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RATINGS: 722   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deaconmike (428) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at Green Flash in San Diego. Named pale ale, but actually a kolcsh. 4 of us at dinner ordered this beer on tap, after the first sip we all looked at each other and wondered whether the waiter had actually brought us a lager. I didn’t care for this beer, however, that’s consistent with my other experiences with kolcshes; just not to my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCLawyer (1882) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle->SA. Lite copper with moderate frothy white head. A: lager malt, grains, grass. T: same, with metallic notes and some corny notes. Not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
dlihcsnatas (465) - Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Golden brew with decent head and smells of mostly malts with a touch of floral. Pretty well balanced brew that lets the malts and hops be really tasted but not one overpowering the other. Very chuggable brew but for the price not recommended. Decent brew but for the price would have liked it to be more exciting instead of boring and plain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5819) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Poured a clear golden color with a small fluffy white head. Aroma was light grains, some bready malts, sweet light citrus. Flavor was some light sweet malts, light citrus. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (3544) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, malt, stone fruit. Tastes of malt, citrus, light floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mambossa (126) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2015
The occasions I’ve had this brew have been far and few. Each time I read the label, already-inebriated or not, it still perplexes me. Original "pale ale" or kolsch? Which is it? I dared another attempt. 12oz pour to Teku, a sunny orange with a lightly gripping head. Nose is dominated by aromas reminiscent of a kolsch (unless my slightly runny sinuses deceive me). Nose is draped in noble hops, little bit of banana, little bit of bread. Flavor is clean with delicate sweetness, harmless hop-bite, a tiny bit bready, clean finish. I can endlessly swirl, sniff, sip, swish, repeat; still no solid answer. I admire a style-bending beer, but this is simply a medium-caliber brew from an adventurous west coast scene. Maybe I’ll pick up another one 6 months from now, just for kicks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrewje41 (1463) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2015
12 oz bottle poured. So this is the original pale ale.. Pours a light clear golden color with with a lasting head. Sweet lemon hop like aroma. Light grainy flavor with a cool finish. Very lager like. A little fruity. Drinks easy. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1244) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Biscuit, floral, grass and fruit aroma. Banana, biscuit, floral, clove, grass and heeb flavors. Light body and average carbonation with a floral and biscuit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gEUS (1507) - 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 (7224) - 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 (828) - 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.

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