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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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TCJosh

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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


2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

02-02-2014 06:27:02 | More by trevordglenn
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BreweryRun

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

06-16-2014 16:02:18 | More by BreweryRun
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rprinz22

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-24-2013 02:12:28 | More by rprinz22
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hilgart1

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

05-16-2013 03:16:39 | More by hilgart1
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99firehawkman

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

10-22-2012 03:58:08 | More by 99firehawkman
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WarBuckeyes17

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

07-10-2014 03:37:59 | More by WarBuckeyes17
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

08-22-2013 03:05:58 | More by heytomcat
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EdTheEdge

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-13-2014 20:45:52 | More by EdTheEdge
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CreightonSM

New York

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

11-18-2013 14:01:02 | More by CreightonSM
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nloyless

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

11-08-2012 02:36:37 | More by nloyless
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claspada

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aromas are quite light. A little sweetness and breadiness with some earthy notes. Not much here.

Tastes are grainy and light bready malts up front with a decently flat finish. I think this is not quite fresh so this may be a biased review. Pretty simple overall tastes. Nothing exciting going on here, but it's well done for what it is. Undercarbonated for the style; light body.

Overall this is very easy to drink, but with other options, why fill up on this? This is a decently enjoyable beer, but the weakest Ballast Point offering which I've tried to date by far. It doesn't offend, but it doesn't wow in the slighest.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 17:16:43 | More by claspada
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domtronzero

California

2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Precursor: I am not very familiar with Kolsch-style ales, so I am tasting this beer compared to the typical pale ale styles found around San Diego county (i.e. Sierran Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Paddle-Up Pale Ale by S.D. Brewing Co., etc.).

Pours a light golden copper color with a small, dense, tightly packed head. Head-retention is lacking, but some lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is very sweet with a subdued hop presence. Taste is different. Definitely not the typical pale ale. Actually, it's a Kolsch-style ale. Not very much like a common American pale ale. Very sweet and malty with a very grainy/toasted malt flavor. A slight grassy hoppiness is noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, and the carbonation helps it go down. Overall a less-than average beer, but maybe its because they call it a pale ale. It might be a pale-colored ale, but in San Diego, this beer would not pass as the standard pale ale style. A note to Ballast Point: please label your brews accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2007 05:28:31 | More by domtronzero
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morimech

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber $4.49

It is pale and it is an ale so I guess it is a pale ale. But if you are expecting a hoppy beer, you are going to be surprised. It pours a clear, light golden color with a one-fingered head that dissipates quickly. No head retention and no lacing.

The smell is bready and yeasty.

The taste is of malt with a little caramel on finish. No hop bitterness noted.

It doesn't finish clean and dry which is another thing I would expect. Leaves a bit of a greasy feeling in the mouth. This is just a mediocre beer regardless of style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:08:08 | More by morimech
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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

clear golden with a frothy white head, lively carbonation.

minimal lacing.

Sweet and grainy malt aromas.

Lightly sweet, grainy with a light crisp bitter finish.

nothing memorable, just a middle of the road quaffer. I'd drink again if offerd, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 04:16:49 | More by Padron4KM
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Lothore

California

2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden orange color with a small one finger head that fades pretty quick leaving no trace. Appears to be pretty heavily carbonated.

S- Slightly sweet, hoppy smell. I get the smallest hints of raspberry in the nose.

T- Full grain taste with a bit of hops. Not at all bitter which I was expecting it to be. Very mild and unimpressive, not completely watered down but not full of flavor at all.

M- The mouthfeel is fairly viscous, chalked full of carbonation.

D- You would think with the inoffensive taste this brew would be pretty drinkable but I find myself not wanting to ever pick up another glass after the first. It only seems a bit better than something i'd pick up in a cheap 18 pack at the liquor store, quite dissapointing for a craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 03:23:31 | More by Lothore
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Overlord

California

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, what a disappointment after being blown away by the Dorado and Marlin offerings from Ballast Point.

No real head, the mouthfeel is flat and thin, and there is a sour aftertaste that is neither pleasant, nor well integrated with the flavor of the beer. And the beer, itself, has no real hops, no malt-backbone, and other real flavors to speak of. Just not good, at all. Pours a yellow with a hint of amber/orange.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 07:15:35 | More by Overlord
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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