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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by garcia2a on 12-10-2008

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Reviews: 288 | Ratings: 1,059
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber shiny,

S: nutty, caramel, malt, mild fig/raisin, earthy

T: nutty, caramel, malt, dry raisin/fig crisp finish

M: light body, dry crisp

O: Never tried this style before,
but I really like it. Very nice
session style. Great gateway


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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 output01x
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that fades within a minute to a nearly nonexistant dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear reddish copper brown with very few carbonation bubbles.

The sugary sweet caramelized malts give off notes of baked bread, buttery rolls, and toffee. The nose also has an earthy, spicy quality. It isn't the most aromatic, but it certainly is enjoyable.

Dark, sweet, yet gentle malts have notes of caramel, toffee, and iced tea. As the beer is swallowed, the peppery, earthy qualities come out. Like the nose, the flavors are not the most powerful, but subtle and just right.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is one sessionable beer at only 4.2%. The body is just full enough to allow the flavors to come out without losing drinkability or becoming syrupy. The carbonation is not overly noticeable, which is good as too much carbonation would certainly detract from the subtle flavors.

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

Recently, I have been getting tired of tasting alcohol in my beers. I am a maltmaven, so going to hopbombs wasn't going to work. When I saw the description of this at a Total Wine, it sounded like it might be just what I was looking for.

A: Nice copper body with an ample, three-finger dirty white head that dissipates after two or three minutes, not leaving much lacing.

S: Light biscuit notes, a touch of dark fruit.

T: The same, but I get a bit of the yeast used as well, which compliments the other flavors. Not particularly sweet or bitter, and not much of an aftertaste.

M: Light but creamy.

O: I don't know this style too well, as I generally gravitate to beers that kick you in the face with flavor, but I enjoyed this brew. Had plenty of flavor, nothing offensive, and I could definitely have three or four in a night. Well done.

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Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark amber with thin foam that disappates quickly. Some carbonation

S - Scents of english malt is very noticeable.

T - Flavor of caramel, with some hearty malt flavor. Very bold taste, that is consistent throughout.

M - Rich tasting, smooth, and feels light enough to be enjoyed with a meal.

O - I'd try this again. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of icoffey
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had this beer before I bought a Varity Pack while in the Philadelphia Area. I have had the IPA and the Philadelphia Pale Ale, which I really like. The Brawler has a dark color with a great smell. The taste is smooth and very flavorful. Good after taste. When I am back in the Philadelphia Area, I will get more of this Ale.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: meadow, bark, and caramel malt—a very outdoorsy smell

Taste: pale malt, toffee, meadow, and a small touch of tea and chocolate

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start with a light bitter end/aftertaste, light bodied

Overall: A wonderful, sessionable beer that is very English in character. Nice and malty but the hops do just enough to balance this one out. I will look for this one again when I am in the Philly area.

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Photo of klkatz
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell is not impressive.... lager like... corn smell.

appearance is a lot clearer than the feel... it feels heavy almost syrupy like an american lager - feels thick... looks thin... good brownish, almost red color...

the taste is good... malty... sweet...

sits well in your mouth.. tasty enough to go few rounds.... thus the name.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -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.

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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 BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like watered down iced tea. A thin off white colored head tops it off. Half a finger that is gone quickly. Not much lace.

S: Some caramel and lightly roasted maltiness. Also a weird spice/metallic/sour aroma too.

T: The taste starts off with a light caramel flavor and goes down hill from there. Like the nose revealed. There's a metallic sourness thats not very pleasant.

M: Not much mouth presence. Watery and slightly over carbonated.

Overall: Not a very memorable brew from Yard's. I got this in a variety case and it was a struggle to finish 6 of these.

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Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the ubiquitous beer on the Jersey Shore where I spent the last week in august. In general this beer packs a lot of interesting flavor especially for something as low in alcohol as this, much like a british mild.

Appearance is a dark brown, with a brown head. Not very frothy but enough carbonation throughout.

Smell is very malty. Sweet with carmel hints and dark fruit.

Flavor is also very malty and full. Carmel in the flavor as well with a lot of body.

Overall a very easy to drink beer with a lot going on.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Dark brown, burnt orange color, 3 finger frothy head that dissipates to a nice ring around the glass, nice lacing and retention.
S- Dark malts, slight roasted aroma, slight toffee, earthy notes, some spice.
T- Interesting taste, rather bland subtle beer, dark malts, breadiness, slight roasted flavor, some spice, it’s definitely easy drinking but not a lot going on.
M- Light mouth feel, decent carbonation, thin body, clean finish.
O- It’s definitely a session beer at 4% abv, not a lot going on, pretty bland taste, for a mild it does have a decent amount of flavor though, it does what it’s meant to do.

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Photo of Boppar
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Back in the good ole days when there was a drinkability category, this would have gotten a 5.

