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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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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case at the Beeryard. Chilled and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A pale yellow/gold color with a pretty lively foam head rising to the top of the glass. Some pretty active carbonation bubbles going off on in the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrus and grapefruit hops are pretty much the only thing in the nose. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Some light biscuit/bready malt flavors but mostly citrus and grapefruit hops. Not very balanced, but the hops are pretty laid back and its still a light and refreshing beer. Nice bitterness to it too.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on the tongue and a lasting hop bitterness as it goes down. Quite nice.

Drinkability: High. Very light in body, ABV and the hop bitterness and flavors are subdued to the point where you could drink this all night.

This may not be "to style" but I really enjoy this beer. This is probably going to become my go to session beer, especially given the price around here.

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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 DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fox & Hounds, inside the Desmond Hotel (Malvern, PA). On to the beer:

Pineapple yellow color in the body, with good head retention on the top. Speaking of pineapple, I get that note in the aroma on a perfumy scale, along with soft fruit skins. A clean pale, it mixes different fruits with a zest of pineapple. Low in carbonation, light, easy to kick back, and cleaner in taste. I could certainly session this beer if it were readily available to me.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this bottle lists an ABV of 4.6% instead of the BA listed 4.3%, this remains the hoppiest American Pale Ale I have ever found with that low of an alcohol value. As someone who'd rather enjoy 8 beers than 5, that's a big deal - and this is quite an accomplishment...

Dark golden colour is not typical of the style, and disconcerting, although still attractive. Beautiful off-white head with a decent carbonation level and lacing.

Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, including mango and pineapple. These are accentuated in the taste. Caramelized malt sweetness leads into a beautifully bitter, "west-coast" hopped finish.

Definitely a beer I would recommend and will attempt to find again!

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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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy orangeish-yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a bubbly snow white head that sticks to the glass a moment before sliding back into the beer.
S- The fresh hops aroma has tangerine and orange juice aromas with a soft plastic note to the green herbal finish.
T- The green hop bite has a soft dandelion bitterness and a cinnamon hint to it. There is a soft dry pale malt flavor that has a hint of sulfur bite to the finish. The hop bitterness lingers for just a moment after the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a nice aroma start but turns a bit sharp. The hops in the taste are mostly bitter with not much flavor but some depth in the flavor that is there.

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

A: This is quite a pale ale, clear gold with a light one-finger head that fades to a collar.

S: The nose is grapefruity American hops, and plenty of them.

T: The light malt is the first to shine, but the citrus of the hops becomes apparent even before the center, by which point there are notes of pine and perhaps the famous "juicy fruit" flavor. When cold, the finish is quite bitter, but is very pleasant as the beer warms slightly.

M: About what you'd expect from an APA. I'd love to try it on cask.

D: This is a true session beer: low ABV, but with lots of taste and character.

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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 biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to play up some similarity between the city of Philadelphia and the beer's appearance but it looks so bright and sunny, yellow like a summer daffodil, and I've only ever visited Philadelphia in the dead of winter! Honestly, the glare is so bright it radiates even despite a filminess that makes the glass look dusty as an old antique.

Allow me to play Carnac the Magnificent here: a flower shop, a tropical beach, the produce section of the grocery store... what is the smell of Yards' Philadelphia Pale Ale? This bouquet is particularly strong suited in pineapple and grapefruit and wafts with a delightful floral effervescence. It pleasantly reeks to begin with and swirling only makes it reek more.

The flavour, while not quite as ripping as the aroma, still tastes of the same 'pink grapefruit and flowers' brand of hoppiness. And specially for the tongue a 'toasted bread' kind of maltiness is dished out and together they combine to make a taste that resembles some kind of candied citrus topped lemon sponge cake. Mmm, maybe I'll try making that!?

