Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern AleThomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my Philly Craft Beer Outlet buys from last month. Gotta love the implied adherence to tradition, and hey, how many beers have the writer of the Declaration of Independence on the label? Good thing HE didn't leave out "endowed by their creator" huh? I'd hate to have my rights - or theirs - determined solely by POTUS, SCOTUS, or a majority of Congress. Oh wait, they pretty much are now, huh. Nevermind.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a huge inch and a half head which retreated nobly to a persistent quarter inch of white foam, then to a fairly even surface film with moderate lacing which lingered to the end.

s: Light mustiness of old paper. Or perhaps parchment, he suggested sheepishly.

t: Malt with some hop bite and balance. Certainly much of what I had hoped for, something you might think you'd be drinking in an old tavern during the Revolution. Except it seems a bit light for an old timey ale, and there is a sharp and disconcerting dark pine or fruit undertone and aftertaste. The unusual flavor grows more interesting towards the finish.

m: Light to moderate, bitterness builds over time.

o: Time travel is interesting but ultimately not quite all that I had hoped it would be. But then I wonder how Jefferson would have reviewed Firestone Walker Double Jack. "When in the course of human drinking affairs,..."

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with two fingers of off-white head that lasted for quite a while, leaving a nice crown of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pungent. Malty yet floral, with some clover and some hay. As the beer warmed up, some dark fruit aromas of raisins and plumbs started to make their presence known. Finally there’s some caramel notes too. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of caramel and malt flavors up front and some very subtle hops at the finish. As the beer warms up, it gets more floral with some clover and honey coming through. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a slight chewiness. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds, and because of the 8% ABV, there’s also a nice alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall: According to Yards, this beer was crafted from Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe, using wheat, honey, and rye. I found it to be a very damn good beer, one that will be on my rotation of usual beers, as will be the General Washington’s Tavern Porter. Another home run from Yards!

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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