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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.

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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 978
Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

remarkably sessionable indeed.... drank about ten of these at my sisters wedding :D not the hugest ale but god dam is it tasty. super refreshing, nice floral nose and finishes with a perfect piney bitterness. really good session ale!!

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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 PatrickCT
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass can.

a: Looks like a pilsner. Crystal clear straw blonde body. Big bubbly white head. Dissipates quickly. Lacy.

s: Faint crackery malts, lemony Lysol scent.

t: Crackery malts. Lemon rind and grassy, floral hops. Very pithy.

mf: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp.

o: I have had better from these guys. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into clean pilsner glass. Yellow champagne with lots of bubbles, puffy light head, lacing that slides but also remains on glass even when beer is gone. I like this beer very much for one or two, but after that it could create bitterness in the mouth. Scents and tastes of honey and lime. Light summery mouth feel, still fine for this warm November so far.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pillowy white head and a clear, straw body. Nice lacing down the glass. Scents of crystal malts and spruce spiced hops. Very smooth with tingly hops throughout the sip, but more toward the back end. Extremely good example of a true English pub ale. Easy to drink and a good session brew.

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Photo of dank203
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

hadn't had this til now. I really am glad that I didn't. this beer really does nothing for me. maybe it is the way it was stored but it was a little skunky. I do get a little crackery malt which is in line with the pale ale style from my experience. not much on the hops though. very watery looking, sudsy white head. not bad for a beer under 5% but really does nothing for me. if compared to other mass produced pales (sierra, dale's, which are both more Americanized I will admit, and maybe my palate is more attracted to the hoppyness,) it really doesn't measure up. nonetheless, I would drink it again, but only if it was the best choice available, which depending on the location, it very well could be, I know it is a popular draft beer here in NJ, possibly at bars that only otherwise serve macro lagers.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 12oz. bottle half poured into whiskey glass, other half drank straight from bottle, on 12-Aug-15.

A very decent pale ale. Nothing extraordinary, but really hit the spot. I drank this during my breakfast before my flight.

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Photo of dd43
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good pale ale here. Light and easy to drink, more body than a Pilsner but still fairly crisp, equally clear but darker in color. Even has a grassy quality in the aroma.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think that Yards is great and everyone should try it. I first discovered them at a sampling station set up in Wholefoods. This particular variety has a meager 4.6% ABV, but has its own attributes.

Look-It pours a clear and light golden yellow color that I expected. The head was thick and stacked at first, but then settled down into a yeasty foam. The lacing was prevalent, but tenuous.

Smell-It smells of honey-based malts and citrus hops. I also get a sort of floral component and the malts also smell of grains. I do also smell a lot of grapefruit hops, too.

Taste-The taste is interesting with most of the flavors that the nose indicated, but also equally weak. It is a noticeable flavor, but it isn’t very strong. Malts are mild and honey toasted grain and the hops are mostly citrus based which is a pleasant pairing with the honey overtones.

Mouthfeel-It is a bit medium-bodied, but it is smooth and the carbonation is mild.

Overall-I think that this was a nice beer. It isn’t overpowering in anyway and it is well-balanced and mixed. The components are all integrated nicely. It is crisp and refreshing and at times drinks like a summer shandy, but not as sweet of course. Great job, Yards!

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Photo of PsychedelicQuaker
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: a pale golden yellowish orange Smell: citrus, pine and grapefruit
Taste: slightly bitter yet extremely smooth and easy to drink. good session ale
Feel: light crisp and refreshing
Overall: a great go to beer for Philly locals, hands down probably the best APA in Philadelphia. Yard's Pale Ale and Philadelphia Brewing Company's Kenzinger are my go-to local brews.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in June 2015.

Appearance: Golden with light tan head. Head is thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus, like grapefruits. Overall the hops aroma dominate the others.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong hops and citrus flavor but with a little pepper flavors as well. There is some sweetness too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the hops do not dominate the flavor.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02182015 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma citrusy
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to 6 mm broken frothy ring and layer
Lacing excellent – nearly complete frothy rings
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor lightly bitter, slight citrus tang; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, dry

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of MikeB20
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin bright white head.

S: Pine and grapefruit hops, it smells extremely fresh and inviting. Not much malt aroma.

T: Crisp and clean, the hops taste just like they smell. Very refreshing. Slightly more bitter than the average APA but with a touch of malty sweetness in the finish.

F: Light body but a little slick, moderate carbonation.

O: A very good, easy drinking session APA. It's an easy recommendation for a refreshing and flavorful brew on a warm day.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pale ale can either be too dry and too bitter, or it can be a perfect thing to drink. This falls somewhere in between. It's bitter, to be sure, but not in a way that makes it hard to drink. Beyond that, though, it's light in color and in flavor and doesn't do much else. Smells floral.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle. Pours a clear, very pale yellow color. Almost looks like a light beer. Head is a finger's width of bright white froth. Long sheets of lacing. Aroma of zesty, bright citrus. Clean pale malt. The hops are lemony and grassy. The malt is pale and unobtrusive. Has some cracker elements to it. A bit of citrus rind. Body is very light. There is a good dose of flavor packed into this diminutive brew. The carbonation is very peppy. Drinks easily. Would be an easy sixer to do away with.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Loaf of bread, some pilsner sweetness, toasted, and some herbal, grassy, and citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above with more citrus notes and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation. Just the a pale ale is supposed to drink.

Overall: A very simple and straightforward pale ale. Definitely sessionable and can enjoyed multiple times over the course of the day.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Yellow/straw with a short, white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Pilsner malt, honey, orange, grapefruit, pine, and dank greens. Light aromatics.

Light Pilsner malt, grains, and honey. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine and a light dankness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and lightly bitter.

A solid, easy drinking APA.

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Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium clear gold with a big foamy white head. The head is huge in a Spiegelau IPA glass and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is malty, with nice bread notes and a little hint of earthy hops. The taste is equally mild, somewhere between a pilsner and a pale. It's an interesting combination. It's got a lighter body, most likely from the malt bill, but there is a nice crispness on the finish. This is a good session pale ale.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a one inch had that falls to a quarter inch and erratically laces the glass. This APA is very pale--a light gold hue. Aroma is on the subtle side with citrus and floral hops and pale malts. Flavor is also easygoing with a nice balance of sticky malts and crisp hops leading to a dry, refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is light for style. Overall, at 4.6%abv, it makes for a very sessionable pale ale. I had a few and kept my shit together.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brewer has disappointed a couple of times, but their core offerings (Phila Pale Ale, Good Hope IPA) are excellent. I am a fan of the style APA and always like a new departure.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves medium lacing.

Smell: Floral, pithy nose with a hint of apricot, and a wide malt base. Kind of English. Very approachable, appetizing, good food beer.

Taste: Starts out with a lemon, floral, apricot approach followed by bitter, citrus hops that provide strong, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant. good finish. Would have another.

Drinkability: Must try for APA fans. Hoppy, but not over your head.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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