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RATINGS: 775   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2582) - 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 (8162) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (888) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle: pours clear amber with a thin white head, grainy aroma, taste is very sublte - some light hop and malt flavor, a touch of sweetness, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Mustard-yellow pour, with some soapy white head that dissapates quickly with moderate lacing. Smell is of dough, as in bready yeast or something like that, malt character is pretty strong. Hops and fruit also there, though not nearly as much. Very, very clean crisp feeling upon first sip, and a lot of funky malt too. Bitterness from hops hits at the back-end, along with some citrus, and a slight phenolic taste. This beer is decently drinkable, but the carbonation is just a bit too high for my taste and holds it back. Body is very nice and light though, considering the more-than-expected malt character in this guy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bomber. Cloudy lemon yellow and gold color in appearance with ample sea foam head. Lots of potent German Pilsener-like grassy hops and grainy malt aromas. The flavor begins with some apricot tartness and cereal malt backed by floral hops and honey. The carbonation is aggressive and the finish is smooth and dry. A solid summer brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle pours gold with a white head. Aroma shows pale malt and grassy hops. Flavor shows that same with some extra breadiness. Overall body is light and so is the bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a frothy white head.The aroma was an almost skunky wet grass sent.The taste was so water down I could barly get any malt flavor.Body was light and the aftertaste was bitter in a bad way.Overall I would have expected better from Ballast piont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Yellow with white head. Light caramel, sweet malty and light hoppy. The flavor follows malt and caramel and grass and booze. Ends bitter biting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strap (737) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2011
draft at Paradiso in old town alexandria. pale yellow pour, resembling a pilsner. lemony aroma. decent citrusy hops resembling a pale ale. didn’t really remind me of other Kolsch’s I’ve had. good, not great though very sessionable.

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