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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Love me some Ballast Point Brewing... Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is pleasant: caramel, bread, some resin, light floral, dough, some alcohol, some banana, hints of smoke and vanilla.Taste is nicely balanced... light body, thin feel, oily feel, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish. I enjoyed this brew paired wit a steak salad and it went along quite nicely. Much better than the Alaskan Summer I had just befo. Keepin’ it gangsta.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
koleminer20 (2860) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2017
12 oz bottle. Man this isn’t good. The pour is a darker golden orange with a thick white head that leaves a bit of lace as it falls. This is nothing like you’d expect from a kölsch. It’s way too dark. The aroma is metallic and malty. There is a light yeast, but this is not clean or crisp. It’s got a little bit of a sweet caramel to it as well, which I’m not a fan of. The flavor is much of the same. The heavy malt and light sweet yeast don’t match up when you’re wanting in a kölsch. The mouth feel is definitely thicker and heavier than it should be with a softer carbonation and a lingering metallic malty sweetness. This isn’t good at all.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (427) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle pour. Clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is corn and banana. Medium body. Light sweet with a small bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsGuru6 (13) - - JAN 1, 2017
A crisp but bitter and a tad sour Kolsch style beer. It is one of my least favorite Ballast Point beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PugUglyBrewer (325) - - DEC 28, 2016
Pale golden color with a white soapy head of foam. Aromas and flavors consisted of sweet cereal, delicate florals, light lemon tang, subtle banana and spicy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzerfaust (837) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - NOV 23, 2016
355ml bottle from Beervana. Santiago, November 2016. Pours a clear golden color with a big white frothy head that diminishes quickly but leaves a nice film. Aroma is well balanced with floral and perfumey hops very clear right away. Grainy and bready malts as backbone, fruity touches, mostly of melon and a hint of banana. A bit spicy. Interesting as an alternative to Belgian Witbiers. Taste is mellow, quite neutral with mild fruity and spicy flavors. Cereal and bready notes dominate. Interesting. Very refreshing, lager like. A bit watery, but that’s OK. Medium carbonation. Very nice twist on a Kölsch. I would gladly have this in my fridge as a Session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bth122 (1531) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Poured from bottle. Full frothy head. Cloudy orange tan color. Light fruits, light hops. Lively carbonation. Light body. It's decent. Some spice. Musk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rick_91709 (393) - USA - OCT 14, 2016
Poured from a can. Cloudy gold. Almost no head or aroma. Sweet fruity taste. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (4362) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow from the bottle with thin bubbly white head that leaves light lace. Aroma and taste of light bready grains and light fruity yeast. Solid for what it is, just not that exciting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Pretty good Kolsch style beer. Malty, clean, lightly bittersweet. Very easy drinking I’d have again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (445) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Easy-drinking. Not sure why I’ve avoided the style till now. Pours light golden with thin, lasting white top. Aroma is cracker, bread, and light hay/grass. Flavor is similarly malty with just a slightest grassy hop bitter at the end. Clean finish and extremely drinkable.


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