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RATINGS: 768   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small off-white head fading over a clear golden body. Aroma is fruity with acetaldehyde. Taste is light hops and caramel. Light bubbles and a dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4107) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle in a gift mix pack. Not too exciting but good for the style. One hell of a pale "pale ale" - golden-yellow in color with a one-finger white head. Very mild aroma of grain, malt, and slight hops. Flavor is grain and pale malt, not complex but well-made and refreshing. Palate is great for the style - really light and smooth. Carbonation medium. Pretty average beer overall, but on a hot day it hits the spot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2009
Clear yellow, big foamy white head. Nice but faint hoppy aroma. fairly sweet at first, and a crisp mildly bitter finish. Not a whole lot to say about this one...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2009
Pours a little hazy/translucent golden with average white head that has some decent retention. Nose is faint citrus, herbal, and light melon. Palate offers a nice herbal dry character, and somewhat "dirty" on the finish. Refreshing and rather easy drinking. Pairs well with french bread.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
not sure on this one. had a few kolsch beers in the past. seems weak and watery maybe a light kolsch.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
keepersj12 (3057) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
Not much from this one. Barely any aroma comes thru. pours amber with a small head. Flavor is bland. Something not quite right. Dry finish but pretty watery. Not too good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2139) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours out a yellow color with a head that goes away quick. Smell is kind of grassy, a little bit of hops, but not much else. Smells like beer. Taste is dry and pretty smooth to drink. Interesting, but there isnt much going on here to make it stand out. Mostly just an average beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Strong yellow in the glass. Wheaty aromas. Also the taint of something bleachy, but I couldn’t tell you if it was from the beer or the glass it was served in. Soapy hops, independent of the bleachy aroma, and a short unimpressive finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Somewhat surprised I hadn’t rated this before. Pours yellow with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light. Taste is refreshing and overall tasty. Pretty decent light kolsch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle Pours a hazy goden with a small white head. Produces nice lacing, but diminishes quickly. Aroma is of hops and very slight bread smell. Rather difficult to pick up the aromas. Has a smooth malty flavor. I did not expect that much from the aroma but it suprised me. Good carbination. Nice mouthfeel and a decent finish. This is fairly good.

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