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RATINGS: 772   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5674) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Thanks to terminus for picking up this fine kolsch for me. Pours light golden with an off-white head. The aroma has clean lightly sweet pale malt with a hint of hops. Medium / light crisp body with fairly soft gentle carbonation. The flavor starts off with the clean smooth malt with a hint of toastiness, some spice along some creaminess that fills the mouth, but isn’t over assertive with it. The finish is linger with spicy hops that are gentle and pale / caramel malt. This is a great easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Pours golden light malts and flowery hops in the aroma. Grainy, tart, slightly sweet flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Aroma was pretty much like a pilsner with a light malt background. It also had a little fruitiness around in there too. Flavor was pretty smooth and easy to drink. Not bad for a kolsch but nothing special. A light weird tang to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2008
bottle poured a light golden color color with a thin white head and heavy carbonation. aroma has champagne yeast, wheat, and sweetness. flavor is a typical lager, sweet with some wheat. light skunk and little body finishing watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cale422 (28) - Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Visit to San Diego... great brew scene. This brew a crystal clear straw yellow. Slight hop bitterness corn like flavor and very lager like. great session brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Unremarkable. Surprisingly like a lager, except that a Kolsch is pretty much indistinguishable from a lager unless you watch the yeast do their work. Looks ike a crystal clear filtered mass market lager. Nose of floral hops, taste a little too floral and a little too metallic for my taste. A little thin in the mouth. Probably a good representative of the form, even if it is not my favorite form.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A Kölsch that felt more like a golden ale.
I like: Fresh ingredients, but very timid hops.
I dislike: A bit overly fruity and malty example. Strawy and sweet cerealic maltiness. Biting carbonation is a bit too pronounced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Well, I usually don’t score a beer off of a small sample, but this is an exception because I doubt I’ll get back to San Diego anytime soon. Had some of Derrick’s Yellowtail and... it wasn’t very good. Pass on this, especially if they have a Stone on tap.

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