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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.

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ajfalcone13

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been keeping this in my kegerator for the last year. Hands down one of my favorite all-around beers and always a crowd pleaser. The pilsner nose can be strong so I usually serve it in a pilsner glass. A great crisp pale ale with a touch of grapefruit/citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 12:57:23 | More by ajfalcone13
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at new wave in philly. served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick layer of filmy whit head. Fades slowly with spotty rings of lacing and nice retention.

Scents of citrus hops with pineapple and biscuit malt followed by sweetness and hops.

A dash of bitter hops up front with citrus and orange. Slight tones of rind and lemon peel followed by more hop bitterness. Malt backbone sweetness is super light and understated. Dry hops with more fruit and bitterness towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, dry finish, and some touches of fruit. Drinks quick, not really the best Yards beer but not the worst either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 06:36:02 | More by xnicknj
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callmeclemens

New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smells like pine, yellow- orange small head and generally very little lacing. Tastes like pine, pine and hops not much else. I theres much better yards out there, and much better `` summer beers`` for that matter. I wouldn`t consider the drinkability high. However if youve ever wanted to drink a pine tree, this is it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 22:35:25 | More by callmeclemens
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CHickman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 03:38:01 | More by CHickman
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bundy462

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow with a medium head, very average.

S: Grainy up front with some heavy floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Almost ammonia-like smell that was a turn off. Very much like cat piss.

T: Heavy grapefruit and lemon taste, very floral hops. I was expecting more bite than was present. This isn't really my type of pale ale, too fruity for me. Strange aftertaste that tasted like cat piss smells.

M: Average.

O: Not very high marks here for me personally because I just couldn't get past the smell and taste.

I really thought that I got a bad batch of this beer because I know that Yards has a good reputation, but there were others at the bar drinking off of the same tap and loving it. Piss guzzlers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 02:20:27 | More by bundy462
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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?).

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 14:08:15 | More by jwhancher
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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a light copper/straw color with a good head.

S: It has a nice caramel like smell, with some fruity floral smell as well

T: It has a nice caramel taste, with a hint of the hops in there as well

M: This beer goes down really smooth, and it has a nice carbonization level in there as well

D: This is a beer that I will most definitely will drink again

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 19:29:27 | More by MikeRa
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowing, pillowing head. Up top it rises slowly, but it expands downward quickly, filling the glass with a bosom of cream colored carbonation. The head settles, revealing a lightish golden honey of a beer. It has a slight haze that visually adds some body. A soapy lace follows the beer down the glass. Hell, what else can you ask for when you look at an APA?

Well on the nose I am left asking for more. A bit of lemon zest resting below a blanket of copper malt and light floral hops.

The beer opens on the tongue with a twinge of that same lemony zest. Along with the light body, this creates a refreshing opening that sets the stage for a fuller middle. The most interesting aspect of PPA is the yeast, and it blossoms right in the middle. The beer becomes heavier, slightly bready but also distinctly floral. Honey and some light grass show up towards the back. It's back to the citrus again, this time it is sweeter, oranges and tangerines. Meanwhile the yeast is still in play. The finish is yeasty, soft, bready, milky, with a floral hop note. Gorgeous finish.

The mouthfeel seems to jump around. Inherently it is light - too light really, but the yeasty maltiness adds enough body to confirm the style. This beer is highly drinkable, interesting enough. It is subtle, but with distinguishing strengths - that harmonious marriage of the hops and the yeast - that have me enamored. Certainly this beer pays tribute to British beer history/lore. Well done. A beer that is delivery without the hype.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2010 01:33:40 | More by Philabeerphia
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice pale amber with bright white head and decent lacing. Aroma was dominated by lemony hops, with grainy pine notes as well. The taste was bracingly bitter with tons of hops. Very lemony with a touch of grassy hops and some graininess in the finish. Pretty aggressive bitterness makes it kind of hard to pick many other elements. It really seems like it could benefit from more of a malt backbone. That being said, it has good hop taste and the bitterness gives it a very dry finish that would work well for cooling off on hot day, or drinking at a BBQ. Fairly light bodied and quite drinkable if you dig all the hops and bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 20:50:01 | More by zoso1967
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Philly. A: good head, lot of sticky lacing. Nice color somewhere between amber and copper. S: Not much to smell, there's a tiny note of some citirusy hops. T: sort of a starter IPA. As a pale ale this is pretty spot on. There's a small hop profile but what is there is very good. Slight earthy malt undertones with slight sweet hop dryness. M/D: Nicely carbonated. Goes down easy, great beer to drink if you want to throw back a bunch but don't want to drink crap beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 22:45:26 | More by theWrkncacnter
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, orange/gold with a finger of white head. Mildly carbonated; not surprising for a cask offering. I know that many cask offerings of this beer in the past have been dry-hopped, but I forgot to ask, as the smell certainly came through with some fresh pine, in addition to the expected grapefruit/lemon/orange. Very subtle biscuit in the aroma, but the taste revealed a little more bready maltiness. All of the citrus and biscuit really hits you at first, but my knock is that it disappears quickly. Not all that impressive of a finish. As for the mouthfeel, it was very thin, but this certainly made for a sessionable beer.

