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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Yellowtail Pale AleYellowtail Pale Ale

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819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
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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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

A pint at the Waikiki Yard House, dubbed 'Yellow Tail' on the menu.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly slips away.

It smells weakly of bready, doughy malt, a bit of aged lemon juice, and mild leafy, grassy, earthy hops. The taste is more bitter up front, sort of indeterminately, kind of leafy, kind of citrusy, with a still-strong pastry-esque maltiness providing a wholesome balance.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, the body a lightweight medium, and haltingly smooth. It finishes with more of the same - timidly bitter hops, and solid bready hops.

A decent pale ale, a bit of necessary moderation at the moment - for the rest of you - drink at will.

05-09-2012 01:42:15 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-08-2012 03:24:58 | More by ycortez
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-28-2012 08:30:05 | More by BoRaeCho
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for maybe 2 minutes.

Smell - breads/grains, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of breads/grains, lemon juice and zest, and some very light hops. It finishes with a bready/grainy aftertaste with some very subtle hop notes.

Overall - Although very drinkable and refreshing, this beer is quite boring. I expected a little bit more from this brewer. Maybe just a touch more in the citrus/hop department.

04-24-2012 19:52:36 | More by spinrsx
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

04-24-2012 16:36:50 | More by hackomal
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-23-2012 23:42:39 | More by Jrbackon
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

A 12 oz bottle picked up in Asheville, NC

A - A yellow straw color, with nice lacing on the glass and 1 finger of head. It is clearly unfiltered as well with some sediment floating around in the glass

S - German malts are very prevalent. Not too much hop aroma

T - Fairly sweet, with a nice bitter aftertaste. Well balance

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. It is very smooth.

O - An excellent, tasty, easy drinking light beer. Perfect for a hot summer day..

04-22-2012 04:43:50 | More by BeerDawgs
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours roughy into a snifter glass to net nearly 3 fingers of head over a brassy gold body. Below average retention leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Biscuit and cookie dough malt that isn't overly bready with some hay, lemon pith and white wine notes. Very uplifting, a touch of adjunct grain but you already tell this is a refreshing beer.

Light bready, almost cracker-like malt lays down a good foundation with a touch of corn and raw grain husk before a pleasant hop profile of dried grass, lemon zest and grain washes over the palate. Not much bitterness but cleanses well like a lager. Some fruity red berry notes in the finish.

A little bit of heft in the body and unremarkable carbonation until the end of the drink where it fizzes up like seltzer and really scrubs itself dry.

This beer has exceeded my expectations, a flavorful representation of style that could easily be over looked. Will return to this one, a crowd pleaser that does justice to both a craft drinker's palate as well as the masses.

04-22-2012 01:03:58 | More by rawfish
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-19-2012 22:44:05 | More by TCJosh
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

04-15-2012 23:50:52 | More by chocosushi
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Pours a very clear amber/yellow amber color. Puffy 1.5 finger white head.

S - Mostly bread malts and caramel. A tinge of spicyness and touch of hops.

T - A bright, spicy taste. A little bit of bitter hop kick before fading into some bready, caramel malt.

M - lots of carbonation, but still smooth.

Overall - A decent beer here. Not incredibly remarkable or anything, but a good representation of the style.

04-14-2012 17:25:00 | More by BeerBuckeye
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3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

The color is a medium yellow with a deeper amber hue to it. A frothy, thick pure white head starts at 2 fingers tall and eventually falls off to a sturdy foam that drops patchy lacing well down the glass.
It's not until I smell it until I decide to read the description, and it makes a lot more sense. There's a Saaz-like note of mildly sulfuric hops, verifying the brewery's claim; it is indeed like a pilsener in many ways. There's a touch of malty sweetness along with drier malts as well, and the aroma showcases a nice depth as well as proving that a gentler style can have a lot to it.
The flavor showcases those same dusty, earthy and grassy Saaz-like notes as the aroma, with a very gentle bitterness among the malty sweetness. The only thing detracting is that is goes strongly grainy.
The feel is lovely, crisp up front and continuing all the way in a flowing light but deep body with a nice, creamy smoothness that keeps me wanting another sip.
Another good one from Ballast Point.

04-14-2012 03:31:20 | More by Brenden
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

04-12-2012 19:18:52 | More by Skipper
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3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured into an Allagash flute on 3/29/12

The best by date is smudged but since Ballast Point just came to Ohio, I reckon it's fresh.

Lightly hazy, golden orange color with a one thumb cap of puffy foam. Head retention is thin but keeps a decent layer and lasts. Lace take a while to catch, but once it does it holds thick layers.

The aroma has an enjoyable showing of pithy citrus (orange rind and a touch of lemon) and weavings of grass and cracker. Clean and inviting. The taste is in a similar vein - spicy hop crackle tapers to a medium-range bitterness on the back end. Malts are clean a fairly neutral in light of the hops. Medium light feel. Carbonation is too high for my liking, but it does add to the zestiness of the hops. Finishes pretty clean; it was hoppy at first but as it warms it has lingerings of grain, which is a nice change of pace.

Great drinkability (aside from some of that carbonation, haha). This is one for the IPA light category. Give it a shot.

04-10-2012 23:26:19 | More by Ryan011235
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - yellowy amber colour, fairly opaque, small white heaad goes away quickly, medium carbonation
S - mostly malty,
T - crisp and refreshing, mild fruity notes at the end, but not too strongly flavoured
M - crisp, easy to drink, pretty average
O - good beer, but nothign special

04-09-2012 19:10:52 | More by vicsju1991
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

04-08-2012 03:46:12 | More by calmond72
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold, with a nice two-inch head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt,faint fruitiness.
Taste-Toasted malt, faint, earthy/herbal hop note. Smooth, with faint hop bitterness in the finish.
Style listed as Kolsch but "pale ale" presented on the label. A bit confusing as I reviewed with a pale ale in mind. In either case a decent brew.

04-06-2012 17:05:06 | More by hosehead83
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2.9/5  rDev -17.6%

Pours a hazy, pale golden color with a thick white head. Some loose lacing with the attenuation of the head. Earthy, pilsner-like aroma with little hop noted. Mild apricot flavor, but finishes like a chalky pilsner. Very poor example of the style, but not a horrible beer. That being said, I won't buy it again. I also don't understand the hubbub of the Sculpin IPA and how it manages to stay in the top 100 on BA's list. I've tasted better homebrew efforts.

04-06-2012 02:20:35 | More by DocJitsu
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

04-03-2012 06:09:10 | More by BlottoOtto
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-02-2012 04:31:55 | More by SHCC
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas. The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with some orange citrus and some light grass notes. The flavor follow suit. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt as well as some citrus and pine notes from the hops. The malt is much more prevalent than the hops, but there is still a light bit of bitterness and some hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-29-2012 04:56:06 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

03-26-2012 02:07:57 | More by Melissaw1126
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

03-25-2012 02:47:12 | More by GuidedByVoices
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-24-2012 01:04:19 | More by grannaniwa
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-23-2012 07:54:04 | More by SocalKicks
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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