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

On tap @ the Devil's Den (Philadelphia, PA) on 5/1/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a thinner looking head of off-white foam. Retains is decent, leaving some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is smells of a sweet mix of malt and fruit, which has a touch of a toasted edge to it. Some earthy and lightly spicy English hops round the nose out.

The taste is a mix of sweet grainy toast and caramel notes, with earthy and citric tasting hops providing just enough balance with a gentle bit of a bite to it. Some leftover fruit and light dryness linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe lighter feeling, with some sharpness to it but for the most part, this is pretty smooth and drinkable.

Low ABV and fairly favorable, this made for a pleasant and easy drinking experience. I don't see why you couldn't session a couple of these rather easily.

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Photo of Greenst82
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark chestnut color. Small amount of head that dissipates pretty quickly

S - Malty, some great toasty aromas.

T - Lots of flavor, toasted nuts, bready and malty with some slight hints of hops coming through.

M - Pretty light, but not bad. Nice finish.

D - Very drinkable. I could see myself getting into quite a few of these without tiring of it.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street in Philly.

Poured a dark amber color with an off-white head.

Aroma is a little earthy and nutty. The malt dominates, but some hop notes do poke through.

As in the aroma malt dominates and not much hops. I picked up some dried fruit type flavors along with some brown sugar.

This beer went down quick. Which is great with the low abv. This makes a great session beer. Hope to see it on a shelf near me soon.

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Slightly murky chestnut with 1-finger tightly bubbled head that dissipates quickly but leaves a few random streamers of lace.

S: Very nutty with a light roasted malt note and light spiced note -- similar to ginger or anise -- with herbal hoppiness. Spice is not at all overbearing and adds a unique touch.

T: Flavor is very full with caramel nuttiness on a bready background, a bit tea-like, finished with herbal somewhat leafy hops. It reminds me of a lighter less plodding version of Old Peculier.

M: For a 4.2% ABV brew this has a very good feel and body, light-to-medium, with an herbal hops aftertaste.

D: A surprisingly full-flavored, nice drinking ale which is pretty well-built for sessioning. However, this is a good beer for those who don't really like beer because it is relatively light-bodied and drinkable. A really great effort from Yards on this one.

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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Healthy head from a hard pour, light brown to ice tea in color, no lacing - 3.25, S: Slight doughy sweetness to the nose, mostly malts with a hint of citrus and earthiness - 3.50, T: Toasted grains, thin caramel, ever so slight hop presence, alcohol is almost undetectable - 4.00, M: Medium bodied - 3.00, D: A very nice session ale, very drinkable - 4.00

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Photo of turnstile
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is a dark ruby-brown with a 1/2-inch tan head. The head doesn't last for too long before it dissipates into a film. Appears to have light to mild carbonation.

Smell: Whole wheat bread and bready malts. Definitely malt-forward as the label states; no noticeable hop aromas.

Taste: Nutty malts and dark bread. Some musty, earthy hops leave a bitter finish. Overall, nothing too complex in the taste but it finishes very clean.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bodied. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Clean flavors and aromas and a pleasant mouthfeel coupled with its lower ABV make it a perfect session brew.

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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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Photo of ujsplace
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Two-finger thick creamy white head. Nice lacing. The brew is a deep reddish hue.

Smells of roasted malts and bitter, earthy hops...

Mild malt and faint hops. Not much going on here in terms of flavor.

The mouhfeel is light and watery. Smooth and faint carbonation.

This brew is ok, but really lacks any punch (pun intended) at all. As the bottle states, you could definitey go a few rounds with this, but with so many others to choose from why bother.

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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 kshankar
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby/amber color with an off white foam that recedes to a layer of foam at the top.

Aroma is roasty and malty

Taste is roasty as well, and quite bready. Caramel malts come through as well

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is high (no surprise here).

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Photo of dedrinker
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber/ brown color.

Smells faintly toasty, roasty, and nutty.

Tastes the same plus a little fruity - tree fruit.

Nice mellow light-medium body; soft

Finishes with faint hop bitterness - not hop flavor - and a little more toast and fruit.

A solid and rewarding effort in the true session ale spirit. Obviously best drank fresh as can be, most likely better on draft, and probably pretty killer on cask.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark amber or ruby color, pretty good clarity but not entirely clear, seems to have some haze as though simply from density, Forms a one finger bone white head that settles quickly into a small covering of foam over entire surface of liquid. That then more slowly recedes until what is left is a ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass and a couple small islands of foamy bubbles closer to the center.

S = Roasted chestnuts, cinnamon and maple syrup, caramel candy, butterscotch, toffee with sesame seeds. Very complex.

T = Taste is weakest link in this beer. It is really a mixed bag. Up front are some strong butterscotch flavors bordering on unpleasantly strong, the mid-palate is quite enjoyable though with some light cocoa, caramel, pancakes and maple syrup, but then when it hits the back of the mouth it starts taking on a flavor of grains in a grain bin that have been allowed to get wet and have started to go off. All in, I am really struggling with whether to rate this average or one notch above. Because it is growing on me as I drink it, I'm giving it the slight notch up, but it is not without some misgivings.

M = Smooth, medium body, creamy feel, good mouthcoating.

D = This goes down smoothly and the more I drink of it the better I am getting with it. I can see making this a beer to drink several of in an evening. Not a perfect drinker by any stretch, but decent enough that I have no great reason to mark it down.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yards is one of my standbys because its local, this is a relatively new brew for them since they moved brewery locations, but a good addition.

Poured from the bottle a deep carmel with amber hints. minimal head and no retention or lacing.

Smell is light malt, not much going here, but its more on the roasted side than sweet scents.

Taste is all malt upfront, but very well done, not sweet but a clean taste, minimal hop flavorings on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, minimal carbonation, but light malt taste lingering.

