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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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865 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
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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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

johnnyboy76, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Bnoise11, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

C3likesbeer, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

shelby415, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

eawolff99, Jul 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

birdsellam, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

KeyWestGator, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

pmarlowe, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

artoolemomo, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is crisp, malts, a touch of hops, a bit of wheat, pretty refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good summertime beer.

tone77, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BeerBeast, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jaxon53, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

SeaAle, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

pkalix, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Thomas_Picton, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

vfalstad, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
Best by 09/21/2013
A- This beer pours a clear glowing yellow body with a thin white film of heat that breaks up after a few sips and a slow carbonation pushing toward the surface.

S- The green bitterness of Noble hops and some dry field corn notes is all that come through this lagered clean aroma.

T- The dry pale malt has some stronger field corn taste that leads to a soft Noble pungent bitter note that lingers with a slight almost sulfury dryness. The taste also has a lagered cleanness to it.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- The clean beer has lots of qualities of an American adjunct lager with lots of field corn qualities and Noble hop hints. It was a bit of a let down.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

JVan, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with an orange tint. A hell of a head of foam that stayed forever to a cap and collar. Great lace. Nose is dank and yeasty up front with light bread. Hops are perfumey and floral, There is a light apple smell and sweet grain with grass. Taste is smooth. Light with the apple and cracker malt. The malt is just awesome in this. Hops are noble, floral and reserved. There’s a pleasant sweetness from the malt but nothing you could point at and name and say "honey" or "caramel;" and a little sour from the yeast. A faint touch of spice and straw. The finish was dry and had a nice bitter twang. Finished malty. This is actually a kolsch and tastes like a kolsch. I t derived it’s dryness form the malt more so than from alcohol or hop bitterness. It was a cereal dryness.

I like it. Its not loud, it’s not really fruity. It has a small pucker from the sweet apple and that’s where it gets it’s sweetness. The malt sweetness is understated and behind that. A good kolsch reminds you that malt is sweet in and of itself without caramel, toffee or sugar . The malt stayed dry and breaddy . Very impressive.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of SebD
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramelly malts, some breadiness and faint citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet bready and caramelly malts, faint citrus and some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

racingkenny14, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

scruffwhor, Jun 09, 2013
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.