Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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