maltdog (609) - Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours dark gold, hazy with a weird mix of extremely energetic large and small bubbles; 1/2-inch white head buzzes angrily and disappears about halfway through. Aroma of yeasty bread dough, maybe a hint of orange peel. Tastes of flour and flowery, copper-ish hops, with extreme aluminim can/metallic finish, perhaps some maize?? Palate is watery, lightly fizzy, and tinny. Imagine white bread soaked in carbonated water. Sorry, Yards, but truly horrible.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: The beer poured a dark yellow color. The head was minimal. Zero lacing. Minimal aroma. What was there was a faint maltiness and citrus hops. The taste was OK, if a bit bland. Some bitterness, with even less malts. Boring!
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled ant the brewery. This was pretty boring. Had a slight bitter flavor but that's the only thing it had going for it. Tasted like a weak English Pale
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light yellowish brown in color. The taste was slighty malty with minimal hops and almost a cinammon quality. Overall it is very light with some sweetness followed by a dry finish. I checked with the server twice to confirm it was the pale ale. Perhaps it's the recipe, but not what I'm accusotmed to with pale ales.
thefireman (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Difficult to pour. This batch is really wild-almost like a half that fell off the truck. I did not expect this from a bottle. Tasted ok, but can't really nail down. Bread-like with a wierd aftertaste.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light brown-yellow in color. Small head of medium sized bubbles which lingers around for a while. Aroma is slightly fruity with light malts. Taste is watery and bitter, and not bitter like a good English Bitter, but more of a cheap beer bitter.
chronictonic (462) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 re-rated: Not sure how long ago I did the below review, but Yards seems to have consistency issues. One time you’ll have a Yards and it’ll be excellent, other times it’ll be horrible. This time the Philly Pale Ale was much better. Still very nutty / bready malt flavor, and the hops are a bit acidic - but there’s no off flavors and it stands up well as a decent americanized british pale ale.
original review - Very average pale ale. Too much nut and bread flavors - not enough hops. It seems like specialty malts were used in this to give it a very funky malt profile. Could not finish the pint that I started.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 Bottled version: Pale golden with broken, thin head. Some slight lacing. Yeasty smell. Initial taste is sharply bitter, mellowing very quickly to a yeasty aftertaste. I did not like the malt character in this beer. It tasted like unleavened dough.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a deep golden body with amber accents topped by a thick rocky lasting head with good lacing. Slightly sweet yet bitter hoppy aroma with grassy and slight fruity notes and a good malty balance. Watery hop flavor with grasy notes and a touch of maltiness. Not much as much flavor as expected. Light bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Frankly, Im not too impressed here. There is a nice malt flavor to it, but it lacks any hop action, which leaves the mouthfeel a little boring.