Philadelphia Pale Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.7/5
1,008 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#28,198
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
1,008
pDev:
13.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
249
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,008 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jwhancher
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this numerous times over the years. Recently stopped in a local bar and had a pint:

A: Bright yellow, straw in color. Nice white head. Good carbonation.

S: Reeks of citrus hops. Grapefruit & orange peel aromas. Pleasant.

T: Nice bittering flavor from hops. Light malt background. Something appear to be a bit off these days. Can't quite put my finger on it. I get the feeling Yards changed the recipe from a few years ago. Perhaps when the owners went their own separate ways?

M: Light & refreshing.

D: Nice beer for the warmer months, but good anytime. Compliments food well. Have made this my session beer on a few occasions, but not as much recently (due to possible recipe change?).

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of nomad
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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 confer
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grimey68
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of chasmandocharles
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head that dissolved into a thin, eighth of a finger of white lacing that covered the entirety of the beer. It looks like a cross between a heffeweisen and a BMC beer. Not too sure about that…

Aroma: Very citrusy and yeasty. Lemon and grapefruit and some strong floral notes like clover and grass.

Taste: Interesting. Very citrusy, but not in like a shandy which I find too sweet/sour or in a weissen or Weiss-bier kind of way, meaning that there’s no banana or bubblegum that I get in weissens or Weiss-biers, just a lot of citrus (lemon, grapefruit), but followed by some good hops at the finish. There’s also a little bit of honey present too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds. Because of the low alcohol content, the beer only clocks in at 4.3% ABV, there’s practically no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: Yard’s Philadelphia Pale Ale is a very interesting beer. It’s not your typical pale ale, sort of a hybrid of a pale ale and a heffeweisen, taking the best of both styles and leaving the out the worst. I’d certainly drink it again.

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Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pearljam118
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of WuBByG999
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow, has creamy near white head. The head settles to a lace chunk island. Good looking brew with nice sticky lace.

The brew smells of slight citrus hops and a herb/grassy smell. Bready malts as well.

This is crisp and refreshing. Crisp taste of citrus hops peppers the tongue initially, and a nice bready, malty backbone smooths out to a dry finish.

This is a very good sessionable brew. This brew looks great for the style and has a very drinkable taste and mouthfeel. This will not scare away a none hop head, but will also please any pale ale hop fan.

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Photo of mattyrubes
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of droomyster
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The carbonation on this beer is off the hook. Be sure to pour it very slowly. We get a gold body with a massive, frothy, white head. Big grapefruit blast to the nose, along with tropical fruit notes (citrus mostly, some melons). Taste is grapefruit and pineapple up front. The carbonation becomes a liability to the weight and texture, which go up in bubbles before I can get a bead on them. Overall a very interesting beer that's a lot of fun to drink. Some of my fellow BAs have been unnecessarily critical of the unique carbonation level rather than seeing it for what it is.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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 ElGuapo
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is golden in color with a fluffy white head that holds pretty well. There are a lot of little floaties in this one, and it looks like a snowglobe, just golden. The aroma was very unique, but I picked up some pale malts and some dough.

The flavor is lacking a bit. It has a sweet start of malts. It then dries out to a taste of white bread. The flavor certainly wasn't bad, it was just simple and there was something missing. I needed more flavor, and maybe a slightly different flavor. It does well for a drinker, however.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass can.

a: Looks like a pilsner. Crystal clear straw blonde body. Big bubbly white head. Dissipates quickly. Lacy.

s: Faint crackery malts, lemony Lysol scent.

t: Crackery malts. Lemon rind and grassy, floral hops. Very pithy.

mf: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp.

o: I have had better from these guys. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pillowy white head and a clear, straw body. Nice lacing down the glass. Scents of crystal malts and spruce spiced hops. Very smooth with tingly hops throughout the sip, but more toward the back end. Extremely good example of a true English pub ale. Easy to drink and a good session brew.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,008 ratings
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