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RATINGS: 709   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IrishBoy (3944) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Gold Color with White Head. Some Subtle Sweet Grainy Malt Notes on the Nose. Lightly Creamy and Carbonated Mouthfeel. Sweet Dry Grains, Light Wheat Coming out in the Aftertaste...and Perhaps the Promise of Subtle Fruit Notes. A Very Decent Drinkable Kolsch

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (12294) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Somethig of a floral hop aroma. Dark brassy color with a white head that left quickly. Medium bodied. Starts with something of a wheat character. Malt not particularly noticeable. Rather dry. The finish is lightly bitter. Overall it has fruit and bitter. The sort of thing that would not be surprising over the pond.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bartzilla (565) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
This is probably my least desired of the BP brews, but that’s not to say it isn’t a great brew, just not my preferred style. This would appear to be their flagship product as it is their most easily found brew, at least here in San Diego. You can get it on tap and in bottles just about anywhere. The Commercial Description pretty much nails it. If you’re a pilsner fan, you’ll probably be pretty happy with this. I’m not, but in a pinch, this will do.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
My attitude of this beer = whatever. Agreed with jarspag, this beer is very common in the San Diego region, too common for that matter, and its really nothing to hoot about. Pretty much my choice when there is no other craft brews on tap, but only highly commercialized shit-beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
This one is okay - it seems like a staple around SD. I’ve seen it everywhere - from downtown - the bars in Mission Beach. I’m not the biggest fan of the style - and as far as the taste goes, it reminds me of a good Bud Light - no thanks.

   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.

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