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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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827 Ratings

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 74 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-12-2008 01:51:31 | More by SkinnyElvis
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3.45/5  rDev -6%

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.

08-17-2010 20:21:25 | More by wordsampersand
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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

11-21-2009 16:51:09 | More by bsp77
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2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

12-13-2010 04:12:31 | More by Soonami
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

04-05-2009 20:04:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

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

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-07-2009 16:32:59 | More by WCBCFrank
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

10-24-2010 00:43:32 | More by glid02
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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

03-30-2013 01:35:45 | More by ianjsullivan
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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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