Philadelphia Pale Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,969
Ranked #37,639
3.71 | pDev: 13.75%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale
Notes: Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all others pale in comparison to this one. Crisp and hoppy, Philadelphia Pale Ale is brewed with Pilsner malt and American hops, which impart a surprising citrus aroma.
Reviews: 337 | Ratings: 1,069 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hoegaardenhero
hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: it’s maybe a little light in color for a pale ale, but it has fluffy long-lasting white head that leaves a sticky coating on the glass

S: honey; sweet corn/straw; a tiny bit of floral hop; really not fragrant and not impressive

T: sweet grain again with a tiny bit of hop at the end; it really needs something to balance it out and reminds me of that honey brown beer from college

M: Light medium with a bit of syrupiness and moderate - lovely carbonation

O: Not a pale ale by any means, not even a british pale ale as it really needs balance

Bottle with no bb date

Jun 29, 2020
Photo of Ernald_Elbertson
Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from bottle (I know, I know, but it's a light beer and rather simple. Not too much that you could miss).

Look: Translucent, slight white head. Simple look, but pretty standard for the style.

Smell: Major notes are lemon, yeast, and maybe a little bit of black pepper. Simple, but enticing.

Taste: Again, the lemon comes to the forefront. Not too yeasty despite the smell, and you get a little of the pepper in there. Enough of a malt backbone to balance the citrusy hops, but not at all sweet. Extremely refreshing; drinks easier than you would ever expect from a beer without sacrificing taste or quality. They've really nailed the balance of session and flavor here. Can be enjoyed either several in a row, mixed among other brews, or just as a refresher during a meal or earlier in the day.

Feel: Very carbonated, but not absurdly light to the point of being unsatisfying to drink. Can be crushed, or sipped on if one desires; either way you'll enjoy it.

Overall: This is probably one of my favorite beers in the session range of ABV. Super easy to just pick up and drink, but provides enough flavor that you won't feel like you're just drinking water. It's far from a standout experience beer, but for what it sets out to be, it accomplishes it. I like to enjoy one with lunch as it provides the experience of drinking a quality Pale Ale but without giving you a buzz.

May 13, 2020
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Look is a clear golden with a head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is malty with a slight floral note.

Taste is clean crisp and dry.

Feb 24, 2020
Photo of JRed
JRed from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with white bubbly. Aroma of grass, lemon skin, honey. Tastes of light papaya, grass, citrus, lemon skin and honey and light bitterness. Light bodied. Easy drinking pale, mildly tropical.

Aug 09, 2019
Photo of Urtravel
Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale, clear appearance with a nice long foamy head retention as well as a slow lace

S: starts with some sweet maltiness with a touch of fruitiness and a mild resiny hop finish at the end

T: pretty much in line with smell except the back end finished with a slightly more pronounced resiny hop taste than the smell

M: mild tingling carbonation flows over the tongue and then settles lightly for a lingering finish

O: I liked this beer, it was a very nice blend of mild carbonation, some sweet malty start and resiny finish

Jun 02, 2019
Photo of Gajo74
Gajo74 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color, clear and with visible carbonation. A thumbnail sized foam head shows good retention. Elegant and understated color with thick ring like lacing.
The nose opens with hints of grass and tropical fruit. Aroma notes of mango, papaya and banana and coconut. There is also a hint of citrus pith, apricot, caramel and honey malt. Aroma is fruity and inviting.
The taste opens with moderate sweetness while highlighting grainy malts, bready and with a touch of caramel and honey. The fruity hops flavors are somewhat different from the aroma, with more of a citrusy taste and stone fruit, as opposed to tropical. Flavors of grapefruit pulp, light lemon, apricot and peach. Yet, it is not too juicy as the palate is relatively dry along with a dry and clean finish. Moderate to mild hops bitterness balances it well, along with a touch of grass and pine.
Medium bodied, smooth and with a gentle carbonation. Very drinkable.
I enjoyed this one and could see myself having a session with it. I think it deserves higher ratings.

