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RATINGS: 685   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8194) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
Draught Fully clear orange-golden beer with a very fine-dense head. Slighty smoked malt, and lots of pale malts. Dry-malty taste, peanuts flavour, toasted malts and a hint at hops. At the end, restsugars aplenty, and one would suspect an addition of corn - in a Kölsch... Light bodied, quite slick and not really empty; very slight burning MF. Definitely a "Kölsch" with an American twist, if not really superfluous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1228) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma is pils malt & spicy hops. Light golden color, excellent clarity, a small but persistent head. Taste is pils malt, a little biscut, spicy/woodsy hops, and a faint touch of wheat. Well balanced with a nice maltiness and a fair amount of bitterness. A summer session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5948) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle. Very, very light golden, with hardly any head. There’s little aroma to speak of. Drinks with a decent balance, mild grassy hoppiness and a mellow fruity maltiness. Definitely Kolschy and sessionable. (#3394, 4/9/2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2008
Part of Syd’s weak beer fest. 650 ml bottle pours a fizzy yellow color with a bright white head an no lace. There seems to be an excessive amount of bubbles ascending from the bottom of my nonic, which I’ve seen before with other Kölsch beers. The aroma is bready, yeasty, and floral. The flavor is quite sweet, sour dough bread, with some minor hop notes in the finish. There are some additional fruity notes in the finish. The palate is quite Kölsch like and not offensive. Overall, this is not a bad beer. Once again, under rated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Aroma isn’t much. Just some basic sorta sweet malt aroma with barely any hops. Flavor is fairly sweet and malty but halfway through comes a pretty strong hop bitterness finishing out the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2009 Pours a deep straw color with a nice fluffy white head and good lace. Aroma is very earthy with some hoppy spice- almost has a marijuana character to it with lots of doughy malts and some nice apple-spice fruity esters- pretty good, but somehow Im not gettign a traditional kolsch smell out of this one- perhaps some light cryastal and carapils in there? Flavor is lightly toasty with some doughy pils malts, but also some carapils nuttiness ligth sweetness, and an herbal bitterness. Crisp and clean for sure, and a nice american kolsch, but something is either missing or different compared to a real kolsch. Overall a nice easy drinking tasty golden ale though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
184601 (206) - Mexicali, MEXICO - MAR 18, 2008
This is one of the most dissapointing American craft beers that i had, looks and tastes, pretty much like a strong lager, with little white head, salty, strong palate with some malt present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Just about clear golden in color with a small but well retaining head. Aroma: Light fruity esters, fresh pils malt- dough, some light bready yeast, and some light wheat. Taste is doughy pils malt and wheat, some light to moderate spicy hops, and a touch of honey sweetness and fruity esters to round things out. Very light bitterness in the finish. A nice, clean Kolsch with a slight twist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Clear golden, moderate head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is lighter fruits, grass, light bread and grain. Light bodied, somewhat sweet. Bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
650 ml Bottle from Henry’s. Pours a translucent yellow gold color with a small white head that dissipates to a 1/8 inch thin film. As the head recedes it leaves some minor lacing in the glass. The aroma is light with saccharine, grass, hay, and a bit of funk. The flavor is more pronounced; biscuit, pepper, sweet malts and something tasting like graham crackers. The mouthfeel starts thin, but develops to a malty fullness. The finish is long and dry with pepper and saccharine. Overall: I used this (and a jalapeno sandwich) as a palate cleanser after drinking a Bud chelada clamato, my taste-buds are shot; I will most definitely re-rate this some time in the near future. I now have a horrible headache.

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