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RATINGS: 715   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Smells like beer. Golden yellow color. Very mild slightly sweet flavor. Subtle hop finish. Way too quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gEUS (1472) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
Can. Pours light yellow, aroma is a faint malt one, clearly filtered, and psteurised. Lightly sour body, quite some carbo but lacks depth and complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (6991) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Can shared. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of cardboard, cereals, corn. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenJensen (497) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
This is a beer brewed as a German Kölsch, but hopped like a pale ale. The color is beautiful golden and it has a fine foam which keeps relatively long time. The aroma is slightly hoppy. Taste wise, the close to a Kölsch / Lager. It is an ale which is fermented with lager yeast at a higher temperature as one would ferment an lager. Then stored cold, as you store lagers. It gives a little more mellow and malt dominated taste where it is possible to draw a bit more hops on without it becoming too violently. Calling this beer a pale ale is probably a little exaggerated, hoppy bitterness is the missing part to live up to the name. Conversely, it is a very fine kölsch, but without the fine malt grain nuances found in the German ones. Here you have just chosen to spice up the finish with American Liberty hops and German Tettnang. The result is quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (1087) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Taster at the brewery. Aroma is hoppy, but not these grapefruit-pine hops, more green vegetables. Some hops, light-bodied, some spices. Sweet grains. Kölsch-inspired? Maybe in the sense that the hops in here are not so intensely fruit-aromatic as they often are on the West Coast. And the grainy properties are there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (420) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Draught at Bubba Gump’s in Anaheim. Pours a clear golden with a small white head that laces. Light malt aroma with fruit and caramel. Sweet, mild flavour of malt, caramel and light fruit with a dry finish. Light body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Simple and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (1263) - - JUL 2, 2015
Draught at Antenna America. Interesting stuff, kolsch yeast mellows down the hop profile quite a bit and adds some bready edge to the body. Cereals definitely dominate the citrus, can be quite offsetting but a refreshing one anyway.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerandhockey8 (255) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 29, 2015
From 12oz bottle to shaker. Pour us a light gold. Nose is light malt, doughy. Taste is light bodied, sour. Carbonated on the palate. Not much of a pale ale

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nathan30533 (903) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Why call it a pale ale? I’m confused about this one as I didn’t really read into it and I discover its a Kolsch. It’s a creamy style ale and unique and I’m sure it helped put ballast point on the map but... It’s a bit decieving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltman53 (432) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle pours golden with big head retention. Light to medium in body with a very pale color, hop bitterness is medium to low. A somewhat vinous (grape-y from malts) and dry flavor make up the rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2021) - - JUN 17, 2015
Can. Dark gold with a thick white head. Aroma is dough and bubblegum. Taste adds some fruity sweetness with an earthy malt finish. Delicate mouthfeel. Really like this.

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