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RATINGS: 711   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2006
22 oz. - Golden color with a small white head that fades to nothing quickly. Light lager like aroma (grassy and grainy). It also has light lager flavor. It’s light bodied and smooth. Not too bad for Kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5080) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2006
Bottle. Clear deep golden with a small white head. Fruity aroma. Good malty flavours, more than you might expect from a Kölsch-style ale, but still enjoyable. Medium-bodied, good carbonation. A straight-forward, but well-made Kölsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
Kolsh not a pale. Enjoyable fruitinees in nose and tastse very subdues and nice small hop bitterness, slight corn flavor distracts me a little but overall a good brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005 Golden coloured with a pale aroma. Crisp on the palate with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Draught at Homebrew Mart next to Ballast Point: Clear gold, light head. Nose of very light hops and nearly nothing else. Watery and sweet body, thin. Not that good, but for a kolsch what can you expect?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
on draught @ moon doggies P.B. Pretty thick and Heavy for a pale ale. A lot of fruit on the nose. Could only drink 2 and I was full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pitcher at Pizza Port. Aroma: Light citrus hops, wheat and corn. Appearance: Clear pale yello with small white head Flavor: Very light slightly sweet with corn and wheat flavors. Palate:Extremely light, thin and fizzy average finish Overall: Although the comments above seem like a fair rating I believe this beer is exaclty what was supposed to be. It is described as a Kolsch, and I have had beers in Cologne and they are very similar. Session Beer???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottled. Pours a light amber or dark yellow color. No head. Fruity notes to the aroma; banana, apricot and a bit of yeast. Decent maltiness with a slight bitterness. A little boring but much better than the ratings would make you think, IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (20931) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Draught at the Pizza Port (Solana Beach). Clear golden. Fruity with notes of melon. Sweet, and somewhat perfumy with clean mouthfeel and straight forward malt character. Medium bitterness. Lagerlike.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Draft - notes from early Dec tasting. Bright coppery colored and clear, with a small head. Light malt and piney hop aromas and flavors. There was a slight metalic-light touch, which I guess was contributed from a noble hop. No sulfur elements, and clean.

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