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Philadelphia Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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315
Ratings:
964
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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Photo of ithacabaron
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fluffy-headed ginger color, plenty up top, and active carbonation down low. Sparkling and remarkably pale.

Aroma is an epiphany of what Pale Ale should smell like -- this beer's smell is the closest thing I know to sticking your head inside a bag of hop leaves and freshly cracked grain right before a brew day, a perfect communication of hop and malt, pure and simple.

Taste is a bit less clear, but retains the note of graininess that makes me like this beer so much. There is a refreshing element of untouched water, clear broth, inside the swallow. Never overly bitter, nor overly floral, nor gloppy and muddy, there is a delightful balance in this glass.

Mouthfeel is quite active and frothy, which reminds me of Sparkling Ales of old. It's never sharp, however, which is nice. One of those beers that profits from an active mouthfeel and being served juuussst a little cold, the bottle is better than the tap, which is better than the cask. Odd, but true.

Drinkability is nice -- you could have a few, but I rarely do anymore, with any beer. Still, an easy sessioner, and perfect for a baseball game. A no-brainer choice when you go to see the World Champion Phillies play in person.

All in all, a great, idiosyncratic beer -- why don't more breweries make their pale ale like this?

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Photo of edskirk3
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a Yards variety case. The freshness code is smudged, but the box appears to be new.

Pours a nice gold, with a foamy white head, which wears away to a thin, tightly beaded layer after a minute and a half, lacing the glass rather well.

Aroma is of citrusy hops; grapefruit, specifically.

The palate is dominated by hops. Plenty of grapefruity bitterness, with a pale malt background. The bitterness lingers for a little while even after drinking.

Just enough carbonation, and low enough in alcohol to make a session out of it.

Crisp and refreshing. This will be a good one come summertime. Also, I think this is the perfect gateway ale for prospective hopheads.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours softly from the bottle, very, very little carbonation. Minimal head, less then 1/2 inch that vanishes fast. Pretty gold color, slight chill haze. Nose is low key. A bit of sweet grain and a touch of lemon.

Taste is on the light side, soft, a bit sour with some yeast and a touch of earthy hops. Malt profile of this beer seems a tad watered down. The low carbonation reinforces this. The sour taste comes through in the end with some yeast notes.

Overall a clean, light easy drinking beer. Real complexity is lacking in this beer. It's well made, a nice beer, but pretty forgetable.

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

Hazy orangish yellow with a single finger of white foam.

Orange and grapefruit peels, some pine, a bit of fruity esters, and a hint of bready malt.

Citrus peel and some pine, bready malt backbone. Orange marmalade in the finish. Refreshing and clean flavors that aren't overpowering.

Light bodied and good carbonation. Fresh feeling.

A right tasty APA. Of the Yards' beers I've had so far, this is the one that would be my stand-by.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a function at the Makefield Highlands golf club.

Appearance: Poured a clear, dark amber - surprisingly dark for a pale ale. A finger or two of head. It was poured into a plastic cup (open bar, what do you expect) so not much lacing. Still, a decent looking beer.

Smell: Wow...nice, citrusy hops - definitely a nice and hoppy APA. A mild sweetness, but the hops dominate. Some piney notes. Smells a *lot* like Bells Two Hearted, and that was the first thought that came to mind.

Taste: Decently citrusy - a lot like it smells. However, there's more of a generic bitterness to the taste, and the citrus takes a back seat. I'm guessing this one was dry hopped? Either way, it's a solid, good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and a good level of thickness - not too thin or too heavy.

Drinkability: I was very, very impressed by this beer - this one is only 4.3 percent??? A lot of flavor packed into this one, and it smells great. I tried it on a whim, and I'm glad I did. Great flavored, easy drinking pale ale, and one you could have a couple of with no problem. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-tinged golden colour with a decent, average head. Some lacing. It's fairly clear despite being bottle-conditioned. Lightly hopped nose, with a little caramel malt - I thought. Flavour is relatively hoppy, but balanced. I think I'm really getting into the hops lately - this isn't overly hoppy, though. It's pleasant, and I could drink it for quite some time.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Pale Ales. When poured into a glass it is Golden in color. Has a hint of sweetness in taste and in auroma. Also, has a citrus flavor taste to it, but not overpowering which makes me question if they used belgian yeast in the process. Not sure if that is even possible when brewing an APA. Very well carbonated, light white head foamy with good effervescene.

