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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by garcia2a on 12-10-2008

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Reviews: 290 | Ratings: 1,066
Photo of ClassicBlur04
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was a die hard Fat Tire fan until this ale crossed my path. I waited three years to be able to get Fat Tire in PA, but now find myself choosing this ale over it almost every time. I'm a malt girl and this beer has it right. Hoppes only to accent. The color is only slightly reddish. It's not frothy and it is ultra smooth. I can't say how much I love this beer.

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Photo of TTen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yards Brawler

L: Brown with deep copper on the edges of the standard pint glass. light beige head with moderate retention. Good clarity. Good looking beer. 4.5
S: Cocoa, caramel, mineral. Definite bread and biscuit notes. 4
T: Mild bitterness and a good malt presence. Sourdough bread, caramel and some mineral. English\British yeast? I'm getting fruity, tart, mineral flavors. 4.25
F: Light to medium body (more light than medium) with mild carbonation. Finishes dry. 4
O: This is very good. Lots of interesting nuances for a low gravity ale. It starts mild with the bready, caramelly flavors and mid taste it starts to develop a fruity, minerally tartness and finishes dry and quenching. I can drink a lot of this, in fact it might be the beer I buy most consistently. 4.25

Bottled 2/15/2016

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to chestnut in color with a quarter inch of beige resting on top. Aroma is of caramel and light malt. The flavor is full of caramel, light milk chocolate, and light malt. The mouth is very delicate and smooth.

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Photo of FBarber
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is nothing amazing or special, but its a really good drinkable ale. One of my all time favorites for a Saturday/Sunday afternoon during football season.

Pours a nice crisp brown. Definitely showcases a nice malty flavor with complementary hops. Feel is very light and drinkable.

Overall a really good solid everyday ale.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Smiling Chameleon.

Pleasantly dark ale color but overall less than what i expected from Yards as I loved Geo.Washington Tavern Ale and Love Stout. No pronounced flavor or aroma, guessing some roasted barley to create the color but overall just a session ale with no particular "wow" to it

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Photo of dacrza1
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: January 1, 2016... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: Happy New Year bowl watching after visiting Mom and Dad... APPEARANCE: dark, cola-brown with effervescence (if sought out through the shady body... head is off-white, spongy, and riddled with bubbly crags and smears... the head retains well... AROMA: malt-forward indeed, with caramel, toffee, and toasty breads... some yeasty funkiness gives an earthy, grainy suggestion... hops are light, weak, and only slightly citric... PALATE: lightly textured, easily drinkable... thin and flat, with a weak finish...again, accomplishes its goal... TASTE: malty, nutty and toasted enough to provide some nuance... the predominant flavor, however, is an underdeveloped caramel that is candied (or canned)... the hops offer some lemon grass and orange, but faintly and without allure... overall, a flat flavor... OVERALL: a Yards fan coming in, this "approachable" beer doesn't hit the mark, and I find the pugilism is more directed towards the drinker rather than the demon on the label--unless that demon be a more confidently malted beer...

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had out of a pint glass at Restaurant 55 in Dover, pours a nice ruby brownish color, fairly clear, with a bubbly head that fades fast. Smell is mild, grain, obscure fruit sweetness tends to dominate. Taste follows suit, but it's actually not as bad as I thought. Nice breadiness overall, darker fruits such as raisin in there, some nice bitterness at the end. Body isn't thin, quite nice, prickling carbonation and light in the stomach. Wouldn't mind drinking this as a session beer though obviously it won't blow your mind.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a malt beer with an inviting finish. This is not what you are expecting from a dark beer. However, it definitely is a must get, and a definite, "coming back for more"!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown color with slight head and lacing. Toasty nutty smell. Very similar to the smell but more toasty. Medium light body and carbonation but easy to drink. Overall its a pretty easy going english dark mild ale.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. The color is a pretty orange-brown with milk-colored head and lacing. It's a very attractive pour. Unfortunately, there's not much of a smell: a little bready malt and some caramel or brown sugar. The taste is unremarkable but pleasant. There is the bready-malt base and the caramel is more prevalent than it is in the nose. There is also some nutty flavor. This is a pleasantly carbonated ale with a low ABV that makes it quite sessionable. While there is nothing really memorable about the taste, it is, after all, a mild ale. I suspect that Brawler might be better on draught than from the bottle.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a can glass.

a: Sexy looking Ruby rust colored body. One finger off while head with large bubbles. Head dissipated quickly leaving faint spiderweb lace.

s: Very light and whispy bready malts with a slight caramel sweetness. Very seductive.

t: I have already finished this beer and I am in search of another! Tastes like warm toast, a bit of cooked honey and just enough hops to balance things out with out taking over the show.

mf: Light body and medium carbonation. Just enough crispness to lend balance.

o: What a delightful beer. It is hard to hide flaws in something so light. Great American version of an English style.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark burnt brown, with a slight red tint. Two finger white head. Good clarity for such a dark beer.

