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RATINGS: 691   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1300) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours an attractive gold with a high pillowy head. Nose is mild with bready and savory notes. Fruity and savory up front, with a rich dry close. Good drinking beer.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2015
Can. Clear dark gold. Slight lemon aroma with bready grain. Taste adds a hint of pineapple, corn, and honey. Very pilsnery. BO aftertaste. Not very drinkable. I'm not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (886) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2015
12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Noble hops, bready malt and hint of citrus. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is medium, soft, slightly bitter. I could drink this whole day.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerInHeaven (227) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2015
pours a slightly murky gold with a medium white head. Aroma is slightly skunky hay/grass. Taste is clean with some slight spice. Hint of lemon citrus. Not much hop presence. Some slight bitter fades in. Not bad.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Koskela (365) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
I get a grainy and slightly sweet under notes from this orangy yellow but clear brew. It's a bit darker than a typical kolsch. It's kinda grainy like normal but it's overly sweet and the bitterness is a bit much in the aftertaste. It's a bit more full bodied than a typical as well. Overall it's not a bad brew but not a typical kolsch.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Underdogs88 (245) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2015
Low notes of pear like esters and floral hops. Appearance is a clear gold with a white head with average retention. Bready character in the flavor with notes of flowers. Mouthfeel is medium with radium high carbonation. Overall, I wouldn't call it a pale ale. It's a kolsch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cool_Bond (1848) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Malty aroma. The taste is slightly fruity. Most watery. Minimal bitterness in the aftertaste that fills the upper part of the mouth briefly. Not at all impressed beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AAEA (181) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
12 Fl OZ ($19 12pack) a great pale ale. tastes of bread and is a really great beer. I liked this one. ballast point sure knows their stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/20/15] Draught at Ballast Point Old Grove in San Diego. Clear golden. Very mild hoppy aroma with some bready malt. Sweetish flavor with bready malt, mild floral and citric hops, a fruity touch and a slightly bitterish finish. rather light-bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1536) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours two fingers of foamy head on a clear light golden body. The aroma is mild honey and grain. The taste is moderately bitter to start, then mellow malt to finish. Nice. The texture is crisp and fizzy. Nice and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cousin_Larry (485) - - MAR 14, 2015
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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