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Pale Ale - Yazoo Brewing Company

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462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 6
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Brent on 04-12-2004

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
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Ratings: 462 | Reviews: 156
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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a hazy peach color with a solid two fingers of creamy white foam on top. Aromas of caramel and spice upfront that meander around with citric, floral and earthy hop tones. A bit too mellow.

First sip brings caramel and toasty, biscuity malt flavors upfront that move into spicy, citric hop flavors. Earthy flavors mix in and are a bit detracting. Finishes with lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Overall, I found this to be a solid pale ale with good drinkability. I would grab a sixer if it was available locally. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the chance to sample it.

Photo of sponberg
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sort of the color of apricot juice - you know, the kind in a 48 oz. can labelled "Breakfast Cocktail" from back in the 1960s? No? Trust me, that's the color. White head starts out impressive, then fades to lace. Big time Amarillo aroma - tangerine and grapefruit, slight pine, really sharp, faint toasty malts in the background.

Really assertive hoppiness in this one - front to back, first sip to last, Amarillo hoppiness, firm bitterness, and a toasty malt background. Simple, yet highly effective. Spritzy mouthfeel, and definitely worth having a couple.

Thanks to BA Potsie for the bottles!

Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on freshness date.

Chill hazed pale amber, decent lacing riding the top. Faint orange zest and doughy grain from the aroma. Smooth with a light dry-ish slickness in the lighter bodied brew. Orangey hop flavor with some bitterness and leaf tone in the after taste. Grain jumps in with a raw honey, biscuity and dried grass favor. Slightly yeasty and fruity with a kiss of warmth from the alcohol.

If this ale was a bit more clean and toned down the Amarillo hops I'd be right along with it. Decent.

Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed golden amber body with a small offwhite head. Minor lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and lemon rind with a grassy edge. Light medium body with good carbonation. Taste is on the dry and bitter side, with an earthy and citrusy hop profile. Malt is very understated. Finishes dry and bitter. Needs a bit more of a malt presence for better balance. This and their brown ale have been showing up prominently in east Tennessee stores of late but there are much better ones available.

Photo of nem2006
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, mild carbonation, with good head. Head is sticky, egg white. golden.

Nose is sweet and slightly citrusy. Maybe lemon.

Slightly sweet at the start with a little citrus. Turns extra bitter at the end. Lingers on the tongue too long. A subdued flavor, I think it needs a little more.

An average drinkable beer.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a six pack at the local Kroger in Collierville. Typical amber color. Not much smell and a thin head. Tastes like a run of the mill pale ale with a hint of hops. Carbonation is appropriate. Drinkable and my guess is the ABV is pretty standard. Not bad but not good.

Cheers.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a golden amber slighty cloudy color with basically no head at all. Nose is very Belgian and spicy.

Taste is likeable Belgian pale the description really isn't fitting at all. So think a light Belgian beer here not an apa.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber/light copper pour, decent head. Aroma was lacking a hoppiness I like in pale ales. Other than that, a little breadiness.

Taste was average through and through. Slight caramel presence, crystal malt. For supposedly having amarillo hops, this one is kinda flat, but did impart the slightest citrusness. Slight.

I think the problem, if there is one, is that Amarillo's are best for dry hopping, and here, they try and use it for flavor and bittering, which would be fine, if another hop played a more prominent role.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Thanks to puggy211 for this beer
Bottled on the 3rd week of January and consumed a month and a 1/2 later
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden copper colored body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles and a sticky thin head of white that last as a film for most of the beer.

S- The slightly sweet honey malt aroma gives way to a green hop note at the finish. The aroma is fresh and pretty balanced.

T- The slightly sweet pale malt flavor has some biscuit malt flavors that grow as the beer warms with some caramel malts notes following. There is a carbonic acid flavor that leads into the green herbal hops that finishes with a nice soft hop bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that cleans up the finish but almost has a slight burn to it.

D- This is a nice pale ale. The malt has just enough sweetness to taste fresh but not too sweet and the biscuit malt, not my favorite malt in large amounts, was just enough to had depth to the pale malt but not overpower it. The hops had a nice balance of flavor and bitterness and worked well with the malt flavors. Easy to drink but it had some nice depth to keep it interesting.

Photo of LXIXME
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yazoo- Pale Ale

Thanks to UncleJedi for this 1!

A- Light clear copper orange brown with a small foamy head.
S- very light on the nose. A bit of grainy malt and a touch of alcohol?
T- Light toasted grainy bread crust malt. Slight buttery biscuity flavor. Alcohol is very present?
M- Light with an earthy dirty hop feel. Alcohol isn't high but just present enough to drown out any flavors. Finishes off dry and bland.

Overall- Wasn't horrible but didn't have the Pale Ale flavors or feel. Probably wouldn't try again.
(Thanks Jed!)

