Philadelphia Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
1,004
Reviews:
323
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
245
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,004 |  Reviews: 323
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 empowell8394
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therubicon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 epyon396
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 DannyBoyDD
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phar0s
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 beerded_drunk
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 TopherBreski
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with a ton of carbonation. Beautiful smell of hops and citrus.

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Photo of jdaddy
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jbaker67
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryften
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of thestoutmaster
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtw21
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smaxy
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,004 ratings.
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