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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 79 | 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 donnebaby
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.

donnebaby, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
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.

ElGuapo, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of pearljam118
4.5/5  rDev +22%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Bdel34, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +8.4%

vicsju1991, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sarge3130, Aug 21, 2013
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.

droomyster, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Blaze5445
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Blaze5445, May 21, 2012
Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Adkins1203, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium clear gold with a big foamy white head. The head is huge in a Spiegelau IPA glass and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is malty, with nice bread notes and a little hint of earthy hops. The taste is equally mild, somewhere between a pilsner and a pale. It's an interesting combination. It's got a lighter body, most likely from the malt bill, but there is a nice crispness on the finish. This is a good session pale ale.

delta490, May 08, 2014
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.

treehugger02010, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Furley80, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +8.4%

srw, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of donniecuffs
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.

donniecuffs, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Kevin_Young
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Kevin_Young, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Roger85
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Roger85, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

yergermeister, Apr 19, 2012
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.

beermanbrian, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of JLapadura
2.25/5  rDev -39%

JLapadura, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of dwoolley1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

dwoolley1, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of frank4sail
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.

frank4sail, Apr 30, 2004
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.