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 FtownThrowDown
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish amber color. No head to speak of. Smell is of moderate hops, nothing else. Taste is amarillo hops, and some more amarillo hops. Not overbearing, but representin’. It gets to be a tad bit cloying and astringent. I’d imagine this would be a nice hot day on the patio kind of pale ale. Not a bad offering. Thanks to Illinismitty for this brew.

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Photo of donaldchapman
2.32/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured a beautiful light copper color, good clarity, with a frothy head, that tended to die off after a couple seconds..

S - Dominated by a grassy hop aroma, this is then backed by a slight citrus hop aroma, and some hints of malty sweetness.

T - The grassy hop flavor overpowers the citrus/flower flavors of the hops. There is a slight malty sweetness that provides good balance to the hops.

M - Moderate body and carbonation fit this beer well.

I was not impressed with this beer, the hops were way too grassy and overpowered all the other flavors.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/29/2009 (bottled Week 2 Sep):

Pours a very clear golden amber colored body, with a creamy white head, and good lacing. Has a pilsnery malty aroma. A pilsnery taste, grainy. I do not like that taste in my beer. Fresh but the grain taste turns me off.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yazoo mowers? Pours a darker golden color that is boarder line light amber. A fizzy head with not much head and retention. No real lacing as well.

The nose is limited. The hops come out with more of a grassy smell with a hint of citrus on the back end. No real malt aroma. There is a slight buttery aroma in the finish.

The taste is little off as well. The beer is one sided with mostly finishing hops on the grassy and citrus appeal. Some generic malt sweetness but nothing particularly distinct. No real bitters to speak. Some light yeast notes but nothing overly bad. No real butter flavors though.

The body is moderate but the sweetness is cloying. The carbonation is light but ok. Overall this is just mostly a finished hop beer that needs bitterness to balance and some malt flavors.

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Photo of deepsouth
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this beer poured a clear amber with a nice straw head that left some decent lacing.

this beer smells like a horse blanket (?) slightly grassy and slightly sweet. i hope it tastes better.

this beer tastes a bit better than it smells. slightly funky however. bottled in the first week of june, i feel sure it's not skunked.

the mouthfeel is think and carbonated.

overall, i'm glad i got to try this beer, but i like the dos peros much better. i really liked the design of the label.

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Photo of beveritt
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label shows a sun rising over a field of crops as an old truck drives by. Bottled in 3rd week of June by notches on the label.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to about 1 finger of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is medium gold, leaning towards brown, and is perfectly clear. Some sediment on the bottle.

Smell: Ever so slightly sweet malt upfront with foral/soapy hops.

Taste: Bland, mildly sweet malt upfront. Soapy and faded hops. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent with a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Yuck. Malt and hop profiles both leave a lot to be desired. Everything just tastes a little off and a little faded/musty. I'll pass.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A rather dark colored "pale" ale. Nice clarity but the color is more representative of an ESB. White head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Head turns into a layer of film on top of the beer.

Aroma is a bit sour. Vegetable aromas. Grainy and husky. Not really any hop aroma.

Taste was average at best. Again, more husky and graininess with minimal hop flavor. Kind of just blah and indistinct.

The problem with this beer is that it tastes really fresh; meaning the ingredients have melded. Tastes like a green homebrew, which isnt necessarily a bad thing. I guess this is okay for an APA but most other APA have significantly more hop flavor, aroma, and bitternes. This one is okay but certainly not worth seeking out over SNPA.

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Photo of nem2006
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, mild carbonation, with good head. Head is sticky, egg white. golden.

Nose is sweet and slightly citrusy. Maybe lemon.

Slightly sweet at the start with a little citrus. Turns extra bitter at the end. Lingers on the tongue too long. A subdued flavor, I think it needs a little more.

An average drinkable beer.

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Photo of Cresant
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled in January 3rd or 4th week (the notch is between). The body was golden with a chill haze. Only one finger of head despite a vigorous pour. The head faded quickly to a splotchy film.

Smell was lightly sour in the beginning. This opened up to honey covered biscuits.

Taste was moderately crisp with grassy hops. Nicely balanced with sweet biscuity malts. Some alcohol evident.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body. Carbonation was a bit too weak.

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Photo of sleazo
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap Beer Sellar

A-Medium copper brown with a small head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

S-light biscuity malt odor. Not much in the way of hops

T-much like the smell. Easy drinking and not bad but nothing to wax poetic about. Some generic hops appear as it warms slightly.

M-light and refreshing but could use a bit more body.

D-not bad but not good. A run of the mill APA. I know this isn't an IPA but still I need some hops

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Photo of tpd975
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to fishingnet for bringing this one in so that I can cross Tennessee off my states list.

