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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2483) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2015
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Yellow pour leading up to a short-lived white fizzy head. Good carbonation. The aroma is mildly grainy and cleanly hopped. Grassy. Muted. The body is about medium and creamy. The taste has a nice balance of pale malts and grassy hops. It is a pretty straight forward, highly drinkable Kolsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3086) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle - Pours clear golden with a filmy white head. Nose is real grainy with a bit of melon and light herbal/spicy hops. Taste is grainy and dry, with light herbal hopping and the same touch of honeydew. Lightly spicy grainy finish. The carbonation bites a bit with a slick medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
halfonit (1221) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Pours a clear golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is of dusty malts, some metal, hops, wheat, and an ever so slightly skunked aroma. Carbonated palate. Flavors are of your typical German style pilsner. There’s a light malt and hop flavor up front. Corn, grain, wheat and metal are also present. Leaves a mild hop and malt finish. I’m honestly let down with this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajnepple (3287) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2015
12 oz single bottle from Tipsy’s Golden and pretty clear appearance with light sediment, active carbonation and a lingering whie head. Mild aroma of toasted grains, spicy hops, floral/herbal notes, light pepper, light fruits and some yeast. Similar flavor, crisp mild to moderate hop bitterness and a touch of malty sweetness. Light to medium body with ample carbonation and a light dry finish. Definitely drinks more like a kölsch than an APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski (1770) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pale amber. Nutty caramel malt and a weird citrus hopping. Flavor is watery caramel malt and more citrus/watery grapefruit. WTF is this. Not in-line with BP’s other great beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (2164) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Odd. I was expecting a pale ale and the server said ’kolsch’ I thought he didn’t know what he was talking about. And hey, there it is right there on Ratebeer - its a kolsch apparently. This was fine, but I was looking for something hoppy and certainly did not find that here. Its a mild. Deceptive because of the name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spatenfan (52) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Very clean and refreshing pale ale. A fairly thin mouthfell, not a whole lot there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Danyel (1335) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma is very fruity, tropical, lagerish, mango, citrus, spices. Taste is crisp, very fresh grainy, cereal, high carbonation, light bodied. Overall, okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1431) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from a mix-pack. Pours out a clear light golden color with fine carbonation. Biscuit malt aromas and flavors. Low hopping. Thin body. Very boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarinEvelyn (667) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Pretty dry, a little hoppy, not too much, citrus, a little bitter. Eh, its ok but nothing im feeling crazy about.

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