This is a highly drinkable beer, in terms of easy to swig with good flavor. Need to push this into more local dives in philly.

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Photo of dahlen22
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying to give some local beers a go as of late so I bought a six-pack of this beer. The bottle's label does a decent job describing the color (amber). The aroma was malty with a bread-like aroma. As far as the rest of this beer, not impressed at all. It was very ordinary on the flavor front (malts, some hops, but a dry finish that was a bit stale). As far as the 4.2 abv goes, yes it is easy to drink these all night but why?? Without any real flavor or warming feeling in the palate, you might as well not waste the calories on this and get some other domestic beer that actually has a memorable flavor and is easy to drink (such as Long Trail, Flying Fish, Dogfish Head, etc.) Skip this one...not worth the money.

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Photo of saccro
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was a deep amber. Not much head retention, but understandable for such a low-malt beer. Very light and easy-drinking. Slightly toasty. Had a distinct maple or brown sugar like flavor to it. Malt forward and not much hops to speak of. Good session beer. Hop flavor not really there, but there was a prominent but fairly balanced bitterness.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle, obtained via trade with LSUExplorer03 as a generous extra (thanks man!), into my North Coast Old Rasputin 16oz. nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/12/10).

A: Pours a rather dark shade of amber with a fluffy two finger head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Rather earthy with some toasted malt and grains.

T: Very clean flavor that is quite malty and bready. Layers of toasted grains, sweet malt, and toasted malt.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with soft and clean carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable and certainly sessionable at only 4.2% abv.

Overall this was a nice mild change of pace and another sessionable offering from Yards. Thanks again Matt for the opportunity to try this. Worth a look.

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

A - Poured a dark copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted caramel malts

T - Follows the nose for the most part with some earthiness to it

M - This beer has a thinner body with medium carbonation to it

D - While nothing will blow you away with this beer its a good sessionable beer with a good taste thats easy to drink worth trying sometime

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: reddish copper with a thin head and good lace

Nose: malty and sweet with an empty quality that opens up to warm spices

Taste: fresh, malty sweet, slight spice in the finish

Mouthfeel: rich and pleasant

Drinkability: excellent; I could drink this all night

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.12/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured from 12oz bottle

A - Dark rich amber with soft bubbly head and loose lacing.

S - Interesting. Can't really put my finger on it...earthy.

T - Watery and bitter. Very bread-like.

M - Very carbonated with a musty aftertaste.

D - eh. relatively bland for my tastes and not really what I like in a beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark copper color, or more like a light brown, with about one finger of light tan head. Looks softly carbonated (as it should be), and keeps only a very thin, wispy lace.

Smell has some toasty grain and caramel but is pretty weak. I wasn't expecting a blast here but a bit mroe would be nice.

Taste is essentially a combination of some caramel malt with a bit of toffee flavor to it, plus some lightly toasted grain character. There is also a touch of fruit, like plums I'm thinking. It's smooth and has a nice amount of flavor.

MOuthfeel is light bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is a very drinkable, easily sessionable brew. A mild isn't something I'd reach for with regularity, mainly because I suppose I've become corrupted by extreme beers and I love being smacked around by huge blasts of flavor, but this is a great beer for just kicking back and enjoying without thinking much about it. A nice addition to their variety case.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another BOTMC, the first selection from this brewery was quite tasty, let's give this one a whirl. This brew also has a wonderful aroma of roasted malts, brown sugar and some butterscotch. Pours to a dark brown root beer color with a thick creamy head. Taste is a delicious roasted malt with hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is a hair thin but the flavor carries it through. Again as like the previous selection, Yards does alot with a little, as this brew is only 4.2% yet has great aromas and flavors. As it is described as a mild ale, it is spot on and with the flavor and AC, a sessioner without a doubt. I will enjoy the remaining Yards from this months BOTMC.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the BOTM Club

Appearance - Dark amber color. About a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving little head.

Smell - Very heavy malty/sweet smell. Toffee, caramel, etc.

Taste - Biscuity, sweetness like brown sugar and toffee, a slight bit of bitterness from hops. Nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, decent carbonation, finishes smooth/a bit dry.

Drinkability - Very drinkable but not really feeling it personally. Wouldn't really seek this out again.

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

Dark ruby in body with fleeting off white head. Malt, hops, spice, and biscuits in the scent. Flavors of malt, burnt sugar, english pub style ale. Clean finish. I dig it. Light in body but works surprisingly well in the autumn. Hello autumn and winter afternoons.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was poured into a pint glass.

A - clear ruby amber color with a wonderfully thick head that is well retained in a lacing

S - noble-type (kent goldings?) hop aroma, mild but most prominent; faint malt with a trace of yeasty esters

T - very well balanced malt and hop flavor, some caramel noticed but not strong, not much of a finish to it except some hop bitterness as the very end

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. It goes down fast. But it's not extremely enjoyable though. The carbonation hits you up front with the slight malt character with some grain astringency and it finished thin and dry with a slight tang in the hop finish. While I have enjoyed Yard's beer in the past, I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of ZAP
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice sessionable mild....good roasty character to this....earthy feel...nutty as well...body is as expected light to medium....

It is nice to see a flavorful ale like this with just 4.2% ABV.

A-Mahogany colored...light head

S-I'm impressed...Aroma is actually quite interesting...a big roasted malt component..also some toasted caramel and nuts similar to hazelnuts but not quite...woody notes...also toffee...even a little molasses.

T-Roasted malts...toffee, light molasses, nuts, oak...but all in mild quantity.

M-Low to medium carbonation....lighter bodied

D-A nice lower ABV beer with some very nice qualities. Would be a great beer for a business lunch.

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,109 ratings.
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