Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
2.61/5 rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Not much head here, a half finger white color that fades quick.
S: The malt profile has a strange biscuity aroma to it, almost like smoky meat. Not a good smoky meat, either. Some neutral malts and light noble hops hide behind this strange and even unpleasant note.
T: Very biscuity to start. This nature is honestly kind of intrusive. The finish sees a surge of mild noble hops and lemon esters, too bad the balance is out of whack. Not great overall, but better than the nose - that's for damn sure.
M: It feels a lot heavier than a kolsch should in my opinion. The hefty, creamy texture works in concert with the strong carbonation to make this one hard to drink.
O: I haven't been super impressed with Ballast Point so far, and this one is no exception. To me, this drinks like a cross between a kolsch and Fat Tire - and it doesn't really work. Maybe a fresh bottle/keg would be better? I wouldn't be averse to giving this a second chance.
Note this gets a 2.61 as a kolsch; if I reviewed it as an APA, the score would be even lower.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2013 22:08:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
3.46/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A- Hazy orange/copper appearance. Has a one finger of foamy head. Looks like a typical adjunct lager head. This has some carbination, but it's not real noticeable. Looks like a slightly paler version of a kolsh.
S- Malty sweetness. Fruity hop spice. There is also a lemony element here. Has a lager type graininess.
T- Follows nose. Malty sweetness. Fruity hop spice. Lemons. Lager type graininess.
M- Mild. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Finish starts out with sweet, but ends fairly dry. Easy drinking beer for sure. No complaints here. It just about drinks like a lager.
Overall this beer is very good. It's what got Ballast Point going. And I'm glad they stepped up their game in just about everything else they've done. It's an above average beer for sure, just not anything that blew my socks off. This would be excellent with seafood like mild whitefish, shrimp, or crab. I'd say try this if you are new to the craft beer scene or if you just want something that is light and extremely flavorful. You won't be disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 03:04:31 | More by ThomasMetal75
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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