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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Photo of Kadonny


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 15:13:24 | More by Kadonny
Photo of magine


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow, has creamy near white head. The head settles to a lace chunk island. Good looking brew with nice sticky lace.

The brew smells of slight citrus hops and a herb/grassy smell. Bready malts as well.

This is crisp and refreshing. Crisp taste of citrus hops peppers the tongue initially, and a nice bready, malty backbone smooths out to a dry finish.

This is a very good sessionable brew. This brew looks great for the style and has a very drinkable taste and mouthfeel. This will not scare away a none hop head, but will also please any pale ale hop fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 00:43:23 | More by magine
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 03:38:41 | More by donnebaby
Photo of sludgegnome


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-07-2013 02:11:42 | More by sludgegnome
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is golden in color with a fluffy white head that holds pretty well. There are a lot of little floaties in this one, and it looks like a snowglobe, just golden. The aroma was very unique, but I picked up some pale malts and some dough.

The flavor is lacking a bit. It has a sweet start of malts. It then dries out to a taste of white bread. The flavor certainly wasn't bad, it was just simple and there was something missing. I needed more flavor, and maybe a slightly different flavor. It does well for a drinker, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 05:56:45 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Zetcha7x


3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of slimntubbs


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-30-2012 04:41:00 | More by slimntubbs
Photo of MarkJBurch

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-09-2014 00:30:40 | More by MarkJBurch
Photo of Dodo2step


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail

A- A gorgeous fluffy marshmallow head that is 2 fingers. a lemon grass yellow color.

S- mostly malt in the smell but i do get some hints of lemon zest, a flower like smell as well.

T- A strong lemno zest in the flavor hits the tongue hard. A sour citrus/floral flavor as well. Also has some earthy tones as well like lemon grass.

M- a sour malty pale ale feeling. A typical pale with some earthiness and citrus.

D- an easy beer to consume. A good sessionable beer. A sixer would be nice if you have to do some "yard" work.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:33:07 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of vicsju1991


4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2013 02:28:23 | More by vicsju1991
Photo of Adkins1203


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-29-2013 00:37:16 | More by Adkins1203
Photo of Beezee


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-01-2012 03:49:08 | More by Beezee
Photo of treehugger02010


3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 23:39:31 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of pearljam118


4.5/5  rDev +22%

05-15-2012 22:44:12 | More by pearljam118
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of yergermeister


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-19-2012 14:06:44 | More by yergermeister
Photo of beermanbrian


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

Light copper color. Almost zero head. Nice fresh clean smell with a nice touch of citrus. Taste of caramel malt with a light citrus up front. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Little watery on the mouth. Very drinkable, in the sense that you could put down a bunch in one sitting. No notable flaws in this one, just not a lot of taste compared to a lot of what's out there, but sometimes that might be just what you're looking for. This would be a good crossover beer. Have to say that i was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 02:01:08 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of briandaube


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-02-2012 23:09:53 | More by briandaube
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The new and improved formula released 4/04. They tried to tweak this recipe a little. Very flowery citrus hop nose. Murkey bigbubbled off white (slightly tan) head. Initial hop presence on the tongue but this leaves you quickly with a slightly gritty flat malt base taste. The pilsner malt (that I hear has been added to the brew) seems to clean the brew up a bit in the mouth. Decent medium coating mouth. An upgrade to the brew but it is still not all that. this beer will appeal to the masses more now with decent drinkabilkity and nothing offensive to the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 15:11:19 | More by frank4sail
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Philadelphia Pale Ale....

Appearance-pours a rather copper golden color with a HUGE three finger head of intense foam, huge amount of lace on the glass with incredibly solid foam. Exceptional clarity.

Smell-some cascade hop aroma, slight malt tendencies but overwhelmingly hoppy, not bad.

Taste-very hoppy with a cascade hop flourish backed up by malt, slightly dry and bitter as it goes down, impressively hoppy yet still well balanced.

Mouthfeel-slightly bittery but it goes down very smoothly with some grapefruit overtones, nice job.

Drinkability-it is imprssive to me that a Pale Ale can be this flavorful and this light in alcohol. A very flavorful sessioner.

Overall-I heard they changed the recipe and many have been saying it's much better, I haven't had the old one, but as for this new recipe let me say that it's phenomanal. To anyone that has tried the old recipe you owe it to yourself to try this one as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 05:27:57 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of droomyster


4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 06:09:20 | More by droomyster
Photo of mzwolinski


3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper in color with no head. The aroma is malty and caramel-like, but a bit weak. Hops show up a bit with warming. Flavor is also big on sweet caramel malt, with evident grainy notes and a strong bitter finish. Choice of hops and malt give this beer a decidedly "English" character. Medium-light body. Proclaimed a "session ale" in the blurb on the bottle, this beer is adequate in all respects, and would pair well with certain foods, but isn't something I would savor simply on its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 21:09:15 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 22:37:46 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of tmars13


2/5  rDev -45.8%

08-21-2012 04:18:16 | More by tmars13
Photo of srw


4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-25-2012 04:06:12 | More by srw
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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