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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

273 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 1,002
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 39
Gots: 219 | 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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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 1,002
Photo of mummbearsfan
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall the taste of this particular beer from the other brands of Yards beer I found to be the smoothest tasting beer.

Looking at the dark caramel tones you think this beer is heavy but it actually is quite refreshing.

From a food pairing stand point, I recommend this beer with any kinds of foods. I've had it with with sandwiches and it didn't downgrade the taste at all. (376 characters)

Photo of sierranevadabill
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! good mouthfeel and flavor. No aftertase to speak of and it has a nice crisp finish. Malt is king with this one. Very subtle hops, no bitterness. Just a nice crisp almost sweet session ale Yards ESA is also a good product if you are looking for a bit more hops in your brew. (285 characters)

Photo of timmos1
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

on tap at yards. new style? pugilist stlye mild. a mild pugilist, wont win many fights but this beer does. anexcellent session beer perfect for easy tasty drinking. copper brown color with slightmalt and goldings flavor. finishes sweetly and a pint doesnt last long. dont expect your taste buds to jump for joy, its not that kind of beer. i want more. bring it to california. (375 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: reddish copper with a thin head and good lace

Nose: malty and sweet with an empty quality that opens up to warm spices

Taste: fresh, malty sweet, slight spice in the finish

Mouthfeel: rich and pleasant

Drinkability: excellent; I could drink this all night (296 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear cherry-brown with a one-finger tan head. Nice lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Very malty, toasty, with a nice spicy smell.

Taste: Nice sweet malts, very roasty tasting, almost a coffee flavor. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish, as well as a taste that kind of reminds me of prunes, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied, light carbonation. Not crisp but certainly refreshing and certainly not a sipper!

Overall: Probably one of my favorite's from Yards, roasty and delicious. (589 characters)

Photo of icoffey
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had this beer before I bought a Varity Pack while in the Philadelphia Area. I have had the IPA and the Philadelphia Pale Ale, which I really like. The Brawler has a dark color with a great smell. The taste is smooth and very flavorful. Good after taste. When I am back in the Philadelphia Area, I will get more of this Ale. (329 characters)

Photo of rickmick
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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! (1,419 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is my first airport review!

reddish copper color with no head, but i wouldn't trust airport glassware to be optimal for froth (froth certainly isn't encouraged in such establishments--or the rest of the macro-drinking nation)

sweet aroma. husky/grainy

breadcrusty flavors with esters that grow as the beer warms; appropriate bitterness. not much depth of flavor but that might be acceptable in this style. softer nutty elements creep in with the warmth (460 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of MrOH
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a mixed case (first beer distributor purchase since I left Pittsburgh in 2003!), my first review as a Philly resident.

Clear brown with an orange tint. Single finger head that dissappears in no time.

Cocoa powder, cookies, some fruity esters, slight vinous quality.

Smooth, cocoa, toast, slight vine fruit, biscuit, tiny hop bite at the finish.

Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation as per the style.

Yeah, I could drink quite a few of these. (454 characters)

Photo of drcarver
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A definite session beer! Poured from bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Started drinking it fridge cold.

A - Deep red color with a rocky off-white head. The head does not sit for very long. Some lacing left behind.

S - All malt all the time. Toasted malt and nutty aromas.

T - the flavor is again all about the malt, but the bittering hops keep it from becoming overwhelmingly sweet.

M - Clean crisp. No aftertaste.

D - A definite session. (444 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown color, with a small tannish head that fades quickly and leaves a light, dark tea color in the glass.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain (511 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (1,570 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was presented with a soapy, foamy finger of light-tan head with low retention. Color was a reddish-amber with ruby highlights and a slight haze. Nose had a caramel/toffee quality. Mouthfeel was smooth with a mild bitterness on the tongue. Finish was likewise mild with only a hint of bitterness. This would be a truly eminently drinkable session beer. If you disagree, put up your dukes and we'll settle this with Queensbury Rules! (436 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown with tan head that fades quickly.

The smell is faint but of a slight roast and a very little scent of hops.

