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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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:
316
Ratings:
975
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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15
Gots:
226
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Photo of jackorain
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the philly airport between terminal B&C

A-This bubbly head, golden light color, hazy, decent retention a little lace

S-Big hoppy green and floral kind of medicinal floral like a stargazer lilly aroma but there is also BO scent there (no really...BO)

T-Big hoppy pine, green and lots of floral . Some malt is quickly pushed back by the floral hops

M-Ligth and fizzy nt a lot there

D-I could only have one of these

Overall-I don't know if this keg was bad or what, but it was quite odd, not like any APA I'v had.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with the typical Yards three finger pillowy and chunky white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resiny citrus hop with some orange fragrance. Light doughy aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a light, zesty citrus hop with an excellent orange sweetness. Soft biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was light and clean and well carbonated.

Overall a very drinkable APA with a very sessionable ABV. Well balanced and clean.

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this gem.

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Photo of Abita45
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this as on-tap, however, I have had is several times by bottle and frequently drink this beer.

Pours as a gold, straw color and with an average head that quickly reduces down with very little lacing.

The aroma is moderate and has floral and citrus tones to it that match its taste. Moderately hoppy with a nice, dry citris tastes and low carbonation.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste are crisp and dry. It has a very crisp and dry finish to it that carries the floral and citrus tones all the way through. I really enjoy this beer and it seems to be the carried on draft more than Yards other beers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin, white, well-retained head.

I thought I lost my sense of smell for a moment...After deep smelling, some citrus becomes noticeable. As the drink progresses, it becomes stonger, but always stays mild. Orange citrus dominates.

The taste, at first, is of strong citrus - stronger than I expected because of thin smell. Orange and grapefruit make a grand appearance. My first thought - is this an IPA? But, upon more sipping the hops become subdued. Unfortunately, not much takes its place. Some barley malt seems to be there, but does not do much more than peek out, overrun by...water (a tad bit too salty water at that). I soon realize - this isn't necessarily overly hoppy as it is lacking in malt. The citrus is okay, but not balanced well. This beer needs more balance in the taste. Water is in place of where more malt should be. As it progresses - well, near the end - it balances out somewhat, but is still lacking.

A certain hop chewiness nearly saves it. And, even a touch more water and it would fall apart. Not as harsh as the first few sips led me to believe.

It does become smoother, as the malt finally makes a brief, though belated, appearance. I was surprised at how quickly it went down, but it did not leave me longing for another. A bit too harsh of a start, a bit too much water in the middle and not balanced enough for me.

Overall - an average-ish pale ale. Not terrible, but nothing more than decent-at-best, IMO.

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Photo of Bones54
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from a mixer 12 pack of Yards. I was really looking forward to this one, but it did leave a bit to desire

This is just a slightly above average pale ale. There is a faint taste of citrus. Slight bitterness. Appearance is similiar to must pale ales. Couldy gold color.

Overall not much going on with this beer. Not something I would go out of the way to get, but would never turn one down.

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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 kpw1000
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to see the other reviewers giving this beer such low marks.

I picked up this brew via a Yard's Variety Pack case (12 oz bottles) and found it absolutely delicious. I've kept it cool, perhaps a little too cool for this style (I'm guessing I'm keeping it around 40-50┬░).

I usually drink this in an Elizabethan beer glass (funnel-shaped). It keeps the head to a minimum but affords a wonderful view of color.

It's bit hoppier than I expected for this style---felt almost like an IPA---but I may be influenced by English-style Pale Ales. (I note that Troeg's entry in this style was also pretty hoppy.) That's not a complaint; I like hoppy. Just didn't expect as much of it. (It's been a while since I've had a Three Floyd's Alpha King, but I don't recall that as quite as hoppy.) And, despite the hops, it's not bitter.

Mouthfeel is delightful, a clean, crisp feel.

I expect to continue stocking this beer.

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Photo of psinderson
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy, almost murky, golden yellow with a think white head with staying power. Lots of cold haze - I can see suspended particles throughout.

Smell: The bottle claims heavy citrus aromas and that is definitely not a stretch. This beer has one of the strongest citrus aromas I've experienced.

Taste: Again, the citrus overwhelms. In fact, there isn't much else here. Front, middle and finish scream citrusy American hops. It left a somewhat unpleasant bittery taste that lasts. If the carbonation were removed, this could probably be compared to lemon water. Wow...never experienced a beer with this taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, good carbonation.

