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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

781 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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

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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale orange color with a tan/cream colored 1 finger sized head.

S- Wheat, very pilsner like.

T- Wheat, barley, citrus, fruity.

D- Nice carbonation, light and refreshing. Very easy drinking. This is a nice pale ale, but it is still a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:26:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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angrygrimace

California

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw orange. Very little head, less than a finger, with little retention after pour.

Aroma is mostly malts with a very small amount of spicy hops to it; maybe a little sweetness.

Taste is not what you expect from a beer labeled Pale Ale at all since it's actually a Kölsch. Very malty flavor throughout, but not a particularly strong flavor....maybe slightly watery. Very slight citrusy note, if any. I would say that it's got a slightly above average taste, but it lacks the character I've come to expect out of other Ballast Point beers. Very carbonated, slightly crisp, but not overly so on either count - definitely a refreshing beer.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but it doesn't really seem like anything particularly special, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 21:12:41 | More by angrygrimace
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Phelps

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle during a Kölsch tasting. While the name says pale ale (in giant letters), the description on the bottle says Kölsch, so into my tasting glass it goes.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one-finger head of pure fuzzy white that becomes a soapy top layer, leaving tiny bit of spotted lace.

Bready biscuits and spicy German hops in the nose, in equal parts and perfect balance. There’s none of the usual Kölsch fruityness, but it’s actually a great aroma.

Same story in the flavor. Bready just-baked biscuits, a bit of lime peel, lemon pledge and other spicy German hop notes. Almost no bitterness.

High, painful carbonation, with moderate fizz and a soft medium body.

I understand the name confusion now — Yellowtail sits in an odd realm between Kölsch and pale ale, hoppy and bready yet crisp and light. It’s definitely not the most traditional example of the style, but it’s the only one that kept me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 21:47:50 | More by Phelps
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Carter for this one!

Pours a gold color with a crystal white head of foam that is thick and retains well.

Pretty one dimensional nose. Pale malt, grain with a light sweetness.

Light grainy sweetness with a moderately bitter hop presence. Pretty straightforward.

Light body, decent carbonation and a dry and bitter finish.

This is a well made beer, it's just a style that isn't known for a whole lot of character. I would say it's a nice representation of the style with a little west coast hop flair. It's just not a style that does a whole lot for me, so I wouldn't need this one again. Like I said though, it's still well made. Blame it on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 21:50:46 | More by jera1350
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sj660

California

4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick white foam that retains and leaves laces over a yellow clear (but not perfectly so) liquid. Smells softly of fruit, but otherwise clean. The flavor is grainy, slightly sweet, low bitterness on finish and a bit of spice. The flavors are smooth.

Lower carbonation despite huge head, lighter body, very slight pucker.

Why this is called a "pale ale" I haven't a clue. If you're making craft brews, beer snobs are your audience. Tell us it's a Kölsch! Drinks easy and has a surprising complexity of flavor without all the bitterness. Definitely fills a niche.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:51:12 | More by sj660
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer was semi-hazy, bright, and a vibrant yellow-gold with a ring of filmy head. Mellow nose, with very slight hops characteristics. Watery flavors initially, but heavy toasted flavors on the tail end, with only a hint of hops. Slightly pale/hoppy and sour aftertaste, with a musty, lingering finish. Overall, it was a bit watery throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 04:36:29 | More by GarthDanielson
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Today Sietse (apophis666) paid me a visit. He loves the IPA beers so i cracked a few open. After the IPA's we opened this bottle of pale ale. I got this bottle in a trade with listenatjoes.

This is not a bad but also not a very spectacular beer. Just a normal drinkable beer.

Nice and decent head, foamy.

You get some wheat or corn taste in the mouth. Too bad the taste is also a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:45:40 | More by Brabander
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice pure strong golden color with a frothy white head that is nice and sticky and white.

S - Strong fresh grain aromas come up fast. Nice fresh baked bread with some nice grassy hops on the back. Aroma is refreshing and straight forward but delicious.

T & M - Taste starts off bready and with earthy grains. There is also some nice slight sweetness to it with some nice fresh grassy hop notes. The hop character is very european and crisp. With some slight spice and refreshing but bitting bitterness. This is a great Kolsch and a delicious beer that can be drank for longer periods. Body is nice and crisp with clean malt and hop flavors.

