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

984 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 38
Gots: 201 | 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:
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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Photo of sierranevadabill
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of wordsampersand
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a slightly dense brown body with a fizzy head that soon disappears before the first sip.
S- The soft brown malt note is otherwise a very clean aroma with a finish of watery coffee that grows a tad in the finish.
T- This beer has a light tartness with a faint brown malt note and a stronger taste of tap water. The finish is thin with a faint sweetness.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish.
D- This beer is very light and has no real flavor. The tart note and fizz are all that really stand out.

Photo of pwoods
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours copper with decent clarity. Moderate head on the pour without much retention. No lacing.

S: Light grainy malts. Cereal grains. A touch of sweetness. Not much else.

T/M: More of the light grains, biscuity. There's a bit of sweetness that is washed away by a flat adjunct like flavor. No hops. Body is medium light with somewhat high carbonation.

D: Low ABV but I'm not really digging this one enough for me to say it's drinkable.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of rickmick
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask today at Varga Bar in Philly.

The head was thick and creamy, and the beer is a pleasant dark brown color. There isn't a lot of flavor here, either in the smell or the taste. That's not really a problem. What flavor does exist is pleasant--I had this on cask, and the beer was quite warm, and there is really nothing NOT to like about the beer in terms of flavor. There's also nothing that will wow you either. However, I drank this very quick without noticing. It is an extremely drinkable beer, and the low ABV makes it one of the best session beers I can think of.

I've also had this on tap, and the carbonation gives it a little more action, but the smoothness of the cask can not be beat.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub. Yards has come to Delaware!

A: Beer was served in a pint glass and was a medium brown color, almost a thin brown, with a small tan head that had decent retention and left little lacing. Small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Caramelized malt, light hops, a little honey, and some fruits, I actually got some strawberries on the aroma.

T: Sweeter than expected with some honey and fruit, the strawberry returned, but it was not very strong. A sizeable amount of caramel and brown sugar came through on the back end with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, but lighter than I thought it would be with nice carbonation.

O: Very good, a nice low ABV beer that I could drink in pretty much any season. Glad that I can now pick it up at my local stores.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yards- Brawler

A- Clear golden brown with a frothy, good lacing, head.
S- Brown sugar, molasses, and a light touch of sweet fruity raisins.
T- Thick sweet malt. Brown sugar, molasses, and a dusting of cocoa powder make up the body of this 1.
M- Thick sweet malt up front and throughout with malty, somewhat dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Sweet and malty, not bad for a mild.

Photo of emsroth
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Packaged in march.

App: A thick chunky head. Mahogany colored with hues of red and orange.

Smell: a light creamy smell that includes honey and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Greeted by a roasted flavor. Next comes a sweet and watery malt profile. Ends with a coffee like bitterness. As I drink the sweetness comes alive and predominates with a bit of bitter roast in tow.

Medium body with low-medium carbonation. Definitely a session brew if I liked the taste more

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is certainly not the Brawler that I knew and loved. It's totally changed. What was once a creamy, malt and hop accented pale ale is now more of a soft, caramel-accented pale ale.

Delivered to the bar via tap it has a clear copper-colored body beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

If you tilt the glass to the side you can watch as very tiny bubbles run slowly up the side until they join the short-lid topside. And in the mouth that fine-bubbled moderate carbonation and medium-light body leave it creamy and smooth.

The nose is limited, but it expresses some grainy malt and a hint of fruitiness.

The flavor is more pronounced, and it's slightly biscuity with a dollop of soft caramel and a bit of grainy toastiness. A hint of pear and apple comes and goes due to the yeast, and some mild leafy and grassy hop notes are found in the background.

Perhaps not surprisingly, this is a rather drinkable ale with just enough character to keep it interesting into a second or third pint. And more than enough drinkability to get you there. Charming!

Photo of bamojr
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish red with a very light tan head. dissipates with no lacing quite quickly. Sweet malty smell, not much else going on in the nose. Nice sweet malty flavor, perhaps some hickory smoke in there and some brown sugar. Almost has a hickory smoked bacon quality to it. A pinch of bitter rounds it off nicely with the sweet flavors. This is my first beer from Yard's and its not too shabby at all.

Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark amber with thin foam that disappates quickly. Some carbonation

S - Scents of english malt is very noticeable.

T - Flavor of caramel, with some hearty malt flavor. Very bold taste, that is consistent throughout.

M - Rich tasting, smooth, and feels light enough to be enjoyed with a meal.

O - I'd try this again. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bar keep at Tulunes in Johnstown recommended that I try Yards Brawler Ale....which to me was a clone of Bass Pale Ale. There is nothing exciting about this beer. The color was amber with zero head. There was no scent. The taste was as mentioned above...alot like Bass Pale Ale. This beer is certainly better than budlite!!! The mouthfeel is fine could certainly Session. COmpared to other beers it just doesnt have enough going on to keep me coming back.

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. I'd been looking forward to this beer as I'm a big fan of milds and other session beers, but I found this one fell prey to most common problem of lower-alcohol beers - it's boring. Even when I really let my glass warm up, the caramel flavor was flat and not all that interesting, like a watered-down brown ale. Not bad beer, but reminds me more of the "specialty beer" big brewers put out, like Yuengling Black and Tan, that looks good, but doesn't taste like much of anything.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer.

Pretty to look at, good flavor, easy to drink, and a fairly low ABV.

It has a nice roasted malt flavor that is not too over powering with low bitterness.

This beer will go great with most meals, or you can easily pound down a few while watching the game.

This one will find a regular spot in my fridge.

Photo of dahlen22
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying to give some local beers a go as of late so I bought a six-pack of this beer. The bottle's label does a decent job describing the color (amber). The aroma was malty with a bread-like aroma. As far as the rest of this beer, not impressed at all. It was very ordinary on the flavor front (malts, some hops, but a dry finish that was a bit stale). As far as the 4.2 abv goes, yes it is easy to drink these all night but why?? Without any real flavor or warming feeling in the palate, you might as well not waste the calories on this and get some other domestic beer that actually has a memorable flavor and is easy to drink (such as Long Trail, Flying Fish, Dogfish Head, etc.) Skip this one...not worth the money.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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