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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

793 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | 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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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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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
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scottoale

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this last week-end at a Ballast Point tasting, hosted by a local pizzaria, with which they had paired the pizza to the beer. Quite a tasty event it was.

The Yellowtail Pale Ale was the first of the five ales that were served. It was served from their 22oz. bottles into pint glasses. This one pours a nice light gold, with a white, bubbly head. The head dwindles quickly leaving some nice lace behind.

Nice light malt aroma that was doughy, bisquity and had a faint wheat, as well as hop, peering through the back door.

The taste mimicked the smell, with a mildly sweet malt up front, then a much more pronounced fresh hop, to even things out. A nice clean, refreshing Kolsh style ale that went perfectly with the artichoke and olive, thin crust pizza it was paired with.

Quite a tasty beer that was light in body, had a good smooth mouthfeel, with a modest ABV making it a very easy beer to enjoy. I happily recommend this one, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 12:43:22 | More by scottoale
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Absolut

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-06-2013 01:30:33 | More by Absolut
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dipso123

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-26-2013 20:43:39 | More by dipso123
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GuyClinch


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-07-2012 00:52:26 | More by GuyClinch
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StevenLaValley

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-07-2013 09:45:20 | More by StevenLaValley
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bradybeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As others have said and the label states this is not a pale ale but a kolsch.

Pours a medium gold with little head and little hops aroma. I don't pick up any hops or malt aroma. Taste is a bit soapy? Not much body or hops. Mouthfeel is a light-which is good for a Kolsch. Drinkability-I have to give this beer a good because it is drinkable and is one I could have after mowing the lawn (if I had a lawn)

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 20:22:35 | More by bradybeer
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-06-2013 20:32:42 | More by Kubrickx
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allstar255

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-01-2014 02:00:40 | More by allstar255
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-12-2012 14:49:28 | More by Tyrawlings
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Niners49

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-22-2014 21:09:43 | More by Niners49
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden copper with a small white head.

S - Sweet bready malt, lemon oil, floral hops, hints of caramel.

T - Bready doughy malts, bitter lemon citrus, grassy hops, herbal spice. Lots of sweetness up front, but the hops quickly lend a solid bitterness to even things out.

M - Light-medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Slick with a semi-dry finish.

O - Decent brew. I haven't had that many Kolsch style beers, but this example makes me want to seek more like it. Great balance and flavor, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:44:09 | More by mooseo
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patre_tim

China

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-23-2014 03:02:18 | More by patre_tim
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-16-2013 06:08:38 | More by MaxOhle
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-10-2013 05:50:48 | More by sansho
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw golden yellow with a thin white head that holds up for awhile before becoming a vanishing patch.

The smell is sweet grain with a hint of Continental-type/floral hops.

The taste follows the nose. A touch of "wet cardboard". A bit yeasty, though with some crispness. Sweetish, turning to a dryish finish. Appropriately light-bodied.

A decent attempt at the style, though not quite as crisp and refreshing as some more classic examples of a Kolsch-style beer, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 14:20:24 | More by jwc215
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-30-2012 04:58:45 | More by slimntubbs
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Mattsk1

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-22-2014 00:57:36 | More by Mattsk1
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-17-2012 00:37:22 | More by Sparger
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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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