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RATINGS: 776   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2386) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2008
650 ml Bottle from Henry’s. Pours a translucent yellow gold color with a small white head that dissipates to a 1/8 inch thin film. As the head recedes it leaves some minor lacing in the glass. The aroma is light with saccharine, grass, hay, and a bit of funk. The flavor is more pronounced; biscuit, pepper, sweet malts and something tasting like graham crackers. The mouthfeel starts thin, but develops to a malty fullness. The finish is long and dry with pepper and saccharine. Overall: I used this (and a jalapeno sandwich) as a palate cleanser after drinking a Bud chelada clamato, my taste-buds are shot; I will most definitely re-rate this some time in the near future. I now have a horrible headache.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Pours golden with a medium white head. Malty aroma that is slightly skunky. Some wheat flavor along with a gentle fruitiness that finishes pilsneresque.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at BP. Clean golden pour with white head and lace. Lite hops on the nose with a hint of adjunts some wheat. Decent bittering and very dry. Solid palate for what it is with very good mouthfeel. Very crisp clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12 oz. bottle, short blurb along the right side of label, no freshness date, sampled in a stange glass. L: Clear orangey golden with a white head of frothy foam that slowly settled into a sudsy lacing. Light amounts of sticky, splotchy lace. S: Grassy wheat grains and dry saltine crackers, faint aromas of herbal hops and green grape-like fruitiness. F&T: Smooth moderate body with a light crispness from the ample carbonation. Pleasant sweet pale malty taste with a mild wheat twang towards the end. A nicely subtle green apple and grape fruitiness that adds a little sourness to malt flavors. At the finish is herbal spicy hops that have a mild, dry cleansing effect to crackery malt finale. The first California Kölsch I’ve had the came close to rivaling some of those we have here in the Great Lakes/Midwest region. Pleasing and quite easy to drink, ideal for when you feeling like drinking a pilsener or Kölsch beer, perfect for hot summer nights.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - 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 (9999) - 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.

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