Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern AleThomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
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:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 08-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
862
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
226
For Trade:
1
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Photo of cmurphy7
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joshautry
2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Wizzle32
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StevenH
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Akyeras
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sastnd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiteturtle
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eyes: Partially translucent copper/golden hue. 1/3 in head settles into a thin mist in the center with a full circle foam around the glass.

Nose: Honey strikes first; followed by light toffee, croissant, and peach.

Taste: Bitter/sweet. Honey

mouth: light and crisp, but creamy. nice bitter tarty aftertaste

Solid offering of an exclusive recipe offered by Yards, or rather Thomas Jefferson. If you come across I highly recommend a taste

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redsoxjim
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is good to go back to a good old fashioned ale. Nice color. good taste. I found it to be more sweet then bitter due to the honey. I am drinking bottles from the 6 pack I bought. I will buy this beer again. Could be my new go to 6 pack. Has a nice buzz after 2. That nice relax buzz. TJ. knew how to make good beer, and so does Yards.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a transparent dark copper color with a massive, thick cream colored head.

It smells like sweet, bread dough. Full of grains. Also a bit of a peppery note with some floral hops.

It pretty much tastes like it smells. Like a piece of homemade wheat bread with honey on it. Waves of grains ,especially rye. I would guess the spicy, floral hops with a surprising amount of bitterness are Noble. It reminds me of a Marzen a bit.

The body is a bit on the heavier side, but still quite drinkable for a higher ABV beer.

This is an outstanding brew. A little more bitterness than I would prefer, but otherwise I would drink this one again without hesitation

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Photo of Timtac
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomMahan
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuggetlover
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leantom
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer. A little too grainy for my refined tastes, however. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear, copper-colored beer. Similar to a darker adjunct lager. Head is massive and very bready, which is a plus. Lacing also lingers quite well.

S: Very bready and grainy. Breadiness comes from the baker's yeast; graininess comes from the wheat, I suppose. Quite plain, but there is something crisp about it.

T: Follows the nose. Very bready and grainy. While simple, the beer is quite refreshing.

F: Little bit thicker than I imagined. Still good.

O: Good beer. Have had better, though. A little too grainy for me, but I would have it again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color. Smells very malt based with some rye and some floral/sweet hoppy notes on the edge(or is it beery). Bready distinct rye flavor with some hoppy background bitterness. That flavor lasts a while on the palate. Fairly carbonated and some warming alcohol comes through in the finish. Pretty decent.

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Photo of enorc14
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SomethingClever
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter 8/26 bottle date

A: Deep Amber body with excellent clarity. Head is a chunky fat white that laces the glass like crazy.

S: Light malts, honey, touches of cinnamon, bready doughy end.

T: Light lager tasting beer, bready, doughy, hints of corn, caramel, grains, and light touches of honey. Fairly bitter finish on this.

M: Light to medium body, fairly clean tasting with a little bit of a linger on the end.

O: This isn't too bad, its a tad bitter on this finish but its nicely malty lightly sweet and lowish abv its not bad.

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Photo of Prue
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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