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Philadelphia Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
978
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 978
Photo of billzav
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This clear golden APA has zesty notes of citrus hops, particularly grapefruit, balanced by caramel and sweet malt with a crisp clean finish. The notable hoppy presence gives Philadelphia Pale Ale the feel of an IPA, and this very refreshing ale makes an excellent session beer for Summer.

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Photo of jwhancher
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this numerous times over the years. Recently stopped in a local bar and had a pint:

A: Bright yellow, straw in color. Nice white head. Good carbonation.

S: Reeks of citrus hops. Grapefruit & orange peel aromas. Pleasant.

T: Nice bittering flavor from hops. Light malt background. Something appear to be a bit off these days. Can't quite put my finger on it. I get the feeling Yards changed the recipe from a few years ago. Perhaps when the owners went their own separate ways?

M: Light & refreshing.

D: Nice beer for the warmer months, but good anytime. Compliments food well. Have made this my session beer on a few occasions, but not as much recently (due to possible recipe change?).

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Photo of lionking
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice two finger head. Golden color in the glass. The nose is a sweet mix of hops and citrus. It smells and tastes like a pilsner to me. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. The beer is lightly carbonated. This was an excellent beer. A hybrid of sorts as this is an ale brewed with pilsner malts. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Leftsailor
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best I've had in me man cave tap. Went to Baltimore beer week and only fond 1 (a Weiss) better. Never, never has there been a beer like that! Have a Flying Fish Octerberfish clogging up the lines now. Will be sure to get this after I purge the fish. Or perhaps a Long Trail, Brooklyn. Update: ordered 1/2 barrel Yards PPA 9.26.13, should be as good as the 1/6 I had before the (still working on) fish. At $165 +tax (1/2) and $75 + for 1/6 it is a bit up there, but as me sailing friends tell me "you only live once". Is that true?

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Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a puffy white foam with good lacing. I can see carbonation racing up the glass as well.

Aroma is of citrus, pine, hops. Very good

Taste is mildly hoppy with a very strong malt backing.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, somewhat creamy, and well carbonated. Refreshing. A very drinkable beer, overall.

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Photo of DJED69
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite warm weather brews. I think Yards really hit it dead on with this beer. Pours a nice dark gold color with good head and some lace. Smells of citrus, some breadiness and malt. Taste is very nice---some bitterness balanced with citrus zest and light malts. Really reminds me of a good English ale. Low ABV makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Perfect beer for a BBQ or watching baseball. Living 20 miles from the brewery probably helps with fresh local stock. Matter of fact, think I'll grab a six for today!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently, Yards re-did the recipe with Simcoe hops, or so I'm told. It has a straight bitter taste up-front which then goes into the aftertaste. The aftertaste has apple overtones. The hops are very much dominant but not overwhelming. It came with a nice head which dissipated. Your views on this tasty redesign probably will depend on your feelings about the hop variety used.

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Photo of taters21
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a confusing golden color for a pale ale, looks like an adjunct lager, half finger head that recedes quickly.
Smells citrusy, piney, and of dank.
Tastes like very light, pine, followed by some earthy grapefruit, and then pilsner malt.
Light, crisp mouthfeel.
Overall, interesting, good complexity for a "session" pale ale.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass.A thick creamy white head.The color was kind of hard to nail down it was sort of straw,light golden,light coppery,hard to describe.
The beer erupted with strands and strands of stringing bubbles rising to the surface couldn't stop watching.The head retention was great there was a 1/2 of head at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was very citrusy,grapefruity,bisquity,very clean smelling.
The taste was citrusy,grapefruity,grassy,grainy,and a bit of sourness.
Not a lot of malt presence in the taste.
The mouthfeel was light,very livley,fizzy,with a nice dry finish.
An english style ale,very tastey,a great session beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe i have not reviewed this beer yet, but finally set one a side from the Yards variety case...

Pours from the bottle a very nice (in this case) pale translucent gold with light efferevecence and decent finger thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is light, very feint aromas of citrusy, somewhat piney hops, but not overpowering.

