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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 bsp77
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in November shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy, orangish-brown with thin white head and light lacing.

Smell: Bready malts with cherry, caramel and a slight English hop spiciness. The smell is mostly gone after a few minutes.

Taste: Light malts with a focus on bread, tea and light caramel. Ends with a spice and cherry finish that almost tingles. Pleasant but bland.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat spritzy light body that is a little watery.

Drinkability: As the bottle says, it is good for a "few rounds". Always nice to have an English Mild in the US, even if it isn't that exciting.

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Photo of Hoppy27
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured from bottle into room-temperature pint glass. One finger of off-white head dissipated quickly to a thin film of fine bubbles, no lacing. Nice deep amber color.

S-Malty caramel scent hits the nose immediately. Also, some earthy tones. Any hop-scent is entirely masked by the toasty malt smells.

T-Nice session beer. A little sweet at first taste, fading to a mellow caramel aftertaste. Nothing mindblowing, but that's probably the point. Easy to drink.

M-Smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink these all night long, probably because the low ABV and mild tastes. Again, nothing mind-blowing, but also nothing bad to say about it.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber with a finger of white head, into a pint glass. The smell was dominated by caramel, oakiness, and wet leaves, and the taste confirmed this...especially the earthiness of oak and leaves. While this was a rare find, I was a little disappointed that the earthiness overpowered the caramel and any hop presence (which was subtle to begin with). The mouthfeel was nice and silky; a nice testament to the style. However, the earthiness was too much for me to handle past one pint.

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz Brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Light brown with ruby hues, moderate head when poured vigorously, no retention or lacing

S - Light sweet grains, small hints of toasted grains and ground coffee

T - The sweet grains are much pronounced followed by mild fruit esters, possibly a hint of pear. Finishes strong toasty malt, hint of chocolate and ground coffee.

M - Light to medium body, great carbonation

D - A very noteworthy session brew, great beer to kick back and relax and drink quite a few without busting your wallet, good rendition of a style seemingly forgotten by American craft breweries.

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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.

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Photo of pwoods
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours copper with decent clarity. Moderate head on the pour without much retention. No lacing.

S: Light grainy malts. Cereal grains. A touch of sweetness. Not much else.

T/M: More of the light grains, biscuity. There's a bit of sweetness that is washed away by a flat adjunct like flavor. No hops. Body is medium light with somewhat high carbonation.

D: Low ABV but I'm not really digging this one enough for me to say it's drinkable.

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Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep amber that's not quite considered brown...some maroon highlights are around the edges...a tan head falls as it forms and leaves little lacing to speak of

S - A very heavy malt nose...caramel and toffee notes coming through

T - The malts continue right into the flavor...the roastiness of the malts really contributes to this beer...they are caramel and toffee in flavor with that hint of roasted bitterness...I'm really picking up some chocolate in this beer...maybe chocolate malts?...but it's a pleasant flavor...some graininess shows up at the end...but is then taken away by the roasted malts that finish this beer

M - Medium bodied...not heavy at all as the color would suggest...rather smooth

D - I feel this was great beer...I'm not too familiar with the style...but the flavors that this beer presented were very tasty and it's worth a try

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a dark cherry red glow when held up to the light. No real head to speak of but a bit of lacing.

Smells like brown sugar and toast.

The taste isn't especially strong. Basically a soft brown sugar sweetness and a mild toasty butter like flavor.

The feel is on the thicker side considering the abv and pretty smooth. Very little carbonation to speak of.

The very definition of a session beer in a dark style. Not especially flavorful but more than easy to throw back multiple bottles or glasses.

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Photo of rickmick
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask today at Varga Bar in Philly.

The head was thick and creamy, and the beer is a pleasant dark brown color. There isn't a lot of flavor here, either in the smell or the taste. That's not really a problem. What flavor does exist is pleasant--I had this on cask, and the beer was quite warm, and there is really nothing NOT to like about the beer in terms of flavor. There's also nothing that will wow you either. However, I drank this very quick without noticing. It is an extremely drinkable beer, and the low ABV makes it one of the best session beers I can think of.

I've also had this on tap, and the carbonation gives it a little more action, but the smoothness of the cask can not be beat.

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Photo of davey
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle of this from NJpadrefan. Thanks a lot.

Pours-a dark brown wood color with a slight red hue. Nice thick tan colored head, that stuck around for about 10 minutes.

Smells-malty, and a faint bready smell, grains, nutty.

Taste-lots of malts, biscuit, tiny bit of toffee.

Mouthfeel-smooth and slightly creamy, goes down very easy.

This is a perfect beer for early fall/late summer. The nutty flavor came out a little more as it warmed up. At 4.2% you could drink all day. It would definitely be a regular at the pub.

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

Yards Brawler pours a beautiful amber shadowy red in a traditional British pint glass. The aroma of biscuits and cereal - warm and comforting - fills the senses and instantly relaxing you. Great mouthfeel and slightly chewy....

