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Pale Ale - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale Ale

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158 Reviews

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 495
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 21.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 495
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color. A one finger head lingers around a while.

Smell: orange citrus and floral hops are mild but pleasant.

Taste: orange slices, pears, hints of breadiness, and a mild malt sweetness are nicely balanced with a floral hop bitterness that is tame but matches the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Slightly dry at the end. Brief citrus and floral bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a good session pale ale. One of the better beers you can find in Nashville downtown area.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed copper-yellow with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, hops, pears, bread, and soap.

Taste of sweet malts, hops, caramel, and tangerines. Quite balanced. A light bready bitterness noted in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth yet crisp, and moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink. A nice sessionable pale from the folks at Yazoo.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery, thanks to pitasoup. You can tell a lot about a brewery from their pale I believe. Bottled on July 22, 2011, so not too old but not super fresh.

Pours a touch of a fizzy head that fades almost instantly, over hazy sediment filled orange-ish colored beer.

Nose brings some light hops, more fruity and hint of floral hops, a bit of a candy like hop as well, a little bit grassy, and slight hint of grainy malts.

Taste starts light and crisp actually, a light grainy malt brings a hint of sweetness, before the hops kick in. A big light hop flavor with a decent bitterness, some grassy Saaz or Hallertauer style hops, grassy and a bit earthy, touch of fruitiness as well. The bitterness kicks in after a few seconds, bringing a slight orange peel bitterness as well. Then more sweet malts wash it all away to a drier finish, with a decent bitterness and some lingering orange peel and grassy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, doesn't look very good, and the aroma is a little bit short, but the taste is decent, not quite a big hugely hopped APA, more like a nice light drinking pale, with a decent hop and malt balance and nice drier finish. A decent sessionable beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts

taste: citrus, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice well balanced pale ale. nice and refreshing beer.


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Photo of Ryan011235
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 9/26/10

Bottled during the 4th week of June

Pours a maybe-slightly-too-deep pale & hazy amber. The head peaked at one finger, having since dropped to a decent layer. Ok retention. Nice patches of lace.

Malt aromas stick out at first: pale malts, bread notes & a hint of caramel. Mild doughy notions. The hops seem either hidden or downtrodden, with citric pepperings of Amarillo being sporadic. The hops are a tad more apparent with warmth.

The first sips leaves no quandary - the Amarillo hops are still kicking. There's a good bit of immediate hop crackle & bitterness, both of which see each sip through. Zesty citrus notes hop aboard mid way through, adding a lively, juicy kick. The malts still have a reasonable stake in the taste but bread notes don't come through as strongly as with the nose, offering stability if anything.

While Yazoo's Pale Ale is standard-fare medium body, carbonation is anything but. While said carbonation isn't incredibly vigorous, it is plenty ample & accents the Amarillo hops with excellent zeal. Hops & a touch of toasted bread linger for a few moments.

Where it counts, this is what I like in an APA. Hop-forward with a sturdy malt backdrop. This is one easy drinking & tasty beer. Maybe it comes close to straddling IPA territory. In any case, I'd have this from time to time if possible. I wonder how it is straight off the line...

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Poured golden/amber with one finger of white; great lacing. Smells malty, with only a feint hint of piney hops. However the taste was more balanced; crisply malty, with feint apple and pine. Very light, and highly carbonated. Very good for sessioning.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear pale amber with a low white head which lasted at the surface of the beer to lace the glass. (As the server said, "I really filled it up for you")

The aroma was fruity with a floral character and a nice malty aroma with a very slightly spicy hop character. The malt aromatic contained a nice caramel aspect.

The flavor was malty caramel with a slight hop spiciness and a floral quality. The malt flavor was nice and the hop bittering just a bit low and slightly soapy.

The finish was dry with lasting malty caramel and slightly spicy hop impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, could use a smidge more bittering.

Pint, a real, honest to goodness pint, at BNA (airport) $6.25, ouch!

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Photo of fromage
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine pale ale. Deep amber hue, but little head retention--soapy and quickly fading. Slightly sweet, grassy smell. A little on the weak side hopwise for my tastes, but has a nice caramelly, malty backbone. Grassy, slightly citrusy hops are soft on the attack but leave a nice peppery aftertaste. Watery mouthfeel at first, but as it warmed up became fuller. Quite drinkable.

