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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

273 Reviews
THE BROS
91
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 ButchAleman
1.81/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had this beer on draft at Kite and Key. Pours a turbulent orange with a miniscule head. No lacing. Half-decent biscuity aroma, punctuated with citrus and marzipan. Disturbing flowery taste, with pepper and biscuit malt. Very light mouthfeel and thin finish. (257 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
2.12/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured from 12oz bottle

A - Dark rich amber with soft bubbly head and loose lacing.

S - Interesting. Can't really put my finger on it...earthy.

T - Watery and bitter. Very bread-like.

M - Very carbonated with a musty aftertaste.

D - eh. relatively bland for my tastes and not really what I like in a beer. (310 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy amber to brown in color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a small roast and hint of coffee. In the taste, a hint of coffee and roast, a caramel sweetness, and a bit watery. A small bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramle in the aftertaste. Good flavors, just a mild though, hence it being thin. (332 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at a bar in the Philadelphia airport. Served, despite my protests, in a frosted pint glass.

A: Clear chestnut body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, light lace. Not bad.

S: Muted nutty and chocolatey malt. Slightly earthy. Weak, even for the style.

T: Bland, bland, bland. Faint husky malt and fainter earthy hops. Slightly bittersweet finish. So weak.

M: Slick light body with moderate, fine carbonation. Good.

O: This was my first beer in the states after a week in England, and what a poor choice it was. I enjoyed some truly stunning Milds on cask, and there really couldn't be better proof of that serving method's superiority for this style. Served close to freezing into a frosted glass, this beer had less flavor than some glasses of water I've had. If I get a chance to revisit this beer from a bottle, I will.

Cheers! (861 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours redish-brown with a foamy off-white head, no carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt with some hints of grassy hops. Light, smooth body. Flavors are light of toasted malt and some brown sugar. A lot of astringency. Finish is short. I could not finish the bottle. (279 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours reddish brown with a touch of haze. There isn’t much head here. The body has a lot of bubbles coming up so at least it is lively.
A touch of sweet fruity notes, some grain, but nothing really is standing out here.
Sweet, lightly hopped, fruity, and yet watery flavors are extremely subtle but still rather tasty. I don’t get refreshing out of this one, but more interesting without being exciting.
A rather light body and easy to drink. Without a doubt a classic pub beer, not a session beer as this is over 4% (you’re welcome Ding).
I only have the one bottle, but I’m not overly excited about it. (616 characters)

Photo of BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like watered down iced tea. A thin off white colored head tops it off. Half a finger that is gone quickly. Not much lace.

S: Some caramel and lightly roasted maltiness. Also a weird spice/metallic/sour aroma too.

T: The taste starts off with a light caramel flavor and goes down hill from there. Like the nose revealed. There's a metallic sourness thats not very pleasant.

M: Not much mouth presence. Watery and slightly over carbonated.

Overall: Not a very memorable brew from Yard's. I got this in a variety case and it was a struggle to finish 6 of these. (571 characters)

Photo of dahlen22
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of pwoods
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of jims4210
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at my local six pack shop in NE Philly. Wanted to try something different and local. I've been drinking mostly Stouts lately and maybe that influenced me, but I was suitably unimpressed with this one. Seemed really tasteless and just blah.

Appearance was the best thing about this beer. Poured a nice reddish-brown, looked really appealing. head disappeared almost as soon as it hit the glass and no lacing to speak of.

Smell was caramel, a little too sweet for me. Taste was the same with a bitter aftertaste that tended to linger.

Mouthfeel was okay. Seemed a little thin, but maybe I've been drinking too many stouts. Carbonation was medium.

Drinkability was average. I could put a few of these away no problem, but overall wan't too impressed with this one. Have had much better beers from Dock Street, such as Philly Amber and Bohemian. (860 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from memory from yesterday.

A: Dark copper with off-white head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Weak apricot and toasted dark malts. Slight stale odor.

T: Oh my. Fruit sugars and burned malt; apricot. Complex, but not in a good way. I like hops in all my beers, and this one is practically a malt liquor.

M: Syrupy yet thin. Undercarbonated MO, but finishes with some foam.