For the novice: Have this in your fridge and your guests might think you a connoisseur

Personally: A really great bitter (or British mild if you are so inclined to get technical). Brawler is an notable beer for socializing, chilling out and a great beer with tapas or hummus.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this bottle in the Yards Brewing Company variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear dark brown color. The head is two fingers tall, light tan, ok retention, little thin lacing and tiny lacing.
Smell: The aromas are muted coffee, earthy hops and hints of caramel.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hops, malt balls and caramel.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and edgy.
Drinkabily: This beer is good.
Don't drink and review.

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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 william5586
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear ruby with a finger of off white head and good lacing.

S- Nice sweet malt smell.

T- Sweet lightly toasted malt flavors dominate the taste. Just a little bit of hops come in to balance the finish.

M- Crisp from the carbonation. Light body. Only complaint that I have is that it may be a little watery.

D- Great drinkability. Very nice session beer.

Nothing mind blowing but very good overall.

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Photo of ButchAleman
1.81/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had this beer on draft at Kite and Key. Pours a turbulent orange with a miniscule head. No lacing. Half-decent biscuity aroma, punctuated with citrus and marzipan. Disturbing flowery taste, with pepper and biscuit malt. Very light mouthfeel and thin finish.

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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.

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Photo of jmalex
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my obsession with the "new" Yards, tonight's choice is Brawler.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English imperial pint a mostly clear copper-bronze. A small, white head forms on top with a turbid pour and then shrinks to an almost full cap.

SMELL: A nicely balanced nose that doesn't shy away from the aromas. Some really English hops give off their earthy and grassy smells with some biscuity and toasty malt coming up to match with a touch of caramel. Some mild English esters show themselves slightly but don't outshine the malt and hops.

TASTE: The flavors are very, well, mild. A much cleaner, pale English malt flavor dominates for most of it with a matching bitterness staying way out of the limelight. Alongside is a much more forward ester profile with a decent bit of diacetyl. Towards the finish, some hop flavor comes on to match with the tiniest bit of roastiness following that.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied and low carbonation. This is usually a recipe for disaster, eliciting the dreaded "watery" remark, but this one has enough dextrines to make the mouthfeel seem much more robust than it is. I like.

DRINKABILITY: I'd sure hope this can pull good numbers here. 4.2% is real nice and makes it a real, honest-to-goodness session beer.

Yards has a nice one here. There's definitely a gap in the market for a style like this, and there's gotta be some room in my fridge for a beer like this. Perhaps I'll be upgrading this single bottle to a six pack in the near future.

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Photo of dude
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spied this on tap and had to try it. Call me cheap (or a lush) but spending $30+ for a case of low ABV beer didn't sit well with me. However $3 for a pint, bring it!
Cloudy, dark amber in appearance. Grainy and caramelly nose. Taste is malty, with good sweetness from caramel and biscuit malts. Fruity yeast presence as well and slight hop bitterness felt at the end. This is a damn fine malty and flavorful beer that's "only" 4.2 % ABV. I may have to pick up a case after all. Drinkability is very good, its light bodied, goes down smooth and creamy with a sweet finish.

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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 lonestar4lunch
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost a cola color on pour with just a bit of lacing sticking around. Aroma is almost of a light coffee, strong of malt and some toffee. Taste is pretty mild like the aroma with brown sugar, malts, a hint of fruit and toffee. Very drinkable and with the lower alc% could put a few back for sure. Not my favorite style and least fav from Yards so far.

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Photo of emsroth
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Packaged in march.

App: A thick chunky head. Mahogany colored with hues of red and orange.

Smell: a light creamy smell that includes honey and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Greeted by a roasted flavor. Next comes a sweet and watery malt profile. Ends with a coffee like bitterness. As I drink the sweetness comes alive and predominates with a bit of bitter roast in tow.

Medium body with low-medium carbonation. Definitely a session brew if I liked the taste more

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a style not found easily, but now not too far away! picked up some after a HB club meeting.

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields only a single finger of creamy off-white head. the head reduces to a thin layer of foam quickly. the body is a nice clear ruby color. no lacing here.

the smell is on the lighter side. some malts that are bready and toasty, mixed with some toffee and some light fruitiness. nothing to write home about.

mmm. nice malty, nutty, and caramel taste, backed by some simple bitterness. there's a touch of earthy hop notes in there, but mostly the nice malty flavors. but it's not overpowering in the least. these flavors are not strong and are quite well balanced.

nice and creamy mouthfeel. medium-body or just a bit above that really. again, surprising for such a 'small' beer.

this is a session beer. the beer hunter term "moreish" is definently the way to describe this. easy to drink more than one. too easy really.

i was pleasantly surprised by this one. if only 'pubs' would carry this one on draft.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.