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RATINGS: 726   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1175) - Kiev, UKRAINE - AUG 4, 2009
I enjoyed a couple bottles of this beer while visiting in San Diego. The aroma had some grain, fruit, yeast and a bit of wheat, but was also quite malty. It had a lighter yellow color with a smaller white head with short retention. Good flavor with a bit of grainy bitterness and some sweeter fruity and malty tones too. A light, softer mouthfeel with good carbonation and an easy finish. The beer tasted great after hiking in the desert!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1692) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2010 Yellowtail is labelled a pale ale but is actually a Kolsch, as is apparent in its malt character, and floral continental hops. A nice looking beer, it pours a golden yellow as clear as day. Carbonation is very soft. The aroma underwhelms with requisite hop character covered over by a vegetal overtone. Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy buyoed by a light bready malt while the hops are fruity in the beginning and take on a grassy overtone as the glass empties.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
12 oz. bottle form Doboy. Pale gold with an exploding yellowish white , very foamy, loose head and little lace. Grassy, grainy aroma with some spiciness. LIght body, crisp, fizzy carbonation, leaves the palate clean. Floral honey flavor yields to a peppery bitterness and a bit of a lemony tang. Finish is quite dry. Something that I can’t put my finger on wasn’t quite right with this, aside from the over-carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
junon (429) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Peculiar colour. A bit of orange and a bit of pink. Nose is extremely tight as all I can manage to pick out is the yeast. Taste is initially more vegetale but transitions into a apricot flavour. You know what at first I was not really excited about this but its growing on me. Light and crisp like a pilsner but is accompanied by customed flavours. Interesting style. Edit: I knew Ive had this style once before and matter of fact I did. I tried a local brewerys Kolsch of all places. Mehana Humpback Blue!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle pours yellow color with white pillow head. Aroma is grainy. Flavor is the same with astringent grain taste with a dry finish. This is a not a very good beer. And doesn’t really fit the style either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30970) - 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 (2613) - 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 (2206) - 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.

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