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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear, pale golden with a minimal head. Aroma consists of bread, citrus, and a bit of leather. Tastes somewhat sour and lightly bitter with a crisp and minimal finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kevd193213 (937) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Orange-golden pour with a medium fizzy white head. Aroma of grass and floral hops. Thin, almost watery body. Sharp taste of malt and floral hops with a slightly stale grainy finish. Average pale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours a hazy yellow. Crisp fruity and herbal aroma. Grassy malt smell in the background. Taste is fruit, sweet, floral, and crisp hops. Light/medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle: Hazy golden with a dense white film that retains well. Biscuity, buttery malt aroma with a light honeyish presence and some subtle flowery hop notes. Crisp light body- a bit sweet in the flavor, especially for the style. Some mildly buttery pale malts and a touch of biscuity character. Some herbal honeysuckle like flowery hops. Simple and not much like the original style. It’s not clean enough and is slightly under-attenuated for the style.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
355 mL. Pours a clear golden yellow with a temporary, pale-lager like white, fizzy head. No retention. No lacing. Aroma is grainy, cereal, lemon, bready malts. Taste is similar: very bland cereal grain, lemon, biscuit. Watery mouthfeel. Very macro-esque. Very poor- especially coming from what was once San Diego’s homebrew emporium.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RedSox2004 (1449) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Poured slightly hazy golden yellow with a white one-finger head and ok lacing. Sweetish caramel malt aromas. Malt flavors up front subsided and gave way to subtle grassy hops. Medium carbonation, and just a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6292) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
North Shore - Oahu, Hi - Turtle Point Resort - Ola Bar and Grill - 12 oz bottle. Light orange pour, white head. Brief floral aroma. Even, subtle bitterness with some light citrus accents and a little bit of nuttiness. Fades a bit in the finish. Overall, decent.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
12oz bottle from Lukas Liquors. Pours lightly hazed golden yellow with small white head. Aroma is bready malts and some light citrus. Flavor reminds me of peanuts at first with some bready malts and citrus. Why put pale ale on the label when you know it is not a pale ale. If I wanted a Kolsh or a wheat beer I would have bought one. For the style it is actually pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tucsonsam (24) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2009
golden yallow, light citrusy beer, not overwhelming, not too hoppy but very enjoyable

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of bready malt, lightly toasted nuts and cheerios. Also getting slight lemon, hints of tropical fruits and lightly spicy noble hops. Flavor of bready very lightly toasted malt, some light citrus, floral and lightly spicy hops. Nice and crisp yet fruity.


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