Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Ale - Yards Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.75/5 rDev +25%
Months ago, I noticed that this was one of the 'Beers of the Revolution' series put out by Yards, and since I loved the other three, I tried tracking down this one, but to no avail (even the Yards website doesn't list it anymore; I hope that they didn't eliminate this offering due to lack of interest). That was, until a recent trip to City Tavern in Philadelphia, who did indeed have this on tap. On BA, I noticed that one of the aliases of Philly Pale Ale was City Tavern Ale, so hopefully I am not being redundant by adding this beer. As a matter of fact, this beer does exhibit some similar characteristics to that great session beer, but enough jabbering; here it goes...
Into a stemmed glass, poured a cloudy amber with 2 fingers of great white head and great retention. The nose was a lovely mix of pine, grapefruit, apple, citrus, and floral hops. The taste was excellent; first pine, then grapefruit/malt/apple, and polished off with a modestly dry finish. A smooth, full body complements the hoppiness and fruitiness nicely. Tremendous session beer. Ironic that it is actually my favorite of the 4 Beers of the Revolution, yet it doesn't appear to be available anywhere.
07-03-2010 17:43:27 | More by donniecuffs
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
A: Deep amber color; slightly hazy. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention thick, unbroken skim. Leghtly decanted. Lace in wide rings.
S: Floral hops - notably - citrus, grapefruit and pine. Bready pale malt in the foundation.
T: Big, bready pale malts up front. Transitions quickly to resiny hop flavors consistent with the nose. Dry and bitter in the finish.
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Perfect feel for this beer that's resiny in the middle, then dry and bitter for a good finish.
D: Great session beer. Smooth, balanced and flavorful.
04-11-2011 21:05:03 | More by Haybeerman
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.86/5 rDev +1.6%
White head. Clear pale golden yellow.
Grassy hops. Light citrus. Bready, pale malts. Earthy with a bit of spiciness. Think of sazz hops.
Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Almost pilsner like. Ends clean.
Overall, I like it. The citrus is nice. Definitely reminds me of a pils more than anything. Very easy to drink.
03-25-2013 16:00:01 | More by mothman
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
A clear yellow-amber colored brew with a solid white froth on top and decent lacing. The aroma is a bright and yummy citrus hop with hint of granny apple lemon-lime and vinegar biscuit. Even a touch of some sort of sweet vegetable going on, very nice overall, can't wait to taste it. The flavor comes on with a similarly bright bite but it's more green leaf with a dry hop overtone. Not as sweet and fruity as the aroma leads you to expect. It's a very lively, crisp feel in a fairly light-bodied brew, but not watery at all. It's definitely gassy stuff, good belching-beer. This is just a bit too harsh. Lots of hop bitterness but the citrus/fruit flavors get buried and it ultimately could use a little more sweetness to be more likable to me. For this reason I also have to say it's medium drinkable. I wish it tasted more like it smelled. Oh well, worth a try though, not bad.
11-09-2010 04:57:17 | More by Durge
Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.