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RATINGS: 776   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (1192) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 26, 2016
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt with grain. Mostly sweet finish. A little thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Light golden pour with a big white head. The lacing was sticky and amassed the entire trip down the glass. There didn’t seem to be much to the nose; only small hints of bright but subtle hops. The body was smooth and extremely drinkable. There was just enough flavor in this beer to make the overall drinkability possible. Some of the light flavors included bright hops, orange, lemon, light caramel and a touch of rye. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjohnny (521) - - MAR 19, 2016
Doughy yeasty malt aroma. Pours cloudy light gold with a thin quickly fading bright white head that leaves a small amount of foam on the glass. Light bodied. Soft mouthfeel at the start but a crisp finish. Very drinkable. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wmubronco1992 (700) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours corn color. Grainy aroma. Mild sweet grain flavor. Nothing exciting here, just a nicely done very mild beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1404) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Name throws you off at first, it’s a kölsch. Bottle into pint glass, clear darker golden color with white head. Aroma notes of grainy malt sweetness and some nice light fruitiness. Taste adds some biscuit and balanced light bitter spiciness. Light body, moderate-heavy carbonation, crisp with some earthy spice hop bitterness lingering. A pretty nice kölsch with some character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bombelsky (31) - - FEB 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 Clear yellow color. Small 2-fingers head. Disappears quickly. No lacing. Aroma of malt, some bread, bit of herbs. Light sweet, bitter and sour. Well balanced. Light body, oily and sticky. It was not a palate I have been expecting. Dry, medium long finish. Well done Kolsch, but something is missing here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (2757) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle from firma bier. Clear dark gold. Thin white head. Medium bitterness, low sweetness. Aroma is malty, low hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zoucrew102 (1411) - - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle. Grainy malt aroma with some biscuit notes there as well. Pours pale golden colored with a thin, but retentive white head that has decent lacing. Starts with grain and biscuit malt flavors. Finishes smooth, crisp and fairly clean with a hint of spice. Drinkable brew, but pretty average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrOrla (2294) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a white a little head. Aroma of toffe, light butter, grainy, light hops. Taste is grainy, toffe, very sweet. Blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rekvium (425) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
From bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma of light butter, light citrus, hints of banana. Taste is butter, light banana, stale, sticky sweet finish.

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