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Pale Ale - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.68%


Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A new version of an American classic. Our Yazoo Pale Ale bursts with spicy, citrusy hop aroma and flavor, coming from the newly discovered Amarillo hop. The wonderful hop aroma is balanced nicely with a toasty malt body, ending with a cleansing hop finish. Made with English Pale, Munich, Vienna, and Crystal malts, and generously hopped with Amarillo, Perle, and Cascade hops. Fermented with our English ale yeast.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: John1985 on 09-05-2005)
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a burnt orange color with two fingers of creamy white head. Leaves a nice ring of sticky head after each sip. Head maintains at a quarter of an inch throughout.

S - Big malt profile, bread dough, cake batter, lemon grass, hops take a back seat but are still present in the nose.

T - Follows the nose - malt forward, biscuity, bready, some hops in the back end balance it out - nice creamy mouthfeel and easy drinkin'.

O - Solid brew - not sure it fits the build as an APA, but this is damn good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:35:43 | More by andrewjraab
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Mojo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Yazoo pours up a medium slightly hazy gold with a small head and not much lacing or retention. The nose is very overwhelming fruit and citrus. Taste is very malt forward with a big sour apple flavor up front. Not much hops on the finish. Kind of unbalanced. Mouthfeel was sort of average, not offensive, not spectacular. I was sort of disappointed with this one. Having love the Yazoo Hop Project, I expected more. This one is inferior to the ubiquitious SNPA or Dale's Pale Ale. But it is drinkable, not horrible.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:38:34 | More by Mojo
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bluedognever

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at Opryland Hotel in Nashville for a week long conference. Tried this the first night and really enjoyed it. First night I had it with Shrimp & Grits - nice combination. Second night I had it a couple of hours after dinner - worked very well alone. Later in the week I had it with Ribs - also good combination

Poured from bottle into glass had a perfect head. Really liked the taste of the Amarillo Hops along with the citrussy flavors.

Now hoping to find somewhere to buy it locally.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 12:24:18 | More by bluedognever
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint glass a clear lighter amber with a tinge of burnt orange,a half finger white head atop.Aromas of biscuit malt and fruity/grassy hops,the biscuit malt wins out over the hops.To me the flavors are like an ESB,a big mildly sweet bready malt base with a smattering of fruity hops in the finish,not bitter hops just a fruity lightly herbal component.Not bad but don't expect a big hopped up APA,again more like an American ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 19:45:22 | More by oberon
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber gold with a thin white head that disaptes rather quickly

S - Very malty, bready semlling with a slightly grassy smell. There are light hints of hops as well

T - Nice hop flavors upfront for an APA. The hops are balanced well against the malts.

M - Light to Medium bodied with lots of bubbles and a somewhat creamy feel

O - I very enjoyable APA. The hops makes it presence known but they arent over powering and are balanced quite nicely with big malt flavors. I really liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 12:10:08 | More by Goosehunter75
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-01-06 in Nashville, TN at the River Front Tavern.

A - Fairly clear amber-orange with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Very mild aroma of light rising bread and slight floral.

T - Sour dough bread, orange citrus, yeast white pepper and moderate bitterness. Good balance.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Had it side-by-side with their Hop Project, which had more flavor but there was something appealing about this one too. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 00:28:53 | More by Tucquan
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed dark gold body, small white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves little wisps of lace on the glass. Aroma of mostly floral hops, with some lesser citrus notes, and a good deal of bready malt.

The flavor is very well balanced but approaches blandness. Again the hops are mostly floral in nature with lesser earthy and pine notes but could stand to be amped up a bit, at least to my taste. Prominent toasted bread malt flavor with moderate caramel sweetness. Restrained bitterness and a short finish revealing a late emerging honey-like note.

Medium body and carbonation. Crisp and acceptably clean drinking. Not bad but nothing particularly exceptional about this either, although I could see this having wide appeal with borderline craft drinkers in the manner of Fat Tire and similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:30:33 | More by tobelerone
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tyhe beer pours a copper color with a decent 1 finger white head. Aroma is a nice balance of citrus hops, caramel malts and the fruity english ale yeast they use. Flavor is more of the same and nicely balanced. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Overall a well balanced easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:22:47 | More by WoodBrew
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Lare453

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into two dfh glasses. Two because I'm sharing it with the wifey.

A clear, rose gold, small thin white head, no lacing. Dissipates fast leaving a small white ring.

S citrus, mango, passion fruit, malt

T citrus and orange juice beginning and middle with a tropical ending. The aftertaste is a malty hoppy mix.

