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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A- Transparent golden yellow that pours with a fizzy white head. Head fades pretty quickly but a thin collar remains. No lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Nose is moderate but offers lots and lots of pale malt and some musty, earthy hops in the background. T- Taste is very similar to the smell-but honestly this reminds me of MGD or something. Pale malt is the highlight of the flavor but the finish is an accent of hops (similar to the triple hopped miller)...its just not for me. P- Light to medium body and fizzy carbonation. O- I got through about half the glass than decided I didn’t want it anymore-drain pour. What’s really a shame about this for me is that it is my first disappointment from Ballast Point. I love Sculpin, Big Eye, Double Dorado, Victory at Sea...but this just isn’t for me. I guess every brewery has to have their beer that appeals to BMC drinkers...and this is it...unfortunately its on the same tier instead of a step up-even though its supposed to be a completely different style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-01-2010 16:08:57

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
Cloudy deep blond color. Light malt aroma. Common flavor, light malt, but with a delicate grassy and peppery touch. Correct bitterness. Refreshing, although not special. Well balanced..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
Aroma: Seemed very fruit forward. Dried apricots, apple juice, cereal-like maltiness, light mowed grass.

Appearance: Golden body, clear with a nice 1" white rocky cap.

Taste: Light fleshy fruits, mild wheat-like base, some grassy notes I picked up too. Sweetness seemes to be well controlled.

Palate: Light bodied, airy...maybe a bit over-carbonated (seemed a bit harsh).

Overall: Easy to enjoy and sucking back a few bottles was not a chore at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2971) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2010
I forgot this was characterized as a kolsch even though being called a pale and the kolsch classification makes more sense once you take your first sip. A toasty grain and slightly sweet flavor dominates. Pretty easy to drink. Herbal floral aroma with a slight corn sweetness. Flavor also has an element of light citrus fruit. Pours a muted yellow color and pretty translucent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
this is a nice easy drinker. pours a nice yellow color. getting alot of cereal notes on this. for some reason more corn flavors than anything else. a bit of sweetness to it too. would be a great gateway beer for people.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1323) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Pours a crisp golden yellow. Aroma of spruce, earthy, smells. Taste very much like a pilsner, light and crisp with a slight hops finish. Overall a decent pale ale that I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7034) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2010
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 2 Mar 2010) Golden yellow colour, slightly hazy, with brief white head. Fruity, malty nose with peaches, citrus and hay. Fruity taste with notes of citrus, peaches and a gentle grassy bitterness in the finish. Light body, mainly dry. Refreshing and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (23228) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2010
Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Deep golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, some wood, saltwater, earthcellar and some herbal notes. Flavour is quite similar, but has a bunch of honeyish notes in it as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rader58 (826) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Pours a murky honey/straw color. Aroma of yeast and citrus. Flavor is grain, green beans, celery and citrus. Interesting. Very curious how it can be called a Pale Ale when it is a Kolsch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Out of bottle, this pours a shiny clear golden yellow orange. There is a white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lace. Notes of apricot rustic italian bread and butter toffee accent the nose. This light bodied ale leaves plenty of front mouth fruit flavors with touches of wheat, yeast, and bread. The finish is short and slightly coating like buttered toast.

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