Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
1,121 Ratings
Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,121
Reviews:
308
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
313
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brawler was interesting. I found this to be something different than the normal stuff that most breweries are putting out these days. This beer poured out as a really nice dark brown color, looked like burnt caramel. blended with a stout. The aromas were mostly roasted malts, some hops too in the mix and some sweetness. The flavors were kind of on the light side. I don't know why but I felt like this should have had a much stronger flavor it. I'll give this one a try again one day.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense foamy off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose. Some sweetness becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of nuts with a bit of sweetness and notes of toffee.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and very sessionable; I would have no problem drinking this all night long.

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3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy ruby tinted amber color with three fingers of super foamy off white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves just a layer.

Smell: Sweet and malty, there are some bready notes as well as some caramel. I'm also picking up a mild fruity note along with the sweetness, like sherry perhaps.

Taste: The sweetness is there, but not as strong as in the smell. Malt dominates with no hop bitterness being found. Bread and caramel. The fruity notes from the nose are barely there. The flavor is mild, as advertised.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dry finish. The carbonation is way too much, kind of like a cheap champagne. Really distracting.

Overall: This beer would be above average if it wasn't so over carbonated. Otherwise, it's a nice mild ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown color with a light tan head. A bit of sticky lacing, though not much. Nose brings faint caramel, a bit of bread, and some mild chocolate. Taste is semi sweet with caramel, light toffee, and lighter milk chocolate. Light feel. An easy drinking beer and a good pub option.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is certainly not the Brawler that I knew and loved. It's totally changed. What was once a creamy, malt and hop accented pale ale is now more of a soft, caramel-accented pale ale.

Delivered to the bar via tap it has a clear copper-colored body beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

If you tilt the glass to the side you can watch as very tiny bubbles run slowly up the side until they join the short-lid topside. And in the mouth that fine-bubbled moderate carbonation and medium-light body leave it creamy and smooth.

The nose is limited, but it expresses some grainy malt and a hint of fruitiness.

The flavor is more pronounced, and it's slightly biscuity with a dollop of soft caramel and a bit of grainy toastiness. A hint of pear and apple comes and goes due to the yeast, and some mild leafy and grassy hop notes are found in the background.

Perhaps not surprisingly, this is a rather drinkable ale with just enough character to keep it interesting into a second or third pint. And more than enough drinkability to get you there. Charming!

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

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometowm BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and maple that are quickly followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but typical for the style and complementary enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid milder beer worth drinking for a while.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear garnet red to brown in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige creamy head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very light and almost subtle aroma, dark malts with some light sweetness are present.

T: The beer has some dark malts and some caramel malts with light sweetness. There are also some toffee sweet notes as well along with a light amount of nuttiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable (though I suppose that is the goal for the style). This is definitely a light flavored but enjoyable beer that could be drank all night long.

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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Devil's Den (Philadelphia, PA) on 5/1/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a thinner looking head of off-white foam. Retains is decent, leaving some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is smells of a sweet mix of malt and fruit, which has a touch of a toasted edge to it. Some earthy and lightly spicy English hops round the nose out.

The taste is a mix of sweet grainy toast and caramel notes, with earthy and citric tasting hops providing just enough balance with a gentle bit of a bite to it. Some leftover fruit and light dryness linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe lighter feeling, with some sharpness to it but for the most part, this is pretty smooth and drinkable.

Low ABV and fairly favorable, this made for a pleasant and easy drinking experience. I don't see why you couldn't session a couple of these rather easily.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The English mild flavor. A touch of mud and a hint of burnt malt. Pleasant quaff, with a bit of a woody edge. Dark amber in the pint glass. Some subtle flavors with a touch on the astringent side. Seems to have an acidic note. Good for a gulp and to be commended for at least decent flavor in a low-alcohol style. But overall, very simple.

Had a pint at Raven Hill Bluegrass in Manyunk, PA. From notes written up in June on Philadelphia Beer Week trip.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?

Not sure where or when I first had the Brawler, but I've had it multiple times on tap and in bottles. Pours a medium brown with ruby tints, and a decent white head that generally retains well. Aroma is light and mild, sweet malts and hints of earthy hops. Taste of sweet malts, nice and light, caramel, and maybe a suggestion of orange blossom, gently hopped, and slightly bitter. Clean, medium mouthfeel, and quite sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub. Yards has come to Delaware!

A: Beer was served in a pint glass and was a medium brown color, almost a thin brown, with a small tan head that had decent retention and left little lacing. Small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Caramelized malt, light hops, a little honey, and some fruits, I actually got some strawberries on the aroma.

T: Sweeter than expected with some honey and fruit, the strawberry returned, but it was not very strong. A sizeable amount of caramel and brown sugar came through on the back end with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, but lighter than I thought it would be with nice carbonation.

O: Very good, a nice low ABV beer that I could drink in pretty much any season. Glad that I can now pick it up at my local stores.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,121 ratings.
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