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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

884 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 23
Gots: 70 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white head settles to a very big lacing that crawls up the edges of the glass above a clear pale straw golden golden colored beer.

Sour lemons and slightly soapy aroma.

Wet slightly sour grains taste with a little bit of lemony hops that is also probably adding to the sourness of the taste.

Wettish yet slightly dryish aftertaste with a bit of the lemony sourness remaining behind with this light to medium bodied drink.

A bit to much on the sour taste for a pale ale for me, not really what I think of when I grab a pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

With a name like Yellow Tail Pale Ale, I was expecting a pale ale, not a pale yellow adjunct but that is exactly what this portrays. The body, the scent and even the taste is all adjunct despite the claim it's a Kolsch. I smell corn, I taste corn and the pale yellow body screams adjunct. As I finish it there's the metallic aftertaste that seems to always accompany an adjunct. Ballast Point is such a great brewery but this is easily their worst effort.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a big creamy white head. Smells of mild grain. Taste starts with some initial light caramel sweetness, then some grain husk, finishing with a flowery, earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a bit high, but not too bad. Overall a good beer.

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3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought a few of these home to share so not sure of the price. 22oz. (650ml) brown bottle with an expiration date and blurb about the beer on the front label.

The beer poured a slightly hazed straw color, but for some reason it produced absolutely no head and zero lace. Hope this isn't a bad bottle.

Big pineapple smell along with some wheat.

The main flavor is like a can of fruit cocktail. After that it has a lemony flavor with a bit of bready malt, wheat, and a kiss of honey sweetness. There's also a bit of bittering hops.

Light bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

Light, crisp, and refreshing, yet still not one of my favorite Kolsch's.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear light golden straw color with a finger and a half of white head.

S - Smells like wheat, straw, and sweet corn.

T - I get wheat, lemon, corn, and a bit of straw. It is sweet and not very bitter; quite refreshing.

M - Thin body and moderate carbonation. This is a crisp, easy drinking beer that's perfect for summer.

O - A good take on the kolsch style. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew that I could drink multiples of.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.