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Extra Special Ale by Yards Brewing Company

KingBob and and his merry band of Princes, Jesters and Peasants now moves on to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.  From this city in Pennsylvania comes our next brew, beer #343 which is Extra Special Ale by Yards Brewing Company.  Their version of an Extra Special/Strong Bitter has an ABV of 6% and was Yards Brewing Company’s first beer brewed.  Cool…lets give it a taste…shall we?

It had quite a nice clear amber color just a bit on the dark side.  The head was creamy, off-white and about a finger width in size.  It left some really cool lacing on the glass.  The nose was fairly light and consisted mostly of caramel malts and a faint fruity smell that I couldn’t put a finger on.  I took a sip…the caramel malts hit me first.  There was a pleasant toast like flavor there also.  It was ever so slightly sweet.  There is a decent hoppy bitter bite near the back of this that I enjoyed.  I thought I picked up a bit of a nutty almost earthy thing in here also.  The fruitiness I picked up on in the nose did not translate to the taste.  It had a medium body and was pretty light in the carbonation.

This was pretty solid.  It was a pretty decent beer from the City of Brotherly Love.

Rating: B

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Kilty Pleasure by Philadelphia Brewing Company

It as been a while since I have had a brew from beer #245’s brewer, Philadelphia Brewing Company.  That beer was #64, Fleur De Lehigh and it was a bad experience being the beer was actually spoiled.  Lets hope today’s beer, and I’m sure I won’t have a repeat experience, is better.

Kilty Pleasure is today’s beer of choice and it brewed in the style of a Scotch Ale or  Wee Heavy.  The ABV of this traditional Scottish brew comes in at a hefty 8%.

The color was a dark brown with a nice red tint to it when it was held up to the light.  It had a nice sized mocha colored head.  The nose was slightly sweet with caramel malts, brown sugar, and  molasses.  At times I thought I got an aroma similar to the raw dough from chocolate chip cookies.  This was a malty flavored brew with a hint of smoke.  Caramel and a bit of vanilla lead off in the taste being just slightly sweet.   That slight smokiness and a raisin-like flavor come in to play near the back end of the mouthful.  There was just a hint of bitterness in the medium bodied beer.  The carbonation was on the lower side.  The ABV was hidden well here.

This was a solid beer from the city of brotherly love…unless you are a Cowboys fan.  Cheers!

Rating: B

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Philadelphia Pale Ale by Yards Brewing Company

Ugh…I hate being confined.  Right now I’m confined to the upstairs of our house as the first floor is in a shambles as work is being done, hardwood floors to be exact.  As I sit here at my makeshift computer table with barely any room for a keyboard and a mouse, I will give beer #163 a try.  That beer is Philadelphia Pale Ale by Yards Brewing Company from the city of brotherly love (or so they say just as long as you don’t wear a Troy Aikman jersey to an Eagles/Cowboys game)…Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  An American Pale Ale is this brew with an ABV of 4.6%.

To the pour…and look at that nice clear golden color and look at that…a head and a nice one at that…white and creamy.  To the nose…citrus abound with grapefruit being the most noticeable of the hop aromas.  I took a deeper sniff and got the malts in the disguise of bread…it reminded me of Wonder Bread that I had tons of as a kid.  To the taste…it was surprisingly sweeter than expected…possibly the malts?  The grapefruit kicks in mid taste with a slight bitterness.  The body was a bit on the thin side but it still had a nice creamy feel to it.  The carbonation was noticeable but not too light or too overpowering.  As far as drinkability goes…suffice to say I could have easily had another.

I liked this.  I think I like this a tad bit better than Yards IPA which I have had the pleasure of trying at beer #134.  I may have to try them side by side one day since they are both readily available here.

Rating: B+

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