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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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837 Ratings

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 81 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: garcia2a on 12-10-2008)
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Photo of Headgoober
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Headgoober, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

BigMike, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of pwoods
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

pwoods, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of tylerprince
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

tylerprince, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of jims4210
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

jims4210, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Samp01
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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

Samp01, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of mzrebiec
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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.

mzrebiec, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Dix90
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Dix90, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Shennan20
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Shennan20, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Noelito76, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of grimey68
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

grimey68, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of hansenm72
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

hansenm72, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Lee_Hancock
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Lee_Hancock, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of njbusa
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

njbusa, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Brewman7284
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Brewman7284, May 28, 2012
Photo of hopflyer
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

hopflyer, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of rprinz22
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

rprinz22, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

brbrocc, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

RobertColianni, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of twenteone
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

twenteone, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

sludgegnome, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of 57md
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

57md, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of scoobybrew
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

scoobybrew, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of devinoconnor
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

devinoconnor, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.9/5  rDev -21%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 29, 2011
Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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