Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by donniecuffs on 07-03-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 25
Photo of jakecattleco
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems more than appropriate to have a draught ale at City Tavern on the 100th Anniversary of the NPS! Not sure of the authenticity of the recipe, but a beer I'd drink with regularity. Just enough body, vibrant hop attributes (citrus and floral), nice crisp clean finish that doesn't linger. Well done Yards!

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Photo of Kadonny
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip style glass while sitting at the City Tavern having dinner.

Appearance is a dark golden almost amber in color with a nice one finger white head. No glass lacing.

Aroma was tremendous with loads of lemon, citrus and grassy notes mixed in with some bready malt. Great hoppy nose.

Taste is similar to the nose with loads of lemon, some pineapple, grapefruit and grassy flavors. The malt is very bready but no doubt there and provides some nice body. Finish is clean and crisp and bitter. Nice beer.

Overall this is a really nice pale ale and I think I actually enjoyed it more than their Philly PA which is an everyday lineup beer. Looks to be like a rotating/seasonal, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White head. Clear pale golden yellow.

Grassy hops. Light citrus. Bready, pale malts. Earthy with a bit of spiciness. Think of sazz hops.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Almost pilsner like. Ends clean.

Overall, I like it. The citrus is nice. Definitely reminds me of a pils more than anything. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber color; slightly hazy. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention thick, unbroken skim. Leghtly decanted. Lace in wide rings.

S: Floral hops - notably - citrus, grapefruit and pine. Bready pale malt in the foundation.

T: Big, bready pale malts up front. Transitions quickly to resiny hop flavors consistent with the nose. Dry and bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Perfect feel for this beer that's resiny in the middle, then dry and bitter for a good finish.

D: Great session beer. Smooth, balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of Durge
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow-amber colored brew with a solid white froth on top and decent lacing. The aroma is a bright and yummy citrus hop with hint of granny apple lemon-lime and vinegar biscuit. Even a touch of some sort of sweet vegetable going on, very nice overall, can't wait to taste it. The flavor comes on with a similarly bright bite but it's more green leaf with a dry hop overtone. Not as sweet and fruity as the aroma leads you to expect. It's a very lively, crisp feel in a fairly light-bodied brew, but not watery at all. It's definitely gassy stuff, good belching-beer. This is just a bit too harsh. Lots of hop bitterness but the citrus/fruit flavors get buried and it ultimately could use a little more sweetness to be more likable to me. For this reason I also have to say it's medium drinkable. I wish it tasted more like it smelled. Oh well, worth a try though, not bad.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Months ago, I noticed that this was one of the 'Beers of the Revolution' series put out by Yards, and since I loved the other three, I tried tracking down this one, but to no avail (even the Yards website doesn't list it anymore; I hope that they didn't eliminate this offering due to lack of interest). That was, until a recent trip to City Tavern in Philadelphia, who did indeed have this on tap. On BA, I noticed that one of the aliases of Philly Pale Ale was City Tavern Ale, so hopefully I am not being redundant by adding this beer. As a matter of fact, this beer does exhibit some similar characteristics to that great session beer, but enough jabbering; here it goes...

Into a stemmed glass, poured a cloudy amber with 2 fingers of great white head and great retention. The nose was a lovely mix of pine, grapefruit, apple, citrus, and floral hops. The taste was excellent; first pine, then grapefruit/malt/apple, and polished off with a modestly dry finish. A smooth, full body complements the hoppiness and fruitiness nicely. Tremendous session beer. Ironic that it is actually my favorite of the 4 Beers of the Revolution, yet it doesn't appear to be available anywhere.

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Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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