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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +26.4%

This is a tasty, satisfying brew, true to its Kolsch inspiration.

Pours a radiant yellow with a lovely white head and trailers of carbonation. The aroma is strong and honey-like. The flavor is grainy, smooth, and honeyish with gentle, mouth-bracing hops. It has a thin, pleasant mouthfeel.

This is a near perfect beer when you are in the mood for a light, refreshing ale with some character.

07-10-2008 22:54:35 | More by Seanibus
Photo of rowew


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a bright yellow label. Description of the beer (apparently a Kolsch, despite the name) on the label, no freshness dating.

Appearance: Golden color with some orange in it - thin head.

Smell: Very malty - toasted bread aroma. Also some fruity hops, but these are much more subtle.

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells. Nice medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Taste is bready, with a nice amount of hops finishing it up. A bit of spice from the yeast plays well with the other flavors.

Overall impression: A nicely drinkable beer. I always like it when beers that were previously bombers only show up in six packs! This would be a great choice for any spring/summer activity.

05-05-2005 04:15:42 | More by rowew
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-07-2013 14:07:39 | More by plumcrazyfx
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-14-2014 17:34:04 | More by DeanMoriarty
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Many thanks to BeerRun13 and NC Lotto BIF for providing the oppertunity.
Pours a clear golden color with a head that rises about 2" and quickly recedes to a halo of lace.
Smell is nice and strong. Very noticable hop aroma. Also a hint of butterscotch.
Taste starts of biscuity but the hops come in quickly. Very earthy tasting.
Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall a very drinkable quaffer on a hot summer day.
This is a style I don't really have a lot of experience with, but this beer motivates me to explore more.

07-17-2006 02:04:24 | More by wcudwight
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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured a weak looking hazy lemon yellow with a very little foam and no lace. The smell of citrus filled the nose with a nice aroma. The taste was of a grapefruit and light flavored hop's. Nice balance of bitterness that feel's like a citrus type of bitterness. I do think that this pale ale taste's better when it cold and not while it warms up!

02-11-2009 01:03:06 | More by BeerManDan
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South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. See-thru golden body with a modest fluffy white head and some drippy lacing.

Smells very mild, but pleasant- light grains, a little bready, a little fruity.

Tastes quite fruity and sweet right away, a little reminiscent of white grapes and pears. The fruitiness lasts for a couple of seconds, and then is chased away by crisp grains and a momentary, but substantial sting of grassy bitterness. Finishes a bit oily/sticky, with lingering pear notes.

Overall impression: An unexpectedly bold, but enjoyable take on the style.

01-31-2010 23:05:37 | More by PDXHops
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-19-2013 21:09:33 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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..

11-12-2011 04:07:13 | More by vande
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-25-2013 06:20:21 | More by dertyd
Photo of ocelot2500


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-06-2010 01:15:06 | More by ocelot2500
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-06-2012 08:25:04 | More by jmccraney
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

This different pale ale has a sweet fruity aroma. There is a hint of ester in the flavor as well as a good sweet smooth malt presence. This brew is more reminiscent of a tasty golden ale. The only really noticeable hop presence is a bit of a bitterness in the finish.

08-26-2002 18:12:15 | More by beernut7
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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a clear yellow/straw with a large white head that leaves good lacing. The smell is somewhat pungent with bread yeast and floral scents. The taste is light,crisp,and clean with bread yeast,hops,and floral flavors. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A nice light summer beer with alot of taste.

05-31-2008 21:13:47 | More by jmz62565
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3.8/5  rDev +8%

A: clear full gold, decent white head.
S: bready, crackery malts and grassy, spicy noble hops,
T: saa, malts are lightly sweet and well-balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. Finish is crisp, clean, and dryish.
M: just over light bodied, frothy.
O: a fine kolsch, but as has probably been said 1000 times, why call it a pale ale? I forgot this was a kolsch and got it wanting an apa.

08-05-2011 21:16:36 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

Tasted at the Orange Blossom Festival in Riverside, California. Served very cold on a cold, rainy day. Pours a golden yellow with minimal head. Aroma & flavor follow each other fairly well- there is a nice hops balanced with a light citrusy and buttery tones. A complete lack of sweetness. Drinkability is, well, let's put it this way- my notes say: "yes!!!".

04-19-2004 02:10:17 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-29-2013 19:30:01 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-08-2014 21:08:01 | More by Evan
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

06-30-2012 00:52:30 | More by cfrances33
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

11-02-2008 00:46:07 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

03-22-2014 04:51:39 | More by oso
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-13-2014 16:31:40 | More by ChrisL24481
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

10-04-2003 18:07:49 | More by Boilermaker88
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-01-2013 07:15:09 | More by Spikester
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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