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Photo of pvsob
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light copper color with a one finger head that slowly fades, leaving some lacing.

S - Floral/fruity hop aroma with some hints of malt as well.

T - Starts off sweet, but quickly transitions into a long hoppy finish.

M - Medium with some carbonation.

D - A pretty good session able Pale Ale. It's not going to blow you away, but it's far from undrinkable. I can see myself enjoying a few Phillies games this spring with a sixer of this by my side. Give it a try guys and gals. Cheers!

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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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Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my favorite session beers

it pours a lighter yellow color with a good amount of head

it smells like hops and a little grapefruit

it tastes smooth , citrusy and a little crisp

its just a great beer

if you like hops and even if you dont you should like this beer

i really dig that its a pretty low abv which is nice for someone like me who really doesnt drink enough to get drunk very often

check it out ,its pretty widely avail in philly and cheap

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw crystal clear. Carbonation bubbles a little slow. White creamy 1 finger white head.

S: lemon, grapefruit, pine, citrus. Resin hops.

T:malty sweet upfront, nice backbone balnce malt with hops. Hops enter in middle as a slight bitterness on back of the tongue. Easy to drink pale ale.

M: balance of sweet and dry. Bitterness is refreshing and soothing.

O: excellent pale ale. Sessionable. Easy to quaff multiple bottles in a session.

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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 stingrayvr6
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Cavannaugh's in Philly. Nice light golden color, smelled of oily hops, crisp and clean and fruity, like apricot or grapefruit. Taste was lightly bitter, nothing overwhelming, with a dry, crisp body. After taste was fairly bitter, hops coming out. Good beer, mellow pale ale, very drinkable, nothing to rave about but definitely a worthy brew.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was yellow gold with almost no head.

The nose is mostly malts with a vague fruitiness.

On the palate, it's sweet but well-hopped. Hints of tropical fruits and a good amount of spicy hops. It's very tasty with a mild astringency on the finish.

This is quite drinkable, and I'd been looking forward to trying it. I must say, great beer.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper yellowish color with good fluffy white head and good lacing. lively carbonation. strong citrus fruity hop smell, taste is much the same but the citrus is even more potent. some grapefruit hints. thin slick texture and light bodied. short flavor duration. all around decent beer.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color with about a finger and a half worth of head that dissipates to a thin veil around the top.

S: Lots of floral hoppyness with some grassy/grain hints as well. Very little citrus scents mixed in as well. Not as much aroma as i expected.

T: Nice mix of citrus and grassy grain from the get go with hints of biscuit, leads into the floral hops and bitterness. After taste is some of that lemon biscuit flavor that is nice and clean.

M: Moderate carbonation works well with the flavors and provides a nice crisp and clean beverages.

O: Another great brew by the boys at Yards. Brawler is still my favorite but this is a nice APA that is worth trying.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from variety pack.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale gold color with little floaties throughout and a constant stream of bubbles. Massive 4 finger, pillowy head recedes rather quickly to a thick ring. Lacing is good.

S: Mild, piney hops. Nothing special.

T: Nice hoppy bitterness initally. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very timid malt presence vies for supremacy, but is quickly overpowered.

M: Thin, watery with fully carbonated with a nice bite.

D: Nice, hoppy session beer. Goes down easy if you like hoppy beers.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nicely amber colored ale. Ever so slightly cloudy, but an overall nice clarity. White, bubbly head eventually fades down into a thin, but consistent head. Leaves kind of lackluster lacing down the glass, but at least it's there.

S: Quite fruity. Grapefruit being the most notable, with slight undertones of hops coming through. A lot more pleasant than expected.

T: Slightly fruity, with those grapefruit notes being the most prominent on the tongue as well. A pleasant, mild bitterness throughout. A nice dash of citrus and hops in the finish.

