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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

815 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
There's no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular--it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany. We've chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts.

While it is very much like a pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness--a perfect compliment to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Ratings: 815 | Reviews: 335 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

If this is a Kolsch, why's it got "Pale Ale" slapped on the front? Oh well, here we go...

A. Very thin and watery, lots of active carbonation, short tight white head. Some lace. Beer is a fizzy yellow-gold. So far so good.

S. Sweet and light sugar water, grainy, with a touch of metallic, earthy hops. Avoids smelling corny or bland, which is good.

T. Initial crisp-fizzy rush turns into a slightly powdery-dry "European" malt sweetness. Tame and restrained and rather subtle. Fair amount of gently singed, biscuity malt here, balanced by a vague earthy bitter hop. Not terribly complex but I have to confess it's rather refreshing and that's exactly what I needed for a bright 80 degree day.

M. Thin and watery, mildly dry grainy finish. Highly carbonated and fizzy in the mouth.

D. Pretty decent. This isn't an award-winning beer, but you could surely do worse on these beastly Southern summer afternoons.

03-10-2009 20:53:57 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a stange, this beer exhibits a very light straw color with a touch of haze. The white foamy head has a respectable layer of retention with some clumping. Lemon and a bit of cake on the nose.

The mouthfeel strikes me as starchier than expected. Its rough, hop-forward flavor exhibits lemon tartness and pale German malt. The hops give character where the grains merely balance. Very spicy bitterness. This would be a very nice summer pounder but the lemon flavor is a little too one-dimensional.

01-29-2009 02:26:37 | More by boston2bburg
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Tiernan

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-06-2013 01:59:48 | More by Tiernan
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -43.2%

03-03-2012 05:42:59 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-04-2013 06:28:37 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Dmann

California

4.47/5  rDev +27%

Had a yard of this at O'Hungry's in Old Town yesterday and was very impressed. It poured a nice medium yellow color with a small white head that left some lace down the glass. The smell was very refreshing with a crisp hop scent. The flavor was equally as smoothe and crisp with a slight hop kick that was more balanced towards the slighty spicy malt profile. This is a great session beer and just goes to show that you can make a very light and drinkable beer and still have a great flavor.

05-19-2004 11:01:17 | More by Dmann
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-22-2014 21:04:09 | More by DaftPatrick
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-11-2014 23:54:00 | More by TTripp725
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-28-2014 05:18:29 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a blurb about the beer on the side of the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Very mild chill haze, big frothy white head that cakes to a great thick lace.

Smell: Light breadiness with hints of yeast and grain. Faint whiff of fruit and hops also.

Taste: Medium body, sweet pale malt flavour through and through with a even hop bitterness (slightly spicy) and mild leafy noble hop twang flavour. Sweet bread and yeast on the palate straight into the drying finish.

Notes: Decent go at the Kölsch style, quite palatable with an impressive malt character for such a light coloured brew. Nice addition of hops to make for a perfect balance.

04-10-2002 19:09:24 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear goldenrod body that shows a lot of active carbonation. Immense vanilla head retains well and becomes pitted and rocky. Lots of scattered patchy lace.

Aroma is quite biscuity, accented by spicy and floral hops.

Light medium body is well carbonated.

Taste is well balanced, but governed by an earthy and spicy hop bitterness. Malt presence is very biscuity and has a hint of honey. Finishes clean and crisp.

One of the better American examples of the style and very sessionable.

01-25-2009 23:01:27 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

22 ounce bomber, no freshness info offered. Pours light and clear, under a fairly thin off white tiny bubble head, that leaves plenty of sticky, fine sheeting. Resiny hop nose. Easy drinking, snappy, hopped up offering. I personally find it confusing when a brewery puts out a "pale ale" that actually is a Kolsch beer. Anyway, this beer is a pleasant enough light sipper. Nothing special going on here.

04-19-2008 12:11:44 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance: clear, orange-yellow in color, minimal head, low carbonation

Smell: tropical fruits and toasted malt

Taste: tropical fruits, toasted malt, caramel, honey, and a bit of bread

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light body, very sweet

Drinkability: I could have several of these. Nice, sweet, and a bit fruity for the style. A good warm day beer, I could have a six.

07-12-2010 20:41:53 | More by tigg924
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-23-2013 00:40:04 | More by KolbMarley
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas. The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with some orange citrus and some light grass notes. The flavor follow suit. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt as well as some citrus and pine notes from the hops. The malt is much more prevalent than the hops, but there is still a light bit of bitterness and some hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-29-2012 04:56:06 | More by Mora2000
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-26-2011 05:50:47 | More by GarrettB714
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-18-2014 04:13:17 | More by chossboss
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GuidedByVoices

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

03-25-2012 02:47:12 | More by GuidedByVoices
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-gold with thin white head and not much lacing.

Smell: Wheat malt, citrus, apple and spicy, floral hops.

Taste: Malty mix of wheat, apple, lemon and orange. Some spicy counterbalance from the noble hops. Would have liked more Munich malt than Wheat, but still quite good.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, creamy somewhat full body and semi-dry finish expected for a Kolsch.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and enjoyable Kolsch. Not quite as dry or spicy as I prefer, and too much wheat.

01-04-2011 02:42:02 | More by bsp77
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magictrokini

California

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

Clear, golden beer with a white head. Light aroma of malt and honey. Tastes sharp like a pilsner, but with equal malt flavors. A nutty character sometimes pops with a hint of biscuits. I don't know why they call this a pale ale, because its not. Oh well, its still good.

12-04-2008 23:51:24 | More by magictrokini
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

12oz bottle poured into an alt glass.

Pours a very golden amber with a lot of carbonation, a nice tight little head with good retention. Nose is a bit wheaty/malty with a bit of hoppiness but it's similar to a marzen.

Mouthfeel is a little bit ligt/watery, but still good and easy drinking. Has a toastiness with some subtle wheat and nice earthiness to it. for a so-called pale ale, I'd like it to be a bit hoppier, but as a Kolsch it's just about where it should be.

12-27-2009 20:18:19 | More by kingcrowing
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ehammond1


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

On Tap

Brazen BBQ
San Diego, CA

Clear golden yellow with a thin white cap. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Simple and muted aroma--lots of bready malts, grain, and little else.

Flavor follows the aroma--very simple and plain. There's some mild bitterness, lots of bread and grain, and a touch of floral and citrus, but not much at all. Though nothing unpleasant, this beer lacks much hop character and is simple and boring.

Medium mouthfeel. Clean, dry, crisp, and refreshing.

I think Ballast Point do themselves a disservice by calling this a pale ale. This is a simple, bready ale, but there's a lot more flavor and character in Sierra Nevada and Stone Pale Ales.

08-29-2011 22:17:31 | More by ehammond1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and fairly sweet German style aroma with citrus undertones. Upfront pale malts with hints of cereal grains, wheat, straw, biscuit, crackers, and yeast. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints with a Noble presence. Slight hints of spice. A pretty decent Kolsch style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp, clean, bready, and fairly sweet Kolsch style taste with some citrus notes. Upfront pale malts with notes of wheat, cereal grains, straw, crackers, biscuit, and yeast. Juicy citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Earthy presence of European hops linger around. Subtle note of some kind of spice. Very grain forward. A pretty decent lager like taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on the German Kolsch style. Has the crisp breadyness you expect.

11-19-2013 07:00:10 | More by MattyG85
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2011 01:16:15 | More by RyanPS
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-01-2013 11:41:40 | More by Cynic-ale
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Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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