Brawler Champion Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

Brawler Champion AleBrawler Champion Ale
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From:
Yards Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #31
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,478
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.75%
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
868
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 21, 2022
Added:
Dec 10, 2008
Wants:
  67
Gots:
  342
SCORE
84
Good
Brawler Champion AleBrawler Champion Ale
Notes: The most approachable of our ales, Brawler is malt forward and delicately hopped for a knockout flavor. Its smooth character, hints of caramel and toast, and remarkable drinkability define this ruby colored brew as a true session ale. Perfect when you want to go more than a few rounds.
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Rated: 4.16 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a deep reddish light brown with moderate head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin off-white film across the top.

Earthy malty aroma. A little leather, a little floral hop peaking through.

Mild sweetness on the tongue. Gentle floral hops, a little peppery note as well. A hint of caramel. Very nice.

Medium bodied.

This is a great well-flavoured mild that really hits the spot. A very good beer.
Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Draft at Philly Airport
Frothy creamy head, good lacing, crystal clear, auburn to ruby color

Nose toasted malt, biscuity, bit of chocolate, grainy

Taste more toasted malt, cereal, chocolate, biscuity, hint of toffee and fruit, rich malt, touch herbal hop, lighter bitterness

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, soft little creamy, med carb
Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.17 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark amber with tan head that hangs around.

Dark malt bread, mulled spice and bitter herb in the nose.

Dark bread, balanced by mulled spice finishing with caramel and bitter herb
Sep 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by tbru929 from Delaware

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a clear ruby-mahogany from the bottle, brief cola fizz with visible carbonation breaking the surface. Nose is slightly toasted malts, light toffee, floral hops, old leather. Taste is very mild - there's a slight malt sweetness, reminiscent of a cola, that's offset by some earthy hop. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but crisp with some bright carbonation. Enjoyable, sessionable, but the cola notes detract for me.
Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Received a pint glass of this stuff off the tap and noticed a few things. It's a lovely pour, brown and copper tinged. Plenty of dense off-white head and lacing. Not much to smell, but what is there is more malty than anything else. The taste lands somewhere between an American commercial lager and a British brown ale. It's pleasant, but not noteworthy. Light and quite smooth for a well carbonated beverage. A nice light change of pace from hazies and high octane IPAs, but not to be raved over.
Nov 02, 2020
 
Rated: 2.87 by sentrytec from Pennsylvania

Sep 03, 2020
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Boddingtons Pub Ale glass. Deep brownish-copper color, with ruby highlights and scads of long-lasting thick white head that left lots of pretty lacing. This has a lovely aroma of peppery spice up front, giving way to notes of rich caramel and dried fruit, incredibly smooth and well balanced, medium bodied with a rather creamy mouthfeel, not too sweet, with hints of white pepper lingering on the finish. At just over 4.2% ABV, you could drink this all day. Overall, spot-on for the style and an outstanding beer.
Aug 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.72 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

L: Clear brown @25 SRM with caramel highlights, head is more than two fingers of thick tan foam with good retention, a few slow-rising bubbles replenish the head.
S: Moderate malty aroma, earthy/nutty, chocolaty, bready/toasty.
T: Same as the nose but perhaps more attenuated than expected, restrained bitterness, low sweetness, slightly bitter finish.
F: Medium carbonation, medium-light body, smooth with a light crispness that increases at the finish.
O: Very nice, easy drinking and to my palate, session-able.
Jun 23, 2020
 
Rated: 1.36 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Mar 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.62 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Jan 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the bottle into a .5 liter Oktoberfest dimplestein

A: Deep ruddy brown, minimal head minimal lacing.

S: Toffee, mild herbal bitter hops. Caramel malt and other deep roasty/toasty malt notes.

T: Exactly what you'd expect, not a lot of earty and herbal bitterness but just enough to offset the deep malts that are prevalent.

M: A bit on the heavy side for a session ale. Carbo is nice, creamy start then a mild, earthy finish.

O: Nice beer, nice style. I'd give it a higher mark if it were a bit less on the heavy feel.
Jan 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by dfillius from Iowa

Jan 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by digitalflood from New York

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by Saylor from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by valianes from Canada (ON)

Nov 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is decent, especially if you like malty beers. I don’t agree its a great session beer- its a little heavy tasting for that. But its a solid ale for sure.
Oct 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by Nunya from Ohio

Sep 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.47 by Eychung from New York

Sep 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by TrojanRB from Texas

Sep 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jul 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.32 by LaurenCook from Delaware

Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by ptgb from New Jersey

Jun 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Shane_H from Maryland

Jun 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Stoven5 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very nice thank you Yards, smooth tasty enjoyable. ABV 4.2 ok with me I just enjoy good beer. Its a beer you can taste unlike so many over hopped high alcohol beers out there today.
Jun 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
L: nice ruby clear brown with a foamy head and lace
S: inviting sweet roast malt front end with a touch of toast at the end
T: follows smell but with a slightly stronger touch of hops letting you know they are there at the finish; very nicely done!
F: medium feel on tongue which lingers smoothly and gently invites you to do it again
O: a delightfully smooth and remarkably well balance beer that makes me want to drink another
Jun 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by riley_harris from Maine

Jun 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by Jdseltz91 from Pennsylvania

May 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by kcc from Pennsylvania

Apr 22, 2019
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle dated 1/08/17? 19? Hope that’s 19.

A: pours a dark amber, light brown, translucent active carbonation. 1/4 inch off white head. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

S: some faint English hops and toasted malt.

T: this tastes exactly as a dark mild or even an English brown should. Earthy, floral hops lead the charge on arrival; filling in the middle with a toasted, light-roast coffee-like malt middle, then some lingering earthy hoppiness. Clean.

M: light and effervescent, but never feeling thin. Well carbonated, not excessive.

O: I could drink this all year long. This is a great example of a drinkable English mild. Superbly balanced and earthy. Just love it. If this bottle is two years old, it holds up incredibly well. Bought as a single while visiting Pittsburgh; had a hard time finding singles of Pittsburgh local brews.
Apr 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by ajdemma from New York

Mar 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.42 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Mar 04, 2019
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