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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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steevbr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-29-2013 00:57:51 | More by steevbr
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-14-2011 22:26:43 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-18-2014 18:02:17 | More by DRTBrewster
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calcutron

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-28-2013 05:02:16 | More by calcutron
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marley2112

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-21-2013 02:40:35 | More by marley2112
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Evan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-08-2014 21:08:01 | More by Evan
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-07-2012 21:42:53 | More by ryanpj
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-06-2013 03:10:03 | More by mikehillman
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-07-2013 14:07:39 | More by plumcrazyfx
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-30-2013 02:48:39 | More by pmarlowe
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-07-2013 22:59:22 | More by savagepm
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BoRaeCho

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-28-2012 08:30:05 | More by BoRaeCho
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-16-2014 02:03:44 | More by ortie
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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-17-2014 11:49:53 | More by SoCaliC8
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marcotulio

Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-22-2013 04:34:32 | More by marcotulio
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tgatort

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-08-2013 01:35:30 | More by tgatort
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ObiBeerCanobi

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-08-2014 02:09:32 | More by ObiBeerCanobi
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose along with some hints of white grapes.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there are stronger notes of grapes and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry and chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good American representation of the German Kölsch style.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 23:45:01 | More by metter98
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DaveHS

California

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of all the other Ballast Point stuff, so I'm expecting this to be pretty decent.

A-Pours a light amber with a quarter inch of eggshell white head. Leaves a bit of streaky lacing.

S-Grains, pale malts.

T-A little heavier than I'm used to from the kolsch style. The malt character is one-dimensionally sweet. Reminds me of malt liquor for a hot second. Then the sweetness is overtaken by flavors of earth and grassy hops. The finish is crisp.

M-Light bodied, but bigger than your average kolsch.

D-The kolsch style is pretty friendly in general, and this beer is no exception. However, it isn't one of the more successful American micro versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:53:44 | More by DaveHS
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice light amber with a very slight haze to it. Pours to a fingers worth of foam that dissipates to a thin veil of lace that almost completely covers the top.

S: Aromas of grass/grain with some bready/doughy yeast and a hint malt.

T: Some sweetness and tart up front with that doughy biscuit taste and a bit of lemony citrus tart at end with a very mild bitterness that is almost non existent. Very light with a nice amount of flavors.

M: Average carbonation works well with the flavors. Left with a slightly dry taste in the mouth.

O: Very nice and flavorful brew with crisp and clean flavors. Def a nice beer to enjoy on a spring/summer weekend with friends. I'd def get a case of this for a gathering of friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:07:26 | More by ChrisPratz
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PintOHops

California

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear golden amber with almost a quarter inch of bubble bath like head and fair retention. Has little strings of champagne like carbonation, about lite Id say, and most of it dies down around 3/4 of consuming. Leaves no lacing either, Id say the appearance was lacking. Smells mostly of very sweet malts, and lite chocolate cake aromas, but there's some fruity tart grape, pair, and date notes. Overall very malty, with cake like aromas.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes very similar to how it smells, lots of malty, chocolate cake like flavors flood the palate, and leaves little room for the lite pine, slightly dry hop bitterness on the finish. Some fruity date, and sweet molasses flavors come through as well, although very subtle. Overall malty domination! Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly silky, a little oily, and lite-medium bodied. Pretty average feel but on the desirable side.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well this beer really really reminded me of Fat Tire, with all it's chocolaty cake flavors and over the top malts. No that's not bad but, more like something you feel like once in a while. Not bad and pretty enjoyable, but for the money Id probably go with Fat Tire, my personal choice. Give it a try, it's still a decent beer with good flavors. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 22:32:17 | More by PintOHops
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JMC_TM

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This refreshing Kolsch pours a light straw color, with a nice frothy white head that leaves healthy lacing. The nose give off some hints of yeast, light malty breadiness, and an even fainter hop aroma in the background. When you first sip this brew there is a nice sweet, but light maltiness that is followed by a near perfect hop balance. This very drinkable Kolsch finishes fairly dry, with a light abv of 4.60%.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 15:22:56 | More by JMC_TM
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JMD

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light copper, with auburn tints. Big frothy head that laces the glass.

S: Bread, cookie dough, some grass and yeast. Faint wiff of floral hops.

T: Very bready and doughy. Some carmel and lemon. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

M. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. I find the texture of this beer to be its most appealing aspect.

D: I really like this beer. All the flavors are subdued, but they work very well together. This beer does down easy and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:48:28 | More by JMD
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow with white head.

Not much on the nose besides a little overall "freshness" from the hops but couldn't pick up any specific flavors.

The taste is a slight bitter on the front as the malt washes through on the back.

Not a very complex beer but refreshing. Ive had it a few times but only when its my last choice. The other Ballast Point offerings are much better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 17:10:57 | More by Eriktheipaman
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SDtastentune

California

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow and fizzy, poured a head but is quickly dissipating.

S - Grains, bread, and a little malty smell.

T - Bread, malts, not to bitter, not much aftertaste other then malts.

M - Kinda fizzy over carbonation, but a pale ale needs that. Medium to light body.

D - Easy drinker for the not so brave, easy entry lever craft beer. I like more of an IPA true bitter beer or double stout, So this tastes like a light beer to me. Over all pretty balanced and good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:07:31 | More by SDtastentune
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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