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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at Home Brew Mart. Pale yellow color. Smooth. Very, very easy to drink. Tasty. I was expecting BMC flavors and off flavors, but this was very nice and enjoyable. Was told this account for 70% of their sales. Excellent on tap at the source. Wouldn’t mind having a keg for everyday drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours clearish golden yellow with a moderate crisp white head, some lace. Smells crisp malty and slightly nutty, moderate earthy hop smell as well. Tastes malty and nutty. Malts are crisp and sweet. Definitely get the Kolsch feel of this brew, could use more hop flavor for my taste. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Thin head of white bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Light cereal and corn aroma with some lemon grass and a bit of roastyness. Dry and pasty palate. Medium gold in color. Cereal and grainy flavor. Some dryness and bitterness. Finishes sweet and dry. An ok brew but I am not a big fan of the Kolsch style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours a pale yellow orange color with a head that faded as quick as the pour. The nose is full of malted honey with some hints of hops. The initial flavor is sweet honey with a grainy finish and the subtle notes of wheat. This is an interesting beer in style, initially i was expecting something a bit more robust and balanced. I was surprised that it is not that watery and the flavor leaves a nice impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2008
If only lagers could be this fruity. Pours a golden colour with a whispy white head that leaves no lacing. The has strong honey aromas and mild fruity notes. The flavour is also heavy on the honey flavour with grassy and fruity hops with a grainy, sweet finish. There is a mild astringency to the finsh. The palate is medium bodied with sharp, tingly carbonation and a long duration. Its a decent session brew, but I’ll stick to buying other offerings from Ballast Point on the reg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oscbert (1227) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
~Pours a golden yellow colour with small diminishing head ~Strong smell of wheat and malt, some citrus. ~Taste like sweet and sour wheat. Somewhat bland ~Feels chunky and wet. ~It’s ok. Reminds me of a cheap macro brew, just a notch above. Could be a stomache turner, but I’ll drink it anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
On tap @ South Beach Bar & Grill in San Diego, CA--Poured a clear golden-copper body with a small wispy white sudsy head. Crisp, biscuity, creamy, English presence. Sessionable and poundable, but not too amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Pours clear yellowish orange. Small white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but not overwhelming. Sweet, mellow and smooth. Easy and enjoyable to drink. Something to be enjoyed on a hot summer day. This beer isn’t going to kick you in the face, but it is something to enjoy at a baseball game in early spring and throughout the summer. Who wants to drink an Imperial Stout when it’s 80-90 deg F?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours golden with a small white head. I must say I was expecting an APA, and was a bit surprised to get this kolsch(ish) thing. Slight sulfur on the nose, a touch of apple pie and grassy hops. Abrasively carbonated, spoils it a bit and strips the flavour down. After it settles I got a bit of bready malt, grain and grassy hops... very mild and simple. Too simple and thin, even for a kolsch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
22 oz bottle. Clear straw with a puffy white head. Nose of mineral water, lemon pith and mild toffee. Crisp carb but body a bit flabby, oily. Taste is sourdough and diluted apple juice; finish a bit metallic. Surprised to see a German style from this San Diego brewery.

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