Taste is pretty well balanced, a nice mix of citrusy hops with a solid malty background and finish. I had noticed that sometimes this beer does taste off, but as of late it seems to be coming back around.

Mouthfeel is well produced from the good carbonation with clinging flavors along the sides of the tongue and cheeks.

Extremely drinkable, especially for those sessions and warm days.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, strong gold color with some darker orange touches. Frothy, thick head rides up the glass and leaves thick, watery lacing. Nose is sweet pineapple and oily citrus, potent from the hops (simcoe?).

Taste is crisp and hoppy. Full mouth of green hops that continue through and leave something of a metallic aftertaste--which didn't hurt the drinkability however, as I sucked this right down. Soft carbonation. Faint cereals add some to the body.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a yeast clouded orange with a good head of white foam that settles to a ring. The aroma was rather light, with just a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of floral hops. The taste was decent with a nice bittersweet balance of malt and hops, just a bit on the citrusy side, kind of orange rindish. Smooth and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish, as Davo noted this would be a great session brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem. The beer appears a slightly hazy straw yellow.

The aroma has a mix of fresh french bread and biscuit with a big punch of slightly soapy lemon-herb hops. The flavor follows up on the lemon and malts with a grassy addition in the aftertaste. The brewery simply calls this a non-traditional ale. I'd describe it as a hopped up English pale ale. Definitely tasty and very drinkable. It also seems like it would be an especially good summer ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor and some caramel. Then a decently strong hops presence comes in and takes dominance. The malt character is lighter than most beers in the style but is hearty enough to bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly fruity and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this beer is certainly lighter than most pale ales but is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -nice dark golden color with a 1.5 finger head that held up.

S -clean hoppy aroma, citrus, fruity

T -easy drinking malt backround with a hoppy finish, very friendly,not too strong

M -the clean hoppy finish lingers, the flavors hang on

O -This is a good drinking ale. The 4.3 abv makes it a go to if more than one or two pints are in order.

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Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright golden body with a small white foamy head...the head disappears rather quickly...some lacing is left

S - The nose is dominated by sweet, grapefruit hops...bright and fresh

T - This has an interesting taste...the sweetness from the citrus presents its self up front...it then lingers into a very Earthy flavor...some grassy and grainy characteristics come out...as well as a biscuit malt flavor...the grapefruit flavor comes back and the hops provide a slight bitterness towards the end...interesting

M - Light bodied...clean, crisp, and refreshing

D - This is a great summer beer...a very interesting taste for an APA...but it works (for me at least)...the grapefruit stands up and pairs nicely with the Earthy flavors present in this beer...the IPA from Yards is good for a hop fix

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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy amber color with a white puffy head thjat refused to contained by the glass. Fell to a chunky white coating. Smell is a nice blend of citrus, floral and piney hops with an additional lemon note. Taste is massive hops with some lemon-like malt present. Finish is moderatley dry and enjoyable. An excellent beer from Yards.

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Photo of mcontr2
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with about 1 3/4" head.Body was a dark, goldish hue.
Smell: gave off a grapefruit/citrus aroma with some floral undertones. Good balance of cascade hops..
Taste: ahh PPA, philadelphia (pride) pale ale. Being the only brewery in Philadelphia, it makes a strong statement against the other pale ale's of the surronding area's breweries(specifically Stoudt's pine-esqe Pale Ale). Great balance of hops and malts. Picked up on a grape/green apple flavor with a sharp finishing bitterness that dried the palate.
drinkablity: maybe a little too hoppy for a pale ale session beer

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale golden with some chunks of sediment. The head was white and lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was slightly hoppy with some grassy citrus notes and a touch of malt in the background.

The flavor was bitter with citrus and grassy flavors that blended well with the malt backbone so the flavors were not overdone. The bitterness and flavor hops last.

The finish is dry with those same bittering and hop flavors well into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium.

