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 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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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for hooking me up with this bottle.

Hazed golden amber with a finger of fine, creamy bone colored foam. The nose is mild with floral hops and something like cornflakes. This beer tastes really fresh and it should, it was bottles only two weeks ago. Fruity citrusy hops and caramel malt are well balanced with a dry puckery finish. Medium light bodied with crisp carbonation. A nice beer.

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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 Eriktheipaman
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dull golden color, almost honey. settles into a 1-finger head with decent lacing down the glass

S- sweet smell with malts, hops, floral that's a little heavy on the orange peel.

T- surprisingly smooth. taste like it smells.nice balance of malts and hops. sweet orange taste on the front with a mild bitter aftertaste. well balanced

M- nice balance. a little light on the carbonation but the balance of the malts and hops gives it a good balance

D- nice example of a pale ale. goes down very well and could drink this on a regular basis.

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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 FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1512th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Bottled on 08-03-12
Thanks to BrandonBrew for this one

App- A deep glowimg orange color with a light medium density and clarity. Only a small 1/4" head that was off white. 1/8" ring of bubbles around the edges.

Smell- The thing I like the most is its clean. Not muddled and not trying to be fancy. a good solid hop base with a small malt backend on nose. Not overly spicy or caramel either.

Taste- A very nice pale ale. The amarillo is a bit spicy but nothing to over the top. A bit dry and peanut like roast and a bit grainular. Balanced and easy to drink. Another thicker pale ale.

Mouth- Lighter medium with a semi medium carbonation. Light hops and a bit spicy.

Drink- Its a tasty pale albeit a bit thicker than I wouldve like. Seems like I am a bit of homer for Hoppy Bday and a whore for ZD & Daisy Cutter. Oh well.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright gold with reddish orange hues. Transparent with 2 fingers of fluffy head wth tight bubble patterns. Lacing is very thick.

S- Light honey, biscuit, over ripened grapefruits and nuts.

T- Pleasantly malty up front with the same biscuit and honey characteristics followed up midstream with a decent bittering from the hops. Finishes nice and dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M- Medium in the mouth and high carbonation. Just a little thicker than I like in my APA's.

D- A great session beer for sipping on during a nice day of college football. This growler should do me right.

Special thanks to aaronjr123 for bringing this growler back to me from his weekend trip to Nashville.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed copper-yellow with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, hops, pears, bread, and soap.

Taste of sweet malts, hops, caramel, and tangerines. Quite balanced. A light bready bitterness noted in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth yet crisp, and moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink. A nice sessionable pale from the folks at Yazoo.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.


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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...

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very bright copper with a nice white head. Good hop aroma that balanced nicely with the malt. Good mouthfeel with a balanced hop bitterness. Malt flavors were present but well balanced. Finished clean with some residual hoppiness consistent with the style. Overall a pleasant beer from a really fun and exciting brewery. Pour me another one anytime!

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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.

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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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into two dfh glasses. Two because I'm sharing it with the wifey.

A clear, rose gold, small thin white head, no lacing. Dissipates fast leaving a small white ring.

S citrus, mango, passion fruit, malt

T citrus and orange juice beginning and middle with a tropical ending. The aftertaste is a malty hoppy mix.

M light carbonation, a little prickly, thin

O good session beer. Nothing special but very well done.

It's was bottled in 2009 and given to us as a gift, along with a lot of other beers.

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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.

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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 554 ratings.
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