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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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311 Reviews
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Reviews: 311
Hads: 923
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 182 | 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: 311 | Hads: 923
Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Yellow/straw with a short, white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Pilsner malt, honey, orange, grapefruit, pine, and dank greens. Light aromatics.

Light Pilsner malt, grains, and honey. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine and a light dankness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and lightly bitter.

A solid, easy drinking APA.

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Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in River Edge...
A hefty pour yielded a light, lucid, pale copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with a nice balance of hops and malts...
Taste, likewise, was a similar dichotomy between hops and malts, along with a noticeable citrus essence with a mild hint of vanilla...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel with an average level of drinkability at best...
Really nothing special...
Mediocore stuff...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Loaf of bread, some pilsner sweetness, toasted, and some herbal, grassy, and citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above with more citrus notes and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation. Just the a pale ale is supposed to drink.

Overall: A very simple and straightforward pale ale. Definitely sessionable and can enjoyed multiple times over the course of the day.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 12oz. bottle half poured into whiskey glass, other half drank straight from bottle, on 12-Aug-15.

A very decent pale ale. Nothing extraordinary, but really hit the spot. I drank this during my breakfast before my flight.

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Photo of philbe311
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Lots of swirling carbonation during the pour... Lots of fizz... Ultimately two fingers worth of pure white frothy foam settles... Impressive retention... Honey yellow color... Translucent with the slightest haze... Minimal amounts of carbonation float through out... Minor stickiness on the sides of the glasses...

S - Marshmallow... Grains... Lemon zest... Faint citrusy hops aroma...

T - Lots of grain... Biscuit... A tad lemony... Some pale malts... A vague nuttiness... Very minor toffee notes...

M - Given the impressive retention, the pillow like head is the first thing to reach the lips and tongue... From there it is crisp and sturdy... Refreshing... Light to medium bodied... Lots of carbonation on the tongue... Slightly thin...

D - Standard American Pale Ale... Quite sessionable given the 4.3% ABV... There's nothing wrong with this brew, but it is light years from the head of class...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold body, alive with carbonation streams and floating yeastie beasties. Huge billowing loose white head. Very strechted lacing.

Inviting citrus nose.

On the tongue, malt and hops battle toe to toe with caramel and fruit/sweet and bitter, like Ali-Frasier I. The flavors alternate thru the mouth before merging in a big final gulp. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste does a very slow fade.

Mouthfeel is just a tad too much to the thin side. Fine drinkability, easily sessionable.

While not revoluntionary, a perfectly pleasant pale.

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Photo of bditty187
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, tawny-gold hue, thick white head, excellent retention. No lace. Very mediocre nose, rather yeasty, bready with notes of malt… no hops. The invitation is apathetic. More flavorful than expected, sweet and yeasty… bready, lemony… minimal hops influence. Pretty decent palate. Well-balanced. Exceedingly drinkable. Very little carbonation. Medium-light body… pleasant mouthfeel but a tad thin. Overall this is a unique beer with enough subtle attributes to make it enjoyable. Session beer material.

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Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Citizens Bank Park.

A - Pours yellow/orange. A thick head of foam on top.

S - Smells strong of grapefruit. Perhaps the strongest I can recall.

T - Incredible taste of citrus. About the most refreshing pale ale I can recall.

M - Enjoyable, and perfect for a hot day.

O - Glad to have tried this one. For those who like citrus flavored ales, this is a must.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the light end of golden, with a one and a half finger white head. Some lacing.
S- A bit fruity, with a peach and grapefruit mixture being the predominant presence.
T- Well balanced flavors, the pilsner malt has enough of a presence to make it clear that it's there. A bit of a bread dough character in there. finish is balanced with the malt character being tempered by a lemon/apricot/light grapefruit presence.
M- Definite light bodied, even for style, but carbonation is right on. Smooth, with a dry finish. Just a bit more malt I think would add some body which would make it spot on.
O- This is almost exactly what I want out of a pale ale. Well balanced with malt and hop notes playing off each other well. A little more body and some more on the nose and it would be excellent. Super easy on the drinkable side as well.

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Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 11/8 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light copper color with a one finger of white head that hangs on a bit. Big spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is overpoweringly floral hops. Just a bed of botanical hop notes. Minor biscuity notes are present, but the hop rules on this one.

T: Taste starts a grapefruit and floral hop bite. Compared to the nose, floral presence is a bit muted wihch is a good thing. Middle is filled with a breadiness that calms the hop bite. Finish has a light caramel malt presence with a bit more of floral hop bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, starts off quite crisp before getting a bit of sticky-chewyness to it.

D: Goes down relatively easy, somewhat tasty, mild kick, ok representation of style.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

YARDS Philadelphia Ale releases from the bottle with bits of suspended particles in a pale cloudy straw pint.

