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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: 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: 1,029
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

A fine tasting mild, and perfect for mild days because it doesn't sacrifice a full flavor. Caramel malts and significant roasted almond quality. Nice floral bitterness, strawberry on a biscuit toast. No buttery flavor, and on the dry side. It's a tight feeling beer, lingering astringency. Robust and gassy crispness cover the sweetness making the beer very approachable.

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a small off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. Lighter but good aroma. Some malts, perhaps a touch of biscuit. The taste is a bit lighter, but pretty good. Caramel malts, but almost no sweetness. A touch of biscuit. A faint bitterness in the finish. A nice session beer!

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Photo of Avool1960
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

I am definitely no expert in the tasting of beer. But, this is a fine tasting ale. Good taste, no bitterness. Pretty smooth for an ale. No head to speak of, but I think that's overrated in the beer world. After all, you don't drink foam. Good color, not too dark, not too light. Very drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of timmos1
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

on tap at yards. new style? pugilist stlye mild. a mild pugilist, wont win many fights but this beer does. anexcellent session beer perfect for easy tasty drinking. copper brown color with slightmalt and goldings flavor. finishes sweetly and a pint doesnt last long. dont expect your taste buds to jump for joy, its not that kind of beer. i want more. bring it to california.

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Photo of sommersb
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-27-2014
Freshness: Bottled 10-21-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is clear; dark amber in color. The head is a frothy 2 fingers high, with good lacing and retention.

Smells of brown bread and toasted malts.

The taste is at first very cola-like, with a light malt sweetness. It's then countered by some earthy bitterness and well as roasted grain notes. There is also a bit of a stale note that may come from the age on this sample.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with an average amount of carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and has lingering flavors of toasted malts.

Overall a good session beer, low in alcohol and easy to approach, it would go well with any meal an would also be a good gateway brew.

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, clear mahogany. It has a creamy tan head that mostly dissipates but lingers around the circumference. Nice lacing. The aroma is light and malty despite the dark color with mild malt notes. The taste is rich and malty and the body is just light enough to hold up the flavor. A great session ale.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly transparent dark amber color with a cream colored head and small amount of lacing.
Smell is malty, malty and malty.
Taste is malty with slight bitterness. Lacks complexity. Very ordinary.
Light bodied.
Overall not very impressive. Drinkable but ordinary.

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Photo of RandomExile
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of Dix90
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored. Minimal head and no lacing. A nice color though.

S: Smells sweet and bready. Smelling some dark fruit in there too.

T: Much more flavor than I expected definitely malt forward and some real toastiness in this. Semi-sweet and there is a plum or currant like flavor in there.

M: Medium bodied pretty creamy but also at the very end seems a tad watery.

O: At 4.20% ABV I can see this becoming a regular session beer for me. Very impressed with this puppy.

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A nice light clear brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Toasted bread, caramel malts, slight nuttiness, faint earth hoppiness.

T- Toasted bread, nice light fruitiness, caramel malts, faint hops, balanced.

M- Smooth, light body, slightly creamy.

O- A well balance sessionable beer. Very easy to drink. The flavor is not over the top, but it tasty.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A- poured brownish in color. Thin white head that goes down to about a centimeter. Not much lacing.
S- toasted bread and a nutty aroma- not very strong though. Really had to get my nose right up to the beer to see this.
T- slightly malty then on the swallow a very mellow nuttiness comes.no bite at all. This beer is incredibly smooth and drinkable.
M- slightly creamy but not TOO heavy. A medium bodied ale in my opinion.

Overall this beer has a good flavor and is VERY drinkable. I will be purchasing this again.

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Photo of pvsob
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear cola color with a half inch head (off-white). Head vanishes very quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Bread crust, light caramel, damp earth, grassy hops, and just the faintest hint of fruitiness.

T- Mirrors the aroma, but with some brown sugar flavor towards the end. Malt, malt, and some more malt.

M- Light feel, but not watery. Low level of carbonation but there is a slight prickle on the tongue which is nice.

O- Going by the current trends of the craft beer world, this won't get many beer sippers all hot and bothered, but personally this beer really works for me. It's not going to beat you over the head with the flavor/aroma whomp stick, but it's a great example of a Dark Mild. Just another great ale from one of the most underrated breweries around. Recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Mix a six pick up. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish maroon with a dallop of foam on the top. Deep malty smell, caramel. Taste is a sweet chewy malt. Light flavored. Bready. Very mild ale, quite sessionable. Has that historic British feel to it.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A-As advertised, ruby red color, deep amber too. The fluffy 1-finger head tapers slowly leaving a heavy film and serious lacing. I'm going to call the color of the head 'English Tan'. This brew looks great.

A- Super malty aroma. It really does smell like perfectly toasted bread, still warm, buttered.
Slight notes of floral and earthy hops are there after the hunt.

T- Malty, slightly bitter, semi-sweet and semi-dry.

M- Carbonation is good, feel is light and thin body. That's ok, it makes the beer what it is: drinkable.

