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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Aroma of malts, grains, summer spices, and fresh cut lawn. Flavors are similar. Clean and crisp palate. Not a pale ale but a decent kolsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (353) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
BOD 177/14. Pours a clear light amber (golden). Above average head volume, excellent lacing and retention. Light nose of fruity esters and yeast over a biscuit base with a hint of spice. Almost light medium body with a nice slick texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice for a Kolsch. Above average intensity for the style, well balanced and fairly complex. It begins with a mix of light fruit (banana, pear) that flows into a somewhat crisp biscuit sweetness. The middle is a very mild hop bitterness that is herbal in nature that yields to a slight note of pepper like spice. The finish is a slow fade of herbal bitterness and biscuit that ends with a touch of dryness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tom10101 (3548) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Can (12 oz). Bought @ Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Should be approximately 1½ month old.

Appearance: Clear golden with a medium quickly diminishing off-white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Pils malt, some fruitiness, light herbal presence and metallic notes.

Taste: Cereals, light fruitiness, herbal notes and metallic presence.

Palate: Light to medium body. Moderate/medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel. Metallic finish.

Overall: So boring and generic that’s it’s not even easily drinkable. Extremely disappointing take on a Kölsh from a usually good brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2305) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Can 12oz. Pours clear golden with low-medium light beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of fruits, flowers, malt. Taste is of fruits, flowers, bitterness. Palate: Light body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Ok. I would have liked more hops. This beer, complex? Not in my opinion. Still decent, but I would not buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mathieuc (1815) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of grain and fruits, lightly spicy. Full-on pilsener malt. Taste is lightly sweet and crackery, pretty much a pale lager. Not sure why but I was expecting a pale ale... maybe they should make their packaging a little clearer that it is a kölsch after all. Body is light and carbonation high and prickly. It is never watery, though. Overall a fair kölsch I guess...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (540) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (381) - - NOV 23, 2014
Look: pours an orange straw. Bright white head. Very clear. Smell: cracker. Bread. Slight hop aroma. Orange Taste: sourdough bread, crackers. Orange. Feel: medium carbonation. Slight sweetness on the front, and dry on the back. Overall: ok beer. Hoping for more of an IPA than an ale. First drank: home 11/23/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle on 11/16/2014 .

Appearance: Pours an orange clear.
Aroma: Nearly lagery aroma.
Taste: Lightly bitter, lemon.
Palate:Light body.

Summary: Saw Pale Ale, wasn’t expecting kolsch. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2286) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Light caramel color. Caramel nose. Slight floral. Very dry. Clean finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MSBrindbergs (512) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
Fat på Flying Scotsman Inn. Klar mörkgul. Doftar malt och lite avloppsvatten, typisk Kölsch? Nja, glorifierad pilsner i princip. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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