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Philadelphia Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale
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
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
978
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
227
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 978
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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Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Hop2it
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks good - light brown, small amount of head and some lacing. Citrus and estery smell that's not strong, but certainly noticable without sticking your nose into the glass. Sweet and hoppy like an APA should.

Tastes very balanced. I feel that American Pale Ales tend to gravitate towards extreme hops and light body, ignoring the malts that should be the where the taste comes from. That being said, Yards did a good job of using the hops as a compliment to a smooth malt base.

It lacks something with mouthfeel, but I find myself going back for more and more. Overall I'll say this is worth picking up as a session beer, and I'd like to try it on tap.

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

poured a hazy amber color with a white puffy head thjat refused to contained by the glass. Fell to a chunky white coating. Smell is a nice blend of citrus, floral and piney hops with an additional lemon note. Taste is massive hops with some lemon-like malt present. Finish is moderatley dry and enjoyable. An excellent beer from Yards.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I too had this beer at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly, Pa. However, I was very dissapointed.

My beer had all of the telltale signs and premonitions of a good beer. The beer poured with a nice head that lingered down my plastic cup. It also had a very nice citrus aroma.

However, the taste and mouthfeel suffered. The beer was unbalanced; there was absolutely no foundation of malt to counter the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Moreover, the body was paper thin... no substance at all.

I had a hard time finishing my glass. It was one and done for me.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer doesn't receive higher marks. We first sampled it at Citizen's Bank Ballpark, and we were ready to declare it as "One of the Top Five Beers You Can Buy at a Major League Ballpark." It was the perfect beer for the hot afternoon game. Not overbearing or too strong in alcohol. It seemed to have a great, single hop taste, which I believe is simcoe hops. The lacing and head were excellent, and the malt taste was in perfect harmony with the hops.

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Photo of mcontr2
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with about 1 3/4" head.Body was a dark, goldish hue.
Smell: gave off a grapefruit/citrus aroma with some floral undertones. Good balance of cascade hops..
Taste: ahh PPA, philadelphia (pride) pale ale. Being the only brewery in Philadelphia, it makes a strong statement against the other pale ale's of the surronding area's breweries(specifically Stoudt's pine-esqe Pale Ale). Great balance of hops and malts. Picked up on a grape/green apple flavor with a sharp finishing bitterness that dried the palate.
drinkablity: maybe a little too hoppy for a pale ale session beer

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Photo of rajendra82
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from pezoids as part of BIF 20, this 12 oz. brown bottle lacked any freshness dating. The body looked pale yellow and slightly hazy, and the head was thin, but lasting a good bit as a result of good carbonation. The aroma was floral, citric, and much stronger than anticipated. The taste was hoppy, and grapefruit rind like, but lacked much malt sweetness. The aftertaste was dry with a touch of hay. The beer felt much bitterer than it was, due to the lack of a substantial malt presence. The aftertaste contained a lingering sharp bitterness. If this is how hoppy their APA is, I’d love to see what they have done to the IPA. Felt a lot more West Coast influenced than most others from Pennsylvania.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not very pale in appearance for a pale ale, but that's not all that big of a deal to me. The floating chunks are quite a surprise though. The head was almost nonexistent, albeit my glass came from the dishwasher unfortunately. The flavor is straight up hops, zingy, crispy, floral. The flavor makes for one heluva session brew. It's crisp mainly; just plain and simply hoppy and that's all it needs to be to make me happy.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Philadelphia Pale Ale is an English IPA with a darker color than the traditional IPA but still lighter than an amber. The spicy aroma is indicative of the hoppy bite this beer imparts from the first sip to the last. The hop selection for this beer covers the malt flavor and has no hint of citrus. I was impressed that Yards did not apparently filter this beer and allowed the yeast to sit in the bottle and condition this ale naturally. The bottle conditioning added a larger bubbled white head that had great staying power as this ale was consumed. I would suggest serving this beer closer to 50 degrees than to 40 degrees to let the hop aroma fill the glass and come out of the beer. Be cautious in opening and pouring this libation, the yeast in the bottle have added quite a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see this rated so low. This beer has inspired me to look for more Pa products other than Victory and Rolling Rock. I believe a trip to Phily is in order sometime....

