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RATINGS: 312   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Dark cloudy brown, small white head, aroma of caramel, yeast, grape, and flowers. Taste was malty and fruity, some caramel, spice, and floral notes. Quite an impressive offering from Yards.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
12 oz bottle, from The Foodery in Philadelphia. Dark maple, lasting small flat head. Yeast particles swirl; elegant I say. Interesting caramel/alcohol/grape aroma with hints of yeast and pungent flowers. Flavor quite sweet (brown sugar-molasses-maple) but with significant hop background, and strongly yeasty and spicy (cardamom, ginger, tarragon). Bitter, dry finish, substantial body...this is very good, easily the best I’ve had from Yards and makes me really look forward to "Thomas Jefferson."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9064) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2004
Lightly cloudy, deep amber ale with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Decent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, caramel and very light molasses. The flavor matches the aroma, but holds some vineous undertones as well. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, lightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2004
Clear orange, khaki off white head. A few swirls in the glass release notes of malt, yeast, rye bread, and light citrus notes. Somewhat balanced in flavor with hops balancing the sweet malt. Medium bodied, dry finish. An interesting beer without a doubt. Worth a try if you can find it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2004
Poured a light amber with a thin white head. Aroma was fruity and yeasty. Very malty and lot of yeast on the tongue. Mild bitter hop finish. This beer is like Yuengling Lager high test. Lager with more flavor, body, and alcohol. A very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Had this at the Desmond event in Malvern. Nice pale ale, with strong malt and yeast presence. Very hoppy. Smooth at the finish, with hints of spice, citrus, florals, and bread. Very nice style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Cloudy amber body with a voluminous chunky head. Aroma is very bright and floral. Flavor is very smooth, some yeasty notes and some fruityness as well. The alcohol fumes permeate my sinuses. This is very good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2004
My bottle said the Tavern Ale was Jefferson's--not Washington's. Still good, though, especially since we're related to ole TJ. If this is what the Founding Fathers were drinking during the Revolution, it's no surprise that we kicked British butt. Malty fer sure, fruity in the nose, it's a real ale with lots of body and character. Definitely not a session beer, though, unless you're planning a revolution. Let's hear it for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hoppiness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Served from a firkin, this selection offered up a deep amber appearance. Subdued, fruity, sweet malt aroma. Malt dominates the taste with the hops adding to a slightly bitter mouthfeel. Smooth flavor overall aided by a spicy, yeasty quality in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Sits in the glass a chilled hazed peach skin color, thin off-white head faded quickly, some spots and smaller patches of lace stick. Smells of dulled sweet malts giving off a kind of fruitiness of nectarine, red apple, and raisin and very slight caramel. Taste has a very dullish malt profile, slightly chewy, smooth and malted up like crazy, where's the hops? Seems more like all malts to me, but I guess the hops could be adding to some of the dryer dulled citrus tones that are coming through late along with a tiny woodish note in the finish. There's a very tiny spice and floral tone coming through as it warms nearer the finish. Feel is close to medium and quite smooth with a milder tone of malts and just a nudge of carbonation and husk-like texture midway to finish. This was a bit more malts then I like my pales, like em much more hopped up and/or at least balanced evenly between the two, but this was nice enough, reminded me of a Maibock.


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