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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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3.77/5
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869 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#18,936
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
869
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 297
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

perfectly balanced for what it is....for what it wants to achieve, present, hits on all cylinders...V666th sense

not sure what's going on with the tastebuds of folks finding 'burnt rubber' and such; i guess sampling burnt rubber (and thus knowing what it tastes like) would could and should distort what remains of taste buds ;)

seriously, though, this is comparable to DFHead's own historical/ancient brews...take away the history and this is still an incredible, rich, unique strong 'indigenous' ale from early (colonized) "america"...

it's a beauty to behold with it's deep golden amber and feisty (inital) head...pour into a pewter tankard only after you've enjoyed it in an appropriate clear vessel...nose is deep tangy buttery floral yeasty molasses and such...it goes on...complex....what really helps deliver this nectary spectrum is the rich thick mouthfeel wil roils about and penetrates under the tastebuds...just amazing how this synergetically gels and flows...highly recommended WORLD CLASS masterpiece from YARDS...a rare perfection

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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Photo of mikeyv35
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 06/13/2010
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Pours a light red mahoghany in color w/ a small white cream head, leaves minimal lacing on the glass that dissipates rather quickly. Nose was of candied sugar, orange peel, light toffee, light caramel, breadiness, and a touch of booze. Taste pretty much follows the nose, w/ candied sugar, orange peel, and toffee/caramel up front, and a finish of breadiness and very mild hop bite. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but the flavors are rich, and the brew is decently creamy due to proper amounts of carbonation. Drinkability? As Lionel Ritchie once said, "All night long!"

For what this is, an English Strong Ale, it is simply perfection in a bottle! It encompasses all the ideal qualities that an English Strong Ale should have. Yard's has done a fabulous job trying to recreate Thomas Jefferson's original recipe for beer!

When I drink this beer, as I do quite regularly, I feel as if I get time-warped back to a dingy, old English pub in the 1800's. I feel like I should always drink this out of a pewter mug or something, might have to seek one out. I would seek this brew out if I were you.

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of rtmyers123
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At 8.0% ABV this a wonderful "go to" ale. Smooth and subtle in its hops. It will not disappoint!!

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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Photo of Purerockfury
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer shocked the hell out of me. I love Yards so I figured this would be pretty fine. Good label. Thomas Jefferson on the label. Good font. Brown bottle. Then I poured it and it was...ugh....yellow. So I got a little scared. How could something so yellow be good? Not even gold for gods' sake! YELLOW! Instead of launching the glass across the room as the color would normally demand, I took a sniff. Hmmmmm. It smells like beer. Hoppy. Malty. Spicy. Maybe a little citrus in there (but thankfully not grapefruit...NO ONE LIKES GRAPEFRUIT!).

I took a sip and something amazing happened! It takes great! Like world changing great. The spicey rye mixed in with the honey and corn sweetness and made a malt profile i had yet to experience. It almost has an IPA hop bitterness as well. A little grass and a little spice and a little lemon (THE GOOD YELLOW FRUIT) and maybe a touch of flowers On top of that was the viscous mouthfeel. Almost like a single malt scotch body and mouthfeel. Heavy in a good way.

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4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer at about 55 degrees F into a standard pint and it poured a light amber colour with a full one finger ivory head of tiny bubbles that stay as a nice ring and Friar Tuck center cap and sticky balcony-like lacing pattern. Very attractive this beer is!

Right away I notices the darker fruit notes with this beer as well as the pale sweet malts, honey and a bready yeast. The honey aroma is just fantastic! As the beer warms the honey is more pronounced. This beer is approaching room temperature and it is coming alive!

As you sip, your nose takes in the honey and your tongue is greeted with pale malts, honey, green raisin, sweet citrus a bit of tart fruit and not until the very end do you get the earthy hop bitterness with a black peppery numbing feeling on the tongue that I assume is a combination of the carbonation, the alcohol and the hop dryness. This beer is a pleasure to drink and drink her just a tad lower than room temperature. 60 degrees is awesome.

The mouthfeel of this beer is silky smooth, creamy mildly sweet and approaching full bodied. The carbonation is one step above moderate, no where near hot, but she's a lively English tart this lady.

Overall, I am deeming this lovely lady world class. She gets the Cate Blanchett award for being a true beauty! There is absolutely nothing that I don't like about this beer and I feel that it fits Beer Advocates criteria to a T. Although they mention a solvent aroma as part of the class, and I don't get that, OR want that! 5 out of 5 on this baby Yards! I don't think that I have given a score like that yet!

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Somewhat bitter, but very interesting ale from rev. times. Enjoyed this history lesson!

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4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It arrives at the table with a tight, topographically variegated foamy cap surmounting a perfect amber body with a perpetual upward swirl of tiny bubbles. The enticing aroma is of toffee, or, perhaps, flan. The beer's flavor brings home the aroma's promise of savory, sophisticated sweetness. It's a soft and smooth taste--almost that of a "comfort food"--yet deeply satisfying as beer. The texture is rich. For all of its 8%, it goes down easily. I'm a little reticent about giving a beer this high of a rating, but this is pretty good stuff.

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Photo of JohnCJr
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass. This beer is an dark golden beauty, with a short white head. The smell is divine, with honey and molasses up front. This is one delicious brew, with the same honey and molasses, along with a full maltiness. It's not too sweet, though, and went well with the chicken tikka masala I had for dinner. It had a nice full mouthfeel, especially for a golden ale. I picked this up on a trip to, appropriately, Monticello. I wish I had picked up a case of it. Admittedly, this fits my malty flavor profile. Still, this is one of my top five beers ever.

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4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yards' Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale poured a great amber color with a creamy head. Unfortunately the head thinned out shortly after the poor, but it did not go completely away. The smell was clean and light with a hint of sweetness, likely from the honey. There was a slight note of caramel malts and just a hint of hops. The taste was crisp and clean with just a touch of sweetness to set this apart form other tavern or pub ales; the non-bitter character of this ale was a welcome change from many ales in its class. The honey came through in the taste, but certainly not too much, just the right amount. The smooth feel of this ale on the tongue and its light finish make this a great ale to enjoy on many occasions. Cheers!

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4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The second of the "Ales of the Revolution" I've had the good fortune to have on tap at home. Pours a darkish orange color, with an off-white head. No nose to speak of, but the taste is delightful. Very well balanced sweetness and bitterness, and alcohol? what alcohol? You'd never guess this was an 8% brew. And mouthfeel is JUST right for the flavor - it's thick enough and rich enough, but not so rich as to fill you up (and prevent you from getting another). I will definitely have this beer on tap again. Very highly recommended, and props to Yards for another fine instigation to Revolution.

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4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious out of the keg

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4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the brewery in Philly. Wow, this beer surprised me with how fantastic it was. It looks and smells good, but pretty normal. Then you taste it and it hits you. Delicious malts and biscuity flavors flood your mouth and excite your taste buds. Frankly, this is one of my favorite beers I've ever had. Jefferson is my favorite founding father and it just so happens that Yards' beer named after him is my favorite of theirs. I really love this beer.

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4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to ppoitras for this most excellent beer, even though i took my sweet ass time getting around to it, definetly worth it though.

poured with a huge rocky pillowy white head on a slighlty hazy orangey honeyish color. fruity hoppy aroma, very citrusy with some sugar/malt sweetness and a bready yeasty character develops as this warms up. very very smooth body and a slick suculant mouthfeel. sweet raw sugar, very well defined hop character with a dry bitter aftertaste. very highly drinkable.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 869 ratings
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