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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Yellowtail Pale AleYellowtail Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | 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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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-04-2013 06:28:37 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-04-2013 03:29:28 | More by Jmick28
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-24-2013 14:07:39 | More by cdwil
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-24-2013 01:45:00 | More by kew
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-23-2013 02:50:47 | More by nosavingsaccount
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Alek

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-16-2013 23:55:47 | More by Alek
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MGodduclan5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-16-2013 22:29:54 | More by MGodduclan5
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-13-2013 05:45:58 | More by dmorgan310
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-10-2013 19:05:38 | More by Boone757
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-09-2013 12:17:53 | More by bigred89
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afluentturtle

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

02-08-2013 21:40:13 | More by afluentturtle
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Azrael


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-07-2013 05:23:24 | More by Azrael
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Devinph

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-06-2013 05:41:00 | More by Devinph
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obrike

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at Round Rock World Market.

Poured a clean, pale gold with a minimal head. Not much retention and little to no lacing.

Pretty fresh scent of apple, pear, and hint of citrus. Some grassy hops in the background.

Taste follows... some fruit, maybe apple and lemon, just a touch of flowery hops. Uber smooth with a medium carbonation...super easy to drink. Almost downed this one in a matter of minutes. Very light, crisp and refreshing...just not a ton of personality... a very good session beer or warm weather beer however.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:45:37 | More by obrike
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-01-2013 23:11:43 | More by crobinso
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Headgoober

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -29%

02-01-2013 03:18:19 | More by Headgoober
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Not much head here, a half finger white color that fades quick.

S: The malt profile has a strange biscuity aroma to it, almost like smoky meat. Not a good smoky meat, either. Some neutral malts and light noble hops hide behind this strange and even unpleasant note.

T: Very biscuity to start. This nature is honestly kind of intrusive. The finish sees a surge of mild noble hops and lemon esters, too bad the balance is out of whack. Not great overall, but better than the nose - that's for damn sure.

M: It feels a lot heavier than a kolsch should in my opinion. The hefty, creamy texture works in concert with the strong carbonation to make this one hard to drink.

O: I haven't been super impressed with Ballast Point so far, and this one is no exception. To me, this drinks like a cross between a kolsch and Fat Tire - and it doesn't really work. Maybe a fresh bottle/keg would be better? I wouldn't be averse to giving this a second chance.

Note this gets a 2.61 as a kolsch; if I reviewed it as an APA, the score would be even lower.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 22:08:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-30-2013 17:16:54 | More by JAHMUR
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-30-2013 12:43:52 | More by barbellsNbeers
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bbadger

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-30-2013 03:31:10 | More by bbadger
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-30-2013 01:21:22 | More by BigTrubble
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jALEson

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-29-2013 23:41:55 | More by jALEson
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KillaB

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-29-2013 10:27:27 | More by KillaB
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-29-2013 06:31:47 | More by Rhettroactive
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served on tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Blue Point pint glass, glowing a golden straw coloring. It held a one finger head of white bubbles, showing moderate retention, and foamy, patterned lacing down the sides of the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared higher end. The aroma gave big mustiness, paler malts, light lemon, light plastics, warm nuttiness, wheat, orange flesh, clove, and grassy hops to cut. With warmth the hops came to a sweeter end, with barnyard funkiness, mineral, and freshly-cut-grass cleanliness. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave a nice blend of pale malts and citric sourness. As we sipped, sour wheat and pale malts, lemon flesh, citric rind, huge metallics, and the dryness of straw and all of its bitterness mixed for the start. The middle peaked with dirty copper, big adjuncty bite, lemon rind bitterness, hoppy grassiness, and chalky bitterness. The finish came with white flour, baker’s yeast, bright melted plastic warmth, continued grassy hop, and citric rind to the final puckering drop. The aftertaste breathed of massive coin, straw, barnyard yeastiness, chalk, grassy hops, mineral and mud, floury adjuncts, and light fusel air. The body was medium, and the carbonation high, with prickle across the hard palate. There was big foam on the swirl around the mouth, with an otherwise decent slurp, sip, and smack. Froth and cream were lesser. There was an initially wet coating that turned into a strong pucker and eventual dryness. The abv was fine, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, our favorite thing about this beer was its crisp freshness and robust flavoring for the style. Many beers in the style go too far with the drying flour bite and the adjuncts, with big puckering grassiness, and further drying elements of straw. While this guy teeters on the edge, it doesn’t go overboard in these aspects, making for a decently drinking, crisp beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 01:02:15 | More by TheBrewo
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.