May 14, 2019
Photo of Buck89
Buck89 from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A crystal clear yellow and gold in color with a modest white head. Really nice crisp citrus aroma with orange and grapefruit. The taste followed. Slight piney and earthy flavor but but mainly citrus as noted above. Clean, bready malt. A clean, dry finish. Light to medium bodied. Excellent Pale ale.

Apr 16, 2019
Photo of beertunes
beertunes from Kiribati

3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jessica N. for this one. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy yellow gold color with an ich of white head that moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts, with some gentle floral hops in the background.

Similar on the tongue, with a bit of citrus hops at the back end.

Body was the typical medium of the style, and had medium finish that leaned slightly to the sweet side.

Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy.

Overall, solid, good-drinking, everyday brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Jan 21, 2019
Photo of smcolw
smcolw from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head which recedes slowly. Clear and golden liquid.

Horse hide aroma. A bit earthy. Pale sugary malt comes after the head starts to fade. Very light hop.

More malty than most American Pale Ales but the flavor doesn't match the caramel richness of an English Bitter. The ends up being the most powerful flavor in the swallow. Relatively short aftertaste considering.

Oct 28, 2018
Photo of ajm5108
ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Standard but pretty good as far as a shelf pale ale goes - good hop / malt balance, hops are more floral and not distractingly bitter, pretty much what you would expect

Aug 21, 2018
Photo of PA-hunter
PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.6% abv

Appearance- Light amber with light white thin head.

Smell- Doughy cracker, orange peel, caramel malt.

Taste- Lightly toasted cracker, light bready notes. Tropical orange flavor, citric. Becoming more bitter into the finish. Ends herbal and peppery.

Mouthfeel- Medium light in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A lighter pale ale with good flavor. A craft version of a "light beer"

Jun 17, 2018
Photo of IronLover
IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, creamy white foam with medium low retention. Earthy, herbal hop and malty aromas. Medium bodied with medium, lightly acidic carbonation. Medium herbal and spicy hop flavors with medium malt underneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by spicy hops that transition to earthy, minty flavors. Finished dryly with a spicy, minty hop bite followed by malty flavors and lingering herbal hop bitterness. Well balanced with tasty, earthy hop character and solid pilsner malt character. Feel lacked creamy or smooth characters but dry finish was pleasant. Easy drinking and tasty.

May 08, 2018
Photo of dacrza1
dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 24, 2018... OCCASION: the annual Father-Son Cake Bake preparation completed early, it's time for an afternoon treat... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a bright, golden orange amber with large, swirling bubbles that build to a crisp, thick, spongy white head... ts lacing is equally attractive, arching lace like sea foam curling upwards... sharp citrus early--lemon, orange, mostly--with an underpinning of pine... fresh outdoorsy smell, with the pilsner malts adding a light touch of toasted malts... solid and respectful of the genre... the medium-bodied palate is slightly oily, lingering in its late strength, and pleasantly bright throughout--consistently effervescent, sticky and textured as an IPA might be, packed well into a 4.6% ABV... the nose didn't belie its citric strength, with orange peel and lemon zest refreshingly in full effect; a bit of sweetness from the toasted malts rounds this nicely... I remember a time when "session" ales were called pale ales, and the goal wasn't mega-anything, just a pleasant, flavorful, sessionable pint that knows how to stay out of the way of the events and occasions it accompanies...

Mar 24, 2018
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow light gold color,nice feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Pine citrus aroma with similar taste with a grain Malt addition. Yards is an excellent brewery and this is just one of many great beers they produce

Sep 25, 2017
Photo of thebeers
thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a thick white head.

Pine and grass up front in the aroma and taste, with pineapple sweetness peeking through on the backend. Pilsner-like, biscuity malts behind. Light bitterness.

Medium bodied and crisp. Very refreshing.

Apr 06, 2017
Photo of Kubishark
Kubishark from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Yards in Philly.

After having a Jefferson Tavern Ale (one of my favorite beers in the world), I decided to give this lighter ABV option a try.

