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 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 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 AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 13 June 2011.

A: Virtually no head. Pale copper, quite clear. No lacing. Unimpresseive.

S: Dry, vaguely hoppy, and slightly metallic.

T/M: It's actually pretty good. Big, biscuity maintaste with a smooth taste all around. Quite substantial, with carbonation to jazz it up. The flavours are somewhat ephemeral, but there's some citrus, light sweetness, and prominent, but never overpowering, hoppiness. Amarillo, according to the label.

O: Overall, it's a simple, drinkable, pleasant Pale Ale. Not particularly laudable, but well put-together. Good for casual summer drinking. I'd have another, and I'd serve it at parties, but I wouldn't suggest you go looking for it.

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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 xerotime
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from a business trip to Nashville. 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a decent 1 finger white head. Aroma is a nice balance of citrus hops, caramel malts and the fruity english ale yeast they use. Flavor is more of the same and nicely balanced. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Overall a well balanced easy drinking pale ale.

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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 JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the tap at the brewery it poured a nice golden color with a creamy head that faded fast and left ok lace. It smelled a bit hoppier than the average pale ale in the realm of a sierra nevada. It has a grassy, floral hop presence on a biscuity malt background. The taste follows with the grassy, floral kick on a bready backbone but a hint of citrus enters the picture. The mouthfeel is thin, watery, refreshing and crisp. Nice, simple, and easy to drink typical pale ale.

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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 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 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 SkunkWorks
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks CurtisMcArthur for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

12 oz bottle, bottled October 2010, poured into an Irish pint glass.

I know this isn't as fresh as it could be but since I don't have access to it regularly, I'll review it as it is. If I get a fresher bottle, I'll update this review.

Look: amber body that's on the dark side for the style, good carbonation bubbles visible, a thin white layer of head forms but disappears quickly and doesn't leave behind lacing.

Smell: piney, citrusy hops with a bit of grain to balance it out is in the smell. Maybe it'd be better if it was fresher, but its a bit subdued.

Taste: the Amarillo hops are clear with their citrusy, spicy flavor. There's a bit of light malt. Not a whole lot going here. Again, maybe it'd be better if it were fresher.

Feel: medium bodied with a better mouthfeel than the Yazoo Hop Project I had last night. Moderate carbonation.

Drink: easy drinking and this could be something you could session if you wanted to.

Overall, a decent APA but not exceptional. I'm realizing that APAs aren't really my thing anymore, or that I just haven't had the right one in a long time. This beer might be better fresh but as it is now, I'd say there are better APAs on shelves for you to try. Cheers!

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Photo of sommersb
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle with a bottling date of 12-2010.
Poured into a Yazoo tulip pint glass.

Nice looking beer, a clear light copper color, with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Good retention and lacing on this one.

The aromas are of citrus and zesty hops, with a little malt in there as well. This follows through in the taste, with a crispness and bitterness of the hops dominating.

Leaves a bitter aftertaste, moderately carbonated and medium body. Finishes dry. A nice pale ale to go with a pizza.

Updated my scores for 2013. I've come to like hop character more than in the past and appreciate this local pale a bit more. It's a good go-to beer available almost anywhere in Nashville.

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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 SuperNova777
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a see thru orange with a small white head that falls quickly, not much lacing

S:Nose picks up some earthy and pine hop notes with a slight carmael backbone, seems to be the trend with Tenneessee Ipa's

T:Up front and in the middle malts come in to play laying groundwork for those earthy and citrus hops to take over the back

M:Body seem to be a little thin with some hops lingering around on the palate

D:Pretty easy drink but not too much more than that, dominated by earthy tones with a decent balnace. Could probably take a few of these down but would probably reach for something else

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, with white soapy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Pretty faint. Some citrus hops, bready, sweet malts.

T: Same as the nose. Nice balance between bittering hops and sweet malts. Finishes bitter.

M: Good carbonation adds a decent amount of substance...especially for a smaller beer.

D: High. Could drink several of these without much trouble.

This would be a great beer to have with a burger or mexican dish...or any other food that makes you poot. Good, refreshing beer.

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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 ztaylor1
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a hazy yellow-amber with a moderate eggshell head. The head dissipates quickly to leave a film. The golden highlights really come out with the carbonation ascending.

Smell- pale and biscuit malts with a hint of citrus and floral hops. Balanced. Nothing here is overpowering.

Taste- much like the nose, a bit of lemon rind with malty backbone. Balanced but really nothing super exciting.

Mouthfeel- medium light body with great carbonation. A decent example of the style.

Drinkability- this balanced beer is good for long drinking sessions. Having several more.

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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 Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Subtle amber in color, with about 2 fingers of cream-colored foam that dissipates moderately fast.

Smell - Very hoppy smelling. Bright crisp citrusy hops, with subtle malt smell to bring it down a bit.

Taste - Definite hoppiness, but the bitterness isn't very overwhelming. Citrus is there, but not over-powering either...mostly just in the beginning. Middle is somewhat dry. Finish and aftertaste is bitter and a little lingering, but not too bad. Fairly smooth and balanced texture.

Drinkability - Bitterness could be a little overpowering, but this could be balanced out with the right foods.

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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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Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on freshness date.

Chill hazed pale amber, decent lacing riding the top. Faint orange zest and doughy grain from the aroma. Smooth with a light dry-ish slickness in the lighter bodied brew. Orangey hop flavor with some bitterness and leaf tone in the after taste. Grain jumps in with a raw honey, biscuity and dried grass favor. Slightly yeasty and fruity with a kiss of warmth from the alcohol.

If this ale was a bit more clean and toned down the Amarillo hops I'd be right along with it. Decent.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another free beer that Ryan (the guy below this review) gave me. Ive never heard of this brewery before.

A- A hazy, pale orange. Small white head that still leaves good lacing. It never really fades, it remains at a bubbly film the whole time.

S- Quite nice. Lots of citrusy hops and bready crust like malts.

T- The taste is really wonderful. Very hoppy, but its not kicking my teeth in. It still lets you know its supposed to be a pale ale. Any bitterness is knocked down by some bready malts and citrus sweetness.

M- Carbonation might be a tad high, but not by much. Body is medium and clean and crisp.

D- Very nice stuff. I could knock back a good many of these.

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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 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 John_M
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Nashville airport. After seeing the BA score for this beer, I quickly realized that it isn't "just me" who isn't a big fan of this beer.

Yazoo PA pours an amber copper color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Don't get too much on the nose, just some noticeable sweet malt (which does not bode well) and a hint of citrus from hops. On the palate, this is a pretty sweet pale, with not nearly enough hops to balance all the sweet malt. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, but this really tastes more like an American amber ale than any pale ale I've had. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a hint of alcoholic heat in the finish (which surprised me, given the low abv. in this beer). Drinkability is fair. I really wish pint size wasn't the only option size at the airport, as it's a chore drinking down this sweet, maltly, moderately "hot" ale.

Not a drain pour, but "mehhh" about sums it up with this beer.

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