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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

815 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
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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Foxman

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -2%

It pours an absolutely clear macro-esque golden yellow. A finger of white head sinks to sparse circlets of froth. Slips of lacing slide along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, pale malt, with a light, sugary fruitiness, is joined by distant doughy yeast. Biscuit and a vague but spicy hope presence fade away soon.

Upon tasting, the malt is light in every way, with light grain, light fruit, and light sweetness. A crisp hop note dries things promptly and opens the way to a very low-key spiciness. Soft baked biscuit and bready yeast speak up toward the close. The finish moves from a crusty earth tone to a thin, dry bitterness that falls off clean. Notice how much I used the word "light?"

Light bodied (there's that word again), carbonation bests a fast-flowing body and gives it a little push, but not enough.

Yes, it's light of nature and character and sometimes that makes for a fine session beer, but in this case it makes for more of a boring beer. There's just not enough there to make it notable or especially desirable in any real way. It does drink easily enough, but there's not a lot of reward for the effort, as minimal as it may be. And the downside to a bomber is I just might doze off before I finish it.

06-23-2008 18:35:05 | More by Foxman
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

03-04-2014 03:04:31 | More by ThomasMetal75
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a finger of head. The head quickly vanishes, and as the beer calms down from the pour the effervescence is revealed, which looks quite low. No lacing is showing up on the side of my snifter.

Smell: Some hay like smelling malt in the background, with some herbalness as well. Slight fruit aroma, perhaps pear? Honestly, it seems rather similar to a pilsner except with a few fruity notes.

Taste: Same as the nose really. Some light malt sitting in the background that's slightly herbal, with a few fruit notes as well. Again, similar to a pilsner, but with a few fruit additions.

Mouthfeel: A thin bodied beer with a good crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Sitting at only 4.6%, it's a beer that's easily drinkable. Although, the flavor and aroma is mediocre, so I'm not sure that it's something I want to pick up again.

11-12-2009 00:49:56 | More by Ek0nomik
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Tasted on tap while in San Diego on a quick Labor Day vacation. I will admit, I was a bit tipsy from drinking some wine over a great steak dinner beforehand but I went through the routine while trying this.

Appearance - When given to me by the waitress, there is about a half inch of head, and okay lacing. The color is a light amber color.

Smell - Honestly, week. I get made fun of yet again by my fiancée for smelling beer in a restaurant. You can smell floral tones with a bit of malt.

Taste - Again, fruity, floral, sweet. A bit of peach and a hop crispness.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied. Decent carbonation - fitting for this drink.

Drinkability - It was an okay drink, but I don't think I will seek this out. Decent Drinkability but nothing special imo.

09-10-2009 01:28:16 | More by SpdKilz
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice light golden with a bubbly head, but not too thick.
Smells of light malts and yeast.
Tastes like it smells, malt presence and little to no distinct hop/ fruit presence. This I know is due to the German style of brewing this beer. For what light malts are involved here, I'd say this is a refreshing beer for what it is. A peppery aspect too. Other than that, not much blowing me away here. Crisp. Really dry finish.
Carbonation was light medium to me, Bready dry feel, spice-like aftertaste is not my favorite.
Overall a semi-interesting beer from a great brewery. Not for hoppers, but worth the try. I consumed this indoors in the late evening, and I can see my overall score bumping this up by a .5 if I ever try this in the summer heat such as after yard work.

10-21-2012 03:59:11 | More by TBoneJones
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vkv822

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz : tulip
best by: 10/28/13

The label is a bit misleading, as it just says "Pale Ale", which led me to expect an American Pale Ale, but it turns out it's a Kolsch! Anyways. . .

Pours a fairly clear, golden with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Pale, malts upfront with some grainy notes, grassy hops, and light floral/fruity notes as well.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done Kolsch, easy drinking with a subtle, but tasty hop profile.

08-02-2013 07:44:13 | More by vkv822
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - yellowy amber colour, fairly opaque, small white heaad goes away quickly, medium carbonation
S - mostly malty,
T - crisp and refreshing, mild fruity notes at the end, but not too strongly flavoured
M - crisp, easy to drink, pretty average
O - good beer, but nothign special

04-09-2012 19:10:52 | More by vicsju1991
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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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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-13-2013 20:56:53 | More by doremite
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-06-2013 22:02:20 | More by ryser2k
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iSrALE

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-18-2011 21:40:02 | More by iSrALE
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-12-2014 02:48:26 | More by WoodBrew
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fthegiants

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-02-2014 15:26:05 | More by fthegiants
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C3likesbeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-05-2013 00:05:47 | More by C3likesbeer
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-25-2014 13:25:17 | More by erialbill
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fain12

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-28-2013 07:51:32 | More by fain12
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-04-2012 22:49:16 | More by dvmin98
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-23-2013 00:06:05 | More by Segelstrom
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Spikester

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-01-2013 07:15:09 | More by Spikester
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Felipe_Lovio


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-08-2014 15:07:46 | More by Felipe_Lovio
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MrJolly

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-10-2012 23:11:50 | More by MrJolly
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LoFiDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-12-2013 01:03:42 | More by LoFiDave
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-08-2013 06:50:49 | More by foxyaardvark27
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Vlaminck

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-29-2013 22:53:48 | More by Vlaminck
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.