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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2910) - 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 (3066) - 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 (4001) - 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 (988) - 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 (3045) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
355 mL. Pours a clear golden yellow with a temporary, pale-lager like white, fizzy head. No retention. No lacing. Aroma is grainy, cereal, lemon, bready malts. Taste is similar: very bland cereal grain, lemon, biscuit. Watery mouthfeel. Very macro-esque. Very poor- especially coming from what was once San Diego’s homebrew emporium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RedSox2004 (1672) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Poured slightly hazy golden yellow with a white one-finger head and ok lacing. Sweetish caramel malt aromas. Malt flavors up front subsided and gave way to subtle grassy hops. Medium carbonation, and just a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7321) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
North Shore - Oahu, Hi - Turtle Point Resort - Ola Bar and Grill - 12 oz bottle. Light orange pour, white head. Brief floral aroma. Even, subtle bitterness with some light citrus accents and a little bit of nuttiness. Fades a bit in the finish. Overall, decent.

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