F: A little on the overcarbonated side, but nothing off-putting. Carbonation seems to settle as the beer sits. Slightly thin, but definitely drinkable.

O: Seeing as how I'm from Philly, this beer was a must-try. It's affordable and widely available since it's local. It's not something I'd buy a case of for myself, but if I were going to a party and wanted to save a few bucks while still picking up an enjoyable beer, I'd definitely choose this over other budget pale ales. Not a mandatory must-try, but definitely acceptable and a really good choice if you want something light, flavorful, and refreshing on a hot day.

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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 CowsCanBark
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Poured a dark, golden yellow with a two-finger head, fluffy as clouds. I let the beer sit and the head took about four minutes to recede, leaving a great sticky lacing on the glass. Even as I drink there is still a half-finger head remaining.

Smell: This smells delicious. There are notes of pine, grapefruit/citrus, hops.

Taste: I like it a lot, actually. You get the taste of the citrus and hops pretty well, with a noticeable citrus linger in the back of your throat. Really tastes like grapefruit to me. There are not really any overpowering hops, and a barely noticeable bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Overall a good mouthfeel, it has medium-light carbonation and a nice light mouth feel. For some beers, this might not be good, but it just really works with this one.

Overall: I am definitely pleasantly surprised from this offering. It would be great on a hot day and is just nice and citrusy and refreshing. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mjw06
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 joeskirkie
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a variety pack filled 4/26/2006

Pours a clear gold, with a soapy looking white head that looks strong at first, gets pretty thin, but doesn't die off.

A hoppy scent of grapefruit, it's light, not much else.

Taste is hoppy too, with lingering bitterness. The hops are cirtusy as the scent suggests. Theres some balance to it, and quite a crisp bite at the end.

This beer is clean, light, and refreshing, very sessionable.

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

Beer poured a yeast clouded orange with a good head of white foam that settles to a ring. The aroma was rather light, with just a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of floral hops. The taste was decent with a nice bittersweet balance of malt and hops, just a bit on the citrusy side, kind of orange rindish. Smooth and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish, as Davo noted this would be a great session brew.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowing, pillowing head. Up top it rises slowly, but it expands downward quickly, filling the glass with a bosom of cream colored carbonation. The head settles, revealing a lightish golden honey of a beer. It has a slight haze that visually adds some body. A soapy lace follows the beer down the glass. Hell, what else can you ask for when you look at an APA?

Well on the nose I am left asking for more. A bit of lemon zest resting below a blanket of copper malt and light floral hops.

The beer opens on the tongue with a twinge of that same lemony zest. Along with the light body, this creates a refreshing opening that sets the stage for a fuller middle. The most interesting aspect of PPA is the yeast, and it blossoms right in the middle. The beer becomes heavier, slightly bready but also distinctly floral. Honey and some light grass show up towards the back. It's back to the citrus again, this time it is sweeter, oranges and tangerines. Meanwhile the yeast is still in play. The finish is yeasty, soft, bready, milky, with a floral hop note. Gorgeous finish.

The mouthfeel seems to jump around. Inherently it is light - too light really, but the yeasty maltiness adds enough body to confirm the style. This beer is highly drinkable, interesting enough. It is subtle, but with distinguishing strengths - that harmonious marriage of the hops and the yeast - that have me enamored. Certainly this beer pays tribute to British beer history/lore. Well done. A beer that is delivery without the hype.

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Photo of Finn
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fresh bottle into a pint glass. Nice pure white frothy head that simmers down to a slight haze on top of the beer. The color is very pale, almost pilsner-like. Aroma is lemon, biscuits and grain and mild fruits. Taste is on the mild side, a slight burst of fruity/malt sweetness is quickly cut into by a sharp, crisp hop bitterness. The flavor lingers a bit too. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, with carbonation a tad on the higher sider. A light body is present. This stuff is really good fresh, and of course quite quaffable. However, it is definitely on the lighter side in flavor and body compared to most pale ales I've tried, epsecially the American ones. This is simply a well crafted session brew, which would be great for warmer weather.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.
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