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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

815 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | 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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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-10-2013 05:50:48 | More by sansho
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-06-2014 18:52:43 | More by Kyrojack
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Tom-Peters

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-01-2012 23:31:26 | More by Tom-Peters
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BeerBeast

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-24-2013 02:03:24 | More by BeerBeast
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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-01-2013 05:03:15 | More by KeyWestGator
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riversider76

New York

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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!

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

Minnesota

2.99/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Notes from 11/02/11 – wifey brought home a 6er!

*12oz to pint glass

A: Yellowtail Pale Ale pours a super clear golden straw colored hue. Bubbly with a thin egg-white fizzy head that dissipated out rather quick leaving minimal lace.

S: Smells real bready with a spicy hop note and some fruity ale yeast aromas.

T: Taste is very grainy and bready with a real Pilsner like quality to it. Moderate bitterness from European hops that add a real spicy element and there is a subtle tart yeasty finish. This maybe like the gold standard of a BMC gateway beer. Refreshing and well balanced but very standard.

M: Very light in body. Slight creamy texture. Super Dry with a crisp finish.

D: Very light and refreshing with a big European influence. German hops and malts give more of a Kolsch character than an American Pale Ale to me. Not bad and nice balanced but just not really what I go for these days. Again your go to for a BMC gateway brew I would think.

11-07-2011 23:32:39 | More by Nugganooch
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Maillard

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-30-2013 07:31:48 | More by Maillard
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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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fthegiants

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-02-2014 15:26:05 | More by fthegiants
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-01-2014 21:56:10 | More by MikeWard
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taospowder

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-22-2014 04:40:11 | More by taospowder
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fox227

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-27-2013 03:17:46 | More by fox227
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Rihup

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-14-2013 01:50:19 | More by Rihup
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marct

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-31-2013 20:33:22 | More by marct
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birdsellam

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -29%

07-01-2013 19:34:38 | More by birdsellam
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Unchi

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-13-2012 01:05:20 | More by Unchi
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utopiajane

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with an orange tint. A hell of a head of foam that stayed forever to a cap and collar. Great lace. Nose is dank and yeasty up front with light bread. Hops are perfumey and floral, There is a light apple smell and sweet grain with grass. Taste is smooth. Light with the apple and cracker malt. The malt is just awesome in this. Hops are noble, floral and reserved. There’s a pleasant sweetness from the malt but nothing you could point at and name and say "honey" or "caramel;" and a little sour from the yeast. A faint touch of spice and straw. The finish was dry and had a nice bitter twang. Finished malty. This is actually a kolsch and tastes like a kolsch. I t derived it’s dryness form the malt more so than from alcohol or hop bitterness. It was a cereal dryness.

I like it. Its not loud, it’s not really fruity. It has a small pucker from the sweet apple and that’s where it gets it’s sweetness. The malt sweetness is understated and behind that. A good kolsch reminds you that malt is sweet in and of itself without caramel, toffee or sugar . The malt stayed dry and breaddy . Very impressive.

06-12-2013 13:58:24 | More by utopiajane
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-12-2014 01:46:36 | More by Zetcha7x
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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-05-2013 01:16:14 | More by Bnoise11
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Review from notes on my recent trip to Arizona for vacation. Beer reviewed 4/16/2011.

A - Brown 12 oz yellowfin bottle without any noticeable dates. The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a brilliant white bubbly 1 finger head. Good retention and lacing throughout.

S - A nice blend of light citrus, a bit of floral hops, sweet malt, and wheat.

T - The beer starts with a sweet toasted malt base with a nice fruit presence. Apples and citrus though not too powerful. Very mild bitterness. Very clean and crisp throughout. Easy drinking beer for sure.

M - Light bodied and adequately carbonated.

O - A light refreshing beer for sure. I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it as Ballast Point beers aren't available locally for me. Not a whole lot of character but pleasing.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-22-2011 15:14:35

01-22-2012 19:42:55 | More by hopfacebrew
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MiScusi

California

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured a cloudy golden straw color with no head, smell was pale malt. I was expecting it to be clear, but realized the cloudiness is from using some wheat. Taste was light bready malt and slight hops, that combine with a medium carbonation to give it a bit similar to a pilsner, although the body is a little heavier. It was still crisp and clean.

This was an good tasting Kolsch style beer.

01-13-2007 03:02:04 | More by MiScusi
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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