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 sisuspeed
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to PaulV for the bottle!

Poured into a Half Acre pint glass (thanks Chris!). Clean, light-copper body with over two fingers of creamy white head. Good lacing.

Touch of light malt and a hint of hop on the nose. Light sweetness. Pretty good. Could use a little more oomph.

Smooth maltiness on the tongue. Sweet with a very light hop profile. Good, but fairly average.

Mouthfeel has a nice chewiness to it with good carbonation. Smooth all the way through.

Overall, this is very easy drinking APA. Almost more English style than American. The hop profile is quite subdued. Nothing really stands. Pretty average. Still much better than BMC. A good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber bronze color with no head and a persistent white foam.
Smells... aley. Caramel and honey scents. Fruity, herbal, musty.
Taste is muddled and improperly bitter. Some floral character is in here with typical pale ale malt flavors but nothing to get excited about in here.
Mouthfeel is wet, thin and lingering.
"quaffable, but far from transcendent." Strikes me as being a bit more english than american in profile. Fits the bill if you need a pale ale.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Mar 2011. Courtesy of pitasoup, thanks! Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Small off white head. Well carbonated. Clear amber in color. Sweet orange earthy aroma. Starts almost dusty tasting, earthy. Orangey bitter with a pithy bite. Light body, moderate ethanol is a bit warming. Faint bitter orange finish and aftertaste.

Seems slightly washed out/watery.

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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 usmittymc
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that was bottled the 1st week of September into a pub glass.

A: Golden honey colored liquid with a light, bubbly snow white head.

S: Grain, biscuit dough. Noticably absent are the hops.

T&M: Really smooth with a strong malt presence. The hops kid of fade in the background and don't make themselves known until the finish. Light to moderate body with decent carbonation.

D: I really wanted to like this beer more. It was my first sampling from Yazoo and I was a little disappointed. The beer is decent, but is more of an English Style PA, versus Amercian PA. The label has a blurb about it being their "...version of an American classic". From that, I take that this is supposed to be an APA. If so, the hops should be more dominant in my opinion. Drinkable, but I don;t think that I will seek out again.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great looking beer with a lasting, lacey head. Aroma is loaded with Amarillo hops and some sweet malt singing backup (I can't help using the music metaphor, its Nashville). Flavor is hop-heavy, with resiny bitterness at nearly Harpoon IPA levels. Grainy malt also in the background but asserts itself adequately. Dry. The balance was not what I'd consider ideal, but the taste was ok. Easily quaffable, but the hop dominance can build up over time and then that's all you can taste. If this were redesigned as an IPA, I could see adding a bit more hops and some more base malt and a bit of carapils malt to round out the profile. But as an APA, it is serviceable.

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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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis - nice brew pub.

Shaker pint comes out with a hazy amber brew inside, thick tan head which leaves good laces. A good looking frosty for sure.

Aroma is light on the malt side, with just a pop of spices mixed in the brew. Quaff is full of summer spices and has a good hop finish - but what strikes me most is this odd rootbeer and sour funk aftertaste. A medium bodied brew and is drinkable - but not the best pale ale by a long shot with that odd finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp aroma is malty, fruity, and just a sliver sweet, not strong or distinctive but still appealing. It pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Malty flavor has a fruity underpinning that is mostly apple with some traces of pear. Texture is smooth and minimally fizzy. Not great, but fine for some casual sipping or with a meal.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour was decent enough, amber color with a few hints of copper sprinkled in throughout the glass. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up to the top of the glass through the good clarity. A smallish head of maybe a half an inch in height settled down to all but nothing after a few moments.

The aroma was nice as well, nothing earth shattering going on here for sure, but still decent enough. Light piney hops with a hint of a balanced, earthy grain in the middle. More of the same in the flavor, again nothing blowing my socks off here. Taste was a bit light for me, not so much watered down, well maybe actually. Started with some light hops that were just enough to perk my head up before they faded and were washed clean by a rather muted profile that just left me looking for something more to drink. Just did not have that kick I would like it to have, Crisp and clean, refreshing with a light body that did make it rather nice to drink.

Overall I would chalk this one down to nice, but forgettable. An average pale ale with a touch of hops that were too faint to really make a difference. Not the worst by any means, but don't think I would be at a loss if I did not have it again.

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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.

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Photo of onewetpaw
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Citrus hops. Mild grainy notes. Rather subdued nose.

A- Light amber with a fleeting white head. Some mild chill haze.

F- The maltiness is a little much for my taste. There's a fair amount of hop flavor present. The bitterness seems low, more like an English version than a West Coast pale.

M- Full body. Low to average carbonation.

O- Relatively drinkable and easy. Kind of a one and done type beer for me. If I have a six pack I'm usually nosing around the fridge for something different after one. Its a beer I want to like more than I actually do. I wish this was cleaner, which makes it a lot more drinkable for me.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a small head that shrinks to surface foam. Pretty decent lacing.

The smell is very light, but malt and graininess are definitely present, along with a hint of hops. There are also some fruity esters, but nothing very pronounced. The hops come out a bit more in the taste, though they're still covered by sweet malt. The fruits are all but gone.

Decent mouthfeel, but nothing special. Drinkable, but not really what a Pale Ale should taste like, I think.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a nonic pint, bottled on 7/6/2011

Hazy marmalade with a small head that dissipates soon there after into the faintest collar of foam, then nothing after a few sips. Lots of bubbles can be seen moving upward slowly around the edges of the glass. Clears up a bit as it warms.