Upfront nose scents are straight out grapefruit peel.

First sips taste of bitter lemon peel hops and grapefruit, but not nearly overwhelming, at all. Quite a tastey pale with nary a malt here. All delicate hops in the flavor.

There is some body to this pale, but it is easy in the carbonation department. A few swirls evokes some suds, but not too much. Extremely drinkable.

Last swigs: Part of a 4 x 6 mixed case that is a steal. Thank goodness it's local. Easy hoppy pale. Well worth a go! Label talk says English hops, malts and 4.3% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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

12 oz. capped bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: This beer poured a clear golden color with a white finger head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was very nice and strong with floral and sweet fruity notes.

T: The taste starts off mildly sweet from the malts and you then pick up the nice citrus flavors and a mild bitterness from the hops near the end.

M: The mouthfeel was thin, but still a little creamy with a medium carbonation level.

D: The drinkability was very good, so good I will be adding this beer to my great session beer list.

This is a great transition beer to get your friends into craft beer.

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Photo of ckollias
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A. Golden pale ale with a frothy 2-finger white head after a violent pour. Head sticks around for awhile and leaves a beautiful trail down the whole glass eventually dissipating into a wispy lace.

S: Mild hoppy and citrus aromas fill the nostrils.

T: Surprising pretty hoppy for a regular pale ale. Good bread and grain notes, with hints of lemon and pine and a clean slightly bitter taste with a dry finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Pretty decent pale ale – I was pleasantly surprised. Nice balance between the hops and malt.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my BOTM club.

Appearance - Pours a yellow gold with over an inch of white head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Malty and bready up front and then a hint of citrus and hops pokes through at the tail end.

Taste - As it smells, very malty and bready with a hint of lemon citrus. It finishes with just a touch of hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp finish.

Drinkability - Very much so. Nothing is "phenomenal" about this beer, but it sure is something you can quaff down. At such a low ABV, it is sessionable. Again, nothing special about it but nothing horrible about it either.

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Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from Francisweizen in Feb 2004 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a ridiculous 6-finger head that needed to settle before pouring the rest. After several tries, a large foam light yellowish head sat on top of a very cloudy straw colored beer. Smells of citrus, dish-soap, and pine sol. Uhhm. Not so good. Reminiscent of Arcadia batch #999. Tastes actually pretty good. Nice malt sweet mixing with hop bitter. I feared a soap or overly piney and co-humulone flavor but instead got a moderate orange and grapefruit with some gentle fruits (peaches and some apricot). The ending was a bit thin and the mouthfeel was mediuim light. Carbonation was about right, which is funny considering the excessive head during the pour. Drinkable? yea, if you're willing to wait for the head to settle.

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

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Pale gold, hazed with numerous floaties throughout the body hurts the appearance. Thick white head has good retention, and ok lacing.

S - Nice floral hops on the nose, finished with some pine and sweet bready malt.

T - More pine flavor in the taste, with slight hints of grapefruit, and some floral bitterness in the finish with some more citrus flavors. Light caramel malts underlying the dominant hops.

M - Light/medium body, a little high on the carb level, finishes clean with a moderate bitterness.

O - Solid pale, packing a bunch of flavor into the relatively low abv. If it had a freshness date, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon wheat gold with a thin white head that all but disappears quickly.

Smells citrusy and grainy, kind of a fresh smell.

Tastes interesting...like a hint of lemon over an odd, fresh grain taste. Its not bitter at all but not sweet or tart either.

Mouthfeel is thin and relatively watery. The carbonation is basically not noticeable.

This beer is interesting. I've had APAs before but not one that tasted quite like this. The abv makes it very easy throw back. Its definitely not bad and worth a try for anyone looking for a light, easygoing ale to session.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from Mikereaser in the Blind Bombers BIF. This beer was reviewed completely blind-- with no knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.
Reviewed from notes. Served in snifter.

Bright, clear, golden in color... The beer is practically yellow. Lots of active carbonation... So yellow and fizzy? Did Mike try to sneak something by me here? The head is thick and sticky-- 2 fingers of bone white froth. The head doesn't look like anything I've seen on a lager before!

Very faint nose-- slight hops... but hard to really pinpoint what they are doing other than just a little floral note. Very little malt on nose... but not smelling any adjuncts, so the head and nose point to something other than BMC-- which is good!

I take a sip and... a VERY crisp and clean finish has me immediately thinking this is a lager. Perhaps this is a Pilsener? A light floral and spice hop note fits too. Very little malt. There is a bit of lemony citrus flavor towards the finish which is throwing me off! Now it is all I can think about and it is growing stronger.

Agh! Once I THINK about a style, my brain shuts off the parts that aren't related to THAT style! I need to start fresh on this one.

