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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
Reviews:
316
Ratings:
975
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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15
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226
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Reviews: 316 | Ratings: 975
Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to edbeer for the opportunity. Served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent gold with a rocky, bright white three inch head. Some floaties present in solution. Head eventually settles into a consistent quarter inch cap; delicate, textured strands of lacing were revealed during the session. Nose is mild - a light floral hops presence is about all I get. Taste is somewhat muted - pale malts, some citrus and a little bready. Mouthfeel is light-bodied but the fizzy carbonation levels make it seem a little bigger than it actually is - culminates in a clean finish. Easy drinking session beer. The sum is definitely more than its individual parts on this one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew was served with a hazy yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded rather fast giving a light amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of bread, citrus and malt. The heaviest citrus is of lemon zest nature. Some other floral and spicy aromas are in the nose as well rounding it out nicely.

Taste – The taste is of a biscuit and malt up front and is mixed with some lightly sweet and citrus hop notes. Toward the middle it dries out more with some lemon and spice entering the taste. While the biscuit flavor lessen as the taste goes on, the lemon and spice flavors get stronger as the flavor moves to the end. At the end a bitter lemon and spice flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Light in body with a higher level of carbonation. Good for giving a refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Overall – Very easy to drink with a drier bitter lemon and spicy flavor. While the bitter that it leaves on the tongue is just so-so it is a good session brew for a nice summer day as it has good flavors (other than the bitter aftertaste) and a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearane: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer was refreshing and enjoyed it. easy to drink and I like beers that can be well balanced and enjoyed in the sun without knocking you out.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, received as an extra in a trade from Warriorsoul

appearance: pours a pale golden straw color into a Crowley's pint glass...very light white foam head with not much retention/lacing...a little pale for a pale, ha

smell: aroma is quite hop driven, grapefruit-citrus, christmas tree pine...not a whole lot else going on here

taste: flavour also dominated by the hop profile, fair amount of bitterness presented, big pine flavour, watery grapefruit-citrus, very light malt feel....simple and refreshing, nothing wrong with that

mouthfeel: fair amount of bitterness, a touch watery

drinkability: good

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at new wave in philly. served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick layer of filmy whit head. Fades slowly with spotty rings of lacing and nice retention.

Scents of citrus hops with pineapple and biscuit malt followed by sweetness and hops.

A dash of bitter hops up front with citrus and orange. Slight tones of rind and lemon peel followed by more hop bitterness. Malt backbone sweetness is super light and understated. Dry hops with more fruit and bitterness towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, dry finish, and some touches of fruit. Drinks quick, not really the best Yards beer but not the worst either.

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

VERY pale pour, for the style. From across the table this looks like a dark macro. But it's got a nice head on it...

Smells crisp and citrusy, not nearly as British as Yards' other beers.

Tastes light and very crisp, but surprisingly unique and complicated. Starts off the the aforementioned citrus hops, prominent grapefruit, against a very English malt profile. This moves into a middle that's a mix of lemongrass, and a finish that's a wonderful combination of grassy herbs and lemon against sweet, biscuity malt. Nothing's very strong, and nothing blows me away, but it's very well balanced and unique enough to keep me interested.

This is the textbook definition of a wonderful session: lively and interesting and light.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. There's a little over two fingers worth of white-colored head. The head itself is pretty rocky and retains well. Some soapy streaks of lacing are left behind.

S: The hops here are more evocative of British varietals than 'Murican ones. I get light orange peel, tea leaves, earth, flowers, and apricot from the nose, primarily. The fruity characteristic comes more strongly when allowed to open up some. I really like that there isn't much malt to get in the way - it's there, don't get me wrong, just muted. While this isn't the kind of hoppiness to wow me, it definitely has an intriguing smell to it.

T: The first swallow is surprisingly bitter in a good way. Tea leaves, orange peel, and flowers hit the palate immediately, right before a slight upsurge of sweet malts finish it off. There's nothing explosive or over-the-top here: this is just a really solid session beer.

M: Holy crap, this is creamy for the style. It still retains the crisp dryness I love in a good example of the style, but the creaminess does make it touch too full in body. Doesn't really matter - this goes down like water. Carbonation pricks the tongue slightly.

O: Yards brewed a really good golden ale here. Maybe it's a bit bland, but that's forgivable. This is a beer that's meant to be consumed by the 6-pack, and I'd much rather down a 6-pack of this than, say, Coors Light (I'd also rather catch herpes than have to down a 6-pack of Coors Light, but that's neither here nor there...)

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Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Secret Santa thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a hazy straw yellow with a big effervescent head that recedes very quickly to a small cap fed by a steady stream of bubbles. Sparse lacing.

The aroma is very light with lemon zest and toasted bread as the main aromas. There is also a grassy character to the nose as well.

The taste wasn't as good as the aroma for me as there is very little hop presence that I can gather, maybe some faint lemon grass. Unfortunately, there is also a metallic bitterness in the finish which is a little offputting.

The mouthfeel is overcarbonated and very effervescent. It's very light overall, thin in fact.

This is a fairly unimpressive pale, especially in the flavor which leaves a nasty metallic bitterness on the palate after each sip. It's still very refreshing and light-bodied - not bad as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden brown color with a crazy huge white head that took its time settling. Left some lacing and a chunky cap. The aroma is of musty yeast and pale malt with some light hoppy spiciness. The taste vaguely reminds me of a Belgian brew, must be the yeast. There is also some tropical fruit notes and a light bitter hop. The feel is light but not watery with tight fizzy carbonation, finishes pretty balanced between sweet and bitter. A different take on the APA. The color is very light as well as the malt. A very easy drinking brew.

