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RATINGS: 778   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (862) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (2181) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2011
The aroma is malty, buttery, and yeasty with a hay like hop. The appearance is deep yellow with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with nothing complicated. The palate is thin but OK. Overall an interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2655) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Bevmo Scottsdale. Golden with lasting white head and lace. Grassy sweet honey noble aroma. Sweet refined honey grassy bready with assertive noble hop finish. A pretty aggressive kolsch. Had it with some brats. pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Smells like beer. Golden yellow color. Very mild slightly sweet flavor. Subtle hop finish. Way too quaffable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (8407) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Lightly toasted pale malty aroma. The flavor has pale malts, a light sweetness and just a hint of hops. Missing that fresh grassy/spicy hop kick you get from fresh Kolsch in Cologne. Not bad though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (898) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle: pours clear amber with a thin white head, grainy aroma, taste is very sublte - some light hop and malt flavor, a touch of sweetness, pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Mustard-yellow pour, with some soapy white head that dissapates quickly with moderate lacing. Smell is of dough, as in bready yeast or something like that, malt character is pretty strong. Hops and fruit also there, though not nearly as much. Very, very clean crisp feeling upon first sip, and a lot of funky malt too. Bitterness from hops hits at the back-end, along with some citrus, and a slight phenolic taste. This beer is decently drinkable, but the carbonation is just a bit too high for my taste and holds it back. Body is very nice and light though, considering the more-than-expected malt character in this guy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bomber. Cloudy lemon yellow and gold color in appearance with ample sea foam head. Lots of potent German Pilsener-like grassy hops and grainy malt aromas. The flavor begins with some apricot tartness and cereal malt backed by floral hops and honey. The carbonation is aggressive and the finish is smooth and dry. A solid summer brew.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle pours gold with a white head. Aroma shows pale malt and grassy hops. Flavor shows that same with some extra breadiness. Overall body is light and so is the bitterness.


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