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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours pale yellow with medium head. Aroma is extremly nuty. Peanuts were all that i could think about at first. Little dry and just slightly bitter. Carbonation is medium to strong - just what I feel it should b in here. Really original beer for me so far. Pleasant and drinkable. I bet there must be some kind of snack that would fit perfect fo this one. Some cheese maybe? I’ve enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
On tap. Flavor seemed dialed down, but was interesting and complex with notes of bubble gum and bananas. Poured yellow just like the name. Hard to detect much aroma. Not a lot of hops in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Clear orange-gold color pour with a foamy white head that lasts. Like many here, I didn’t read the label and was expecting a pale ale. Aroma of citrus, grain, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of hops. Flavor is light fruit and spice, with some hops coming through on the finish. An okay, if unexciting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Why would you make a kolsch and label the beer a pale ale? Thats like making a darg lager and calling it a stout. WTF? Bready maltiness with a touch of light fruit sweetness, grainy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5297) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle. Translucent gold. Small white head. Soft spicy hops and floral aroma. Light grains and fruit as well. Taste is bready malts, grains, light fruit, hint of lemon and honey, yeast and floral hops. The spicy hops also come through here. The body is light-medium with moderately strong carbonation yet is crisp and dry in spots. Refreshing as well. Finishes with more bready malts, spicy hops, flowers, honey and lemon and soft yeast notes. Nice interpretation!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (31503) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at Break Water Brewing company. Pours clear and golden orange with a lacing white head. Mild spiced and hoppy aroma. Flavour is mild malty and light spiced. Dry and mild spiced finish. Simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2008
poured the first bottle of the six pack into my neat-o kolsch glass... clear medium golden orange with a small white head. perfume-y aroma with notes of caramel-y malt sweetness, fresh ripe apricots, earth, grass and noble type hops. it’s quite nutty and robust. the flavor is a bit of a let down as it doesn’t match the richness of the aroma... exceptionally sweet grain, fruity, earthy and a bit spicy on the finish. medium to full bodied and really smooth.... the remaining five we’re consumed straight from the bottle and the flavor improved dramatically...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light wheat and Kolsch malts, some light fruits. Flavor starts off with a sharp, spicy initial bite followed by Kolsch malts, apple, pear, rhubarb, champagny notes. Very light, very tasty. Good beer, although as noted below, the name is quite misleading.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Ok, so, why the hell would they title this a pale ale? I understand they talk about its origins on the bottle, but the impression remains that it’s going to be an American/English pale ale with a twist. This makes for some odd impressions upon drinking. All that said, I enjoyed it, and I’ll get to the rating part in a moment, but what a stupid thing to name a beer that you’re trying to sell. /Rant.
Ok, so, like I was saying, bottle. Aroma of very Kolschy malts, some spicy hops. Flavor develops more champagniness that I always attribute to kolsches in addition to the continued mild spicy hops, crisp malts. Dry, very light, but not weak, very refreshing. I want to take off points because I had this as part of a mini pale ale flight, but I’ll be good natured about it. But seriously, if anybody at the brewery is reading this, CHANGE THE NAME.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2629) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
12oz. bottle. Crackery, doughy, grainy malt aroma, along with tinges of herbal hop here and there. Clear light-medium golden in color with a fine, subsiding head. Flavor is likewise predominantly malty, cereal-like and very lightly sweet, along with tinges of lemony citrus and spicy, leafy hop bitterness, finishing dry and malty. Palate is thin and moderately effervescent, Certainly quite easy to drink, if fairly dull. I’m a bit confused as to how this could ever be considered a Pale Ale, though, seems to be a pretty obvious misnomer.

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