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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

781 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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: 781 | Reviews: 332 | Display Reviews Only:
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Booman

California

5/5  rDev +42%

11-15-2011 10:19:08 | More by Booman
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +42%

12-06-2011 23:56:02 | More by imyourhero21
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +42%

02-09-2012 05:18:37 | More by msarver16
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MasterMustace

California

5/5  rDev +42%

11-16-2011 21:07:03 | More by MasterMustace
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Ryan1423

Alaska

5/5  rDev +42%

08-27-2012 22:14:49 | More by Ryan1423
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Sacrifice

California

4.94/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

newer bottle design, 5.2% ABV. almost as good as their sculpin IPA, which is how i came to sample other ballast point beers. clear taste but nice for cold as well as warm weather.

ballast point is now my favorite san diego brewery - better than stone, even

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:12:40 | More by Sacrifice
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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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jackieT

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

10-13-2013 15:41:20 | More by jackieT
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Skipper


4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

04-12-2012 19:18:52 | More by Skipper
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geckointhebox

United States

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoy a good pale ale and this is a pretty good one. Had it shipped for the holidays and I was the hit of the party. Very drinkable, very balanced. Everything you can hope for in an ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2001 01:12:14 | More by geckointhebox
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Bricelyn

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

01-30-2014 03:50:47 | More by Bricelyn
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my cylindrical Spaten glass.

A: Nice gold color, not too light and ever so slightly hazy. Still quite clear. Great white head with fantastic retention and lacing.

S: Light and crisp fruitiness within lovely malt and yeast aromas. Nice and clean smelling.

T: Clean and crisp on the taste as well. Nice malt backbone is made ever so slightly soft and tangy by a bit of wheat. Fruitiness is much more subdued than the nose might suggest. Just a hint of hop bitterness to balance things out.

M: Light and refreshing. Not too heavy and finishes nice and clean with a mildly sweet aftertaste.

D: VERY high. Great carbonation and balance. An optimal choice for a session brew.

This is fast becoming my "everyday" beer of choice. Its drinkability is quite excellent. Although the Kölsch has been thought of as more of a warm-weather brew, I could definitely enjoy this one year-round. It may not be as bold as other styles, but that's where its beauty lies. Worth trying, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 08:46:36 | More by PirateUlf73
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Honey apricot and hazy with a healthy glow and a one finger white head that sticks around despite it's small size. Lots of frothy lace is left on the glass after a good swirl, and the head is brought back to a fat finger.

S - Holy crap does this smell great! It smells EXACTLY like Quaker Oat Squares cereal, or Cracklin' Oat Bran warmed up with milk in the microwave, with honey drizzled on top. No kidding. When I was a kid, my buddy that lived next door's parents used to always fix us warmed cereal with honey and that stuff was the figgin' bomb. This probably smells more unique than almost any other beer I've ever had. No joke.

T - This tastes grainy and honeyed like the nose, but with a good dose of gritty hops. This tastes like Grape Nuts cereal more than Quaker Oats or Cracklin' Oats. This just might be the most cereal intensive beer ever. An I love me some cereal. This has some Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch notes too, with big hops for the style on the back end.

M - Medium bodied, crackling carbonation, and a slightly dry and very grainy...(cereal like almost) finish.

D - This reminds me of the cereals that I loved as a kid and for that it gets an A in my book! This is an oddball brew....especially for the usually unassuming style. This shit was $12 for the six pack in Fort Collins, CO but I can see why....this is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 05:18:28 | More by pmcadamis
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KenC

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

01-27-2012 19:45:14 | More by KenC
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martyjhuebs

California

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

08-13-2012 17:42:42 | More by martyjhuebs
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keilerdunkel

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

06-07-2014 03:28:49 | More by keilerdunkel
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calmond72

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

04-08-2012 03:46:12 | More by calmond72
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cubixrube


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

08-27-2012 19:21:39 | More by cubixrube
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

06-22-2012 20:28:55 | More by gleemonger
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joe1013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

09-10-2012 14:41:39 | More by joe1013
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

01-27-2012 01:28:22 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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Dmann

California

4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours into my Sam Adam's 16 oz. glass a honey-golden color, clear and crisp with seemingly perfect carbonation. a little, lacy white crown rises shallow sticks around nicely.

This one has a very aromatic nose for the style. Sweet, clover honey in the clean and wheatie scented malt. Very earthy and herbal scented German hops, green veggies and slightly musty.

This one is a VERY crisp, very clean and refreshing semi-sweet malt that has a subtle clover-honey current with a dry- wheat and herbal hop balance. Yummy and amazingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 22:01:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Seanibus

California

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, satisfying brew, true to its Kolsch inspiration.

Pours a radiant yellow with a lovely white head and trailers of carbonation. The aroma is strong and honey-like. The flavor is grainy, smooth, and honeyish with gentle, mouth-bracing hops. It has a thin, pleasant mouthfeel.

This is a near perfect beer when you are in the mood for a light, refreshing ale with some character.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:54:35 | More by Seanibus
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MichaelBigbone

California

4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The store by me now has ballast point brews in cans.

This beer is one of the best pale ales I've ever had. I thought I just liked the sculpin, but after having them all can admit that ballast point is a world class American craft brewery. I love the classic beers, and quality.

Compare this to Blue Heron (Mendocino), Mirror Pond (deschutes) ...but still so unique and great malt but balanced. Actually probably not appropriate to try to compare .

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 07:04:28 | More by MichaelBigbone
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Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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