Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
1,123 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:
1,123
Reviews:
309
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
314
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,123 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of mdaschaf
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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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown color, with a small tannish head that fades quickly and leaves a light, dark tea color in the glass.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain

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Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was presented with a soapy, foamy finger of light-tan head with low retention. Color was a reddish-amber with ruby highlights and a slight haze. Nose had a caramel/toffee quality. Mouthfeel was smooth with a mild bitterness on the tongue. Finish was likewise mild with only a hint of bitterness. This would be a truly eminently drinkable session beer. If you disagree, put up your dukes and we'll settle this with Queensbury Rules!

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Killian's imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear but dark amber-brown with a half-finger of ecru head that leaves a few traces of transitory lacing behind. The smell is mostly of dark wheat and coffee, with some roasted malts hanging around the back door as well. The taste combines a subtle bit of roasted coffee and dark wheat built upon a foundation of malty sweetness. Everything balances nicely for a rich mild flavor. The body is a healthy heavy-moderate, with a light kiss of carbonation, and slides lithely over the tongue, making for an exceptionally drinkable sessionable brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A ruby brown body with minimal head ontop.

S - Aromas of mild malts and brown grains. Some dark swweetness and nutty/bready notes present.

T - Some lightly roasted malt and semi dry grains. A bit of toffee and some nutty notes around too.

M - Drinkable. Nothing radical going on there.

O - Certainly a mild ale. And its dark too. Hence the name. I wasnt too impressed here but this one is an easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Poured from a standard 12 oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness. Appears a clear amber color with a finger of tanned head that retains fairly well supported by constantly rising bubbles. Aroma is malty sweet smelling of caramel with a slight touch of hops and a bit of a mineral character to it as well. Taste is malty with a light touch of hops and some buttery notes through the finish. Light feel with a modest amount of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Overall impression is that it is a bit light and seemingly watered down but everything about it is to style with the exception of a higher than expected carbonation level.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby mahogany hue with a large fluffy light khaki head that rises well above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Scattered light lacing forms around my pint and sticks well with each sip. Aroma has a slight nutty roasted malt edge with a mildly sour twang to it, almost sourdough bread related, clean carbonation gives way as well, not much hop action going on. Low alcohol session brew malty semi sweet and roasted caramel with a nutty edge going on, lacks complexity straight forward. The tart edge confuses me, almost a brown ale quality with a mineral water edge. Mouthfeel is light bodied almost carbonated water at times, nothing cloying roasted malt leaves behind even bitterness. Drinkability overall is decent a brew that's only 4.2 that gives way to more than one brew, definitely the type of beer to drink in number.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very aggressive light caramel/tan head is made, very styrofoamy looking and settling quite quickly.

Nose is mostly just yeast, a bit estery smelling and sticky almost sour malt. After sometime some sweetness comes out which makes it a bit more enjoyable, kind of a fruity marmalade a bit and apricot.

A nice slightly made for the course palate feel, light rolling malts, but a nice pectin and apricot fruit behind this. Light bodied fruit tasting and almost apricot peach mixing with a good malt backbone.

Overall for a mild, pretty pleasant. Lacking a little bit in flavor and feel, but drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear brown with a thin head. Nose is very mild. Slight smoked roasted thing on top of malts. Not really a whole lot. Excellent flavor delivery. Nice hearty body on a malt base. Slight tang to it, but just barely a wee bit. Feel is smooth. This is extremely drinkable. A bottled English mild? Hallelujah. Bring more please.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-cask at Pizzeria Uno, Metuchen, NJ:

Pours hazed/clouded/murky brown. A thin head soon becomes a swirl.

The smell is odd - musty (woody?) It has a floral/herbal presence that just doesn't fit so well.

The taste is woody/mossy oak with some raw hops (though not bitter - herbal, but sweet). Water comes through. Odd. It has a semi-sweet finish.

I bumped up the score of the "feel" a bit as it progressed. Didn't really go anywhere, pretty thin, but in a way appropriate enough for the style.

This is an odd one. I know - the word "odd" again. But, the mustiness really doesn't work for me here. Not "bad", but not more than mediocre.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,123 ratings.
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