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:
322
Ratings:
996
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
243
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1
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Reviews: 322 | Ratings: 996
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The loud 'pffft' when I popped the cap indicates some serious overcarbonation. Sure enough, the pour results in 95% head and 5% beer. As the proportions begin to reverse, I see cloudy amber beer beneath a frothy, off-white crown. Because the liquid contains an insane number of bubbles, the cap may not fade in my lifetime. It still manages enough stickiness to produce a few wayward scraplets of lace.

Philadelphia PA has one of the brightest pale ale noses that I've smelled in quite some time. There's a lack of anything that could conceivably be related to malt and a lack of any earthy, spicy or herbal hoppiness. The aroma is of pure, sweet tropical fruit: pineapple, followed by lemon, followed by grapefruit.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn't hold up as well on the palate. The culprit, I believe, is a too thin body. There simply isn't enough substance to fully engage the taste buds. It's a shame because a ghost of the aroma is evident, it just doesn't come together like it should.

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale is a few (admittedly major) fixes away from being special. I'm pretty sure there's a delicious APA in there, struggling to get out. Thanks blitheringidiot.

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Photo of soilguy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale golden color - head is very large, white - had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour. - The beer itself was also highly carbonated - a little too much for my liking - it seemed on the extreme end for the style. Very little hop aroma - just a slight woody aroma. The high carbonation made it difficult to discern specific flavor elements. Seemed to be a good summer brew.

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

This pours out with a golden body with a tall foamy rocky white head that I had to wait for to go down before finishing the pour. Good amount of lacing was left as well when this was consumed. The aroma was overall pretty weak with a light floral and citric scent being the only obvious components. Not the most flavorful either but that taste was interesting as there was a bit of caramel malt mingling with the citric flavors with a touch of pine. Pretty good flavor that could have been better if it was a bit less subtle and tried to get noticed. Mouthfeel was about average for the style with no particular pluses or minuses. Not the most robust and flavorful APA but a decent one none the less that I would probably try on tap if I came across it.

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Photo of Edwin
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in my apartment (a VERY special thanks to gfb108 for that!)...

Appearance: Poured out a yellowy color with some hazy amber hints to it. A large, foamy head formed. nice, white and fluffy. Left a LOT of lacing in the glass.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruit notes come out immediately. I was surprised at the amount of hoppiness that I could pick up. Very impressive.

Taste: I could not believe this wasn't an IPA. Lots of good hop flavors, mixed with some citrus notes. I was very pleased with this, as I thought I'd be let down. It is a nicely balanced, crisp hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a smoothness that went down easy. The lack of carbonation could have been my lack of experience with the tap system. Not sure.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. It's got a nice, warm feel to it, and won't smack you in the face with alcohol. I had five and was fine, if not tired (Watching my Falcons get smacked by the Ravens in preseason will do that I guess).

Overall: A great keg to kick of my new tap system. I highly enjoyed this brew. Grab one if you can. Note: make sure you get a fresh case to ensure you have the "NEW" recipie.

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

The beer poured a pale golden with some chunks of sediment. The head was white and lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was slightly hoppy with some grassy citrus notes and a touch of malt in the background.

The flavor was bitter with citrus and grassy flavors that blended well with the malt backbone so the flavors were not overdone. The bitterness and flavor hops last.

The finish is dry with those same bittering and hop flavors well into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium.

12 ounce bottle. Which says English malts and English hops, sounds like a bitter to me but the flavors are more American than English, perhaps they are using American cultivars. In any event, it tastes like an APA and is a very nice example of how a beer doesn't have to be high alcohol to pack a flavorful punch.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

YARDS Philadelphia Ale releases from the bottle with bits of suspended particles in a pale cloudy straw pint.

Upfront nose scents are straight out grapefruit peel.

First sips taste of bitter lemon peel hops and grapefruit, but not nearly overwhelming, at all. Quite a tastey pale with nary a malt here. All delicate hops in the flavor.

There is some body to this pale, but it is easy in the carbonation department. A few swirls evokes some suds, but not too much. Extremely drinkable.

Last swigs: Part of a 4 x 6 mixed case that is a steal. Thank goodness it's local. Easy hoppy pale. Well worth a go! Label talk says English hops, malts and 4.3% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently, Yards re-did the recipe with Simcoe hops, or so I'm told. It has a straight bitter taste up-front which then goes into the aftertaste. The aftertaste has apple overtones. The hops are very much dominant but not overwhelming. It came with a nice head which dissipated. Your views on this tasty redesign probably will depend on your feelings about the hop variety used.

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

Aroma presents as slightly sweet with an almost like phenol quality-it includes an off sourness that seems yeasty in nature. No hops to speak of.
Pours with a large head, but may be the result of being bumped around in being shipped (as the bottle had a shook appearance to it) that gets a rocky appearance to it. Cloudy gold-yellow. Yeasty setiment on the bottom.
Not particularly robust, but an interesting mix of flavors. Pale malt presence, hoppy bitterness presents mid to finish. Finish has a long dry sourness.
The feel is non-descript. Fully carbonated, if not excessive. The label notes itself as being refreshing. I suppose the sourness has a refreshing quality to it, but I wouldn't categorize it as classic in this area.
Interesting and different. Has a wit-like quality to it.

