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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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/31 at Philly Intl Airport
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep copper color with some reddish hues to it. A one finger of off white, khaki head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is big caramel malts, roast and toast notes, and a hint of nuttiness.

T: Taste starts with a predominant sweet caramel malt flavoring. Bready, yeast notes come through and fill out the middle. Finish has a nutty, toasty note and the sweet caramel and candied notes come in.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, light and crisp feel.

O: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not filling, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. Not a beer that I would seek out, however a decent beer to sit with for a while.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle to work on reviewing every style on BA. I normally don't go toward any style with "mild" in the name due to coming up in the Stone legacy. But, this was a pretty good mild beer.

I used a pint glass for the Brawler. The beer is dark brown with a light head.

It smells like a clean english ale. There is even a decent amount f malt.

The flavor has more of the malt and some pretty decent nuttiness.

The Brawler is nice & light; very easy to drink.

I would say that this is a good example of a sessionable beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wish brewers would put the actual style of their beer somewhere on the bottle, instead of trying to be cute.

Aside from that, this is totally solid. A little bland, maybe, but that's kinda intentional.

Nice, deep brown pour. Smells of biscuits, caramel, and fruit esters. Tastes exactly the same, but you get a tiny hit of British hops near the end. The hops combine with an earthy finish to make the beer quite well balanced.

This is a very well brewed example of a style I never much cared for, which makes it sort of hard to review. On the one hand, it's bland. On the other hand, that blandess is not only intentional but expertly crafted.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours with a copper color and a large head which takes several minuets to dissapate. Lacing remains in the glass even when the beer is gone.

This beer hits the nose with what can best be described as a very fruity smell however I can not determine which fruits are in there; (apples and pears, maybe)?

The brew tastes very fruity with a hint of bitterness. There is also a malt taste. It goes down smoothly with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste and a tiny bit of alchohol.

All in all a good beer for a late spring or summer night. A little too fruity for winter.

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Photo of
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer all around. Had it on tap at Stanley's Tavern in Delaware and then grabbed some bottles to take home. Can't beat this beer - just make sure you drink it while its cold!
Not a complex taste that jumps out at you but some good sweet malt flavor, almost no hoppy taste (although i am a bit of a hop head). Smell is of sweet hops, something else is in the smell...just can't put my finger on it.
If its on tap or in a bottle, do yourself a favor, get some!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer.

Pretty to look at, good flavor, easy to drink, and a fairly low ABV.

It has a nice roasted malt flavor that is not too over powering with low bitterness.

This beer will go great with most meals, or you can easily pound down a few while watching the game.

This one will find a regular spot in my fridge.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Barley's hop stop

A- a dark bronze color with red hihglites. A decent lacing with minimal head that disspiates rather quickly.

S- toasted malts and raisin/fig tones.

T- the figs/raisin really comes out in the taste. more caramel malts as well.

M- a carbonated prune juice type of feel. Medium bodied which isnt too surprising.

O- not a bad brew. The smell was a lil hard to figure out at first. The flavor was light but the mouthfeel was decent.

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Photo of bsgcjg
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last week , thought it was very good, refreshing and did not have the traditional micro brew after taste at all.

I only want to know were to find this brew in a store in Delaware.?

I highly recommend trying this on tap if you can find it

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 CowsCanBark
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear cherry-brown with a one-finger tan head. Nice lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Very malty, toasty, with a nice spicy smell.

Taste: Nice sweet malts, very roasty tasting, almost a coffee flavor. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish, as well as a taste that kind of reminds me of prunes, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied, light carbonation. Not crisp but certainly refreshing and certainly not a sipper!

Overall: Probably one of my favorite's from Yards, roasty and delicious.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber shiny,

S: nutty, caramel, malt, mild fig/raisin, earthy

T: nutty, caramel, malt, dry raisin/fig crisp finish

M: light body, dry crisp

O: Never tried this style before,
but I really like it. Very nice
session style. Great gateway


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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 output01x
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that fades within a minute to a nearly nonexistant dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear reddish copper brown with very few carbonation bubbles.

