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 emsroth
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Packaged in march.

App: A thick chunky head. Mahogany colored with hues of red and orange.

Smell: a light creamy smell that includes honey and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Greeted by a roasted flavor. Next comes a sweet and watery malt profile. Ends with a coffee like bitterness. As I drink the sweetness comes alive and predominates with a bit of bitter roast in tow.

Medium body with low-medium carbonation. Definitely a session brew if I liked the taste more

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a style not found easily, but now not too far away! picked up some after a HB club meeting.

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields only a single finger of creamy off-white head. the head reduces to a thin layer of foam quickly. the body is a nice clear ruby color. no lacing here.

the smell is on the lighter side. some malts that are bready and toasty, mixed with some toffee and some light fruitiness. nothing to write home about.

mmm. nice malty, nutty, and caramel taste, backed by some simple bitterness. there's a touch of earthy hop notes in there, but mostly the nice malty flavors. but it's not overpowering in the least. these flavors are not strong and are quite well balanced.

nice and creamy mouthfeel. medium-body or just a bit above that really. again, surprising for such a 'small' beer.

this is a session beer. the beer hunter term "moreish" is definently the way to describe this. easy to drink more than one. too easy really.

i was pleasantly surprised by this one. if only 'pubs' would carry this one on draft.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of drcarver
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A definite session beer! Poured from bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Started drinking it fridge cold.

A - Deep red color with a rocky off-white head. The head does not sit for very long. Some lacing left behind.

S - All malt all the time. Toasted malt and nutty aromas.

T - the flavor is again all about the malt, but the bittering hops keep it from becoming overwhelmingly sweet.

M - Clean crisp. No aftertaste.

D - A definite session.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Craft Ale House for around $2 (to-go). Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass and appears a hazy medium crimson/brown color with about two fingers of dense light tan foam. The nose is dominated by rich toasted grains, bread, and almost burnt toast. Tastes just as the label states - "malt forward". Sweet caramel malts, a touch of lemony hops, but yeah this beer is all about the malt. A soft, bitter finish that quickly fades, this ale is about medium in body but a bit over carbonated. Overall, Brawler is a nice flavorful session beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz bottle into my sam adams sensory glass

two fingers of head but disappeared quick....not much in the way of carbonation but the etching in the bottom of the glass pushed what was in there up to the top...dark cherry red color...minimal lacing

malty nose with a hint of citrus...very malt forward taste....light carbonation in the mouth

excellent session beer from a great local the label says "for when you want to go a few rounds"....unlike Ricky Hatton vs Pac-Man you'll still be on your feet at the end of the night after a few of these

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Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of fizzy compact and perfectly level slightly off-white foam... A full rich lacing develops once the head fades... A rich dark chestnut color, yet still fully translucent... A modest amount of slow paced carbonation rises within... Lots of stickiness...

S - Malt forward... Grainy... Toffee... A toasted nutty scent... A hint of weak coffee... Caramel...

T - Earthy with distinct woody and nutty flavors... Caramel... Toffee... Biscuit... Hints of raisin...

M - Incredibly smooth... Modest amount of sharp carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied... Rich... Very faint and slight burnt texture... Even...

D - A truly terrific session brew... Tons of flavor and character all for a quaint 4.2% ABV.... I'm not much of a fighter, but I'll gladly go a few rounds with the Brawler any day of the week...

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy cherry-amberish color.With an offwhite colored heading that disapates quickly. Very little lacing throughout.

Smell is malty upfront with a kind of skunky hop smell.Also a kind of burnt woody type smell.

Taste is again is malty kind of dank.A smooth and sweet caramel flavor that leaves a funky aftertaste.

Mouth is smooth,medium bodied, with decent carbonation.

Drink is good nothing spectacular but could enjoy a few more.

I love the name especially that it belongs to a Philadelphia company. Fits in perfectly Brawler Pugilist style ale. Awesome.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Gilgemesh
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured down the center into the tulip. A deep, dark, cherry color with frothy, off-white head that dwindles to a white ring. There is some lacing, but not much. There is a strong aroma of burnt caramel and coffee beans. A faint undertone of malt. Te burnt caramel continues into the flavor. There is a malt forwardness that isn't sweet as much as it is balancing to the bitter finish. A well balanced beer that clears the palate with good carbonation. Quite drinkable warmer, but not quite as nice right out of the fridge.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my dogfish head glass. I got about two fingers of head but it went away a little quick. There wasn't much carbination. The color was a very dark red, very pleasing.

The smell is of malt and some citrus. The taste is of strong malt which I get from a lot of Yards' brews. The malt is followed by a nice oakey finish. The mouthfeel was good.

This is a good session beer that I could go for more than one round of.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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 jlandis
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep translucent brown with a thin to non-existent white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Crisp malty caramel with bready toasted grains.

T - Malty and simple with hints of caramel. Also picked up very subtle green apple yeast flavors.