Thanks to goindownsouth for this sample.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden body reveals streams of fine, fast-rising bubbles beneath a frothy white head that holds remarkably well and leaves wide swatches of craggy lace about the glass. The nose is bright and fresh with citrusy and floral Simcoe hops over a delicate malt base. The body is medium and its very fine, natural carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue before it fades smoothly away. The flavor bristles with bright, fresh hops (fruity, citrusy, subtly pine-like) wrapped in a supple, straightforward malt. It's exceptionally well-balanced with a firm bitterness that leads to a clean and dry finish. A satisfying and refreshing pale ale that offers excellent drinkability.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very big citrus smell. smell also comes with hints of amalt, as it where

Pours a darker golden, very fizzy, some white head, not much, but some. The citrus hop taste is very very prevelent in this beer, which could be good. Honestly, this tastes less then a beer, and, IMO almost like VO whiskey. I dunno, but for some reason, that is how it feels. Nice, rather drinkable, but I am not overly impressed, nor am I dissapointed

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Photo of frank4sail
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The new and improved formula released 4/04. They tried to tweak this recipe a little. Very flowery citrus hop nose. Murkey bigbubbled off white (slightly tan) head. Initial hop presence on the tongue but this leaves you quickly with a slightly gritty flat malt base taste. The pilsner malt (that I hear has been added to the brew) seems to clean the brew up a bit in the mouth. Decent medium coating mouth. An upgrade to the brew but it is still not all that. this beer will appeal to the masses more now with decent drinkabilkity and nothing offensive to the tongue.

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Photo of 99bottles
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly dark yellow color with a huge fluffy white head. There are copious amounts of yeast/sediment in the bottom; I had to leave about an inch left in the bottle to keep my pint clean. It smells of light hops and oddly (for a PA) of yeast. I think they could have left off with the bottle conditioning, and the CO2 level is too high anyway with the large and annoying head. Taste is very dissapointing. Thin and smooth with a strange phenolic bite and minimal hopping. Even the malt seems to be missing. Thin mouth, not tasty enough to have a high drinkability. Very uncharacteristic beer from this otherwise good brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet malty smell that seems to come from the use of pale and light crystal or carapils malts. It has a grainy scent and a dry yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a smooth, grainy pale malt flaavor that seems a bit watery and weak. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale, but nothing special. Where's the hops? It's one and done for me.

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Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the City Tavern in Philadelphia. It seems to be an English style Pale Ale. The copper color has some grassy and caramel aromas. It is well balanced, but does not stand out as an exceptional brew. It was good to start the evening with, but there were better beers to come.

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

This brew looks kind of like a pale orange soda -- yellow-tinged orange in color with a small white head, somewhat cloudy in the glass. The aroma was lightly malted with grassy hints. The mouthfeel was full, but thin -- nicely coating the palate but then fading into the air. The taste is very light, slightly floral, with just a suggestion of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew, but it didn't "wow" me either. It would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a rigorous pour this beer yielded a thick foamy head to add to the lush hazy orange color. The smell was of tart hops and a floral note. Taste was a bit lacking. The hops aren't overpowering and the malts didn't add as much flavor as I was expecting. There is a floral taste to go along with a citrus flavor to leave a tangy dry taste. By no means a bad taste but for this style I was anticipating more of a punch to the tastebuds. I'll have to try this again when summer rolls along.

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

This beer poured a dark yellow color. The head was minimal, and was gone almost immediately. There was Zero lacing. Minimal aroma. What was there was a faint maltiness and citrus hops. The taste was OK, if a bit bland. Some bitterness, with even less malts. Boring!

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Photo of nomad
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

aka Yards Queen's Head Ale...

Poured a light tawny orange, with a tiny bubbly head, little lace or stain, and showing little carbonation. Smelled of florals and bitter fruit scents, a small nuttiness, and a malt that was soft in texture and strength. Taste was of a greeny, grassy, oily hop flavor, with a very light malt in the background. Very thin and drinkable, I'd pay no attention to the numbers, as this a good session beer or a watching-football-beer to choose in Philly.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not my favorite Yards brew. I like the ESA on tap a whole lot more. This is an average pale ale. It pours a nice amber with a small off-white head. It has a little lacing, nothing great.

Its aroma is a little sour and not nearly as floral as other pale ales that I've tried. It has a hoppy flavor with a hint of fruitiness. Nothing special. It has a really nice feel in the mouth, but all-in-all, the drinkability is average. The beer was served very cold, which may have caused some of the smell and flavor to suffer, but I think it is probably still rather average.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 996 ratings.
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