Pale Ale | Yazoo Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

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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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 554
Photo of brunsojw
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my go-to beer when I need a beer for the evening. Very citrusy and aromatic. It got me into brewing my own pale ales and I haven't looked back since.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden color, almost no head or lacing.

Smell is almost purely malts with a hint of hops maybe.

Taste is much like the smell, very malty medium sweet with little hop flavor and no bitterness.

Feel is thin and a bit watery.

Overall idk what to think , not very pale ale , to me at least... Reminds me of an American red ale .

Certainly drinkable but dont buy it looking for hops .

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, solid, American IPA. Had this Nashville staple on tap at 5 Points Pizza in Nashville proper. Goes nicely with pizza, but not a gourmet beer unto itself.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little darker than you might expect in a pale ale, a little happier than expected, too. Goes down strong with good flavor, but has a more intense lasting effect than expected.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle as a gift from Nashville:
A nice beer overall, some nice sweetness opened things up & plenty caramel malts followed before some some nice bread malts & a moderate bitterness coupled with some toasted flavours brought in the middle. It could have been a touch stronger but the balance was a good one & it was easy to drink too. Not one to specifically hunt out for but it's definitely well worth trying if you happen across it at any point.

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Photo of Squire123
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber gold, white cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Floral, spicy hops followed by sweet malt, well integrated and nicely presented.

Taste: Good balance of malt and hops in concert, each working well with the other. The malt and hops interplay so well I can't decide which is most pleasing except to say the combination is working well. Clean finish.

Texture: Medium

Overall: A Pale Ale clearly above the ordinary. A Pale Ale that doesn't need a shovel full of hops to stand out, this one that gets your attention without shouting.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, yellowish-brown beer. Smells strongly of hops. Tastes fairly bitter, good amount of hoppiness, with a black pepperish spice that kicks it up a notch. A great, but not overpowering, spicy hoppiness stays on the tongue. The mouth feel is light, with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special either. This is a good, middle of the road APA.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap poured into pint glass, scant lacings

Clear copper, no carbonation

Faint hop aroma, citrus , herbal aromas

Light taste, malty base

Quick, slight hop finish

Ok beer

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Photo of adamhdg
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: copper/bronze with a thin white head that quickly dissipated
S: brightly hoppy with some citrus
T: hops from beginning to end with a tang on initial drink
F: higher carbonation that was refreshingly zippy
O: delicious offering from this local( to me) brewer

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper color, 1/2" white head. Aroma could have used more hops, usually Amarillo is quite aromatic, but it didn't work out here.

Taste had the usual crystal malt precursors, judge away, too much caramel. A decent beer, pretty average, could use more hop punch, the Amarillos are asked to do too much here, they need some help, Perle and Cascade just won't cut it, would like to see this one with some Simcoe added to give it some ooomph.

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Photo of tlema1
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: deep golden color, with a frothy white head
S: lots of citrus, some malt
T: citrus up front, malty dry finish
F: coats the tongue well, but I'm not crazy about the finish
O: not a bad APA, too malty for my taste

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Photo of johnsaxman
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An acquired taste for me personally, the Pale Ale eventually won me over after four or fives tries. It's sharp. Intense. It was one of the first beers I had and so it was too much for me at the time, but as I developed as beer drinker it became one of my favorites for the very reasons that it initially turned me away. It is a flavor experience. It's unrelenting. It is certainly not as abrasive as beers come. But this one, for me anyways, was just the right balance between refreshing in look and smell and hard substance in feel and taste. It got me hooked on pale ales.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Tenn. with a bottled on stamp of 23 June 2015.

Clear, amber body even though there was a small amount of sediment clinging to the bottom of the bottle. The off-white head is moderately durable and leaves patterned, sticky lacing.

Aroma: citrus and spicy hops with some caramel and bready notes.

Flavor: moderately strong with a bit more spicy and fruity hop flavors than medium and light toasted grains. Good balance. Mildly bitter overall. Hints of honey brown sugar.

Feel: silky medium+ body with soft, medium-high carbonation. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

O: refreshing and distinctive pale ale. Recommended.

