Brawler Pugilist Style Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 989
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 40
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
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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 wac9
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well im so happy i found yards in willimasport heard alot about their beers and this style of beer works i drank this beer too cold tonight the other night i drank it warmer and i like it sitting in a english pub this would hit the spot great color so i will drank more dark mild ale nice dark red in color and i taste so fruit so enjoy this beer and other dark mild ales (371 characters)

Photo of wxduff
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Served in a Goblet from a bottle. Pours very dark amber with a decent head that quickly disappears without leaving much lacing.

Smell - Almost overpowering sweetness at first, but then some of the roasted aromas sneak through. The sweet smell could be described as molasses like.

Taste- As expected by the smell, the beer is rather sweet, with a decent amount of residual sugar. After a short while, like with the nose, the malt and hops sneak through, however the sweetness is almost overpowering, until the aftertaste which comes through a little nutty and dry.

Mouthfeel - My sample, even for a session ale felt rather thin, and would be improved if it felt a bit thicker.

Overall – This beer, while suffering from a little to much sweetness, is not terrible and could go over well as a session beer for those times you want to have a few and not loose your head. Those with a sweet tooth will like it more than others. (943 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby color with a small white head and some lacing. Smells of burnt wood or coffee maybe and dark roasted malts with some chocolate undertones.

Very light body, but on the creamy side of things, and the taste packs less of a wallop than the smell indicated it would. Almost a little watery. The dark roasted malts that come through on the nose are almost missing and are instead replaced by some lighter, sweeter malts. Too light for what I was expecting from a very solid nose. Very light and drinkable, however, if that's what one is looking for. I probably wouldn't try this one again though.

Probably would benefit from some more hops to balance it all out and maybe a bit more alcohol to give it more character. (724 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-cask at Pizzeria Uno, Metuchen, NJ:

Pours hazed/clouded/murky brown. A thin head soon becomes a swirl.

The smell is odd - musty (woody?) It has a floral/herbal presence that just doesn't fit so well.

The taste is woody/mossy oak with some raw hops (though not bitter - herbal, but sweet). Water comes through. Odd. It has a semi-sweet finish.

I bumped up the score of the "feel" a bit as it progressed. Didn't really go anywhere, pretty thin, but in a way appropriate enough for the style.

This is an odd one. I know - the word "odd" again. But, the mustiness really doesn't work for me here. Not "bad", but not more than mediocre. (644 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (685 characters)

Photo of emsroth
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Packaged in march.

App: A thick chunky head. Mahogany colored with hues of red and orange.

Smell: a light creamy smell that includes honey and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Greeted by a roasted flavor. Next comes a sweet and watery malt profile. Ends with a coffee like bitterness. As I drink the sweetness comes alive and predominates with a bit of bitter roast in tow.

Medium body with low-medium carbonation. Definitely a session brew if I liked the taste more (477 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Like a clear, reddish tea. Nice head, reduces to disk. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Barnyard, base smells. Maybe a little ashtray too.

T - Sweet malt, not much else to back it up.

M - OK... Medium body, yada yada.

D - Glad to try, just so many beers out there. I would session if it was all I had.

Just kinda dull, and the barny smell a bit of a put off. (362 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours with a copper color and a large head which takes several minuets to dissapate. Lacing remains in the glass even when the beer is gone.

This beer hits the nose with what can best be described as a very fruity smell however I can not determine which fruits are in there; (apples and pears, maybe)?

The brew tastes very fruity with a hint of bitterness. There is also a malt taste. It goes down smoothly with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste and a tiny bit of alchohol.

All in all a good beer for a late spring or summer night. A little too fruity for winter. (583 characters)

Photo of mcnabb0001
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle no freshness

A- pours a slightly hazy ruby color with two finger sized off-white head.

S - sweet malt hint of toffee

T - mostly sweet malt flavor little to no bitterness in this.

M - medium body, with medium carbonation

D - Just like it says on the bottle brew to go a few rounds highly sessionable beer.

Overall I think they accomplished what they set out to do. This style is intended to be on the plain side with a high drinkabilty and thats exactly what it is. (500 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (841 characters)

Photo of Mister_Falcon
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear ruby color with no real head. Smells oaty. Tastes malty, not too much else. Feels flat and just a touch bitter at the end. Really not too impressed with this one, kinda reminds me of Sam Adams or maybe some type of Yuengling or something, not a whole lot going on here. Can't recommend it, especially at 4.2 abv. (334 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost a cola color on pour with just a bit of lacing sticking around. Aroma is almost of a light coffee, strong of malt and some toffee. Taste is pretty mild like the aroma with brown sugar, malts, a hint of fruit and toffee. Very drinkable and with the lower alc% could put a few back for sure. Not my favorite style and least fav from Yards so far. (351 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honeyed brown/caramel color. Overpour caused a fizzy head to dwindle. Translucent. 2.5

Lightly roasted grains, walnut, earthy hops. 3.0

Tangy as hell. Citrus hops peel back layers of orange rind and lime. Kilned grain offers some crisp toffee and crabapple esters around nutty and earthy flavors. A tad too rigid and sweet. Finishes tart and bitter. 3.5

Burpy and brushing. Medium body is cruising. A little mouth-drying. Acidic feel. 3.0

Overall, it's not too bad. Malt flavors are almost there, but the hops are a little confusing. Still a recognizable dark mild. 3.5 (573 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the ark in point

Pours a clear amber color with some darker hues with reddish tones. Decent white head retains for a moment, some spotty lacing on the glass.

