Philadelphia Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,007 |  Reviews: 323
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 donniecuffs
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, orange/gold with a finger of white head. Mildly carbonated; not surprising for a cask offering. I know that many cask offerings of this beer in the past have been dry-hopped, but I forgot to ask, as the smell certainly came through with some fresh pine, in addition to the expected grapefruit/lemon/orange. Very subtle biscuit in the aroma, but the taste revealed a little more bready maltiness. All of the citrus and biscuit really hits you at first, but my knock is that it disappears quickly. Not all that impressive of a finish. As for the mouthfeel, it was very thin, but this certainly made for a sessionable beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermanbrian
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Almost zero head. Nice fresh clean smell with a nice touch of citrus. Taste of caramel malt with a light citrus up front. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Little watery on the mouth. Very drinkable, in the sense that you could put down a bunch in one sitting. No notable flaws in this one, just not a lot of taste compared to a lot of what's out there, but sometimes that might be just what you're looking for. This would be a good crossover beer. Have to say that i was pleasantly surprised.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of frank4sail
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The new and improved formula released 4/04. They tried to tweak this recipe a little. Very flowery citrus hop nose. Murkey bigbubbled off white (slightly tan) head. Initial hop presence on the tongue but this leaves you quickly with a slightly gritty flat malt base taste. The pilsner malt (that I hear has been added to the brew) seems to clean the brew up a bit in the mouth. Decent medium coating mouth. An upgrade to the brew but it is still not all that. this beer will appeal to the masses more now with decent drinkabilkity and nothing offensive to the tongue.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Philadelphia Pale Ale....

Appearance-pours a rather copper golden color with a HUGE three finger head of intense foam, huge amount of lace on the glass with incredibly solid foam. Exceptional clarity.

Smell-some cascade hop aroma, slight malt tendencies but overwhelmingly hoppy, not bad.

Taste-very hoppy with a cascade hop flourish backed up by malt, slightly dry and bitter as it goes down, impressively hoppy yet still well balanced.

Mouthfeel-slightly bittery but it goes down very smoothly with some grapefruit overtones, nice job.

Drinkability-it is imprssive to me that a Pale Ale can be this flavorful and this light in alcohol. A very flavorful sessioner.

Overall-I heard they changed the recipe and many have been saying it's much better, I haven't had the old one, but as for this new recipe let me say that it's phenomanal. To anyone that has tried the old recipe you owe it to yourself to try this one as well.

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3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper in color with no head. The aroma is malty and caramel-like, but a bit weak. Hops show up a bit with warming. Flavor is also big on sweet caramel malt, with evident grainy notes and a strong bitter finish. Choice of hops and malt give this beer a decidedly "English" character. Medium-light body. Proclaimed a "session ale" in the blurb on the bottle, this beer is adequate in all respects, and would pair well with certain foods, but isn't something I would savor simply on its own.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,007 ratings.
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