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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern AleThomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
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:
#18,999
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
869
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 297
Photo of KTCamm
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clearish light copper with ring of foam. Mild malt nose. Hard to flesh out. Taste is a funky, stale malt. Odd bitter close that is a bit persistent. Classic mixture, somehow comes together. Odd, but it works.

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Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jeff22
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Jason1337
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of djkman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chrismel
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WissBrauSean
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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Photo of thlayli87
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes

A - Copper color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Decent lacing and retention

S - Grainy malt, not much else

T - Somewhat salty taste, earthy hops. Flavors lack complexity.

M - Good carbonation level. Pleasing on the palate.

O - Pretty boring flavors and a mediocre beer overall. I'd pass this one by.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice goldent color with a thick 2 finger head, white and fluffy with great lacing.
S - Honey, some floral hops and a mild hint of citrus, sweeter bready malt, a few herbs as well.
T - This is a great balance of flavors, good mild hop bitterness of a floral quality, some orange zest, and a moderate malt foundation.
M - Full bodied, coats your palate with good flavors and sticks with you.
O - This is a great brew, you do not taste or feel the 8% at all, if this is actually derived from Jefferson's recipe, then beer drinkers back then would be proud to know that it has kept up with beers of this era. Good, drinkable, and full of flavor.

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Photo of dbfp210
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mothman
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beige head with a lot of lace. Color is a clear dark gold.

Flavors of alcohol and bready malts. Hints of biscuit and some spice flavors. Some earthy spice flavors as well.

Medium bodied with a dry feel. Good carbonation.

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not something I'd drink more of.

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Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber in color, and fairly opaque. Tan foam retains well, and laces the glass decently.

S - There is a fruit scent that combines with some garden spices. A sherry scent comes through more over time until there is a boozy aroma from this beer.

T - Initial sip has a sweet fruit flavor. Esters give a slight acidic bite on the palate. Finish has spicy notes.

M - A heavy styled beer that is pretty complex. There may be too much going on with the sweetess\spice for this to be any more than a one bottle treat. But it certianly is not boring.

O - Always fun to have something from Yards. These guys have consistently made some good stuff. After having this and the Washington Porter, I need to get a bottle of Ben Franklin's spiced ale.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of popery
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. 7/27/11. Pours a translucent medium brown-ish orange. Eggshell head. Aroma is caramel, cider, spice and a some booze. It’s not very good. Taste is a kinda one note sweetness with a bitter, boozy finish. Lots of malt shows up, but it lacks complexity. Just sweet caramel. Feel is too thin. It’s not terrible, but it could be drier or richer or more complex. There’s just something missing. On top of that, even though there aren't a ton of English Strong Ales around, I still consider it a strong style, and this beer just doesn't live up to other takes for me. That said, I do plan to give it another shot.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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