Serving type: cask

11-13-2009 20:00:24 | More by donniecuffs
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Citizen's Bank Park while watching Cole Hamels two-hit the Giants.

a: This was a slightly chill-hazed golden color. It was served to me with a nice one inch foamy head.

s: Bready malts, not very sweet. Hop bitterness in the form of grapefruit with a little pine tingle.

t: The malts were very light and bready or biscuity, not all that sweet. Not what I'm used to, but it works very well. The hop finish tastes of grapefruit and is pretty bitter without being obnoxious.

m: Slightly slick body with long lasting, creamy carbonation. The lingering bitter grapefruit was very pleasant.

d: I love all the good beer choices at CBP, but I stuck to these last night. Perfect ballpark brewand one of the better APA's I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 10:43:05 | More by DIM
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark golden yellow color with a 2.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring and cap, leaving splotches of lacing along the glass.

Biscuity malt aroma with hints of grass and straw with some graham cracker malt and a nice hop presence.

Lower end of medium body with a nice pilsner/ bicuity malt backbone and a decent hop presence for the style. Clean and very drinkable with a crisp subtle hop dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 01:47:30 | More by corby112
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UDbeernut

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into pint glass

a: light golden color, 1/2" head with good retention. light lacing cap

s: crisp citrus and flowery hops. light malt

t: clean flavored APA with light malt balanced well with citrus and flowery hop additions. slight lemon quality to the beer. Very nice!

m&d: light bodied, very drinkable session beer.

cheers!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 23:32:10 | More by UDbeernut
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DoubleJ

California

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 01:45:13 | More by DoubleJ
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised that there are not more "Cask" reviews for this beer. Not only is it Yards' flagship beer, it also was routinely avalable on cask at Dawson Street Pub in the Manayunk area of PHL. That may still be the case, it is just that I have not visited for some time.

It was handed to me from the hand-pump with a finger of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention that would have made a A&W root beer (thick-headed) weep. Zounds! The color was liquid gold with NE-quality clarity. Mr. Pendyck is always talking about his casks "falling bright" and this was it. Yoi! Nose had a definite hops presence (OK, I'll cop to cheating up at this point and looking at the description which had been sent along) - "pilsner malt, crisp and hoppy, bursting with citrus flavors and aromas". Agreed. It had a very grapefruit nose with the same intense grapefruit flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel had a really creamy quality, almost like an N2 pour. Finish had a more orange taste than grapefruit. Man, was this good!

Serving type: cask

07-31-2009 19:53:01 | More by woodychandler
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 02:26:46 | More by StarlightSeraph
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 06:13:32 | More by IMincedTheKing
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 00:14:51 | More by Lexluthor33
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 02:49:22 | More by BARFLYB
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 17:05:12 | More by stingrayvr6
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 18:25:35 | More by ColForbinBC
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Seanibus

California

4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 01:19:14 | More by Seanibus
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 15:13:24 | More by Kadonny
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this during a recent (and first-time) trip to Philly. It was drinkable, but barely. The smell was so stale. It smelled like a brew pub after the weekend.. very funky and musty. I'm so used to "fresh" APA's that I just could not stomach this one. I would not recommend this to anyone, nor would I try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2008 04:09:43 | More by alysmith4
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