Pale Ale - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

156 Reviews
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Reviews: 156
Hads: 480
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | 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: 156 | Hads: 480
Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of ztaylor1
3.43/5  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. (582 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another free beer that Ryan (the guy below this review) gave me. Ive never heard of this brewery before.

A- A hazy, pale orange. Small white head that still leaves good lacing. It never really fades, it remains at a bubbly film the whole time.

S- Quite nice. Lots of citrusy hops and bready crust like malts.

T- The taste is really wonderful. Very hoppy, but its not kicking my teeth in. It still lets you know its supposed to be a pale ale. Any bitterness is knocked down by some bready malts and citrus sweetness.

M- Carbonation might be a tad high, but not by much. Body is medium and clean and crisp.

D- Very nice stuff. I could knock back a good many of these. (677 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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... (1,407 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of ectomorph
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Golden amber with great clarity, very small head fades fast leaving a less than impressive dot of lace.

S - Some pineapple and citrus hops spice, with maybe a hint of malt sweetness. Overall aroma is faint.

T - Good upfront hops bitterness is met with a toast and fresh cracker malt bread finish. Good hop flavor shows some mango and pineapple citrus and a hint of black pepper. After it warms a bit, I do pickup some cardboard/oxidation here.

M - light bodied, with lower carbonation. A bit slick/flat for me.

D - Moderate. Balanced and relatively light, this could be good on the lawnmower too. (632 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber beer with a slight haze. Has a good foamy head that leaves nice lacing. There is a nicely balance malt and hop aroma with a hint of citrus. A light maltiness at first with a quick hint of lemon. The finish is medium hoppy with a tea like character.
thanks john (269 characters)

Photo of lespaulrocker
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from the local Publix. Excited about trying it fresh from the brewery this weekend. But I'll review the bottle now.

A: Poured a light copper/amber color. I really enjoy the color, I can't pinpoint an exact reason why, but it appeals to me.

S: Hoppy, spicy smell. Maybe a hint of something fruity, can't tell exactly what fruit. Intriguing and inviting.

T: Good, what you'd expect from a pale ale. Well-balanced, hoppy flavor, a little bit of spicy citrus, with a hoppy finish.

M: Light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Pleasant.

D: Easy drinkability, could gulp it if you so choose, I prefer to savor.

I love Yazoo, and I try to support them as much as possible since they are a local brewery. I haven't been let down so far, and their Pale Ale is definitely worth the drink. (797 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from JohnQVegas, AKA Dustin in Nashville-- One of those traders that I hope to actually sit and share a pint with some day.

Bottled on the 1st week of May-- (about a month old).
Poured into standard pint glass.

With a vigorous pour I still end up with less than a finger of head... The body is orangey/gold in color, and the head that remains is almost white. Not a ton of carbonation, but decent fingers of lacing.
The smell is muted. A little dull... but I manage to pick out a citrusy orange peel and some sweet almost doughy malts. This isn't offensive in any way, but it isn't knocking my socks off either--- but, comparatively, it is pleasant.

Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malts with a fresh citrusy note hop bite. Bitterness is smooth and calm. After tasting this, I would say that this is probably an English Pale Ale, not an American one. As for the way it is categorized here, I will disregard and review in terms of Ba being incorrect (with every intention to edit once I contact Yazoo).
The yeast here is fresh and crisp, quite nice.
Feel is a little dull and flat. Not enough carbonation for this to be truly great. The body is medium. I could see this being pretty easy to drink, but the carbonation level makes it an unlikely candidate for outdoor activites-- more of a "pair with dinner" kind of beer. The taste and flavor provile lend itself nicely towards BBQ foods-- the sweetness to compliment the sauce, the malts to contrast the meat, and the citrus flavor to refresh the palate.

All in all-- as an APA- it scores lower:
A:2.5 - S:3 - T:3 - M:2 - D:3

but since I reviewed this as an English Style Pale, it's score has improved. (1,669 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found my way to Nashville this week for a couple days on business - and it looks like Yazoo is the go to in this town. Grabbed the Pale Ale at Rippy's on Broadway, and enjoyed it with a decent set of BBQ.

This beer pours a pale golden amber, with a light white head that is present only briefly. Nose is hoppy, but nothing really exciting, kinda feel like its missing anything dynamic.

Taste is quite similar to palm, but much more faint. Hops are significantly prevalent, but there is nothing sweet or malty about this drink - lacks much balance. Bitter in the mouth, and while this beer is quite light, it doesnt inspire much drinkability. I may not love pale ales, but this one just lacks a little excitement. (714 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a golden amber slighty cloudy color with basically no head at all. Nose is very Belgian and spicy.

Taste is likeable Belgian pale the description really isn't fitting at all. So think a light Belgian beer here not an apa. (277 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange color with a small off white head that falls to cap and laces some.

Aroma is lightly grainy with some light citrus, over all its very subdued.

Taste is little better then the smell, light malt still little grainy. Hops more noticed in the taste then smell. Light citrus with some light bitterness also.

Mouthfeel is medium lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is ok not a great pale ale and probably wouldn't purchase again. (459 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours clear copper, just a bit pale, with a thinnish off-white head that settles into a thin sheet of suds on the top of the glass. sparse lacing.

Nose is really nice, but understand I'm a sucker for English-style Pale Ales. Orangey, a bit buttery, light toastiness; quite nice.

Taste has an orangy, floral hop note sitting lightly atop a dry, lightly toasty, biscuity malt base. Really nice balance. A bit of lingering floral hop bitterness on the palate, but not much.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; nice, light carbonation that goes well with the style. Just the right length of finish. Excellent drinkability. Maybe I'm a homer, but it's more likely that I'm just a big fan of English style pale ales, and even with the American hops, this one is more English in character (to my tongue) than American. Very tasty beer. (851 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of generalnotsew
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very thin head that goes fast minimal to none lacing. Typical amber coloring but much lighter than most. Not a great looking ale but I don't care too much about appearance.

S: Minimal hops. Really sweet smelling grapefruit minus the citrus. Honestly probably overly sweet. Really not picking up hops here and it is as fresh as it gets.

T: Hops are more prominent here but still not all that strong. Lots of sweet grapefruit without the citrus plays out here. But at least the hops linger on the tongue. Not your typical APA.

M: Mouthfeel is really good here. Nice balance on the carbonation.

D: It does go down easy. Doesn't seem like it would cause you to thirst like the Sahara desert like most pales would. Very easy to session.

Props to Yazoo for going for something different. I can tell after a few of these the taste will probably grow on me. After having their Hop Project I know they are capable of doing something stellar. Still have to be proud of our locals making something we can enjoy in our restaurants. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of jxhowell
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As part of my "when in Rome" series, I grabbed a six of these while I am here in Nashville. It is following close on the heals of a much superior Yazoo Hop Project, so it has a tough act to follow.

It is of course lighter than the hop project, but it still is a decent brew. It has a creamy taste and mouthfeel, and is a beer you could easily drink too much of. There is a somewhat funky odor to it but the taste makes up for it. Nashville has a good one here.

This has put me in the mood for tonight's entertainment, Allison Krauss and Bela Fleck at the Grand Ole Opry. Maybe they will have some to buy on tap ... (617 characters)

Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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