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Pale Ale | Yazoo Brewing Company

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Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by Brent on 04-12-2004

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Photo of nickfl
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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 SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A rather dark colored "pale" ale. Nice clarity but the color is more representative of an ESB. White head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Head turns into a layer of film on top of the beer.

Aroma is a bit sour. Vegetable aromas. Grainy and husky. Not really any hop aroma.

Taste was average at best. Again, more husky and graininess with minimal hop flavor. Kind of just blah and indistinct.

The problem with this beer is that it tastes really fresh; meaning the ingredients have melded. Tastes like a green homebrew, which isnt necessarily a bad thing. I guess this is okay for an APA but most other APA have significantly more hop flavor, aroma, and bitternes. This one is okay but certainly not worth seeking out over SNPA.

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Photo of sleazo
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
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

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Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish amber color. No head to speak of. Smell is of moderate hops, nothing else. Taste is amarillo hops, and some more amarillo hops. Not overbearing, but representin’. It gets to be a tad bit cloying and astringent. I’d imagine this would be a nice hot day on the patio kind of pale ale. Not a bad offering. Thanks to Illinismitty for this brew.

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Photo of sweethome
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light amber - citrus nose is rather subdued. A mineral - Burton style - mouthfeel. Plenty of bitterness - rather astringent. Hints of tea, a bit of carmel. The label notes the use of amarillo hops - this is very bitter - but flavor is not anything special.

Would probably be quite good as a real ale from the firkin.

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Photo of xduderx
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer numerous times on tap but never in a bottle until this past weekend. Oddly enough I think I like it out of the bottle better.

A = pours a nice copper color with a 1/2" white head

S = smells slightly hoppy with citrus undertones

T = very much a citrus taste with slight clove undertones. just the perfect amount of hoppiness

M = medium body and not over-carbonated

D = very drinkable. not necessarily a "session beer" but I can definitely drink 2 or 3 of these in one sitting.

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Photo of jackorain
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber bronze color with no head and a persistent white foam.
Smells... aley. Caramel and honey scents. Fruity, herbal, musty.
Taste is muddled and improperly bitter. Some floral character is in here with typical pale ale malt flavors but nothing to get excited about in here.
Mouthfeel is wet, thin and lingering.
"quaffable, but far from transcendent." Strikes me as being a bit more english than american in profile. Fits the bill if you need a pale ale.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FBG Coldchill for this one

A: Golden brew with pumpkin highlights. Slightly hazed from the chill with scores of micro bubbles making their way to the surface. Head is white with a greenish tint to it...made up of medium sized bubbles they are holding their own.

S: Tangelo, loganberry, bit of soap and biscuit.

T: Blend of watery citrus and unripe red fruit; Strawberry, orange and lime are the key players. Goes to very light pine wood moments with a bit of Ritz. Finishes dry and grassy with a small amount of bitterness backing it up.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth.

D: Not a bad beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Morris729
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep golden amber color with a tall and frothy white head that leaves a heavy sticky lace on the walls of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nose is fruity and spicy hops and a fainter trace aroma of lemon grass. Taste has some sweet caramel malt but this is overshadowed by grassy and lightly citrusy hop bitterness all leading to a crisp finish. Very drinkable—wish this was available locally. Thanks to coldchill for the sample!

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Photo of sponberg
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of Graebner
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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 veech
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one of the better offerings from Yazoo. I recently returned to their taproom on a business trip to Nashville and have a to admit the second visit was better than the first. As for the 6 pack of pale ale I returned with: The appearance was what you'd expect from a craft APA, nothing more, nothing less. The nose was pretty hoppy with grassy overtones and citrus hints. The taste echoed the smell: strong hop presence that overpowers any malts, as you would expect. Mouthfeel was thin to medium. It's a good, drinkable APA that stands up well both bottled and on draught.

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Photo of dfried
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber, almost cloudy color, with a relatively small head that ends up forming a ring. The smell is of course of hops, mainly floral and pine scents, maybe a little citrus, but the smell as a whole was not as pungent as it could be. The taste is initially pretty hoppy, as with the smell, it's a bit more floral and pine flavors than of citrus, that create a dry/tart mouthfeel initially. This beer finished with a fairly robust malt character, caramel and sweet pale malts are there, but it's relatively bready and chewy, almost a bubble gum like flavor in a hefeweizen. The mouthfeel then ends up being a bit creamy, and not as sharp and crisp of a bitter flavor than I personally might like, but this is still a pretty good APA. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of fromage
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 John1985
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale just became available last week. Until then Yazoo was strictly draft only.

Deep gold color with a short lived dissipating head. Malty aroma with a few spicy hops thrown in. Flavor was a pleasant tug -of-war of malt and hops won narrowly by the malt. Finish had some hops in the back which tickled the tongue, Very drinkable, a great session ale. Finally Nashville has a decent local bottled Pale Ale.

This ale might make the Titans season easier to swallow. I plan to have it on hand until SN Celebration Ale comes out. I hope Yazoo bottles their stout as the weather becomes cooler.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Dithyramb
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served as a $6.25 pint at the fake brewpub in Nashville (BNA).
Poured a cloudy caramel with amber hues. A finger of off-white foam that had some real staying power and decent lacing.
Citrusy hops and nondescript malts on the nose.
Mostly your run of the mill ale malts first come in on the flavor, they were very wet bread-like and chalky in nature, though. Some citrus and earthy hops on the end give it a bit of complexity. It was bitter, but more like swiss chard tossed in a dash of balsamic vinegar.

Mouthfeel was medium and had a bit more to it than the recently tried Bombay from Bosco's. Both, unfortunately, left me wanting a little more. Drinkable, but mostly because it doesn't offend. Additionally, this and the Blackstone Nut Brown are the only micro offerings in the tiny little airport.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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