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Pale Ale - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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344 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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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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mikesgroove

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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer has a clear amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Bready, with a floral, hoppy nose with a touch of grapefruit

Taste: Bready, up front, followed by a grainy, hoppy aspect that develops by mid-palate; the finish has a grainy, bitter element combined with sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: OK, but not a compelling APA

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2005 03:37:54 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:46:58 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:31:18 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:49:25 | More by jlindros
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Gavage

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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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 13:55:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:22:54 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to JohnQVegas for this one.

Bottled On: 3rd Week May

Pours a nice clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malts, and some citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, bitter, malty, nice little touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 23:18:33 | More by Wasatch
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:22:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle c/o drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Orange hue with amber highlights. Moderate white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malt with hop scents in the background. It also smells of spices, like a spiced seasonal ale.

T: Spices and malt foremost, with hops trailing behind. A decent brew. A bit too sweet, though not terribly so. This is more malt heavy than I would prefer to taste in an APA. Why is there such a prevalent spice aroma and taste in an American Pale Ale? I understand pushing the boundaries, but I'm just not feeling this one.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly odd aftertaste of sweet malts and spices.

D: I wouldn't want to drink this in quantity. A valiant effort, but a blunder nonetheless. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 05:34:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with little head, but what there is sticks around as a swirly cap and leaves some light lacing. Smells quite citrusy with some lemon and orange, and a slight graininess. Very little malt. Tastes quite crisp and citrusy as well. More lemon and orange and grain with little malt. Almost has the flavor of a hefewizen but with barley rather than wheat. Fairly light, a bit unusual for the style, and somewhat simple, but quite refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 05:20:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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Tone

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:21:55 | More by Tone
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp aroma is malty, fruity, and just a sliver sweet, not strong or distinctive but still appealing. It pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Malty flavor has a fruity underpinning that is mostly apple with some traces of pear. Texture is smooth and minimally fizzy. Not great, but fine for some casual sipping or with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:28:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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nickfl

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white foam that leaves nice lace. Copper color with reasonable clarity.

S - Mild citrusy hops and some bready malt.

T - Citrus hops flavor balanced nicely by caramel malt. Finishes with some hop bitterness and more hop flavor with an odd, almost minty note.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and just a touch of astringency.

D - Pretty standard pale ale. Easily drinkable with nice hop character.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 05:17:41 | More by nickfl
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cokes

Wisconsin

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
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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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tpd975

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to fishingnet for bringing this one in so that I can cross Tennessee off my states list.

A: Pours a very clear pale yellow hue. Does not really manage a head or any lace.

S: Simple... Light grainy malt with a dash of floral hops.

T: Simple... Light grainy malt with a dash of floral hops. Yep tastes like it smells.

M: On the thinner side.

D: It's your standard run of the mill pale ale.

Mark Tennessee off the list! Thanks Ben.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 17:23:52 | More by tpd975
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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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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer. According to the server, the beer is named after the use of the hops variety. Butterscotch golden, with a light floral aroma. At the front, you think the beer is going to hit you with a pretty solid grainy punch, but the hops manage to slide right up against the malt and infiltrate, so that the combination is quite pleasant. Hops are slightly fruity - apricot comes to mind, although that is just an approximation. Finish was very clean, and this beer has a high drinkability attribute.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2004 22:54:50 | More by Brent
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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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