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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all other ales pale in comparison to ours. Dry hopped with an abundance of distinctive Simcoe hops, this straw colored pale ale is more drinkable than bitter, more aromatic than aggressive. Philly Pale, as its better known, is crisp, hoppy, and bursting with citrus. Philadelphia Pale Ale was named one of the best Pale Ales in the country by the New York Times.

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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) Out of the bottle, this beer is off-white in color and very fluffy and bubbly. Exactly! A glass filled with head. After several minutes, I now have enough liquid to see that its dark straw in color, slightly hazy, with an army of carbonation bubbles rushing into battle. The beer has a sweet, fruity, hoppy nose, some orange citrus, but aromas of must and rotting vegetables detract, and theres no discernable maltiness. The flavor is lightly sweet, mildly hoppy, bitter and citrusy, but somewhat sour, and like the nose, without much discernable maltiness. Fairly light bodied, fairly clean, obviously extremely carbonated on the palate, being very expansive on the first several sips. Even after the carbonation bubbles chill out, head retention is pretty nice, and theres a fair amount of patchy foam stuck to the glass, though its too thick to be called lace. Probably just a routine pale ale, but the slight problems knock this down a notch.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
On draft at a bar in downtown Philadelphia. Decent amber color with an OK white head. Moderate hops in the aroma. Taste was a little off from a Pale Ale. Could have been a bad keg. But overall, not very impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1073) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Received from BA pezoids as part of BIF 20, this 12 oz. brown bottle lacked any freshness dating. The body looked pale yellow and slightly hazy, and the head was thin, but lasting a good bit as a result of good carbonation. The aroma was floral, citric, and much stronger than anticipated. The taste was hoppy, and grapefruit rind like, but lacked much malt sweetness. The aftertaste was dry with a touch of hay. The beer felt much bitterer than it was, due to the lack of a substantial malt presence. The aftertaste contained a lingering sharp bitterness. If this is how hoppy their APA is, Id love to see what they have done to the IPA. Felt a lot more West Coast influenced than most others from Pennsylvania.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigbutch10 (6) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2005 does not count
I think this is a great beer. It has a great aroma and smooth taste and a near perfect feel of grianiness.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Large white head of small bubbles. Great carbonation and excellent head retention. Excellent citrus hoppy aroma with plenty of mandarin oranges, lemons and pears. Could sit here and smell it all day. Color is a medium golden orange. Sour bitterness up front and some rice crispies later on. Little grainy and thin. Crisp finish with a litle dryness that is short lived. An ok pale ale that starts off great and finishes poorly.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Clear gold, thin head. Light N. American nose. Strong bitterness up front, slightly grainy caramel finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Floral and grapefruit aroma.Hazy yellow and hop bubbles. Nice bitter lemony citrus dryness. Malt and caramel and herbal flavour there for balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2005
I dont know why this is so lowly rated. Its not the best beer in the world, but it should be around a 3 at least. Nice amount of carbonation and a nice floral hoppiness. Light on hops and color, a little too light, even for a pale ale. Otherwise, an easy to drink beer that went well my pork in white wine dinner.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (10983) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle... Crystal clear golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Great retention. Wispy, cumulus lacework. Yeasty, floral aroma with notes of biscuit and butterscotch. Perfectly balanced flavor, but almost entirely nondescript except for an earthy, herbal taste. Medium-bodied and a little oily with lively carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. Not offensive, but not at all special either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Grapefruity and hoppy, Yards Philly Pale Ale is a pretty solid APA. Ive had better, but this is very good. Very nice start for this brand.


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