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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30682) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. A dark golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of sweet matly and caramel as well as light notes of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel as well as lighter notes of hops, grass, and alcohol, the latter tickling the tongue, leading to a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2567) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Gold Color with White Head. Some Subtle Sweet Grainy Malt Notes on the Nose. Lightly Creamy and Carbonated Mouthfeel. Sweet Dry Grains, Light Wheat Coming out in the Aftertaste...and Perhaps the Promise of Subtle Fruit Notes. A Very Decent Drinkable Kolsch

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Good effort, but nothing special from a brewer that is good from what I’ve read. Nothing special. I just don’t have much confidence in the California breweries...just regional snobbery I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
On tap at the brewery in San Diego. Pours a clear, pale yellow-golden body with a thin, white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel with a light amount of citrus and a tad bit spicy. Flavor is similar with lots of pale caramels. Finishes slightly grainy with a light citrus spiced finish. Palate is thicker and malty with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a decent and easy drinking pale ale, but not as impressive as some of the other big time west coast pale ales. Alright.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
VertBaconStrips (2186) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2009
Boring. little head, very weak aroma, slightly amber gold hue. Felt very creamy and smooth on the mouth swish - did that on most sips. Waaay to light on the hops, but decent flavour none the less. I just wanted to finish it so i could get to the Lagunitas. Heard good things about Ballast Point. I wont say anything bad until i try more of thier beers..and this one again. Dont think i was in the mood for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
SpringsLicker’s Fish Fry. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Dark yellow with a white cover. Herbal aroma, some light clean sweet malts. Taste is mild maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
A drinkable pale ale. Nothing too special, but very well crafted. Dark gold in color, heavy carbonation, and well balanced. Pleasant hoppy goodness in the nose. Sampled at LA Craft Beer Fest 2009.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with small egg white head. Aroma of floral, grass, and grain. Flavor of mild hops (citrus, grass, floral) and lightly toasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shag (2695) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 The beer poured a yellow color with a white head. The aroma contains some grassy notes and lemons. This one is a real lemon bomb fo sho. Some malt presence going on and the finish is slightly sour. Overall whatever basically.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5025) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. pale yellow pour with a ring of white head. nose is very bland with fruits and malts. very easy with a slightly malt heavy flavor backed with fruits.

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