Philadelphia Pale Ale may be American by birth and in name, but it reminds me of a classic British cask offering: the hoppiness is lively and refreshingly acidic, the maltiness firm but not thick and the carbonation is casually laid back. Not to mention, it's the kind of beer you could keep on drinking all night - screw dogs, beers like this are man's best friend.

They say it's always sunny in Philadelphia and its namesake beer proves it. The golden shine, bright, buzzing bouquet and zestful, tropical flavours give this beer the same character (and appeal) as an all-inclusive beach resort getaway. And the thought of some nice weather - or any weather, really - and a six pack of this is simply mouthwatering.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle the head is about two fingers but leaves quickly, a problem with a few of Yards' beers. The color is a light yellow, lighter than I was expecting.

The smell is earthy and a hint of hops. The taste is very malty with a slight finish of bitterness and grapefruit which really rounds it out. Its medium bodied and goes down quite easily. Feels great in the mouth.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a slight haze. Medium sized head that left a small lace.

The aroma of wheat with citrus hints and some light hops.

The taste followed the nose with wheat,hops and some citrus hints along with a medium base of malts.
The feel was very light,medium carbonation with an overall smooth and refreshing feel.

Notes: A really good session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed at City Tavern in Philly.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single from the Village Pump

Pouring a light orange, yellow almost, this beer is capped with a creamy, dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. The nose has a blend of doughy pilsner malt, crisp, citrusy hops with some orange, orange peel and some mineral. Simple but rather impressive.

The palate opens with a blend of orange peel, doughy malts, mildly bready even, with some lighter citrus character (orange and grapefruit) following through. Moderate mineral character that accents the hop bitterness IMO. Light and drying on the finish, there's a beautiful, crisp, clean, resiny hop character that lingers, leaving flavors of grapefruit zest and a firming bitterness. Light in body with a high level of carbonation that's both crisp and creamy, this feels quite wonderful on the palate. Not much yeast character is noticeable, this is all about a rather beautiful balance between the citrus hop resin and doughy malt. Surprisingly excellent stuff this, closer in concept to Alpine's Emerson than a traditional pale ale. Excellent IMO.

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Photo of larryi86
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle date 6/5/12 poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Floral and spicy hops, pale malts, touch citrus/tropical fruits.

T- Pale malts, light tropical hops, a little bit of spicy hops, touch of sweet malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid pale ale, tropical fruits really help this beer out. I have to say I had it on draft about a month ago and found it tastier on draft.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew to me was actually quite impressive. This beer poured out as a nice golden coor with a strong looking white foam on top. The head has a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a nice hoppy aroma with just a touch of grains in there as well. The flavor is very nice on this beer, I really enjoyed what ever hops they used in the beer. It almost makes it taste more like an IPA than an APA. The mouthfeel of the beer is very drinkable. Overall This is probably one of my favorites from Yards.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice clean cut traditional English style Pale Ale...Pours a very nice copper color, with stuff floating around in there...A perfect blend of English malt and hops creates a refreshing, drinkable brew, with slight sweetness and a dry finish.Very smooth and easy to drink. Another good one from Yards brewing company.

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Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow, has creamy near white head. The head settles to a lace chunk island. Good looking brew with nice sticky lace.

The brew smells of slight citrus hops and a herb/grassy smell. Bready malts as well.

This is crisp and refreshing. Crisp taste of citrus hops peppers the tongue initially, and a nice bready, malty backbone smooths out to a dry finish.

This is a very good sessionable brew. This brew looks great for the style and has a very drinkable taste and mouthfeel. This will not scare away a none hop head, but will also please any pale ale hop fan.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowing, pillowing head. Up top it rises slowly, but it expands downward quickly, filling the glass with a bosom of cream colored carbonation. The head settles, revealing a lightish golden honey of a beer. It has a slight haze that visually adds some body. A soapy lace follows the beer down the glass. Hell, what else can you ask for when you look at an APA?

Well on the nose I am left asking for more. A bit of lemon zest resting below a blanket of copper malt and light floral hops.

