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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

840 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ohtheguilt, Mar 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

Unchi, Mar 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of tony223366
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: First of all, huge fluffy white head with immediate lacing. The head looks just about perfect to be honest. The color is a nice golden straw. Tons of action from the carbonation but the clarity isn't great. There's a definite fogginess in the beer.

S: Smells great. It's got a nice crisp aroma. First thing I get is some moderate fruitiness. That's followed by tons of bready malts and just a touch of hops.

T: Taste is good, although it does fall a bit flat. The first thing I get is a touch of fruitiness with almost a slightly sour bite. That's followed by the huge bready malts. After that I get just a bit of crisp hop flavors. The finish is largely bready. Finish is extremely clean though.

M: Very tight, almost painful carbonation. Light body and smooth.

O: I really do enjoy the malt depth in this beer. It juggles rich breadiness and crisp flavors nicely. However in some ways it does fall a bit flat. Still a little above average though.

tony223366, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

BenTherHppedThat, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

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

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of ahq514
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe glass. When purchased, I was expecting it to be a pale ale as advertised, not a kolsch.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color. Fairly light, bright white head. Appears to have fairly light carbonation. Great lacing all around the glass.

Light grainy straw with a hint of citrus. Very subdued aroma.

Very clean and crisp while maintaining an ale like quality. Very close to aroma. Fairly bland overall, but has some light notes of grain and straw.

Fairly dry beer. Light body and lighter carbonation.

A decent kolsch overall, just fairly bland. I would consider it a good lawnmower beer, it was pretty refreshing.

ahq514, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

OscarO67, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Mappies, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Very clear golden color with a good sized fluffy white head, good retention, fair lacing.

Smell: Slightly grassy hops and biscuity malt. Nothing too big, just a modestly bitter and malty aroma.

Taste: Lightly grainy and malty, with a more traditional-feeling European hop profile, bitter but balanced between the two elements. Grassy and floral, maybe a touch lemony. Malt isn’t particularly profound, again on the light side. Not a west coast super-hopped pale or an IPA in disguise at all. Very mild.

Mf: Light bodied with a short, dry finish, just a touch of lingering bitterness. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking but somewhat bland, even for a kolsch, which is for me not the most exciting style to begin with. Lacking any particularly distinctive characteristics.

tobelerone, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

Popp24, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

sponger, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

KenC, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

OleJohnnieAle, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

sd123, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

rJulianz, Jan 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.