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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 KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Urban Table in Morristown, NJ. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

Pours clear golden colored, a touch on the darker side, but able to see through. Some nice foam sits atop. Nondescript nose, that of a light ale. Taste is a very well balanced pale ale - malt with a present bitter that blends nicely together. Some citrus on the back half. Carbonatoion is good. A well done pale, perfect with a sunday brunch.

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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 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 Tucquan
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-01-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear golden yellow with a 1.5-finger pillowy white head with mild lacing.

S - Rising bread, orange, light touch of pine. Pleasant.

T - Nowhere near as bready as the smell. Citrus zest and flesh forward, tea, light toasted bread, white pepper, Finishes dry with a refreshing citrus and lingering tea.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this beer. The orange zest tea element is fairly strong so I wouldn't want this all the time, but it is a refreshing alternative to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with elements of a Daisy Cutter Pale but with a low ABV similar to a 21st Amendment Bitter American, which I prefer over this. Perhaps the closest beer to this is Surly's Bitter Brewer, which has a similar citrus tea flavor and low (4.0%) ABV. I will definitely have this flavorful, sessionable Pale Ale again.

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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 deapokid
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This local favorite seemed to be MIA for a while, but it's good to see Yards back in full swing with their new brewery and increased distribution.

This wholly original APA pours out a nice, thick white head with a thin gold coloration that resembles your typical pilsener spiked with citrus pulp. The look doesn't really do the taste justice and its first impression doesn't really complement the flavors.

On to greener pastures, this beer's great hoppy smell makes up for the weak look and permeates the air with the slightest undertones of lemon and orange zest.

The flavor boasts a mild hop bite with a rich aftertaste that was reminiscent of Sam Adams Boston Lager and had subtle caramel notes that showed up as the beer warmed in the glass.

I could drink this beer all day long. It tingles the back of the tongue and slides down the throat nicely, making for one delicious go-to brew.

This is a must have session beer and a one of the finest beers to come out of PA.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yards is the ubiquitous craft beer on the Jersey Shore where I spent a week at the end of august. Not a bad beer, which did have many good APA characteristics while being light enough to drink during the hot days.

The beer was a little cloudy and a little dark for the style but refreshing enough looking for a light ale. Good carbonation, decent head.

Aroma had some citrus, not overwhelming but you definitely know what style you're drinking.

Flavor as well was to style, maybe a little light but over a very solid beer in terms of flavor.

Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Yellow/straw with a short, white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pilsner malt, honey, orange, grapefruit, pine, and dank greens. Light aromatics.

Taste
Light Pilsner malt, grains, and honey. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine and a light dankness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and lightly bitter.

Overall
A solid, easy drinking APA.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Loaf of bread, some pilsner sweetness, toasted, and some herbal, grassy, and citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above with more citrus notes and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation. Just the a pale ale is supposed to drink.

Overall: A very simple and straightforward pale ale. Definitely sessionable and can enjoyed multiple times over the course of the day.

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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 sulldaddy
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this beer at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. the beer is a slow gush of foam immediately upon opening. Foams up 5 cm of bleached white foamy head even with most gentle pour. Fades very slowly leaving windowpane lattice as it goes. The beer is very clear gold in color adn has several streams of carbonation rising in the glass.
Aroma is lite general sweet caramel and floral hops mixing nicely. Very mild nose for sure, but nice nonetheless.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose advertising. I get a brief hit of general sweetness and then some grassy hops that linger a little bitter. Overall the beer is mild but nicely flavored. A decent beer that would easily be sessionable. Low ABV and no hint of it anywhere. Good drinkin beer.

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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 CHickman
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold in color with a 1 finger white head that faded quickly; very good lacing that left rings.

Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, coriander, light caramel and light spices. Very potent nose that seems more like an IPA.

Pale Ale my ass...this tastes like an IPA and a good one at that. Tastes like it smells with floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, light caramel and light spices; a really nice balanced beer with good malt sweetness and hop zing to add to the floral/citrus bite. Very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy on the tongue with light carbonation, a medium body and a dry puckering finish from the hop spices.

A very enjoyable and tasty beer that I will seek out again and recommend.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed sixer, picked up hours earlier at Yards. No bottle date, but I'm guessing it's about as fresh as a bottle can get...

A: Bright golden, extra clear and full of small carbonation. Capped with a meringue-like dollop of white cream, stacked a thumb high before falling to thin, dimpled lid. Pretty lace, glistening bands of foam.

S: Vibrant smell, strong and lemony, verbena(?). Honeyed malt and spiced bread. I enjoyed this from the taps, and am glad the aroma is just as wonderful from the bottle.

T: Spiced bread malt base (Pilsner), covered in citrus (lemon/pink grapefruit) zest (Simcoe hops) and astringent pine. Hoppy enough, although malt-forward flavors eventually skew this Pale more toward an English version. And I'm OK with that.

M: Crisp feel at first, mellows gradually before eventually becoming a little sticky/gummy. Light-medium body.

D: On the day when I first (finally!) tried ANYthing from this venerable mid-Atlantic brewery, I've gotta say I'm impressed. Bright, flavorful and brilliantly scented, the Philly Pale Ale was one of several Yards brews (more reviews to follow) that I'd be glad to return to.

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Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Citizens Bank Park.

A - Pours yellow/orange. A thick head of foam on top.

S - Smells strong of grapefruit. Perhaps the strongest I can recall.

T - Incredible taste of citrus. About the most refreshing pale ale I can recall.

M - Enjoyable, and perfect for a hot day.

O - Glad to have tried this one. For those who like citrus flavored ales, this is a must.

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Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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