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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

965 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garcia2a on 12-10-2008

The most approachable of our ales, Brawler is malt forward and delicately hopped for a knockout flavor. Its smooth character, hints of caramel and toast, and remarkable drinkability define this ruby colored brew as a true session ale. Perfect when you want to go more than a few rounds.
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Ratings: 965 | Reviews: 278
Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First Yards beer, and it was surprisingly good. Here goes:

A: Massive head and lacing. Superb. The beer pours a dark brown color that looks rather splendid under dim lighting. It reminds me of traditional English ESB's.

S: Very good. Toasted grains, caramel malt, brown sugar, and bready English baker's yeast. Some mild English hops as well. Very well-balanced.

T: Follows the nose, which is splendid. Lots of toasted malt, caramel and brown sugar against a bready yeast backdrop. Hops are very mild, but this is OK.

F: Somewhat watery - the only drawback of the beer. Surprisingly the beer tastes very well for something so low in ABV.

O: Very good beer - could drink this again and again.

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The taste was even parts toasty malt and brown sugar water. Light enough to session, but too watery to savor. Sweet, but not excessively so. I feel like this would be most enjoyable in a pub setting, out of a big mug. Tasty, but there wasn't much to keep me going back.

Photo of JoeAlcohol
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome. This is going to be the next keg that I get.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 02092015 at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head enormous (>8 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy/creamy, sloooowly diminishing to irregular 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing average – rare tiny island of tiny bubbles, some drag lacing from the lowering ring
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor distinctly malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

Photo of Brock915
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice light very drinkable beer, perfect for springtime.

Photo of Mhalaiko
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Yards makes some of the best.

Photo of ShaneEub
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A dark beer that tastes good and not too heavy. It's surprisingly smooth.

Photo of Premo88
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(bottled on 12/9/2014)
(courtesy of @TongoRad via the NBS BIF)

L: amber-brown ... shows real red with burnt-orange highlights up to light, and has a cool brown look as it sits on the table; crystal clear ... brilliant; minimal tan head of foam off a pretty hard pour, maybe 1/3- to almost 1/2-inch that doesn't stick; no lacing but does have a bit of skin and a cool toffee/tan collar

S: corn, toasted corn, caramel, toasted barley ... there might be some earthy hops in there, but this is a sweet grain and malt show

T: grain and malt big time ... corn, rice, maybe some maize -- lots of good grain and it's got a kind of caramelized sweetness from the barley malt; very little bitterness, just a hint of earthy/dirt hops; the caramel sweet flavor here is fantastic, not cloying or overdone; over time the bitterness picks up just a hair, but it's still malty sweet

F: light but good carbonation to fill it out; honestly, I don't see how it could be better for the ABV and flavor ... just perfect

O: relatively tame overall with everything in its place, Brawler might be the ultimate session beer ... it's full of good grain and malt flavor without getting too sweet, and it's crisp and so very easy to drink. the malt presence does, in fact, have a good English ale feel. several American-made amber ales come close to hitting these notes, but they don't hit as well as this one -- we need more beers like this! 4.2% ABV, loads of flavor, beautiful clarity, crisp and clean ... a brew Philadelphia and PA is lucky to have.

Photo of Roser
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- moderate light mocha tan head. Some lacing (not a lot). Crystal clear mahogany brown.

S- clean. Spicy, sweet malts, light ginger notes, clove.

T- light biscuits and malt up front, feint sweet spices on the back end. Not too much going on here.

M- very light body. Creamy. Little/light carbonation.

O- a nice easy drinker. Decent session ale. Would prefer it with food.

Cheers!

Photo of panda917
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice toasty taste, great beer!

Photo of Act25
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm a big fan of Philly (went to Swarthmore, shot films there).
But not yet a fan of this brewer. Is it the water?

A: No better or worse than any session English Ale - flattish, strong tea or cola colored, not much going on, not sticky.
S: Sweet, almost cola like. Along with same frat floor stink.
T: I find it way too sweet for sessions. (I dont add sugar to my coffee and I never ever drink soda)

Maybe I'm just attuned to the bright hop or the might yeast?
F: Sweet, never really bracing, not much of a food beer.

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best of the Yards lot. I live a stones throw away so I taste all their beers, a great product but Yards variety is lacking, as everything is good but nothing is great.

Photo of DSHoward
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, solid, not great.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacks flavor. Disappointing for a Yards brew.

Photo of Antc2382
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Highly drinkable, but no sacrifice on the flavor. If you enjoy malt forward flavors this is the light beer for you..4.2 ABV means you can go a few rounds with the Pugilist!

Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Definitely a beer to sip and not to drink in gulps. I love Yards.

Photo of Brmstew
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Crisp and malty. Good with food. Beautiful amber color.

Photo of ShaneHarris
4/5  rDev +8.7%

My go-to dark ale.

Photo of PotlandOR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

nice drinkable and approachable ale.

Photo of jadpsu
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up day of PSU Ohiio State in 20014.

Appearance: 3/4 inch off white to tan head, light to medium brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: molasses and caramel malt—a lot of malts

Taste: pale malt, toffee, and a small touch of tea and chocolate

Mouth feel: Not getting the high carbonation comments? Thin, light bodied, sweet start with a light bitter end/aftertaste.

Overall: Decent, especially for a low ABV. Good but not outstanding.

Photo of Ldicerto
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Wonderful coffee notes on first swallow. Smooth finish. Lovely beer. Will be adding to my rotation.

Photo of TrishParry
5/5  rDev +35.9%

The closest American craft to a true English ale I've tasted.

Photo of lurpy1
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%

Calling a beer a mild is no excuse for the beer not having any flavor. This was highly unsatisfying and watery to drink. Not recommended.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

A fine tasting mild, and perfect for mild days because it doesn't sacrifice a full flavor. Caramel malts and significant roasted almond quality. Nice floral bitterness, strawberry on a biscuit toast. No buttery flavor, and on the dry side. It's a tight feeling beer, lingering astringency. Robust and gassy crispness cover the sweetness making the beer very approachable.

Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a small off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. Lighter but good aroma. Some malts, perhaps a touch of biscuit. The taste is a bit lighter, but pretty good. Caramel malts, but almost no sweetness. A touch of biscuit. A faint bitterness in the finish. A nice session beer!

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.