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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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BA SCORE
83
good

784 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 784 | Reviews: 251 | Display Reviews Only:
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-07-2013 14:55:05 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-05-2014 17:11:17 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 12:05:22 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 07:27:31 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:42:20 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-09-2012 01:18:28 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-01-2013 03:27:59 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 05:35:41 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:58:21 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 00:28:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 02:40:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 16:57:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

01-17-2013 04:28:04 | More by Jason
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 19:21:45 | More by Kegatron
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 20:04:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:40:11 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 07:36:02 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:09:56 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-02-2014 21:37:34 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 04:57:29 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2009 22:50:24 | More by jwc215
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-20-2013 00:22:37 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 21:48:56 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-03-2014 22:17:46 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

11-22-2011 04:41:30 | More by corby112
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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.