Yards Barrel-Aged Sour Saison

This was the second beer that I had at Yards at the recommendation of the server.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to go far to get away this summer. Our new taproom and brewery at 5th and Spring Garden Streets offers 20 taps of fresh, quality Yards ales and a full beer-friendly dining menu crafted by Chef Jim Burke. Get together with some friends and have a beer and a bite to eat outside in the shade of our towering steel brewing tanks. While you’re here, go on a tour to see for yourself how Yards beers are brewed, bottled, canned, and kegged for the good people of Philadelphia and beyond.”

Random: There is no information about this beer on the website since it’s a brewery only release.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright orange with some floaties visible. There was only light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with yeast along with some citrus and lots of oak and white grapes. The taste kicked in with some of the sour notes. It had white vinegar along with white grapes and oak. There was some vanilla as well as yeast. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick, but had a lot of tartness to it. I liked this beer a lot and the addition of the oak added to the depth of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Russian Imperial Stout

Before the wedding, Val and I spent a lot of time in Philly going to a jewelry store to get our engagement rings and later, wedding bands made. They screwed my band up, so I ended up having to get it remade and had to pick it up days before the wedding (not stressful at all). One day on the way home, we passed the new Yards taproom and Val stopped so we could try a few beers.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to go far to get away this summer. Our new taproom and brewery at 5th and Spring Garden Streets offers 20 taps of fresh, quality Yards ales and a full beer-friendly dining menu crafted by Chef Jim Burke. Get together with some friends and have a beer and a bite to eat outside in the shade of our towering steel brewing tanks. While you’re here, go on a tour to see for yourself how Yards beers are brewed, bottled, canned, and kegged for the good people of Philadelphia and beyond.”

Random: There’s no information about this beer on the brewery website because it’s a brewery only release.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the tulip glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with dark chocolate, licorice and booze. The taste had slightly more depth. It started with dark chocolate and espresso. It transitioned into burnt malts, licorice and leather. The booze wasn’t as apparent on the taste as it was the nose. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with dark chocolate. I thought this was a good interpretation of a Russian imperial stout that was worth giving a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Rye

The last day of end of quarter is always the absolute worst. There’s always one driver who ends up running late, plus it’s crazy busy and I’m usually exhausted from the crazy hours. This last day of end of quarter is no exception. I’m not getting home until at least 9 and I’ve had a snack bar and a bag of chips to eat. I seriously cannot wait to park my behind on the couch. Anyways, I tried this beer from Yards, who seem to be putting out a regular stream of new beers lately. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beautifully complex, boldly hopped, amber-colored IPA uses rye malt to give the beer a subtle spiciness. It’s bittered with Bravo and Nugget hops before heading to the hop back packed with whole flower Chinook. Finally, we bomb it with Centennial, Citra, Simcoe, and Columbus, creating a pungent ale with intense notes of citrus and pine.”

Random: I am so ridiculously tired right now. I think an energy drink is in order…immediately.

This beer poured with a thick two finger, eggshell colored head. It dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some grass, pine resin, rye and brown sugar. So far, this one was pretty interesting. The taste had some more complexity to it. The rye and brown sugar from the nose were present, as was the grass. There was also some bread and caramel as well with a significant hop presence. The body was medium thickness with moderate to high carbonation. It had a relatively quick finish. The finish was surprisingly quick with rye. This was a pretty good beer and one that went down very easily. If you’re a fan of rye, definitely try this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Pynk

When I first got into beer, I was surprised that Yards didn’t offer any sort of fruit beer. I was really into fruit beers at the time, so I was specifically looking for them. But, I’ve always been a fan of Yards beers and tried to get my hands on new ones that come out. I picked up a six-pack of this one awhile back because the lawyer really enjoys fruit beers, so I thought she’d like to give this one a go. Let’s see if I liked it as much she did.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We brew each batch with over 3,000 pounds of fresh raspberries and both sour and sweet cherries. The addition of fruit prior to fermentation makes this crisp ale tart instead of sweet. It’s pink in color of course, light-bodied, and refreshing with delicate, delectable berry aromas. We’ll bet the farm that there’s no better autumn seasonal around.”