O: Not very good. Other reviews speak highly of it, but I found it to be dull and unsatisfying. (487 characters)

Photo of Dix90
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Perhaps this beer's most impressive feature. Ruby in color with darker tones of brown. Small head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: sweet and malty breadiness followed up by something I just can't place.

Taste: sweetness followed by the breadiness of malt, just as the nose suggested. The taste ends with lasting hints of slightly burnt toast. I feel as if this beer could benefit from a bit more bitterness to balance out the upfront malt presence. Perhaps this is what I'm noticing in the aroma that I can't place.

Mouthfeel: medium light body that figures in with the flavors presented.

Overall: A decent beer and I know it's unfair to compare it to other beers but in my opinion this is yard's worst beer, which may be more of a compliment to their other brews. I wish the backend of this beer had more bitterness, I feel as if it is unbalanced in that aspect. (879 characters)

Photo of Samp01
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber, with a quickly dissipating offwhite head. Nose is malty some light grassy notes, light hops. Taste is same as aroma. Palate is medium body, light carbonation, has a watery mouth feel. Finish is sweet malt and bready, light grassiness with some light hops ending. Overall not to remarkable. an average brew (326 characters)

Photo of mzrebiec
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I have NO idea what a Pugilist Style Ale is....but this is a pretty good session beer. It pours a clear dark amber/brown with little to no head. the flavors are of roasty malt and a light hint of coffee. Very drinkable and light on the mouth feel. Not my kind of beer. (268 characters)

Photo of 57md
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours brown with a dark orange hue. There is less than a finger of head and there is no retention. The nose is a bit tangy and sour. There is some light malty sweetness upfront, but the flavor is thin throughout. There is a dry aftertaste that is also sort of sour, but frankly hard to place exactly. Let's just say that it is not very pleasant.

If you are looking for a low-alcohol craft beer, this ain't it. Try Stone Levitation, as it is far superior. (455 characters)

Photo of Roser
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Cheers! (388 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Yard's Pale Ale is quite possibly my favorite PA, so when I came across this English version, I figured it had to be a safe bet. But, I was very disappointed.

Pours a brown, ruby color.

Smell is malt and barley. No hops.

Completely dominated by malt. It's not real complicated. A one-taste and you've got it figured out sort of beer.

Overall, not recommended. Grab the yellow Pale Ale instead. (405 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was poured into a pint glass.

A - clear ruby amber color with a wonderfully thick head that is well retained in a lacing

S - noble-type (kent goldings?) hop aroma, mild but most prominent; faint malt with a trace of yeasty esters

T - very well balanced malt and hop flavor, some caramel noticed but not strong, not much of a finish to it except some hop bitterness as the very end

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. It goes down fast. But it's not extremely enjoyable though. The carbonation hits you up front with the slight malt character with some grain astringency and it finished thin and dry with a slight tang in the hop finish. While I have enjoyed Yard's beer in the past, I won't be seeking this one out again. (769 characters)

Photo of Beertarded
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must say this is not the Brawler I remember from years ago. Additionally, the flavor did not vary from the one I had on cask to the one I had from the bottle. I found it malty and sweet, too sweet. It had a biscutty aroma with no presence of hop whatsoever. I would rate this beer a "C" at best. (297 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small off white foam head. No real lacing.

S: Not much hitting the nose, some mild caramel, bread and coffee.

T: Starts and finishes the same. Some mild hints of sweet caramel and bread are prevalent but it is a little weak. It never gets more potent.

M: A light bodied beer that is almost a little too watery.

O: The beer has potential, just needs some more flavor. I like what is there already, just give it more malt and this would be really tasty. (500 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Two-finger thick creamy white head. Nice lacing. The brew is a deep reddish hue.

Smells of roasted malts and bitter, earthy hops...

Mild malt and faint hops. Not much going on here in terms of flavor.

The mouhfeel is light and watery. Smooth and faint carbonation.

This brew is ok, but really lacks any punch (pun intended) at all. As the bottle states, you could definitey go a few rounds with this, but with so many others to choose from why bother. (493 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: translucent, but dark amber; no head
S: a bit like a stout, smells like coffee, popcorn
T: leaning bitter; tastes much like it smells, gentle malt, popcorn, coffee
M: light-bodied, carbonated
O: Not recommendable. If someone buys you one, thank them and drink it. (266 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (481 characters)

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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