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Pale Ale - Yazoo Brewing Company

Pale AlePale Ale

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
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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Photo of 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
Photo of Tucquan


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
Photo of billab914


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
Photo of Boto


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
Photo of Merkur


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

From the tap at the brewery it poured a nice golden color with a creamy head that faded fast and left ok lace. It smelled a bit hoppier than the average pale ale in the realm of a sierra nevada. It has a grassy, floral hop presence on a biscuity malt background. The taste follows with the grassy, floral kick on a bready backbone but a hint of citrus enters the picture. The mouthfeel is thin, watery, refreshing and crisp. Nice, simple, and easy to drink typical pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 04:18:34 | More by JayS2629
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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Nashville airport. After seeing the BA score for this beer, I quickly realized that it isn't "just me" who isn't a big fan of this beer.

Yazoo PA pours an amber copper color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Don't get too much on the nose, just some noticeable sweet malt (which does not bode well) and a hint of citrus from hops. On the palate, this is a pretty sweet pale, with not nearly enough hops to balance all the sweet malt. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, but this really tastes more like an American amber ale than any pale ale I've had. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a hint of alcoholic heat in the finish (which surprised me, given the low abv. in this beer). Drinkability is fair. I really wish pint size wasn't the only option size at the airport, as it's a chore drinking down this sweet, maltly, moderately "hot" ale.

Not a drain pour, but "mehhh" about sums it up with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2010 20:52:26 | More by johnmichaelsen
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 20:35:39 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of aaronh


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, deep golden body topped by a moderate head that gradually fades to a thin layer. Aroma has a nice citrus hope note which follows into the flavor with a solid grapefruit rind edge to the finish. There's a nice balance of malt in the fore palate. Notes of honey and cinnamon give way to pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is solid. Drinlability is good. A good pale ale from the south.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 04:11:40 | More by aaronh
Photo of Vancer


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis - nice brew pub.

Shaker pint comes out with a hazy amber brew inside, thick tan head which leaves good laces. A good looking frosty for sure.

Aroma is light on the malt side, with just a pop of spices mixed in the brew. Quaff is full of summer spices and has a good hop finish - but what strikes me most is this odd rootbeer and sour funk aftertaste. A medium bodied brew and is drinkable - but not the best pale ale by a long shot with that odd finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 01:23:26 | More by Vancer
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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville last Thursday. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a hazed orange-copper color with a 1/2" white head. The head was creamy left decent lacing down my glass.

S= Muted aromas of sweet malt, with a healthy layer of earthy hops and green fruit on top of that. Smelled very "English".

T= Like the aroma, malty sweetness up front with biscuit and caramel notes. The hops appeared just enough to take the edge off the malt sweetness and lead to a slightly dry finish.

MF= This was medium bodied with appropriate carbonation levels.

D= This was a good ale but way closer to an English pale ale than I was expecting (in flavor and aroma anyway). Definitely worthy and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 23:29:32 | More by spointon
Photo of cokes


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 07:29:18 | More by cokes
Photo of treble

New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I tasted this beer from tap at the brewery in Nashville. I was quite impressed with the lovely color when it was poured, it was not at all a weak, watery looking shade of gold as the term "pale ale" brings to mind, but a beautiful warm honey-colored gold. The head fizzled to just a ring in a very short time. The lacing was verticle, very wet and streaky for the duration of the glass.

The smell was fairly pleasant, honey and hops, kinda strong on the hops.

Yes, very hoppy in taste, tangy, the hops really pops, especially in the aftertaste. The aftertaste was not really offensive, just bitter, too much for me. I guess some would consider it refreshing but it was too bitter for me. The mouthfeel was great however. Light in body but still round and full in the way of not being at all watery, it was substantial, just enough carbonation, and smooth.

The mouthfeel made this drinkable, but as I mentioned the taste was too bitter. I had a rough time finishing my sampler glass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 21:34:33 | More by treble
Photo of Likeburning


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An amber brown appearance with a slightly hoppy aroma. The taste is nearly IPA sweet with a medium body that is a tad sharp because of the sweetness. A nice compliment to the warm weather at the Knoxville Brewer's Jam. Again, always good to support the local brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2008 17:26:20 | More by Likeburning
Photo of yesferro


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Flying Saucer in Cordova.

