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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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834 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of SpdKilz
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

SpdKilz, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of TBoneJones
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

TBoneJones, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

vkv822, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of vicsju1991
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

vicsju1991, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of scottoale
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

scottoale, Apr 28, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

dipso123, Aug 26, 2013
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.