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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of MaxBrewell

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, pale copper. Small white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Active carbonation.

S- Plenty of citrusy hops and bready malts.

T- The taste is nicely balanced. Pleasantly hoppy, but not over-powering. The bitterness is smoothed over by some bready malts and citrus sweetness.

M- Carbonation is just right. Body is medium and clean and crisp.

D- Very drinkable beer. Something to session for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:03:24 | More by MaxBrewell
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Bright apricot body with neon orange highlights. Blue-white head with low retention and lace.

S – Sweet honey and malt are the starts of the nose. Light floral, dried leaves, and bitter orange notes.

T – Bitters up front with pine, wood, and green plant stems. Light caramel malt sweetness lingers in the background. Light, floral, bittersweet finish.

M – Nice carbonation with smooth, medium body.

O – A very nice APA. A touch on the hoppy side, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:12:04 | More by vfgccp
Photo of AgentZero


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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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 12:47:02 | More by KTCamm
Photo of jlindros


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
Photo of fsvan


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

Bottle into pint glass. Bottled October 5th, 2011.

A- Bright, clear gold. Single finger of white, wispy head.

S- Dry, piney hops. Some slightly overripe orange. Enough malts to balance it out.

T- Pretty well in line with the smell. Dry, hoppy, citrus more present than in the nose. Again, enough malt to keep it balanced.

M- Medium bodied.

O- A decent pale ale. Although with pretty much every brewery making an APA, this one doesn't particularly stand out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:54:26 | More by fsvan
Photo of secondtooth


3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:14:25 | More by secondtooth
Photo of auroracrisis


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

12oz into a nonic pint, bottled on 7/6/2011

Hazy marmalade with a small head that dissipates soon there after into the faintest collar of foam, then nothing after a few sips. Lots of bubbles can be seen moving upward slowly around the edges of the glass. Clears up a bit as it warms.

Forward with en earthy bitterness and biscuity malts. Some fruity sweetness similar to melons or mangos, and a touch of phenols.

Starts off with a bit of fruity sweetness but quickly translates into bitter earthy hops. A little bit of pineapple and mango behind that and some biscuit and graham crackers.

Sticky and medium thin, with a touch of carbonation.

Okay earthy hops, some what fruity and biscuity malts as well. Not a bad local pale ale, would drink this again but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:52:47 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of AgentMunky


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 13 June 2011.

A: Virtually no head. Pale copper, quite clear. No lacing. Unimpresseive.

S: Dry, vaguely hoppy, and slightly metallic.

T/M: It's actually pretty good. Big, biscuity maintaste with a smooth taste all around. Quite substantial, with carbonation to jazz it up. The flavours are somewhat ephemeral, but there's some citrus, light sweetness, and prominent, but never overpowering, hoppiness. Amarillo, according to the label.

O: Overall, it's a simple, drinkable, pleasant Pale Ale. Not particularly laudable, but well put-together. Good for casual summer drinking. I'd have another, and I'd serve it at parties, but I wouldn't suggest you go looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 22:55:55 | More by AgentMunky
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:22:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of xerotime


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

Brought back from a business trip to Nashville. 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 14:58:20 | More by xerotime
Photo of Cyberkedi


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
Photo of JayS2629


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
Photo of THECPJ


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:25:46 | More by THECPJ
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to PaulV for the bottle!

Poured into a Half Acre pint glass (thanks Chris!). Clean, light-copper body with over two fingers of creamy white head. Good lacing.

Touch of light malt and a hint of hop on the nose. Light sweetness. Pretty good. Could use a little more oomph.

Smooth maltiness on the tongue. Sweet with a very light hop profile. Good, but fairly average.

Mouthfeel has a nice chewiness to it with good carbonation. Smooth all the way through.

Overall, this is very easy drinking APA. Almost more English style than American. The hop profile is quite subdued. Nothing really stands. Pretty average. Still much better than BMC. A good beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:21:34 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing four fingers of thick creamy head under a radiant clear golden body with orange hues. Smells very light, floral, sweet and slightly mealy. Simple smells.

Tastes simple and sweet with a refreshingly fruity malt backbone. Surprisingly sweet for a pale, but not yet cloying. Mouthfeel is light with a gentle carbonation. Decently drinkable... perhaps the sweetness detracts a bit from it, but I would love it with some fruit salad or pie or other dessert.

