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RATINGS: 738   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Drank this one a while ago and failed to rate it at the time. It’s a pale ale, and a weak, watery, non-deScript one at that. Odd that this beer would be the most widely available one from a brewery that otherwise produces great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5134) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours bright gold into a shaker. Soapy white head recedes to hug rim. Sweet and sour caramel aromas. Crisp and fruity with upfront caramel turning quickly to a sour summer fruit finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solsticebrew (61) - USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle, Honolulu. Nice aroma. Frothy white head, Creamy mouth feel. I noted a soapy taste, but other than that, I really like it. I could drink a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2680) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Malty sweet vegtable and cookies tasting base with a fresg american citrus hop touch in the finish. Kind of reminds me of the refreshing golden ales that Harviestoun produces. Nice american version of the Kölsch-style. Simple, elegant and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. An interesting cross over between a lager and APA. Nice pilsner background with refreshing american hops. Well balanced

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thegreenrooster (3729) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pour is a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is kinda citrus and grain. Deffinatly no hops show up. Flavor is again a little citrus, grain with an ever small hop profile. It says pale ale on the bottle and kolsch on here and i agree this is more a kolsch, an average one at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear, pale golden with a minimal head. Aroma consists of bread, citrus, and a bit of leather. Tastes somewhat sour and lightly bitter with a crisp and minimal finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kevd193213 (946) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Orange-golden pour with a medium fizzy white head. Aroma of grass and floral hops. Thin, almost watery body. Sharp taste of malt and floral hops with a slightly stale grainy finish. Average pale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours a hazy yellow. Crisp fruity and herbal aroma. Grassy malt smell in the background. Taste is fruit, sweet, floral, and crisp hops. Light/medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle: Hazy golden with a dense white film that retains well. Biscuity, buttery malt aroma with a light honeyish presence and some subtle flowery hop notes. Crisp light body- a bit sweet in the flavor, especially for the style. Some mildly buttery pale malts and a touch of biscuity character. Some herbal honeysuckle like flowery hops. Simple and not much like the original style. It’s not clean enough and is slightly under-attenuated for the style.

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