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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   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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JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Lighter golden color with a crisp, slightly citrusy aroma. Flavor has mild hops and grain with a thin feel and a weak finish. OK for the style.

2.5
BeerandBlues2 (13216) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow with a rocky, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, cereal, meal), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (sweat, must) with notes of wet paper and dust. Light bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

2.8
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Average blond/yellow pour with a small head. Not really that sweet for a kolsch. Moderate mouth feel with moderate malt flavor. Not bad, but not really to style due to the vegetal hops and light style. Not bad. Needs more maltiness in my opinion. Probably good on tap on a hot summer’s day.

2.9
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2009
I’ve had this since late september. Im sure its a little past its prime. Clear yellow pour with sufficient carbonation. Fluffy white head a drippy lace. Sweet corn on the nose. As well as flavor. A touch of diacetyl on the finish

2.2
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear yellow color with a thick white head that slowly receded to a layer and left some spotty lacing. Grainy aroma with hints of light earthy hops and a bit of citrus fruit (orange). Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some doughiness that transitions into a light floral hoppiness and some light undertones of soft fruit that is overtaken by an off-taste of butter/diacetyl. Low carbonation and rather watery on the palate. Hmm, perhaps I just don’t enjoy the style. It wouldn’t be too bad with the diacetyl, but that kills it for me.

3
emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Pours a translucent gold with a thin white head. The nose is sweet, corny, mild metallic bitterness, bready, malty. The flavor is sweet and corny as well, mild grassy bitterness, hay, some diacetyl. Mild bitterness in the mouth with a mild carbonation.

1.8
Ernest (7669) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, corn starch, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of DMS and hair spray. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Wow, truly terrible, especially the nose. Hard to believe this is made by the same brewery that makes Calico Amber Ale and Victory At Sea, which are both great. This is a certified drain pour.

3.1
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
Clear golden with large white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel notes. Flavour likewise with a sweet finish.

2.1
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Poured a thin copper/yellow color. The head is white and creamy. Smells of honey and sourness. Taste is honey, very slightly metallic and bitter, with a bit of lemongrass. Tastes like a lot like a lager. Aftertaste is non-existent. Very boring and thin.

2.9
nearbeer (5373) - 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.


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