O - Good beer. Delicious and easy to drink with a lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:42:45 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow with white head.

Not much on the nose besides a little overall "freshness" from the hops but couldn't pick up any specific flavors.

The taste is a slight bitter on the front as the malt washes through on the back.

Not a very complex beer but refreshing. Ive had it a few times but only when its my last choice. The other Ballast Point offerings are much better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 17:10:57 | More by Eriktheipaman
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stimulus

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Lightly bitter hops, but not much going on here.
T: Bitter german hops, and a little bit of malt to balance them out.
M: Very good carbonation, light body, crisp finish.
O: This is a good session beer; the type you can drink a six pack of in a night, and with the somewhat low alcohol content, I think I'll keep this in mind in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 16:43:14 | More by stimulus
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ccm414

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle...

A- Appears to be rather cloudy with some small debris floating around inside the glass. VERY large head here, about 3 1/2 fingers that lingers for a long time but without much lace on the glass. (Living in New England this beer may have had some temperature abuse during transit, appears way over carbonated).

S- Rather malty with a lot of wheat coming through. Light citrus notes and a little of the floral hops pokes through.

T- Malty fruit flavors are present, apple being the first that comes to mind. Not much flavor from the hops really comes through. It appears to place most of the emphasis on the fruit/citrus flavors.

M- Way too carbonated, but as stated before, I believe there was some problems with storage/transit of this beer. I have had it on tap at their brewery and liked it a lot. This bottle had some issues.

D- Rather drinkable. I drank it expecting more of an IPA taste, and was rather surprised when I realized what it really was. Lighter bodied, but has some complex characteristics and at 5% you can definitely grab for a few more of these.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:27:19 | More by ccm414
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kellog

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, straw, some sediment present

A: fruity, apple juice, lemon, dandelion, slighty metallic/coin smell

T: mellow apple blends wih faint hop bitterness

M: Low carbonation, silkly

Average beer overall. Some off flavors were present, but I think it would probably be better fresh. Lots of variety at Total Wine, but hard to keep up on dates.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 04:32:44 | More by kellog
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Chizoad

California

2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well maybe I came into this thinking I was getting a pale ale of the IPA variety. Sorely disappointed.

Pale yellow gold with nearly no head or lacing. Fruity-cardboard nose. Musty even.

Very similar flavor although maybe even a little worse than the nose. Some malts but the sweetness feels forced.

Decent mouthfeel but not great. Light but not crisp. Not one I'm going to ever have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 06:10:26 | More by Chizoad
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Loadedgunz

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer definitely resembles the kolsch beers from Cologne, Germany.

A - Clean, pale gold appearance topped with a good head layer that retained fairly well.

S - apple, pear, and hint of citrus.

T - apple and pear front notes with a crisp and mildly hopped finish.

M - crisp and refreshing. A great summer beer, in my opinion. I think this beer resembles more of a pilsner than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:37:13 | More by Loadedgunz
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HopHead84

California

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/18/2011 

On tap at Ballast Point Old Grove.

A: Transparent straw golden with a big white head and good retention.

S: Light fruit notes, redolent of pear and orange, with wheat, grass, and a little sulfur. Low noble hop presence.

T: Lightly fruity, with notes of melon and orange. Grassy and slightly herbal with a decided wheat flavor. Smooth, mellow, clean and dry finish.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and sticky.

Overall: An enjoyable Kolsch that I have seriously neglected. I will definitely enjoy more of this when the weather warms up.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 17:36:28 | More by HopHead84
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bbb099

California

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass at Burgers & Brew (CA).

A - Clear, golden color with minute amount of white head. No lacing.

S - A little fruity and malty, not much. Possibly because of the food aroma all around.

T - Sweet pale malt, wheat and some citrus (lemon). Traces of hops, but overall the flavor was quite weak.

M - Medium bodied. Unusually high amount of carbonation.

D - Would have been decent if it wasn't so highly carbonated. The amount of carbonation was so much that it dulls the tongue and prevent you from drinking a large amount at once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 04:54:13 | More by bbb099
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw and golden haze some thin head laces out to the sides.

Light malty nose. Citrus and wheat, light fruit.

A bite upfront that turns faintly fruity with a little light wheat.A sweet touch of some honey most likely from the wheat. Grassy bitter finish.

