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.
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really like this beer and I'll definitely buy it again. Great color/appearance and nice malty flavor. As the commercial description says, it has a slight sweetness and dry finish. This is one of my new favorites and I'm going to rate it slightly higher than I normally would to try to make up for some of the bad reviews that I just read through.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Too light, all around. Slightly cloudy gold, white head, some lace. Hops present but not really enough. Fruit/toffee malt flavors.
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy, golden amber appearance (label says it's bottle conditioned). Malty nose. Small head disappeared quickly. Astringent taste. Thin body. Where's the hops? Disappointing.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I wasnt drunk when i had this but i wasnt taking notes. Could it be that this beer was so unremarkable that i have completely blanked out the experience in my mind? ... Yes.
Jayb0 (1093) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 Amber in appearance with a decent off-white head. Faint citrus aroma. Fairly high carbonation. A bit thin in the mouth, somewhat unbalanced flavors of grain/oat?, malt, and slight cider bitterness. Still, not as bad as it sounds fnishing fairly clean. As echoed in other reviews, not the best effort from yard’s and not a session beer for me.
ReRate 10/1/2007 Draft: This beer has improved over time. The balance is better and the toasted, breadiness comes through without dominating. Upping palate and overall.
Rerate 2009. I think this beer has really come into its own with the new yards brewery. The earthy, bready quality really sets it apart from typical APAs and I find myself going back to it repeatedly. upping all over the place...
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light pale ale, light in color, light in taste. Not to bad. A light hop flavor. Not bad, but not nearly the best yards has to offer. Try yards triple. yumm
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
No case code (Philadelphia Pale Ale was part of the "Yards Mixed Case Sampler: Philadelphia Pale Ale, Saison, ESA, IPA); August 24, 2002 tasting notes: Whew. What went wrong? All malt in the flavor profile; yet still a watery consistency. Big disappointment for a best bitter.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Weak, average beer aroma - nothing notable except a off cider-vinegar aroma. Hazy light apple cider appearance with the head diminishing to nothing after pour. Low, weak carb and medium dead watery body. Carbonic acid burn. Some citrus hops flavor and muted malts. Tinge of cider vinegar. Light bitter end/after. Just not that appealing. Maybe it's better on tap, but the bottled version is awful.