Smell- Roasted dark malt, caramel, toffee.

Taste- A caramel malt that has been generously toasted. Roasted barley. Some toffee flavors, the slightest hints of chocolate. Some earthy grains. Finish still ends malty with faint hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium, lively carbonation.

Overall- A light beer full of taste. Not a common style apparently, but this beer is very agreeable and smooth. Would make an excellent beer to get a macro brew friend into craft beer. Light body paired with flavor makes this happen. Have a few rounds of the Brawler.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised at how good this beer is. Probably because of the ABV, which is a major beer snob "sin". The beer is average looking, as far as ascetics go, but is a dark clean looking beer. Will now be a go to session beer which will keep anyone from going overboard. This dark, malty beer is smooth as silk and very easy to drink. The body is medium and has a tart, plummy taste.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

-Ruby, brown, tawny half finger head
-Toffee, anise, yeast esters, darkly toasted malt
-Yeasty, bit of funk from it, hay, black licorice, burnt toast
-Bubbly, soapy, lighter side of medium.

-Such a great beer. Cant believe how good this is. The smell isnt perfect but so what thats nit picking this is awesome

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Photo of Myotus
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 12Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pour with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that shrivels down into a line after 35 seconds. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Copper in color. Lacing is low and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of toasted malts combine with mild aromas of caramel malts, subtle pale malts, and a hint of floral hops.
TASTE: The initial taste is of strong toasted malt flavors that combine with mild caramel malt flavors. Mild pale malt and subtle floral hop flavors enter about 2 seconds after the initial taste As toasted malt flavors fade to mild, but caramel malt flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down slightly rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: As Beer warms, caramel malt flavors become more prevalent. A great English style brew.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the "Blue & Grey" Pub in Gettysburg, PA. This beer is a slightly murky orangish color with a small white head. The aroma is big on malt with some caramel and spices following. The flavor is full of malt with some spices and yeasty bread. This beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A surprisingly real treat, very enjoyable.

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Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

out of bottle into a wine glass

l - pours a darker than caramel almost chocolatey color with a white bubbly inconsistent head
s - caramel, brown sugar, some sort of berry maybe?
f - solidly bubly, light on the finish
t - bitter, but not hoppy more malty. sweet almost all the way through with very little alcohol flavor, maybe a slight tinge of metallic taste
o - solid esp given the light alcohol content

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Toast, Grassy, Quaffable, Balance

One of the only brewers in the US to successfully have a Mild Ale as a core beer in their portfolio and an excellent one at that. Malt forward with a bit of body, smooth with just enough crispness to bring this brew to a lofty height of drinkability. Maltiness drives forward throughout, sip to sip this ale opens up with suggestions of toast, biscuits, & faint caramel. Such a beautiful beer.

STYLE: English Dark Mild Ale | ABV: 4.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of fitzy84
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had in tap over at Molly Malloy's. The beer had a dark brown, cloudy appearance with some limited lacing on the sides and a small head. The beer had generally sweet aromas with some hints of mocha and caramel mixed with bready yeasts. The beer was bittersweet with a toffee, biscuit flavor with some sweet malts. Decent body; the drink had a solid mix of carbonation with a creamy texture. Overall, quite a good, sweet beer.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of dd43
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wonderfully malty. Such a treat to finally try this while on vacation on the Jersey shore. Malts are the star of this show with hop bitterness far in the background. Pours lovely, forms a nice two finger head, and the bready aroma is just great.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, that's for sure. I like the malt character, though that's about all this beer has to offer. Bready, but simple, though that's not necessarily a bad thing here. Nice session ale, definitely quality over complexity here.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice mild and refreshing brew. Brown with little head and lace . Softly carbonated.Toasted malts, tea, tofee and caramel aroma. Similar taste; dark toasted malts flavor, sweet from malts and some fruit, slightly stale tea, and mild hops. Light body overall but medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A nice dark brown with a short tan head

Smell: Caramel and biscuity malts

Taste: Caramel and biscuity malts, light hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: A very good brew, something I would like to get more of as it is quite drinkable. I could have easily gotten a few more if the keg hadn't kicked

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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

First I've had of the style and I was very impressed. This is a very flavorful and satisfying brew. A little light bodied but nothing off putting. Sweet and roasted caramel backbone with a clean finish. I don't usually go for lower abv beers as they tend to lack substance but I'd definitely drink this again.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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