RATINGS: 785   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Gold pour, whit head. Nice clean hoppy aroma with some bready/light caramel notes. Flavor is spicy hops, crisp malts, overall a nice pale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Ok beer the look is orange and hazy. Taste it chalky and flowers. Not much aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Drank it during a recent black out in San Diego. Was impressed with the smoothness and drink ability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Pours yellow with a thin white head. Smells mildy of wheat but switches gears to a dry hop, grainy flavor. It felt more like a pilsner to me, but it was good either way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BucannonXC5 (1555) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Mesa. Color was clear golden. Minimal head and minimal film on the sides. The lacing, however, stayed for awhile. Appeared to be heavy on the carbonation. Smells were skunky malts and somewhat bitter. Grainy malts also were involved. No improvement on the taste. Skunky malts lead the way. A tad bit bitter at the end. Medium-to-high carbonation. Medium body. A pretty big disappointment, considering how much I enjoy the Calico Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-gold with thin white head and not much lacing. Aroma: Wheat malt, citrus, apple and spicy, floral hops. Taste: Malty mix of wheat, apple, lemon and orange. Some spicy counterbalance from the noble hops. Would have liked more Munich malt than Wheat, but still quite good. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, creamy somewhat full body and semi-dry finish expected for a Kolsch. Overall: Very refreshing and enjoyable Kolsch. Not quite as dry or spicy as I prefer, and too much wheat, but those are minor gripes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a orangish, yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy, yeasty, cereal. A little thin on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, mild, cereal. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (852) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Appearance is orange with minimal white head. Aroma is some sweet earthy hops. Taste is sweet grains with a touch of bitter hops. Overall pretty good and not the average of this style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Ugh. I poured a 12 oz bottle into a shaker at a guesthouse while on vacation. I didn’t read the label closely enough to see the "kolsch" subtext, and heaven knows I wish I had. The color looked typical for a pale ale - deep yellow with hints of orange - yet this seemed to reflect the beer’s heavy-handed use of malts rather than its robustness. Flavors of skunk and sulphur permeated the dominant notes of bread and soda pop fizz, with only the faintest whiff of hops in the finish. I didn’t drink enough to comment on lacing or changes in flavor/aroma as the beer warmed. A very disappointing drainpour, given the high quality of Ballast Point’s IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (905) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Poured into my Ballast Point glass. Pours light for a ale. I didn’t realize until now it is really a kolcsh, and that makes sense now. Aroma is clean, with no hops. Flavor is light, slightly of wheat, andI do detect lemon. It’s not bad, but not as advertised, this is more of a nice summer ale, and would be pretty good as far as those go.

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