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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Editor’s Note: Previously known as Yellowtail Pale Ale

The beer that launched Ballast Point. Our original Pale Ale is a rich golden brew, crafted with aromatic German hops and rounded out with a blend of American and Munich malts. While it’s hopped like a lager, we ferment it like an ale to create a smooth, bright taste that has just a hint of fruit and spice. It’s extremely drinkable, like a Kolsch should be, yet complex, like a good craft beer demands.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (1132) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2015
Taster at the brewery. Aroma is hoppy, but not these grapefruit-pine hops, more green vegetables. Some hops, light-bodied, some spices. Sweet grains. Kölsch-inspired? Maybe in the sense that the hops in here are not so intensely fruit-aromatic as they often are on the West Coast. And the grainy properties are there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (448) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Draught at Bubba Gump’s in Anaheim. Pours a clear golden with a small white head that laces. Light malt aroma with fruit and caramel. Sweet, mild flavour of malt, caramel and light fruit with a dry finish. Light body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Simple and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (1317) - - JUL 2, 2015
Draught at Antenna America. Interesting stuff, kolsch yeast mellows down the hop profile quite a bit and adds some bready edge to the body. Cereals definitely dominate the citrus, can be quite offsetting but a refreshing one anyway.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerandhockey8 (263) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 29, 2015
From 12oz bottle to shaker. Pour us a light gold. Nose is light malt, doughy. Taste is light bodied, sour. Carbonated on the palate. Not much of a pale ale

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nathan30533 (904) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Why call it a pale ale? I’m confused about this one as I didn’t really read into it and I discover its a Kolsch. It’s a creamy style ale and unique and I’m sure it helped put ballast point on the map but... It’s a bit decieving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltman53 (433) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle pours golden with big head retention. Light to medium in body with a very pale color, hop bitterness is medium to low. A somewhat vinous (grape-y from malts) and dry flavor make up the rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2062) - - JUN 17, 2015
Can. Dark gold with a thick white head. Aroma is dough and bubblegum. Taste adds some fruity sweetness with an earthy malt finish. Delicate mouthfeel. Really like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Headbanger (3542) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
12oz can 6/9/15 (Jewel Mix A Six)-36° in Shaker-Pours a clear medium golden with a loose small off white head. Aroma of grains and malt. Taste of the same with some hops coming in as well. This light bodied brew is not bad but I don’t like when breweries put a tyle on the package and it isn’t that style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bennetporter (404) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Rather unassuming Kolsch, drinkable but nothing for it or agin it really. I suppose it was refreshing enough, but I probably won’t reach for one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
malvrich (110) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2015
12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Unable to read BP’s dumb ass bottling date. Was marked down so I assume it is at least somewhat old but it’s not an IPA. A: Clear bubbly bright gold pour with a great frothy head. Ample carbonation visible but little lacing. S: Faint vinous hop scent. No malts easily detected in the nose. T: Closely follows the nose. Crisp maltiness with the expected hit of grape wine. Pretty good and certainly true to Kolsch style. Clean dry finish. M: Fizzy and light bodied making this easy drinking and refreshing.Carbonation has a nice texture on the lips. O: Fairly by the book Kolsch. Good and easy drinking. Inoffensive and nice but nothing all too special. If you do enjoy the style though as I do, It is worth a try.

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