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Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

832 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev 0%

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.

tronester, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

eulerthegrape, May 10, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

fthegiants, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

EagleTalon, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sansho, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

Murrhey, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of birdsellam
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

birdsellam, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Nugganooch, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

kkipple, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Pecan
3/5  rDev -15%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of geexploitation
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

geexploitation, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Maillard, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of riversider76
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

riversider76, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of scottoale
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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!

scottoale, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of JackieTH
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

JackieTH, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of taospowder
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

taospowder, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

fox227, May 27, 2013
Photo of Unchi
3/5  rDev -15%

Unchi, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Rihup
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Rihup, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

marct, May 31, 2013
Photo of curlybird
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

curlybird, Sep 09, 2014
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.