Brawler Champion Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

Brawler Champion AleBrawler Champion Ale
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English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #63
Ranked #34,416
3.73 | pDev: 13.67%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
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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Photo of Scrapss
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.

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Photo of Tweezerjam
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.

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Photo of Stoven5
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.

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Photo of Urtravel
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

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Photo of SaltofOH
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.

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Photo of Alexc11
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.

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Photo of Justincredble
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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

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

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Photo of TigerSoul
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.)

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Photo of CanConPhilly
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.

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
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.

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Photo of Mumps
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.

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Photo of tiredofbuyingbeer
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.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
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.

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.87/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yards Brewing Co. Brawler, English pub ale
Look: Dark brown with white head. Good carbonation, but not too much there which fits into the style.
Smell: There is really not much going on with the smell. I didn't smell much of anything.
Taste: It is a super smooth malty beer with notes of caramel and some nutty flavors. There is a light sweetness and some roasyness to it. I don't taste a ton of hops per se, but it does have a slightly bitter finish which may be hops, or roasty bitterness. I love the malty aspects of this beer. They have really done well with that. The only thing that would put it over the top is if it had a bit more of an aroma to it.
Feel: Smooth and light, but a decent body.
Overall: A great session beer, but also just a good malt foreward beer with alot of flavor. I will have this again most likely soon.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - pours a caramel brown. Filtered with crimson hues. Bone white head.

S - caramel malts and toffee. Hints of dark fruits.

T - strong malt presence with some sweet tart undertones. Cherry? Nutty. Pumpernickel.

F - surprisingly rich and creamy for 4.2%. Pretty good.

O - this markets like an approachable macro, but it's more complex than it lets on. Some interesting flavors that might honestly be off-putting to some crowds! Getting some tart and tang in addition to the caramel malts.

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

Smell is very good for what it is. Muted beery but very biscuit like on the nose. On to the flavor. Nutty bread like flavor. Way better than a Macro. Not overly carbonated and not a ton going on flavorwise on the finish, some faint bitterness or pineyness on the end. Decent.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light brown, with some black highlights, and a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells kinda nutty, with some light roast. It's not a big aroma, but it is inviting, at least.

This is very light flavored, but that's kind of the point. It has a light nuttiness, some breadiness, with no hop flavor. There's some nice light roastiness, too.

This is super drinkable, obviously sessionable. There's a good amount of carbonation.

This is one of the best versions of this style in the US- I'd imagine it'd be really good on cask.

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Photo of dogfishbrawler
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe this beer is severely underrated. When it comes to session ales, this beer is at the top of the list for me. I have never had a session beer excluding a session IPA with this much depth of flavor and malt character then the Yards Brawler. A buddy of mine and I were talking and we both a agree that this beer goes fantastic with pretzels. Specifically sourdough pretzel nuggets. Overall it is one of my top 5 favorite beers ever and not to mention it did win silver at the GABF.

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