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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 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 Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown color with a light tan head. A bit of sticky lacing, though not much. Nose brings faint caramel, a bit of bread, and some mild chocolate. Taste is semi sweet with caramel, light toffee, and lighter milk chocolate. Light feel. An easy drinking beer and a good pub option.

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

medium brown color, with a small tannish head that fades quickly and leaves a light, dark tea color in the glass.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain

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Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy ruby tinted amber color with three fingers of super foamy off white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves just a layer.

Smell: Sweet and malty, there are some bready notes as well as some caramel. I'm also picking up a mild fruity note along with the sweetness, like sherry perhaps.

Taste: The sweetness is there, but not as strong as in the smell. Malt dominates with no hop bitterness being found. Bread and caramel. The fruity notes from the nose are barely there. The flavor is mild, as advertised.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dry finish. The carbonation is way too much, kind of like a cheap champagne. Really distracting.

Overall: This beer would be above average if it wasn't so over carbonated. Otherwise, it's a nice mild ale.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Devil's Den (Philadelphia, PA) on 5/1/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a thinner looking head of off-white foam. Retains is decent, leaving some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is smells of a sweet mix of malt and fruit, which has a touch of a toasted edge to it. Some earthy and lightly spicy English hops round the nose out.

The taste is a mix of sweet grainy toast and caramel notes, with earthy and citric tasting hops providing just enough balance with a gentle bit of a bite to it. Some leftover fruit and light dryness linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe lighter feeling, with some sharpness to it but for the most part, this is pretty smooth and drinkable.

Low ABV and fairly favorable, this made for a pleasant and easy drinking experience. I don't see why you couldn't session a couple of these rather easily.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Killian's imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear but dark amber-brown with a half-finger of ecru head that leaves a few traces of transitory lacing behind. The smell is mostly of dark wheat and coffee, with some roasted malts hanging around the back door as well. The taste combines a subtle bit of roasted coffee and dark wheat built upon a foundation of malty sweetness. Everything balances nicely for a rich mild flavor. The body is a healthy heavy-moderate, with a light kiss of carbonation, and slides lithely over the tongue, making for an exceptionally drinkable sessionable brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is certainly not the Brawler that I knew and loved. It's totally changed. What was once a creamy, malt and hop accented pale ale is now more of a soft, caramel-accented pale ale.

Delivered to the bar via tap it has a clear copper-colored body beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

If you tilt the glass to the side you can watch as very tiny bubbles run slowly up the side until they join the short-lid topside. And in the mouth that fine-bubbled moderate carbonation and medium-light body leave it creamy and smooth.

The nose is limited, but it expresses some grainy malt and a hint of fruitiness.

The flavor is more pronounced, and it's slightly biscuity with a dollop of soft caramel and a bit of grainy toastiness. A hint of pear and apple comes and goes due to the yeast, and some mild leafy and grassy hop notes are found in the background.

Perhaps not surprisingly, this is a rather drinkable ale with just enough character to keep it interesting into a second or third pint. And more than enough drinkability to get you there. Charming!

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The English mild flavor. A touch of mud and a hint of burnt malt. Pleasant quaff, with a bit of a woody edge. Dark amber in the pint glass. Some subtle flavors with a touch on the astringent side. Seems to have an acidic note. Good for a gulp and to be commended for at least decent flavor in a low-alcohol style. But overall, very simple.

Had a pint at Raven Hill Bluegrass in Manyunk, PA. From notes written up in June on Philadelphia Beer Week trip.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometowm BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and maple that are quickly followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but typical for the style and complementary enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid milder beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?

Not sure where or when I first had the Brawler, but I've had it multiple times on tap and in bottles. Pours a medium brown with ruby tints, and a decent white head that generally retains well. Aroma is light and mild, sweet malts and hints of earthy hops. Taste of sweet malts, nice and light, caramel, and maybe a suggestion of orange blossom, gently hopped, and slightly bitter. Clean, medium mouthfeel, and quite sessionable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear brown with a thin head. Nose is very mild. Slight smoked roasted thing on top of malts. Not really a whole lot. Excellent flavor delivery. Nice hearty body on a malt base. Slight tang to it, but just barely a wee bit. Feel is smooth. This is extremely drinkable. A bottled English mild? Hallelujah. Bring more please.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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 mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub. Yards has come to Delaware!

