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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.6
AbbeyRoade (547) - Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
For an American strong ale, this beer hides the 8% ABV well with a spruce (or pine?) sort of flavor mixed with caramel/light malt notes. Interesting flavors that are difficult to describe. Nothing amazing, but not too bad either.

3.6
thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours hazy gold into a shaker. Creamy white head with good retention recedes leaving sticky sheets to coat surface. Sweet and sour pit fruit aromas. Soft with sweet caramel upfront turning to slightly hot fruity yeast before the lasting bitter earth finish.

3.3
Nephilium (1807) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Mild spice aroma, pours a highly carbonated, clear amber with a large white head. This is a dry beer, with some spice in the flavor, and a lingering bitter finish. Not a bad beer, with the alcohol very well hidden.

3.3
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle.medium amber clear color. Malty flavor on palate. Medium/bold taste. Little to no hop aroma.

3.1
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a clear, light copper with lots of head that dissipated quickly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is pale malts and bread with some sweetness (toffee?). There are some other scents I cannot discern. Taste is sweet with a little tartness in the finish like green apples but the sweetness has an almost artificial sort of flavor. Medium bodied and overall a mediocre beer.

3.1
ryanscourt (1458) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Not totally sure what is going on here but doesnt seem like a whole lot. Strong beer but alcohol is well hidden. There seems to be some caramel malt flavor as well as some sweetness, and pine.

3.4
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2013
Strong solid ale. Medium body not too heavy and packs a punch yet very drinkable. Piney hops and strong barley notes throughout.

3.7
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle at Seasons 52. Pours a clean amber with some off white head and lace. Nose of roasted malt, caramel, doughy yeast. Somewhat creamy, sweet but not very boozy. A little nutty with hints of vanilla.

3.1
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on 2/26/2013 from Jay.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel cloud.
Aroma: Aroma of bready malt.
Taste: Sweet. some bready malt, no hop.
Palate:Light body.

Summary: Not a bad stronger golden ale, better than other Yards Tavern beers I’ve had (the spruce), not great but not bad.

3.5
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts plus some floral hops and dough. Flavor about the same, with a surprisingly small presence of alcohol. Average texture. An interesting beer, and if it’s the recipe that Thomas Jefferson actually drank then I feel privileged to have had this beer.


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