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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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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, light gold with a fizzy, white, quickly-dissipating head. A little bit of lacing as well.

Smell: Sweet malts, honey, and maybe some crisp hops?

Taste: Sweet malts with some light hoppy crispness. Well balanced and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy, though very light and clean. Not that much carbonation either, then again it's about medium. Pretty light overall.

Drinkability: I'm not really a Kölsch man, but I could drink these for a while. Kind of like flavored water... with alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 00:46:07 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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cfrances33

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29%

06-30-2012 00:52:30 | More by cfrances33
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oso

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29%

03-22-2014 04:51:39 | More by oso
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-14-2014 17:34:04 | More by DeanMoriarty
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-06-2012 08:25:04 | More by jmccraney
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Tiernan

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-06-2013 01:59:48 | More by Tiernan
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Boilermaker88

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Poured a clear, bright golden color with a large bubbly white head that slowly settled down to a thin, patchy skim. Mild carbonation seen when iggitated.
Smell was pretty mild but seriously sweet. Had a fruity, sort of apple-crisp note mixed in a light bready malt base aroma.
Taste was a nice blend of a yeasty maltiness and gently spicy fruitiness. No hints of hops until a light bitterness came out in the finish.
Feel was light, crisp and refreshing.
This is a very easy-drinking brew. I found Yellowtail Pale Ale (?) to be a delightful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2003 18:07:49 | More by Boilermaker88
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready, pale malts and some fruitiness.

Tastes of the bready malt upfront followed by a slight hop flavor. Wish there was more of that herbal hoppiness, but there is in fact very little. Finishes dry and a little sweet. Some fruit notes are brought out at the end by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a good amount of crisp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 01:15:06 | More by ocelot2500
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

10-15-2013 14:40:55 | More by HRamz3
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-25-2013 06:20:21 | More by dertyd
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dwagner003

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-29-2013 17:47:51 | More by dwagner003
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-13-2011 17:26:03 | More by TXhomebrewer
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Spikester

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-01-2013 07:15:09 | More by Spikester
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-29-2013 19:30:01 | More by MN_Beerticker
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vande

Illinois

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

A - a nice clear, crisp looking golden pour with a thin layer of lacy head left atop

S - not your typical pale here.. some malty-bready-biscuity characteristics going on here... light, somewhat subdued hops intermingling with the rest

T - unique but tasty. Definitely German presence with the hops & malts used, yet crisp and clean like a pils.. bready-biscuit type flavor follows the nose...light grassy quality

M - clean, crisp, easy to drink

0 - different. Kolsch is not my style, but this was actually pretty good..

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:07:13 | More by vande
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to solomon420 for sending this offering my way.

Pours a darker golden color with a thin head that dissipates rather quickly. A few bubbles rising to the top. Bready malt notes with hints of fruit hops. Buttery with a hair of lemon zest. Not much going on here except the subtle aromas that I mentioned. Kind of boring actually.

Bready and biscuit malt flavors. A tinge of lemony hops. Slight bitterness towards the edges of the tongue. A bit bland with not much going on. Thicker body then I expected as I was looking for something more crisp and cleaner. Slick through the mouth leaving a trail of buttery ooze behind. Again, like the aromas, the flavors are just middle of the road. Nothing stands out here. A mediocre brew at best, though actually quite drinkable, despite it's pedestrian disposition.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 20:41:51 | More by bjohnson
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Evan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-08-2014 21:08:01 | More by Evan
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew is a slightly hazy, straw gold color. Nice sized white head floats above. Light malt on the nose with a touch of hops. Mostly light malt on the taste, a nice kiss of floral hops. Very refreshing brew. Too bad they don't offer these in six packs around here, you could put down quite a few of these on a nice summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 06:15:44 | More by Tballz420
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-16-2014 02:03:44 | More by ortie
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, rich yellow with minimal head. Smell is sweet, malty, inviting. taste is a rich blend of sweet malt on the front with a decent, slightly bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is almost creamy, slighly chewy. Drinkability is enhanced by the creaminess and light hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 23:44:25 | More by edchicma
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-16-2013 03:48:00 | More by jplopez21
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Poured from a 12oz into a pint. Pours an orange/gold with a 1/2 inch head and some pretty decent lacing.
Smell: Very light. Slight sweetness and a bit grassy and citric. Not much going on.
Taste: Interesting. Pale malts, citrus hops and something else I can't quite figure, not unappealing at all. Still very light on the taste.
Mouth: A nice light-medium. Goes down easy.
Drink: Good summer brew. Not heavy, easy to session.
It's a solid beer but not very unique. I'm still pretty happy with Ballast Point so far (3rd offering I've had).

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 05:43:45 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-13-2013 00:48:34 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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mithrascruor

California

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange color. Frothly white head becomes a nice film.

Smell: Has an aroma of florals and spices.

Taste: Mild taste of semi-sweet floral malts, with a bit of spices and some very light hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of bread too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with soft carbonation. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, physically, though it doesn't fully keep my interest.

An enjoyable beer, but nothing that particularly stands out. A bit too sweet for a beer this light, at least for me. But it's certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 05:16:18 | More by mithrascruor
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redfox405

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-17-2012 21:43:26 | More by redfox405
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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