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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Ratings: 1,010 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of Beerdemon2731
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fellysmarts
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mjw06
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bronze-golden color with a couple finger sized white head.

Smell was unimpressive but above average. A clean malty smell with a just a little bit of crisp hops.

The smell had a very clean palate, mild hop floral taste and the tad bit of the tartness of a grapefruit.

Nothing really outstanding or distinct about this pale. it wins for its clean taste and great drinkability. It is fairly light on the ABV for a pale ale as well. Yes that did a bit of rhyming. But that end of the day this was very drinkable and I would gladly accept more.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msp88
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigdeuce
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mrasskicktastic
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden brew with a sizable bubbly head. Intense carbonation fuels that. Small unappetizing black flecks are visible (not from my glass), no bottle conditioning either. It doesn't seem infected either. Weird...

S - Grasses, faint fir trees, not much here, it isn't strong in any way.

T - A very floral flavor. A bit of light malt backbone, but overall the flavor isn't terribly full. Nothing at all unpleasant, it just kind of cuts off - almost as if it had been diluted. Aftertaste is barely present, but a hint of bitterness from hops closes it out.

M - Smooth, thin, very, very refreshing.

D - Top notch. This is low abv and completely pleasant. Really the kind of beer one can drink for hours and hours. Since I am from PA originally, it is not terribly unlikely that I will find my self drinking this again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

A clear light amber colored ale with a medium sized white head that quickly fades down to nothing but a thin ring.

The smell is mostly herbal hops but there is a significant citrus aroma here too. A little bit of eucalyptus and a little menthol in the scent too. Malt contribution is slight and mainly a light sweetness.

The taste begins neutral too slightly sweet with an earthy and slightly herbal hop flavor. Light but decently bitter this does a quite good job at balancing lightness with flavor. Slightly citrus in the mouth this seems to be most Kent hops with a firm handful of C hops added.

The mouthfeel is a little light.

Quite a nice beer in the drinkability department and one that compares favorably with the like of Firestone Pale Ale and DFH Shelter Pale Ale. If I were to change one thing about this beer I would up the aroma hops by about twice and leave the rest alone.

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Photo of Smaxy
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jesstyr
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ended up with a bottle of this at Continental in Atlantic City, not exactly what I expected. Never really enjoyed the pale ales, but this was alright - which is probably because it doesn't really suit the style.

Golden tan, quite light, with bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Nose is strongly citrus, with a tiny bit of pine hops.

Taste is almost like a hefeweizen, heavy on lemon and lime citrus, and actually fairly smooth. No real hop bitterness, which I enjoy, but is odd for the style. Body is light, and while the beer goes down easily, it really isnt that enticing.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden color topped by a creamy, stark white head that lasts for a while and leaves some pretty lacing. Aroma is of sharp fresh hops, some dry ale yeast, a touch of light malt, and a bit of skunk. Palate is well-balanced between assertive bitter hops and lightly sweet malt, with notes of citrus, dry ale yeast, and some biscuit. Aftertaste is dry and flavorful, courtesy of the bitter hops. Body is a tad thin up front, but holds the flavor well. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden brown color with a crazy huge white head that took its time settling. Left some lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is of musty yeast and pale malt with some light hoppy spiciness. The taste vaguely reminds me of a Belgian brew, must be the yeast. There is also some tropical fruit notes and a light bitter hop. The feel is light but not watery with tight fizzy carbonation, finishes pretty balanced between sweet and bitter. A different take on the APA. The color is very light as well as the malt. A very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my BOTM club.

Appearance - Pours a yellow gold with over an inch of white head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Malty and bready up front and then a hint of citrus and hops pokes through at the tail end.

Taste - As it smells, very malty and bready with a hint of lemon citrus. It finishes with just a touch of hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp finish.

Drinkability - Very much so. Nothing is "phenomenal" about this beer, but it sure is something you can quaff down. At such a low ABV, it is sessionable. Again, nothing special about it but nothing horrible about it either.

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Photo of jmg480
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, like fresh honey. Three fingers of tightly foamed head grow rapidly, then settle gradually to a bumpy froth terrain. Cirrus wisps of lacing suspend on the sides of the glass.

The aroma delivers a slow progression of light malt sweetness followed by a vague hops aura, and is capped by a tart yeasty fruitiness. A distant bitterness drifts through at the close.

First sip brings a gentle malt swirl matched by rounded spicy fruit notes of apple and berry. A mildly puckering sourness lays on the sides of the tongue as a grassy presence pops up,then down. A dry flatness, almost reminiscent of wheat, folds in toward the end, then a measure of dry bitterness closes slowly at the finish. It's not quite what I expected, but the flavor has more identity than it used to, and it's briskly refreshing.

Light bodied, it leaves just enough behind to render up some memory of itself on the palate.

The flavor surprised me. I was expecting something more conventional, more pale ale-ish, and I got something a bit off-beat. But once past the surprise, I realized it's crisp and refreshing, if not chock full of tasty elements. Very drinkable, it's a veritable session beer if you find it to your liking, holding up well to the heat of a Jersey Shore afternoon. So even if it's not what I expected, it works well enough for what it is. Short of stellar but more than average, I'll finish this sixer with no regrets. But I'm not real sure about another.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the local dive bar.

A-hazy yellow, small white head, decent lacing

S-citrusy, bread, grapefruit, floral notes-pine

T-citrusy taste (lemon, grapefruit), hoppier then most pales

M-medium bodied, good carbonation, taste little alcohol, crisp and refreshing

O-maybe its hometown bias and that fact that its on tap every where in the Philly area but a great beer. Not a typical pale and I think that is part of the appeal. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, which is good because I'll be having a several in the coming years.

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Photo of AnthonySkatz
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottg
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from thecarster1 as part of the Review This! BIF
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger off white head made up of large bubbles, light retention with no lacing. Very citrusy aromas of lemon and grapefrutit with some apricot. Citrusy flavors up front lead to some biscuity malt with a dry herbal finish almost like wheat. Highly carbonated, medium body with a cleansing, dry mouthfeel.
The hops tend to dominate and overshadow the malts in this one but it is a refreshing beer, best for a hot summer day.

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Photo of SteveB3014
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rocketman9415
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color. Definitely fairly light. Good white head, though. Nose brings some citrus and a bit of pine. Fairly faint. Taste is citrus, pine, and a bit of caramel doughiness. Feel is light with good carbonation and some bitterness. Drinks quite well. A step down from their IPA but still good.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,010 ratings
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