The taste is subtle but on the on the roasty malty side of things. There is a nice little hop kick but nothing over the top.

There's not much special about this beer but that's what makes it so damn great. There are not enough solid session beers here in the U.S. so a brew like this is a true gem! (429 characters)

Photo of strictly4DK
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz Brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Light brown with ruby hues, moderate head when poured vigorously, no retention or lacing

S - Light sweet grains, small hints of toasted grains and ground coffee

T - The sweet grains are much pronounced followed by mild fruit esters, possibly a hint of pear. Finishes strong toasty malt, hint of chocolate and ground coffee.

M - Light to medium body, great carbonation

D - A very noteworthy session brew, great beer to kick back and relax and drink quite a few without busting your wallet, good rendition of a style seemingly forgotten by American craft breweries. (616 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case over the weekend. The brewery is about 12 miles away so I know its fresh.

The neck label could easily be mistaken for Sam Adams Boston Lager. I wonder if that's on purpose.

Pours amberish copper with an off-white head, about 2 fingers. The head eventually wears down to a thin layer, with some minor lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is bready and biscuity.The taste is very soft. Toasted biscuit with caramel. There's a fruity note reminiscent of apple cider and just a whisper of hops if you taste carefully.

Smooth and most importantly, drinkable, which is what I imagine Yards is going for here. I could easily go more than "a few rounds" with this. (681 characters)

Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A co-worker suggested this one to me recently. It was a slow day in the office, and one can only check Facebook so many times every hour, so we began chatting. I mentioned that I was taking my first tentative steps into the dark catacombs of the beer world, and I wasn't really enjoying the outrageously hoppy beers my girlfriend kept foisting on me. Being the decent person he is, he only busted my balls for about ten minutes, then rattled off a few bottles that he thought I might enjoy. He was exactly right about this Yards Brawler.

We began with a 12 oz. bottle, poured into the only proper glassware I had on hand, a 20 oz. mug. Not as imposing looking as I'd hoped, but 'tis enough,'twill serve. Poured a stunning ruby red color. I was careful to pour gently, as I tend to have the SPED kid strength from time to time; resulted in a half-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a rather tenacious if light lacing.

The huge headspace meant plenty of room to jam my beak into the glass, at least. My palate's not terribly trained, but I got a wonderful smell of honey, apricots, and freshly-baked bread, with a touch of pear in there, too. My brother walked into the kitchen at this point and insulted me for a couple minutes, saying I looked like a retarded dog trying to drink out of a vase. I love my life sometimes.

First sip was caramel and those apricots again. Sweet without being cloying, with just a hint of bitterness attempting to balance things out. Carbonation was fairly high, which I'm usually not crazy about, but I think it works here. This beer is definitely on the thinner side. A small burp came up, tasting faintly of Bazooka bubble gum. I have no idea. Must be some kind of cross-contamination.

After I finished my notes, I took another Brawler out to the hammock, and then looked at how filthy the hammock was and decided to sit on the back porch instead. Highly sessionable, great for a cookout, a poker game, or watching the Flyers or Eagles dash your hopes against the pavement once again. Overall, a refreshing and insanely drinkable beer, accessible to newbies, but with enough flavor to keep veterans interested. I have no idea how typical this beer is of its style, but it's fast becoming a favorite of mine on its own merits. (2,279 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber/ brown color.

Smells faintly toasty, roasty, and nutty.

Tastes the same plus a little fruity - tree fruit.

Nice mellow light-medium body; soft

Finishes with faint hop bitterness - not hop flavor - and a little more toast and fruit.

A solid and rewarding effort in the true session ale spirit. Obviously best drank fresh as can be, most likely better on draft, and probably pretty killer on cask. (411 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Cottontown201
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Waited until I was spending the afternoon at a friend's lake house to try this one. Hot day, frequent plunges off the dock to cool off.Perfect setting.
Drank straight from the bottle so can't' comment on the appearance.
Super carbonated. Head spilling out of the bottle after a little jostling on the way out to the pier.
Lovely malty, bready taste. Went down very smoothly.
Great for social setting, I' d enjoy this year round. If I had access to it. (456 characters)

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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