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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Draft. Enjoyed at Green Flash restaurant. Poured into a pint glass a clear yellow color with a white head. Very, very mild aroma. Light bready and really not a hop to speak of. Medium/light mouthfeel. Light and refreshing but really lacking a solid flavor. Lightly sweet start to finish. Given my options here at Green Flash, it’s what I’ll go with but given other options I would go somewhere else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours a medium yellow with high effervescence and an initially billowing head. Clean malt aromas with some earthy minerality. That mineral aroma flows into the flavor along with a light saltiness and vegetal flavor. This is fairly light in body and flavor, with cereal malt and a good balancing grassy bitterness. A little of that bitterness stays behind which is good. This is described as a Kolsch, but I don’t feel it’s crisp or light enough to really qualify for that category. Overall, a decent light, refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Thanks to BA madvermin for this one as an extra in trade. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a white head. Nose is caramel, honey, sweetness, candied orange, grass, and slight pine, with citrus hops. Flavor is sweetness from start to finish. Honey, grass, and caramel abound in this light to medium-bodied ale which is very nice, sweet, and citrusy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Despite the relatively low scores for this beer, I still find it very, very easy to put back on a hot afternoon. Quite English despite its California origins, Yellowtail Pale never offers either indulgent malts or juicy, over-the-top hops, and comes off pilsnerish in its finish. Still, a couple bottles on an 80 degree day are quite welcome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Easy drinkink beer. Pours a pale yellow color with a white head. Hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus. The taste has some orange and floral notes with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (2144) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2011
A lemony, pilsner malt nose with some grassiness to it. It reminds me somewhat of an English pale ale that has been smacked about by a big German. It has excellent refreshing characteristics with maybe a slightly funky DME thing going on in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2011
The aroma is malty, buttery, and yeasty with a hay like hop. The appearance is deep yellow with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with nothing complicated. The palate is thin but OK. Overall an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2553) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Bevmo Scottsdale. Golden with lasting white head and lace. Grassy sweet honey noble aroma. Sweet refined honey grassy bready with assertive noble hop finish. A pretty aggressive kolsch. Had it with some brats. pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Smells like beer. Golden yellow color. Very mild slightly sweet flavor. Subtle hop finish. Way too quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Lightly toasted pale malty aroma. The flavor has pale malts, a light sweetness and just a hint of hops. Missing that fresh grassy/spicy hop kick you get from fresh Kolsch in Cologne. Not bad though.

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