M light carbonation, a little prickly, thin

O good session beer. Nothing special but very well done.

It's was bottled in 2009 and given to us as a gift, along with a lot of other beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:36:48 | More by Lare453
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TPINC3

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a slightly above average beer. I love pale ales and I brew them frequently at home. Because of this I know what I want, expect, and demand from my Pale Ales and Yazoo, while creating a good product, just misses what I am really looking for.

Appearance - There was a bit of a haze (probably a chill haze) after i poured into my glass. It cleared up some after I let the beer warm up to just under room temperature (I was aiming for about 55-60 degrees to pick up on some of the aromas). The Color was an orangeish color with a small white head.

Smell - Not sure how to describe the smell. It's clean, but not spotless Many of the Pales that I usually drink, have a very crisp smell to them. This beer has a hop presence, but is lacking in the wow factor. There's a bit of maybe a citrus-y smell that was hard to put my finger on, but overall I'm struggling to figure out the best word to describe this beer. It's like having a roommate who isn't a neat freak, but isn't a pig either. Its not bad, but not quite as clean as you'd like .

Taste - decent taste. once again, I tend to lean more towards a more "complex" pale ale, but overall the taste was pretty good. There's a decent hop taste, not overly bitter like you get with some of the more aggresively hopped pale ales.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Not overpowering.

Overall - a drinkable pale ale, but as I stated before it's not one that I would seek out given the vast amount of superior pale ales available on the market. But if I'm in Nashville and feel like supporting a local brewery and there's no Hop Project on tap, then I may grab a pint. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 18:38:03 | More by TPINC3
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1512th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Bottled on 08-03-12
Thanks to BrandonBrew for this one

App- A deep glowimg orange color with a light medium density and clarity. Only a small 1/4" head that was off white. 1/8" ring of bubbles around the edges.

Smell- The thing I like the most is its clean. Not muddled and not trying to be fancy. a good solid hop base with a small malt backend on nose. Not overly spicy or caramel either.

Taste- A very nice pale ale. The amarillo is a bit spicy but nothing to over the top. A bit dry and peanut like roast and a bit grainular. Balanced and easy to drink. Another thicker pale ale.

Mouth- Lighter medium with a semi medium carbonation. Light hops and a bit spicy.

Drink- Its a tasty pale albeit a bit thicker than I wouldve like. Seems like I am a bit of homer for Hoppy Bday and a whore for ZD & Daisy Cutter. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 14:18:08 | More by FosterJM
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap. I had tons of this stuff while I was in Nashville (or the Tennessee area in general), but I'll review the bottle version.

A: Poured a nice golden, amber color, with a finger or so head, and a mild chill haze for added dimension. Looks good.

S: I got a tinge of whole leaf hop with a fresh clean linen quality in there as well. This was understated overall.

T: Bitter citrus for a PA, with a slight apple-like flair. This was clean and infinitely drinkable for the masses, however, I did get a faint bit of sulfur on the aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation, not creamy or thick in any way, but with a nice bitter bite towards the end. The lacing was mild.

O: I think I liked it better than most, but I still understand where they're coming from.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 20:12:12 | More by Chaney
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium to big light tan head settles into a nice lacing on a clear honey copper colored pale ale.

Light citrus, floral, and pine mixed hops aroma, a very nice aroma but it's pretty light, I wish it were quite a bit stronger and hed the same balance.

A citrus to floral hops taste with just a touch of a very light sweet caramel malt coming through.

A light but good tasting easy drinking medium bodied pale that has a light dry aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus hanging around.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:09:22 | More by LXIXME
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Mar 2011. Courtesy of pitasoup, thanks! Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Small off white head. Well carbonated. Clear amber in color. Sweet orange earthy aroma. Starts almost dusty tasting, earthy. Orangey bitter with a pithy bite. Light body, moderate ethanol is a bit warming. Faint bitter orange finish and aftertaste.

Seems slightly washed out/watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 20:40:17 | More by htomsirveaux
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jadpsu

Georgia

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

Pours a less than clear light or pale amber with a slightly off white head that showed decent retention.
Smell: I get some aromatic, citrus hops and it also has some malt balance.
Taste: follows the nose with some orange citrus hop flavor. Has a pleasant slightly bitter finish.
Overall a decent ale with a good hop, malt balance.
Purchased in Laurel, MS.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:50:20 | More by jadpsu
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear golden orange with white foam. Nose of floral hops and candied citrus peel. Some sweet bread, a touch of mango, and maybe a hint of toast. The flavor is on the sweet side. Lots of citrus and a bit of fruit, maybe peach. The hop profile is also quite floral. Very light bitterness and a fair amount of sweet malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:59:41 | More by womencantsail
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper with a 2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is faint, pine and floral hops with just a hint of biscuity malts. Flavor is like the scent, subdued. Mainly piney, slightly bitter hops and a hint of sweetness of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is light medium-bodied with a biting carbonation.

