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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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816 Ratings
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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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-30-2013 13:07:30 | More by brycevolk
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3/5  rDev -15%

03-17-2012 21:43:26 | More by redfox405
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-16-2014 02:03:44 | More by ortie
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-06-2013 20:32:42 | More by Kubrickx
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-13-2013 13:38:51 | More by JVan
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2.98/5  rDev -15.6%

thanks to solomon420 for sending this offering my way.

Pours a darker golden color with a thin head that dissipates rather quickly. A few bubbles rising to the top. Bready malt notes with hints of fruit hops. Buttery with a hair of lemon zest. Not much going on here except the subtle aromas that I mentioned. Kind of boring actually.

Bready and biscuit malt flavors. A tinge of lemony hops. Slight bitterness towards the edges of the tongue. A bit bland with not much going on. Thicker body then I expected as I was looking for something more crisp and cleaner. Slick through the mouth leaving a trail of buttery ooze behind. Again, like the aromas, the flavors are just middle of the road. Nothing stands out here. A mediocre brew at best, though actually quite drinkable, despite it's pedestrian disposition.

05-05-2007 20:41:51 | More by bjohnson
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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

This brew is a slightly hazy, straw gold color. Nice sized white head floats above. Light malt on the nose with a touch of hops. Mostly light malt on the taste, a nice kiss of floral hops. Very refreshing brew. Too bad they don't offer these in six packs around here, you could put down quite a few of these on a nice summer day.

10-14-2007 06:15:44 | More by Tballz420
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a clear, rich yellow with minimal head. Smell is sweet, malty, inviting. taste is a rich blend of sweet malt on the front with a decent, slightly bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is almost creamy, slighly chewy. Drinkability is enhanced by the creaminess and light hop finish.

05-14-2008 23:44:25 | More by edchicma
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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Look: Poured from a 12oz into a pint. Pours an orange/gold with a 1/2 inch head and some pretty decent lacing.
Smell: Very light. Slight sweetness and a bit grassy and citric. Not much going on.
Taste: Interesting. Pale malts, citrus hops and something else I can't quite figure, not unappealing at all. Still very light on the taste.
Mouth: A nice light-medium. Goes down easy.
Drink: Good summer brew. Not heavy, easy to session.
It's a solid beer but not very unique. I'm still pretty happy with Ballast Point so far (3rd offering I've had).

09-27-2010 05:43:45 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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3.24/5  rDev -8.2%

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into an english pub glass. the body was an orange-golden color. not much lacing and sheeting here unfortunately.
s - citrus hops
t - citrus hops balanced by pilsner and bready malts.
m - moderate, a little on the thin side.
o - i had high hopes for this one and while it's a decent pale ale it fell short.

08-16-2013 20:52:17 | More by GPHarris
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

06-13-2013 00:48:34 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange color. Frothly white head becomes a nice film.

Smell: Has an aroma of florals and spices.

Taste: Mild taste of semi-sweet floral malts, with a bit of spices and some very light hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of bread too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with soft carbonation. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, physically, though it doesn't fully keep my interest.

An enjoyable beer, but nothing that particularly stands out. A bit too sweet for a beer this light, at least for me. But it's certainly worth trying.

03-03-2007 05:16:18 | More by mithrascruor
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-05-2013 01:28:12 | More by johnnyboy76
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

08-16-2014 21:30:29 | More by deadliest
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

05-16-2014 18:25:00 | More by Hessian257
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3/5  rDev -15%

01-22-2012 16:59:25 | More by pperez38
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-29-2012 20:44:02 | More by gshackles
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3.53/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clear golden, with a big creamy white head. Smells of mild grain. Taste starts with some initial light caramel sweetness, then some grain husk, finishing with a flowery, earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a bit high, but not too bad. Overall a good beer.

10-25-2013 01:38:50 | More by tronester
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

09-11-2012 22:46:13 | More by GFD400
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

05-10-2013 15:42:15 | More by eulerthegrape
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-01-2013 05:03:15 | More by KeyWestGator
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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours to a nice but thinnish white head with minimal lacing and pale gold color. Aroma is sweet grainy pale malt and grassy, floral hops. Flavor starts slightly sweet with a dry wine and noble hops finish to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a bit rough for the style. Overall a great beer that is pale and an ale but is nothing like a "pale ale". I ordered it not knowing it was a kolsch. But I was pleasantly surprised.

04-26-2013 18:29:53 | More by EagleTalon
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2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured in a taster at Ballast Point, in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger thick foamy white head. Middling retention. Crystal clear pale gold color. Not very appealing.

S- Some pale malts. Wet dogfood is a smell I can't shake, unfortunately.

T- Sweet and crisp flavor. Some bitterness. Best part yet.

M- Light but crisp carbonation.

O- Flagship beer? Unfortunate. The smell especially really put me off. Not terrible, but not something I'm rushing back towards.

12-01-2012 02:39:06 | More by Murrhey
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

If this is a Kolsch, why's it got "Pale Ale" slapped on the front? Oh well, here we go...

A. Very thin and watery, lots of active carbonation, short tight white head. Some lace. Beer is a fizzy yellow-gold. So far so good.

S. Sweet and light sugar water, grainy, with a touch of metallic, earthy hops. Avoids smelling corny or bland, which is good.

T. Initial crisp-fizzy rush turns into a slightly powdery-dry "European" malt sweetness. Tame and restrained and rather subtle. Fair amount of gently singed, biscuity malt here, balanced by a vague earthy bitter hop. Not terribly complex but I have to confess it's rather refreshing and that's exactly what I needed for a bright 80 degree day.

M. Thin and watery, mildly dry grainy finish. Highly carbonated and fizzy in the mouth.

D. Pretty decent. This isn't an award-winning beer, but you could surely do worse on these beastly Southern summer afternoons.

03-10-2009 20:53:57 | More by kkipple
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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