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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2010
this is a failure from ballast point on a few levels. the aroma doesnt match the flavor which is really strange. usually the nice deep sniff of a beer just after poured is a wonderful appetizer to the flavor. the flavor of this one is just what you’d expect from a west coast pale ale, hoppy-citrus and floral, which makes my palate start to water for the flavor in anticipation, so when the brew splashes over my tongue and the expectations fail, the dissapointment is that much greater, the flavor is bready, way more malty than the aroma would suggest, very little hops in the flavor, way way too carbonated. the flavor reminds me of a mid-level english bitter, good for sessions i guess, but not much for the interested beer drinker. too bad, this is a brewer that i usually rate pretty high, but this is just not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Rather than firebombing your palate with concentrated taste notes, this beer wants to underwhelm your senses by flunking out of flavor school. Fizzy and foamy? Check. A lobotomy given to the complexity of this ale? Check. This is Ballast Point’s worst offering. Disappointment incarnate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Draft at World of Beer (Carrollwood, FL). Pours a clear golden yellow with a good sized foamy white head. Zesty aroma. After the initial disappointment that it wasn’t in fact a pale ale and not nearly as hoppy as I had initially hoped the flavor grew on me. Nice, crisp and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a pale gold. Nose had some light hops. Very crisp and refreshing a great summer beer. Light hops up front with lots of carbonation,soda like. Finish has crisp malt with a hint of sweetness. Mire flavor than most of this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2652) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap. Light biscuit and light bread for the malt, herbs for the hops with a hint of peach in the background. Head is small, wispy, white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber. Flavor starts lightly acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is light, watery with a lively carbonation and finishes pretty dry. A nice bitter finish makes this an interesting Kolsch, but there’s not enough to it to hold interest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty grainy hoppy aroma. Fruity malty grainy hoppy grassy flavor. Has a sweetish fruity malty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Sampled at Lunar Brewing Co. from a bomber brought in by one of the regulars. Poured to a sampler/high ball glass, with a clear, golden color, modest, off white head foam that diminished to a small ring and film, and left some light ribbons of lacing. The aroma was light grain, mild fruit, and a touch of spice, with some light pils/lager hints. The flavor added some low hop bitterness in a rather light body, with light, finishing dryness. Clean and sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Pours a pale straw yellow, nose is clean and crisp with just a hint of fruit salad and table sugar. Taste is very nice, clean, dry, no yeast esters, mild residual sweetness from pils malt. quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1588) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from JoetheYounger... Poured into a pint glass... lots of carbonation... good head. Pale yellow color. Decent aroma of some wheat. Taste is a little on the boring side but for a kolsch its not bad. Clean crisp maltiness. Thin body... not much to say about it

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17166) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle from GBBF 2010. Pale orange gold, thin white head. Some subtle citrus hop aroma. Not the worlds exciting pale ale. Bit thin on the malts and some hop. Satsuma flavour on the finish. Nothing entirely wrong with it, but it’s not great to be honest.

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