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Pale Ale The Original - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Genx on 02-13-2014

German-style Pale Ale, inspired by the Kolsch Ales of Cologne, Germany. Our Pale Ale drinks like a Pilsner, only with more body and flavor.
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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of Auraan
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden body with a one finger, bubbly white head that receded slowly. Overall impression of appearance was of a good, classic Kolsch. Scents of apple and pear with light levels of sweet and grainy malt and a hint of floral and herbal Noble hops. Overall impression of aroma is of a light, fruity profile, fitting a Kolsch. Flavor begins with a light malt presence that is softly sweet and grainy and a soft fruitiness with notes of cherries in the background. Middle becomes lightly dry with medium bitterness and notes of grainy malt and medium notes of floral hops. Finish is lightly dry with a slight tangy flavor along with medium notes of floral hops and delicate soft malt and light fruity sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is grainy malt and floral hops at moderate levels. Overall impression of flavor is of a fine Kolsch, true to style and very well rounded. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, crisp character. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a true to style Kolsch. Overall this is a fantastic Kolsch. It hits the style perfectly and is a crisp, refreshing beer. Well crafted and quite appealing.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of foamy head on a clear light golden body.
The aroma is mild honey and grain.
The taste is moderately bitter to start, then mellow malt to finish. Nice.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Nice and balanced.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Probably from 2014. Sampled on February 23, 2015.

The pour is mostly yellow, clear, and bubbling up to a decent white head that lingers some and then becomes a ring.

There is a nice grainy malt character in the air, which is how I imagine a Kolsch to be, along with a grassy, clean hop ester.

Medium body.

Quick drinking thanks to its pale malt-grassy hop balance. Refreshing.

Photo of Genx
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewery;
The beer that launched Ballast Point.
Our original Pale Ale is a rich golden brew, crafted with aromatic German hops and rounded out with a blend of American and Munich malts. While it’s hopped like a lager, we ferment it like an ale to create a smooth, bright taste that has just a hint of fruit and spice. It’s extremely drinkable, like a Kolsch should be, yet complex, like a good craft beer demands.

Photo of devilben02
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the can with a slightly hazy, apple-juice-like yellow-orange color and a big, fluffy head. The aroma is musty yet clean, like a freshly scrubbed beach house. The flavor has a nice balance of herbal, slightly lemony hops over a bed of light, biscuity malts that provide a note of sweetness. The fine carbonation, medium resinous body and drying finish all act to weigh down the flavors rather than lift them up, though. Overall, however, this is a light and drinkable yet satisfying beer that I would gladly reach for again.

Photo of atigerlife
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head with decent retention. Good carbonation rising.

Aroma is grainy. LIght malts. Not too much going on.

Taste has some light hops, light malts. A clean taste with some spices coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew. Sessionable. Good beer to drink while watching a sporting event on TV, which is what I did.

Photo of milwaukee512
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good for a Kolsch-style beer, but in my opinion this style of beer is just boring. Easily drinkable, with nice carbonation and a pleasant taste, but nothing that jumps out. I was expecting more from B.P., but I guess this is just how Kolsch beers are.

Photo of apf
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This may technically be an ale but it tastes like a lager

Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Noble hops, bready malt and hint of citrus. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is medium, soft, slightly bitter. I could drink this whole day.

Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellowish copper in color. The nose is more yeasty than hoppy - I can tell right off that this is no APA.

This has the body and malt profile of an amber lager even though it is fermented like a lager. The brewer considers this beer to be in the Kolsch tradition but the body is far heavier than any Kolsch I've ever tasted.

If you don't mind jumbled up styles, then this is a fine beer to pair with almost any food.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok - straw taste, not fruity

Photo of MerkinMan
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium gold and very clear. Fluffy white head that has some staying power (settles in slowly).

S: Cracker-like grain presence with a touch of sulfur in the nose. Some earthy hop aroma (light). Dominant scents are grainy and sulfur. Just a touch of DMS, but not in a bad way. Very slightly buttery.

T: Starts with a cracker like grain flavor followed by balancing bitterness with a little bit of a banana flavor in the finish. Finishes otherwise pretty dry with lingering bitterness. Balance is a little toward hop bitterness without much hop flavor at all.

MF: Medium light bodied and well carbonated. No creaminess - somewhat prickly on the the tongue. No heat or astringency.

