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RATINGS: 728   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lothore (602) - California, USA - APR 27, 2008
A- Pours a golden orange color with a small one finger head that fades pretty quick leaving no trace. Appears to be pretty heavily carbonated. S- Slightly sweet, hoppy smell. I get the smallest hints of raspberry in the nose. T- Full grain taste with a bit of hops. Not at all bitter which I was expecting it to be. Very mild and unimpressive, not completely watered down but not full of flavor at all. M- The mouthfeel is fairly viscous, chalked full of carbonation. D- You would think with the inoffensive taste this brew would be pretty drinkable but I find myself not wanting to ever pick up another glass after the first. It only seems a bit better than something i’d pick up in a cheap 18 pack at the liquor store, quite dissapointing for a craft brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2008
Really nothing much happening in the aroma. A bit of earthy malt and lager. The flavor is malty with a bit of fruitiness and little to no hop. It does have a nice light-medium body with a smooth and quite pleasant mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and definitely meant to be a session choice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
I love the grainy smell of this. A local favorite of mine, I seek it out at restaurants because I like it with a meal. Malty for a Kolsch. Smooth and easy to drink. A guzzler.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - 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 (1229) - 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 (6069) - 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 (1182) - 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 (5075) - 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.

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