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 barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice crystal clear rich orange color. with a small white head

S - mild citric hop and a biscuit malt note

T - mildly sweet malts with a nice citric finish

M -light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp finish

D - nice looking session brew. I could see having a few of these with friends over some good food!

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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 BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another review from the Flying Saucer in Nashville. Listed on the chalkboard menu as Amarillo Pale Ale on tap.
Golden yellow color, big foamy head with good retention and thin lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops, nothing over the top, just a solid Pale ale aroma. Nice herbal hop flavor, balanced with some biscuit and bready malt. Good all around flavor. Slightly thin but not flat, enough body to feel the carbonation almost watery body. Went great with my meal, a very good locally made APA.

Also have tried the bottled version. Just as good flavor and aroma.
A good local option, when somewhere that caters to the Bud Light crowd

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, an 'extra' from a trade with Tilley4, served in a pint glass.

A - cloudy, yellow/orange color with a good sized tan head of foam that fell to a layer, leaving some rings of lacing on the glass.

S - a sort of grainy/sweet aroma, on the verge of a malt liquor type of aroma with funk.

T - malt/grain sweetness upfront is quickly followed with a bitter sour fruitiness, apricot and tangerine. Bitter after taste.

M - medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation feel.

D - easy enough to drink, but a bit too much bitterness to session with.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yazoo is one of the few local breweries within a couple hundred miles of me so I thought I should start getting some of their stuff. I was actually pleasantly surprised with this beer.

Nice golden pour with a decent head and some very impressive lacing as well.

Smelled sort of spicy and hoppy but also light and crisp. Little weird aroma but it could be the sort of hops that they use.

Very crisp little hoppy taste here. Not overpowering but very drinkable and nice.

This would be a good summer beer here, very drinkable and light.

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

12 oz. bottle into a tulip: Bottled on "December Week 1" No year, so I'm assuming it was 2007.

Pours an attracive, partly cloudy body with an orange-cream core and golden blonde edges. Lots of carbonation percolates upwards, but the head doesn't last long, effervescing to a small ring of foam. The nose is rather weak, with some sweet citrusy hops and not much else but a touch of pale malts.

Wheat dominates the flavors, although a touch of spicy hops do come through to fill in the cracks. An alcoholic warmth hits the tongue after a few sips. This pale ale is well-carbonated, with a crisp, dry finish and a thin body. I might try this again when I'm in Nashville, but it's not on my top ten list to try again.

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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 SkinnyElvis
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a six pack at the local Kroger in Collierville. Typical amber color. Not much smell and a thin head. Tastes like a run of the mill pale ale with a hint of hops. Carbonation is appropriate. Drinkable and my guess is the ABV is pretty standard. Not bad but not good.


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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 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 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 shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer (seems like most of the reviewers below had it there too). It's a clear copper/orange beer with lots of bubbles and a thin bright white head. Nose is sour hops. Taste is a nice hop/malt balance, with slight citrus and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is average. Not a bad pale ale, but could be more interesting.

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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 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 sweethome
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light amber - citrus nose is rather subdued. A mineral - Burton style - mouthfeel. Plenty of bitterness - rather astringent. Hints of tea, a bit of carmel. The label notes the use of amarillo hops - this is very bitter - but flavor is not anything special.

Would probably be quite good as a real ale from the firkin.

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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 jackorain
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the flying suacer in Nashville.

A-sort lighter pale yellow and a little cloucy, big bubbles though denser bubbly head with decent retention and okay lace.

S-citrus, floral and herbal hops. aome malt in the nose, a little biscuit. Nothing overwhelming

T-Floral hops are the most dominant hop, the citrus and herbal are there as well. Malt balances out well with some biscuit and a little bready yeast as well.

M- A little thin almost watery body. ther are some hop oils to be felt though.

D-While if it were one of a few selections, I could hav several, but since there are 80 taps here I must move on.

Overall-A nice APA, but there are better.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 dfried
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber, almost cloudy color, with a relatively small head that ends up forming a ring. The smell is of course of hops, mainly floral and pine scents, maybe a little citrus, but the smell as a whole was not as pungent as it could be. The taste is initially pretty hoppy, as with the smell, it's a bit more floral and pine flavors than of citrus, that create a dry/tart mouthfeel initially. This beer finished with a fairly robust malt character, caramel and sweet pale malts are there, but it's relatively bready and chewy, almost a bubble gum like flavor in a hefeweizen. The mouthfeel then ends up being a bit creamy, and not as sharp and crisp of a bitter flavor than I personally might like, but this is still a pretty good APA. Quite drinkable.

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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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