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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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 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 (2217) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Pours golden with a medium white head. Malty aroma that is slightly skunky. Some wheat flavor along with a gentle fruitiness that finishes pilsneresque.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5300) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at BP. Clean golden pour with white head and lace. Lite hops on the nose with a hint of adjunts some wheat. Decent bittering and very dry. Solid palate for what it is with very good mouthfeel. Very crisp clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12 oz. bottle, short blurb along the right side of label, no freshness date, sampled in a stange glass. L: Clear orangey golden with a white head of frothy foam that slowly settled into a sudsy lacing. Light amounts of sticky, splotchy lace. S: Grassy wheat grains and dry saltine crackers, faint aromas of herbal hops and green grape-like fruitiness. F&T: Smooth moderate body with a light crispness from the ample carbonation. Pleasant sweet pale malty taste with a mild wheat twang towards the end. A nicely subtle green apple and grape fruitiness that adds a little sourness to malt flavors. At the finish is herbal spicy hops that have a mild, dry cleansing effect to crackery malt finale. The first California Kölsch I’ve had the came close to rivaling some of those we have here in the Great Lakes/Midwest region. Pleasing and quite easy to drink, ideal for when you feeling like drinking a pilsener or Kölsch beer, perfect for hot summer nights.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
on tap-pours a white head and yellow color. Aroma is wheat/grain, faint hops. Taste is wheat/grain, faint hops. Nice, towards medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Poured copper with a nice white head. aroma of skunk, corn and wet dishrags. Flavor of corn, sweet malts...blah!

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