A: Deep reddish brown with two fingers of foamy off-white head.

S: Sweet malts, toffee, fresh bread. Rich earth and moss.

T: It tastes the way it smells, which is a very good thing.

M: The mouthfeel is slick, foamy, and medium-bodied.

O: This is a very good session beer.

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

Got a bottle of this as an extra from a recent trade!

A: The beer displayed a deep amber core with slighter lighter edges and was topped with a small, but fluffy off white head. No lacing to speak of here.

S: Sweet nose of carmel malts and to my surprise I was able to detect some bitterness from the hops.

T: Overall, a fairly subtle beer comprised of semi sweet malts, and grains with the slightest hint of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Heavier than one would think, strong carbonation that tingles the tongue and throat.

O: An enjoyable experience and a pretty solid session beer from Yards Brewing.

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

Received in trade from Centennial.

A: Clear, dark reddish hues. Nice head, but with little retention. Great lacing however.

S: Caramel malt with a hint of a roasted coffee flavor. No real hops that I can detect.

T: The roasted coffee flavor is much more prominent in he taste than in the nose. The caramel malt is noted on the end.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

O: I enjoy this. It is a great session ale. I would have no problem seasoning this.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown/amber color with a pretty thin, weak head. Almost no lacing.
Nose and flavor are way to the malty side like a Scotch Ale; touch of brown sugar, but without ever being too sweet. Finishes dry.
Medium body with good carbonation levels.
Overall not bad, but I don't know how many I could have before the flavor got old.

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Photo of bobhits
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours reddish brown with a touch of haze. There isn’t much head here. The body has a lot of bubbles coming up so at least it is lively.
A touch of sweet fruity notes, some grain, but nothing really is standing out here.
Sweet, lightly hopped, fruity, and yet watery flavors are extremely subtle but still rather tasty. I don’t get refreshing out of this one, but more interesting without being exciting.
A rather light body and easy to drink. Without a doubt a classic pub beer, not a session beer as this is over 4% (you’re welcome Ding).
I only have the one bottle, but I’m not overly excited about it.

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Photo of mjw06
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't argue much with Yards on the description and marketing. This indeed is a prototypical session ale; from the taste, to the feel, to the finish. First time I had this beer was on-tap and it was given to me as a "brown ale." I though it to be distinct though and learned more about it when I bought it in a case.

A nice sized, very tight head that has some reasonable retention and leaves a little wet lace on the glass. Medium transparent brown. Pleasant in the nose, sweet and dry. Get some stale, toasted bread on the palate with some caramel and nougat. A faint hoppiness is felt on the mildly dry finish with a little residual sour malt on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

This is a great beer. Session indeed. I'd like to go all night with the homies and a case of this.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and clear, small amount of short lived head left decent lacing.

Smelled and tasted quite caramel malty, with light coffee and chocolate undertones, and a bit of toffee too. There's a bit of fruitiness, with a little bit of dark but mostly light fruits coming to mind.

The body is very light and pretty well carbonated, and leaves a slightly slick feel, along with a caramel malty aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice light, easy to drink beer creation. I'd like this one along with dinner or as a session beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Toasty, slightly caramel malt, vienna like. Slight herbal hop component as well.

L: Clear reddish brown, off white head that dissipates.

T: Dark toffee malt with an herbal tea-like, slightly tannic bitterness. Medium low bitterness yields some toasty, slight sweet notes. Finishes herbal tea like dry. Fairly clean.

M: Medium light body, medium low carbonation.

Solid, light with good flavors. Definitely need to let this warm. Even for 4.2%, it was a little thin in the body.

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Photo of MrOH
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a mixed case (first beer distributor purchase since I left Pittsburgh in 2003!), my first review as a Philly resident.

Clear brown with an orange tint. Single finger head that dissappears in no time.

Cocoa powder, cookies, some fruity esters, slight vinous quality.

Smooth, cocoa, toast, slight vine fruit, biscuit, tiny hop bite at the finish.

Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation as per the style.

Yeah, I could drink quite a few of these.

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

Brown in color with a thinness showing at the edges. It boasts a well-structured, cream-colored head. The smell is of nutty malts and spicy British hops...probably Goldings. Accurate smell for the style and the taste is spot on as well. It has a little bit of sweetness with some nutty characteristics (walnuts) that carry on into the aftertaste along with a moderate hop presence ...again the spice of British hops. At the tail end of the aftertaste, after the beer has warmed a bit, there's a fruity note. Below medium in body and very easy to drink. Not a bad beer at all...not a great one, but not bad...and I rarely give credit to anything from Philadelphia.

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

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is toasted malts.Taste is bread,butter and various malts.Overall a decent beer that is thin and relatively smooth.Seems like a beer best for the warmer months.I would recommend to try at least once.I'd probably buy again.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.