Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 tiredofbuyingbeer
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +3.5%
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 +19.5%
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 +32%
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 +0.8%
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 +7.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +35.5%
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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3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: dark Amber, medium light carbonation, little head, head white, head fine, head dissipates quickly, quite clear

Aroma: light in aroma, hoppy, slightly wheaty, mostly light and non-descript due to coldness, slight citrus

Taste: nice hoppiness to start, slight malt backbone, citrus comes through but is light, nice lightness, maltiness increases as the beer warms up yet the beer as a whole still remains balanced, slight tang in the finish

Mouthfeel: medium light, crisp, dry finish, nice carbonation to match the flavor, well balanced

Comments: a beer that I would likely drink again on a frequent basis, would share with friends, maltiness comes a little too far forward as it warms up and the pineyness could be stronger but that's is just me being picky. In the end it is a good beer that I definitely intend to enjoy again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark chestnut colored pour with minimal bright white lacing , mild carbonation.

S - Toasted caramel malt, nutty, and some smokiness.

T - Follows the nose: Nutty, smoky, roasted toffee malt, and a mild pine bitter finish.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation.

O - Really solid. Not my style of beer, but very solid.

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Photo of udfan07
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite beers. Perfect beer all round. Nice and malty and perfect flavor. A great sessionable beer. Nothing wrong with this beer at all!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sheraton hotel bar in Philadelphia PA. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark brown / mahogany color with some dark amber highlights. Thin off-white head died back with very little lacing.

Smell: A bit of roasted malt, not much else.

Taste: As you would expect from a dark mild, a mild roasted malt flavor with some initial hints of chocolate, but then just some roasted malt with a mild level of tea-like bitterness. Mild, but not weak.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, although I think it should have been lighter carbonation for the style. Nice thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: An ok beer. Easily drinkable, but not a "wow" beer. Probably would work better with food than by itself. One was enough for me and while I think it had aspects of the style, I think it was too mild in flavor.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours as clear brown with red tones and an off-white head. Malt and caramel aromas. Taste is malt-forward, but no flavors are overwhelming. There is some hops bitterness and toffee at the back end, but all are nicely balanced in an overall smoothness. Carbonation and mouth feel are moderate. Nice.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/29/16 bottling date

A: A very dark brown pour, almost completely opaque. Good-sized frothy tan head. Quite good retention and fluffy tendrils of lacing to boot.

S: Bready for sure - lightly toasted. Even a little bit nutty. Smells like a weak brown ale pretty much.

T: Oh yeah, very bready now. Toasted bread crusts and a bit of a nutty flavor in the middle. A hint of caramel sweetness here and there.

M: Light-medium bodied. Smooth.

O: Yum. It's basically a session ale for people who don't want something bitter, belgian or sour. Not far from a light english brown or even an english bitter (without the bitter). This is definitely my kind of brew, I'm not a fan of lighter hoppy ales so the whole "sesssionable IPA" movement does nothing for me.

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Photo of ClassicBlur04
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was a die hard Fat Tire fan until this ale crossed my path. I waited three years to be able to get Fat Tire in PA, but now find myself choosing this ale over it almost every time. I'm a malt girl and this beer has it right. Hoppes only to accent. The color is only slightly reddish. It's not frothy and it is ultra smooth. I can't say how much I love this beer.

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Photo of TTen
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yards Brawler

L: Brown with deep copper on the edges of the standard pint glass. light beige head with moderate retention. Good clarity. Good looking beer. 4.5
S: Cocoa, caramel, mineral. Definite bread and biscuit notes. 4
T: Mild bitterness and a good malt presence. Sourdough bread, caramel and some mineral. English\British yeast? I'm getting fruity, tart, mineral flavors. 4.25
F: Light to medium body (more light than medium) with mild carbonation. Finishes dry. 4
O: This is very good. Lots of interesting nuances for a low gravity ale. It starts mild with the bready, caramelly flavors and mid taste it starts to develop a fruity, minerally tartness and finishes dry and quenching. I can drink a lot of this, in fact it might be the beer I buy most consistently. 4.25

Bottled 2/15/2016

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to chestnut in color with a quarter inch of beige resting on top. Aroma is of caramel and light malt. The flavor is full of caramel, light milk chocolate, and light malt. The mouth is very delicate and smooth.

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Photo of FBarber
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice crisp brown. Definitely showcases a nice malty flavor with complementary hops. Feel is very light and drinkable. Overall this may be the best English dark mild made in the US. A true gem of an under represented style.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Smiling Chameleon.

Pleasantly dark ale color but overall less than what i expected from Yards as I loved Geo.Washington Tavern Ale and Love Stout. No pronounced flavor or aroma, guessing some roasted barley to create the color but overall just a session ale with no particular "wow" to it

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Photo of dacrza1
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: January 1, 2016... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: Happy New Year bowl watching after visiting Mom and Dad... APPEARANCE: dark, cola-brown with effervescence (if sought out through the shady body... head is off-white, spongy, and riddled with bubbly crags and smears... the head retains well... AROMA: malt-forward indeed, with caramel, toffee, and toasty breads... some yeasty funkiness gives an earthy, grainy suggestion... hops are light, weak, and only slightly citric... PALATE: lightly textured, easily drinkable... thin and flat, with a weak finish...again, accomplishes its goal... TASTE: malty, nutty and toasted enough to provide some nuance... the predominant flavor, however, is an underdeveloped caramel that is candied (or canned)... the hops offer some lemon grass and orange, but faintly and without allure... overall, a flat flavor... OVERALL: a Yards fan coming in, this "approachable" beer doesn't hit the mark, and I find the pugilism is more directed towards the drinker rather than the demon on the label--unless that demon be a more confidently malted beer...

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had out of a pint glass at Restaurant 55 in Dover, pours a nice ruby brownish color, fairly clear, with a bubbly head that fades fast. Smell is mild, grain, obscure fruit sweetness tends to dominate. Taste follows suit, but it's actually not as bad as I thought. Nice breadiness overall, darker fruits such as raisin in there, some nice bitterness at the end. Body isn't thin, quite nice, prickling carbonation and light in the stomach. Wouldn't mind drinking this as a session beer though obviously it won't blow your mind.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a malt beer with an inviting finish. This is not what you are expecting from a dark beer. However, it definitely is a must get, and a definite, "coming back for more"!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown color with slight head and lacing. Toasty nutty smell. Very similar to the smell but more toasty. Medium light body and carbonation but easy to drink. Overall its a pretty easy going english dark mild ale.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. The color is a pretty orange-brown with milk-colored head and lacing. It's a very attractive pour. Unfortunately, there's not much of a smell: a little bready malt and some caramel or brown sugar. The taste is unremarkable but pleasant. There is the bready-malt base and the caramel is more prevalent than it is in the nose. There is also some nutty flavor. This is a pleasantly carbonated ale with a low ABV that makes it quite sessionable. While there is nothing really memorable about the taste, it is, after all, a mild ale. I suspect that Brawler might be better on draught than from the bottle.

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