Got it poored without a head on it, it looked more like cider then anything else. Kinda citrussy smell to it but noting special, same with the taste, nothing outstanding but nothing bad at all. Extremely easy to drink, good beer to introduce others to microbrew I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 02:48:11 | More by yesferro
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South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour was decent enough, amber color with a few hints of copper sprinkled in throughout the glass. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up to the top of the glass through the good clarity. A smallish head of maybe a half an inch in height settled down to all but nothing after a few moments.

The aroma was nice as well, nothing earth shattering going on here for sure, but still decent enough. Light piney hops with a hint of a balanced, earthy grain in the middle. More of the same in the flavor, again nothing blowing my socks off here. Taste was a bit light for me, not so much watered down, well maybe actually. Started with some light hops that were just enough to perk my head up before they faded and were washed clean by a rather muted profile that just left me looking for something more to drink. Just did not have that kick I would like it to have, Crisp and clean, refreshing with a light body that did make it rather nice to drink.

Overall I would chalk this one down to nice, but forgettable. An average pale ale with a touch of hops that were too faint to really make a difference. Not the worst by any means, but don't think I would be at a loss if I did not have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 01:01:52 | More by mikesgroove
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3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yazoo Taproom.

A - Nice dark golden orange color. Weak one finger head faded quickly. Almost no lacing in the glass.

S - Weak citrusy aroma.

T - Weak bite of hops up front. Some citrusy undertones.

M/D - Good carbonation and not an overwhelming taste. Would be a good summer session beer. Nothing remarkable about it but a good one just to sip on.

Follow-up: Had on tap last weekend at the taproom. Not sure if the recipe changed, but the hops were far stronger this time around. Nice citrusy bite and just damn tasty. If I can start getting this taste out of the bottles this beer will live in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 17:37:25 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of wcdoyle


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the '07 Knoxville Brewers Jam, but I'm just getting around to posting my notes.

The look of the YPA was amber-orange with a pale, (nearly) white head. Smell was a bit on the light side with a touch of hops coming through. Taste was hope forward, mostly floral.. Bit of creaminess in the mouthful as well as a high carbonation sharpness. Interesting combination. As far as drinkability goes, I think there are better PA's out there. This one, for me, was a touch below average.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 19:42:25 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another review from the Flying Saucer in Nashville. Listed on the chalkboard menu as Amarillo Pale Ale on tap.
Golden yellow color, big foamy head with good retention and thin lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops, nothing over the top, just a solid Pale ale aroma. Nice herbal hop flavor, balanced with some biscuit and bready malt. Good all around flavor. Slightly thin but not flat, enough body to feel the carbonation almost watery body. Went great with my meal, a very good locally made APA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 05:00:25 | More by BigBry
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2007 11:22:14 | More by Gavage
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap Beer Sellar

A-Medium copper brown with a small head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

S-light biscuity malt odor. Not much in the way of hops

T-much like the smell. Easy drinking and not bad but nothing to wax poetic about. Some generic hops appear as it warms slightly.

M-light and refreshing but could use a bit more body.

D-not bad but not good. A run of the mill APA. I know this isn't an IPA but still I need some hops

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2007 13:40:21 | More by sleazo
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3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer (seems like most of the reviewers below had it there too). It's a clear copper/orange beer with lots of bubbles and a thin bright white head. Nose is sour hops. Taste is a nice hop/malt balance, with slight citrus and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is average. Not a bad pale ale, but could be more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2007 19:34:01 | More by shivtim
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 20:10:47 | More by EagleTalon
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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the flying suacer in Nashville.

A-sort lighter pale yellow and a little cloucy, big bubbles though denser bubbly head with decent retention and okay lace.

S-citrus, floral and herbal hops. aome malt in the nose, a little biscuit. Nothing overwhelming

T-Floral hops are the most dominant hop, the citrus and herbal are there as well. Malt balances out well with some biscuit and a little bready yeast as well.

M- A little thin almost watery body. ther are some hop oils to be felt though.

D-While if it were one of a few selections, I could hav several, but since there are 80 taps here I must move on.

Overall-A nice APA, but there are better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2007 15:31:44 | More by jackorain
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3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 19:30:48 | More by BEERchitect
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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.