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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

704 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: garcia2a on 12-10-2008)
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Boggdogg

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly transparent dark amber color with a cream colored head and small amount of lacing.
Smell is malty, malty and malty.
Taste is malty with slight bitterness. Lacks complexity. Very ordinary.
Light bodied.
Overall not very impressive. Drinkable but ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:40:04 | More by Boggdogg
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RandomExile

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: translucent, but dark amber; no head
S: a bit like a stout, smells like coffee, popcorn
T: leaning bitter; tastes much like it smells, gentle malt, popcorn, coffee
M: light-bodied, carbonated
O: Not recommendable. If someone buys you one, thank them and drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 04:27:42 | More by RandomExile
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Dix90

Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Perhaps this beer's most impressive feature. Ruby in color with darker tones of brown. Small head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: sweet and malty breadiness followed up by something I just can't place.

Taste: sweetness followed by the breadiness of malt, just as the nose suggested. The taste ends with lasting hints of slightly burnt toast. I feel as if this beer could benefit from a bit more bitterness to balance out the upfront malt presence. Perhaps this is what I'm noticing in the aroma that I can't place.

Mouthfeel: medium light body that figures in with the flavors presented.

Overall: A decent beer and I know it's unfair to compare it to other beers but in my opinion this is yard's worst beer, which may be more of a compliment to their other brews. I wish the backend of this beer had more bitterness, I feel as if it is unbalanced in that aspect.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:42:45 | More by Dix90
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored. Minimal head and no lacing. A nice color though.

S: Smells sweet and bready. Smelling some dark fruit in there too.

T: Much more flavor than I expected definitely malt forward and some real toastiness in this. Semi-sweet and there is a plum or currant like flavor in there.

M: Medium bodied pretty creamy but also at the very end seems a tad watery.

O: At 4.20% ABV I can see this becoming a regular session beer for me. Very impressed with this puppy.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 18:56:42 | More by Givemebeer
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larryi86

Delaware

4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A nice light clear brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Toasted bread, caramel malts, slight nuttiness, faint earth hoppiness.

T- Toasted bread, nice light fruitiness, caramel malts, faint hops, balanced.

M- Smooth, light body, slightly creamy.

O- A well balance sessionable beer. Very easy to drink. The flavor is not over the top, but it tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:46:11 | More by larryi86
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A- poured brownish in color. Thin white head that goes down to about a centimeter. Not much lacing.
S- toasted bread and a nutty aroma- not very strong though. Really had to get my nose right up to the beer to see this.
T- slightly malty then on the swallow a very mellow nuttiness comes.no bite at all. This beer is incredibly smooth and drinkable.
M- slightly creamy but not TOO heavy. A medium bodied ale in my opinion.

Overall this beer has a good flavor and is VERY drinkable. I will be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:44:02 | More by Glennlawless
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

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

A- Clear cola color with a half inch head (off-white). Head vanishes very quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Bread crust, light caramel, damp earth, grassy hops, and just the faintest hint of fruitiness.

T- Mirrors the aroma, but with some brown sugar flavor towards the end. Malt, malt, and some more malt.

M- Light feel, but not watery. Low level of carbonation but there is a slight prickle on the tongue which is nice.

O- Going by the current trends of the craft beer world, this won't get many beer sippers all hot and bothered, but personally this beer really works for me. It's not going to beat you over the head with the flavor/aroma whomp stick, but it's a great example of a Dark Mild. Just another great ale from one of the most underrated breweries around. Recommended. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 19:34:07 | More by pvsob
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Mix a six pick up. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish maroon with a dallop of foam on the top. Deep malty smell, caramel. Taste is a sweet chewy malt. Light flavored. Bready. Very mild ale, quite sessionable. Has that historic British feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 11:48:37 | More by KTCamm
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A-As advertised, ruby red color, deep amber too. The fluffy 1-finger head tapers slowly leaving a heavy film and serious lacing. I'm going to call the color of the head 'English Tan'. This brew looks great.

A- Super malty aroma. It really does smell like perfectly toasted bread, still warm, buttered.
Slight notes of floral and earthy hops are there after the hunt.

T- Malty, slightly bitter, semi-sweet and semi-dry.

M- Carbonation is good, feel is light and thin body. That's ok, it makes the beer what it is: drinkable.

O-This is the beer if you're looking for an English style drinkable malt bomb. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:20:13 | More by NiceTaps
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful, brown in color, with a faint amber hue. The head is tan, and lasting. It's a clean-smelling, malty brew. Light malt, alight toast. The hop smell is herbal, but distant. Mild. Solid flavor...malt and a little bitterness. Earthy and satisfying. It would go well with a burger. Medium body. Good, and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:27:18 | More by Suds
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a deep, dark mahogany with a full finger and a half of white head that lasted a long while before slowly dissolving into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very, very malty, like fresh rye and/or pumpernickel bread with some floral notes, like clover and hay. Some caramel in the nose as well, but only a little. Really, the dominant smell of this beer is fresh bread. Beautiful!

