Yellowtail Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3/5 rDev -14.8%
The beer is clear and ligh golden with a small white head. The aroma brings grain, earth, hops, malt. Some sweet corn character in the flavor. A balance of malt and hops with some wet earth character. Dank hops and lingering bitterness. This is neither a good kölsch nor pale ale. It certainly lacks the attributes of either style. Too sweet. One beer was more than enough. Not again.
09-22-2013 19:09:59 | More by Huhzubendah
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Yellowtail is, in fact, yellow (but a rather dulled shade of it at that). It is actually so dense that I had thought its natural haze was condensation built up on the glass, but no, that's just what happens when you use the right amount of malt in your brew. Its head is incomplete but does make the 5-inch or so trip round the whole circumference of the glass.
The aroma showcases a very assured, wholesome maltiness that is so thick as to be almost doughy. It smells like crackers or biscuits and is deliciously aromatic, even despite its paleness. With quality malts like this I don't even want hops or yeast to interfere and I'm quite happy they don't (although others might detect a subtle fermentation-driven fruitiness).
You don't need a million different flavours for a beer to be flavourful, sometimes you only really need one. This kölsch, like most golden beers in this alcohol range - and in particular the German-style ones - is not terribly complex, but it is extremely flavourful. Cracker-like, noticeably biscuity maltiness is all you taste, but it's really all you need. These malts are highly-attenuated and very rich in flavour yet incredibly simple and clean too.
I could have a beer like this every day with lunch and be a very happy man. (I'm not sure the bomber would fit in a lunch box but this is definitely the kind of thing you'd want alongside a big sandwich.) Despite being so approachable and easily quaffed, it is still a considerably hearty and flavourful beer so far as its maltiness is concerned. A beer like this makes me think that if I never saw another DIPA again I wouldn't miss them one bit.
There's not one beer style that Ballast Point does badly. In fact, I have yet to rate even one of their beers as 'just alright'; all of their brands are exceptional examples of their respective styles and Yellowtail is certainly no exception. I don't think any other brewery makes as many of my #1 favourites when it comes to examples of different styles.
07-28-2011 22:41:17 | More by biegaman
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from the bottle into a make shift Stange, my old collins glass.
A nice simple pale lemon with green hues on the edges hints of dark buttery gold for the body. Some orange colors also A very large even foamy head of pin sized bubbles is produced which takes much time to receed but doesn't leave much lacing either.
Bouquet is subtle but nice if unexpected. Faint grain, very light and airy and dry smelling. A small toasty bread sense, some gas, even a hint of faint spritzy lemon.
Taste is strange... dry and powdery sensations of flour mostly. Powdery with some sweetness in the finish, missing bread action
Overall a real unique and nice nose, but taste doesn't deliver as much. This is not bad but I think I'd grab a different Kolsch if I could.
07-13-2011 00:48:52 | More by smakawhat
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
Big white head settles to a very big lacing that crawls up the edges of the glass above a clear pale straw golden golden colored beer.
Sour lemons and slightly soapy aroma.
Wet slightly sour grains taste with a little bit of lemony hops that is also probably adding to the sourness of the taste.
Wettish yet slightly dryish aftertaste with a bit of the lemony sourness remaining behind with this light to medium bodied drink.
A bit to much on the sour taste for a pale ale for me, not really what I think of when I grab a pale ale.
10-31-2013 02:54:29 | More by LXIXME
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Poured a clear, bright tangerine color with a billowy, dull white head that slowly settled to a creamy, bubbly layering that left a sticky and clumpy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was very strong and vibrant with rapidly rising bubbles rushing to the surface.
S: surprisingly light with freshly squeezed lemons and tangerines.
T: The initial flavor was fresh citrus/lime and tangerines. The palate was incredibily clean with light pale malts and a sharp citrus hopping that was well rounded and very smooth flavor wise. The finish was crisp with a short duration of bright wet citrus.
M: very light, slick with a surprisingly light carbonation presence on the tongue despite the strong visible nature. The beer finished clean with a moderate citrus bite left on the tongue.
D: An extremely clean, crisp drinking pale with a wet citrusy nature makes this a classic example and easy to drink and enjoy.
04-10-2008 23:33:13 | More by beerthulhu
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
Dirty looking orange-amber color. It's got brown to it as well. Thus a dirty look. The head is ivory white and thin. Well retained though. And the lace left is nice. The aroma is quite thick and gritty for a kolsch. Very grainy. And dusty. (Like the grain room at the local homebrew shop.) Not that that's bad. Taste is average. It's quite grainy as well and not really quenching (as a kolsch should be). Dry finish. A bit of herbal and earthy hoppiness. Pretty average.
Thanks for yet another Ballast Point offering Mr. Bum.
08-20-2004 02:32:44 | More by Bighuge
3.45/5 rDev -2%
Big gold color with a relatively ample head.
Taste is maltier and hoppier than mosts kolschs I've come across. Damn good tasting on a hot day around the pool. Kinda dry, yet sweet nuances. The most restrained beer I've had from these guys, and yet a great representation of a style I've traditionally shyed (sic?) away from.
A little pricey for what you get.