Overall another interesting one from Yazoo. Maybe someday I'll get to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:19:34 | More by abuliarose
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 14:07:53 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of sommersb


3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle with a bottling date of 12-2010.
Poured into a Yazoo tulip pint glass.

Nice looking beer, a clear light copper color, with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Good retention and lacing on this one.

The aromas are of citrus and zesty hops, with a little malt in there as well. This follows through in the taste, with a crispness and bitterness of the hops dominating.

Leaves a bitter aftertaste, moderately carbonated and medium body. Finishes dry. A nice pale ale to go with a pizza.

Updated my scores for 2013. I've come to like hop character more than in the past and appreciate this local pale a bit more. It's a good go-to beer available almost anywhere in Nashville.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 06:22:49 | More by sommersb
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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange with not super impresive white head and not much lacing.

The smell is of plums and caramel.

The taste has a nice dark fruit side to the front but fades to slight betterness and caramel on the back.

This was a decent beer for sure. I probably wouldnt go out of my way for it if it was local but wouldnt mind having another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:05:04 | More by Eriktheipaman
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3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a see thru orange with a small white head that falls quickly, not much lacing

S:Nose picks up some earthy and pine hop notes with a slight carmael backbone, seems to be the trend with Tenneessee Ipa's

T:Up front and in the middle malts come in to play laying groundwork for those earthy and citrus hops to take over the back

M:Body seem to be a little thin with some hops lingering around on the palate

D:Pretty easy drink but not too much more than that, dominated by earthy tones with a decent balnace. Could probably take a few of these down but would probably reach for something else

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:00:02 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of titosupertramp


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, with white soapy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Pretty faint. Some citrus hops, bready, sweet malts.

T: Same as the nose. Nice balance between bittering hops and sweet malts. Finishes bitter.

M: Good carbonation adds a decent amount of substance...especially for a smaller beer.

D: High. Could drink several of these without much trouble.

This would be a great beer to have with a burger or mexican dish...or any other food that makes you poot. Good, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:44:21 | More by titosupertramp
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber/copper color with a small off white head that recedes quickly leaving behind a small amount of spotty lacing

The nose is slightly weak but not bad. What is there is of grapefruit and floral hops. There is also a nice mild bready aroma

Citrusy hops and bready malts work together to make a very well balanced taste that ends with a slight bit of bitterness. Very simple clean flavor. Light/medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly slick on the tounge and finishes just a little hot for the style. Not a bad beer, but it won't knock your socks off either. A very nice refreshing, easy drinking summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:00:48 | More by CBlack85
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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a hazy yellow-amber with a moderate eggshell head. The head dissipates quickly to leave a film. The golden highlights really come out with the carbonation ascending.

Smell- pale and biscuit malts with a hint of citrus and floral hops. Balanced. Nothing here is overpowering.

Taste- much like the nose, a bit of lemon rind with malty backbone. Balanced but really nothing super exciting.

Mouthfeel- medium light body with great carbonation. A decent example of the style.

Drinkability- this balanced beer is good for long drinking sessions. Having several more.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 22:21:48 | More by ztaylor1
Photo of EgadBananas


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden pale orange in color, light colored head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is rather sweet...almost cloying for the style. Hints of citrus, but faint. Some yeasty characters.

Sweetness is so much more tame, and balanced much better with some citrus, mostly orange. There is this Kolsch-esque taste there that is not bad, but shouldnt be there.

Feel is light, creamy, slick, and smooth.

Drinkability is not bad at all. If I had access to Yazoo on the fly, I would get this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:30:59 | More by EgadBananas
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3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Subtle amber in color, with about 2 fingers of cream-colored foam that dissipates moderately fast.

Smell - Very hoppy smelling. Bright crisp citrusy hops, with subtle malt smell to bring it down a bit.

Taste - Definite hoppiness, but the bitterness isn't very overwhelming. Citrus is there, but not over-powering either...mostly just in the beginning. Middle is somewhat dry. Finish and aftertaste is bitter and a little lingering, but not too bad. Fairly smooth and balanced texture.

Drinkability - Bitterness could be a little overpowering, but this could be balanced out with the right foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:31:53 | More by Nerudamann
Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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