Drinkability: There's no way I could have more than one of these at a sitting.

I was not expecting this much of a citrusy/bittery wallop. I enjoy stretching my taste comfort zone, but this is just a bit too much for me. I think if there weren't such a strong bitter aftertaste, my thoughts would be much different. There needs to be more overall balance in my opinion.

UPDATE: I just read most of the other reviews. I have to wonder if the bottle I had was contaminated. Such a different experience than everyone else.

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Photo of EStreet20
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a "tulip" shaped Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass.

A - Extremely pale tranpsarent yellow color with a tiny white head. Looks more like a blonde ale or even a macro lager.

S - Subdued hop aromas with tiny malt smells.

T - Extremely clean, basically lacking any real distinct flavor.

M - Thin and light in body. Good for a session brew perhaps.

D - Could be good for a six pack on a hot day but no really great characteristics that make it an exremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yards- Philly Pale Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- Light orange/ yellow with very little head. Heavy carbonation.
Smell- Light grapefruit not much else.
Taste- Big sweet grapefruit with a touch of apricot?! Nice malt balance as well. Hops are big and bold!!
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but finishing off with a big flavor and a mild bitterness.

Overall- A delicious Pale Ale! Fresh tasting, and it must be cause I was here a few days ago and they didn't have it!!

***edited on 3/5/09***

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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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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, received as an extra in a trade from Warriorsoul

appearance: pours a pale golden straw color into a Crowley's pint glass...very light white foam head with not much retention/lacing...a little pale for a pale, ha

smell: aroma is quite hop driven, grapefruit-citrus, christmas tree pine...not a whole lot else going on here

taste: flavour also dominated by the hop profile, fair amount of bitterness presented, big pine flavour, watery grapefruit-citrus, very light malt feel....simple and refreshing, nothing wrong with that

mouthfeel: fair amount of bitterness, a touch watery

drinkability: good

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Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale golden coloration. The head is thick and creamy honey coloration. The head has major staying power. The beer leaves nice rings of lace on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing pine and grapefruity smell.

Taste: The taste delivers on the smell. The beer has a pleasing pine and grapefruit combo. The beer has a weak malty sweetness. Frankly the hops ride right over the maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The ample carbonation helps the beer slide down easier. This is a dam fine APA. The beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable due to low ABV.

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

Clear gold with a short white head. A smattering of lace was left on the glass. Hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit, but also some pine in the background. Solid bitterness with the same hop profile as in the aroma. Malt was a bit mild and didn't quite keep up with the hops, which lingered long into the finish. Light bodied and off-dry. An easy drinking pale ale, decent, but a little short of exciting.

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Photo of mattcomstock213
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into frosty mug.
Pours a great deep golden color. Smell is mildly hoppy, not too strong, but definalty there. Taste is sweet, not unpleasantly so, but obvious. Tasty- in one word. It feels good in the mouth, but not overly outstanding. Nice and drinkable too. This is a tasty beer, but not one you'd drink alot of. A special occasion beer. This is the first time I've tried something from Yards and I'll try another soon.

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a variety pack filled 4/26/2006

Pours a clear gold, with a soapy looking white head that looks strong at first, gets pretty thin, but doesn't die off.

A hoppy scent of grapefruit, it's light, not much else.

Taste is hoppy too, with lingering bitterness. The hops are cirtusy as the scent suggests. Theres some balance to it, and quite a crisp bite at the end.

This beer is clean, light, and refreshing, very sessionable.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a Yards variety case. The freshness code is smudged, but the box appears to be new.

Pours a nice gold, with a foamy white head, which wears away to a thin, tightly beaded layer after a minute and a half, lacing the glass rather well.

Aroma is of citrusy hops; grapefruit, specifically.

The palate is dominated by hops. Plenty of grapefruity bitterness, with a pale malt background. The bitterness lingers for a little while even after drinking.

Just enough carbonation, and low enough in alcohol to make a session out of it.

Crisp and refreshing. This will be a good one come summertime. Also, I think this is the perfect gateway ale for prospective hopheads.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

yellowy orange. clear with some yeasty sediment floating around. nice white head....pretty damn good looking beer. hoppy and orangey freash odor. very grapefruity taste with lots of hops and a big bite. finish is mostly the citrus flavor. appropriately bodied mouthfeel. drinkability is just so-so because it actually doesn't taste as good as it warms up and the sediment becomes a bit distracting. not bad, but their love stout and IPA are better.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold body, alive with carbonation streams and floating yeastie beasties. Huge billowing loose white head. Very strechted lacing.

