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Jefferson's Golden Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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908 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fomerly Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale

This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.

BEER STATS
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#25,288
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
908
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 908 |  Reviews: 303
Photo of let8it8grow
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this beer has been around since hitler was a baby but I didn't hear of it until I visited Yards last weekend. I bought a sixer as the last thing I bought, just to fill up the box, and I've had a couple since and I didn't like the first few sips but wound up enjoying them.

It pours much more amber than gold, but a very bright and fizzy pour.

It smells kinda strong. Very sweet, with some fruit and nicely metallic nodes cutting into the malt alcohol. I've grown to like it, as I said, but I can see where newcomers would find it offputting.

Tastes... again, it's an acquired taste. I still don't love it, but after only a few of these I've grown to like it. It's a sweet and boozy ale, and the booziness doesn't come from any vinous complexities or barrel aging but from the fact that it's just a malty ass ale. The front is sharper, the middle is yeasty with some light hops nodes, the finish is fruit and rough barely alcohol. It's what I would imagine a minimally hopped, un-aged barley wine to taste like.

This is a strange ale, for sure, but the fact that it was so against my tastes and I came over to it so easily suggests to me that it's well brewed. It's worth trying, at the very least.

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Photo of HardCider
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DonBowman
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgiordano88
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a golden copper color with visible carbonation and a white head.

Smell - The beer had a sweet straw nose.

Taste - The initial taste was sweet smooth corn. As it progresses, the profile becomes lightly bitter and grassy.

Mouthfeel - The solid viscosity for the style fits the flavor profile.

Overall - Obviously, the style isn’t sexy, but the beer is a nice easy drinker.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

L - Pours a clear copper/orange color with lots of bubbles and an inch of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin lacing throughout.

S - Orange, honey, malt, mild hops, slightly piney.

T - Bready malt, orange, honey, citrus rind, finishes with a strong alcohol bite that overpowers the sweetness.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable, slightly dry finish.

O - A nice, balanced stronger ale that drinks easy.

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Photo of Fenix2009
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Docgabe38
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rymish
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kraut6363
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vabeerguy
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wattie83
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fremont897
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of muchos
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/06/18. Enjoyed on 06/17/18.
L. Clear dark-orange with a big fluffy head which reduces slowly for a thick lacing.
S. Spicy rye and honey are the first aromas I get, dark caramel, dark bread crust, earthy grassy hops. Smells good.
T. Bready, spicy, a bit of malty sweetness like caramel and honey, spicier in the middle mixing with grassy bitterness toward the end. Real bitter aftertaste. Not super complex but different and quite good.
F. Full side of a medium body, smooth with low-ish carbonation, not much warming or drying.
O. This is a fresh bottle that I'm sampling, so it has a nice bitter/spicy hop presence to compliment the combination of grains in this one. For quality, flavor, value, Yards is an excellent choice. Cheers!

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Photo of classixIII
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crackerjack57
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, nothing too unique flavor wise, would definitely buy again especially with high ABV to price.

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Photo of bret717
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Pours clear golden/bronze w/rocky 1 finger off-white head

Aroma- Caramel, honey, subtle floral hops

Taste- follows nose with sweet caramel and honey up front that's tempered by floral hops and a firm bitterness along with a hint of orange

Feel- medium bodied and carbed; long, slightly bitter finished

Overall- Really nice, well balanced strong ale

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Tavern pub in Philly. The appearance is a clear orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is malt, grain and honey. The taste follows the nose.

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Jefferson's Golden Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 908 ratings