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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Yellowtail Pale AleYellowtail Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

816 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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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DogFood11

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Not much to look at. Loose white head falls to a small island and no retention to speak of. Color is a pale yellow w/ multiple sized carbonation, similar to a run of the mill macro lager.

I couldn't pick up to much in the smell. Bready malts and nothing else. Pretty smooth on the palate and it has a creamy feel to it as it going down. Hop presence is very subtle and more or less helps to crispen this up more than any flavor I get out of it. Fruity undertones of bananna and sweetened lemon round it out.

Notes: I like some hops to balance out a good kolsch. This stays on the bready side all the way through and it leans towards doughy. Good malt character. Delicate finish. Not one of my favorites but its an approachable offering with some depth.

12-26-2005 19:40:42 | More by DogFood11
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Naterobsnyk4

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

06-24-2012 05:07:05 | More by Naterobsnyk4
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Mappies

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

02-02-2012 17:18:32 | More by Mappies
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Headgoober

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

02-01-2013 03:18:19 | More by Headgoober
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birdsellam

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

07-01-2013 19:34:38 | More by birdsellam
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Chadpaq

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -28.3%

I admit, I've never had a "Kolsch" before, but when I picked up this beer, I thought it was merely an American Pale Ale. I guess I was a little off on that. My mistake.

I was a little skeptical of buying this beer at first because a lot of people have said that there have been freshness issues with Ballast Point stuff, and they don't date their bottles. I risked it and scooped it anyway...just a single. Drainpour if need be.

...And I almost had to, if I can be quite honest.

It poured out like a fizzy Bud Light. The head was okay and receded pretty slowly, but not much lacing was left. A lot of carbonatio and...oh man, what the hell is floating around in there? I guess some sort of fermentation? I'm not really sure, but I'm not the type of person that's deterred by appearances either.

Oh, I did drainpour about a third of this thing. Good riddance.

Smells sort of hoppy. Definitely crisp. Maybe some citrus fruit. Oranges? Lemons? Hard to say. Definitely wheaty.

Tastes pretty clean and crisp. I'm still thinking about that junk floating around in the beer, but whatever.

Very carbonated. That's about all I can say for the mouthfeel. Felt pretty damn...bland. Yes, it FELT bland.

Overall, this beer...well, it kinda sucked. Perhaps it just isn't my favorite style. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Whatever the case may be, this simply wasn't my cup of tea. However, certainly won't deter me from trying Sculpin when it comes into season.

Oh, I did drainpour about a third of this thing. Good riddance.

12-16-2010 15:33:53 | More by Chadpaq
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Chizoad

California

2.55/5  rDev -27.8%

Well maybe I came into this thinking I was getting a pale ale of the IPA variety. Sorely disappointed.

Pale yellow gold with nearly no head or lacing. Fruity-cardboard nose. Musty even.

Very similar flavor although maybe even a little worse than the nose. Some malts but the sweetness feels forced.

Decent mouthfeel but not great. Light but not crisp. Not one I'm going to ever have again.

03-04-2011 06:10:26 | More by Chizoad
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mobud

Delaware

2.6/5  rDev -26.3%

Bottle into tulip.

A- Dark straw with no head and very light carbonation.

S- Wheat with light smell of cut grass.

T- Light wheat with a tang that I have trouble placing.

M- Insanely thin with almost no body and not all that refreshing.

D- I purchased this beer at a Von's close to my San Diego resort and was unable to find a freshness date or code to find if I was drinking old beer. Ballast Point has such a great rep that I hope it was old and not them. I will give this one another shot if I can get it in the future.

10-18-2007 19:36:34 | More by mobud
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.61/5  rDev -26.1%

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.

01-30-2013 22:08:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
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bashiba

Iowa

2.63/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured a golden orange color with a light off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell was light and grainy with a bit of corn.

Flavor was light with touches of light grainy malts and a hint of lemony hops, but they were all overshadowed by a tin like metallic taste that seemed to dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel was light and a bit dry with some mild carbonation.

Drinkability is ruined by the persistent metallic taste.

06-03-2008 22:23:08 | More by bashiba
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BucannonXC5

California

2.65/5  rDev -24.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Mesa. Color was clear golden. Minimal head and minimal film on the sides. The lacing, however, stayed for awhile. Appeared to be heavy on the carbonation.

Smells were skunky malts and somewhat bitter. Grainy malts also were involved.

No improvement on the taste. Skunky malts lead the way. A tad bit bitter at the end.

Medium-to-high carbonation. Medium body.

A pretty big disappointment, considering how much I enjoy the Calico Ale.

09-08-2011 07:18:35 | More by BucannonXC5
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -24.1%

This beer pours a clear, gold with 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. It does leave lace till the end. The aroma leads off with caramel followed by some banana and vanilla. It's flavor has notes of caramel, grapes, and a hoppy tang. Well balanced at first with a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium however the dry hop tang lends itself to only drinking one at a time. Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale is a good example of the style, recommended.

01-01-2011 00:55:02 | More by B967ierhunter177
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%

Fizzy pale yellow, with thin foamy white head.

Aromas of bread/dough, very grainy, with some faint malt. Pretty boring nose.

Some sweetness, faint traces of malt, even fainter, if any hops. Very grainy, light-bodied. Usual high carbonation. Pretty bland and lifeless brew.

05-12-2012 21:10:57 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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Westsidethreat

California

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%

A: Crystal clear orangish gold body with an off white rapidly diminishing head

S: Smells mildy malty with hints of fresh cut grass and wheat. Very organic smelling

T: Wow thats standard. Minor tastes of caramel, creamed corn and cantelope on top of a plain kolsch base

M: Bit spritzy and prickly.

D: eh. So why don't they bottle the DIPA?

05-21-2006 05:23:47 | More by Westsidethreat
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kojevergas

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -22.7%

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high based on the rating average here on beeradvocate. I usually quite fancy kolschs, so I'm excited to try this one. Here we go!

A: Pours a three finger head of no cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow.

Sm: Light barley and subtle bright fruit notes. A mild strength aroma, but a pleasant one.

T: A touch creamy over top a clean barley foundation. Too malty. I don't detect the wheat the label mentions at all. A very simple beer. Boring but pleasant. Built decently but without boldness or inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet - overly so in fact. A bit thick for a Kolsch as well.

Dr: They got the style wrong, but its a pleasant simple beer, with muted flavour. It's too restrained to be truly good, but if you're not expecting much, it's a highly drinkable beer. It's certainly sessionable. I'd try it on draught on a rainy day, but it won't be coming up in conversation anytime soon. Nice try, lads, but you didn't do anything interesting.

12-09-2011 08:14:06 | More by kojevergas
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TCJosh

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

04-19-2012 22:44:05 | More by TCJosh
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

06-07-2013 04:49:51 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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get_bentley

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

01-22-2014 04:09:56 | More by get_bentley
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djaeon

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

01-22-2012 21:32:25 | More by djaeon
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

12-23-2012 06:09:25 | More by EvanWilliams
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-09-2013 23:44:03 | More by KarlHungus
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MrD


2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

08-02-2012 04:21:04 | More by MrD
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-05-2013 01:28:12 | More by johnnyboy76
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

10-16-2013 16:03:01 | More by ToddThompson
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trevordglenn

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

02-02-2014 06:27:02 | More by trevordglenn
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.