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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
A drinkable pale ale. Nothing too special, but very well crafted. Dark gold in color, heavy carbonation, and well balanced. Pleasant hoppy goodness in the nose. Sampled at LA Craft Beer Fest 2009.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with small egg white head. Aroma of floral, grass, and grain. Flavor of mild hops (citrus, grass, floral) and lightly toasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 The beer poured a yellow color with a white head. The aroma contains some grassy notes and lemons. This one is a real lemon bomb fo sho. Some malt presence going on and the finish is slightly sour. Overall whatever basically.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. pale yellow pour with a ring of white head. nose is very bland with fruits and malts. very easy with a slightly malt heavy flavor backed with fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2009
Pours a lighter amber color with a white head. Aroma is of wheat, light citrus, and floral hops. Slight bitterness at the front of this beer with the wheat and floral hops coming out with it. Not great but not as bad as most people are saying it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle at the ’09 Fish Fry. Pours a cloudy yellow with white head. The aroma is oregano, lemon, and olive oil. The flavor is olive, spice, some sweetish malt, and a peppery note. Slight bitterness to the finish. It needs to be much cleaner. It’s kind of strange as it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Bottle. Pours slight hazy gold with fluffy, soapy white head. Aroma has light, fruity and light citrus esters. Flavor has a nice subtle malt back bone and light fruity esters popping out with just a touch of earth in the finish and faint hints of bitterness. Light mouthfeel and high carbonation. Overall, solid, easy drinker! I enjoyed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - 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 (4164) - 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 (6075) - 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...

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