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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

780 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 780
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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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange/copper appearance. Has a one finger of foamy head. Looks like a typical adjunct lager head. This has some carbination, but it's not real noticeable. Looks like a slightly paler version of a kolsh.

S- Malty sweetness. Fruity hop spice. There is also a lemony element here. Has a lager type graininess.

T- Follows nose. Malty sweetness. Fruity hop spice. Lemons. Lager type graininess.

M- Mild. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Finish starts out with sweet, but ends fairly dry. Easy drinking beer for sure. No complaints here. It just about drinks like a lager.

Overall this beer is very good. It's what got Ballast Point going. And I'm glad they stepped up their game in just about everything else they've done. It's an above average beer for sure, just not anything that blew my socks off. This would be excellent with seafood like mild whitefish, shrimp, or crab. I'd say try this if you are new to the craft beer scene or if you just want something that is light and extremely flavorful. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:04:31 | More by ThomasMetal75
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jscheuf

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

02-25-2014 23:08:45 | More by jscheuf
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Niners49

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-22-2014 21:09:43 | More by Niners49
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SavageHopHead

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-16-2014 05:13:05 | More by SavageHopHead
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-12-2014 03:43:09 | More by jeffthepony
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-12-2014 02:48:26 | More by WoodBrew
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-10-2014 03:35:01 | More by thatoneguymike
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puttinforbird

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-10-2014 00:29:26 | More by puttinforbird
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FLima

Brazil

3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Predominant aroma of papaya and bread.
Fruity flavor with a light spicy feeling. Hints of orange and papaya with lemon drops light sourness, green pears, floral and herbal hops, wheat and pale malt and yeast. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with low carbonation.
I was expecting an American Pale Ale but this is actually a Kolsch with a distant APA background. Still faithful to style and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:10:26 | More by FLima
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Icarus

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-07-2014 01:16:13 | More by Icarus
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Noted as "pale ale the original" on the bottle.
Soft mixed aroma of pale malt, light hops and some yeast. Yeasty qualities become stronger in time.
Huge white head caps a very clear golden body.
Again with yeast flavors first, then the paler malt (pretty clean with a slight sweetness) and mild bittering/very soft hop flavors and rather light dryness on the finish.
Nice refreshing quality and probably closest to a lawnmower beer than anything?
Goes down easily and pretty clean for an ale. Nothing offensive. Good for summer.
Received as part of xmas exchange.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 21:30:13 | More by garymuchow
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JimiO

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A good Pale Ale

Great color... easy to drink... nothing offensive in anyway

In being critical... it lacks a defining character... it's a bit plane... but that is a common charateristic I find in most Pale Ales

It's a pleasant beer you just want to drink... without having to feel the need to taste and analyze every sip... it goes down smooth... easy to put down a six pack

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:25:55 | More by JimiO
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normanbeats

Georgia

1/5  rDev -71.6%

02-03-2014 23:54:26 | More by normanbeats
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trevordglenn

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

02-02-2014 06:27:02 | More by trevordglenn
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-01-2014 03:27:44 | More by superdoopersauce
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Bricelyn

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

01-30-2014 03:50:47 | More by Bricelyn
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jbuckley1972

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-27-2014 03:27:02 | More by jbuckley1972
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koakley

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-27-2014 02:49:14 | More by koakley
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staaaaalin

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-26-2014 01:54:13 | More by staaaaalin
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heffIPAlover

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-22-2014 20:52:01 | More by heffIPAlover
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taospowder

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-22-2014 04:40:11 | More by taospowder
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get_bentley

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

01-22-2014 04:09:56 | More by get_bentley
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Mattsk1

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-22-2014 00:57:36 | More by Mattsk1
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rickcrip76

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-21-2014 19:02:29 | More by rickcrip76
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mimbriglio

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-18-2014 01:16:56 | More by mimbriglio
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.