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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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849 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | 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 Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Orange Blossom Festival in Riverside, California. Served very cold on a cold, rainy day. Pours a golden yellow with minimal head. Aroma & flavor follow each other fairly well- there is a nice hops balanced with a light citrusy and buttery tones. A complete lack of sweetness. Drinkability is, well, let's put it this way- my notes say: "yes!!!".

Dukeofearl, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Kyrojack
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Kyrojack, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of cfrances33
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

cfrances33, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Spikester, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

fthegiants, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, light gold with a fizzy, white, quickly-dissipating head. A little bit of lacing as well.

Smell: Sweet malts, honey, and maybe some crisp hops?

Taste: Sweet malts with some light hoppy crispness. Well balanced and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy, though very light and clean. Not that much carbonation either, then again it's about medium. Pretty light overall.

Drinkability: I'm not really a Kölsch man, but I could drink these for a while. Kind of like flavored water... with alcohol.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ortie, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Kubrickx, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of oso
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

KeyWestGator, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

brycevolk, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

JVan, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +13.3%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Poured a clear, bright golden color with a large bubbly white head that slowly settled down to a thin, patchy skim. Mild carbonation seen when iggitated.
Smell was pretty mild but seriously sweet. Had a fruity, sort of apple-crisp note mixed in a light bready malt base aroma.
Taste was a nice blend of a yeasty maltiness and gently spicy fruitiness. No hints of hops until a light bitterness came out in the finish.
Feel was light, crisp and refreshing.
This is a very easy-drinking brew. I found Yellowtail Pale Ale (?) to be a delightful beer.

Boilermaker88, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Hessian257, May 16, 2014
Photo of Tom-Peters
3/5  rDev -15%

Tom-Peters, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BeerBeast
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BeerBeast, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

johnnyboy76, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

StephRai, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of birdsellam
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

birdsellam, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of bjohnson
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bjohnson, May 05, 2007
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sansho, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Tballz420, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

gshackles, Jun 29, 2012
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.