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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6320) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
doubelknv3 (1049) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Narnad (1502) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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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