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RATINGS: 722   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1294) - 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 (6967) - 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 (22982) - 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 (823) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1436) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Nice Head and Golden color, the carbonation is a little high but adds a nice acidic touch along with a fair if not great amount of hops. Mouth is just a tad thin. Some tastes similar to Yuenglibng, with grapefruit flavors

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (4624) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
A pale ale thats a kolsch, eh? Pretty deeep yellow with no visible carbonation. Smell is clean. Initial taste is first pale ale then morphs to lagerlike with background fruit. Tho pale ale bitter at the beginning of each sip, it goes fruity lager eventually. Finish is somewhat bitter but its acceptable for a lager lover.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3016) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
A very delicious kolsch. Don’t see many of this style but this is one of the better. Aroma was so so. Light malt, corn and cereal. Pour was a nice light gold with a one finger white head and plenty of bubbles. Taste was was nice for the style. Very cereal like with hints of caramel malt coming in and out. Very grainy but the malt keeps it sweet and good. Strong carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2010
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a clear golden colour with a low firm white foam. Rounded mild aroma of straw, flowers, honey and mild soap. Medium to light-bodied with notes of mild lemon, leaves, straw and orange-peels. Clean mouthfeel. Mild medium-bitter finish of orange-peels, leaves, straw and neutral yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Transparent gold with nice carbonation and a long-lasting white head. Pleasantly sweet nose of light hop, wheat, and banana. Refreshing flavor, mainly of light wheat with hints of grass. Thin body but the flavor remains. I can find this from most other breweries, but its enjoyable nonetheless.

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