Inviting citrus nose.

On the tongue, malt and hops battle toe to toe with caramel and fruit/sweet and bitter, like Ali-Frasier I. The flavors alternate thru the mouth before merging in a big final gulp. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste does a very slow fade.

Mouthfeel is just a tad too much to the thin side. Fine drinkability, easily sessionable.

While not revoluntionary, a perfectly pleasant pale.

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Photo of Phatz
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fuzzy yellow color with a hint of orange in the hue. The white head fades very fast.

Smell: Strong grain aromas. Rice and con but also a bit of fruity sweetness in the aroma like white bread and a touch of yeast. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Initially I was not very impressed the taste seemed harsh. It may have just been what was on my palate because it quickly improved as the glass went down. The taste is very boring but palatable. Like every other APA it is generous on the hops with a week malt base. Nothing special but very easy going beer. A few thin spots but overall decent.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with a bit too much tingle from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a very sessionable easy drinking APA. It makes a great party beer but it is not extremely interesting or unique. Fine average APA.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Kreuger
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from brown bottle, there was no noticable date on the bottle or the case.

A - This is just a beautiful Pale Ale. It pured with a moder one to two fingers of head, a light golden color. It was slightly hazey with a few streamers of carbonation.

S - This is possibly one of the best smelling beers. Ever. It has a full rich floral and citrus hop aroma that lasts all the way down the mug. There are also bready accents going on under the hops aromas.

T - The taste is much liek the nose. There's a Strong floral hop presence followed up by an almost as strong citrusy hop presence. This is an excellent Pale ale. Its a very clean tasting beer, with a quick finish, but maintaining all of those hop flavors.

M - The mouthfeel is good but a tad thin and so a little disappointing. With the fantastic smell and very good taste, I'd hoped for more body to this beer.

D - This ale goes down incredibly easy. I could drink this all day.

This is a memorable Pale Ale. I'll reach for this again

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Floral, pithy nose with a hint of apricot

Taste: Starts out with a lemon and apricot aspect but mid-palate, the pithy citrus hops kick in and provide strong, but somewhat harsh bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very different but a welcome and enjoyable change from the standard APA

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Photo of mattpetti
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a great litte find. Bottle conditioned. Pouring it into the glass was amber haze in color. Nice, large, thin bubbled head, good lacing as well. Smelled like solid pale ale or even alittle hoppier. Floral with a firm amount of sweet malts in the background. Decnt hops, very smooth with some body to it. Low alcohol is apparent but doesn deminish the flavor of this beer. Very nice... im sure to look into more yard's after this one.

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Photo of jakester
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the Yards Variety case. I drank it in a goblet. "Filled on" date is on the top of the case, although you have to look carefully to find it. Something is inked on the bottle, but it's too smudged to read it.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a 1/2 finger head of slightly off white foam. The head falls fairly quickly to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is strong piney hops, very clean, with just a touch of light bready malt. Very fruity as well, with notes of pears or golden raisins. A faint citrus smell comes through late.

First flavor is bready malt, but that is quickly kicked away by a pretty strong level of hop bitterness. Next is piney hop flavor, with just a hint of citrus. The fruitiness comes through last, with notes like above. Aftertaste is bitter and on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is dry and slightly chalky, but very pleasant. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is dry and slightly astringent, but nice.

This is a very good pale ale. It's not sweet, and it's definitely balanced on the hoppy side, but that's what I like in a pale ale. It has a good level of bitterness, a nice hop flavor and aroma, and just enough malt to make a difference. Recommended.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber/light copper with a slowly fading and strongly lacing white head. The dominant smell is floral hops with a bit of citrus thrown in. The taste is well balanced with a good even mixture of malt and hops. The bitterness takes over in the finish, and then the usual cascade taste hits for a second followed by a mild bready flavor throughout the mouth.

The carbonation would fit more in an English style pale ale, but it seems that was what they were going for. It encourages quaffing. The balanced flavor, good mouthfeel, and low alcohol combine to make this a wonderful session beer. The color of it is the only thing that isn't amazing, and that is fine by me.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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