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

913 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 117 | 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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a slightly dense brown body with a fizzy head that soon disappears before the first sip.
S- The soft brown malt note is otherwise a very clean aroma with a finish of watery coffee that grows a tad in the finish.
T- This beer has a light tartness with a faint brown malt note and a stronger taste of tap water. The finish is thin with a faint sweetness.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish.
D- This beer is very light and has no real flavor. The tart note and fizz are all that really stand out.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grass nose and flavor is same plus some sweet malt. $7.00 for a 12oz bottle at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel Philadelphia, PA.

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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Brawler looks far better in the light than it does away from it; what is actually a moderately attractive pecan colour just looks plain muddy and lusterless without proper exposure. Although the bubbles are showing a sense of drive, its head remains completely threadbare and even where it continues to persist along the trim it's riddled with holes.

The smells of this aroma seem to have no campaign for cause. Swirling will arouse momentary scents of toasted malt but no real flavours develop and, seemingly content, the bouquet falls back to a state of starkness and self-effacement. It's not that I smell nothing, but that I don't smell much of anything. At best, it smells like an old, empty coffee can.

Both figuratively and literally, bottle-conditioning a beer can be like travel insurance: you don't always need it but it's never a bad idea and it's especially smart if you have 'special' conditions. The fact that Yards Brawler is only 4.2% and, really, not even all that malty suggests to me that bottle-conditioning this sucker would have been beneficial.

The beer tastes tired and weak; the malts seem so exhausted they can breath little more than an ounce of sweetness or flavour. Their toast seems faded and, if I didn't know any better, oxidized even. The flavour is lightly nutty at best and bears little to no fruity, caramelly or chocolaty flavours - you can't underestimate just how mild it is.

It looks like something knocked out the Brawler Pugilist. Whether it was the right jab of pasteurization, the left hook of larger scale production or some other factor, I can't say. But what I do know is that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog... and this dog has neither size nor fight. Next contender please.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium burgundy-apple with a frothy dull bone white head approximately 1 finger high. Retention was good lasting 2 full minutes before leveling to a thin pancake covering. Most of the co2 appeared stuck along the glass walls, with a vast showing of macro bubbles littering the sides. Afterwards nearly a whisper could be detected with the co2 quickly dying out. A nice coloring and good start here.

S: apple skins with a nice semi-sweet and dry malting. Moderate in strength, crisp, not a lot of complexity but fairs well none the less.

T: The flavor opens up with a bright zing and spiciness, and apples with a rich deep malting that was crisp, dry with a fruity tartness of apples skins and toasted bread. A soft floral citrusy flowery hopping appears midway through the palate. Hints of dried caramelized apples, toffee, and dried brown sugar add some sweetness on the finish. Overall found the flavor to be smooth, creamy with a nice maltiness and nuttiness. Semi-sweet, dry toasted malting, with a nice nuttiness gives this a flavor similar to an alt.

M: full and creamy with a smooth texture. Soft carbonation with a nice soft floral citrus hop fade gives this some complexity and subtleness.

D: A nice downer that was easy and enjoyable to consume. All the rich nuttiness and maltiness of an Alt with the smooth drinkability of a mild ale. Fairly big on flavor without being a burden to consume. Worthy of a six pack and definitely one of their better brews that Ive had by them.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Very clear, ruby-tinted amber color. Long lasting fluffy head and strong lacing.

Mild aroma of lightly toast bread, biscuity malt, and a very English kind of hoppiness. Kent, goldings, or both, perhaps.

Smells and tastes very traditional. Balanced but falls a bit further on the malty side. Bitterness is low and mostly felt in the finish and pleasantly lingering aftertaste. Dark toasted bread flavors most noticed; body is lightly creamy with medium to low carbonation.

Very easy to drink but not particularly crisp or refreshing. Still, enjoyable if unspectacular. Clearly fashioned after the old-school British pub style ales. Worth a shot.

Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.