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RATINGS: 738   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deaconmike (443) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrOrla (1388) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a white a little head. Aroma of toffe, light butter, grainy, light hops. Taste is grainy, toffe, very sweet. Blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rekvium (326) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
From bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma of light butter, light citrus, hints of banana. Taste is butter, light banana, stale, sticky sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Drinkable for for Ballast Point I expected something better. Seems lost in style, not quite a pale ale and i don’t think really much like a Kolsch. Something too biscuity and lacking the crisp drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
Rating #1591 - 25.03.2015 - Bottle from San Diego Trip. Pours a clear straw yellow with a bubbly white cap. Medium carbonation, low alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, very light. Light spiciness from hops on palate. Refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
nerdboy19 (129) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 21, 2016
I don’t even get why Ballast Point makes such Kolsch, called "Pale Ale". I bought it because it says pale ale, hoping for a nice american style pale ale. And yeah... end up figuring out this was kolsch.... And even this is kolsch, I prefer other kolsch like Paffgen, Fruh, or even Gaffel. Just a premium-lager style beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TH28 (302) - - JAN 9, 2016
750ml bottle. 11/15/15 bottle date. Appearance: Crystal clear light golden, with thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Grainy, cracker, subtle pear like fruitiness. Taste: Light, cracker like malt sweetness that turns to a strong spicy bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light creaminess and moderate carbonation. Finish: Fairly dry on the finish with a strong spicy bitterness that lingers. Overall: Has the look and smell of a true Kolsch, but seems to have the bitterness level of an APA. Still a pleasant, easy drinking beer, but balance shifts more towards the hoppy side than any other Kolsch I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2016
355ml Can from Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow (£3.00):
This one was a very nice & crisp lager in the kölsch style with a smooth & drinkable palate that was also clean, crisp & easy to drink. Despite being slightly misled by the name of this one , I certainly wasn’t left disappointed with some nice lager malts, subtle hops & a few touches of sweetness all combining well to make this an excellent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
milewide (1896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Bland with little flavor. Leans sweet. Relatively true to style IMO. Need not be regular line up.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (772) - - JAN 2, 2016
Aroma is Light malt, corn. Yellow color. Small white head. Taste is beer. Nothing less, nothing more. Feel is a little slimy, below avg carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Aroma is light hops, corn, malt, sweet yet nothing. Appearance is golden, white head. Taste is sweet malt, some very light earthy hops, really not much else happening. Mouthfeel is crisp, light body, easy drinking with no real aftertaste. Overall, it’s serviceable.

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