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RATINGS: 691   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Strong yellow in the glass. Wheaty aromas. Also the taint of something bleachy, but I couldn’t tell you if it was from the beer or the glass it was served in. Soapy hops, independent of the bleachy aroma, and a short unimpressive finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Somewhat surprised I hadn’t rated this before. Pours yellow with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light. Taste is refreshing and overall tasty. Pretty decent light kolsch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle Pours a hazy goden with a small white head. Produces nice lacing, but diminishes quickly. Aroma is of hops and very slight bread smell. Rather difficult to pick up the aromas. Has a smooth malty flavor. I did not expect that much from the aroma but it suprised me. Good carbination. Nice mouthfeel and a decent finish. This is fairly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Straw colored with a white head. Nothing to write home about. I prefer the porter they make.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerFanDan17 (1028) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2009
On draft. Nothing special. Basically what you might expect from a domestic Kolsch. A bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Pours an attractive mostly clear goldenrod body with a tall offwhite head. Biscuity aroma with hints of honey and floral hops. Taste has an earthy and spicy hop bitterness that is nicely balanced by the biscuity malt sweetness. Very well balanced and highly sessionable. One fot the better American versions of the kolsch style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bomber, split with Derek. Pours gold with a medium head. Aroma is indescript and mild. Flavor is surprisingly bland and lacking in character. Bottle says this is a kolsch, which probably prevented the brewer from adding any more redeeming hop presence to the body. Very unimpressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Lighter golden color with a crisp, slightly citrusy aroma. Flavor has mild hops and grain with a thin feel and a weak finish. OK for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (10546) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow with a rocky, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, cereal, meal), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (sweat, must) with notes of wet paper and dust. Light bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Average blond/yellow pour with a small head. Not really that sweet for a kolsch. Moderate mouth feel with moderate malt flavor. Not bad, but not really to style due to the vegetal hops and light style. Not bad. Needs more maltiness in my opinion. Probably good on tap on a hot summer’s day.

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