Nearly completely clear, golden yellow. Mild aroma of hops. Clean biscuity taste with a good hoppy bite. Great biscuity aftertaste. Super smooth and moderately light. Yep, these qualities are all to my liking. A superb APA, one that would really shine in the summertime too.

Solidifying Yards as probably my favorite East Coast brewery and absolutely one of the best in the whole country.

Feb 07, 2017
Photo of Gregaroo
Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1-29-17 - On tap at The Kimmel Center in Philly during the Last Waltz 40th show. It was either this or the Brawler. Fine pale ale before the show. Yards - Bring more options next time!

Feb 01, 2017
Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Yards Brewing Co. Philidelphia Pale Ale
Look: golden color with a bit of hazeyness to it and full white head. There is lots of lacing on the glass as the head disapears. Good head retention. I noticed sediments in the glass for some reason. Is it not filtered?
Smell: Smells like hops to me.
Taste: Citrus, beer, hops bite and a bit of sourness on the end.
Feel: Pretty good feel, two rows of carbonation going up the glass, so nice and spritzery.
Overall: A good session beer for sure. It has a decent hop presence, but it is not a strong hoppiness at all. It is there, but not powerful.

Jan 13, 2017
Photo of FBarber
FBarber from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden yellow. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving some white lacing and a white slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is very floral, aroma is more reminiscent of an English IPA rather than an American IPA. Touch of lemon, citrus and grass.

Taste is rather grassy and floral with some lemon notes. Grain and cracker malts come through an the back and linger. Slightly sweet. Aftertaste is a slight lemon bitterness with some dried grass.

Feel is light and crisp - rather refreshing.

Overall a nice old school IPA. In some ways its close to an English IPA than an American IPA, but its nicely crafted.

Dec 28, 2016
Photo of Vetbidder
Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent head, muted nose of malts with some hops sitting in the background. Taste is OK biscuity . Decently carbonated. I can drink this but not at the top of my list. Still the taste blows away a macro lager for sure.

Dec 10, 2016
Photo of 57md
57md from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with just under a finger of head. The nose has notes of the pils malt (which is an odd yet interesting choice). The flavor is somewhat pils like as well. The body is a bit thin. The finish is dry and hoppy.

This is very sessionable particularly due to its clean, lager-like finish.

Oct 24, 2016
Photo of Wer34truh
Wer34truh from Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a calm hazy golden color with beautiful carbonation. Modest head with quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of delightful citrus and grapefruit. Not a whole lot of hop bitterness in the nose.

This beer looks and smells great, but the taste is a little bit lacking. There's a funky, almost sour, bitterness that off-sets the fruitiness of the citrus. It's also undercarbonated which makes it feel quite flat. Very light body for an APA though, which is understandable considering the relatively low ABV.

I'm re-reading this while having it again since it was so damn forgettable I forgot about it. I don't disagree with any part of the review above, except it seems to add up to more than its sums. Solid 2.98 rather than 2.73.

Jul 31, 2016
Photo of dbl_delta
dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft at a baseball game into plastic cup. Pours a light gold with a moderate off-white head. Initial impression is bready malt, but there is a hint of hops bitterness throughout - most noticeable in the finish. Medium thin mouthfeel. Not bad but not something I'd classify as an APA, necessarily.

Jun 19, 2016
Photo of jmasher85
jmasher85 from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Biscuity, bready, hints of piney hops but with a firm yet light malt backbone, this pale ale is delicious, incredibly pairable with food, and a lovely, yet understated rendition of the style. In a time when all pale ales seem to be IPAs with an identity crisis, this one is really well balanced, full-flavored yet restrained, and imminently drinkable. Does its civic namesake proud!

Apr 20, 2016
Photo of TLWalsh
TLWalsh from New York

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bar tap a golden straw color with a fluffy white head. Has a noticeable lemony, piney aroma and is a bit thin in the mouth. The taste is interesting, sort of biscuity with a grapefruit note. Finishes with a hoppy piney lingering taste.

Dec 29, 2015
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1069 ratings