Eye Candy: Brilliant golden orange, cloudy with swirls, huge frothy white head that held on throughout. Gentle rising lines of carbonation. Plenty of sticky lacing and clumping. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

The Nose Knows: Floral and grapefruit hops, white grape juice/ginger ale, sour apple, fresh baked biscuity malts, doughy yeast.

Tongueland: Floral hops up front, slight caramel, sweet bread middle, finished pink grapefruit with a touch of bitter orange peel to balance. Biscuity malt background. Amazing complexity. Thick carbonation, syrupy, palate coating, exc feel.

Bender: Easily see this one on cask. Looking forward to finding this one again. Hops destroy the buds, you can't appreciate anything else after this one, thus drinkability suffers. At listed low ABV, a standout APA.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Philadelphia Pale Ale....

Appearance-pours a rather copper golden color with a HUGE three finger head of intense foam, huge amount of lace on the glass with incredibly solid foam. Exceptional clarity.

Smell-some cascade hop aroma, slight malt tendencies but overwhelmingly hoppy, not bad.

Taste-very hoppy with a cascade hop flourish backed up by malt, slightly dry and bitter as it goes down, impressively hoppy yet still well balanced.

Mouthfeel-slightly bittery but it goes down very smoothly with some grapefruit overtones, nice job.

Drinkability-it is imprssive to me that a Pale Ale can be this flavorful and this light in alcohol. A very flavorful sessioner.

Overall-I heard they changed the recipe and many have been saying it's much better, I haven't had the old one, but as for this new recipe let me say that it's phenomanal. To anyone that has tried the old recipe you owe it to yourself to try this one as well.

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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 TongoRad
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The freshness stamp on the bottle is difficult to read, but it looks like 062701.

A decanted pour shows a slightly hazy pale amber beer with a tall (2+ finger) long lasting fairly dense head.

Aroma is a healthy dose of fresh hops. There's some malt behind it all as well as some spiciness and fruit, almost reminiscent of a gerwurtzraminer.

Taste is an almost equal balance between fresh hoppy flavors, light caramel, tropical fruit, and spices. There's also a touch of alcohol. Bitterness has a solid presence, but so does the malt. Nice job.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright hazy yellow with a full pillowy white head when poured very slowly from the get-go (I've learned my lesson with Yards' troubled bottles). Very active overcarbonation evident. Strong/intense flowery, strong perfumey, and light citrusy hop aroma and signs of infection/oxidation but more bearable than the other Yards' brews I've tried. Tastes much like it smells but not as intense. No malt character to speak of. Light airy overly carbonated body/mouthfeel.

As in true Yards fashion, taste fresh ... I can't seem to get it fast enough.

Best Before: '04/25/06' lasered on neck
Tasted: 03/28/05

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from Francisweizen in Feb 2004 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a ridiculous 6-finger head that needed to settle before pouring the rest. After several tries, a large foam light yellowish head sat on top of a very cloudy straw colored beer. Smells of citrus, dish-soap, and pine sol. Uhhm. Not so good. Reminiscent of Arcadia batch #999. Tastes actually pretty good. Nice malt sweet mixing with hop bitter. I feared a soap or overly piney and co-humulone flavor but instead got a moderate orange and grapefruit with some gentle fruits (peaches and some apricot). The ending was a bit thin and the mouthfeel was mediuim light. Carbonation was about right, which is funny considering the excessive head during the pour. Drinkable? yea, if you're willing to wait for the head to settle.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*New version*. Bright pale golden orange with the fluffiest white head of foam. Consistently good carbonation creates nice lacing. Aromas are all amarillo and simcoe hop goodness, with a bready, biscuity malt base to back up the show. The taste is a fresh hop explosion laced with the flavor of fresh baked rolls. The mouthfeel is creamy, and almost cask-like from the tap, and the drinkability is very very good. An awesome pale ale!

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

My first brew of the day while visiting DJ's Six Pack & Dogz, Pittsburgh..

