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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

791 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 42 | 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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redfox405

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-17-2012 21:43:26 | More by redfox405
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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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GPHarris

Alabama

3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into an english pub glass. the body was an orange-golden color. not much lacing and sheeting here unfortunately.
s - citrus hops
t - citrus hops balanced by pilsner and bready malts.
m - moderate, a little on the thin side.
o - i had high hopes for this one and while it's a decent pale ale it fell short.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:52:17 | More by GPHarris
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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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JVan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-13-2013 13:38:51 | More by JVan
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pperez38

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-22-2012 16:59:25 | More by pperez38
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a big creamy white head. Smells of mild grain. Taste starts with some initial light caramel sweetness, then some grain husk, finishing with a flowery, earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a bit high, but not too bad. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 01:38:50 | More by tronester
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

05-16-2014 18:25:00 | More by Hessian257
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Murrhey

Montana

2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a taster at Ballast Point, in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger thick foamy white head. Middling retention. Crystal clear pale gold color. Not very appealing.

S- Some pale malts. Wet dogfood is a smell I can't shake, unfortunately.

T- Sweet and crisp flavor. Some bitterness. Best part yet.

M- Light but crisp carbonation.

O- Flagship beer? Unfortunate. The smell especially really put me off. Not terrible, but not something I'm rushing back towards.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 02:39:06 | More by Murrhey
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-06-2013 20:32:42 | More by Kubrickx
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this is a Kolsch, why's it got "Pale Ale" slapped on the front? Oh well, here we go...

A. Very thin and watery, lots of active carbonation, short tight white head. Some lace. Beer is a fizzy yellow-gold. So far so good.

S. Sweet and light sugar water, grainy, with a touch of metallic, earthy hops. Avoids smelling corny or bland, which is good.

T. Initial crisp-fizzy rush turns into a slightly powdery-dry "European" malt sweetness. Tame and restrained and rather subtle. Fair amount of gently singed, biscuity malt here, balanced by a vague earthy bitter hop. Not terribly complex but I have to confess it's rather refreshing and that's exactly what I needed for a bright 80 degree day.

M. Thin and watery, mildly dry grainy finish. Highly carbonated and fizzy in the mouth.

D. Pretty decent. This isn't an award-winning beer, but you could surely do worse on these beastly Southern summer afternoons.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 20:53:57 | More by kkipple
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

07-05-2013 01:28:12 | More by johnnyboy76
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Pecan

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-20-2012 07:45:57 | More by Pecan
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly clear, with a beautiful bright gold hue but no head to speak of. The nose is pretty mild -- just some clear, pale German style malts and a dusting of hops. On the palate, surprisingly rich, almost chewy malt content that nonetheless remains light. Both hops and carbonation provide a sharp and balancing counterpoint to the malt. Mouthfeel is just right for the style -- or at least the American version of the style, as it's a bit thicker and bigger than the original kolsches. Overall, though, this is quite nice. It's not a bold, incredibly complex beer, but it is drinkable and satisfying and doesn't sport any flaws. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:52:14 | More by geexploitation
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riversider76

New York

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey gold with a thin white head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of toasted grains, and malts. Nice, but very weak.Body is on the light side of medium, and quite carbonated.
Taste is of bready malts. Hops comes through in the finish. A nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:47:25 | More by riversider76
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scottoale

California

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

Had this last week-end at a Ballast Point tasting, hosted by a local pizzaria, with which they had paired the pizza to the beer. Quite a tasty event it was.

The Yellowtail Pale Ale was the first of the five ales that were served. It was served from their 22oz. bottles into pint glasses. This one pours a nice light gold, with a white, bubbly head. The head dwindles quickly leaving some nice lace behind.

Nice light malt aroma that was doughy, bisquity and had a faint wheat, as well as hop, peering through the back door.

The taste mimicked the smell, with a mildly sweet malt up front, then a much more pronounced fresh hop, to even things out. A nice clean, refreshing Kolsh style ale that went perfectly with the artichoke and olive, thin crust pizza it was paired with.

Quite a tasty beer that was light in body, had a good smooth mouthfeel, with a modest ABV making it a very easy beer to enjoy. I happily recommend this one, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 12:43:22 | More by scottoale
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Meager yellowish ale pours smoothly kicking up a white foam cap. Sticky and leaves substantial lacing. Sweetish, bready, lemony and yeasty odor. Tastes of crackers, lightly sour- lemons, and yeasty. Mildly sweet. A bit of wet earth. Body is light. Definitely has kolsch elements, it's just not my style of pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:28:35 | More by JackieTH
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LakerLeith

California

1/5  rDev -71.6%

06-29-2014 15:25:05 | More by LakerLeith
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a nice but thinnish white head with minimal lacing and pale gold color. Aroma is sweet grainy pale malt and grassy, floral hops. Flavor starts slightly sweet with a dry wine and noble hops finish to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a bit rough for the style. Overall a great beer that is pale and an ale but is nothing like a "pale ale". I ordered it not knowing it was a kolsch. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 18:29:53 | More by EagleTalon
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

06-07-2013 04:49:51 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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gshackles

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-29-2012 20:44:02 | More by gshackles
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GFD400

New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-11-2012 22:46:13 | More by GFD400
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eulerthegrape

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-10-2013 15:42:15 | More by eulerthegrape
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-10-2013 05:50:48 | More by sansho
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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