RATINGS: 786   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 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
This was a pretty light and sweet beer, not what i was expecting. I didn’t really enjoy it too much.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Tastes like they used a similar grain recipe as the calico amber. Reminds me too much of crappy European imports. It’s kind of like a craft Corona.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
With all due respect I tried this after I had Sculpin on a nitro tap. That being said it smells like burnt towels and tastes only slightly better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Draft. Enjoyed at Green Flash restaurant. Poured into a pint glass a clear yellow color with a white head. Very, very mild aroma. Light bready and really not a hop to speak of. Medium/light mouthfeel. Light and refreshing but really lacking a solid flavor. Lightly sweet start to finish. Given my options here at Green Flash, it’s what I’ll go with but given other options I would go somewhere else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (971) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours a medium yellow with high effervescence and an initially billowing head. Clean malt aromas with some earthy minerality. That mineral aroma flows into the flavor along with a light saltiness and vegetal flavor. This is fairly light in body and flavor, with cereal malt and a good balancing grassy bitterness. A little of that bitterness stays behind which is good. This is described as a Kolsch, but I don’t feel it’s crisp or light enough to really qualify for that category. Overall, a decent light, refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5381) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Thanks to BA madvermin for this one as an extra in trade. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a white head. Nose is caramel, honey, sweetness, candied orange, grass, and slight pine, with citrus hops. Flavor is sweetness from start to finish. Honey, grass, and caramel abound in this light to medium-bodied ale which is very nice, sweet, and citrusy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oobawa (991) - Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Despite the relatively low scores for this beer, I still find it very, very easy to put back on a hot afternoon. Quite English despite its California origins, Yellowtail Pale never offers either indulgent malts or juicy, over-the-top hops, and comes off pilsnerish in its finish. Still, a couple bottles on an 80 degree day are quite welcome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Easy drinkink beer. Pours a pale yellow color with a white head. Hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus. The taste has some orange and floral notes with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (2208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2011
A lemony, pilsner malt nose with some grassiness to it. It reminds me somewhat of an English pale ale that has been smacked about by a big German. It has excellent refreshing characteristics with maybe a slightly funky DME thing going on in the finish.

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