A: Pours a very clear pale yellow hue. Does not really manage a head or any lace.

S: Simple... Light grainy malt with a dash of floral hops.

T: Simple... Light grainy malt with a dash of floral hops. Yep tastes like it smells.

M: On the thinner side.

D: It's your standard run of the mill pale ale.

Mark Tennessee off the list! Thanks Ben.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Wet golden color. The head is like a pillow of foam. The lacing looks like the stockings of a women of illrepute... in otherwords lots of large chunks and holes.

S- Malts and hops. Yes...that of which makes a beer. Hops and malts. The hops are sweet yet subtle. The malts are slow and sluggish.

T- The hop taste is good, sort of watered down though. I would have either liked more malt taste, or more hop taste. It isn't too bad for an APA. A great beer for people starting into the craft beer scene.

M- The beer itself feels good, but some of the flavors seem watered down.

D- Easy to drink for sure.

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

Yazoo- Pale Ale

Thanks to UncleJedi for this 1!

A- Light clear copper orange brown with a small foamy head.
S- very light on the nose. A bit of grainy malt and a touch of alcohol?
T- Light toasted grainy bread crust malt. Slight buttery biscuity flavor. Alcohol is very present?
M- Light with an earthy dirty hop feel. Alcohol isn't high but just present enough to drown out any flavors. Finishes off dry and bland.

Overall- Wasn't horrible but didn't have the Pale Ale flavors or feel. Probably wouldn't try again.
(Thanks Jed!)

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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 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

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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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

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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.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an nonic. Big thanks to "beveritt" for bringing this back from god knows where.

A- Quite hazy light copper. Pours with ~1/2 a finger of off-white head, which fades quickly into a thin smattering of islands. Poor head/retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Somewhat herbaceous hopiness. Slightly sweet notes, and hints of grainy/corn emerge as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- A bit cidery, slightly tangy citrus-peel bitterness. Ok, but not quite coming together.

M- Moderate carbonation. Moderately light feel with a fair amount of hop oil slickness.

D- Decent. Not terribly interesting in smell or taste, but would be easy enough to mindlessly pound a few..

Future outlook: OK and drinkable, but nothing to crow about...and not available no future outlook...

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Photo of treble
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I tasted this beer from tap at the brewery in Nashville. I was quite impressed with the lovely color when it was poured, it was not at all a weak, watery looking shade of gold as the term "pale ale" brings to mind, but a beautiful warm honey-colored gold. The head fizzled to just a ring in a very short time. The lacing was verticle, very wet and streaky for the duration of the glass.

The smell was fairly pleasant, honey and hops, kinda strong on the hops.

Yes, very hoppy in taste, tangy, the hops really pops, especially in the aftertaste. The aftertaste was not really offensive, just bitter, too much for me. I guess some would consider it refreshing but it was too bitter for me. The mouthfeel was great however. Light in body but still round and full in the way of not being at all watery, it was substantial, just enough carbonation, and smooth.

The mouthfeel made this drinkable, but as I mentioned the taste was too bitter. I had a rough time finishing my sampler glass.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the '07 Knoxville Brewers Jam, but I'm just getting around to posting my notes.

The look of the YPA was amber-orange with a pale, (nearly) white head. Smell was a bit on the light side with a touch of hops coming through. Taste was hope forward, mostly floral.. Bit of creaminess in the mouthful as well as a high carbonation sharpness. Interesting combination. As far as drinkability goes, I think there are better PA's out there. This one, for me, was a touch below average.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another new Yazoo beer for me. Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance was better than average, but the smell reminded me more of a macro than a craft pale ale -- like I smelled corn and I know that's not possible. Taste was slightly better than the smell and mouthful was ok but not great. Still, if I had to, I could drink a few of these in one sitting. Cold out of my mini fridge, this Yazoo beer was refreshing even though it didn't really wow me.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Served @ Memphis Pizza Cafe and presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle.

A: Pours a dark straw color with a two-finger foamy head.

S: Spicy citrus hop aroma.

T: Toasted malt body balanced with spiced and citrusy "Amarillo" hops. Notes of sweet caramel as it warms. Clean finish.

M: Smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: Certainly drinkable, but nothing stellar happening on the taste front.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Hopleaf tulip. Bottled in the fourth week of December 2011.

a - Pours a murky orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and an inch throughout drinking. No lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, bready malts, light fruity malts, toasted malts, caramel malts. Tiny bit of citrus and hops up front but mostly lots of malts. Not bad but pretty average.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hops, bready malts, toasted malts, grains, oranges, light pine hops, light caramel malts. A tiny bit of bitterness and more hops then the nose. A tiny bit better then the nose, but still pretty average.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Lots of malts and not a ton of hops. Not a bad beer, but just not a ton going on. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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