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RATINGS: 311   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rafalski (6) - annandale, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2004 does not count
fruity aroma with a hint of maple and a bit of bitterness on the finish. creamy and very much so mouthfull. long lasting finish with soft aftertones. yeasty at first, but hops and malt off-set it quite nicely. one of the nicest ales i have ever had.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
I wish Thomas Jefferson could share this Ale with me, I think he would be impressed with its incredible flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lmatos (28) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2014
This is a great beer. Light aroma and color, not hoppy at all, with great body and a great balance of sweet and bitter. I loved it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Thomas Jefferson was a man of great taste, and one taste Jefferson had was for beer. He could be found in Philadelphia quite often, and often drank many a fine ale at the City Tavern. Jefferson of course, brewed his own beer as well, and was fond of beers that he called "big and bold". A favorite recipe of Jefferson’s was that of a golden ale that was very strong, and brewed with malted barley, malted wheat, malted corn, and malted rye. This beer was said to have reached an abv of 11% abv, and was the perfect beer for those cold winters spent at Monticello. Yards version is not quite as strong, but it still packs at punch at 8% abv. Yards brews Jefferson Ale with barley, wheat, corn, rye, as well as honey and lemon. It makes for an amazingly good sipping brew. Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden color with a thick white head that eventually fades and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with complex sweet and grainy aromas, paired with peppery aromas of alcohol. The palate is lush and heavy on the tongue, with lots of sweet malt flavor and flavors of fresh baked bread. This is paired with nice undertone of grainy/spicy rye flavor, and a hint of plummy/citrus fruit. Thomas Jefferson ale finishes with more complex malt flavors up front, then ends with a soothing, peppery alcohol burn that lingers.

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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Bière ambrée de 8% d’alcool avec collet de mousse blanc, très maltée avec une petite touche de houblon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
properhops (88) - - OCT 21, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqmb-ahW8OM

Appearance: Clear amber, 1-finger head, excellent lacing

Smell: Clove, honey, cherry, rasin, rye, straw

Taste: Medium body, coriander, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, maple syrup sweetness, honey, carmel malts, plum, lemongrass residual, afterthought of toasted granola, creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, drinkable

Pairings: Marinated flank steak, pasta + cream sauce (Alfredo, carbonara), ravioli

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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattShizzle (539) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
An excellent, strong beer. Very interesting flavor. Different. No noticeable hop flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHopster (786) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
(bottle) I love this beer. I think it’s worthy of more attention. Aroma is of dough and yeast. Nice red and copper completion. Smooth, sweet for a strong ale. To me, taste reminds me of nice English ESB. This would be a fine session beer (8% ABV - watch out). Great idea of re-creating vintage & historic beers & ales. Worthy of searching out.


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