Sons Of Ben Rowdy Style Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #205
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,404
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
77
From:
Yards Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  9
SCORE
83
Good
Notes: The beer is characterized by a subtle, yet distinct Belgian yeast, 100% pale malt and a floral, American hop. It’s an approachable brew perfect for fans during the game and players relaxing post-match.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 77 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with excellent clarity and a quarter inch of off white. The aroma is of lightly bready malt with a faint sweetness. I’m tasting lightly bready to sweet malt. The mouth is dense and a bit sticky.

Feb 08, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around medium body as well as the same for carbonation
.. aroma is very pleasing, grain,cracker,malt,floral and citrus
..taste is very similar to aroma. Mildly sweet with a perfect mild hop bitterness to balance it. Grain,cracker,hop bitterness,citrus and floral
..this was a very well done beer that I would seek out again

Oct 06, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Crackery grains and lemon citrus.

T.F: Semi-sweet up front. Grains and toasted malts. Nice lemon citrus... a bit of lemongrass and herbs. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. More citrus at the finish.

O: A solid Belgian Pale. Good flavor... easy drinking... and light enough to smash a few of them.

Aug 08, 2019
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a glass
the color is resplendent clear golden with pillowy white head with copious lace and fast rising carbonation visible with tiny beading.
The smell is fragrant hops with somewhat floral and citrus aroma and slight malt toast odor with light herbal presence in the hop scent.
The feel is semi dry with a moderate bitterness and resins of hop oil with medium body and gentle sweetness with a mild alcohol spiciness in the mostly dry finish
The taste has a mild herbal taste up front with slight citrus in the hops with a dry roasted grain taste in the malt department with subtle yeast in taste with a more piney earthy flavor of hops as it finishes with subtle nutty biscuit-like malt in the back.
This is a fantastic Pale ale very well balanced and well brewed and flavorful in every way. A solid example of the style of Belgian Pale Ale.

Sep 10, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, a touch of fruits. Taste is malts, light yeast and spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's a refreshing beer, but a bit mild for the style.

Sep 03, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 5/31/18... poured into a teku)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid with an open, loose sponge of fantastically-firm, rocky white foam - entire bottle did not fill glass on initial pour with head taking head about two finger-width high space

S: Belgian yeast spice apparent upon crown removal... vaguely reminiscent of a hoppy, weaker Duvel... green-grassy, floral, perfumed polyester; slight hint of skin of unripe mango... pleasant surface/top aromas, but very dry and flat below

T: malt/hops maybe has similar intensity/character as an American bo' pils; very very little underlying sweetness, aftertaste has notes of old dried flowers and subtly clove phenols, maybe a hint of sultana... hints of lemon peel, nutty grain sneak in late... comes across like a bo' pils with shades of a maibock

F: smooth, dry; soft silky hop resins... long after sips, the bitterness leaves a delicate numbing hum on the tongue... itys dryness stands out - wanting to take bigger sips

O: muted aromas and flavors overall, though it works - it did grow on me a little along the way... given the abv and restrained attack on the palate, I could definitely see drinking this in greater volume outside at a cook-out... nice addition to their line, if not wholly unique

Aug 06, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tall glass. Bottled 5/2/17, so closing in on a year old here.

Pale yellow body with lots of carbonation. small but persistent white head leaving very good lacing.

Faintly floral and soapy aroma.

muted flavors. Despite the active carbonation, beer seems a little dead. Not unpleasant tasting though. Faintly floral and sweet. A touch watery perhaps.

Somehow, despite the deadness and watery feel, it manages to be above medium on the mouth. very faintly bitter and a little dry on the finish.

overall, at a year old, an inoffensive Belgian pale, just lacking in character.

Apr 23, 2018
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours golden straw with a nice head.

smell is clean, definitely belgian yeast but not too sweet or spicy.

pretty tasty beer. the Belgian yeast and clean malt shine through. the straightforward hops help as well. easy to drink at 5%. a nice session

Jun 21, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The light golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2" white foamy head that leaves a ring of foam on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. There is lots of finely bubbled carbonation visible. Sipping creates small patches and legs of lacing while leaving areas foam and a few legs of lacing around the other side of the glass during the drinking of the beer.

