Cali Cöast - Calicraft Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.
Pale golden/yellow, with fairly small / quickly-fading head.
Smell is clean and light, with faint malty and hoppy notes. More "German" than many other American kolsches.
Taste is just a little more on the malty side, or at least not as dry as I like my Kolsches. However, it's still refreshing and would be very pleasant on a summer afternoon.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 07:10:39 | More by shleepy
3.94/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer, as the label in the picture shows, is Cali Colsch, not Cali Coast (although maybe it was called that once, neither the picture shown here nor the bottle I had said that). Anyway, it is a very good kolsch.
Dark gold, it has a big white head steadily shrinking to small lasting head.
Aroma is nice apple, pear, bread, hints of hay and honey.
Taste is very nice, full grain, bread, hay, hints of pepper and grass, firm light sweetness and a firm light bitterness joining in the finish. It has lingering hay, bread, grassy bitterness with hints of mineral and pear. Feel is zesty and engaging.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 23:10:22 | More by Offa
4.21/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
First beer from these folks. This pours a tan golden with a touch of foaming. There’s a light aroma with a pleasing touch of toasted bread. It’s tasty with a more pronounced touch of biscuit on the finish complementing a citrusy squeeze of lemon. Nice one.
Serving type: on-tap
09-11-2013 21:29:18 | More by elNopalero
3.41/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a stange glass. No freshness date.
Color is a straw, clear, golden color, complete with a ton of carbonation and a thinning, semi-bubbly head that coats the top of the glass. The initial appearance is exactly how I'd want a kölsch to look like, what with the jubilant bubbles rising atop, but they quickly die down and the stange tries its best to keep the head intact, with unsuccessful results. Hardly any lacing. Leaves some cloudy residue along the glass's edges. The color is spot on, although this style doesn't need to be *this* delicate!
The aroma is about as crisp as this can get - flaky, golden, crisp grains are everywhere in this thing. Not too many fruity nuances, although if I dig deeper or let this lazily warm up there are some of the grape-y flavors, apricots, dried apple cider, and a grassy, lightly tinged hop character. Not super complex, but very subtle for that matter. Everything fades even more at room temperature, although it is undeniably pleasant.
The first flavor consists of a semi-wet, full-bodied character that immediately covers the palate with bright graininess, sugar cane flavors, a grassy, leafy finish. It's very light at the finish, with perhaps a little bit of yeasty skunkiness and dried pear, maybe cider fruitiness that keeps things interesting. Very refreshing, but does lack the dry hoppy and underlying fruity character I really like in this style when done correctly. The grains do win here, and this suffers at room temperature to the point where the carbonation leaves behind a thinned, slightly acrid grainy flavor, without much to fall back on. This is best consumed as quick as possible cold, due to its delicacy.
Not my favorite take on the kölsch style, but still quite drinkable, refreshing, and undeniably clean. I do not like how the carbonation dies so quickly, and I wish this had a more forward fruity grainy character and stronger malt syrupy profile to back onto as soon as the bubbles go away. The grassiness is simple and tasty, but it's also very simple. I was thankful to be able to try this, and it definitely makes a good break from all the intense beers I've had lately, but it is only above average for the style, but in terms of local versions I'm yet to see a more interesting take.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2013 02:30:44 | More by magictacosinus
Cali Cöast from Calicraft Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.