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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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280 Reviews

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Reviews: 280
Hads: 1,029
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 27.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 240 | 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 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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Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The taste was even parts toasty malt and brown sugar water. Light enough to session, but too watery to savor. Sweet, but not excessively so. I feel like this would be most enjoyable in a pub setting, out of a big mug. Tasty, but there wasn't much to keep me going back.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 02092015 at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head enormous (>8 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy/creamy, sloooowly diminishing to irregular 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing average – rare tiny island of tiny bubbles, some drag lacing from the lowering ring
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor distinctly malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Premo88
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Roser
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- moderate light mocha tan head. Some lacing (not a lot). Crystal clear mahogany brown.

S- clean. Spicy, sweet malts, light ginger notes, clove.

T- light biscuits and malt up front, feint sweet spices on the back end. Not too much going on here.

M- very light body. Creamy. Little/light carbonation.

O- a nice easy drinker. Decent session ale. Would prefer it with food.


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Photo of Act25
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm a big fan of Philly (went to Swarthmore, shot films there).
But not yet a fan of this brewer. Is it the water?

A: No better or worse than any session English Ale - flattish, strong tea or cola colored, not much going on, not sticky.
S: Sweet, almost cola like. Along with same frat floor stink.
T: I find it way too sweet for sessions. (I dont add sugar to my coffee and I never ever drink soda)

Maybe I'm just attuned to the bright hop or the might yeast?
F: Sweet, never really bracing, not much of a food beer.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best of the Yards lot. I live a stones throw away so I taste all their beers, a great product but Yards variety is lacking, as everything is good but nothing is great.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Highly drinkable, but no sacrifice on the flavor. If you enjoy malt forward flavors this is the light beer for you..4.2 ABV means you can go a few rounds with the Pugilist!

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Photo of bmeehan
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer to sip and not to drink in gulps. I love Yards. It has a very dry profile and you can taste how hoppy it is right away, but it isn't off-putting.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up day of PSU Ohiio State in 2014.
Had on draft at a stop after PSU game VS. Buffalo on 9/13/15 at Station 101 Pub and Kitchen in DuBois, Pa.

Appearance: 3/4 inch off white to tan head, light to medium brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: molasses and caramel malt—a lot of malts

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

Mouth feel: Not getting the high carbonation comments? Thin, light bodied, sweet start with a light bitter end/aftertaste.

Overall: Decent, especially for a low ABV. Good but not outstanding.

Draft, arrived at my table in a 22 oz. glass, ruby dark color with little or no head.
Smell: Toasted, burnt malts dominated, taste was creamy smooth with some caramel and toasted breads.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.