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 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 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 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 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 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 BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in the first week of May 2008. Fresh as it can be.

A: Poured a light copper-gold color with a small head that quickly receded to a solid quarter-inch foam cap and left sparse patches of lace.

S: Sweet floral hop aromas mixed in with some citrus notes. A fairly weak nose, with no discernible malt aromatics. This needs either a stronger hop aroma or else some pale malts to let me know this isn't just weak hop-juice.

T&M: I must say I am pleasantly surprised. Bread-like malt flavors and fruity esters blend wonderfully with light floral hops that have a tinge of citrus-orange flavor. A very subtle, yet enjoyable flavor profile for an APA. I would appreciate some more hops in the taste, but other than that I have no complaints. Yazoo APA is medium bodied with decent carbonation and a weak dry finish.

D: Definitely a sessionable APA for the south. Throw this in with some Terrapin Rye PA and some Sweetwater 420 and you'll have a good southern APA session.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to brianj555, this was an extra in the westy 12 trade!

Pours an effervescent golden/honey with 3 fingers of chunky cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grassy & lemony hops & honey malt as this warms

T: Lemony hops, some biscuitty malt, slight & grainyness up front. Honey malt & dryness as this warms, plus some lemony hops. Finishes crisp, with nice malt sweetness, almost gave this a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks very easy, a pretty simple but sessionable APA, worth a go

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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 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 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 jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The appearance was fairly nice. A nice golden color, with a weak head.
S- The smell was citrusy, but a bit weak though. T- Taste was decent but likewise a little weak. I did like the hops taste up front but could have gone for a longer lasting taste. Pale malt and a bit of citrus, but it just didn't last well.
M- The mouthfeel was decent but it seemed overcarbonated to me, especially considering there wasn't much of a head.
O- The drinkablity was high. It was decent, though not the best pale ale. Worth a try, but not one for the recordbooks.

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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 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 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 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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Pale Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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