Fairly muted nose, some sweeter malts with caramel and dark fruit, faint hops as well. Not too much going on.

Mostly malt right up front with some bready and caramel tones. Light fruits punch through with candied tones. Faint hops towards the finish, which is quick.

Medium body and carbonation, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. Drinks okay, alright in a bar where there isn't many options, but not really my favorite offering from Yards. (612 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep red-brownish color with a lighter just off white head. The head faded rather fast leaving only a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted and more nutty aromas are heaviest. The darker/nutty smells are accompanied by some sweeter aromas of molasses and brown sugar.

Taste – The taste follows the nose quite well. It starts out quite roasty with some good sweetness. A brown bread flavor with hints of nuts mixed within. The sweetness in the flavor at the start is largely of brown sugar. As the taste advances however the brown sugar transitions to a more bitter chocolate flavor. This overall bitters the flavor a bit, and at the end leaves a more dry/bitter roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While at only 4.8 % abv it has a rather creamy body, which complements the roasty flavors well. The carbonation of the brew is on the normal side.

Overall – A light abv beer with a roasty flavor. Not the greatest darker brew, but lighter and good for a session beer. One to try. (1,059 characters)

Photo of ranger60
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap at Southside Grille in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Appearance - nice red ale color, clear, not much of a head.

Smell - picking up the malt, and some fruity notes.

Taste - very pleasant, but kind of nondescript and too mild for my taste.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - nothing wrong with this beer, and I expect great things from Yards. But for my preferences, this beer is a bit too mild in flavor. (408 characters)

Photo of djbst73
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Fresh.

A- deep brown color with some lacing that doesn't last. Definitely darker than I expected.

S- A little nutty and toasty, but not much to smell here.

T- Nice malty, and toasted up front with a hint of the nuttiness. Subtle hops fades quickly, but is very nice. I am getting the distinctive taste of British pales, suggesting significant mineral treatment in the water. I like it as a brit-style session beer.

M- Good body, a bit buttery.

O- I could drink these all day, but it is nothing too crazy. Just a solid, well-rounded ale. (577 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brawler was interesting. I found this to be something different than the normal stuff that most breweries are putting out these days. This beer poured out as a really nice dark brown color, looked like burnt caramel. blended with a stout. The aromas were mostly roasted malts, some hops too in the mix and some sweetness. The flavors were kind of on the light side. I don't know why but I felt like this should have had a much stronger flavor it. I'll give this one a try again one day. (490 characters)

Photo of davey
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle of this from NJpadrefan. Thanks a lot.

Pours-a dark brown wood color with a slight red hue. Nice thick tan colored head, that stuck around for about 10 minutes.

Smells-malty, and a faint bready smell, grains, nutty.

Taste-lots of malts, biscuit, tiny bit of toffee.

Mouthfeel-smooth and slightly creamy, goes down very easy.

This is a perfect beer for early fall/late summer. The nutty flavor came out a little more as it warmed up. At 4.2% you could drink all day. It would definitely be a regular at the pub. (534 characters)

Photo of UconnHusky
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish mahogany color with Decent head and minimal white lacing.

S: Hints of sweet malts, honey and caramel...somewhat unique in a way I can't describe.

T: Caramel and brown sugar with more sweetness than expected.

M: No bitterness at all, very low carbonation and thin.

O: A decent low ABV beer that I can see myself drinking again for the right occasion. (373 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber with a finger of white head, into a pint glass. The smell was dominated by caramel, oakiness, and wet leaves, and the taste confirmed this...especially the earthiness of oak and leaves. While this was a rare find, I was a little disappointed that the earthiness overpowered the caramel and any hop presence (which was subtle to begin with). The mouthfeel was nice and silky; a nice testament to the style. However, the earthiness was too much for me to handle past one pint. (492 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with some golden hues. White head.

Some caramel and vanilla in the nose. Bready aromas.

Taste is biscuity/bready. Light caramel notes with some british yeast esters that are a bit on the fruity side. Apple and pear come to mind. Less attenuation and some buttery notes. Hops are subtle but add a nice balance and earthy note.

This bridges the gap of brown ale to mild. Tasty but nothing really stands out. Nice to see an American example. (456 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy cherry-amberish color.With an offwhite colored heading that disapates quickly. Very little lacing throughout.

Smell is malty upfront with a kind of skunky hop smell.Also a kind of burnt woody type smell.

Taste is again is malty kind of dank.A smooth and sweet caramel flavor that leaves a funky aftertaste.

Mouth is smooth,medium bodied, with decent carbonation.

Drink is good nothing spectacular but could enjoy a few more.

I love the name especially that it belongs to a Philadelphia company. Fits in perfectly Brawler Pugilist style ale. Awesome. (593 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/5/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Poured a clear reddish copper color with loads of carbonation and a finger's width of thick, bubbly beige foam that retained well and left a bit of lace.

S - Initial aroma is very macro-esque with hints of toasted grains, corn, maple syrup, earth and bark. Nose is quite gritty, if you will. There's also a good bit of caramel malt sweetness present.

T - Toasted grains and sweet caramel dominate the flavor of this ale. Hop bitterness is scant, though there are distinct gritty, earthy undertones, which are in sharp contrast to the sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and quite a carbonated mouthfeel overall. Finishes with a mild bitterness across the palate.

D - Brawler isn't bad per se, but it's also not too terribly exciting. This could benefit from a cleaner hop profile to balance its malt-forward flavor. If you like grainy, malty brews, give it a shot. (974 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (522 characters)

Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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