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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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834 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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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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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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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
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on my recent trip to Arizona for vacation. Beer reviewed 4/16/2011.

A - Brown 12 oz yellowfin bottle without any noticeable dates. The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a brilliant white bubbly 1 finger head. Good retention and lacing throughout.

S - A nice blend of light citrus, a bit of floral hops, sweet malt, and wheat.

T - The beer starts with a sweet toasted malt base with a nice fruit presence. Apples and citrus though not too powerful. Very mild bitterness. Very clean and crisp throughout. Easy drinking beer for sure.

M - Light bodied and adequately carbonated.

O - A light refreshing beer for sure. I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it as Ballast Point beers aren't available locally for me. Not a whole lot of character but pleasing.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-22-2011 15:14:35

hopfacebrew, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Sparger, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.