Yards Brewing Co.

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #385
Ranked #41,620
3.61 | pDev: 14.68%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: We brew each batch with over 3,000 pounds of fresh raspberries and both sour and sweet cherries. The addition of fruit prior to fermentation makes this crisp ale tart instead of sweet. It’s pink in color of course, light-bodied, and refreshing with delicate, delectable berry aromas. We’ll bet the farm that there’s no better autumn seasonal around.
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Photo of Lucular
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a pretty, pynk...color with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor feature moderate amounts of raspberry and to a lesser extent cherries. Light malt/wheat backbone with a hint of tartness. Decent but nothing I'll seek out again.

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yards a very good, older-school US craft brewery. That means they make balanced pale ales, not everything the brew has citra in it, and they don't charge 15 bucks for a four pack of cans. I revere such breweries, but I usually steer clear of their attempts at producing iterations of popular trends. But we had such a lovely time at the brewery on Friday, I couldn't help but pick up a few sixers.

Pynk is billed as a "tart berry ale," with no full explanation of where the tartness comes from. It pours a lovely rose color with attractive effervescence and a decently sized head.

Aroma is light cherries and biscuity malt. A nice combination. There doesn't appear to be any wild yeast or bacteria and so the lack of intensity might throw some people off.

Tastes very nice. Pleasantly understated. Lightly tart cherries up front, more rounded raspberries in the middle blending against bready malt, and a mildly chewy, pleasantly dry finish.

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Photo of EMV
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pink pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Light grains... tart fruit.. baking cherry.

T.F: Follows the nose. Light malts... minimal tartness and some fruit character. Baking cherry and raspberry. Not sour by any means. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Some fruit sweetness in the middle. Relatively mild flavor.

O: Easy drinking... simple and without a lot going on. Looks good... smells ok... tastes like not much. No reason to seek this one out. REALLY doesn't help this beer that I drank it after a Hill Farmstead. Maybe good for 'baby's first sour' but not something that's going to impress.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

L---Deep, rich pink color. Crystal clear. Medium head that was slightly pinkish white. No retention.Very good lacing.

S---Sweet. Cherries and, unfortunately, a chemical smell as well.

T---Sweet, cherries again. The smell of chemicals does not show up in the taste. Taste is mildly sour.

F---Tart & juicy. Quenching.

O---An ok beer. wouldn't turn down a free one. Won't seek it out in the future.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small chalice: color is light red/pinkish hue, head is white with fine bubbles but not much presence with a thin presentation and light ring on the glass sides.

Smell is pleasant fairly fresh, tart berries with hard to distinguish cherry/raspberry split but still very good flavors.

Taste is similarly good with pleasant fresh, tart berry/cherry flavor with some light neutral malt, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate carbonation, tart middle and dry finish.

Overall, on of the better lighter berry/fruit ales with tart presence and dry finish.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear light pinkish color. Fairly well carbonated,nice feel. A sort of grain/mixed berry aroma. A very light sour,not very tart ,just a very good ale with a nice touch of raspberry and cherry. the fruit is
Very easy to identify yet it doesn't overpower or taste artificial. This is a favorite of mine as it is really well made and really refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Romas pizzaria in Pottsville, pa. July release this year

arrived in a pint glass. light amber body heavily tinged pick. Head white, also tinged with pink. Head maintained throughout, lacing light, but decent.

aroma is faintly of cherries, muted.

Taste is tarted and sour, but not strongly so. manages some sweetness as well. Cherry flavor comes through, but a light and airy drink.

Mouth is between light and medium, tart on the finish.

Overall, on a hot and humid day, this is the sort of thing that really refreshes me. I've tried tart, sour beers in the colder months, and they just don't work for me. Cheers Yards!

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Really nice color on this beer. Red/ amber with not much head. Maybe this isn't my style. Scent is not much there, some fruitiness and no beery elements. Taste better than the nose. Fruit wine taste like a non sweet blush. The feel is prickly champagne like carbonation.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Clear light pink in color, white head that fades. Tart berry aroma. Cherry. Taste has a mild acidic bite, fruity finish. Thin bodied. Okay, put not my style.

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Photo of phillyfan9
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like sours, this is a very good beer. I am a huge fan of sours, and I think this is one of the more underrated options available. I live outside Philly, so it's probably more available to me than most. It has an excellent look, a dark pink color when poured. It's brewed with cherries and raspberries, but it's not your typical "fruit" beer. What I mean by that is you get the sourness from the fruit, but not the sweetness like many expect. If you don't know what to expect, I understand people who do not like this beer. If you are into sours, this is a very good beer especially for the cost... plus, you're supporting the well being boobs, a cause we can all get behind.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.68/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle to PInt glass.
Aroma is light and fruity, but not too much of anything identifiable. Clear pink color. Minimal head.
Taste is, ummmm, bad. Alka-seltzer. Sour fruit. Like a Raspberry Tums.
Pretty Terrible. Glad to support breast cancer research though.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep pink raspberry. High white head tinted with a light pink hue. Good clarity.