The sugary sweet caramelized malts give off notes of baked bread, buttery rolls, and toffee. The nose also has an earthy, spicy quality. It isn't the most aromatic, but it certainly is enjoyable.

Dark, sweet, yet gentle malts have notes of caramel, toffee, and iced tea. As the beer is swallowed, the peppery, earthy qualities come out. Like the nose, the flavors are not the most powerful, but subtle and just right.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is one sessionable beer at only 4.2%. The body is just full enough to allow the flavors to come out without losing drinkability or becoming syrupy. The carbonation is not overly noticeable, which is good as too much carbonation would certainly detract from the subtle flavors.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently, I have been getting tired of tasting alcohol in my beers. I am a maltmaven, so going to hopbombs wasn't going to work. When I saw the description of this at a Total Wine, it sounded like it might be just what I was looking for.

A: Nice copper body with an ample, three-finger dirty white head that dissipates after two or three minutes, not leaving much lacing.

S: Light biscuit notes, a touch of dark fruit.

T: The same, but I get a bit of the yeast used as well, which compliments the other flavors. Not particularly sweet or bitter, and not much of an aftertaste.

M: Light but creamy.

O: I don't know this style too well, as I generally gravitate to beers that kick you in the face with flavor, but I enjoyed this brew. Had plenty of flavor, nothing offensive, and I could definitely have three or four in a night. Well done.

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Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark amber with thin foam that disappates quickly. Some carbonation

S - Scents of english malt is very noticeable.

T - Flavor of caramel, with some hearty malt flavor. Very bold taste, that is consistent throughout.

M - Rich tasting, smooth, and feels light enough to be enjoyed with a meal.

O - I'd try this again. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of icoffey
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had this beer before I bought a Varity Pack while in the Philadelphia Area. I have had the IPA and the Philadelphia Pale Ale, which I really like. The Brawler has a dark color with a great smell. The taste is smooth and very flavorful. Good after taste. When I am back in the Philadelphia Area, I will get more of this Ale.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 klkatz
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell is not impressive.... lager like... corn smell.

appearance is a lot clearer than the feel... it feels heavy almost syrupy like an american lager - feels thick... looks thin... good brownish, almost red color...

the taste is good... malty... sweet...

sits well in your mouth.. tasty enough to go few rounds.... thus the name.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like watered down iced tea. A thin off white colored head tops it off. Half a finger that is gone quickly. Not much lace.

S: Some caramel and lightly roasted maltiness. Also a weird spice/metallic/sour aroma too.

T: The taste starts off with a light caramel flavor and goes down hill from there. Like the nose revealed. There's a metallic sourness thats not very pleasant.

M: Not much mouth presence. Watery and slightly over carbonated.

Overall: Not a very memorable brew from Yard's. I got this in a variety case and it was a struggle to finish 6 of these.

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Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the ubiquitous beer on the Jersey Shore where I spent the last week in august. In general this beer packs a lot of interesting flavor especially for something as low in alcohol as this, much like a british mild.

Appearance is a dark brown, with a brown head. Not very frothy but enough carbonation throughout.

Smell is very malty. Sweet with carmel hints and dark fruit.

Flavor is also very malty and full. Carmel in the flavor as well with a lot of body.

Overall a very easy to drink beer with a lot going on.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Dark brown, burnt orange color, 3 finger frothy head that dissipates to a nice ring around the glass, nice lacing and retention.
S- Dark malts, slight roasted aroma, slight toffee, earthy notes, some spice.
T- Interesting taste, rather bland subtle beer, dark malts, breadiness, slight roasted flavor, some spice, it’s definitely easy drinking but not a lot going on.
M- Light mouth feel, decent carbonation, thin body, clean finish.
O- It’s definitely a session beer at 4% abv, not a lot going on, pretty bland taste, for a mild it does have a decent amount of flavor though, it does what it’s meant to do.

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Photo of Boppar
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Back in the good ole days when there was a drinkability category, this would have gotten a 5.

A: Deep reddish brown with two fingers of foamy off-white head.

S: Sweet malts, toffee, fresh bread. Rich earth and moss.

T: It tastes the way it smells, which is a very good thing.

M: The mouthfeel is slick, foamy, and medium-bodied.

O: This is a very good session beer.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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