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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Photo of theboozecruise
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me this one from Alabama... a shame it can't be found in South Louisiana... but so it goes.

It pours a coppery color, pretty clear, a little carbonation and a creamy white head. Looks inviting and refreshing!

The aroma is impactful... citrus, hops, a little malt... very well combined. Now I really want to take the first sip.

The taste doesn't disappoint at all... the malt comes through more... with the hops on the back on the tongue hitting at the end of the sip.

There is a bit of an aftertaste... kind of metallic, so that's a drawback, but not a big one. I'm reaching for the next sip by that time anyway.

If I could get ahold of this one regularly I think it would make a fantastic Summer session beer... very very drinkable, and I am impressed overall with this one.

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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.

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Photo of beerman207
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was passing through Nashville and picked up one to try.

A- Beer pours a nice amber color with some nice lacing left behind and 2-3 inches of head in the glass - very nice presentation. The lacing has a bit of stickiness to it.

S- I pick up honey and hops in the nose - this is the only area that they could really improve a bit.

T- There's a sweet taste with the honey coming through giving into the hop presence which leaves a nice bitter finish. Honestly, I compare this to FFF's Alpha King in flavor with this being slightly worse than FFF.

M-This is a lightly carbonated beer that feels great on the palate

D - I don't know the ABV of this but I could sit down for a nice session with this beer. I really enjoy the beer and feel like it's worth the effort to try and try some.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HollyAnn for the hook up!

Bottled On: Mar/Week 1 (2008 I assume)

A: Pours a nice orange-y color with a creamy light-tan head that dissolves into a bubbly skim that leaves considerable lace behind.

S: Pine and citrus hops dominate the smell. Grapefruit, toasted biscuits and caramel, as well.

T: Bitter piney hops. Grapefruit too. Also noticed a fresh cut grass hop flavor lurking in the background. Toasted malt, pepper, and caramel. This tastes fresh.

M: Oily and full. Decent amount of bitternesss tempered by the dry toastiness and sweet caramel malt.

D: A very sessionable APA. If this was available in Chicago, it would probably be in my regular rotation. Great Job Holly, finding this for me at a gas station!

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Photo of jbro434
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler and fresh. Dark golden brown. Pours with little head that lingers for a while and leaves a bit of lacing. Citrus bursts, hops and tangy. Mouthfeel is tart and refreshing, lasts forever. Finishes with the same citrus and tangy flavor of grapefruit. Hops still present. Better fresh than in the bottle if you can get it.

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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 ckeegan04
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yazoo Taproom.

A - Nice dark golden orange color. Weak one finger head faded quickly. Almost no lacing in the glass.

S - Weak citrusy aroma.

T - Weak bite of hops up front. Some citrusy undertones.

M/D - Good carbonation and not an overwhelming taste. Would be a good summer session beer. Nothing remarkable about it but a good one just to sip on.

Follow-up: Had on tap last weekend at the taproom. Not sure if the recipe changed, but the hops were far stronger this time around. Nice citrusy bite and just damn tasty. If I can start getting this taste out of the bottles this beer will live in my fridge.

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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 Merkur
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Five Points Pizza in Nashville.

Beer pours a nice golden, slightly orange hue with a fair amount of white head.

Beer smells strongly of sweet, citrusy hops.

On the initial taste, the amarillo hops are very front and center. Very bready and slightly sweet.

Moutfeel is thin and drinkable.

Very good session pale ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 cokes
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured from stubby bottle into my Guinness pint glass. A nice orange with about an inch head that quickly dissolved, leaving a small layer that stayed and left lacing along the glass.

S- Rather citrusy, and hops. Smelled good.

T- the taste was a bit stronger than the smell with the cirtrus and goes down well with a hoppy and tart aftertaste. Good for the style.

M- Pretty light and carbonated.

D- I think the ale has a high drinkability, fans of pale ales certainly need to try it. It is the pale ale I drink the most often.

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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 daythree16
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought a growler of this home from the brewery on 10/4. Can't be any fresher. Consumed on 10/7.

Poured into my Yazoo pint glass. Clear copper color with a one finger head that leaves a decent amount of lace on the glass.

Smell is a huge burst of citrus and floral hops. Taste is citrus again with just a touch of malt sweetness. Good bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of kels
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerman207 for bringing this back from a trip. I know it's well-loved in its home state, so I wanted to pay my respects:)

Appearance: Pours a light honey color, slightly hazy, with little bursts of carbonation running throughout. A skim of white, spotty head and slight, sticky lacing are all that hang around. Looks slightly oily from the consistency of the liquid in the glass.

Smell: Really fruity with notes of apple juice, pear, and apricot, along with honey and slightly chewy malts. Not much hop coming through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation spreads the apple-juiciness throughout the palate. Slight citrus comes through along with really crispy, juicy green apple, chewy grain, and a slight alcohol afterbite. Feel is very bright and carbonated, almost like a sparkling juice or wine. Leave the feel a little hollow, but spread the taste well.

Drinkability: Very high - really refreshing if not a little too sticky sweet.

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