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RATINGS: 759   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (2721) - Espoo, - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle from Brewdog shop. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, malts, toast and grass. Nicely balanced body. Good brew, but not really that exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (5406) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 28, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear golden color. Small size, bubbly beige head, disappears. Malty, grainy, sourish, faint fruity in aroma. Sweet, malty, citrus in taste. Lemonish citrusy hops in aftertaste. Quite bland and boring. Why is it under style kolsch?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2016
355ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut
Sweet fruity aroma, light pale malts. Pale sweet malts in the taste too. Bitter finish. Has just the fruitiness of a kolsch, nothing more, and that fruitiness is way more than a kolsch should be. This is in no way a kolsch, and he commercial description basically says that. What wanker admin is in charge of this beer’s classification?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2620) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle (from beergium). Pours golden. Aroma is sweet, grain, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, grainy, some citrus, malt. Body is watery. Overall: ok, very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (2661) - ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle shared by Mart. Pale yellow beer, white head. Nose is grain, malt, grass. Flavor is slightly floury, lagerish, grains, malt. Finishes with grass and grainy malt, lingering grainy sourness. Quaffable, but forgettable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillemsUrenkel (1328) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
Pint on draft at a seafood restaurant in San Diego. Light unclear orange in the glass, small foamy white head. More malt and grassy on the nose. Taste starts like a malty Pilsener, grassy and some hop bitterness. Less fruity. Later hints of marzipan in the aftertaste. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 7, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a golden yellow/amber. Aromas of lemon, grains, celery. Flavor is crisp, dry, sweet malt, and a mild hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours a bright golden color, vibrant, topped with a thick layer of white head. Aroma of grassy hops and Malty sweetness. Tastes mostly sweet, nominal bitterness, and a little earthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2240) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2016
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI. Pale gold, slight haze. Mild sweet pepper aroma. Cereal grain and honey flavour. Long finish. On the sweet side for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillRunForBeer (2061) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2016
12oz bottle from the back of my fridge. Probably a few months old... I think it was a gift from Erin and Dave. Thanks! Pours copper gold with an off white head. Aroma is lemon, light grains, honey, floral. Flavor is honey, light grains, a touch of lemon and some peppery spice. No flaws.

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