by socon67
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clinic on grapefruit. Aroma and taste are just sopping with grapefruit. It's beautiful and refreshing with incredible carbonation that leaves a good creamy head until the fifth sip or so.

Forced to choose, I would happily give up every other APA I've ever had for the rest of my life.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 23:54:05 | More by StaEva
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ambiguator

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer.

Well balanced hops and malts. Depending on what I'm eating, or my mood, I find myself noticing one or the other more prominently at different times. I think this speaks to beer's balance.

Hands down the most reliable, best valued beer in Philadelphia. Yards always works with quality ingredients to produce fine quality products like this original PPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 21:59:21 | More by ambiguator
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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