Brawler Champion Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

Brawler Champion AleBrawler Champion Ale
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Style:
Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #66
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,932
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 13.67%
Reviews:
331
Ratings:
1,197
From:
Yards Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  64
Gots
  340
SCORE
84
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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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BubbleBobble from New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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dcotom from Iowa

4.29/5  rDev +15%
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
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretzel malt is the first thing I noticed alongside a solid hop kick. The color is very eye-catching with its caramel red hue, don't forget the tiniest microbubbles are flowing from this and that is a sign of excellent ale. Tastes like it smells which is both maltly, hoppy, pretzel caramel sweetness with a mild yeast note. This is a bit dense in its mouthfeel, though dry surpy hops in its finish

Jul 23, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
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
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Stoven5 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
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
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
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
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Toasty, caramel aromas. Mild, light beer low on the bitterness. Deep brown color thin lace that dissipates. Very good beer but didn't make me pugilistic. Thanks a good thing since I'm enjoying this at Philly airport waiting for my flight to Europe. Wouldn't want to start a scrap.

Feb 28, 2019
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Justincredble from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Am I the only one here who gets chocolate ice cream? Both in the smell and the taste I get so much of like a Haagen-daz chocolate. Maybe it’s just me. Easy to drink beer but not much else stands out than chocolate to me.

Nov 21, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Mild chocolate brown with a small tan head.

Smell: Very mild toasted malt.

Taste: Bready malt with a bare hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and carbonation.

Overall: A rather dull ale, albeit drinkable.

Oct 30, 2018
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Pours to a creamy beige head and medium to dark brown.
Aroma
Light toasted malts and hint of earthy spicy hops
Flavor
Dryish toasty malt, bread crust, mild hop bitterness. Balance and restraint
Mouthfeel
Light and low CO2. True to style.
Overall
A well executed English mild dark for USA

Oct 23, 2018
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I suppose this beer doesn't get higher marks because of the following: 1. It is not 5,000% ABV. 2. It is not flavored with Thai Basil and organic free-trade Madagascar vanilla beans, and 3. It is not double-triple-quadrupel-quintuple IPA. Here's what it is: a very good example of an English style dark. Fresh malt character, lovely (and subtle) caramel notes, and an easy drinkability without being wimpy (at all, in fact!). Recommend for those of you who don't require a three-ton hop hammer every time they pour a cold one. (By the way, the heading should be updated as it is no longer called "Pugilist"; it is now Brawler Champion Ale.)

Aug 07, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - 1-finger dark yellow head atop a crimson body.

S - caramel malt, candy, pine.

T - very sweet caramel, mixed with pine. Low bitterness, no booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - I’ve been drinking this forever. Nothing stands out, but it’s hard to fault.

May 20, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent ruby brown color with an off-white one finger head that vanished quickly. Little to no lacing. Aroma is very light malt and a bit of bread. Taste is the same with a little hop bitterness on the end followed by a tinny aftertaste. This is surprising as it was bottle poured. Thin-moderate body without being watery.

Oct 28, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark color,low carbonation but still had a nice full satisfying feel. Sweet malt with a background of hops which was appealing as I am not a fan of hop bombs. The sweetened malt dominated but didn't mask the other components so it seemed well balanced and made for an easy drinking quality

Aug 29, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 3rd, 2015. This was poured into a pint glass on tap at Batdorf, Annville PA. The appearance was a nice looking dark red to ruddy brown color with a slim creamy colored head that dissipated within seconds leaving a sligh running lacing softly glazing the sides of the glass. The smell had the mild English somewhat "soapy" malts running in and out under my nose. The taste was mildly sweet through the malts leaving a constrained palatable aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. It’s definitely mildly carbonated like a good English mild ale should have. Overall, I say this was a pretty good English Mild ale, definitely a good food beer.

Jul 01, 2017
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LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was pleasantly surprised by what came out of the bottle. Deep beer in color, caramel.amd toffee, nice English floral hops, lower end of carbonation. Very drinkable.

May 22, 2017
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Mumps from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks- nice red coppery color, small 1/4 inch off white head, little retention, some lacing.
Smell- malty sweet floral smell, but light, not overpowering.
Taste- Clean finish, good balance. Slightly spicy floral notes.
Feel- a little thin, high carbonation, but that's being picky.

Overall I love this brew. I'm not an IPA guy, I like mild ales. Tastes like beer, but not like you're chewing hops. I will certainly get this again, as it's easy to drink and reasonably priced.

May 10, 2017
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tiredofbuyingbeer from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. Warm, bready, malty flavor. Actually pretty good from the bottle, but excellent in a glass. Lacks the fruity/estery quality of English bitters and milds, but that's actually kind of welcome in this beer. I'd imagine if you're judging it as a beer in its own right and not as an exemplar of a style, then the lack of fruitiness is a good thing.

Most of the hops are bittering, with maybe a little flavor.

A bit overcarbonated for the style--which, again, is not really a big deal.

Mar 03, 2017
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2017 from draft tap in pint glass. Drank it at a tavern, so not sure of drink by date.

Appearance: Dark brown color, medium size tan head that lasted for a long time. Nice thick lacing and remnants on the side of the glass from the head.

Smell: Sweet & malty with some toasted coffee aromas, also some hop bitterness. Some nut and caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Medium-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops and alcohol. Dominated by caramel, chocolate, coffee and burnt malt flavors, but with a little bitterness and kick from the hops. There are also sweet flavors like honey. Overall an interesting combination, but dominated by the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth. Mouth feel matched the 4.0% published by the brewer.

Overall: Nice brown ale. Easy to drink, and also has some interesting and a variety of flavors. A good drinking brown ale.

Feb 20, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown with creamy off white head. Nutty malt aroma with noticeable sweetness to it. This carries to the taste. Pretty full bodied, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Like a slightly milder Brooklyn Brown. Maybe a tad sweet, but very easy drinking.

Feb 14, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap into a nonic pint

A: Not much of a head but there was a little off white trace. Body is a rich brown, caramel with good clarity.

S: Rich notes of caramel, toffee, light nuttiness, and some doughy breads

T: Follows the nose closely with maybe some light honey added in quite a bit going on in this and maybe a little bit of a raisiny finish.

M: creamy smooth lighter without being watery.

O: This beer has a ton of flavor packed into a tiny ABV. It's easy to drink with lots of robust flavors. I would get this again and again.

Feb 12, 2017
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