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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12136) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
on tap-pours a white head and yellow color. Aroma is wheat/grain, faint hops. Taste is wheat/grain, faint hops. Nice, towards medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Poured copper with a nice white head. aroma of skunk, corn and wet dishrags. Flavor of corn, sweet malts...blah!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2008
From the tap poured clear golden with a little bit of head. Nice flavor bitter with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Pours gold with a thin tan head. malt and cotton candy in the nose. Flavor of sweet malts, that pesky cotton candy, and light citrus. Weird flavors flow heavily through this beer as well, each sip is an experience in finding something you don’t expect to ever find in a beer. Whats that? the basement of my old high school? A hint of floor? Strange. Finishes crisp, rather carbonated. Not that good but very interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Given the name, I was all set for an APA. Imagine my surprise to find myself drinking a bomber of Kölsch. Or, what Ballast Point chooses to call a Kölsch. It pours a bright yellow body with a combo foamy/rocky head. Doesn’t stick around for long. It has an aroma of pale malt, candy corn, freshly clipped grasses, and seltzer water. Fortunately the grasses from the nose translate into some bitterness to cut the sugary sweetness of the flavor. I just burped, and my mouth felt as though it was coated in saccharine. Definitely not the APA that I’d anticipated. Kölsch, either.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle from beeronthewall. Hazy deep gold pour with splotchy off-white head. Aroma is pale malt, hopcitrus, tangerine. Tastes pale malty, hopcitric, with tangerine and black pepper noted in the flavor, and a crisp, smooth finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Light in both flavor and character, this ale nonetheless displayed a pleasantly sweet, grassy hop profile with a strong starchy malt base. It might have been better balanced because the malt came off too strong at the end of each sip, with not enough real flavor in each sip. Beer was rather fizzy and pale straw in color.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap @ Cass St, San Diego. Pretty boring pale ale, no hop aroma or taste. I was expecting an APA not a Kolsh. Still bland as hell

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Bottle from Irishboy. Thanks!
Pours an average yellow with an aroma of weak hops and anemic malt, followed by a mixture of Isopryl alcohol and vegetables. Flavor is stale candy with grassy hops in the finish. Watery mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2007
12oz bottle as part of 10 pack world market sampler. very light golden with a high frothy white head.. smells very light and airy no deep hints of flavor.. the significant presence of a subdued yeast seperates it from a pilsner and there is a slight tap of pungent taste at the end.. easy to drink, lacking hard hitting flavor but overall not bad

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