RATINGS: 790   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a frothy white head.The aroma was an almost skunky wet grass sent.The taste was so water down I could barly get any malt flavor.Body was light and the aftertaste was bitter in a bad way.Overall I would have expected better from Ballast piont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Yellow with white head. Light caramel, sweet malty and light hoppy. The flavor follows malt and caramel and grass and booze. Ends bitter biting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strap (899) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2011
draft at Paradiso in old town alexandria. pale yellow pour, resembling a pilsner. lemony aroma. decent citrusy hops resembling a pale ale. didn’t really remind me of other Kolsch’s I’ve had. good, not great though very sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23968) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Draft at Paradiso Alexandria. Clear bright yellow,aroma of white pepper and lemon peel. Taste is bitter, citrus, but a bit too much like a lager. Still OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
On tap at Ballast Point tasting room. Pours a pale yellow with some head. Not much aroma on this one and even less taste. This one misses the mark on many levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured a nice golden color with a fairly-large white head. The nose has a lot of malt, especially for a beer being labeled as a kolsch. Along the same lines, this is pretty hoppy, so it seems like BP is right in describing this as a pale ale. Bready malt and some citrus hops come through in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel is very nice and refreshing, with more of the German lager-type carbonation atop this softer pale ale. Drinkability is good. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-17-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2010
this is a failure from ballast point on a few levels. the aroma doesnt match the flavor which is really strange. usually the nice deep sniff of a beer just after poured is a wonderful appetizer to the flavor. the flavor of this one is just what you’d expect from a west coast pale ale, hoppy-citrus and floral, which makes my palate start to water for the flavor in anticipation, so when the brew splashes over my tongue and the expectations fail, the dissapointment is that much greater, the flavor is bready, way more malty than the aroma would suggest, very little hops in the flavor, way way too carbonated. the flavor reminds me of a mid-level english bitter, good for sessions i guess, but not much for the interested beer drinker. too bad, this is a brewer that i usually rate pretty high, but this is just not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Rather than firebombing your palate with concentrated taste notes, this beer wants to underwhelm your senses by flunking out of flavor school. Fizzy and foamy? Check. A lobotomy given to the complexity of this ale? Check. This is Ballast Point’s worst offering. Disappointment incarnate.

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