O-This is the beer if you're looking for an English style drinkable malt bomb. Well done.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful, brown in color, with a faint amber hue. The head is tan, and lasting. It's a clean-smelling, malty brew. Light malt, alight toast. The hop smell is herbal, but distant. Mild. Solid flavor...malt and a little bitterness. Earthy and satisfying. It would go well with a burger. Medium body. Good, and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a deep, dark mahogany with a full finger and a half of white head that lasted a long while before slowly dissolving into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very, very malty, like fresh rye and/or pumpernickel bread with some floral notes, like clover and hay. Some caramel in the nose as well, but only a little. Really, the dominant smell of this beer is fresh bread. Beautiful!

Taste: Very malty up front with some nice dark bread flavors. Very roasty too, but without any of the smoke flavors that you get from other roasty beers like a porter or a stout. Actually, it’s more nutty than roasty. There’s some nice sweetness in the middle, caramel or molasses, with some very slight hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some nice carbonation to tickle the taste buds. Actually, it’s a little creamy too. The low alcohol content, it only clocks in at 4.2% ABV, results in no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Very malty, which is perfect for a malt fiend like me, and very quaffable. So far, I’m impressed with the Yards Brewing Company

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown, almost mahogany when held up to the light. A small, tan head doesn't stick around too long, eventually fading down to a thin, bubbly cap with a few holes in it. There's not a whole lot of lacing left behind, but a few streaks here and there can be seen.

S: Malty, semi-sweet, hints of chocolate, lightly-roasted grain, and some caramelized sugar. Not as complex or forward as I had hoped, but still solid.

T: This one is kind of light on the palette, offering some nice milky-chocolate flavors, caramelized sugar, a nice light touch of roasted grains and malts. Small instances of mild hop bitterness peek through it all in the finish. Low ABV on this one means the alcohol is pretty non-existent on the tongue.

M: The body on this one is on the lighter side with a very mild carbonation. An overall silky feeling makes this a very drinkable ale.

O: Seeing how Yards is about as local as local gets for me, I've been making my rounds sampling their brews whenever I can. Yards hit the nail on the head with this one, making a very solid, sessionable pub brew. If you're ever looking for something flavorful while remaining light enough to knock a few pints back, give this one a second look—it's, if nothing else, worth the try.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-red brown color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-toasted malt, brown sugar, earthy

T-toasted malt, caramel, earthy,nutty, slight bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent session beer, easy drinking

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Photo of smooth_aleing
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A= Deep mahogany. Half-finger head with decent lacing.

S= Smells slightly of scotch, yeast, with raisin and caramel undertones.

T= Rich and bready. Strong dark ale taste, with raisin and caramel notes, and musty, woodsy finish.

M= Decent, with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste lingers on the tongue, which can turn slightly sour, but overall a good mouthfeel.

O= A unique beer. Haven't had one exactly like it, though it reminds me some of a Belgian quad. Very nice beer from a local (for me, anyway) brewery.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer cool from the bottle and it poured a very dark and clear amber/mahogany with a one finger tan head that stays as a ring around the glass and leaves nice light lacing, but not much.

There are aromas of roasted grains, dark sweet malts and bread. mmm Bread! only very light though. I don't get much in the way of fruity esters perhaps a tiny bit.

The taste is straightforward and roasted malts with some caramel sweetness with a dry and very mild hoppiness at the end. It's almost balanced but more sweet than hoppy. Nothing about the flavour is over the top as the beer is a bit thin which keeps it all in line.

Mouthfeel is of a sweet nature with the body kind of lighter than you would expect with a beer of this colour. It more has the body of a lager. The carbonation can feel flat, and perhaps that is why I feel the body is thin. The carbonation seems more apparent at the finish. It's different!

Overall I find this beer incredibly good especially for a session beer that you could drink all night as it has the roasted notes and caramel that I love in a British beer and is yet not overly sweet. The body is a bit lacking but that is why it is sessionable and fits with the style so I am going to have to give this beer at least a 4 out of 5.

If you drink butweezer, put that urine down and try one of these. I would be a great beer to help ease yourself off of your addiction to garbage!

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint.

A: Clear brown with an off-white brown tinged head. The malt shines.

S: Malty, grainy, nutty.

T: Toasty malts, nutty, grainy, slight smoke.

M: Medium and full.

O: Good flavor and low alcohol makes this a great beer to drink multiples of. Nice toasty malt and a nutty flavor lingers well into the hefty body. Pretty good with danish blue.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
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.


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Photo of Mister_Falcon
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, yet transparent brown body beneath the foamy off white head which slowly dissolves to leav a generous ring of lacing.

The aroma is simple and straightforward featuring toasted biscuit and malt with just a hint of toffee and almost no hop presence.

The flavor is similar offering more toasted malt, biscuit, perhaps a marble like bread quality and a slightly nutty finish.

Medium in body with a traditional English draft quality with limited carbonation and a clean finish.

Quite a nice dark mild offering peasant malt and a clean, and somewhat creamy body.

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