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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

clear light amber, nice off white head, light floral hop aroma, good hop flavor on a mostly dry carmel malt base,

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2007
Gold pour, with thin head.Sweet citrus aroma. Not too hoppy at all, malt dominates, some floral, and light citrus notes. light bread. Very drinkable, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Oregon Brewers Festival 2007
Light golden color with a thin head. This has a crisp Kolsch like aroma. The flavors were crisp and refreshing and very summery. I liked the malt build and the light hops where a good flavor addition. Light fruitiness in the finish this was a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Golden-hued and clear, below a small white head. Citrus-y aroma, fresh orange and lemon zest...light spices....fragrant and lively. Fresh on the tongue, with plenty of hop zing blasting the palate. Then all is smooth and lovely. Light bodied, light hops, tasty malt below...a kolsch, but called a "pale ale" on the label..."I guess"...but, it works, it’s a lighter easier-drinking ale, no chore to toss back,but full of flavor. Should be offered in 6-packs, though, not 22 oz bombers. Just not spectacular enough to warrant the size or the price. A good beer, don’t get me wrong, just doesn’t push my buttons... ...searching....searching....no, that’s all I have to say on this...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Bottle poured a clear yellow with a minimal lingering ring of a white head. Aromas of bread dough, light earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, graininess and a faint hint of citrus with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4813) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Aroma of grain, malt, and a bit of hops. Flavors are pretty standard and uninteresting. I am not enjoying it that much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle from World Market Microbrew sampler; nose of grainy malt; yellow gold with a medium yellowish head; flavor has some grainy malt and a little hop bitterness. Nothing spectacular but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Light golden color with a ample white head. Fairly light and thin on the palate with some carbonation. Light hop bitterness with a definite sweet malty flavor. Pleasant session style brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Aroma is sweet malt with fruity undertones. Pours golden with a small white head that disappeared quickly. Flavor is a blend crisp and refreshing and sweet and fruity. It is pretty crisp and refreshing on the palate, although the fruitiness does linger around for a second. It is very drinkable and pretty pleasant. Better than the Wahoo Wit for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Tasted at Ballast Point. Clear golden yellow with thin fizzy white head. Aroma of malt with just a note of banana. Sweet malty taste with a crisp finish.

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