Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 909
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 14
Gots: 175 | 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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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 909
Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a a pale yellow or straw color. Thin head, decent lacing, lots of carbonation. Tons of suspended sediment. I'm guessing it's yeast. I would like to think that I roused up some yeast from the bottom of a bottle conditioned bottle, but I have serious doubts.

S - Slightest bit of lemon but otherwise not much aroma.

T - Very watery and bitter. I wouldn't label it a hoppy beer, but the lack of hop flavor and/or malt flavor just leaves it bitter. Bitterness leads to a very astringent flavor.

M - Thin

D - This isn't my favorite nor would I seek again. Possibly a bad bottle and the significant number of "floaties" leads me to believe this is so.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden. Holds a decent centimeter head.

S- Citrusy and floral.

T- The citrus flavor is most prevalent, but not overwhelming. Floral on the finish. Crisp and clean.

M- Well carbonated, lighter but not too light.

O- A good overall beer. I was worried it would be too perfumey and floral, but the floral notes are well balenced with the citrus flavor. Not a bad one to have on hand, but not a must-have either.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reived through

A: Very light yellow not typically seen in a pale ale.

S: Very sweet citrus hops.

T: A mild bitterness. Very sweet and smooth taste.

M: Lighter bodied but good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable easily a session beer.

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Photo of soilguy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale golden color - head is very large, white - had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour. - The beer itself was also highly carbonated - a little too much for my liking - it seemed on the extreme end for the style. Very little hop aroma - just a slight woody aroma. The high carbonation made it difficult to discern specific flavor elements. Seemed to be a good summer brew.

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Photo of birdman200
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head. Lots of lacing and fluff remain throughout the entire bottle. Smells of pure citrus hops. Has a light malt character with a pleasant mellow hop bite in the taste. Minimal biscuit/caramel malt character. Overall a super easy to drink brew, great session beer. Not as bold as SN Pale Ale, but a great example of the style and a new favorite nonetheless.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks good - light brown, small amount of head and some lacing. Citrus and estery smell that's not strong, but certainly noticable without sticking your nose into the glass. Sweet and hoppy like an APA should.

Tastes very balanced. I feel that American Pale Ales tend to gravitate towards extreme hops and light body, ignoring the malts that should be the where the taste comes from. That being said, Yards did a good job of using the hops as a compliment to a smooth malt base.

It lacks something with mouthfeel, but I find myself going back for more and more. Overall I'll say this is worth picking up as a session beer, and I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy, yellow gold, with a creamy off-white head. The head fell quickly to 1/8 inch bead that remained to the end.

The aroma was of sweet pale malt, with a citrus, somewhat spicy hop notes.

The flavor starts with a grapefruit, citrus hop front, balanced with sweet pale malt, with hints of butterscotch.

This beer has a quenching, somewhat tangy mouthfeel that is very pleasantly balanced. There is enough residual dryness to build your anticipation of the next drink.

This is a well done pale ale.

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

This clear golden APA has zesty notes of citrus hops, particularly grapefruit, balanced by caramel and sweet malt with a crisp clean finish. The notable hoppy presence gives Philadelphia Pale Ale the feel of an IPA, and this very refreshing ale makes an excellent session beer for Summer.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle the head is about two fingers but leaves quickly, a problem with a few of Yards' beers. The color is a light yellow, lighter than I was expecting.

The smell is earthy and a hint of hops. The taste is very malty with a slight finish of bitterness and grapefruit which really rounds it out. Its medium bodied and goes down quite easily. Feels great in the mouth.

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Photo of Veillantif
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from six-pack, about 11 degrees C, poured into an unchilled stange glass.

A: Charming antique label: is this going to taste like Twinings Earl Grey, too? [edit: it's not all that different.] On the pour: a bright gold color, somewhere between those new Oreos and Uncle Scrooge's money bin in intensity. It glows!

S: Piney; also the same citrus notes you get from A1 sauce. Not obnoxiously hoppy. Yet.

T: Hops are mild enough that you can (speaking from experience) share this with those weird hop-phobic people, so long as they're not too badly afflicted with their condition. Not strong or complex enough, on the other hand, for the Pale Ale aficionado to be overwhelmed.

M: Extremely pleasant: carbonation that meets the intensity of the flavor just enough, and a fine aftertaste.

D: The field of pale ales in this country is deplorably crowded. I don't know if we can call this an indispensible addition thereto; blindfold me and I'd find it hard to tell this apart from a few others. But they'd be a few among the upper half, that's for damn sure.

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Photo of ferrouswolf
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Case from the brewery; bottled 11/08/12. Poured into a 12 oz straight sided glass.

Appearance: a pleasant gold color with some haze. One finger head fades to a ring with patches and minimal lacing.

Smell: citrus and some maltiness from the pilsner malts.

Taste: tart hop bite fading to fresh citrus and tropical fruit, with a hoppy dry finish. A little bit of malt here and there, but this is a hop-driven beer. There's some ale yeast fruitiness here which helps support the hop fruitiness. The bitterness is pleasant and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel for an APA, but it goes well with the fruitiness. Fine bubbles tingle on the tongue.

Overall: This is a very tasty pale ale, and it's reasonably priced if you can get it. If you lick your lips after a sip, you'll get another shot of hop bitterness. If you drink it without food, you get the benefit of burping the hop flavor back up. I'd love to try a black-and-tan with this and a really chocolatey beer, or maybe half this and half framboise.

