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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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840 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | 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 RhodyNative
4/5  rDev +13.3%

RhodyNative, Nov 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of marvmoreno
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

marvmoreno, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of nloyless
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

nloyless, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Cambo04
3/5  rDev -15%

Cambo04, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

dvmin98, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of alejandro
4/5  rDev +13.3%

alejandro, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of mcss
3/5  rDev -15%

mcss, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark gold with a nice frothy and sticky white head

S-smooth creamy grass and crisp biscuity malts. strong aroma. smells quite decent.

T-comes in with a great flavor of crisp and grainy biscuits. its quite a strong and flavorful taste. it does have a small hint of adjunct lager to it, that isn't exactly a turn off, i think what i'm tasting is actually the european touch to it. that comes more so in the after-taste. almost zero bitterness.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-well if you get this because you want a good fresh American Pale Ale, then you'll find that you were fooled by the name. it definitely does taste very much like a kolsch. its definitely tasty for what it is. it goes down easy, but its really missing any quality that begs me to go out and buy more.

AdamBear, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ste5venla, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pale, clear golden-yellow color. Three fingers of rocky white head cap the beer, and it doesn't budge an inch. Thick collars of lacing form on the glass. Perfect appearance for the style.

S: Floral hops, very slight herbal edge, ghost-like hint of light fruits (grape skin?). Malts are grainy with a touch of musty bread.

T: Hop tastes wash over the palate with a very mild bitterness. Floral, green and slightly oily. Subtle hint of herbal spice. Doughy malt tastes shift as the beer dries toward the finish and shift into grainy tastes and hints of cracked wheat. Light fruity notes. Dry finish of grain, bread, and a fading hop bitterness.

M: Light in body. Some firmness of malt texture. Creamy and somewhat full. Active, scrubbing carbonation.

O: This is a very good representation of a Kolsch. It should have broad appeal, owing to the care with which it was crafted and the nature of the style itself. I find it curious, however, that Ballast Point chose to call it a Pale Ale on the label. That's bound to cause confusion when someone purchases it expecting a hoppy American Pale Ale or something of that ilk.

ryan1788a5, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of CousinSuzy
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of 99firehawkman
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

99firehawkman, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of TBoneJones
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light golden with a bubbly head, but not too thick.
Smells of light malts and yeast.
Tastes like it smells, malt presence and little to no distinct hop/ fruit presence. This I know is due to the German style of brewing this beer. For what light malts are involved here, I'd say this is a refreshing beer for what it is. A peppery aspect too. Other than that, not much blowing me away here. Crisp. Really dry finish.
Carbonation was light medium to me, Bready dry feel, spice-like aftertaste is not my favorite.
Overall a semi-interesting beer from a great brewery. Not for hoppers, but worth the try. I consumed this indoors in the late evening, and I can see my overall score bumping this up by a .5 if I ever try this in the summer heat such as after yard work.

TBoneJones, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Scott1970
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Scott1970, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

harpus, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of frogfan
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

frogfan, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark straw in color. Crystal clear with absolutely no head at all.

S - Very light hops. Malts kick in pretty well and leave a nice nose. Almost has a pilsnery scent.

T - Almost tastes more like pilsner than a pale ale. Not a lot of hops seem to be floating around in there. Very malty and sweet. Lots of bread in the after taste with a little bit of toffee sneaking around in there.

M - Light bodied with not carbonation to speak of.

O - Eh, nothing too spectacular here. Might as well be drinking Sierra Nevada (which I like).

ThePaleRider, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ryanpj, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

GuyClinch, Oct 07, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

sdaly3, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from CBX... poured into an antique milk glass stein...

A: Honey gold with a puffy white head; nice retention leaves a few thick spots of lace.

S: Pilsner-esque malt / wheat aroma; light earthy and floral notes; a little metallic.

T: Lightly bready with a peppery dry hop bite on the end; biscuit; cracker; it has a nice little bite for a Kölsch.

M: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation; a touch viscous... more mouthfeel that I was expecting.

O: A nice little Kölsch; a bit more mouthfeel than average, but has a nice bite for the lower abv; a definite top choice for a summer beer.

*from notes 9.8.12

jpro, Sep 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

SalMineo, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

GFD400, Sep 11, 2012
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.