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RATINGS: 728   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Thanks to droopy49 for this one. This medium copper brew is topped by a large white head that leaves sticky patterns on the glass. Light bready malt aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Light palate that finishes dry. Overall this beer just never gets going. Very light, thin and bland. Below average for the style and way below the expectations I have for what this brewery can do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Low malt aroma, subtle fruit aplle aroma and noble hop aroma fro eithe Tettnanger, Spalt or Hallertauer, or one of their clones, Light yellow straw low OG 1044-1050 and a fairly dry finish 1007-1011. light white head that dispated quickly. Slight corn flavor or wheat flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
12 oz bottle at Casa Picante. Aroma was a bit soapy. Some hoppy citrus too. Flavor was actually similar, but more citrus and less soap. Not horrible, but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12oz bottle poured a clear yellow color with a small white head. The aroma was all corn with a touch of malt. The taste was plain with nothing special going on with a hint of hops. A nice beer for the kolsch style, but definitely not a pale ale like in the name.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2006
On draft at the Fish Market in San Diego. White foamy head that clings to glass. light gold color. floral hoppy aroma. a tingly start with a strong hop finish. Not a thrilling beer, but fine to have on tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
65 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Golden clear colour with a white head. Very malty and fruity aroma, also very malty flavour with a touch of fruitness and very noteable hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours golden w/ medium sized creamy froth. Aroma is pure and fresh. Medium nectar w/ creamy soft residual effers. Flavors are uncommonly mellow with a fresh and clean fruit character. There is very little bitterness here, just slightly on the finish. As I was drinking it I was surprised how the flavor profile insisted on such a mellow disposition. I could drink this all day long. Now that I am writing this, I see the commercial deScription and it explains everything. It’s a Kolsch. Overall: I really like this brew. The flavors are bright and clean yet soft and creamy. I highly recommend this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottled. The body was dark gold with a white colored head. The aroma was sweet oranges with some flowers. The taste was bitter bread crust with some with oranges. There was also some bell pepper. The finsih was nice and spicy. Nice to fins a hoppy version of this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
On tap at Ballast Point. This golden ale poured with a thin white head. The flavor is crisp and clean with a carbonated hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head. Aroma has the fruity crispness of wheat, light biscuity malts. Taste is much the same--not bad, but pretty bland. Barely any discernible bitterness, if even that much. Highly carbonated, watery mouthfeel. Nothing standout about this one.

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