03-30-2010 16:52:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
Clear, bright, pale gold with a white collar and thin skim of very fine bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Even with a meager head, there was still spotty lacing. Fruity aroma, oranges, grassy, citrus rind, cakey, but fairly mild overall. Moderate bitterness with a fruity sweetness, basically the same character as found in the aroma. Lingering citrus oil bitterness. Light bodied and dry with moderate carbonation, fairly crisp. Quite drinkable and nicely balanced with hops and bitterness just surpassing the sweetness. Solid overall.
09-06-2008 01:46:25 | More by DrJay
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
12 oz undated but very recently purchased bottle served in a pint glass. Small amount of sediment at bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting.
Near clear golden liquid with a substantial amount of fine-grained carbonation visible. Small white head has moderate retention. More lacing than expected, given the head.
Smells like a malty lager, albeit with a fruitiness that is much more characteristic of ales. The flavor is not as expected. Both the aroma and the "pale ale" labeling led me to expect something with much more hop flavor, but there's only a rather subtle touch of spicy hops in the taste. If I hadn't tried the beer before seeing the description "crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany" I would have been surprised. This beer is mild in flavor, as per the kolsch style. In fact, I had a quite similar, but perhaps even less flavorful kolsch last weekend at the Pisgah (NC) Brewery.
It has a nice, if near watery, mouthfeel with excellent carbonation and some dryness in the finish. Slightly bitter balance, yet more malt than hop flavor.
O - a highly drinkable and refreshing beer that makes an excellent substitute for a light beer ... not that you'd want one of those. Plenty flavorful for the kolsch, but not the PA style.
09-07-2011 00:25:10 | More by chinchill
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
On tap at Ballast Point Old Grove.
A: Transparent straw golden with a big white head and good retention.
S: Light fruit notes, redolent of pear and orange, with wheat, grass, and a little sulfur. Low noble hop presence.
T: Lightly fruity, with notes of melon and orange. Grassy and slightly herbal with a decided wheat flavor. Smooth, mellow, clean and dry finish.
M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and sticky.
Overall: An enjoyable Kolsch that I have seriously neglected. I will definitely enjoy more of this when the weather warms up.
02-19-2011 17:36:28 | More by HopHead84
3.45/5 rDev -2%
The beer after splitting from the 22 ounce bottle pours a translucent and lustrous gold with the head large and bright white with a pleasing creamy texture, lace a fine silky curtain to cover the glass. Nose is dominated by the sweet malt, crisp and fresh, with the start nicely malted, lightly sweet and the top fair in its feel to the palate. Finish is equable in its acidity, the hops are pleasing but a bit mild, the aftertaste quite dry and a fine session beer it will make.
03-22-2004 23:49:30 | More by Gusler
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer was semi-hazy, bright, and a vibrant yellow-gold with a ring of filmy head. Mellow nose, with very slight hops characteristics. Watery flavors initially, but heavy toasted flavors on the tail end, with only a hint of hops. Slightly pale/hoppy and sour aftertaste, with a musty, lingering finish. Overall, it was a bit watery throughout.
04-11-2011 04:36:29 | More by GarthDanielson
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
12 oz poured into a pint glass.
A- Pale orange color with a tan/cream colored 1 finger sized head.
S- Wheat, very pilsner like.
T- Wheat, barley, citrus, fruity.
D- Nice carbonation, light and refreshing. Very easy drinking. This is a nice pale ale, but it is still a pale ale.
05-09-2011 01:26:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head
smell: citrus, caramel, malts,
taste: citrus, bread, yeast,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: refreshing beer. need better distribution from Ballast point on the east coast. Everything I've had is very drinkable.
06-05-2011 18:22:45 | More by THECPJ
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
App: Very clear golden color with a good sized fluffy white head, good retention, fair lacing.
Smell: Slightly grassy hops and biscuity malt. Nothing too big, just a modestly bitter and malty aroma.
Taste: Lightly grainy and malty, with a more traditional-feeling European hop profile, bitter but balanced between the two elements. Grassy and floral, maybe a touch lemony. Malt isn’t particularly profound, again on the light side. Not a west coast super-hopped pale or an IPA in disguise at all. Very mild.
Mf: Light bodied with a short, dry finish, just a touch of lingering bitterness. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking but somewhat bland, even for a kolsch, which is for me not the most exciting style to begin with. Lacking any particularly distinctive characteristics.
02-01-2012 19:05:18 | More by tobelerone
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
22 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - Clear golden yellow with plenty of carbonation. A slight head quickly disperses into film, leaving light rings of lacing while drinking.
S - Grainy wheat and a touch of hops.
T - Begins with light wheat and toasted grain flavors, eventually unleashing the somewhat fruity middle. Juicy hops and a sweeter malt base combine for an interesting, yet tasty profile. Finishes with a slightly buttery, tingly, hoppy bite.
M - Lighter medium body and bubby, with lingering dryness.
D - Ultra smooth and easy going. A bomber disappears pretty quickly with this one.
Another quality beer from Ballast Point - what else would anyone expect at this point?
09-27-2010 03:30:32 | More by xnicknj
Yellowtail Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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