Forward with en earthy bitterness and biscuity malts. Some fruity sweetness similar to melons or mangos, and a touch of phenols.

Starts off with a bit of fruity sweetness but quickly translates into bitter earthy hops. A little bit of pineapple and mango behind that and some biscuit and graham crackers.

Sticky and medium thin, with a touch of carbonation.

Okay earthy hops, some what fruity and biscuity malts as well. Not a bad local pale ale, would drink this again but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of nickfl
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white foam that leaves nice lace. Copper color with reasonable clarity.

S - Mild citrusy hops and some bready malt.

T - Citrus hops flavor balanced nicely by caramel malt. Finishes with some hop bitterness and more hop flavor with an odd, almost minty note.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and just a touch of astringency.

D - Pretty standard pale ale. Easily drinkable with nice hop character.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing four fingers of thick creamy head under a radiant clear golden body with orange hues. Smells very light, floral, sweet and slightly mealy. Simple smells.

Tastes simple and sweet with a refreshingly fruity malt backbone. Surprisingly sweet for a pale, but not yet cloying. Mouthfeel is light with a gentle carbonation. Decently drinkable... perhaps the sweetness detracts a bit from it, but I would love it with some fruit salad or pie or other dessert.

Overall another interesting one from Yazoo. Maybe someday I'll get to try it on tap.

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Photo of Foxman
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden honey amber. A finger of sparse whitish head dwindles quickly to frosty looking froth. Twigs of lacing branch along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is toasted and sweet with caramel and earthy berry. The hops aren't much more than a faint hint of citrus spice.

Upon tasting, the malt is less assertive here, with a trace of caramel and vague fruitiness. The hops are again a distant presence, with a citrus allusion out there on the horizon. A yeasty inference of biscuit and dough is crisped by a building finish of fairly clean and dry bitterness. There's not much going on, but it's the wrong kind of simplicity.

A bit more than light bodied, the feel is slightly slick, slightly creamy, and slightly notable. But not much.

I can't say I'm disappointed because I had no real expectations, but neither was I at all impressed. It's thin in all the wrong places, which is a shame because what's there isn't really that bad. It just needs more of it. I could drink more, but I have better available. That's just the way it goes sometimes.

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Photo of spointon
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville last Thursday. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a hazed orange-copper color with a 1/2" white head. The head was creamy left decent lacing down my glass.

S= Muted aromas of sweet malt, with a healthy layer of earthy hops and green fruit on top of that. Smelled very "English".

T= Like the aroma, malty sweetness up front with biscuit and caramel notes. The hops appeared just enough to take the edge off the malt sweetness and lead to a slightly dry finish.

MF= This was medium bodied with appropriate carbonation levels.

D= This was a good ale but way closer to an English pale ale than I was expecting (in flavor and aroma anyway). Definitely worthy and drinkable.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FBG Coldchill for this one

A: Golden brew with pumpkin highlights. Slightly hazed from the chill with scores of micro bubbles making their way to the surface. Head is white with a greenish tint to it...made up of medium sized bubbles they are holding their own.

S: Tangelo, loganberry, bit of soap and biscuit.

T: Blend of watery citrus and unripe red fruit; Strawberry, orange and lime are the key players. Goes to very light pine wood moments with a bit of Ritz. Finishes dry and grassy with a small amount of bitterness backing it up.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth.

D: Not a bad beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served as a $6.25 pint at the fake brewpub in Nashville (BNA).
Poured a cloudy caramel with amber hues. A finger of off-white foam that had some real staying power and decent lacing.
Citrusy hops and nondescript malts on the nose.
Mostly your run of the mill ale malts first come in on the flavor, they were very wet bread-like and chalky in nature, though. Some citrus and earthy hops on the end give it a bit of complexity. It was bitter, but more like swiss chard tossed in a dash of balsamic vinegar.

Mouthfeel was medium and had a bit more to it than the recently tried Bombay from Bosco's. Both, unfortunately, left me wanting a little more. Drinkable, but mostly because it doesn't offend. Additionally, this and the Blackstone Nut Brown are the only micro offerings in the tiny little airport.

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer has a clear amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Bready, with a floral, hoppy nose with a touch of grapefruit

Taste: Bready, up front, followed by a grainy, hoppy aspect that develops by mid-palate; the finish has a grainy, bitter element combined with sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: OK, but not a compelling APA

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Photo of SMark
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 40° from a 12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date notched on the label. A vigorous pour into the center of the glass resulted in almost three fingers of fluffy, pillow like white head with various sized bubbles of carbonation. There was nice lacing as the head dissipated over 5 minutes. The beer was slightly hazed and an orange amber in color.

The floral aroma of hops was a pleasure to inhale. The label states they are Amarillo.

There was a nice bitterness to the taste from the hops. A little bit of citrus helps in giving this pale ale a cool refreshing taste.

The hops and bitterness last a little while on the tongue and through subsequent breathing.

The cool refreshing taste and finish of this beer could develop into a session beer for the summer. It would be very easy to polish off more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of theghost3
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper with a 2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is faint, pine and floral hops with just a hint of biscuity malts. Flavor is like the scent, subdued. Mainly piney, slightly bitter hops and a hint of sweetness of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is light medium-bodied with a biting carbonation.

Rather underwhelming, which is unfortunate because I've liked everything else I've had from Yazoo. The flavor and smell just aren't there, and the body is lighter that I would like in an APA. The lack of hops reminds me of an English Pale Ale but not malty enough.

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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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