M - Light and thin with restrained carbonation

D - Very drinkable! A perfect balance of flavor in a session beer. One of my favorites from Yards.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A rather clean, clear brown body with slight auburn highlights. A 1 finger off-white cap rose, subsided to a thin layer and hung around for the duration. Scattered lacing.

Cleanest malts in town. Lightly sweet caramel, bready, cereal-like. Toasted grains.

Sweet caramel and toasted grains dominate. Very clean malt profile with a mild earth hop balance that hangs real low and adds a low end musky element. Faint maple syrup in the finish.

Medium bodied. This beer is gritty up front, but finished smooth and creamy.

Coming from a hophead, this beer is almost devoid of any hops, and I would still drink this all night long. Highly sessionable. I am glad that Yards is back up and brewing again.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear reddish brown, no haze whatsoever, 2 finger thick off white billowing head that gets gets chunky and globby as it settles
good lacing and the creamy head had good retention

S - Brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, plums

T - subtle sweet toasted breadiness, slight hop bitterness, a good flavor but understated and lacking fullness and

M - creamy and smooth, adequately carbonated at first, but toward the end of the glass, it was undercarbonated,
slightly light body

D - the mildness of this beer and ABV make it a good candidate to drink a few. It goes down easy and would be
good for a fishing trip.

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Photo of BillManley
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know that big, high-alcohol, massive flavor beers are en vogue at the moment but I'm really starting to appreciate the easy drinking subtleties of a mild.

During Philly Beer Week I must have sample over 100 different beers and one of the beers that sticks out in my mind is truly Brawler. After 4 plus 12 hour days of drinking, brawler is just what I had been searching for. An easy drinking flavorful, low-alcohol beer that I could sip on all afternoon without loosing my head.

Kudos guys...job well done. To make a tasty beer with big flavors in a session strength is no easy feat.

I hope more breweries follow suit and I can't wait to get back to Yards and try another glass of Brawler.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm some over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours clear dark amber or copper with ΒΌ" light tan head which fades to a thin film with a rim of foam around the edge of the liquid. Sipping leaves behind nice strands of lacing.

Smell: Light, sweet, bready malt smell, caramel with hints of brown sugar and fruit.

Taste: Sweet malt with nothing particularly strong or dominant. The sweetness does not cloy and just disappears in a dry finish without the hops ever having made a serious showing beyond a touch of earthy bitterness that begins to emerge mid-way through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Light creamy carbonation and a medium length malt finish.

Drinkability: This is explicitly brewed to be a session beer, which means you should be happy to have 5 or 6 of an evening and not be falling off your seat. I think it succeeds admirably. Another characteristic of a good session beer is you find it just as or even more interesting in the 3rd or 4th pint. I haven't tested this beer that way but I suspect it would pass.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Head was almost non-existent and dissappeared completely very quickly.

Smells only of malt. Reminds me of the smell of Yuengling.

Tastes bready with some sweet caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is medium. Crisp carbonation with not much of an aftertaste. Could probably drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant trifle of a beer, particularly if you are looking for a malt-forward session beer.

Pours dark cherry amber with thin head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is smokey and roasted like a light porter. Little hop influence but a nice smokey, woody character, like a brown ale or porter. A little sourness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light but with a surprising cling. Mellow and drinlable.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Like a clear, reddish tea. Nice head, reduces to disk. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Barnyard, base smells. Maybe a little ashtray too.

T - Sweet malt, not much else to back it up.

M - OK... Medium body, yada yada.

D - Glad to try, just so many beers out there. I would session if it was all I had.

Just kinda dull, and the barny smell a bit of a put off.

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Photo of Beertarded
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must say this is not the Brawler I remember from years ago. Additionally, the flavor did not vary from the one I had on cask to the one I had from the bottle. I found it malty and sweet, too sweet. It had a biscutty aroma with no presence of hop whatsoever. I would rate this beer a "C" at best.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Brawler has a excellent brown, almost amber, looking color, most certainly from the malted barley that was used. You can also taste the hops that were use and smell the aroma of the hops. It has a unique taste to it. It does also have a nice aftertaste to it as well.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/5/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Poured a clear reddish copper color with loads of carbonation and a finger's width of thick, bubbly beige foam that retained well and left a bit of lace.

S - Initial aroma is very macro-esque with hints of toasted grains, corn, maple syrup, earth and bark. Nose is quite gritty, if you will. There's also a good bit of caramel malt sweetness present.

T - Toasted grains and sweet caramel dominate the flavor of this ale. Hop bitterness is scant, though there are distinct gritty, earthy undertones, which are in sharp contrast to the sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and quite a carbonated mouthfeel overall. Finishes with a mild bitterness across the palate.

D - Brawler isn't bad per se, but it's also not too terribly exciting. This could benefit from a cleaner hop profile to balance its malt-forward flavor. If you like grainy, malty brews, give it a shot.

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +10.5%
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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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 1,158 ratings