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RATINGS: 790   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (6347) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
On draft at Tap 25. Ha, now that I see that this is a kolsch and not an APA it makes much more sense. It pours a clear orange color with an off white head. The aroma is like sweet hot wort with some mild fruity esters. The flavor is sweet and grainy with some fruitbasket. Light on the palate and drinkable. An OK beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2011
caramel, floral, grass, pale, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly sour, average carbonation,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2731) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 Nose is wheat and ever so sour. Good body and initially bready malt, followed by some grass and finishing strongly malt centic. A bit bland, but highly quaffable. Solid summer sess.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AskForJenny (1082) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Tap - I expected something different. This was an unbalanced, boring, sawdust tasting lager. NFG

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3616) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pourd golden yellow color with white head. Aromas of wheat and floral hops. Slightly grassy flavow with some wheat. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11035) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Ok beer the look is orange and hazy. Taste it chalky and flowers. Not much aroma.

3.2
   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.

3.3
   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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BucannonXC5 (1626) - 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.


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