Rather underwhelming, which is unfortunate because I've liked everything else I've had from Yazoo. The flavor and smell just aren't there, and the body is lighter that I would like in an APA. The lack of hops reminds me of an English Pale Ale but not malty enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 02:27:34 | More by theghost3
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billab914

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer Nashville. It poured copper in color with a thin, sticky white head to it. Nice looking color to it.

The aroma has modest, but nice hop presence to it. I get some juicy, citrusy notes to it that I like. A decent amount of malts come out with some sweeter, bready notes and a touch of caramel.

The taste shews a little more of the malts coming through, again showing some sweeter, bready flavors along with a touch of caramel. The hoppiness comes through as well and is moderately juicy up front with a little more bitter citrus rind in the finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I thought it was a good tasting and easy drinking beer. I was happy to find this all over town during my trip to Nashville.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 15:42:24 | More by billab914
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mdfb79

New York

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Hopleaf tulip. Bottled in the fourth week of December 2011.

a - Pours a murky orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and an inch throughout drinking. No lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, bready malts, light fruity malts, toasted malts, caramel malts. Tiny bit of citrus and hops up front but mostly lots of malts. Not bad but pretty average.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hops, bready malts, toasted malts, grains, oranges, light pine hops, light caramel malts. A tiny bit of bitterness and more hops then the nose. A tiny bit better then the nose, but still pretty average.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Lots of malts and not a ton of hops. Not a bad beer, but just not a ton going on. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:14:07 | More by mdfb79
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Citrus hops. Mild grainy notes. Rather subdued nose.

A- Light amber with a fleeting white head. Some mild chill haze.

F- The maltiness is a little much for my taste. There's a fair amount of hop flavor present. The bitterness seems low, more like an English version than a West Coast pale.

M- Full body. Low to average carbonation.

O- Relatively drinkable and easy. Kind of a one and done type beer for me. If I have a six pack I'm usually nosing around the fridge for something different after one. Its a beer I want to like more than I actually do. I wish this was cleaner, which makes it a lot more drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:54:57 | More by onewetpaw
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Boto

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom: This one pours a clear amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that left some lacing. Nose is mainly piney hops with some citrus. Medium bodied. Taste is a bit bitter with mainly piney notes. Smooth. A decent pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 23:08:35 | More by Boto
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Merkur

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Five Points Pizza in Nashville.

Beer pours a nice golden, slightly orange hue with a fair amount of white head.

Beer smells strongly of sweet, citrusy hops.

On the initial taste, the amarillo hops are very front and center. Very bready and slightly sweet.

Moutfeel is thin and drinkable.

Very good session pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 12:36:17 | More by Merkur
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MaxBrewell

West Virginia

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

A- A hazy, pale copper. Small white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Active carbonation.

S- Plenty of citrusy hops and bready malts.

T- The taste is nicely balanced. Pleasantly hoppy, but not over-powering. The bitterness is smoothed over by some bready malts and citrus sweetness.

M- Carbonation is just right. Body is medium and clean and crisp.

D- Very drinkable beer. Something to session for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:03:24 | More by MaxBrewell
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vfgccp

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Bright apricot body with neon orange highlights. Blue-white head with low retention and lace.

S – Sweet honey and malt are the starts of the nose. Light floral, dried leaves, and bitter orange notes.

T – Bitters up front with pine, wood, and green plant stems. Light caramel malt sweetness lingers in the background. Light, floral, bittersweet finish.

M – Nice carbonation with smooth, medium body.

O – A very nice APA. A touch on the hoppy side, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:12:04 | More by vfgccp
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden colored beer with a bit of a plane white head that left some decent splotches on the sides of the glass. Little wattered down looking.

S - Malts, little bit of skunk smell, touch of hops, mostly sweet malts.

T - Taste is pretty bad. Sweet malts and some skunked hops. That's really about it, not good at all. Kind of like a macro gone bad.

M - Lighter side of medium boied with moderate carbonation.

O - Pass, maybe I got a bad bottle. Kind of doubt it though as I was in Tennessee and they go through this stuff like water.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 06:10:26 | More by AgentZero
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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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