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RATINGS: 789   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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Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2008
If only lagers could be this fruity. Pours a golden colour with a whispy white head that leaves no lacing. The has strong honey aromas and mild fruity notes. The flavour is also heavy on the honey flavour with grassy and fruity hops with a grainy, sweet finish. There is a mild astringency to the finsh. The palate is medium bodied with sharp, tingly carbonation and a long duration. Its a decent session brew, but I’ll stick to buying other offerings from Ballast Point on the reg.

1.9
Oscbert (1313) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
~Pours a golden yellow colour with small diminishing head ~Strong smell of wheat and malt, some citrus. ~Taste like sweet and sour wheat. Somewhat bland ~Feels chunky and wet. ~It’s ok. Reminds me of a cheap macro brew, just a notch above. Could be a stomache turner, but I’ll drink it anyway.

2.9
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
On tap @ South Beach Bar & Grill in San Diego, CA--Poured a clear golden-copper body with a small wispy white sudsy head. Crisp, biscuity, creamy, English presence. Sessionable and poundable, but not too amazing.

3.2
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Pours clear yellowish orange. Small white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but not overwhelming. Sweet, mellow and smooth. Easy and enjoyable to drink. Something to be enjoyed on a hot summer day. This beer isn’t going to kick you in the face, but it is something to enjoy at a baseball game in early spring and throughout the summer. Who wants to drink an Imperial Stout when it’s 80-90 deg F?

2.5
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours golden with a small white head. I must say I was expecting an APA, and was a bit surprised to get this kolsch(ish) thing. Slight sulfur on the nose, a touch of apple pie and grassy hops. Abrasively carbonated, spoils it a bit and strips the flavour down. After it settles I got a bit of bready malt, grain and grassy hops... very mild and simple. Too simple and thin, even for a kolsch.

2.9
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
22 oz bottle. Clear straw with a puffy white head. Nose of mineral water, lemon pith and mild toffee. Crisp carb but body a bit flabby, oily. Taste is sourdough and diluted apple juice; finish a bit metallic. Surprised to see a German style from this San Diego brewery.

3.7
Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
yellow body with a white head.nice nutty/malty aroma and flavor.mouthfeel is on the medium side.

2.8
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bomber. Pours a mid-golden color with a one finger head and lots of carbonation. Nose is mild – some malt and grains. Palate is even milder. Tastes a lot like every other mediocre pilsner/lager. Medium mouthfeel with nice lacing. Not terrible, just nothing notable about it.

2.8
Lothore (647) - California, USA - APR 27, 2008
A- Pours a golden orange color with a small one finger head that fades pretty quick leaving no trace. Appears to be pretty heavily carbonated. S- Slightly sweet, hoppy smell. I get the smallest hints of raspberry in the nose. T- Full grain taste with a bit of hops. Not at all bitter which I was expecting it to be. Very mild and unimpressive, not completely watered down but not full of flavor at all. M- The mouthfeel is fairly viscous, chalked full of carbonation. D- You would think with the inoffensive taste this brew would be pretty drinkable but I find myself not wanting to ever pick up another glass after the first. It only seems a bit better than something i’d pick up in a cheap 18 pack at the liquor store, quite dissapointing for a craft brew.

2.9
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2008
Really nothing much happening in the aroma. A bit of earthy malt and lager. The flavor is malty with a bit of fruitiness and little to no hop. It does have a nice light-medium body with a smooth and quite pleasant mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and definitely meant to be a session choice.


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