A: Beer was served in a pint glass and was a medium brown color, almost a thin brown, with a small tan head that had decent retention and left little lacing. Small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Caramelized malt, light hops, a little honey, and some fruits, I actually got some strawberries on the aroma.

T: Sweeter than expected with some honey and fruit, the strawberry returned, but it was not very strong. A sizeable amount of caramel and brown sugar came through on the back end with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, but lighter than I thought it would be with nice carbonation.

O: Very good, a nice low ABV beer that I could drink in pretty much any season. Glad that I can now pick it up at my local stores.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12 oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness. Appears a clear amber color with a finger of tanned head that retains fairly well supported by constantly rising bubbles. Aroma is malty sweet smelling of caramel with a slight touch of hops and a bit of a mineral character to it as well. Taste is malty with a light touch of hops and some buttery notes through the finish. Light feel with a modest amount of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Overall impression is that it is a bit light and seemingly watered down but everything about it is to style with the exception of a higher than expected carbonation level.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent with a faint roasted aroma and English yeast esters. There is a nice bot of fruitiness that compliments the sweet malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a caramel sweetness up front with a dry fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking session ale, but it's not the most interesting beer around.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was presented with a soapy, foamy finger of light-tan head with low retention. Color was a reddish-amber with ruby highlights and a slight haze. Nose had a caramel/toffee quality. Mouthfeel was smooth with a mild bitterness on the tongue. Finish was likewise mild with only a hint of bitterness. This would be a truly eminently drinkable session beer. If you disagree, put up your dukes and we'll settle this with Queensbury Rules!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very aggressive light caramel/tan head is made, very styrofoamy looking and settling quite quickly.

Nose is mostly just yeast, a bit estery smelling and sticky almost sour malt. After sometime some sweetness comes out which makes it a bit more enjoyable, kind of a fruity marmalade a bit and apricot.

A nice slightly made for the course palate feel, light rolling malts, but a nice pectin and apricot fruit behind this. Light bodied fruit tasting and almost apricot peach mixing with a good malt backbone.

Overall for a mild, pretty pleasant. Lacking a little bit in flavor and feel, but drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into a regular kitchen glass. I believe this is new in their lineup.

A- A stealth pour yielded an inch of bubbling off-white, slighty tan foam, kind of loose looking. It was gone in no time only leaving a ring around the glass, no lacing. The liquid was light brown with some hints of orange. Tiny bubbles seen rising.

S- This is English inspired for sure, you can smell it. A lot of sweet malt up front with some caramel, also nutty with some grain in that order.

T- While not a malt bomb, malts are the focus and gives it a sweet and full taste. Caramel as well. Some hops in here but they are only keping this beer together, not stepping out. I get a bunch of fresh nuts from this andgive it a pass for an English ale.

M- Absolutely no bitterness from this as the hops are not felt. Brawler is a small step below medium bodied with low carbonation, just enough to keep things interesting. Goes down smooth while the taste doesent last forever after consuming. Light enough to be sessionable.

D- 4.2% is low for a session but I think I could only do three bottles at the most. This is pretty drinkable although it's not my style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1" head that produces some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: mild malt sweetness is all that comes through.

Taste: mild bready and grainy malt base. Caramel, hint of ripe fruit sweetness, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is very short and almost clean.

Drinkability: superb session beer with low alcohol content. Simple beer with a nice flavor profile does not bore you.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. I'd been looking forward to this beer as I'm a big fan of milds and other session beers, but I found this one fell prey to most common problem of lower-alcohol beers - it's boring. Even when I really let my glass warm up, the caramel flavor was flat and not all that interesting, like a watered-down brown ale. Not bad beer, but reminds me more of the "specialty beer" big brewers put out, like Yuengling Black and Tan, that looks good, but doesn't taste like much of anything.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An English Dark Mild Ale! Alright!

Appearance: Pours with a bit of head, dark brown in color.

Smell: Bready malt goodness.

Taste: Much like the smell, a nice ale with a flavors of malt, nuts, brown sugar and faint molasses. Hop character is minimal, just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet prickly at the same time. Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: I love this style of beer. I could easily drink quite a few with no poor consequence.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a transparent light brown with a small off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaky bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, toastd grain, and a bready, English yeast.
Taste is mild yet flavorful with gentle notes of bread, sugar, ripe fruit, and caramel pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and gently carbonated.

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