The aromas are light and a bit delicate but include some grapefruit mingled with other citrus fruits and there is also a light floral character here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the addition of some malt sweetness and some almost earthy bitterness. The Belgian yeast shows in the flavor profile but does not dominate the flavors from the hops.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and only slightly prickly with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the citric fruit and sweetness begin to move to the background while allowing that light earthy bitterness to first emerge and then tail off into a dry ending that invites another sip.

As wth most of what I've had from Yards this is a well-made, enjoyable beer that I'm glad to say I have more fresh bottles of to enjoy. I'll certainly plan on picking some up next May when if it is released again. This is also a beer that suits it's intended purpose quite well in my view. The beer is intended to be light, refreshing and to invite the drinker back for more. That said I suspect that some will not enjoy it, particularly if what they seek is the kick of intense flavors and aromas.

May 14, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light colored see through look to this beer. Malty and grassy yeast scent. Gentle but tasty flavor profile with a slight hop bite to start moving to a bready malt finish. Slightly sweet tea-like on the end also yet seemingly well balanced. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Good beer here.

May 13, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yards Brewing Co. "Sons Of Ben Rowdy Pale Ale"
gravity poured cask @ the Yards Real Ale Invitational on 30 April 2017

Notes: Just slightly hazy golden body beneath a short head of white. Average head retention and lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy with notes of orange, soft grapefruit, and a touch of apricot. The flavor is similar with a basic, golden, and lightly grainy malt base. Nicely balanced with a stiff, median bitterness. Mildly earthy and tea-like in the finish. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation. I was expecting a little more from a "rowdy" ale, but OK. Really quite sessionable - listed at 5% ABV.

May 03, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DOOP

Found this on tap at the Moon & Raven Pub in Williamsport, PA - 190 miles from the source and even more surprising to see the SOB Rowdy on tap.

Poured from tap into a pub style ale glass, nice off white head that presents 1 inch thick and then dissipates to a top and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp, light belgian yeast phenols/esters, moderate hop prominence with a grassy note.

Taste is similar to the aroma but more pronounced, crisp, moderate pale malt comes through more than the aroma, belgian yeast flavors are pleasant and the grassy hops counter the light sweetness and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp from the hops, moderate lingering maltiness and drying from the hops. A beer that is easy to drink but enough strong flavors to counter and slow you down to enjoy it.

Overall, this iteration of SOB Rowdy is better than the first version I remember. Great belgian aroma and flavors with easy drinkability.

Oct 14, 2016
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jancona from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap and served too cold at Pour House in Exton, Pennsylvania. As it warmed I could enjoy the yeasty, fruit smell. This is very crisp and refreshing

Jul 14, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. clear yellow in color, foamy white head - the Belgian yeast profile is there, but it's lacking much else. Not really any malt flavor, just a bit too pale for me.

Jun 28, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Yellow-straw with 2 fingers of loose, white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Mango, pineapple, and passion fruit.

Taste
Musky mango, sweaty pineapple, and light notes of passion fruit. Honey sweet maltiness along with additional candy sugars. Finishes with touches of pine and some lingering onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall
I'm not sure where the Belgian part comes into play, but this is a really solid American Pale Ale.

May 19, 2014
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kjfrey from Pennsylvania

1.47/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I am a member of the Sons of Ben and love the Union and Yards. This beer is awful. I guess the goal was to make a light brew for easy quaffing but they've made a "session beer that has a bad aftertaste. Truly disappointed--really expected so much more in this one off for the SOBs.
Really wanted to toss it away after two sips. I think the SOBs and the Union should get to taste the beer before putting their name behind it. Quality first don't sell because of the label/name on it. Yards you owe us a better one next time. It is light in color -- yes like a light beer-- and it fizzes but all it's got is a bad aftertaste.

May 15, 2014
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear golden yellow in color. Poured with a short, bright white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap while leaving sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh floral hop aromas with an herbal spiciness beneath and a light biscuit malt notes. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very easy drinking. Very smooth up front with delicate, rich carbonation rolling through the middle to the end. Floral hop flavors up front that slowly expand and transition to a spicy herbal hop bite through the middle. Biscuity malt flavors are more apparent from the middle to the end. Finished cleanly with bready, spicy herbal aftertaste. Tons of flavor and easy drinking. Hopefully this becomes part of Yards regular lineup. Doop.

May 07, 2014
Sons Of Ben Rowdy Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 77 ratings