The first bottles from Yazoo!

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Graebner
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes compiled at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Festival:

Red/brown, lots of CO2.

Nose is hops, hops, hops.

Taste is also flowery hops, yet not as much as the smell had me hoping for. The taste is fairly simple, yet certainly not poor.

Hoppy finish, clean, refreshing.

Very good, very easy to drink.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, tea-like aroma, and some metallic. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, citrus, and slight herb (tea?). Overall, a drinkable APA, with a nice body, but slightly off-putting aroma.

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very bright copper with a nice white head. Good hop aroma that balanced nicely with the malt. Good mouthfeel with a balanced hop bitterness. Malt flavors were present but well balanced. Finished clean with some residual hoppiness consistent with the style. Overall a pleasant beer from a really fun and exciting brewery. Pour me another one anytime!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a light orange hue, with thin white head that lingered throughout most of the glass and left good lacing. Well pronounced aroma of orange citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel was full bodied, bitter and slightly tingly. Taste was the orange citrus and floral of the nose, along with some wet grass. Finish was slightly metallic, but still okay. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Also enjoyed 06/15/10 at Broadway Brewhouse Downtown Nashville.
My last review seems to hold firm. The beer gives a generous nod to the grapefruit (Amarillo) hops and soft pineapple notes both in terms of flavor and taste. For some reason, the beer has a sweeter taste and richer body than I typically look for in Pale Ales, giving me reason to discout it slightly. Otherwise, this beer is very solid and deserving of good scores.

Enjoyed at Flying Saucer, Nashville. My first Yazoo beer and it did not disappoint. In fact it turned out better than expected. The look is a standard copper / clear brew with increased co2, ok head retention and light lacing. The malt profile is an expected ale-fruitiness with oranges, grapefruit, appricots, but a little one-dimensional. The hop character emphasizes the citrus fruits (primarily grapefruit). Like most Amarillo hop flavored beers though, a dish detergent or baking soda flavor persists that I do not prefer. But, that's a small deterant on a beer that is pretty stable nonetheless.

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Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber and hazy with a nice white head low carbonation and some lacing.

Beer smells a little soapy and mildly hoppy with graininess at the back.

Beer is medium to light in body and pretty bitter with only a minimal sweetness up front. Its pretty decent. The midpalate is mildly fruity, there could be more overall, the finish is nice. The aroma doesn't do this one justice.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of jxhowell
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle this poured to a nice golden hue with orange highlights and a white fluffy head. The effervescence is visible as it continually rises in your glass and the head sticks around for quite a while leaving a nice white lacing all over the walls of your glass.

The smell is a slight malty smell that quickly gives way to the aroma of the hops. The hop smell isn't overpowering like most american IPAs. It's about what you would expect from a mild pale ale though.

The taste is well balanced with an initial fruity citrus flavor that slowly fades away to a slight bittering aftertaste. The bittering quickly fades to a dryness though.

The high effervescence qualities of this beer give it a soft smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy without any harshness on your palate.

I usually prefer hoppier IPAs to a regular pale ale but this is a very drinkable session beer that I will probably purchase again.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks CurtisMcArthur for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

12 oz bottle, bottled October 2010, poured into an Irish pint glass.

I know this isn't as fresh as it could be but since I don't have access to it regularly, I'll review it as it is. If I get a fresher bottle, I'll update this review.

Look: amber body that's on the dark side for the style, good carbonation bubbles visible, a thin white layer of head forms but disappears quickly and doesn't leave behind lacing.

Smell: piney, citrusy hops with a bit of grain to balance it out is in the smell. Maybe it'd be better if it was fresher, but its a bit subdued.

Taste: the Amarillo hops are clear with their citrusy, spicy flavor. There's a bit of light malt. Not a whole lot going here. Again, maybe it'd be better if it were fresher.

Feel: medium bodied with a better mouthfeel than the Yazoo Hop Project I had last night. Moderate carbonation.

Drink: easy drinking and this could be something you could session if you wanted to.

Overall, a decent APA but not exceptional. I'm realizing that APAs aren't really my thing anymore, or that I just haven't had the right one in a long time. This beer might be better fresh but as it is now, I'd say there are better APAs on shelves for you to try. Cheers!

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Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this at a restaurant while staying in Nashville. It's good and what you would expect from an APA, but pretty average. Nothing special really jumped out for me.

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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.