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RATINGS: 727   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltman53 (435) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Headbanger (3556) - 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 (445) - 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 (122) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBunker (954) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a foamy white head. Aroma is of Cheerios, wheat, malt, and grass. Taste is of grassy hops, wheat, and grain. Has a very grainy malt backbone. Lingering taste of cereal and malt. Mouthfeel is light. And crisp. Body is light and very carbonated. Clean and tasty. Nothing spectacular, but it’s good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lemke10 (913) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2015
This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma is fairly grainy. The flavor is very grainy with an unusual bitter finish. I know they list this as a Kolsch style ale but they should really put that in bigger font as people looking for pale ales probably aren’t looking for this taste profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2015
This pleasant ale has a medium body and a good malt flavor. It is understated, as are the hops. Overall, this is a pleasant thirst quencher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HKdIPA (493) - HONG KONG - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from QClub at home. Clear golden amber pour. Crop circle-y head with foamy white bubbles. Aroma is not much - some faint hops, more of just a grassy lager smell. Taste is malty, smooth, relatively rich for the appearance/aroma of the beer. A bit of dank hoppy bitterness but not much. Nothing much going on - a vaguely bitter, quite malty, smooth and sweet pale ale. Almost has the cereal sweetness of a Tsingtao or something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CacheManyHose (426) - HONG KONG - JUN 2, 2015
From QC. Clear amber pour, thin yeasty white head. Smells of faintly grassy hop, corn. Tastes of woody grassy hop, corn, crystal malt and apple juice. Body is crisp, medium, almost no carbonation, light lemon. Not bad, more malt than I expected, but quite boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2107) - - 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.

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