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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle in a Field at Cropredy ... golden amber ... big bubbly white head ... sweet mellow toffee malt ... fizzy pineapple fruit hop ... light dry toffee linger

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium orange yellow color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, light hay, moderate hoppy, citrus, peppery - anis seed. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100813]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15253) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle. Good refreshing aroma, slightly fruity. Clear golden colour. Small frothy white head. The flavour is nicely fruity with a good citric hop note. Tastes good, but not a Kölsch in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle, 12oz, thx to fonefan. A clear, golden beer with a decent off-white head. Resiny, grassy hops in the aroma, some pale malts and hay. The flavor is pretty much the same, a fine bitterness finishes it. Medium body. A decent one, but a bit boring for my likings. 100813

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 6, 2010
A clear golden pour with lively carbonation but a very small white sudsy head. The aroma holds a really nice balance of caramel, toffee, and bready malts with some perfume-like floral notes. A slight resinous grassy note also comes through. The flavor is malt heavy with bready malts and caramel malts being dominant. Toffee and roast is slight, as is a grassy hop character. The palate is really nice- full for the style with fine bubbled, soft carbonation. The finish is very clean.

   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 (3649) - 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 (4238) - 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.

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