Jefferson's Golden Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Average: 3.79 | pDev: 11.61%

Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 909

#14 ranked English Strong Ale | 8.00% ABV

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Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Notes: Year-round availibility. 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.
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Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 909
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4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with some chunks in there. It is topped in a thin lacing of foam that will coat the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of apricots. Nice hops in there too. With a big whiff, you can pick up a bit of alcohol.

Smooth and rich with very light carbonation. This one has a lot of body and flavor. The hops and apricots start you off with a somewhat earthy flavor. It slightly reminds me of the hop flavor of a real ale I had on cask (which one, I can not remember). The alcohol produces a little bite, but it is welcomed. It adds a nice warming effect too. Some big spices come in with a piney finish to really give you a kick in the pants. This is a well-made beer. Although the porter could have used a bunch of work, this one is a bit closer to a great beer. I am still curious why this series of beers costs an extra $6 above their normal 6-pack prices. I would just as well stick with their regular line up and Trubbel de Yards.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a deep, clear, copper color, small creamy tan head that settles with a good lace. On the nose the aroma of dark fruits come through, black cherries, and a tiny whiff of alcohol. On the palate the flavor has nice sweetness, dark fruits, black cherries, plums, very light hints of caramel, very drinkable brew. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Finishes with a slightly spicy dryness and a hop bitterness.
The Ben Franklin Special Ale along with the George Washington Porter and the Thomas Jefferson Ale are all from Yards brewing co. and are brewed exclusively for the City Tavern in Olde City in Philadelphia. This beer that is well worth seeking out if your in the area…

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is only available at The City Tavern in Philadelphia. It was originally brewed by Dock Street to a recipe based on records of what was purchased for the brewing at Monticello. The appearance is crystal clear (unusual for a Yard's product, and I'd guess The City Tavern may be insisting its being filtered as there is no sediment in the bottle) with a very nice, deep orange-copper color showing orange and ruby highlights. The head is off-white, and needs to be coaxed a litttle, but builds a fairly dense 1/4" head. Once thinned, the whispy head lasts fairly well and leaves some Belgian-lace. The nose is mainly fruity with some caramel malt in the background, and some earthy/mineral notes although there are few hops to speak of. The flavor is far more malty than the aroma suggests, but not very complex. However, once coupled with the rich fruity flavors, it's fairly interesting. There's also a fair amount of alcohol involved, but it's well hidden. The taste ends with a gently spicy dryness and hop bitterness that eases away like the setting sun. Similar in many ways to their IPA. Well worth trying. A beer that becons you to keep tasting.

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Jefferson's Golden Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 909 ratings