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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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867 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 62 | 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 ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

ordybill, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

GeoChase90, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Gmurray
5/5  rDev +42%

Gmurray, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of emsimadr
4/5  rDev +13.6%

emsimadr, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Tom_the_bomb
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Overall, not bad. Although, having recently sampled PBR (pabst) in a can, no less, I actually find PBR to have more character - from aroma, character, lingering taste appeal - I think the PBR revival has something going - including an attractive price point. a 24 pack at $13 goes much further than 22 oz. at $5. i'll stick with sculpin if I'm looking for real character.

Tom_the_bomb, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

patre_tim, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of bricarr74
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bricarr74, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

s_squared4, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of KoG
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

KoG, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

As a pale ale as the label states on its label its not. But, as a Kolsch its not bad. I have had beers I liked better. It states that its fermented at ale levels but its more of a Kolsch. I read that others felt misled, but its on the label. As for most breweries who do fantastic hoppy beers this one falls short. More malt than anything else detected. Its crisp, but it also has the funk or whatever you call it that is typical of Kolsch beers. For the price I can get just as good Kolsch beers that are actually true Kolsch, so for me its a one and done, but I still love Ballast Point's hoppy IPA's. Sculpin is just about perfect and among my all time favorite beers.

humuloner22, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of cdog707yo
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of nealbert
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

nealbert, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

the_encinitan, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of WarBuckeyes17
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

WarBuckeyes17, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of JoeSaru
4/5  rDev +13.6%

JoeSaru, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of BigV
4/5  rDev +13.6%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Espyusmc
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Espyusmc, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Joel12, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Jessgoof
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Jessgoof, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of hoppyhour
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like everyone has said before me; THIS IS NOT A TRADITIONAL PALE ALE
This beer pours, tastes and smells like a pilsner, very similar to a miller light imo.
You could straight beer bong this shit.
I was also disappointed as many others here that the packaging does not represent the correct product. This is a great session beer or if youre eating a big meal but other than that there is no reason for me to buy this again. Very little to no hops. :(

hoppyhour, Jun 30, 2014
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of gfg0020
1/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm generally fair in my reviews. I'm also not generally lied to about what style of beer I'm purchasing. Putting "Pale Ale" in big print and "Kolsh" in tiny print is misleading. So as far as a pale ale goes this beer is terrible. I'm rating it as a pale ale because it says that's what it is on the bottle.

gfg0020, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Caskaway, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

JDM44, Jun 24, 2014
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.