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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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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

06-22-2012 20:28:55 | More by gleemonger
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Vevoda478


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-19-2012 20:01:32 | More by Vevoda478
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-17-2012 21:18:07 | More by CaptDavyJones
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swaghawk

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-13-2012 01:41:44 | More by swaghawk
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a_sh0pping_cart

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-07-2012 09:58:19 | More by a_sh0pping_cart
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-02-2012 05:07:22 | More by StoicBeast
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice light amber with a very slight haze to it. Pours to a fingers worth of foam that dissipates to a thin veil of lace that almost completely covers the top.

S: Aromas of grass/grain with some bready/doughy yeast and a hint malt.

T: Some sweetness and tart up front with that doughy biscuit taste and a bit of lemony citrus tart at end with a very mild bitterness that is almost non existent. Very light with a nice amount of flavors.

M: Average carbonation works well with the flavors. Left with a slightly dry taste in the mouth.

O: Very nice and flavorful brew with crisp and clean flavors. Def a nice beer to enjoy on a spring/summer weekend with friends. I'd def get a case of this for a gathering of friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:07:26 | More by ChrisPratz
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MaChiNe


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-19-2012 15:26:12 | More by MaChiNe
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Sicem99

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-14-2012 02:05:31 | More by Sicem99
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BaronRogue

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden straw with a slight head and basic retention.

Grassy, slightly skunky-bread nose. Can tell the European influence, but I'm guessing this bottle has been around awhile.

Tastes really decent, you can tell that quality ingredients went into the production, but nothing really jumps out at you. Just enough of everything to consider it a decent beer, kind of like a weak Hofbrau.

Plenty of carbonation, a pleasant mouthfeel overall, definite drinkability.

Not bad at all! Definitely keep in mind that this is a light brew, great if you're not looking to get overwhelmed with hops but still want decent flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 05:52:24 | More by BaronRogue
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-13-2012 00:48:47 | More by Bobhoya
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fizzy pale yellow, with thin foamy white head.

Aromas of bread/dough, very grainy, with some faint malt. Pretty boring nose.

Some sweetness, faint traces of malt, even fainter, if any hops. Very grainy, light-bodied. Usual high carbonation. Pretty bland and lifeless brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:10:57 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the Waikiki Yard House, dubbed 'Yellow Tail' on the menu.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly slips away.

It smells weakly of bready, doughy malt, a bit of aged lemon juice, and mild leafy, grassy, earthy hops. The taste is more bitter up front, sort of indeterminately, kind of leafy, kind of citrusy, with a still-strong pastry-esque maltiness providing a wholesome balance.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, the body a lightweight medium, and haltingly smooth. It finishes with more of the same - timidly bitter hops, and solid bready hops.

A decent pale ale, a bit of necessary moderation at the moment - for the rest of you - drink at will.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 01:42:15 | More by biboergosum
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ycortez


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-08-2012 03:24:58 | More by ycortez
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BoRaeCho

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-28-2012 08:30:05 | More by BoRaeCho
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for maybe 2 minutes.

Smell - breads/grains, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of breads/grains, lemon juice and zest, and some very light hops. It finishes with a bready/grainy aftertaste with some very subtle hop notes.

Overall - Although very drinkable and refreshing, this beer is quite boring. I expected a little bit more from this brewer. Maybe just a touch more in the citrus/hop department.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 19:52:36 | More by spinrsx
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hackomal

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.6%

04-24-2012 16:36:50 | More by hackomal
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Jrbackon


3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-23-2012 23:42:39 | More by Jrbackon
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle picked up in Asheville, NC

A - A yellow straw color, with nice lacing on the glass and 1 finger of head. It is clearly unfiltered as well with some sediment floating around in the glass

S - German malts are very prevalent. Not too much hop aroma

T - Fairly sweet, with a nice bitter aftertaste. Well balance

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. It is very smooth.

O - An excellent, tasty, easy drinking light beer. Perfect for a hot summer day..

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:43:50 | More by BeerDawgs
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rawfish

California

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours roughy into a snifter glass to net nearly 3 fingers of head over a brassy gold body. Below average retention leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Biscuit and cookie dough malt that isn't overly bready with some hay, lemon pith and white wine notes. Very uplifting, a touch of adjunct grain but you already tell this is a refreshing beer.

Light bready, almost cracker-like malt lays down a good foundation with a touch of corn and raw grain husk before a pleasant hop profile of dried grass, lemon zest and grain washes over the palate. Not much bitterness but cleanses well like a lager. Some fruity red berry notes in the finish.

A little bit of heft in the body and unremarkable carbonation until the end of the drink where it fizzes up like seltzer and really scrubs itself dry.

This beer has exceeded my expectations, a flavorful representation of style that could easily be over looked. Will return to this one, a crowd pleaser that does justice to both a craft drinker's palate as well as the masses.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:03:58 | More by rawfish
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TCJosh

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-19-2012 22:44:05 | More by TCJosh
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

04-15-2012 23:50:52 | More by chocosushi
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear amber/yellow amber color. Puffy 1.5 finger white head.

S - Mostly bread malts and caramel. A tinge of spicyness and touch of hops.

T - A bright, spicy taste. A little bit of bitter hop kick before fading into some bready, caramel malt.

M - lots of carbonation, but still smooth.

Overall - A decent beer here. Not incredibly remarkable or anything, but a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 17:25:00 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Brenden

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a medium yellow with a deeper amber hue to it. A frothy, thick pure white head starts at 2 fingers tall and eventually falls off to a sturdy foam that drops patchy lacing well down the glass.
It's not until I smell it until I decide to read the description, and it makes a lot more sense. There's a Saaz-like note of mildly sulfuric hops, verifying the brewery's claim; it is indeed like a pilsener in many ways. There's a touch of malty sweetness along with drier malts as well, and the aroma showcases a nice depth as well as proving that a gentler style can have a lot to it.
The flavor showcases those same dusty, earthy and grassy Saaz-like notes as the aroma, with a very gentle bitterness among the malty sweetness. The only thing detracting is that is goes strongly grainy.
The feel is lovely, crisp up front and continuing all the way in a flowing light but deep body with a nice, creamy smoothness that keeps me wanting another sip.
Another good one from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:31:20 | More by Brenden
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Skipper


4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

04-12-2012 19:18:52 | More by Skipper
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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