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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

866 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 62 | 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 +6.5%

stoney1031, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear light golden straw color with a finger and a half of white head.

S - Smells like wheat, straw, and sweet corn.

T - I get wheat, lemon, corn, and a bit of straw. It is sweet and not very bitter; quite refreshing.

M - Thin body and moderate carbonation. This is a crisp, easy drinking beer that's perfect for summer.

O - A good take on the kolsch style. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew that I could drink multiples of.

ExaltedNecrosis, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Trish_NG5
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Trish_NG5, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of ToddThompson
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

ToddThompson, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of HRamz3
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

HRamz3, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of jackieT
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

jackieT, Oct 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

jpcarnegie, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sansho, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Jameswoody, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of tgatort
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

tgatort, Oct 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

ROGUE16, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Meager yellowish ale pours smoothly kicking up a white foam cap. Sticky and leaves substantial lacing. Sweetish, bready, lemony and yeasty odor. Tastes of crackers, lightly sour- lemons, and yeasty. Mildly sweet. A bit of wet earth. Body is light. Definitely has kolsch elements, it's just not my style of pale ale.

JackieTH, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

whatname, Oct 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

scootercrabb, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of michaelsmith11
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

michaelsmith11, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

steevbr, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

stpaulsipper07, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

TimMack, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If it's a Kolsch why not call it one instead of a pale ale. I expected a lot more from this in the way of hops but now reading what it is I understand. I'm still pissed though as I wanted a true APA from BP...As a Kolsch it is decent enough...some malt sweetness....relatively clean...some bready/cereal notes....light fruitiness (apples/pears)...decent for the style but still pissed this is not an APA..I'll rate for style though

ZAP, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ekalb31, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is clear and ligh golden with a small white head. The aroma brings grain, earth, hops, malt. Some sweet corn character in the flavor. A balance of malt and hops with some wet earth character. Dank hops and lingering bitterness. This is neither a good kölsch nor pale ale. It certainly lacks the attributes of either style. Too sweet. One beer was more than enough. Not again.

Huhzubendah, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of ISmith87
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - golden/amber clear color with a thin head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Nothing. Rice, wet cardboard, corn, light banana.

T - slight bitterness, rice, corn, light banana, wet cardboard, wheat, etc. c

M - light, aftertaste is basically nothing. Alc hidden.

O - yea it sucks, closer to Rolling Rock than it is to Dale's Pale Ale or any of the other greats.

ISmith87, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

marley2112, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mnphish, Sep 20, 2013
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.