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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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mimbriglio

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-18-2014 01:16:56 | More by mimbriglio
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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-17-2014 11:49:53 | More by SoCaliC8
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TubaDan

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-17-2014 01:54:18 | More by TubaDan
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-16-2014 03:49:13 | More by Vogey77
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-15-2014 15:59:23 | More by sendbeer
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-15-2014 05:23:59 | More by RyanAU
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extra

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-14-2014 17:15:15 | More by extra
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Zkscharf

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-13-2014 17:39:19 | More by Zkscharf
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-11-2014 23:54:00 | More by TTripp725
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose along with some hints of white grapes.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there are stronger notes of grapes and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry and chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good American representation of the German Kölsch style.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 23:45:01 | More by metter98
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JamesGWittel

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-10-2014 18:14:34 | More by JamesGWittel
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muzzy

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-10-2014 03:41:19 | More by muzzy
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dedbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-09-2014 03:38:23 | More by dedbeer
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-04-2014 16:43:12 | More by mychalg9
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fthegiants

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-02-2014 15:26:05 | More by fthegiants
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allstar255

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-01-2014 02:00:40 | More by allstar255
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Mordhaus

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-31-2013 00:11:53 | More by Mordhaus
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My label is a bit different than the one pictured and says only Ballast Point Pale Ale, "the original", and lists a 5.20% abv instead of 5.00%. I think this is my second beer from Ballast Point.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a hazed lemon colored body with just under a finger of soapy white head that fizzles to a bubbly ring quickly. Some spotty sticky lacing.

S - Smell is of buttery diacetyl, bready malts, a bit of honeyed graham cracker, some soapiness, corn, and some musty yeast. Otherwise, the smell is pretty lame and boring.

T - Taste is of buttery caramel malts, corn, grains, herbal earthiness, crisp fruity yeast, grainy pilsner malts, and subdued indistinct fruitiness.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a fairly boring, uninspired beer. Poor duration of flavor, but light-bodied, refreshing, and drinkable. Inoffensive, but it doesn't really do anything for me. This would be a great stepping stone beer for those looking to get into craft beer, though.

Ballast Point Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:56:25 | More by mfnmbvp
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Vlaminck

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-29-2013 22:53:48 | More by Vlaminck
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-25-2013 22:34:11 | More by DerekQXQX
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JF1917

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-25-2013 22:25:09 | More by JF1917
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Sacrifice

California

4.94/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

newer bottle design, 5.2% ABV. almost as good as their sculpin IPA, which is how i came to sample other ballast point beers. clear taste but nice for cold as well as warm weather.

ballast point is now my favorite san diego brewery - better than stone, even

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:12:40 | More by Sacrifice
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-16-2013 06:08:38 | More by MaxOhle
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Vigilante

Nevada

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-13-2013 22:48:42 | More by Vigilante
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MattBreight

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-12-2013 07:08:48 | More by MattBreight
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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