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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Pours a dark orange with a foamy off-white head. Very sweet toffee/buttery aroma with a sour citrus hop smell behind it. Taste is very smooth with a good dose of malt up front followed up by a citrus hop finish with a moderate bitterness. Well balance and creamy palate ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle opened with an ominous whoosh and when poured in my Chimay glass produced a massive off white head. Color is a medium chessnut. Aroma is rather sour with some hop grapefruitiness. Flavor is also sour and bitter with a decent hop bite. The ale seemed to be a bit of a conundrum, and I enjoyed it. I might like to think of it more along the lines of a hoppy Belgian Strong.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Very large frothy head. Light carbonation. Nice fruity aroma. Oranges/citrus with a good helping of hops. Color is a nice orange/amber. Flavor is very citrusy. Grapefruit and oranges with a good amount of hops. Finish has a hint of alcohol and is a little bitter. Grapefruit aftertaste. A decnt brew. Not sure whether I would classify it as an american strong ale though. Not enough malt and body. Regardless, quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Amber color, with a small white head. Malty aroma, also with fruit and yeast. Taste starts sweet, but ends a little bitter. Alcohol is too up front ans subtracts from the overall taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1080) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A malty brew with a candy sugar quality and some darker fruits. A decent head topping a mid-amber brew. Upfront maltiness gives way to a slightly sour finish making it mildly refreshing. A pretty good beer and somewhat distinct in today’s glut of offerings.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3447) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Son of a bitch, I just lost my rating. the long and short of it is that this beer is really sweet and the aroma is kind of mild and a little strange. Very sweet and honey like beer, but has a very weird taste to start. Sweet aftertaste. Tranny copper with big head and lots of floaties. This beer diasspointed me. Either this is really weird or it's infected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Most overrated Founding Father makes a decent beer....even Sally Hemmings would be proud. Best beer a plagiarist ever made (compare the declaration with John Locke?s Second Treatise). Though he was a strict constructivist, he did make the Louisiana Purchase tho, so he can?t be that bad. The whole freedom thing and slavery thing does leave a bad taste in my mouth, however. Truly, an American Sphinx.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5245) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 I am not a big fan of Yards in general but this was solid. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-golden color with a large yellow-tan head. There is a pleasant fruity and yeasty aroma. The texture is thick. The flavor is malty with a slight sour hop presence. The beer turns dry and malty on the finish. Overall a decent tasting and well crafted basic ale. I would certainly drink this one again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Copper color with a nice off-white head. Fruity aroma slaps you in the face immediately on the pour. Upon further inspection the aroma is of sweet apples dipped in caramel or possibly candied apples. background notes of spicy, somewhat floral hops. Enticing start. First sip yields malty sweetness with an impressive hop character that perfectly matches the malty overtones. Ginger and cinnamon possibly evident here along with fruity undertones. Perfectly balanced, hearty mouthfeel. Finish is nice and clean and the alcohol is completely hidden. Very impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Amber body with big frothy head. Alcohol is bery well masked behind the sweet malty flavor. Somewhat bitter finish. This beer is really enjoyable.


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