Smell- Fresh raspberry, tart cherries

Taste- The fruit flavors start early, and out do any malt taste. Begins with a red raspberry sweetness. Definite cherry fruit flavor in there as well, which compliments the raspberries. The beer changes from sweet to a tartness of a different type of cherry. The tartness continues though the finish, and at this time the malt shows with a dry, grainy, and tart finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An interesting fruit beer. This one is sweet and sour. The amount, and variety of fruit used in this beer is apparent. Hats off to Yards for donating portions of this beer revenue towards fighting cancer. A solid fruit beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a light orange to pink colored concoction with a small white head. The aroma is of sweet fruit and some grass. The flavor is mild hops with a tart fruit flavor. I enjoyed the flavor but a found the palate a little weak.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice summery beer. It's made with over 3000lbs of cherries and berries which you can really taste. I put a 1/6bbl on at my bar and it kicked in less than 48 hours. Only complaint I had was there was no finish to it.

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Photo of Bob_Rhoades
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice color and decent head. I think this beer was a tad too carbonated for my taste as far as sours go. Had a decent amount of tartness but was a bit week on depth. A decent, tart fruit beer and one I'll go back to later if given the chance.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a medium pink-tined amber with a 1" head of finely bubbled what foam that slowly settels to a thin layer on the liquid and leaving a ring and patches of leggy foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates sheets of foam that quickly slide back down leaving multiple small patches of foam on the sides.

The aroma is definitely fruity with the raspberries mostly in charge but there seems to be a background of cherry as well. There's really not much in the way of malt or hop in the background and the berries are in charge here.

The flavors are a nice mix of raspberries with some tart cherry mingled in. While there is a bit of tartness here there's also some sweetness mixed in. As expected from the nose the malt and hops don't show very much.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with a touch of crispness from the light, prickly carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the tartness from the cherries pushes its way to center stage and then all the flavors gradually fade away with some degree of tartness holding on all the way to the end.

Given that I'm generally a fan of Yard's beers I was a bit surprised to realize that I hadn't tried this one before. I'll certainly be having it again as it can be a very refreshing change of pace and something that would go well on a warm summer's evening. I could easily see having this as one of the main offerings at a backyard BBQ.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap over at Molly Malloy's. The beer lived up to its name with a slight pink-amber appearance with even the head having some hints of pink. Very fruity sweet smells from this beer. A bit sugary with mostly a raspberry aroma. A little bit too strong for my nostrils but I did appreciate the berry punch this beer gave. Taste was a bit tart with a mixture of raspberries, cherries, and hops. Definitely an interesting balance of fruit and hop flavors. The mouthfeel felt slightly too watery with not as much carbonation as I would think this beer would get. If it had more crispness, I think the flavors would really come alive more. Overall, an interesting fruit beer.

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

The look is cool, slightly pink. The smell is great, you get fresh berries, almost jam-like. And then you drink it. The beer is super carbonated, it starts clean and then it punches you in the face with SOUR. The after-taste is like eating a sour patch kid. Mouthfeel is good, but you want to swallow quickly and brace for the sour. It might be good for some, but for my taste it's not something I'll be buying again.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8-2-15 Jan's house

Pours, well, pink. Would be weird if it wasn't pink. It's just an ok head with low retention.

The smell is slight sour and tart. Cherry and raspberry smells as well.

The taste is kind of refreshing slight sour bitter cherry taste. Nothing too over the top hense the refreshing part.

The feel is pretty smooth. The bitter builds but not to the point of tongue exhastution.

Good beer. Nothing that I would have thought to buy but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pink color with off white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells funky with tart raspberries. The taste is pretty good, I can pick up the raspberries and the cherries. The feel is a little thin, and the tartness, though it is subtle, is somehow still harsh. Overall this is still a good summer beer for kicking back and relaxing.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like that this is a fall seasonal. The color is appropriate of its name. It smells very fruity and floral. Somewhat tart. The taste certainly is tart. Fruity. Luckily not sweet. But the aftertaste is almost the flavor of Liquid BandAid™. Very bubbly. Dry quick finish. Reminds me of champagne almost. Wouldnt buy it if it wasnt for breast cancer funding.

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into stange glass.

Look: they didn't lie; the ale has a curious pink appearance a shade brighter than ruby red. high amount of bubbles and a white white head.

Smell: the berries overwhelm suitably in the smell... not much else you can smell through the tart.

Taste: surprisingly to me, the tartness of the berries is a better balance than something really sweet. I was astonished how good it was. Still not my cup of tea, but it's really well done. Like an Abita Purple Haze, only more tart and on steroids. If I were to put this into the "shandy" category, I'd say it is one of the best... I'm not a huge fan of shandys, but this is more interesting and refreshing than some of the lemon-based ones.

Mouthfeel: smooth feel with a nice malt backbone... Lip-smacking tartness creates a lemonade feel to it, but it still feels like a beer.

All in all, another solid one from the boys at Yards... I'm not biased being from Philadelphia at all, though ;-)

Link to my YouTube review of this beer:

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i love sour and raspberries but this wasn't as good, to me, as Victory's Kirsch Gose. i know its a different style but it's similar in my mind. enjoyable light sour beer but nothing spectacular. a refreshing beer when you don't want something too malty or bitter

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: The name is spot on: it's Pynk.

Smell: Faint gummy bears. Doesn't really fit the beer.

Taste: Subtle tart sour with also subtle berries. Starts the same as it finishes.

Feel: Thin with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good session beer, Pynk could be a good bridge to Sourtown.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ever had Purple Haze by Abita?

This is Abita Purple Haze But With Cherries Instead™. Slightly bitterer, but just as refreshing, and it still rides the train into Hefe-town once the fruit flavor fades.

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