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RATINGS: 664   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours a pale yellow gold color. Nice head with little lingering, but excellent lacing. Some sulfur aromatics, combined with a weizen yeast-like tanginess. Slightly sweet fruit after-aroma as well. Light body, slightly astringent mouthfeel with a watery palate. Sulfery lager-like nose, combines with a fruity spiciness later, in a very Kolsch combination of flavors. Rather phenolic in the finish, accentuated by the sulfer. Very drinkable, but much better as it warms up, and the sulfer and phenol flavors become less acrid. The hops also aid the balance of flavors with warmer temperatures, as their spicy components come forth

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Pours a medium yellow color with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and grainy. Also a little fruity. Flavor is mostly grain and malt. Some grainy bitterness toward the end. Not too enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Pours pale yellow with no head. A fairly potent, distracting/detracting rubbery taste to it, unappealing. Wouldn’t want to try it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
@ the Coaster Pub during Iceman’s party. A bit corny up front. Cloyingly sweet, maybe some diacteyl. Meh meh meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This beer pours from tap at one of the bars on the Ice is leaving California bar hopping tour. Its a pale straw color with a very thin soapy white head which did not last but a lick. No lacing to speak of either. The aroma was weak and weary with hints of grains and malts..very grassy, earthy and wheaty like a nonchalant summer day. The flavor is very light bodied, heavily earthy and somewhat wheaty. Perhaps a bite of grain and grapefruit in there, but man was this relatively unimpressive. Some active carbonation could be strangled out of it by my tongue, but an experience I will probably not remember, thats for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
thjis shit was legit. mike took me to a cook ass bar and this tuf was the only non macro pale ale ass shit and it rocked. a little with no new flavors but whatev, itts a pale.... my99th!!!!!!!&#

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
This is somewhat an interesting beer. It’s advertised as a pale ale, and it looks like a pale ale, but it doesn’t really smell, or taste like a pale ale. More then likely this comes form the unique brewing process and choice of fementation technique. This isn’t a bad beer, but I can think of a lot better pale ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2005
this i had on drafts at seaus in mission valley, ca: typical look slight golden brown color with a small white head that dwindled away quickly. a bit thin for the style which appeared to be a pale ale...thus the name and bottle. but here it reads its a kolsh. mostly warm toasted notes of crystal malt, slight fruit hopiness but suttle. the thiness and refreshing taste would probably be more well fitted in the kolsch class if it was made by that recipe. hmmm? average at best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Light golden. Compact, thin-layered white foam. Well balanced aroma between toasted pale malts, minerals, maraschino cherry, and perfumey hops. Densely crisp, slightly fuzzy texture. Soft body. Sizeable dollop of lightly glazed malt sweetness harmoniously meshes with delicate hop acidity and understated Tettnang spiciness. Center shows more biscuity sweetness, which highlights the beautifully rounded, body-softening melon fruitiness. Hops continue to contribute more body, as they shower the palate with more juiciness, while attaining even more range of softness from the husky wheat. Glazed malt sweetness shrinks into a firm blend of minerals and peppery hops toward the mistily dry finish of juicy hops chased with perfumey hop burps and muted malt residuals. They’ve nailed this very difficult style with precision.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
This beer is a hybrid of a pale ale and a cream ale. It has a clean finish with not very much on the nose, a caramel flavour up front and a corn taste in the finish. It’s really nothing special.

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