RATINGS: 785   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nearbeer (5139) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 12 oz. Clear orange-golden with a lasting quarter-inch of cream that frosts the glass. Aromas of honey, resin, light fruit and citrus. Flavors of husky grain, fruit and honey are balanced by strong contributions from sawdust, resin and lemongrass. Near-medium body is creamy, tingly and crisply dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
highibus (817) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours a little better than pale straw. No real head to say. Plenty of aroma, but not reall malty, almost like there is some corn in the recipe, maybe it is the wheat. Quite light on flavor but looking at the description it is a lager done with ale yeast. Nice, but lighter than I want a pale ale to be. Flavor comes through though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Light golden color with a long lasting filmy white head. Nose makes me cringe a little, with a blend of medicinal yeast notes and herbaceous, weedy hops. Nose doesnt seem to resemble Kolsch at all. Flavor, however, is pretty well balanced and clean. Still would never really want to drink this beer and dont really like it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2008
Pours a dark golden color from the tap at the brewery. Notes of black pepper in the aroma with unbalanced amounts of hops and malt in the flavor. Skunky with yeast on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9920) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
Bright golden, moderate white head. Light floral and fruity notes play off clean grains. Palate is bready grainy pale malts with just a kiss of floral hop character. I guess I was expecting a little more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - NOV 30, 2008
Taste 11/8 Bottle. Looks: Very clear gold with a thin white top. Aroma: Wheat and a little fruit. Taste: Malty grain. A little spice tickles the tongue. Clean and medium bodied. Nice lager/ale blend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Brilliant dark gold with a white head. Mild aroma is grainy malts. Medium body. Subtle flavors of lightly sweet bready and grainy malts. No real hop taste and barely bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
doubelknv3 (1088) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Grain, malt sweet aroma. Pale golden with a thin white head. Citrus, sweet malt, and grain flavor notes. Full bodied with mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bomber from Canals in Lawrenceville. Pours light amber with a medium white head that hangs around almost long enough for a second sip. Slightly yeasty, citrusy aroma. Flavors of light toast, lemon zest, vanilla and a little piney hops. Thin mouthfeel and a very snappy finish. Overall, a pretty decent pale but nothing special and certainly not one of the better pales on the West Coast block.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2008
deep caramel malty aroma. Golden yellow brew with an average size foamy white head. Bitter bourbon woody flavor, deeeeep burn with vanilla notes.Extreme dry. Nutty aftertaste.

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