The beer opens on the tongue with a twinge of that same lemony zest. Along with the light body, this creates a refreshing opening that sets the stage for a fuller middle. The most interesting aspect of PPA is the yeast, and it blossoms right in the middle. The beer becomes heavier, slightly bready but also distinctly floral. Honey and some light grass show up towards the back. It's back to the citrus again, this time it is sweeter, oranges and tangerines. Meanwhile the yeast is still in play. The finish is yeasty, soft, bready, milky, with a floral hop note. Gorgeous finish.

The mouthfeel seems to jump around. Inherently it is light - too light really, but the yeasty maltiness adds enough body to confirm the style. This beer is highly drinkable, interesting enough. It is subtle, but with distinguishing strengths - that harmonious marriage of the hops and the yeast - that have me enamored. Certainly this beer pays tribute to British beer history/lore. Well done. A beer that is delivery without the hype.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail

A- A gorgeous fluffy marshmallow head that is 2 fingers. a lemon grass yellow color.

S- mostly malt in the smell but i do get some hints of lemon zest, a flower like smell as well.

T- A strong lemno zest in the flavor hits the tongue hard. A sour citrus/floral flavor as well. Also has some earthy tones as well like lemon grass.

M- a sour malty pale ale feeling. A typical pale with some earthiness and citrus.

D- an easy beer to consume. A good sessionable beer. A sixer would be nice if you have to do some "yard" work.

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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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body, slightly hazy. Decent head ontop.

S - Smells a bit like a nice IPA actually. Sweet floral hop nuances. Some clean, fresh citrus detected in the nose.

T - Alot of citrus flowing through this ale. White grapefruit and some bitter citrus peel as well. Smooth mild hop charachter with a touch of hop warmth. The citrus keeps this beer crisp and refreshing to the palate. The finish is slightly dry and definitely clean.

M - Smooth and light in the mouth. Balanced carbonation and a semi-dry end.

O - A nice little pale ale here. Im partial to the grapefruit/citrus and hop combination so im digging this beer. Im also a fan of refreshing and crisp beers, and this pale ale fits that.

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Photo of jreitman
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with only a little white head after a fairly vigorous pour. Sweet citrusy aromas welcomed me to the first sup. Citrus followed into the mouth with some sweetness underneath. Fished dry and slightly bitter. Pretty well balanced and very easily drinkable. A nice brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Floral and grapefruit aroma.Hazy yellow and hop bubbles. Nice bitter lemony citrus dryness. Malt and caramel and herbal flavour there for balance. Guest tap at Independence Pub, a popular brew in this city. Well carbonated. Medium body. Competent pale.

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Photo of mooseo
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint.

A - Clear light golden. Decent head and retention.

S - Hoppy, lemon citrus aroma.

T - Light bready malts up front, followed by citrus and pine flavors. Provides a mild hop bite with a grainy finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Light-medium bodied with a very carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Philadelphia pale ale is extremely drinkable and one of the best pale ales I've had. This was my first beer I tried from Yards, and it is still my favorite. It's a good beer to have around year-round.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a pint glass. Pours a light yellow color that is for the most part clear due to a careful pour that left quite a bit of sediment still in the bottle. Regardless there are some faint particles stuck in suspension. More than 2 fingers of white frothy head appear with decent retension and an abundant amount of lace clings in a sticky coating about the glass. Aroma is full of hops smelling like citrus, more particularly lemon and a touch of grass with some spice that tingles the back of the nose. Little bit of malt sweetness and grain comes through in the back of the aroma as well. Taste is minorly bitter upfront with a hop bitterness that tastes like a mixture of lemon and grass, somewhat herbal. Minimal amount of malt backing but the malt character that is present is a bit bready. Somewhat of a crisp finish, the hop bitterness still lingers with herbal tastes of lemon and grass. Light feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking and quite sessionable at 4%.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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