Photo of SMark
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 40° from a 12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date notched on the label. A vigorous pour into the center of the glass resulted in almost three fingers of fluffy, pillow like white head with various sized bubbles of carbonation. There was nice lacing as the head dissipated over 5 minutes. The beer was slightly hazed and an orange amber in color.

The floral aroma of hops was a pleasure to inhale. The label states they are Amarillo.

There was a nice bitterness to the taste from the hops. A little bit of citrus helps in giving this pale ale a cool refreshing taste.

The hops and bitterness last a little while on the tongue and through subsequent breathing.

The cool refreshing taste and finish of this beer could develop into a session beer for the summer. It would be very easy to polish off more than one of these at a time.

Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a moderately hazed tangerine with a modest off-white head that shows some retention and lacing.
The nose is driven by the lime rind and frangrant herbal hopping, with a backdrop of grainy malts.
Malt is dispensed first in the mouth, with fragments of toasted grain and shortbread. A doughy breadiness (in flavor, not in fullness) develops in the middle. Hops bring and intriguing lime juicy sourness, and a more tradtional herbal/floral bitterness.
It's on the lighter side of the style, and carries a steady carbonation that veers to combative off the bat, but settles fairly quickly.
It's no world beater, but it has some quirks that I like. Seems like a solid hot weather refresher.

Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dull golden color, almost honey. settles into a 1-finger head with decent lacing down the glass

S- sweet smell with malts, hops, floral that's a little heavy on the orange peel.

T- surprisingly smooth. taste like it smells.nice balance of malts and hops. sweet orange taste on the front with a mild bitter aftertaste. well balanced

M- nice balance. a little light on the carbonation but the balance of the malts and hops gives it a good balance

D- nice example of a pale ale. goes down very well and could drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking deep amber here, with a large and attractive head. Pleasant spider-web lace. Good presentation!

Nose is citrusy with a mild hops character.

Taste is sharp and edgy, with tangy citrus hops up front, revealing a slightly bitter finish. A smooth-drinking ale, well worth a try.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to brianj555, this was an extra in the westy 12 trade!

Pours an effervescent golden/honey with 3 fingers of chunky cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grassy & lemony hops & honey malt as this warms

T: Lemony hops, some biscuitty malt, slight & grainyness up front. Honey malt & dryness as this warms, plus some lemony hops. Finishes crisp, with nice malt sweetness, almost gave this a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks very easy, a pretty simple but sessionable APA, worth a go

Photo of beveritt
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label shows a sun rising over a field of crops as an old truck drives by. Bottled in 3rd week of June by notches on the label.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to about 1 finger of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is medium gold, leaning towards brown, and is perfectly clear. Some sediment on the bottle.

Smell: Ever so slightly sweet malt upfront with foral/soapy hops.

Taste: Bland, mildly sweet malt upfront. Soapy and faded hops. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent with a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Yuck. Malt and hop profiles both leave a lot to be desired. Everything just tastes a little off and a little faded/musty. I'll pass.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright gold with reddish orange hues. Transparent with 2 fingers of fluffy head wth tight bubble patterns. Lacing is very thick.

S- Light honey, biscuit, over ripened grapefruits and nuts.

T- Pleasantly malty up front with the same biscuit and honey characteristics followed up midstream with a decent bittering from the hops. Finishes nice and dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M- Medium in the mouth and high carbonation. Just a little thicker than I like in my APA's.

D- A great session beer for sipping on during a nice day of college football. This growler should do me right.

Special thanks to aaronjr123 for bringing this growler back to me from his weekend trip to Nashville.

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a hotel glass in downtown Nashville, TN.

Pours light bronze with light white foam that settles out. Light malty smell, but very minor. Sbtle malt taste, some caramel/toffee notes. Smooth with good carbonation. Some light bitter hopping in there.

Tasty and pleasant, good pale ale.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great looking beer with a lasting, lacey head. Aroma is loaded with Amarillo hops and some sweet malt singing backup (I can't help using the music metaphor, its Nashville). Flavor is hop-heavy, with resiny bitterness at nearly Harpoon IPA levels. Grainy malt also in the background but asserts itself adequately. Dry. The balance was not what I'd consider ideal, but the taste was ok. Easily quaffable, but the hop dominance can build up over time and then that's all you can taste. If this were redesigned as an IPA, I could see adding a bit more hops and some more base malt and a bit of carapils malt to round out the profile. But as an APA, it is serviceable.

Photo of philipquarles
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a small head that shrinks to surface foam. Pretty decent lacing.

The smell is very light, but malt and graininess are definitely present, along with a hint of hops. There are also some fruity esters, but nothing very pronounced. The hops come out a bit more in the taste, though they're still covered by sweet malt. The fruits are all but gone.

Decent mouthfeel, but nothing special. Drinkable, but not really what a Pale Ale should taste like, I think.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, some citrus. Taste is piney hops, malts, a bit of fruits at the finish, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of theghost3
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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