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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

859 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 859 | Reviews: 258 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BuxMontBeerLover:
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy bought a Yards Brewery Variety Case. This was one of the beers I tried out of the case.

A-Dark amber color. Poured with a 1-2 finger head. Slight lacing left after drinking.

S-Malty smell but not very strong

T-Pretty good on the pallet. Nice malty flavor, some good background sweetness also. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Since it is a mild, the looks are deceiving. You'd expect a much bolder taste from such a dark beer.

M-Nice carbonation. For such a dark beer very thin tasting (again a result of the style).

D-Good beer, nothing fantastic but I'd drink it again. A session beer for sure due to the low ABV and thinness of the beer.

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Nov 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of sierranevadabill
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know that big, high-alcohol, massive flavor beers are en vogue at the moment but I'm really starting to appreciate the easy drinking subtleties of a mild.

During Philly Beer Week I must have sample over 100 different beers and one of the beers that sticks out in my mind is truly Brawler. After 4 plus 12 hour days of drinking, brawler is just what I had been searching for. An easy drinking flavorful, low-alcohol beer that I could sip on all afternoon without loosing my head.

Kudos guys...job well done. To make a tasty beer with big flavors in a session strength is no easy feat.

I hope more breweries follow suit and I can't wait to get back to Yards and try another glass of Brawler.

sierranevadabill, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of TB2012
4/5  rDev +9%

TB2012, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TimoP, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Jason, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: meadow, bark, and caramel malt—a very outdoorsy smell

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

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start with a light bitter end/aftertaste, light bodied

Overall: A wonderful, sessionable beer that is very English in character. Nice and malty but the hops do just enough to balance this one out. I will look for this one again when I am in the Philly area.

tigg924, Oct 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

KolbMarley, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Jstewart6, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A new brew from Yards which part of their mixed case. Pours with a thick head that laces nicely. Dark amber in color. Not much smell but a little malt. Tastes of smooth malt. Extremely drinkable. I would love to see this on cask. A worthy brew which would make a great session beer. Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of wordsampersand
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought this over for a board game session, and I was impressed.

The Pugilist had a ruddy brown tint and smelled a little like beans roasting from the coffee shop down the street. The taste was interesting -- my mouth registered almost no taste initially, but some malty, almost chocolately goodness swept in and stayed there for a bit. I made little exclamatory remarks like "huh!" and "hmmm" as I drank. I think that's good?

Not my favorite beer, but I'd definitely drink it again. And it's another good one from Yards.

wordsampersand, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in November shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy, orangish-brown with thin white head and light lacing.

Smell: Bready malts with cherry, caramel and a slight English hop spiciness. The smell is mostly gone after a few minutes.

Taste: Light malts with a focus on bread, tea and light caramel. Ends with a spice and cherry finish that almost tingles. Pleasant but bland.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat spritzy light body that is a little watery.

Drinkability: As the bottle says, it is good for a "few rounds". Always nice to have an English Mild in the US, even if it isn't that exciting.

bsp77, Nov 21, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Soonami
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yard's Brawler is a beer that I really enjoy in bottle form (no review posted yet), but always seems to disappoint when I have it on draft. It tastes very mild, there doesn't seem to be enough hop flavor or bitterness, the malt flavor is not expressed well with just a bit of sweetness and the mouthfeel often seems off, harsher than in the bottle. I don't know what's the magic that goes into the bottle, but I find it hard to believe that they can't get it right for kegged beer.

Soonami, Dec 13, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gunnerlincoln, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby mahogany hue with a large fluffy light khaki head that rises well above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Scattered light lacing forms around my pint and sticks well with each sip. Aroma has a slight nutty roasted malt edge with a mildly sour twang to it, almost sourdough bread related, clean carbonation gives way as well, not much hop action going on. Low alcohol session brew malty semi sweet and roasted caramel with a nutty edge going on, lacks complexity straight forward. The tart edge confuses me, almost a brown ale quality with a mineral water edge. Mouthfeel is light bodied almost carbonated water at times, nothing cloying roasted malt leaves behind even bitterness. Drinkability overall is decent a brew that's only 4.2 that gives way to more than one brew, definitely the type of beer to drink in number.

WVbeergeek, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz bottle into my sam adams sensory glass

two fingers of head but disappeared quick....not much in the way of carbonation but the etching in the bottom of the glass pushed what was in there up to the top...dark cherry red color...minimal lacing

malty nose with a hint of citrus...very malt forward taste....light carbonation in the mouth

excellent session beer from a great local brewery...like the label says "for when you want to go a few rounds"....unlike Ricky Hatton vs Pac-Man you'll still be on your feet at the end of the night after a few of these

SPRichard, May 06, 2009
Photo of aengleman
4/5  rDev +9%

aengleman, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yards Brawler pours a beautiful amber shadowy red in a traditional British pint glass. The aroma of biscuits and cereal - warm and comforting - fills the senses and instantly relaxing you. Great mouthfeel and slightly chewy....

For the novice: Have this in your fridge and your guests might think you a connoisseur

Personally: A really great bitter (or British mild if you are so inclined to get technical). Brawler is an notable beer for socializing, chilling out and a great beer with tapas or hummus.

WCBCFrank, Aug 07, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Local 44 in Philadelphia.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with good amounts of caramel malt sweetness. As the beer warms slight amounts of diacetyl aromas waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately grainy toasted malt flavors kick things off and sweeten about midway through the sip. Mild amounts of earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending. As with the aroma, hints of diacetyl work their way into things as the beer warms along with indistinct medium fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I always enjoy having traditional versions of English styles on cask and this was no exception. A good example of the style and well worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 24, 2010
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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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