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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: 1,028
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 27.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 239 | 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: 280 | Hads: 1,028
Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cam for this and some other Yards goodies that he brought up from Philly for me. I believe this is an untouched style for me...

Dark reddish body with some orange highlights. Beige head forms a cloudy cap and leaves lace dots.

A bit plain on the scent, decent strength. Mostly getting toasted, caramel, nutty malts.

Lots of malt flavor coming through mostly in the taste - toasty, cola, grainy, bready, buttery, nutty, light chocolate. Some raisin and very light herbal hops.

Light mouthfeel with highish carbonation, good amount of flavor for the low ABV.

Decent, a little bland but not offensive. Sessionable.

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Photo of mooseo
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark amber brown with a small off-white head.

S - Toasted malt, bready, nutty, and a hint of earthy hops.

T - Bready toasted malt, nuts, and light earthy hops. Sweet up front, but finishes with some bitterness. Subtle chocolate and dark fruit evident as the beer warms.

M - Soft, creamy, smooth. Fairly crisp and refreshing. Clean finish.

O - Great drinkability and flavor. A pretty good English mild. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a tulip pint.

Brownish red with a short, fluffy head. Excellent clarity and moderate-heavy carbonation.

Bready and nutty. Touches of cocoa with fruity, melon-like esters.

Bready and nutty with drizzles of caramel. Brown sugar and powdered cocoa. A touch of honeydew and perhaps the slightest inkling of grapefruit.

Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

Easy drinking and flavorful. It's been a long time since I've had this and it's a lot better than I remember. It's nice to see an American brewery tackle an English Mild and do a nice job of it.

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Photo of ranger60
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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

3rd or 4th time trying this beer.

A- Bottle to pint glass pour with a dark brown body, some crimson hints around the very edge of the glass. A light tan head builds up to about a finger in size and retains decently. The frothy cap falls to a small ring and leaves small patches of lace.

S- Malty right off the bat. Big nutty notes as well as caramel, roast grains, toast and general cereal hints. Yeast bread, dark fruit and a slight buttery aspect to it as well.

T- I notice some big differences here from the nose as soon as I take the first sip. The dark fruit, yeast bread and general English Ale yeast feel kicks in more here. It adds a nice balancing effect to the toasted, roasty, nutty and caramel malts. Really not much in the way of hops for me, a tiny bit herbal and earthy.

MF- Lighter end body which could be expected in an English Mild Ale. A bit of a foamy carbonation feel and slightly on the watery side of things, which also shouldn't be unexpected. Virtually no bitterness.

I ended up buying a mixed-case of Yards beers just before Christmas. They were really fresh and seemed like a good choice to bring home and share some Philly beer. I am really happy with my choice and would not hesitate to buy the same case at the price I got it for in the future. A good mix of different styles and most importantly interesting beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Zack's Oak Bar & Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ.

Brown colored with ruby along the edges. One-finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a small amount of head on top of the beer. Bready malts in the aroma with a bit of roasted malt and a touch of sweetness. Very smooth tasting, just the right amount of carbonation, and light-to-medium bodied. An enjoyable ale that is easily quaffable. I'd have no problem drinking several of these.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark red color with a bit of haziness to the body. The head is a one finger offwhite color. Retention could be better for 4.2%, though the texture is about on par for the style.

S: Earthy malts and hops come through fairly well. Touches of fruitiness, hazelnut, and chocolate give it a decent depth also.

T: Again, earthy flavors and nuttiness abounds. The finish has a light hint of generic fruit esters. Seemingly simple at first, however further sips reveals layers of hazelnut, chocolate, bright fruits, and even some hops. Not a huge amount of flavor here, however it features good complexity.

M: A bit too heavy and overcarbonated for what I want the style to accomplish. The finish is very slick and wet, which makes it a little less drinkable, but allows its depth to shine through. It's a wash, really.

O: This lives or dies by one fact: would I want multiple servings of this in a single sitting? At first, I didn't think so, but this grows on me the more I drink it. It does drink like a bigger beer at times, but at the same token, doesn't have a strong enough flavor profile that would allow it to fully get away with it. So I'll hesitantly say yes, I would drink multiple pints of this at a bar. I probably wouldn't buy a 6 pack of it, but I'd love to see what cask conditioning transforms it into.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear dark amber with two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Strong caramel malt aroma. Hint of earthy spice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bready malt with subtle notes of chocolate.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: I was mostly disappointed by the look and feel of this beer. It felt like it had potential.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
4.2% ABV, "Pugilist style ale" code on bottom is warn off.
(Reviewed 06-08-11 - from notes)

Thanks for the bottle Thorpe!

A - Faintly hazy rusted brown in color, Brawler packs a punch of an off-white head. Big but effervescent and quickly fleeting, nothing but a skim of foam is left over.

S - Heavy yeast esters of earth and dust appear before the strong biscuity toffee malts. Very low hop appearance throughout the aroma, the beer is somewhat unbalanced but decidedly English in aroma.