Taste: Very malty up front with some nice dark bread flavors. Very roasty too, but without any of the smoke flavors that you get from other roasty beers like a porter or a stout. Actually, it’s more nutty than roasty. There’s some nice sweetness in the middle, caramel or molasses, with some very slight hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some nice carbonation to tickle the taste buds. Actually, it’s a little creamy too. The low alcohol content, it only clocks in at 4.2% ABV, results in no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Very malty, which is perfect for a malt fiend like me, and very quaffable. So far, I’m impressed with the Yards Brewing Company

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 20:54:42 | More by Jeffreysan
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown, almost mahogany when held up to the light. A small, tan head doesn't stick around too long, eventually fading down to a thin, bubbly cap with a few holes in it. There's not a whole lot of lacing left behind, but a few streaks here and there can be seen.

S: Malty, semi-sweet, hints of chocolate, lightly-roasted grain, and some caramelized sugar. Not as complex or forward as I had hoped, but still solid.

T: This one is kind of light on the palette, offering some nice milky-chocolate flavors, caramelized sugar, a nice light touch of roasted grains and malts. Small instances of mild hop bitterness peek through it all in the finish. Low ABV on this one means the alcohol is pretty non-existent on the tongue.

M: The body on this one is on the lighter side with a very mild carbonation. An overall silky feeling makes this a very drinkable ale.

O: Seeing how Yards is about as local as local gets for me, I've been making my rounds sampling their brews whenever I can. Yards hit the nail on the head with this one, making a very solid, sessionable pub brew. If you're ever looking for something flavorful while remaining light enough to knock a few pints back, give this one a second look—it's, if nothing else, worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 18:10:35 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-red brown color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-toasted malt, brown sugar, earthy

T-toasted malt, caramel, earthy,nutty, slight bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent session beer, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:24:20 | More by MDDMD
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A= Deep mahogany. Half-finger head with decent lacing.

S= Smells slightly of scotch, yeast, with raisin and caramel undertones.

T= Rich and bready. Strong dark ale taste, with raisin and caramel notes, and musty, woodsy finish.

M= Decent, with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste lingers on the tongue, which can turn slightly sour, but overall a good mouthfeel.

O= A unique beer. Haven't had one exactly like it, though it reminds me some of a Belgian quad. Very nice beer from a local (for me, anyway) brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 21:31:04 | More by smooth_aleing
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer cool from the bottle and it poured a very dark and clear amber/mahogany with a one finger tan head that stays as a ring around the glass and leaves nice light lacing, but not much.

There are aromas of roasted grains, dark sweet malts and bread. mmm Bread! only very light though. I don't get much in the way of fruity esters perhaps a tiny bit.

The taste is straightforward and roasted malts with some caramel sweetness with a dry and very mild hoppiness at the end. It's almost balanced but more sweet than hoppy. Nothing about the flavour is over the top as the beer is a bit thin which keeps it all in line.

Mouthfeel is of a sweet nature with the body kind of lighter than you would expect with a beer of this colour. It more has the body of a lager. The carbonation can feel flat, and perhaps that is why I feel the body is thin. The carbonation seems more apparent at the finish. It's different!

Overall I find this beer incredibly good especially for a session beer that you could drink all night as it has the roasted notes and caramel that I love in a British beer and is yet not overly sweet. The body is a bit lacking but that is why it is sessionable and fits with the style so I am going to have to give this beer at least a 4 out of 5.

If you drink butweezer, put that urine down and try one of these. I would be a great beer to help ease yourself off of your addiction to garbage!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:12:13 | More by WissBrauSean
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a pint.

A: Clear brown with an off-white brown tinged head. The malt shines.

S: Malty, grainy, nutty.

T: Toasty malts, nutty, grainy, slight smoke.

M: Medium and full.

O: Good flavor and low alcohol makes this a great beer to drink multiples of. Nice toasty malt and a nutty flavor lingers well into the hefty body. Pretty good with danish blue.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:35:45 | More by ianjsullivan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.28/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at a bar in the Philadelphia airport. Served, despite my protests, in a frosted pint glass.

A: Clear chestnut body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, light lace. Not bad.

S: Muted nutty and chocolatey malt. Slightly earthy. Weak, even for the style.

T: Bland, bland, bland. Faint husky malt and fainter earthy hops. Slightly bittersweet finish. So weak.

M: Slick light body with moderate, fine carbonation. Good.