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Photo of gerite
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color. The taste is mostly hoppy with a small amount of malt. Not much head or lacing. This was a good summer beer but very unpretentious. Reminded me of Belgium Lambic with a slightly fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this at a restaurant while staying in Nashville. It's good and what you would expect from an APA, but pretty average. Nothing special really jumped out for me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper caramel color light head good clarity

S: slight piney hop and then sweet malts burnt sugar

T: strong malts while the hops hint of floral and some herbal

M: light to medium

O: it's a common beer it kinda is what it is a malty pale ale nothing exciting nothing terrible

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

both me and my buddy who i shared this with were pretty unimpressed on the whole. i love yazoo, and had a bunch of great beers from the recently, but this one seemed a bit pedestrian, even though it boasts amarillo hops, which usually have my interest. this seems a little over malty for the style, and the hops are lost in it, or maybe it isnt dry hopped very much, because that bright fruity aromatic is faint. i also think the english ale yeast here is a little disagreeable. i like the yeast, but it needs a different base to work off of. i think its residual flavors clash a little with the amarillo, and this gets more exacerbated as the beer warms up. when its ice cold though its still pretty decent, as the hops stay ahead of the grain. the carbonation is through the roof, which i think helps keep it light. i have heard others say great things about this one, and while it is not generic in the least, it just never really delivers what it promises to. drinkable for sure, but not the best they have to offer.

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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft. Dark golden color. Amber. Little to no head or lacing. Smells of hops and citrus. Pine taste (strong hops) tries to get buried by citrus. Not overly sweet. Bitter on the back end. Typical American Pale Ale. Not bad but not great. Average. Eat coast style.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing particularly exceptional with this pale ale, but overall, a nice little beer.

Slightly sweeter than most of this style, and pleasantly balanced with a subtle hop aroma as the beer warms up. The aroma is not overly intense, but it is a good one, light and fruit forward.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, some citrus. Taste is piney hops, malts, a bit of fruits at the finish, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.5/5  rDev 0%

A - Clear amber. Lots of fizz. Lots of lacing. head dropped fast. 3.5

S - Crisp. Hoppy. Not overly sweet. 3

T - Malty initial tastes. Bounces between sugary and hoppy aftertastes. A decent balance. I'm pleased. 3.5

M - Sparkly and slightly syrupy 3.5

O - Not bad. Smooth tastey yet not overly hoppy. 3.5

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Photo of denver10
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours orange golden with a white head. Aroma is bready and toffee with some spice and citrus as well. Flavor is centered with a hefty bready and toffee base, some spiceness and citrus from the hops balanace things out. A creamy, active, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, surprised the ratings for this one are as low as they are. I enjoyed this one, which I found to be a cross between an APA and ESB. Would drink again.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a burnt orange color with two fingers of creamy white head. Leaves a nice ring of sticky head after each sip. Head maintains at a quarter of an inch throughout.

S - Big malt profile, bread dough, cake batter, lemon grass, hops take a back seat but are still present in the nose.

T - Follows the nose - malt forward, biscuity, bready, some hops in the back end balance it out - nice creamy mouthfeel and easy drinkin'.

O - Solid brew - not sure it fits the build as an APA, but this is damn good brew.

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Photo of Mojo
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Yazoo pours up a medium slightly hazy gold with a small head and not much lacing or retention. The nose is very overwhelming fruit and citrus. Taste is very malt forward with a big sour apple flavor up front. Not much hops on the finish. Kind of unbalanced. Mouthfeel was sort of average, not offensive, not spectacular. I was sort of disappointed with this one. Having love the Yazoo Hop Project, I expected more. This one is inferior to the ubiquitious SNPA or Dale's Pale Ale. But it is drinkable, not horrible.

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Photo of bluedognever
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at Opryland Hotel in Nashville for a week long conference. Tried this the first night and really enjoyed it. First night I had it with Shrimp & Grits - nice combination. Second night I had it a couple of hours after dinner - worked very well alone. Later in the week I had it with Ribs - also good combination

Poured from bottle into glass had a perfect head. Really liked the taste of the Amarillo Hops along with the citrussy flavors.

Now hoping to find somewhere to buy it locally.

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