Light body. I was satisfied splitting a 22oz bottle with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:35:27 | More by DrinkingDrake
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TylerJones62

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last weekend in a bar down in San Diego. Now, being a fan of their IPA I figured their APA would be to my liking as well. So after complaining about this beer to a friend I was informed that it is in fact not an APA but rather a Kolsch. So while not being familiar with this style (i.e. nothing to compare it to) here's my review.

Didn't see the actual pour but as the pint arrived at my table it appeared to have all the characteristics of a APA. Nice thin white head which didn't stick around too long, brilliant pale amber/straw color. All the makings of a great pale ale. The smell is where it turned for me. After learning a little more about the style, I realize the abundance of yeast/bready qualities I normally dont find in pale ales was very present in this beer. At the time I thought it was strange but apparently thats how its supposed to be? Tasted much like the smell did.

So, take this review for what its worth. I would definitely like to try more beers of this style because it wasn't bad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 19:24:21 | More by TylerJones62
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madvermin

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mustard-yellow pour, with some soapy white head that dissipates quickly with moderate lacing.

Smell is of dough, as in bready yeast or something like that, malt character is pretty strong. Hops and fruit also there, though not nearly as much.

Very, very clean crisp feeling upon first sip, and a lot of funky malt too. Bitterness from hops hits at the back-end, along with some citrus, and a slight phenolic taste.

This beer is decently drinkable, but the carbonation is just a bit too high for my taste and holds it back. Body is very nice and light though, considering the more-than-expected malt character in this guy.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 11:23:07 | More by madvermin
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LittleDon

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An imperial pint at Monk's Kettle, San Francisco.

Well done, but boring. Golden color, clear, decent head retention. Grainy aroma, what you'd expect from the style. A bit of carbonation up front, but not too much. Slight bitterness in the middle, clean finish. Better balance than most of the Kolschs I've had and not quite as grainy. Medium to medium light body. It would make an excellect everyday summer drink, not special, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 17:11:50 | More by LittleDon
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-gold with thin white head and not much lacing.

Smell: Wheat malt, citrus, apple and spicy, floral hops.

Taste: Malty mix of wheat, apple, lemon and orange. Some spicy counterbalance from the noble hops. Would have liked more Munich malt than Wheat, but still quite good.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, creamy somewhat full body and semi-dry finish expected for a Kolsch.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and enjoyable Kolsch. Not quite as dry or spicy as I prefer, and too much wheat.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:42:02 | More by bsp77
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Al 6-pack bottle #5.

Pours a golden yellow with a one finger white head. Some lacing sticks to the glass but not much.

Wheat and a faint grass hop come out of the scent. Mildly sweet but not too complex.

The wheat flavor really comes out in the taste with an essence of lemony grass hops.

The carbonation is low in this beer, but I think it works for it. Light in the mouth with a slight drying in the end.

This is very drinkable and a solid session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 02:05:13 | More by TCgoalie
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, gold with 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. It does leave lace till the end. The aroma leads off with caramel followed by some banana and vanilla. It's flavor has notes of caramel, grapes, and a hoppy tang. Well balanced at first with a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium however the dry hop tang lends itself to only drinking one at a time. Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale is a good example of the style, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:55:02 | More by B967ierhunter177
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Uno's in Langhorne.Color is well...Yellow. A lear Yellow with a flimzy white heading that was here and gone. Some lacing left around.

Smell is mostly of the wheat malts, a slight lemon-esk aroma and soft fruit.

Taste is very plain. Wheat malts,a slight hit of grassy hops and ever so little touch of lemonzest.

Mouth is lighter than light bodied,good carbonation and finishes extremely clean.

A good beer on a hot summer's day maybe a little light for anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 20:23:41 | More by TheFightfan1
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint. Bought from Abe's of Bethlehem... bottle was a little dusty however their turnover there is good.

A- Traditional golden yellow color with creamy white head.
S- Light fruity ale notes intermingled with almost a pilsner style malt profile.
T- Very nice balance. The pale ale on the label is misleading because there really aren't that many hops in this beer. Very subdued and mellow.... a nice chill beer!
M- Carb is OK. Flavors stick around near the back of my throat.
D- Good drinkability. I could see my non-crafty type beer folk really liking this too.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 19:20:06 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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