Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale and Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Just got back from our brief trip to Portland. The tweetup went great, and I’ll be putting together a post about it. Being out of town yesterday I was unable to post Silvio’s weekly Silvio Saturday review, so here we go…

Flying Dog Doggie Style & Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale

It’s been a bit of a downer week for me. I turned 32 (quite a humbling experience), work has been crazy busy, and I’m pretty bummed I’m not going to be able to make this weekend’s LIBA beer meet-up. Fortunately though, it’s the weekend, which means I can mellow out by sleeping in, watching NFL and taking a hike with my dog. And of course, drinking some good beer!

I’m going with two Pale Ales this week, the Yards Brewing Company Philadelphia Pale Ale and Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. I’m pretty psyched to try both, because I absolutely loved my first foray into Yards beers a few weeks back, and because Flying Dog almost always brews a solid beer.

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale

First up, I cracked open the Philadelphia Pale Ale. Once again, Yards exceeds expectations. Tons of light white foam on the pour and a really aromatic mix of lemons and passion fruit on the nose. The color is a cool cloudy pale yellow. I noticed a fair number of yeast flecks in the crown and in the carbonated body – it would be safe to label this beer “unfiltered.”

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale

Taste-wise, this is quite an interesting beer. The lemony-passion fruit aroma definitely pulls through at the start, and it tastes like it smells. But the citrus start transitions to a nice crisp hoppiness in the middle, before ending on a sharp bitter note. Not a lot of aftertaste here, and I don’t think I could drink a ton of these at one sitting, but this is a unique beer and definitely worth trying out. Decent 4.6% ABV.

Flying Dog Doggie Style

Next up is the Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. I’ve got to admit I’m always drawn to Flying Dog’s brews because of their awesome/hysterical label art, and this is no exception. Plus, I love juvenile humor and this lets me make a trite “who doesn’t like doggie-style” joke. Anyway, on to the beer.

The pour was pretty standard, no foam head, a clear dark amber color and no real carbonation. The aroma is malty but a little indistinct. Taste-wise, it’s dry and bitter. Some malts show up in the middle and I got a decent hops note toward the end of each taste. Overall, this is your classic pale ale – it’s not going to knock your socks off, but it’s perfect for drinking on the couch and the 5.5% ABV will do you right. (Told you I’d get in a juvenile joke!)

Flying Dog Doggie Style

Best of luck to everyone heading up to the Portland beer meet up. Have fun and drink one for me!

-Silvio

Author: Silvio

I like beer.