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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
Ranking:
#28,806
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
1,010
pDev:
13.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
252
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,010 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of FBarber
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden yellow. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving some white lacing and a white slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is very floral, aroma is more reminiscent of an English IPA rather than an American IPA. Touch of lemon, citrus and grass.

Taste is rather grassy and floral with some lemon notes. Grain and cracker malts come through an the back and linger. Slightly sweet. Aftertaste is a slight lemon bitterness with some dried grass.

Feel is light and crisp - rather refreshing.

Overall a nice old school IPA. In some ways its close to an English IPA than an American IPA, but its nicely crafted.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mikeg67
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pour pale straw with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of perfume hops, citrus fruit and biscuit malt with some hints of pairs. Body is medium and crisp. Piney, earthy hops, followed by biscuit malt on the palate, some sourness is present. The finish is medium and dry. This brew needs some caramel malt for color and flavor.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical pale ale. First off, the color is "off". Expecting your average or traditional coppery amber color, you're instead presented with a solid gold, sort of sunny yellow hue. Looks like an overly carbonated adjunct lager, and I'm sure this effects the taste perception for some. I happen to like it for what it is and the head is almost always very thick and cottony from the pour with ample, sparkly lacing. Aside from some specks of yeast floating around, it has a clean, filtered appearance.

I've seen some people describe the aroma and subsequently the flavor as "cat pissy". On rare occasions, I sense something like that, too, but I find, by and large, it offers a firm, uniformly appealing hop character - nothing offensive. I'd describe the hop aroma as floral/perfumy, herbal, grapefruity (to a small degree), and piney more than anything else. Little bit of a zesty yeast thing wafting around as well.

This is brewed with pilsner malt and, knowing that, the beer does look and drink like a spicier, hoppier Pilsner Urquell. It's a mindfuck - calling this a pale ale when it's very pilsner/export like. It has some grainy attributes in flavor and feel to go along with a quite herby, almost rosemary, hop essence. Hardly thin and watery either, which I think would turn me off. Enough substance to satisfy, quench, and accompany/wash down summer grill foods and salads very nicely.

Hey, it's probably the weaning - or purely regional - but this is a fantastic beer, preferably on tap. Worth a shot if you come across it and it's reasonably fresh. Most assuredly sessionable. Brush aside expectations, close your eyes and drink it. You'll love it or hate it. I don't care, I'll drink it all the same.

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Photo of tedho21
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brewer has disappointed a couple of times, but their core offerings (Phila Pale Ale, Good Hope IPA) are excellent. I am a fan of the style APA and always like a new departure.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves medium lacing.

Smell: Floral, pithy nose with a hint of apricot, and a wide malt base. Kind of English. Very approachable, appetizing, good food beer.

Taste: Starts out with a lemon, floral, apricot approach followed by bitter, citrus hops that provide strong, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant. good finish. Would have another.

Drinkability: Must try for APA fans. Hoppy, but not over your head.

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Photo of mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into lightly chilled mug.

Appearance: Light gold clear color with thick fluffy white head that persists and leaves light lacing on sides of glass.

Smell: Nice bright Simcoe hop smell with pleasant citrus balanced by light sweet malt.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced and complex with mild citrus hop bite with no real harshness at all. The hop is followed by pale sweet malt flavor. The overall flavor sneaks up on you rather than clubs you over the head.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied feel with medium length crisp finish and no trace of harshness.

Drinkability: Each one of these leaves you disappointed that it is finished and wanting more. A beer that is too drinkable for my own good. Clearly moving the brewery to its new location has done this beer no harm.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 garuda
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Pale gold, hazed with numerous floaties throughout the body hurts the appearance. Thick white head has good retention, and ok lacing.

S - Nice floral hops on the nose, finished with some pine and sweet bready malt.

T - More pine flavor in the taste, with slight hints of grapefruit, and some floral bitterness in the finish with some more citrus flavors. Light caramel malts underlying the dominant hops.

M - Light/medium body, a little high on the carb level, finishes clean with a moderate bitterness.

O - Solid pale, packing a bunch of flavor into the relatively low abv. If it had a freshness date, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

The beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale golden coloration. The head is thick and creamy honey coloration. The head has major staying power. The beer leaves nice rings of lace on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing pine and grapefruity smell.

Taste: The taste delivers on the smell. The beer has a pleasing pine and grapefruit combo. The beer has a weak malty sweetness. Frankly the hops ride right over the maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The ample carbonation helps the beer slide down easier. This is a dam fine APA. The beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable due to low ABV.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from Mikereaser in the Blind Bombers BIF. This beer was reviewed completely blind-- with no knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.
Reviewed from notes. Served in snifter.

Bright, clear, golden in color... The beer is practically yellow. Lots of active carbonation... So yellow and fizzy? Did Mike try to sneak something by me here? The head is thick and sticky-- 2 fingers of bone white froth. The head doesn't look like anything I've seen on a lager before!

Very faint nose-- slight hops... but hard to really pinpoint what they are doing other than just a little floral note. Very little malt on nose... but not smelling any adjuncts, so the head and nose point to something other than BMC-- which is good!

I take a sip and... a VERY crisp and clean finish has me immediately thinking this is a lager. Perhaps this is a Pilsener? A light floral and spice hop note fits too. Very little malt. There is a bit of lemony citrus flavor towards the finish which is throwing me off! Now it is all I can think about and it is growing stronger.

Agh! Once I THINK about a style, my brain shuts off the parts that aren't related to THAT style! I need to start fresh on this one.

Ok-- a glass of water and a few of my sons' crackers and I'm back on this one!

Hmmm... maybe it was too cold before, because now it seems to have opened up a bit more! Now that I'm letting my brain allow my sense to REALLY scan this beer I'm noticing a lot more in the nose: there is a light malt-- like bread or even toast- it isn't very sweet. The hops are coming in with floral and lemony notes.
Lots of carbonation-- lighter than medium body, but possibly due to the bubbly feel associated with this much carbonation.

Very drinkable-- although I'm still not sure what it is! I still hold on to the idea that this could be a lager of some sort-- though it must be the hoppiest lager I've ever come across! Equally as likely, this could be a semi-faded IPA or a gently hopped APA.

---Rips open envelope---

It's Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale. this beer has been on my wants list for a white now! I actually tried this once before when I got it as an extra-- I was too lazy to review it then though-- so this was a fun little adventure. Now knowing it is an APA, the numbers are as follows: 4/3.5/4/3/4

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Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium clear gold with a big foamy white head. The head is huge in a Spiegelau IPA glass and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is malty, with nice bread notes and a little hint of earthy hops. The taste is equally mild, somewhere between a pilsner and a pale. It's an interesting combination. It's got a lighter body, most likely from the malt bill, but there is a nice crispness on the finish. This is a good session pale ale.

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Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phatz
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fuzzy yellow color with a hint of orange in the hue. The white head fades very fast.

Smell: Strong grain aromas. Rice and con but also a bit of fruity sweetness in the aroma like white bread and a touch of yeast. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Initially I was not very impressed the taste seemed harsh. It may have just been what was on my palate because it quickly improved as the glass went down. The taste is very boring but palatable. Like every other APA it is generous on the hops with a week malt base. Nothing special but very easy going beer. A few thin spots but overall decent.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with a bit too much tingle from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a very sessionable easy drinking APA. It makes a great party beer but it is not extremely interesting or unique. Fine average APA.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Blaze5445
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rajendra82
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,010 ratings
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