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RATINGS: 660   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Draft @ Ballast Pt.: Clear deep yellow with a small white head and light fruit. dusty light malt. Flavor of caramel with mild pine hop flavor. Bitterness runs form middle to finish after a fruity malt start.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottled. Malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with a touch of fruitiness. Quite bland and slightly thin..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
fruity hefe like aromas. Pours a light yellow, white head. Light and grassy. Its called a pale ale and classified as a kolsch, but doesn’t do a good job being either one. Light on the hops for an american style pale. Lacks the mouthfeel of a kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2005 bomber as a generous bonus from Herbjones, consumed on 11/12/05. Pours a gold-to-light-copper, with some deep hay-yellow tinges, clear, bubbly and with a large amount of white head that has low to moderate retention and creates minimal spotty lacing. Aroma smells of dry, lightly sourish wheat malt, dry yellow fruit skins, apples and just a bit of honey. Hops are sweaty/musty. Some light sourdough notes as well. Flavor shows the similar sweaty/musty hops, with a fair crisp yeast presence, husky grains and a touch of yellow apple skins and wheat dryness. Very foamy texture, as in their amber (and probably most of their beers), showing forced carbonation. Not quite as substantial and wheat-chewy as I expect a kolsch to be. Low bitterness. Some dry, papery notes on the texture muddle the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Thanks to Dark Elf for this one. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of yougurt and slightly citrussy. Tastes of pine, sugar cane, orangey and some apple. Finish is slightly bitter and not as foamy as I like in a kolsch, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Nice, bold golden color with a small white head on top. Malty aroma and flavor. Very simple beer but refreshing. I could drink several of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear, golden beer witha white head. Light aroma of malt and honey. Tastes sharp like a pilsner, but with equal malt flavors. I don’t know why they call this a pale ale, because its not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Straw-colored body with moderate carbonation and a loose, fading, sudsy white head. Grainy pale malt aroma with a light note of honey and some musky hop character. Nutty pale malt flavor that is mostly dry with apparent bitterness. Hint of diacetyl, something I’ve never recognized in a kölsch before. Fairly clean and crisp overall. Decent lawnmower beer and one of the better kölsch biers I’ve encountered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is lightly grainy and floral. Grain, lemon/citrus and a solid caramel background make up the flavor profile. Very moderate to light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and lively carbonation. Nothing great but not bad either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Nose of weak hops. Yellow colored beer, small white head. Hoppy flavor, some sweetness.

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