T - Low English hops underline the strong, flavorful malt profile rich with biscuity, toffee notes and a bit of graininess. A homebrew-like yeast finish of earthy esters pulls through.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied in feel, my only concern for it's drinkability is with it's over-carbonation. It makes it feel quite hard to put back.

O - Other than the carbonation, it's a pretty solid brew with a nice flavor profile for the low alcohol percent. A sessionable dark beer!

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with amber highlights and a quarter inch cream head that quickly dissipates.

Roasted and toasted bitter malt dominates the aroma, with notes if chocolate and breadcrust and a touch of floral hop adding intrigue.

Flavor is...mild. Definitely malt dominant, featuring deeply toasted, nutty dark malt, and finishing lightly bitter and dry. There's a fair amount of an acrid character beneath.

Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation accentuated by the acrid flavor.

Not much experience with this style, but that off flavor is not pleasant.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark chestnut with a nice tan head

S-Carmel malts and sweet grains. Really just smells like a mild run of the mill amber ale.

T-comes in with caramel malts and sweet grains with just a slight roasted toastyness. Tastes pretty much like an amber ale with some roasted grains flavor to it. It's a very crisp flavor. No off flavors. Creamy matching after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish. Semi-dry. Pretty nice.

O-nice crisp beer. I'd put it in the Yuengling/Flat Tire category. It's an easy drinking beer. Unfortunately, this is usually found near other craft beer which puts it at a disadvantage.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! good mouthfeel and flavor. No aftertase to speak of and it has a nice crisp finish. Malt is king with this one. Very subtle hops, no bitterness. Just a nice crisp almost sweet session ale Yards ESA is also a good product if you are looking for a bit more hops in your brew.

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Photo of noel2977
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i just don't think people understand session brews... or, are too focused on the hop bombs and high alcohol projects to appreciate this style.
Yards Puglist, at 4.2% clocks in at an appreciably low ABV yet takes on the English style well. Malty aromas highlight the amber brew. Its taste profile starts off malty, has some slight fruity sweetness to it that mingles nicely with the bready maltiness, a hint of yeast, leading to a nice profile finish. Not overly complex, but accomplishes exactly what its brewed for. Kills any macro-brew.
I'd love to try this on cask.

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Photo of TheAmericanBeerProject
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is not a session beer as diverse as this. The connoisseur will be happy with the color and drinkability for sure. The is a great gateway beer if you want to transition your friends over to ales from lagers, or from macros in to micros. Clearly not the best beer ever, but a reliable pour no doubt.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark mild, I'm fairly psyched. Not a usual style for an American brewery.

A: Light ruby body with a thin white finger of head that quickly dissipates.

S: Nose is grainy malt with not a lot of hop character.

T: Flavor is rich malt for such a light body and low ABV. Dark, slightly bitter, clean finish. It's very good, but almost a little too clean for an English style, where's the yeast?

M: Slick, smooth and a hint of astringency on the finish.

O: A good brew. I love the variation from the standard styles and am pleased to say that the result is tasty and very sessionable.

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Photo of brystmar
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Ethan.

A really nice looking Mild: semi-transparent brown body, plenty of manila-colored head & lace, good retention.

Herbs and a mixture of grains in the malty aroma. Taste is pretty bland & watery, which is style-appropriate but not what I'm looking for in a beer.

Highly sessionable. Would much rather play beer pong with this than any of the BMC alternatives. That said, I can't see myself ever buying this beer for myself.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of djbst73
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of wxduff
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

The appearance is a clean and clear dark caramel brown. The head disappeared almost instantly and left no real lacing. The aroma is candy sweet and that is about all. The flavor is mild with hints of roasted grain and a lot of sweetness. There is just a touch of hops to balance the sweetness of this brew. The MF is light and crisp as it should be.

Overall, this is a pretty decent session beer and an alright mild brown ale. Nothing spectacular but nothing amazing either.

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Photo of Buggies
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice treat and a little different style offering for a PA brewery.

Lovely aromas of roasted grains, caramel, and a little nutty. All present in the taste. Just a little fruitiness as well. But with all that aroma and flavor, this beer has a nice even finish. Very balanced, which makes this beer big on flavor but easy on the pallet.

Very drinkable and a change up from the normal offering of a PA brewer. Very good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear garnet red to brown in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige creamy head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very light and almost subtle aroma, dark malts with some light sweetness are present.

T: The beer has some dark malts and some caramel malts with light sweetness. There are also some toffee sweet notes as well along with a light amount of nuttiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable (though I suppose that is the goal for the style). This is definitely a light flavored but enjoyable beer that could be drank all night long.

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense foamy off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose. Some sweetness becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of nuts with a bit of sweetness and notes of toffee.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and very sessionable; I would have no problem drinking this all night long.

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Photo of wac9
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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

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