Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

1,124 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 3rd, 2015. This was poured into a pint glass on tap at Batdorf, Annville PA. The appearance was a nice looking dark red to ruddy brown color with a slim creamy colored head that dissipated within seconds leaving a sligh running lacing softly glazing the sides of the glass. The smell had the mild English somewhat "soapy" malts running in and out under my nose. The taste was mildly sweet through the malts leaving a constrained palatable aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. It’s definitely mildly carbonated like a good English mild ale should have. Overall, I say this was a pretty good English Mild ale, definitely a good food beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some nuts. Taste is malts up front, some breadiness, very lightly hopped, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1" head that produces some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: mild malt sweetness is all that comes through.

Taste: mild bready and grainy malt base. Caramel, hint of ripe fruit sweetness, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is very short and almost clean.

Drinkability: superb session beer with low alcohol content. Simple beer with a nice flavor profile does not bore you.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. I'd been looking forward to this beer as I'm a big fan of milds and other session beers, but I found this one fell prey to most common problem of lower-alcohol beers - it's boring. Even when I really let my glass warm up, the caramel flavor was flat and not all that interesting, like a watered-down brown ale. Not bad beer, but reminds me more of the "specialty beer" big brewers put out, like Yuengling Black and Tan, that looks good, but doesn't taste like much of anything.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

Very clear, ruby-tinted amber color. Long lasting fluffy head and strong lacing.

Mild aroma of lightly toast bread, biscuity malt, and a very English kind of hoppiness. Kent, goldings, or both, perhaps.

Smells and tastes very traditional. Balanced but falls a bit further on the malty side. Bitterness is low and mostly felt in the finish and pleasantly lingering aftertaste. Dark toasted bread flavors most noticed; body is lightly creamy with medium to low carbonation.

Very easy to drink but not particularly crisp or refreshing. Still, enjoyable if unspectacular. Clearly fashioned after the old-school British pub style ales. Worth a shot.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent with a faint roasted aroma and English yeast esters. There is a nice bot of fruitiness that compliments the sweet malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a caramel sweetness up front with a dry fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking session ale, but it's not the most interesting beer around.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An English Dark Mild Ale! Alright!

Appearance: Pours with a bit of head, dark brown in color.

Smell: Bready malt goodness.

Taste: Much like the smell, a nice ale with a flavors of malt, nuts, brown sugar and faint molasses. Hop character is minimal, just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet prickly at the same time. Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: I love this style of beer. I could easily drink quite a few with no poor consequence.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into a regular kitchen glass. I believe this is new in their lineup.

A- A stealth pour yielded an inch of bubbling off-white, slighty tan foam, kind of loose looking. It was gone in no time only leaving a ring around the glass, no lacing. The liquid was light brown with some hints of orange. Tiny bubbles seen rising.

S- This is English inspired for sure, you can smell it. A lot of sweet malt up front with some caramel, also nutty with some grain in that order.

T- While not a malt bomb, malts are the focus and gives it a sweet and full taste. Caramel as well. Some hops in here but they are only keping this beer together, not stepping out. I get a bunch of fresh nuts from this andgive it a pass for an English ale.

M- Absolutely no bitterness from this as the hops are not felt. Brawler is a small step below medium bodied with low carbonation, just enough to keep things interesting. Goes down smooth while the taste doesent last forever after consuming. Light enough to be sessionable.

D- 4.2% is low for a session but I think I could only do three bottles at the most. This is pretty drinkable although it's not my style.

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

Brawler looks far better in the light than it does away from it; what is actually a moderately attractive pecan colour just looks plain muddy and lusterless without proper exposure. Although the bubbles are showing a sense of drive, its head remains completely threadbare and even where it continues to persist along the trim it's riddled with holes.

The smells of this aroma seem to have no campaign for cause. Swirling will arouse momentary scents of toasted malt but no real flavours develop and, seemingly content, the bouquet falls back to a state of starkness and self-effacement. It's not that I smell nothing, but that I don't smell much of anything. At best, it smells like an old, empty coffee can.

Both figuratively and literally, bottle-conditioning a beer can be like travel insurance: you don't always need it but it's never a bad idea and it's especially smart if you have 'special' conditions. The fact that Yards Brawler is only 4.2% and, really, not even all that malty suggests to me that bottle-conditioning this sucker would have been beneficial.

The beer tastes tired and weak; the malts seem so exhausted they can breath little more than an ounce of sweetness or flavour. Their toast seems faded and, if I didn't know any better, oxidized even. The flavour is lightly nutty at best and bears little to no fruity, caramelly or chocolaty flavours - you can't underestimate just how mild it is.

It looks like something knocked out the Brawler Pugilist. Whether it was the right jab of pasteurization, the left hook of larger scale production or some other factor, I can't say. But what I do know is that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog... and this dog has neither size nor fight. Next contender please.

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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 fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of epyon396
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grass nose and flavor is same plus some sweet malt. $7.00 for a 12oz bottle at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel Philadelphia, PA.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: meadow, bark, and caramel malt—a very outdoorsy smell

Taste: pale malt, toffee, meadow, and a small touch of tea and chocolate

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start with a light bitter end/aftertaste, light bodied

Overall: A wonderful, sessionable beer that is very English in character. Nice and malty but the hops do just enough to balance this one out. I will look for this one again when I am in the Philly area.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium burgundy-apple with a frothy dull bone white head approximately 1 finger high. Retention was good lasting 2 full minutes before leveling to a thin pancake covering. Most of the co2 appeared stuck along the glass walls, with a vast showing of macro bubbles littering the sides. Afterwards nearly a whisper could be detected with the co2 quickly dying out. A nice coloring and good start here.

S: apple skins with a nice semi-sweet and dry malting. Moderate in strength, crisp, not a lot of complexity but fairs well none the less.

T: The flavor opens up with a bright zing and spiciness, and apples with a rich deep malting that was crisp, dry with a fruity tartness of apples skins and toasted bread. A soft floral citrusy flowery hopping appears midway through the palate. Hints of dried caramelized apples, toffee, and dried brown sugar add some sweetness on the finish. Overall found the flavor to be smooth, creamy with a nice maltiness and nuttiness. Semi-sweet, dry toasted malting, with a nice nuttiness gives this a flavor similar to an alt.

M: full and creamy with a smooth texture. Soft carbonation with a nice soft floral citrus hop fade gives this some complexity and subtleness.

D: A nice downer that was easy and enjoyable to consume. All the rich nuttiness and maltiness of an Alt with the smooth drinkability of a mild ale. Fairly big on flavor without being a burden to consume. Worthy of a six pack and definitely one of their better brews that Ive had by them.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,124 ratings.
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