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RATINGS: 651   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours golden w/ medium sized creamy froth. Aroma is pure and fresh. Medium nectar w/ creamy soft residual effers. Flavors are uncommonly mellow with a fresh and clean fruit character. There is very little bitterness here, just slightly on the finish. As I was drinking it I was surprised how the flavor profile insisted on such a mellow disposition. I could drink this all day long. Now that I am writing this, I see the commercial description and it explains everything. It’s a Kolsch. Overall: I really like this brew. The flavors are bright and clean yet soft and creamy. I highly recommend this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (101) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Ballast Point Yellow Tail is my favorite Ballast Point brew to date. Aroma- a toasted malt smell that had a follow on of citrus. Appearance: a great clear yellow to orange color, that had minimal white head. Taste: I could really taste the malt and citrus flavors with a medium bite. A thoroughly enjoyable flavor. Palate- A lively carbonated light bodied brew that was pretty sweet Overall- A great beer, I highly recommend it, excellent for warm days.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/27/09. This beer pours a clear gold with a good-sized 2-finger head on top. Decent retention leaves some pretty lacing spots and rings. Smells of grassy hops, and buttery grains. The mouth is crisp with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Flavor is of buttered biscuits finished with a sharp hop bite. This is one of the more refreshing beers I’ve had this summer. This will be a regular for barbecues and ballgames.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2014
I am biased against beers labeled as koelsches since they are typically just crappy blond ales w/ a cute name but this is pretty excellent. It is clear pale golden in color and is more or less headless after a minute or so. Nose is bready and slightly herbal. This is a very clean beer for an ale, as is befitting the style, and there is only a hint of fruitiness from the yeast along w/ a touch of sweetness that brings out a lemon note from the hops. It is a crisp refreshing brew that was brewed with skill and an obvious attention to detail. It has a subtlety few craft brewers even attempt let alone succeed at.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2511) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Light golden. Compact, thin-layered white foam. Well balanced aroma between toasted pale malts, minerals, maraschino cherry, and perfumey hops. Densely crisp, slightly fuzzy texture. Soft body. Sizeable dollop of lightly glazed malt sweetness harmoniously meshes with delicate hop acidity and understated Tettnang spiciness. Center shows more biscuity sweetness, which highlights the beautifully rounded, body-softening melon fruitiness. Hops continue to contribute more body, as they shower the palate with more juiciness, while attaining even more range of softness from the husky wheat. Glazed malt sweetness shrinks into a firm blend of minerals and peppery hops toward the mistily dry finish of juicy hops chased with perfumey hop burps and muted malt residuals. They’ve nailed this very difficult style with precision.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hihosteveareno (9) - - SEP 1, 2013 does not count
Smooth and tasty with a yellow color and a white head. Very drinkable especially super cold. No headache or hangover, just a little on the expensive side. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured a nice golden color with a fairly-large white head. The nose has a lot of malt, especially for a beer being labeled as a kolsch. Along the same lines, this is pretty hoppy, so it seems like BP is right in describing this as a pale ale. Bready malt and some citrus hops come through in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel is very nice and refreshing, with more of the German lager-type carbonation atop this softer pale ale. Drinkability is good. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-17-2010

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4654) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Orange-tan classic beer color. Steady creamy white head. Really nails the style, maybe even improves on it, adding a nice hoppy edge. Clean, doughy golden malt, balanced fruity yeast tones and restrained hop bitterness. Excellent balance, refreshing on the palate. Served in a frozen mug unfortunately that really detracts from some of the mellow tones. Well done!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1742) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2013
12 oz bottle, thanks Brenn79. No mention of the word Yellowtail on the label, just Ballast Point Pale Ale. Aroma is doughy, chalky. Pours golden with a light haze; has a medium white head with good retention. Taste is lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness; hoppy and toasty with faint fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Definitely the best Kolsch I’ve ever had. I went into this skeptical, because I’ve never really had a good one. Guess I’ve just never had the right brewery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (767) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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