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RATINGS: 760   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Ok, so, why the hell would they title this a pale ale? I understand they talk about its origins on the bottle, but the impression remains that it’s going to be an American/English pale ale with a twist. This makes for some odd impressions upon drinking. All that said, I enjoyed it, and I’ll get to the rating part in a moment, but what a stupid thing to name a beer that you’re trying to sell. /Rant.
Ok, so, like I was saying, bottle. Aroma of very Kolschy malts, some spicy hops. Flavor develops more champagniness that I always attribute to kolsches in addition to the continued mild spicy hops, crisp malts. Dry, very light, but not weak, very refreshing. I want to take off points because I had this as part of a mini pale ale flight, but I’ll be good natured about it. But seriously, if anybody at the brewery is reading this, CHANGE THE NAME.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
12oz. bottle. Crackery, doughy, grainy malt aroma, along with tinges of herbal hop here and there. Clear light-medium golden in color with a fine, subsiding head. Flavor is likewise predominantly malty, cereal-like and very lightly sweet, along with tinges of lemony citrus and spicy, leafy hop bitterness, finishing dry and malty. Palate is thin and moderately effervescent, Certainly quite easy to drink, if fairly dull. I’m a bit confused as to how this could ever be considered a Pale Ale, though, seems to be a pretty obvious misnomer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2008
12oz bottle. The aroma was of citrus fruit (especially lemon) and biscuity malt. Kind of like a lemon scone. There was also a whiff of noble hops. Poured a clear golden color. The head was fluffy and white with good retention and lacing. Delicately sweet and light bodied with a distinct noble hop flavor accompanied by the aforementioned biscuity malt. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6450) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
bottle, color is yellow gold with a very malty nose, flavor is a heavy fruit and honey with some lemon also, not as crisp as I would like

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5302) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2008
22 oz bomber. Rating this one on memory from the weekend. I think it’s okay that I didn’t take notes on this one because there wasn’t much to take notes on. Poured a thin golden yellow with an unimpressive head. Weak aroma of some sort of watery hops and weak dusty grains. Flavor was about as good as the aroma. It wasn’t offensive or bad it just never really came into it’s own to stand out. Skip this and get something good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville. 2-finger head sits atop an orange-amber pour. Aroma is very corny with some sweetness and sweaty grain. Taste is grain, honey, green apple, and a touch of bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Clear gold color with white head. Nose of cereal malts, honey and some floral notes. Flavor much the same as the aroma -- grainy, honey and a bit on the sweet side. Easy drinker for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
12 oz bottle at Capital Ale House Downtown. Clear light golden with aroma of light grainey malts. Grainy malt and light honey flavors with some fruity yeast character. Bit of spicey hops. Medium to light body with low carbonation. Finish is moderately dry with a lot of bready character. Bitterness is there and is pushing a pale ale, but I would still classify this as a Kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
12 oz bottle from Mass Beverage Lawrence, KS. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Sweet caramel malts in the aroma with no hops detected. The palate is watery with spritzy carbonation. Sweet caramel malts, slightly fruity with faded grassy hops. I’m surprised its listed as a kolsch, I just assumed it was a watery and maybe old pale ale. Ok, but not that enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Bottle at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 06/24/08. Clear golden body with a small frothy white head. Bready, grainy aroma with a hint of honey. Very bready flavor, whole grain bread and honey nut cheerios, some grain and a bit more honey. Medium body with moderately low carbonation.

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