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RATINGS: 767   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Clear golden with a big sustained white head... Nice lacing in the kolsch glass... Bready, grassy aroma with a subtle hint of citrus... Decent flavor up front, odd lingering flavor, grassy, slightly bready, no kick of citrus like the aroma... light body, easy drinking, not very crisp, no unnecessary sweetness...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3636) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Pours very clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is breast and grassy with subtle soapy notes. Flavor is more hoppy than expected and crisp...also breast...balanced. Mouthfeel is Is slightly creamy yet light...light hoppy finish lingers too long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sltydg (10) - Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Light on the taste, thin on palate. Having enjoyed Kölsch in Köln, I was a little exited to try one outside the old city walls. ***sigh*** Nothing special....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2012 My first beer from Ballast Point. Pours a hazy golden with a small creamy white head. Sweet malty scent. Sweet malt taste, light and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4203) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
12oz bottle from charleston beer exchange. Clear yellow pour with bright white head. Aroma of pale malts and citrus hops. Crisp orange and caramel malt taste. Slight acidity in the finish. Creamy medium texture.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhys_mavis (11) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Not a big fan of this local brew, it feels like homebrew quality with more money.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2010
i got tricked by the name and expected an american pale ale. what I got was a pilsnery thing that turns out to actually be an ale that tastes like a lager. still, i could appreciate a good Kolsch but this was not one. Kolsches rely a delicate balance of subtle flavors and this does not achieve that balance

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6536) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a pale yellow color with a huge yellow white head that produced good lacing. The aroma was tangy, sour and bitter with a light floral and spicy hop element. The flavor was bitter, tart and tangy with light nutty malts crisp floral and vague fruity hops and a light yeasty undertone. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Golden yellow with thin white head and some lacing. Floral aroma. Well balanced. Crisp and refreshing. Sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18007) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a mostly transparent yellow with a fizzy, white head. Lightly sweet aroma with some pale malts. Flavor holds some mild earthen malts and sweetness. There is a slight chemical character, which wasn’t too enticing. Pleasant, medium body with adequate carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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