PWalk (338) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Big on carbonation this beer yields a head like Bonds does a bat. Hoppy like a bunny I really like the new recipe over the old. The switch was warranted and I think the new style will help Yards reap the rewards it’s due. Easy drinking ale. spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Faint citrusy-orange aroma. Pours a decent gold with zero lacing and a light head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is hoppy and citrusy to match the nose. Palate is slightly watery and diminishes almost immediately shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2005
The aroma is well balanced . Nice hop character in the flavor. I thought this was quite nice and extreamely drinkable. euserphriendly (168) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Bottle. I tried to pour this one as slow as possible and still had to wait for the head to reced after pouring 1/3 of the beer. The aroma was a strong citrus hops smell. Flavor was almost smokey as it tends to be with a large amount of american hops. It finished quite nicely with not an unpleasant aftertaste. With less carbonation it could be a great APA. thehinge (297) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2005
This had more head to it than any beer I’ve ever drank from a bottle. Yard’s needs to ease up on the carbonation.
That being said...let’s get to the nuts. The aroma was very poor, kinda like a rotting lemon. Flavor was lacking, also...it was very sour.
This is unfortunate....I got a gift sampler pack with two or three Yard’s products. Could hardly choke back any of them. I won’t be buying their beers....and would
steer others away, too. I must sadly say that if you want better taste....buy a macro like Bud or Coors.
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a rocky eggshell head. Mild citrus aroma. Bland flavor of sweet malts. Somewhat bitter. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
On tap at Firewaters in A.C. Clear, pale
gold color with a small white head. Sour
aroma and flavor that was hard to get past. Mild malt flavor with some decent hop bittering. This is the third beer I’ve tried from Yards and all had similar sour
aromas and flavors. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
They significantly changed this recipe recently and so far I believe that I am the only one who has rated the new version. All previous raters were rating the older english style pale ale which I have had previously and I can agree with the other raters that it wasnt very good. However- thier new pale ale is now american as they have switched from english hops to simcoe hops- giving it an intense grapefruit aroma and flavor. In addition the malt has been changed from english marris otter to an american pale or 2-row malt. The color has stayed the same being a very light yellow/light orange. The head and carbanation have been reduced significatnly which greatly enhances the mouthfeel. It goes down very smooth now and is easy to drink compared to the previous version. Joe- one of the brewers at yards says that this beer had gone from their worst selling beer to thier best. On the whole this new pale ale is perhaps slightly overhopped given its low alcohol but it comes out as a nice hoppy and refreshing ale. Well done this time. hershiser2 (3667) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Cloudy golden yellow with a ridiculously large head. I tried to pour as soft as I possibly could, and this thing just keep on growing. Nice aroma, however. Orangy, lemony, very nice. Flavor is nearly non-existant until the finish. It’s bitter yuck, like chewing on a lemon peel that has no lemony flavor, and much, much too carbonated. The final spicing is nice, however, as it finishes almost like spiced lemon tea. Drop the carbonation levels and this beer would score higher. jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Hazy golden blonde coloured body with a SUPER-THICK bubbly white head. Way too much carbonation-this could be an over-yeasted bottle...but this isn’t pleasant to drink it one sip at a time. Aroma of lemons, yeast, wheat (wierd) and fresh hops-smells like it will go right through you! Light-bodied; Super carbonated, strong hop flavour with a good malt backbone and plentiful coriander seed and pepper spice to deal with in the palate. Aftertaste shows some bubbles still and a lot of bittering hops-pretty neat for the style. Overall, I thought this was more an IPA than an APA, but my bottle seems a bit over carbonated compared to others? I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (after holding onto it for 3 months or so) purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 15-December-2004.