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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Photo of Brew_ski
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asuburbanman
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.87/5  rDev +31.6%
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 perfectsilence3
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PositivePest
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 kwlightner
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vetbidder
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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 srfou
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of telescifly
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftoverCrizack
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattie83
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +35.1%
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 -7.8%
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 avisong
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +35.1%
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 -1.6%
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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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,128 ratings
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