Ok-- a glass of water and a few of my sons' crackers and I'm back on this one!

Hmmm... maybe it was too cold before, because now it seems to have opened up a bit more! Now that I'm letting my brain allow my sense to REALLY scan this beer I'm noticing a lot more in the nose: there is a light malt-- like bread or even toast- it isn't very sweet. The hops are coming in with floral and lemony notes.
Lots of carbonation-- lighter than medium body, but possibly due to the bubbly feel associated with this much carbonation.

Very drinkable-- although I'm still not sure what it is! I still hold on to the idea that this could be a lager of some sort-- though it must be the hoppiest lager I've ever come across! Equally as likely, this could be a semi-faded IPA or a gently hopped APA.

---Rips open envelope---

It's Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale. this beer has been on my wants list for a white now! I actually tried this once before when I got it as an extra-- I was too lazy to review it then though-- so this was a fun little adventure. Now knowing it is an APA, the numbers are as follows: 4/3.5/4/3/4

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

The beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale golden coloration. The head is thick and creamy honey coloration. The head has major staying power. The beer leaves nice rings of lace on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing pine and grapefruity smell.

Taste: The taste delivers on the smell. The beer has a pleasing pine and grapefruit combo. The beer has a weak malty sweetness. Frankly the hops ride right over the maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The ample carbonation helps the beer slide down easier. This is a dam fine APA. The beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable due to low ABV.

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Photo of Phatz
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fuzzy yellow color with a hint of orange in the hue. The white head fades very fast.

Smell: Strong grain aromas. Rice and con but also a bit of fruity sweetness in the aroma like white bread and a touch of yeast. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Initially I was not very impressed the taste seemed harsh. It may have just been what was on my palate because it quickly improved as the glass went down. The taste is very boring but palatable. Like every other APA it is generous on the hops with a week malt base. Nothing special but very easy going beer. A few thin spots but overall decent.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with a bit too much tingle from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a very sessionable easy drinking APA. It makes a great party beer but it is not extremely interesting or unique. Fine average APA.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light golden color with thick white heading and very little lacing throughout.

Smell is immediate of grapefruit,also some earthy tones and a nice blast of citrus hops. (Well it's a month later and we bought a variety case of Yard's and this one smelled exactly of burnt rubber. I really don't remember this smell in the original tasting,and it wasn't just one of them it is three so far.)

Taste is very hoppy with a dry grapefruit aftertaste.A nice piney taste after a while as well.

Mouthfeel is watered down but good,light bodied with decent carbonation.A bubbly feeling on the palate. If were any stronger it would be stickey.

Drinkability is very high for such a low ABV, but too much floral taste to really have alot.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City since I had never tried it before. I didn't expect this to be a hop bomb like many other Pale Ale's that I've had before and sure enough, it wasn't. While there wasn't anything outstanding about this beer, it was nicely balanced and fit in well with the warm weather that is characteristic of this time of the year. No glass of water needed to wash this down after drinking!

Clean and crisp golden pour to this with a very fluffy head that lasted for quite a long time. The lacing wasn't as good but it was sufficient for this style of beer. The aroma and taste was nice with grain and grass up front that faded into lemon, finally finishing off with some muted pine in the back. The hops are there but they are very nicely balanced out by the malt. Never did I feel that this beer burned too much or was watered-down. Instead, this was an unusual, and perhaps, classic take on a style that's been interpreted quite differently in more recent creations. Even the carbonation was different, as the head lasted nearly throughout my session but there weren't a lot of bubbles in the beer itself.

The alcohol in this is perfect - both in taste and in percentage. I only bought one bottle so I could give this a shot but I could have easily downed half a six-pack in a setting. An older-style beer like this may not be suitable for everyone but for this looking for a nicely crafted and mellow Pale Ale, this will hot the spot nicely. Having this beer be suitable for the summertime is a nice bonus that only adds to its appeal.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02182015 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma citrusy
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to 6 mm broken frothy ring and layer
Lacing excellent – nearly complete frothy rings
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor lightly bitter, slight citrus tang; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, dry

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of vande
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Preface: This is a beer that I'll try again in the future, as my mind & palate weren't 100% focused on the beer itself...but I wanted to get something down....

A ~ A nice golden yellow pour with a bit of head..

S ~ Some floral hoppiness going on...nothing overly powerful, but something that one could sit down and drink a few

T ~ A bit of sweetness in the hops, but again, nothing crazy... yet..after the beer's been swallowed, there's a bit of fruit lingering on the back along with a bitter touch.. Seems like something that could be a patio 6er...

M ~ Thin, light and smooth...a decent pale

O ~ While I may not go out of my way to search for it, its drinkable. A beer one could sit down and have more than one of as its light, and a decent change of pace...

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.