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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 80 | 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 mobyfann
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $27.99 for a mixed case...

The beer pours a fizzy golden colored base with a huge active white head, so active that I could only pour 10 oz. of the bottle into a pint glass without it overflowing the cup! Nice head retention and specks of lace throughout the beer's sessions. The aroma is very lemony smelling with a backdrop of hop.

The taste is a nice balance of citrus and hop notes, the carbonation as experienced from pour was a very annoying while the beer settled in the mouth. However, still drinkable and light being a 4.3%abv, I would only have one more and move on to greater things, the carbonation is a problem that needs to be fixed...

Final Thought: I'll take a Goose Island Honker's Ale if I want a light pale ale, thank you!

mobyfann, Sep 09, 2007
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

pep, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Rickythejeweler, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Rojada1988, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Dbot
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Dbot, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Dreamer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Dreamer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BWED
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After moving out to Philadelphia (or what I tell everyone, since I'm right outside) I decided to scout some of the local beers. I came upon a twelve pack sampler from Yards, and decided I would blindly go into it. I had never heard of Yards, but it looked fairly distinguished from the other local brews. The sampler had four of their "signature ales", and I decided to go with the light, easy drinking Philadelphia Pale Ale. Here's my breakdown:

Served from bottle into tumbler pint

A - Light gold, crystal clear, with a light yellow-white bubbly head right off of pour. Slowly fizzles down to a creamier 1/4" head after a few minutes. Retention lasts through the entirety of consumption with little lacing left behind

S - Light, sweet aroma, with a dull hint of some citrus

T - Like the smell; a lightly sweet taste, with citrus notes to add a tangy finish

M - Very light-bodied, clean feel. Very smooth and drinkable

O - I think this is a good beer. Nothing that really jumps out at you, but something that would cater well on a hot summer day. I can see myself getting some of these for a nice barbeque outside, where I don't have to worry about them filling me up. The low ABV (4.6%) will allow for more consumption, too, which is always a plus!

BWED, Aug 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TimHitchings, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

constantine_272, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of cfadams17
3/5  rDev -18.7%

cfadams17, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Scott_McCool, May 23, 2013
Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Ilovelampandbeer, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow-amber color with decent head. Good carbonation but rather poor head retention.

Nice, fruity, citrusy/grapefruit hop aroma with a candy-like hop sweetness.

Taste is light and clean with malt followed by citrus hop flavor and a dry, hoppy finish. A little too simple, though.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery.

AaronHomoya, Oct 07, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

tln13, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

saxclar123, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

billbeers, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of 99bottles
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly dark yellow color with a huge fluffy white head. There are copious amounts of yeast/sediment in the bottom; I had to leave about an inch left in the bottle to keep my pint clean. It smells of light hops and oddly (for a PA) of yeast. I think they could have left off with the bottle conditioning, and the CO2 level is too high anyway with the large and annoying head. Taste is very dissapointing. Thin and smooth with a strange phenolic bite and minimal hopping. Even the malt seems to be missing. Thin mouth, not tasty enough to have a high drinkability. Very uncharacteristic beer from this otherwise good brewery.

99bottles, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of jakester
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the Yards Variety case. I drank it in a goblet. "Filled on" date is on the top of the case, although you have to look carefully to find it. Something is inked on the bottle, but it's too smudged to read it.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a 1/2 finger head of slightly off white foam. The head falls fairly quickly to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is strong piney hops, very clean, with just a touch of light bready malt. Very fruity as well, with notes of pears or golden raisins. A faint citrus smell comes through late.

First flavor is bready malt, but that is quickly kicked away by a pretty strong level of hop bitterness. Next is piney hop flavor, with just a hint of citrus. The fruitiness comes through last, with notes like above. Aftertaste is bitter and on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is dry and slightly chalky, but very pleasant. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is dry and slightly astringent, but nice.

This is a very good pale ale. It's not sweet, and it's definitely balanced on the hoppy side, but that's what I like in a pale ale. It has a good level of bitterness, a nice hop flavor and aroma, and just enough malt to make a difference. Recommended.

jakester, Dec 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Ultra-Plinian, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of pzrhsau
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice cloudy gold color with a great foamy head.
S: Nice and bitter aroma with some citrusy/piney notes.
T: Slightly bitter and fruity notes. Crisp and refreshing with some good light maltiness.
D/M: Crisp and drinkable beer. Does not overwhelm the palate and really easy to drink

pzrhsau, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of CoolJosh
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this from a good friend as a welcome back to school token. I have heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and am really looking forward to this pour.

A the appearance is really, with a very fluffy 2 finger white head that lasts the whole glass. The body is a hazier light orange, with both yellow and pink hues. Very nice presentation.

S Lacking a little bit here. Citrus hops are refreshing on the nose, but don't stand out, no big bang here. Light lemon, and some very light orange peel, but you really have to dig your nose deep into it. A somewhat pleasing grainy dry malt scent is present, and a pretty nice compliment to the style, though not necessarily representative.

T Much more substance then the low abv suggests, however there really isnt much too this beer. Good lemon and good malts. Nothing is over the top, nothing is over done. It just is what it is. But to be honest, this tastes a lot like what I used to think beer was supposed to taste like (prior to learning of the many diverse styles). I really do enjoy this beer, if I had easier access to it I would place this in my go-to session category. Pretty good and easy to drink.

CoolJosh, Jan 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

micropale, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Marty91, Sep 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Will_Rivera, Jul 22, 2014
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.