California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Yellowtail Pale Ale and Pale Ale The Original.

There's no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular--it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany. We've chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts.

While it is very much like a pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness--a perfect compliment to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you.

23 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,360
Reviews:
433
Ratings:
1,383
pDev:
13.52%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Photo of mcarter76
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very pleasant taste and smell. A bit on the weak side after drinking so many IPAs.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rated as a kolsch, the style listed, but this is definitely a hybrid beer. I would agree with kolsch because of the body makeup and feel, but the pale hops are definitely felt through out. Doesn't really pull off the combination well for me though, left wanting more

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Photo of ElGallo
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Falls fast... solid ring of lacing.

S: Sweet grains and toasted malts. Light citrusy hops.

T/F: Closely follows the nose. Light sweet grains... mild fruit and citrus. Modest grape must. A bit of hop bitterness. Light bodied... clean and crisp. The finish is mildly sweet fruit.

O: An easy-drinking Kolsch with decent flavor. Nothing special but a well-made and flavorful beer.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It’s drinkable for sure. Like yellowfin tuna it’s all around and tasty. Malt and wheat, overly fruity and sweet. I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Craig-er
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice version of this style. Has a complexity that is refreshing. I tasted this very cold. Impressive for a lighter style beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain, slight fruitiness. Tastes of sweet grain with very slight citrus and slight smokiness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation, but a tad heavy. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of George2744
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ronl12
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

clear golden color, white head. mild bready and grainy malt aroma. taste is mildly flavorful malt ,but very clean. easy drinking but enough flavor.

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Photo of zstamper
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing and more flavor than expected.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corywalston
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dctarga
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour with a white head. Smells like a pilsner with a hint of citrusy hops. Tastes very smooth, maybe to smooth. I can see myself polishing of one to many on a hot summer day. Great flavour and mouthfeel. Prost!

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Photo of JustinAbs
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of braskey
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leslie91
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,383 ratings