Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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