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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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:
#18,968
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
869
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
233
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 297
Photo of Dmezzy
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tastes pretty good. 8%er... can’t go wrong..

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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Photo of lobos62
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A darker golden color with a thick beige head.

Smell: Light malts and yeast.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts and yeast with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Overall: Good beer, I would have this one again.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joshautry
2.21/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Wizzle32
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StevenH
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Akyeras
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sastnd
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiteturtle
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redsoxjim
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +6.6%
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomMahan
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuggetlover
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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