RATINGS: 787   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1630) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Nice Head and Golden color, the carbonation is a little high but adds a nice acidic touch along with a fair if not great amount of hops. Mouth is just a tad thin. Some tastes similar to Yuenglibng, with grapefruit flavors

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (5705) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
A pale ale thats a kolsch, eh? Pretty deeep yellow with no visible carbonation. Smell is clean. Initial taste is first pale ale then morphs to lagerlike with background fruit. Tho pale ale bitter at the beginning of each sip, it goes fruity lager eventually. Finish is somewhat bitter but its acceptable for a lager lover.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
A very delicious kolsch. Don’t see many of this style but this is one of the better. Aroma was so so. Light malt, corn and cereal. Pour was a nice light gold with a one finger white head and plenty of bubbles. Taste was was nice for the style. Very cereal like with hints of caramel malt coming in and out. Very grainy but the malt keeps it sweet and good. Strong carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2010
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a clear golden colour with a low firm white foam. Rounded mild aroma of straw, flowers, honey and mild soap. Medium to light-bodied with notes of mild lemon, leaves, straw and orange-peels. Clean mouthfeel. Mild medium-bitter finish of orange-peels, leaves, straw and neutral yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Transparent gold with nice carbonation and a long-lasting white head. Pleasantly sweet nose of light hop, wheat, and banana. Refreshing flavor, mainly of light wheat with hints of grass. Thin body but the flavor remains. I can find this from most other breweries, but its enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Poured a clean amber , nice lacing. Smell was dominated by malts and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel and the taste were very smooth and easy on the palate. This is a very drinkable beer, something that I could see pounding on the beach in San Diego all day, but I think it suffers from being overshadowed by the guys at Stone. It doesn’t stand out, but maybe that was the intentions, good beer though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (6139) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Location: On tap at the Brewery, Linda Vista Location, 1/7/10

Aroma: Floral notes, spice, citrus, and caramel
Appearance: Clear golden color, white head
Flavor: Some sweetness with light floral hops
Palate: Its a light bodied and drinkable beer
Overall Impression: This drinks nicely, its not bad, but not great, its just alright. You could certainly do worse, it makes for a pretty nice session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgreb (422) - Marburg, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2010
on tap - orange golden beer with no foam. Aroma has a little bit of oranges. Flavour is malty sweet but a little bit too thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
22 oz bomber. poured yellow with medium head. very light, crisp and refreshing. Would be a good session pale. An all around average pale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Drank this one a while ago and failed to rate it at the time. It’s a pale ale, and a weak, watery, non-descript one at that. Odd that this beer would be the most widely available one from a brewery that otherwise produces great stuff.

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