12 ounce bottle. Which says English malts and English hops, sounds like a bitter to me but the flavors are more American than English, perhaps they are using American cultivars. In any event, it tastes like an APA and is a very nice example of how a beer doesn't have to be high alcohol to pack a flavorful punch.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelpia, so realistically those were not the best conditions.

A: A medium golden straw color akin to a pils. Minimal head on the pour into the plastic cup, but again I was paying $ 7.00 for it so I wanted the cup filled to the brim. There was some lacing on the cup and the carbonation seemed to be on the high side. Again, could be conditions.

S: I had never tried this beer before and after having a pils and SNPA I put this beer to my nose and was completely surprised. Hops bang you in the face with floral earthy hops scents with hints of citrus, followed by a nice sweet malt grainy smell. Very pleasently surprised.

T: The sweet malt base comes through the flavor first, with a sweet grainy type flavor followed by the earthy floral citrus hops. The hops linger on with bitterness lasting in the mouth. Very hoppy for an APA, I was completely surprised.

M: Very light for the amount of hops in the beer. These just rolled across the mouth with no alcohol hit at all (low ABV) but the carbonation was fairly high.

D: Super high. I finished my one and immediately wanted another. Very, very sessionable and great for a warm day at the ball park.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Yards offerings usually lean towards the english style beers with less hops, this beer seemed just the opposite. The hops were not deep pine citrus hops, but rather light flowery hops that were perfect for the style. Grats Yards, I may put this beer on tap at home, I liked it that much.

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Photo of MrOH
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish yellow with a single finger of white foam.

Orange and grapefruit peels, some pine, a bit of fruity esters, and a hint of bready malt.

Citrus peel and some pine, bready malt backbone. Orange marmalade in the finish. Refreshing and clean flavors that aren't overpowering.

Light bodied and good carbonation. Fresh feeling.

A right tasty APA. Of the Yards' beers I've had so far, this is the one that would be my stand-by.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some citrus as well. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a solid session beer.I could see drinking several of these on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of Finn
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fresh bottle into a pint glass. Nice pure white frothy head that simmers down to a slight haze on top of the beer. The color is very pale, almost pilsner-like. Aroma is lemon, biscuits and grain and mild fruits. Taste is on the mild side, a slight burst of fruity/malt sweetness is quickly cut into by a sharp, crisp hop bitterness. The flavor lingers a bit too. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, with carbonation a tad on the higher sider. A light body is present. This stuff is really good fresh, and of course quite quaffable. However, it is definitely on the lighter side in flavor and body compared to most pale ales I've tried, epsecially the American ones. This is simply a well crafted session brew, which would be great for warmer weather.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the Yard's variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a crsytal clear golden color. The head is a bright white color, small sized bubbles, great 3 fingers of head, super lacing and stupendous retention. Besides the beautiful look, it bears a stricking resemblance to an American light lager.
Smell: The aromas are grapefruit, pine resin and more grapefruit.
Taste: The flavors are exactly the same as the nose: grapefruit, pine resine and more grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium Roth a very edgy feel.
Drinkability: This beer is tremdously drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of rabsten
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Yards Variety case. Poured into a pint glass. Pale straw color with good white head, some lacing. Light color for the style. Very Blonde-esque.

Aroma is quite nice. A floral hoppiness with a hint of something else I can't identify, but pleasant smelling, nonetheless.

Lighter flavor than most APAs, which is just like the coloration. Crisp, with mild bitterness.

Good, balanced mouthfeel. Crisp without biting; residual mellowness following each sip.

Refreshing, easy to drink. "approachable."

This is a good, solid beer. It probably won't be winning many awards from BA's, since it's relatively mild for the style. However, this would make a very good transition beer if you're trying to teach your BMC drinking friends about real beer. It's close enough to BMC to not scare them away, yet good enough to allow them to see what possibilities await.

Bottom line: I won't be going out of my way to get this, but I will be happy to take my 6 out of 24 when I get Yards mix cases in the future.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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