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RATINGS: 775   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 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 (4293) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhys_mavis (11) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Not a big fan of this local brew, it feels like homebrew quality with more money.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2010
i got tricked by the name and expected an american pale ale. what I got was a pilsnery thing that turns out to actually be an ale that tastes like a lager. still, i could appreciate a good Kolsch but this was not one. Kolsches rely a delicate balance of subtle flavors and this does not achieve that balance

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6729) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a pale yellow color with a huge yellow white head that produced good lacing. The aroma was tangy, sour and bitter with a light floral and spicy hop element. The flavor was bitter, tart and tangy with light nutty malts crisp floral and vague fruity hops and a light yeasty undertone. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Golden yellow with thin white head and some lacing. Floral aroma. Well balanced. Crisp and refreshing. Sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a mostly transparent yellow with a fizzy, white head. Lightly sweet aroma with some pale malts. Flavor holds some mild earthen malts and sweetness. There is a slight chemical character, which wasn’t too enticing. Pleasant, medium body with adequate carbonation. Overall it was decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A- Transparent golden yellow that pours with a fizzy white head. Head fades pretty quickly but a thin collar remains. No lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Nose is moderate but offers lots and lots of pale malt and some musty, earthy hops in the background. T- Taste is very similar to the smell-but honestly this reminds me of MGD or something. Pale malt is the highlight of the flavor but the finish is an accent of hops (similar to the triple hopped miller)...its just not for me. P- Light to medium body and fizzy carbonation. O- I got through about half the glass than decided I didn’t want it anymore-drain pour. What’s really a shame about this for me is that it is my first disappointment from Ballast Point. I love Sculpin, Big Eye, Double Dorado, Victory at Sea...but this just isn’t for me. I guess every brewery has to have their beer that appeals to BMC drinkers...and this is it...unfortunately its on the same tier instead of a step up-even though its supposed to be a completely different style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-01-2010 16:08:57

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
Cloudy deep blond color. Light malt aroma. Common flavor, light malt, but with a delicate grassy and peppery touch. Correct bitterness. Refreshing, although not special. Well balanced..

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