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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - NOV 30, 2008
Taste 11/8 Bottle. Looks: Very clear gold with a thin white top. Aroma: Wheat and a little fruit. Taste: Malty grain. A little spice tickles the tongue. Clean and medium bodied. Nice lager/ale blend.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6171) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Brilliant dark gold with a white head. Mild aroma is grainy malts. Medium body. Subtle flavors of lightly sweet bready and grainy malts. No real hop taste and barely bitter in the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
doubelknv3 (1017) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Grain, malt sweet aroma. Pale golden with a thin white head. Citrus, sweet malt, and grain flavor notes. Full bodied with mild bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bomber from Canals in Lawrenceville. Pours light amber with a medium white head that hangs around almost long enough for a second sip. Slightly yeasty, citrusy aroma. Flavors of light toast, lemon zest, vanilla and a little piney hops. Thin mouthfeel and a very snappy finish. Overall, a pretty decent pale but nothing special and certainly not one of the better pales on the West Coast block.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2008
deep caramel malty aroma. Golden yellow brew with an average size foamy white head. Bitter bourbon woody flavor, deeeeep burn with vanilla notes.Extreme dry. Nutty aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Narnad (1483) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Comes from the glass a yellow-orange with not much head. Aroma is of acidic apple and a very floral hops scent. Flavor is a bit corny with some grassy hops and a slight sour flavor. Very boring and nothing outstanding here.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
22 oz bottle. Bummer. Not quite a drain pour, but a total disappointment. Aroma is small, bitter. Chunky head fell quickly. Tastes of grass and peanutbutter. Bland and thin. Bummed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
This is a nice kolsch-type beer. Faintly hazy golden amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and wisps. The smell is nice, grain, bread, citrus, grapefruit, hints of honey, pine. In taste, it is light but very tasty, with grain, crackers, citrus, 7-up, hints of grass and pine. It has light sweetness with bitterness in good balance. It’s \quite refreshing and clean.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ethomson (56) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Pours a thin watered down golden. Barely and head or foam to my pour. Very bitter, very strong hops. Basically gross, not very much fun here.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear dark gold color, with a small off white head. Smells a little grainy with a sublte hop and malt mix. Overall very mild aroma. The flavor is real malty, almost had a caramel or cinnamon character to it. Not much of a hop presence at all. The cereal grain was also noticeable but covered up decently by its sweetness. Not a great drinking beer, but not a drainpour either.


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