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Photo of Kreuger
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from brown bottle, there was no noticable date on the bottle or the case.

A - This is just a beautiful Pale Ale. It pured with a moder one to two fingers of head, a light golden color. It was slightly hazey with a few streamers of carbonation.

S - This is possibly one of the best smelling beers. Ever. It has a full rich floral and citrus hop aroma that lasts all the way down the mug. There are also bready accents going on under the hops aromas.

T - The taste is much liek the nose. There's a Strong floral hop presence followed up by an almost as strong citrusy hop presence. This is an excellent Pale ale. Its a very clean tasting beer, with a quick finish, but maintaining all of those hop flavors.

M - The mouthfeel is good but a tad thin and so a little disappointing. With the fantastic smell and very good taste, I'd hoped for more body to this beer.

D - This ale goes down incredibly easy. I could drink this all day.

This is a memorable Pale Ale. I'll reach for this again

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Photo of BeerConnoiseur
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this beer out of a tall Pilsner glass.

A- Clear light copper pour, nice colored body with a large white head reducing to light spots of lacing.

S- Light malt which quickly leads to good hops with a boat load of grapefruit and pine, it has a trace scent of pineapple in here also.

T- Light malt takes the charge, with a lot of hops following. Pineapple and grapefruit and a hint of orange. The pine is faint in the taste.

M- light to less medium bodied... Average level of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink if you enjoy hops, I could enjoy this brew on a summer day after mowing the lawn sitting on my deck relaxing.

This is a qulaity Pale Ale. I love Pale Ales and I would deifinitely purchase this one again. I would prefer it more in the warmj weather months because that is to my liking drinking a fine Pale Ale.a But it would take little to tweist my arm to drink this fine brew!!


Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dayswonder
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a sufficient head that subsides, but yet sticks around with minimal lacing. The nose is this beer's best quality it is a mix between citrus and floral hops. Citrus dominates the palette. At first it has a bite then it quickly fades and there is a definite hop filled taste. Overall a drinkable beer that could compliment a wide variety of food.

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Photo of PsychedelicQuaker
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: a pale golden yellowish orange Smell: citrus, pine and grapefruit
Taste: slightly bitter yet extremely smooth and easy to drink. good session ale
Feel: light crisp and refreshing
Overall: a great go to beer for Philly locals, hands down probably the best APA in Philadelphia. Yard's Pale Ale and Philadelphia Brewing Company's Kenzinger are my go-to local brews.

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Photo of clayphilly
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My most common beer. Brewed a mile away, this beer has a strong flavor, elements of citrus and malt. Perfect for any occaison or season. Pale ales are usually light taste, but the flavor is perfect for a simple yet great Pale Ale.

-24 bottle case
-Philadelphia 6th/Moore distributor 2010

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Photo of jesster64
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nice thick creamy head, which was the high spot for this beer. Citrus taste and aftertaste I didn't enjoy. Color was decent. smell was a little off, but not overpowering. I will not buy this beer again. Even in the summer, not really refreshing to me. I was done after one , didn't want a second one.

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Photo of mattcomstock213
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into frosty mug.
Pours a great deep golden color. Smell is mildly hoppy, not too strong, but definalty there. Taste is sweet, not unpleasantly so, but obvious. Tasty- in one word. It feels good in the mouth, but not overly outstanding. Nice and drinkable too. This is a tasty beer, but not one you'd drink alot of. A special occasion beer. This is the first time I've tried something from Yards and I'll try another soon.

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Photo of SuncrestBeerMen
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best smelling beer on the planet. The citrus and evergreen smell is incredible. The flavor is very balanced, not overly bitter which makes it an incredible session beer. Always have to have a case on hand. I have found that many people who don't care for hoppy beers still like this beer. But then again, I have talked to many people who don't care for the beer at all. I guess its one of those love'em or hate'em beers and I definitely love it. My favorite every day beer.

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Photo of Greenst82
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with decent head. Aromas of citrus and pine, really nice. Tastes much like it smells. Crisp and refreshing with a pleasant bitter finish, nice balance. Nice carbonation and light on the mouthfeel. Honestly this is my go to beer any time of the year. I could probably live on this stuff. Not overly complex, but definitely interesting and I like that. I'm still surprised every time I drink this beer how much I love it.

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Photo of PollardsVision
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden.
Very faint citrusy sweetness and the hops clearly take center stage. Certainly not the most complex APA and that's just fine by me. The citrus undertone gets bolder as you drink it. Crisp and refreshing and highly drinkable. This one goes down super easy. A great choice if you are looking for a nice clean hoppy bite and aren't wanting to be blown away by a big IPA.

I'd have no problem having this one stocked in the fridge regularly.

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Photo of mandarin
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer was. Excellent session brew, and not a bad price here in Philly. Beautiful hops going on with this beer. Very grapefruity, and I love that in an APA. I will definitely be back for more!

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Photo of maxwellboh
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color with a big head that disappears slowly. Head sticks the sides of the glass. I like that.
S: Citrus smell followed by pine.
T: Very grapefruit and refreshing.
M: Somewhat hoppy feel, stays with you for a while.
D: Better summertime beer, drank this in March. Very clean.

Not a grapefruit eater, so the beer did not appeal to me. But could see many followers of the beer.

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Photo of Beertarded
1.94/5  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.

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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

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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