O: This was my first beer in the states after a week in England, and what a poor choice it was. I enjoyed some truly stunning Milds on cask, and there really couldn't be better proof of that serving method's superiority for this style. Served close to freezing into a frosted glass, this beer had less flavor than some glasses of water I've had. If I get a chance to revisit this beer from a bottle, I will.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 01:54:55 | More by woosterbill
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Mister_Falcon

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear ruby color with no real head. Smells oaty. Tastes malty, not too much else. Feels flat and just a touch bitter at the end. Really not too impressed with this one, kinda reminds me of Sam Adams or maybe some type of Yuengling or something, not a whole lot going on here. Can't recommend it, especially at 4.2 abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:46:10 | More by Mister_Falcon
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, yet transparent brown body beneath the foamy off white head which slowly dissolves to leav a generous ring of lacing.

The aroma is simple and straightforward featuring toasted biscuit and malt with just a hint of toffee and almost no hop presence.

The flavor is similar offering more toasted malt, biscuit, perhaps a marble like bread quality and a slightly nutty finish.

Medium in body with a traditional English draft quality with limited carbonation and a clean finish.

Quite a nice dark mild offering peasant malt and a clean, and somewhat creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:18:05 | More by CHADMC3
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cam for this and some other Yards goodies that he brought up from Philly for me. I believe this is an untouched style for me...

Dark reddish body with some orange highlights. Beige head forms a cloudy cap and leaves lace dots.

A bit plain on the scent, decent strength. Mostly getting toasted, caramel, nutty malts.

Lots of malt flavor coming through mostly in the taste - toasty, cola, grainy, bready, buttery, nutty, light chocolate. Some raisin and very light herbal hops.

Light mouthfeel with highish carbonation, good amount of flavor for the low ABV.

Decent, a little bland but not offensive. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 19:08:51 | More by Chico1985
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark amber brown with a small off-white head.

S - Toasted malt, bready, nutty, and a hint of earthy hops.

T - Bready toasted malt, nuts, and light earthy hops. Sweet up front, but finishes with some bitterness. Subtle chocolate and dark fruit evident as the beer warms.

M - Soft, creamy, smooth. Fairly crisp and refreshing. Clean finish.

O - Great drinkability and flavor. A pretty good English mild. Nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:16:30 | More by mooseo
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Brownish red with a short, fluffy head. Excellent clarity and moderate-heavy carbonation.

Nose
Bready and nutty. Touches of cocoa with fruity, melon-like esters.

Taste
Bready and nutty with drizzles of caramel. Brown sugar and powdered cocoa. A touch of honeydew and perhaps the slightest inkling of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

Overall
Easy drinking and flavorful. It's been a long time since I've had this and it's a lot better than I remember. It's nice to see an American brewery tackle an English Mild and do a nice job of it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 14:49:10 | More by justintcoons
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ranger60

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap at Southside Grille in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Appearance - nice red ale color, clear, not much of a head.

Smell - picking up the malt, and some fruity notes.

Taste - very pleasant, but kind of nondescript and too mild for my taste.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - nothing wrong with this beer, and I expect great things from Yards. But for my preferences, this beer is a bit too mild in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 18:10:33 | More by ranger60
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3rd or 4th time trying this beer.

A- Bottle to pint glass pour with a dark brown body, some crimson hints around the very edge of the glass. A light tan head builds up to about a finger in size and retains decently. The frothy cap falls to a small ring and leaves small patches of lace.

S- Malty right off the bat. Big nutty notes as well as caramel, roast grains, toast and general cereal hints. Yeast bread, dark fruit and a slight buttery aspect to it as well.

T- I notice some big differences here from the nose as soon as I take the first sip. The dark fruit, yeast bread and general English Ale yeast feel kicks in more here. It adds a nice balancing effect to the toasted, roasty, nutty and caramel malts. Really not much in the way of hops for me, a tiny bit herbal and earthy.

MF- Lighter end body which could be expected in an English Mild Ale. A bit of a foamy carbonation feel and slightly on the watery side of things, which also shouldn't be unexpected. Virtually no bitterness.

I ended up buying a mixed-case of Yards beers just before Christmas. They were really fresh and seemed like a good choice to bring home and share some Philly beer. I am really happy with my choice and would not hesitate to buy the same case at the price I got it for in the future. A good mix of different styles and most importantly interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:55:54 | More by cbutova
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Zack's Oak Bar & Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ.

Brown colored with ruby along the edges. One-finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a small amount of head on top of the beer. Bready malts in the aroma with a bit of roasted malt and a touch of sweetness. Very smooth tasting, just the right amount of carbonation, and light-to-medium bodied. An enjoyable ale that is easily quaffable. I'd have no problem drinking several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 21:28:40 | More by Jacobob10
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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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