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RATINGS: 772   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1384) - 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 (28) - - 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 (2674) - 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 (1340) - - 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 (2186) - 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 (420) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Drinkable for for Ballast Point I expected something better. Seems lost in style, not quite a pale ale and i don’t think really much like a Kolsch. Something too biscuity and lacking the crisp drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (2040) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
Rating #1591 - 25.03.2015 - Bottle from San Diego Trip. Pours a clear straw yellow with a bubbly white cap. Medium carbonation, low alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, very light. Light spiciness from hops on palate. Refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
nerdboy19 (171) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 21, 2016
I don’t even get why Ballast Point makes such Kolsch, called "Pale Ale". I bought it because it says pale ale, hoping for a nice american style pale ale. And yeah... end up figuring out this was kolsch.... And even this is kolsch, I prefer other kolsch like Paffgen, Fruh, or even Gaffel. Just a premium-lager style beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TH28 (365) - - JAN 9, 2016
750ml bottle. 11/15/15 bottle date. Appearance: Crystal clear light golden, with thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Grainy, cracker, subtle pear like fruitiness. Taste: Light, cracker like malt sweetness that turns to a strong spicy bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light creaminess and moderate carbonation. Finish: Fairly dry on the finish with a strong spicy bitterness that lingers. Overall: Has the look and smell of a true Kolsch, but seems to have the bitterness level of an APA. Still a pleasant, easy drinking beer, but balance shifts more towards the hoppy side than any other Kolsch I’ve had.

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