O: A good standard American pale ale with a small interesting twist which is the slightly fruity, but not very long facet of the finish. The label does say in small letters "Kolsch Style Ale", and I wonder if this was added to account for the fruitiness, or if this was intentional. I'd drink more of these, but might not seek it out.

Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a clear yellow/gold with a finger of foamy white head and some hints of a thin layer of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty at first with a crisp dough flavor. There is some fruit aroma here in the nose that is just a touch of white grape and tangerine. There also seems to be a slight grassy aroma here as well.

The taste is fruity with a slight orange rind flavor that is brief before leading into a green grape flavor. There is some nice sweetness that fills in the gaps here and there. Some slight Belgian malt flavor comes out towards the end that is tasty.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a nice drinkable feel that goes down easy and really works well with your palette and lets it’s silky body let it glide down. A great drinker and one that would great any time.

Photo of thomda11
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think this is pretty well done for its style. I was taken a bit off guard at first, as I was not expecting a Klosch Style Ale, but rather something along the lines of a American Pale Ale (I failed to see the small print that denoted the beer as "Klosch Style"). Overall, I would say it is a pretty decent beer that can appeal to a wide audience. It would be a fantastic beer to drink by the pool on a hot day.

Photo of bluehende
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of this beer. The hops seemed bitter without any real flavor.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The taste is fruity with a lemon rind first followed by white grapes. some Belgian malt yeasty in the finish.

Photo of seagullbeer
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

I thought I was getting a pale ale and was pretty confused until I looked it up. Wanted to have some gentle hops today but for Kolsh it was okay. Pretty simple light malty flavor with some hints of apricot and sweetness. I should probably try it again when I want a Kolsh.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, light golden color with good head and lacing, noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Very subtle hints of bready malts and tropical fruit.

Taste: Bready malts, spice, banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. They call it a “Kolsch style ale.” Definitely more Kolsch than pale ale. Entirely drinkable, enjoyable even, but nothing like what I expect from a pale.

*Apparently this is the next generation of their Yellowtail Pale Ale.

Photo of tlema1
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I got no hoppiness at all, dry finish...I was disappointed

Photo of rorykanderson
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pale ale that's crisp with a great aroma. Lighter on hops than what's been coming out recently but it has great malt, hop and citrus notes.

Photo of beermemarge
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Orange, yellow, brown in appearance. Small head that quickly dissipated. Decent carbonation. Strong malt nose, really enjoyable smell. Taste wasn't as balanced. Heavy malt flavor, apple, little bit of spice, really sweet. Very low bitterness with high amount sweetness made the beer off balanced. Medium mouth feel. Not bad but there are much better beers from this brewery.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into glass. 5.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a cloudy light-,edium amber with a foamy white head that lasts.

Smell- Toasted grains, fresh toasted biscuit aroma.

Taste- A nut-like flavor hits the palate at first followed by a toasted malt similar to a cracker. The sweetness gives the slightest hint of citrus. Also has a buttery quality to it. Some hop bitterness plays into the finish with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, Lively carbonation and very smooth.

Overall- Outstanding due to the full flavor and smoothness. The maltiness and sweetness compliment each other very well. This beer should just be called Kolsch as Pale Ale is a bit deceptive due to the style. Nevertheless a high quality beer that should be tasted.

Photo of Dools9
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid example of the style, I quite enjoyed this one. Very easy drinking and worth a shot.

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Has that characteristic kolsch fruitiness in the aroma, along with bready, nutty malt. Flavor follows suit, with a backbone of nutty malt, asking with fruity yeast. Highly carbonated, so the toasted malt doesn't weigh it down. Very drinkable, but nothing outstanding. More malty than most examples of the style.

Photo of tillmac62
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOD 177/14. Pours a clear light amber (golden). Above average head volume, excellent lacing and retention. Light nose of fruity esters and yeast over a biscuit base with a hint of spice. Almost light medium body with a nice slick texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice for a Kolsch. Above average intensity for the style, well balanced and fairly complex. It begins with a mix of light fruit (banana, pear) that flows into a somewhat crisp biscuit sweetness. The middle is a very mild hop bitterness that is herbal in nature that yields to a slight note of pepper like spice. The finish is a slow fade of herbal bitterness and biscuit that ends with a touch of dryness.

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Pale Ale The Original from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.