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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.

Added by garcia2a on 12-10-2008

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mghoward10
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 57md
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours brown with a dark orange hue. There is less than a finger of head and there is no retention. The nose is a bit tangy and sour. There is some light malty sweetness upfront, but the flavor is thin throughout. There is a dry aftertaste that is also sort of sour, but frankly hard to place exactly. Let's just say that it is not very pleasant.

If you are looking for a low-alcohol craft beer, this ain't it. Try Stone Levitation, as it is far superior.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
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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2.8/5  rDev -24.3%

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2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- moderate light mocha tan head. Some lacing (not a lot). Crystal clear mahogany brown.

S- clean. Spicy, sweet malts, light ginger notes, clove.

T- light biscuits and malt up front, feint sweet spices on the back end. Not too much going on here.

M- very light body. Creamy. Little/light carbonation.

O- a nice easy drinker. Decent session ale. Would prefer it with food.


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Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bar keep at Tulunes in Johnstown recommended that I try Yards Brawler Ale....which to me was a clone of Bass Pale Ale. There is nothing exciting about this beer. The color was amber with zero head. There was no scent. The taste was as mentioned above...alot like Bass Pale Ale. This beer is certainly better than budlite!!! The mouthfeel is fine could certainly Session. COmpared to other beers it just doesnt have enough going on to keep me coming back.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Yard's Pale Ale is quite possibly my favorite PA, so when I came across this English version, I figured it had to be a safe bet. But, I was very disappointed.

Pours a brown, ruby color.

Smell is malt and barley. No hops.

Completely dominated by malt. It's not real complicated. A one-taste and you've got it figured out sort of beer.

Overall, not recommended. Grab the yellow Pale Ale instead.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was poured into a pint glass.

A - clear ruby amber color with a wonderfully thick head that is well retained in a lacing

S - noble-type (kent goldings?) hop aroma, mild but most prominent; faint malt with a trace of yeasty esters

T - very well balanced malt and hop flavor, some caramel noticed but not strong, not much of a finish to it except some hop bitterness as the very end

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. It goes down fast. But it's not extremely enjoyable though. The carbonation hits you up front with the slight malt character with some grain astringency and it finished thin and dry with a slight tang in the hop finish. While I have enjoyed Yard's beer in the past, I won't be seeking this one out again.

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2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must say this is not the Brawler I remember from years ago. Additionally, the flavor did not vary from the one I had on cask to the one I had from the bottle. I found it malty and sweet, too sweet. It had a biscutty aroma with no presence of hop whatsoever. I would rate this beer a "C" at best.

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2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small off white foam head. No real lacing.

S: Not much hitting the nose, some mild caramel, bread and coffee.

T: Starts and finishes the same. Some mild hints of sweet caramel and bread are prevalent but it is a little weak. It never gets more potent.

M: A light bodied beer that is almost a little too watery.

O: The beer has potential, just needs some more flavor. I like what is there already, just give it more malt and this would be really tasty.

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2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a slightly dense brown body with a fizzy head that soon disappears before the first sip.
S- The soft brown malt note is otherwise a very clean aroma with a finish of watery coffee that grows a tad in the finish.
T- This beer has a light tartness with a faint brown malt note and a stronger taste of tap water. The finish is thin with a faint sweetness.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish.
D- This beer is very light and has no real flavor. The tart note and fizz are all that really stand out.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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