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 Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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 NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yards- Brawler

A- Clear golden brown with a frothy, good lacing, head.
S- Brown sugar, molasses, and a light touch of sweet fruity raisins.
T- Thick sweet malt. Brown sugar, molasses, and a dusting of cocoa powder make up the body of this 1.
M- Thick sweet malt up front and throughout with malty, somewhat dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Sweet and malty, not bad for a mild.

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Photo of Finn
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh Yards variety case. Served in a imperial pint glass.
Color is a ruddy red with brilliant clarity. A creamy head rests on top, and dissipates after anfew minutes. Aroma is mild chocolate/roasted malts, with a very "grainy" aroma, which is a bit sharp. Smells most similar to a brown ale. Flavor is of mild roasted malts and a tad of bitterness to balance it out. There is a very subtle sweetness behind the roasty flavors. The finish is a bit astringent, much like the sharp grainy aroma, but this isn't a bad thing. Moutfheel is on the lighter side of things, but we're not talking bud light here: there's still a little something to chew on, and it's a little creamy, and the carbonation is moderate.
Drinkability? As the label states, yes, you could drink a few rounds of this. It's a unique "Brown Ale Light", and worth a shot.

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Photo of eldondre
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't have a ton to add to the previous posts but I did want to agree that this is not the Brawler I remember. Additionally, the flavor varied considerable from the one I had on cask to the one I had from teh regular draft system. I found it a malty, caramel accented smooth ale when drinking from the cask but the regular draft was entirely too sweet for my taste. I would rate the cask version a B+ and the carbonated version C+.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

great session ale. the nose has a nice biscuity aroma, which matches the chewy caramel flavor you get from the body. i also got a slight butterscotch (diacetyl) flavor, which goes well with the malt forwardness of this beer. no noticeable hop aroma or bitterness, at least that i could tell. i could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. nothing that will floor you, but a good drinking ale for the long haul.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case over the weekend. The brewery is about 12 miles away so I know its fresh.

The neck label could easily be mistaken for Sam Adams Boston Lager. I wonder if that's on purpose.

Pours amberish copper with an off-white head, about 2 fingers. The head eventually wears down to a thin layer, with some minor lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is bready and biscuity.The taste is very soft. Toasted biscuit with caramel. There's a fruity note reminiscent of apple cider and just a whisper of hops if you taste carefully.

Smooth and most importantly, drinkable, which is what I imagine Yards is going for here. I could easily go more than "a few rounds" with this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of wgarton
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice fluffly white head, dark brown color. Head gives way to a thin lacing of tiny bubble.s

S: Smells smoothly of some light malt along with some nuttiness.

T: The taste jives pretty well with the scent. Light malt and a nutty top note.

MF: Nice carbonation, washes across the tongue as it goes down really smooth. Dry lingering finish.

D: Super drinkable in both alcohol content and flavor, I could go through these all night (it's early yet...) In all this was a really enjoyable beer, and I'm happy to see Yards bring out a great session beer. With all of the strong beers out there this is a great change of pace!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A new brew from Yards which part of their mixed case. Pours with a thick head that laces nicely. Dark amber in color. Not much smell but a little malt. Tastes of smooth malt. Extremely drinkable. I would love to see this on cask. A worthy brew which would make a great session beer. Cheers.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep ruby-amber tone and clear. Everso slight carbonation with a fine lacey head that was retained.

The bouquet has nice earthy roasted grains, a sllight hint of toffee and chocolate and then at the end, a hint of malt. This translated well to the body where those roassted grains leave a nice warm biscuit taste on the tone with a smooth, clear crisp finish of slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect for a beer of this type. The body is slightly lighter than I would have expected for the style, but this is a fine pub beer that one can enjoy with some banger's and mash or spotted dick.

Welcome back Tom, its been far too long. I can stop hoarding the old stuff!! Met you back in '99 at a charity event at Reading Market through Adrian and George of the Foodery. What a beer night, you, the Troeger's and Jim from Old Lehigh (defunct). Enough soppy stuff, get back to the kettles, I'm running out of Saison!

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,135 ratings