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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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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 151 | 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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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.

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bar keep at Tulunes in Johnstown recommended that I try Yards Brawler Ale....which to me was a clone of Bass Pale Ale. There is nothing exciting about this beer. The color was amber with zero head. There was no scent. The taste was as mentioned above...alot like Bass Pale Ale. This beer is certainly better than budlite!!! The mouthfeel is fine could certainly Session. COmpared to other beers it just doesnt have enough going on to keep me coming back.

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Local 44 in Philadelphia.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with good amounts of caramel malt sweetness. As the beer warms slight amounts of diacetyl aromas waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately grainy toasted malt flavors kick things off and sweeten about midway through the sip. Mild amounts of earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending. As with the aroma, hints of diacetyl work their way into things as the beer warms along with indistinct medium fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I always enjoy having traditional versions of English styles on cask and this was no exception. A good example of the style and well worth a shot.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some nuts. Taste is malts up front, some breadiness, very lightly hopped, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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

Reviewed from notes: Had on tap at 2 stones.

appearance: dark brown with a orangish red hue and a 1 finger head

smell: malts, caramel,

taste; sweet, malts, caramel

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad beer. easy to drink. and glad I finally got to sample something from Yards.

the CPJ

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with an inch of head. Hard to believe its darker than Yuengling and less ABV. Frothy head with mild lace.

S - Gains, hops, and malts with slight bitters.

T - Well it wasn't really mild but had a nice body. Was more bitter than expected but was rounded out with a slight sweetness. Pretty good.

M - Light, could drink a few

D - Well I actually wanted more sweetness in this beer which was a type of a mild, but overall enjoyed this succession able beer. Will not seeks out again though.

Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the ark in point

Pours a clear amber color with some darker hues with reddish tones. Decent white head retains for a moment, some spotty lacing on the glass.

Fairly muted nose, some sweeter malts with caramel and dark fruit, faint hops as well. Not too much going on.

Mostly malt right up front with some bready and caramel tones. Light fruits punch through with candied tones. Faint hops towards the finish, which is quick.

Medium body and carbonation, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. Drinks okay, alright in a bar where there isn't many options, but not really my favorite offering from Yards.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LoveStout
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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!

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.14/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy amber to brown in color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a small roast and hint of coffee. In the taste, a hint of coffee and roast, a caramel sweetness, and a bit watery. A small bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramle in the aftertaste. Good flavors, just a mild though, hence it being thin.

Photo of ZAP
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice sessionable mild....good roasty character to this....earthy feel...nutty as well...body is as expected light to medium....

It is nice to see a flavorful ale like this with just 4.2% ABV.

A-Mahogany colored...light head

S-I'm impressed...Aroma is actually quite interesting...a big roasted malt component..also some toasted caramel and nuts similar to hazelnuts but not quite...woody notes...also toffee...even a little molasses.

T-Roasted malts...toffee, light molasses, nuts, oak...but all in mild quantity.

M-Low to medium carbonation....lighter bodied

D-A nice lower ABV beer with some very nice qualities. Would be a great beer for a business lunch.

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

A - A ruby brown body with minimal head ontop.

S - Aromas of mild malts and brown grains. Some dark swweetness and nutty/bready notes present.

T - Some lightly roasted malt and semi dry grains. A bit of toffee and some nutty notes around too.

M - Drinkable. Nothing radical going on there.

O - Certainly a mild ale. And its dark too. Hence the name. I wasnt too impressed here but this one is an easy drinker for sure.

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to edbeer for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent chestnut with ruby red highlights when backlit. Quarter inch tan-colored skim dissipates into a thin skim; no lacing on this one. Pleasant nose - dark malts and some caramel notes; fairly subdued. Taste consistent with nose, but also reveals and earthy, coffee ground character. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a carbonation level that approaches prickly. Simple and easy drinking session beer; however, carbonation is a little too aggressive.

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A rather clean, clear brown body with slight auburn highlights. A 1 finger off-white cap rose, subsided to a thin layer and hung around for the duration. Scattered lacing.

Cleanest malts in town. Lightly sweet caramel, bready, cereal-like. Toasted grains.

Sweet caramel and toasted grains dominate. Very clean malt profile with a mild earth hop balance that hangs real low and adds a low end musky element. Faint maple syrup in the finish.

Medium bodied. This beer is gritty up front, but finished smooth and creamy.

Coming from a hophead, this beer is almost devoid of any hops, and I would still drink this all night long. Highly sessionable. I am glad that Yards is back up and brewing again.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker chestnut tones with picture perfect fluffy head

S - smells like fresh grain, malt and cereal

T - Nutty and woody, slight carmel tastes... big taste for the ABVs

M - Very well bodied yet smooth and crisp for a beer of its complexion and make-up.

D - Excellent session beer, glad to see a beer with body and charachter in a session category dominated by much lighter beers.

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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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