Golden color with firm white head.
Sharp aroma of citrus and pine.
Very refreshing with some sweetness in the taste.
Left me a bit puckered and ready to drink some more!

The ratings on this are all over the place but put me down in favor of this Pale Ale.

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

Acquired as part of a mixed sixer, this ale pours a hazy yellow with a frothy white head and vibrant carbonation. The head holds the whole way through with sudsy like appearance. The smell is all grapefruit like hops with little malt, very appetizing. The taste comes across with strong grapefruit and lemon citrus flavor with sharp acidity and carbonation. It's a little thin on the malt sweetness and body, so it comes across a bit out of balance on the side of citrus hops. I'm all for a low ABV brew, but this one could use a little more gravity to balance everything out. But on the other hand, if you are looking for a sharp flavor to pair with some food, this may be a good choice.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a honey color with a tall white head. The smell was of citrus and floral notes. A little bit sweet smelling. The taste is mostly grainy with an astringent citrus flavor. Something lingers in the finish that I just don't like. Just an off taste in my opinion. Too much carbonation also. Not horrible at all, but there is just something I can't quite explain going on that turns me off from wanting another.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on tap, it pours an orange-yellow with a small white head.
It smells of citrus and hops with a little bit of pine and floral scent snuck in there as well.
Things take a downturn when the beer hits your mouth. The citrus flavors, particularly grapefruit and lemon, are almost overwhelming, although gradually some grassy tastes come through as well. Somewhat sweet and hoppy with a bitter finish, more like an IPA.
The mouthfeel is thin and very clean; I think this could be refreshing on a hot day.
Drinkability: I've tried this one three times at various bars, and each time, I have only wanted one pint before remembering I don't really dig it and moving on to something else. There are some nice notes in it, but the flavor leaves me desiring a little less grapefruit and a little more of something, anything, else.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Mostly clear copper with a huge, frothy head. Takes 3 pours to get in the glass, and that's 2 too many. Lacing is decent, as well as the carbonation.

Smell: Smells sweet and grainy with a normal hop presence. Smells pretty bland though.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A very bready and grainy flavor. Hops are present but light. They round the beer off but not too well. An "almost sweet" aftertaste finishes it off. The mouthfeel is thin but not bad.

Drinkability and Overall: A little better than what I had expected based on the current reviews. Perhaps they're changing this beer making it better. This is a solid APA that would make a killer session brew if it only it were a little better tasting.

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

Clear yellow / orange in color. Huge 3" white head. Very thick lacing forms through the drink. Carbonation levels seem a bit high. The aroma is very of floral hops and citrus. The flavor has a slight graininess to the malt with some strong pleasant bitterness. Grapefruit is also all over this.

Medium in body. The mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The finish was long on the bitterness too. Nicely drinkable and there seems to be some improvement to this brew since last year.

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Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Immense, overcarbonated, head here. Use care when pouring! The body finally appears as a slightly hazed, medium yellow color, sitting beneath a head that stabilizes at three fingers tall. Head is offwhite and rocky, and initially occupied 90% of the glass.
Aroma has "burn your nose" hops, with powerful scents of pinecone and citrus rind. Grapefruit and lemon rind are predominant, with a hint of biscuity malt in the background.
Moutfeel is overcarbonated, though not as much as suggested by the head. Medium bodied, with a moderate hops bite.
The hops dominate the taste, but are more subdued in the taste than in the nose. Lemonrind is prominent, with a hint of red apples, while grassy and pinesap notes lurk just underneath. Biscuity malt tries to emerge midway through, but is beaten back by the wave of hops .
This is a nicely hopped, American pale ale, but is one dimensional with such overwhelming, hops character. Hopheads should enjoy this one.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, strong gold color with some darker orange touches. Frothy, thick head rides up the glass and leaves thick, watery lacing. Nose is sweet pineapple and oily citrus, potent from the hops (simcoe?).

Taste is crisp and hoppy. Full mouth of green hops that continue through and leave something of a metallic aftertaste--which didn't hurt the drinkability however, as I sucked this right down. Soft carbonation. Faint cereals add some to the body.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 978 ratings.
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