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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
I’ve had this beer many times, most recently with a plate of smoked fish, looking over the harbor on a lazy Sunday. Nothing really outstanding about the beer, but it has an attractive deep gold color, a pleasant, mellow maltiness, and enough hops to give it a little kick at the end. It’s well balanced, solidly made beer in a lighter style that’s great with food. Oddly, it reminded me of an ESB, it’s labeled to suggest a West Coast pale, and I just learned the style is Kolsch. Still pretty tasty with that smoked fish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
not bad, not the best by ballast point. smooth, but lacking a bit in flavor and hoppiness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 31, 2007
(12 oz. bottle). A drinkable beer. Pale, straw yellow. Slightly hazy as if the yeast hadn’t settled out completely yet. Hints of sulfur in the nose. Malty sweet. A bit of hops, but primarily fruity esters in the nose and on the tongue. Finishes relatively clean. A diacetyl quality emerges in the background as the beer warms up, mixing with the sulfur compounds to produce an interesting, though not entirely unpleasant, effect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2007
tap @ O’Brien’s. This had decent body and flavor for a just into medium bodied beer, but reminded me of Pils Urquell more than anything else. good with food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Just had a taste of this last night. Not bad, hoppy, lots of carbonation, cant wait to go to the brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
12 oz. bottle- color of honey yellow , with a decent frothy off white head - nose of citrus (orange) , sweat , slight hops , and malts – taste of grapefruit , dough , hops , and slight minty-ness - body is medium , dry chalky-ness, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of stale hops , sweat , and salty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianprentiss (676) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Pretty decent Pale Ale, about average for a California microbrew, nothing special but good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Sampled while in San Diego. A nice brew. Mouthfeel is a little on the bitter side. But this beer has a nice flavor that is smooth and light on the hops side. Overall worth a try but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (11376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Poured pale color with a minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Light sweet hoppy aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration. I would recommend this as the first drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. A golden color with a foamy white head. A musty malt aroma that fooled me with the pale ale label. Bland, cardboard and light malt flavors.

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