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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2494) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
12oz. bottle. Very little head. Hazy copper color. Spicey, hoppy nose, cinnamony. Medium body sort of astringent, spicey, citrusy flavors with some hints of honey also.finish is dry. WOW! 8% alc. couldnt taste it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Bottle, room temperature (seeing as how my favorite president had no fridge) Gold/amber, scant head. Very Belgian aroma. Fruity, yeasty, slightly sour, some herbal hops. Alcohol well-hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Dec 2003 now available in bottles. Deep golden color, but no head and no lace (proper for an english ale?). Reminiscent of a toned down IPA/double IPA (Celebration/Dogfish 90). Very quaffable, but a $40/case, not sure if the value is there

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2003
City Tavern billed this as unfiltered. It had a strong citrus aroma. The coloring was a deep amber with orange and red. I would think it was a pale ale based on the amount of hops I could taste. Not too astrigent, fairly light actually, with a very pleasing smooth finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Intersting ale.It is very yeasty in the Yards tradition.It smells yeasty,sweet(honey)touch of fruit,malty.Nice deep orange w/plenty of yeast floating about(same yeast as the rest of their beers).The taste is belgian like yet mellow and yeasty and on the sweet side.The palate is smooth and oily/very light carbonation/very little hops.8% is hidden nicley.Expensive but pretty good.(8.99 6-pk)I bought this at Ronnie's beverage in Forest hill,MD.This certainly doesen't come off as a strong ale yet does prove it's octane.Head and lace were weak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
At City Tavern, the dude there called it a honey wheat? It didn't strike me as one. Medium orange, good, lasting head. Decent malt body, definite hoppy finish with grapefruit flavors coming to the front. A bit of a bite on the palate. No honey detectable. Pretty good actually.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Had this on cask. Now I had this before and it was good stuff and I recomend this beer if you get it at the City Tavern. But this cask poured flat, tasted flat and had almost no flavor had a hint of honey.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2002
The appearance is crystal clear (unusual for a Yard’s product, and I’d guess The City Tavern may be insisting it be filtered) with a very nice, deep copper color showing orange and ruby highlights. The head is off-white and needs to be coaxed a litttle but builds a fairly dense 1/4’ head. Once thinned, the whispy head lasts fairly well and leaves some Belgian-lace. The aroma is mainly fruity with some caramel malt in the background. There are no hops to speak of in the aroma. The flavor is far more malty than the aroma suggests, but not very complex. However, once coupled with the rich fruity flavors, it’s fairly interesting. There’s also a fair amount of alcohol involved, but it’s extremely well hidden! The taste ends with a gently spicy dryness, and a restrained hop bitterness that eases away like the setting sun. Unlike any of the other Yard’s beers. Very unique. Well worth trying. A beer that becons you to keep tasting.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Found this place on vaction. I can’t beleive they call this a pale ale. Very rich, very thick. Would like to try again.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2527) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2000
A very strong beer - matches well with some of the game fare (venison, rabbit, duck) at the City Tavern. Nice cloudy golden color - thick head and lace that clings to the glass all the way down. Strong, sweet, and yeasty. Unsure of alcohol content but it must be high. I could sure feel it leaving the tavern.


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