Random: The breeze is the only thing that is making the sudden heat wave bearable for me.

This brew poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear dark amber with a pink tinge that had some visible carbonation. The nose had tart raspberries with some cranberry as well. I guess you could say that it had cherries too, but I tend to find them all to smell very similar. The taste was nice. It had tart raspberries that were lip puckering, with some wheat and cherries, but tart fruit was the star. The body was on the medium side of thickness with moderate carbonation. The flavor lasted a very long time through the finish with lots of tart fruit. This was a really good beer and very drinkable. I would love to have this brew in the summer, it would be a real thirst quencher. I would definitely search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yards Chocolate Love Stout

Sometimes, I pick up beers and I really don’t know why. Yards puts out some good stuff. I’ve had very few “outstanding” brews from them, but a bunch of solid ones and then some that I just don’t like at all. Given all of the choices that I had, I was shocked that this one ended up in the cart, but let’s see how it goes.
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ABV: 6.9%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to greatbrewers.com, “Chocolate Love Stout is passionately brewed with dark chocolate and sensual malts. The deep, penetrating sensations of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel will linger on the tongue and arouse the mind. Cherish each sip. After all love is fleeting, and intimate interludes are often brief. Chocolate Love Stout is available for a limited time.”

Random: They add 2 pounds of chocolate to every batch.

This poured with a huge and thick, three finger tan head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was very chocolatey with coffee as well. There wasn’t much else on the nose. The taste was chocolate dominant, some vanilla and then coffee at the end. As it warms, I got some roasted malts as well. The body was very thin, with high carbonation. The finish was long and chocolatey. Although I really enjoyed how chocolate dominant this beer was, the body was way too thin for my liking. It was bordering on watery. But, if you like the style, it’s still worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yards Trubbel De Yards

Oh Yards, you’ve put another new beer out for me to try. And it’s a Belgian style beer. Given that I’ve been having crazy cravings for Belgian beers, I saw one bottle left at the beer store and grabbed it. Hopefully this is a good one!

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ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: This beer is so new, there’s nothing on the website about it. The bottle says that this beer has “the spiciness of a tripel, the maltiness of a dubbel.”

Random: I have some sort of bug bite on my big toe and it’s itching like crazy. I wish I was like a bear and could go rub my foot against a tree.

The bottle art didn’t look a typical Yards beer. I’m guessing they wanted it to standout, which it definitely did on the shelves. This poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing behind. The body was a seriously dark brown with heavy visible carbonation. The nose presented with raisins, caramel, booze and chocolate. So far, this was more of a dubbel to me. The taste started with heavy chocolate, some booze, but it was generally well-hidden and then went into Belgian yeast, prunes and the unexpected flavor of banana. Some complex caramel sweetness finished the sip. The body was on the thinner side of dubbel with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and spice. This was a very flavorful and unexpected addition to the Yards lineup, although I don’t know if I would call this a “trubbel.” It was a bit more towards the dubbel side.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Love Stout

Since Kate and I hadn’t been on a date in awhile, we left the sleeping child with Pa (Kate’s father) and headed to our local favorite bar, Molly Maguire’s in Rumson. It’s the closest place to us to get decent craft beer and the onion rings are to die for. Since our favorite place is still under repairs due to the hurricane (Twin Light Tap House), we’ve been going here. I saw this draft-only offering from Yards on tap and I had to order it.
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ABV: 5%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with oysters in the kettle boil to adjust our brewing water for a fuller mouthfeel, Love Stout® is a dark, chocolatey and seductive little number dominated by roasted malt flavor. Love Stout’s available draught only, so if you’re the type who goes to the bars looking for love, this is the one time you might actually get lucky.”

Random: This is my first “English Stout,” so I got to add a new category. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do that.

This poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with higher than expected carbonation. My first complaint is that this was served way too freaking cold. I was half expecting ice chunks in this. I let this warm for awhile so I could get the full flavor out of this. The nose had roasted malts with cocoa. No sign of oysters yet. The taste was silky, almost like a milk stout. I got roasted malts and chocolate, no coffee notes and still no oysters or brine. The flavors were very soft and refined. The body was thin, bordering on watery, but the carbonation was appropriate. The finish was quick with milk chocolate and cocoa. I enjoyed the flavors overall, but it was just too thin to be an outstanding brew.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Yards General Washington’s Tavern Porter

This was another brew from Sunday. I got this in the mixed “Ales of the Revolution” twelve pack while I was down the shore. I already reviewed one of them a few days ago and I have one more after this to do. This one is George Washington’s take on a porter. I tend to prefer porters and stouts when it is a little cooler (read: not 100 degrees), but I figure I’ll just blast the AC and get through this.

ABV: 7%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed to rally his thirsty field soldiers, General Washington’s Tavern Porter™ is smooth, rich, and warming with chocolate and coffee flavors. It’s inspired by Washington’s original recipe, and reflects his admiration of Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare, whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now.”

Random: I’m so glad this whole heat wave thing broke. It was getting to the point of being unbearable and killing my garden all at the same time.

So, the brewery said that Washington used this recipe to rally his troops, eh? Given the higher ABV, I’m hoping that he did this at night and not right before the fighting. Anyways, this one poured with a thick, one finger tan head on top of a clear, dark brown body. There was no visible carbonation due to the color of the brew. The nose was relatively pungent and had cocoa, roasted malts and some sweetness to it. The taste started with the roasted malts and then went into a syrupy sweetness. I’m guessing that it was the molasses described on the label. Some sweet chocolate followed with a little coffee, but the standouts here were the molasses and roasted malts by far. The body was on the thinner side, but was very velvety. The finish was long with sweet cocoa. I didn’t get any notion of the booze in the beer. The more I drink the brew, the more it reminds me of a milk stout. I’m guessing that was a result of the silky body. This wasn’t my favorite porter, but is definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

One of my most favorite subjects is history. That was actually one of the reasons that I started this blog. Specifically, I really enjoyed the history of beer and learning about. So, this line of Yards brews was really in my wheelhouse. This brew specifically took a recipe from Thomas Jefferson and tried to recreate it. So, let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 8%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While Jefferson vehemently opposed a strong central federal government, he apparently had nothing against strong ales like this one. Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale is a golden ale with dried fruits and toffee aromas inspired by Jefferson’s original recipe that called for wheat, honey, and rye from his Virginia estate.”

Random: I can’t wait until the new season of Criminal Minds. It could be my favorite show on tv.

This brew poured with a thick two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really fragrant. I got some toffee and honey and a herbal quality to it as well. It was definitely unique, if nothing else. The taste had more herbal qualities to it than the nose. The toffee and honey were present, but took backseat to the herbal notes. Some burnt malt also came out at the end. The body was medium thickness with very low carbonation. The booze was apparent on the long finish that had a mineral quality to it as well. Although I found the concept of this brew very interesting and enjoyed the one that I had, I don’t think I could have more than one or two, especially considering the alcohol content of it. It was definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Brawler Pugilist Style Ale

Another review due to the fact that I can’t sleep. I’m watching a documentary on gays and lesbians in third world countries. It’s actually quite interesting. It is definitely very different from my experience here. I mean, I’ve never had a horrible experience because I was gay. I’ve been heckled, although that’s when I first came out, but nothing like they’re describing here. Other than that, I’m dealing with the fact I threw my neck out. It’s so incredibly sore. Katie fell asleep early tonight, so I can’t even make her rub it. After we go to the gym tomorrow, I’m so trying to get her to rub it. Anyways, another style that I’ve never had before.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boasting superior taste and champion flavor, the Brawler is crafted in the style of English session ales. This malt-forward, ruby colored ale is great for when you want to go a few rounds.”

Random: The documentary shows a lot of people who cite MTV as helping the “gay revolution” in their country. I’m shocked that MTV had that much influence.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear chestnut color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a definite nuttiness to it with some sweet malts following it up. The taste was much of the same. It had the nuttiness and sweetness that was apparent in the nose, coupled with some toffee as well. The body was towards the thinner side with active carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with the nuttiness that was maintained throughout. The finish was moderate with the same nuttiness and hint of sweetness. I could see this as a sessionable beer I’d drink in the winter. This was probably one of the best Yards brews that I’ve ever had and one that I would definitely have again. Get your hands on this one!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0